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Contemplating the Many Meanings of Sacrifice This ‘Eid ul Adha {PLUS a Giveaway from Silver Envelope}

by Raana Smith My Eid-al-Adha 2012 checklist:  Read More »

How to Cut an Avocado

How to cut avocado

Have you ever really just wondered if there was a super quick and mess-free way to dig into an avocado, particularly the part where you grab the seed out with a knife like all the really cool chefs do on The Food Network? Well, I’ve had a lot of practice, being married to a man who is half Mexican- one ... Read More »

5 Tips for An Easy ‘Eid Party

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This Ramadan has been so much fun. I’ve had a great time soaking up all the great ideas for home décor, party ideas for kids, and meeting the creative women and men behind design inspiration that caters to the way we Muslims celebrate and value our holidays in a colorful and beautiful way.   Rana Bacaloni is one of those women. ... Read More »

Home Design Elements for Ramadan and Eid Décor

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Saima Nasim runs the beautiful design blog, Azzure. Have you seen it? It caught my attention because of her gorgeous photos and smart suggestions for interior design and simple home crafts.  In this post Saima offers her tips for home interior design during our favorite time of year… Read More »

5 Ways to Host an ‘Eidpalooza

I’m delighted to introduce you to a local Chicago woman who is doing some fabulous and unique things to help people celebrate   special occasions or take business branding ‘Up a Notch’. She ships her personalized party favors across the country in creative wrapping, and in this post Kiran Ansari offers tips on how to really bring life to ‘Eid ... Read More »

An Interview About Moroccan Interior Design with Maryam Montague

You might remember that not too long ago I published a review of the gorgeous design book, Marrakesh by Design, by American expat Maryam Montague who resides in Morocco and runs a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavillions. I was so enamored with the book and envisioned you, my readers, being able to enjoy it, too so that you could also ... Read More »

Tell Your Neighbors About Ramadan and ‘Eid With Homemade Goodie Bags

Nearly ten years ago when I began speaking at local libraries, churches and schools about Islam, Muslims, Ramadan, and/or ‘Eid, I would carry a bag of educational materials like handouts, brochures, power point presentations and more instructional things of that nature. It wasn’t until I started going to public schools with my friends who have children that I realized how ... Read More »

Video Tip: Quick Ways to Defrost Meat Safely

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I’ve heard (and seen) one too many times that people find it perfectly fine to defrost meat over the counter, overnight. This is a big no-no in food safety because bacteria begins to form on meat when it reaches unsafe temperatures- basically temperatures warmer than your home refrigerator. We all lead busy lives and find ourselves with a frozen brick ... Read More »

Video Tips: How to Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

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I finally decided to put some of my tips on video for you! Isn’t that fun? Well, it was fun for me to get started so I hope you enjoy- let me know what you think. There are more being cooked up where this one came from (my office)… Have a great day, everyone! (P.S. you can subscribe to my ... Read More »

How to Check Red Meat for Freshness in Three Easy Steps

raw meat, halal meat, red meat

Meat can be one of the tastiest foods on the planet, or the most dangerous, depending upon how it reaches you. Read More »