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Safiya’s Room: Globally Inspired Quilts & Heirloom Pieces for the Nursery {Giveaway}

saifyas room

Khadija Ghurnah is the gentle soul behind a company that is making a precious product to wrap your baby or toddler in and hand it down as an heirloom piece. I spoke to her about her business, Safiya’s Room and how she is enlisting the handiwork of skilled artisans in India to design and craft these very special pieces. I ... Read More »

On Being Half Sicilian

box of sicilian tomatoes

It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ... Read More »

5 Inexpensive Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without This Winter

Olive Tree Soap Company Organic Argan Oil

We are all pretty well aware that this has been our coldest winter or record. Polar Vortex, ChiBeria, Snowmageddon, whatever you call it, it doesn’t look like we’ll be forgetting this one any time soon.  As we remain warm and comfortable (alhamdullilah) in our homes to ride out the cold wave, each time I look down to my red, dry ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book Series

Although not necessarily a food-related product, I have a real affinity for Noor Kids books for several very important reasons. One is that the are excellent books for kids that teach them about Islam in a fun, colorful and visual way with cartoon characters the kids can get to know throughout the series. Amin Aaser, the Harvard educated co-creator of the ... Read More »

Teaching Kids About Eid ul Adha

Eid_sheep_craft_Kidsandsheepcraft

The following post comes to us all the way from Doha, Qatar where our friend and partner in creating the Sweet Dawah™  Kit line of products at her company, Silver Envelope, Raana Smith lives. Photo Courtesy of Silver Envelope As we move in to the last 10 days leading up to Eid al-Adha, we notice a flurry of things going ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »

Sending an Eid Greeting + a Giveaway

This next post and giveaway comes to us from the online Etsy store, Salaam Cards. I’ve watched their business grow in the last year and they’re making pretty handmade cards and wrapping paper that are just perfect for Eid. Take a look, read through and enter the giveaway at the end, just in time for Eid ul Adha. Nothing beats ... Read More »

Super Quick Chicken Marinade

super quick chicken marinade

We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ramadan, which in my house actually means more cooking- or at least more need to be prepared for three meals a day instead of 1.5, as at least either our Iftar or Suhoor doesn’t take up a lot of our stomach space by the end ... Read More »

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

cheesy mostaccioli

Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... Read More »

Classic Tiramisu- Without the Alcohol

Tiramisu in glass dish

Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food.  Although I’m (half) Sicilian, I didn’t grow up with this dessert at family dinner tables. I’m not exactly sure why no one ever made it, but it took for me to travel to Italy and taste the real deal for the first time to be hooked, over and over again.  Needless ... Read More »