Too busy…

At long last….I have a real good excuse for not blogging. You want to know what has kept me from updating my blog? The truth, the real truth and nothing but the truth? Well , my fellow readers …I have been busy, very busy. Not just plain busy with mundane boring things like cooking, cleaning and looking after the girls. Oh no, the kind of busy I’m right now is the type of busy that keeps you busy all the time. The type that one does not mind. The business that keeps you up all hours and still you enjoy.

Let me now share with you, my fellow readers, the stuff (not the right word but I’m too busy right now to look for a more appropriate word, maybe thing? or task? activity perhaps? who cares?) that has kept me busy. Actually let me give you a bullet point list.

  • learning to crochet
  • learning to knit, actually working on my first ever scarf
  • missing my dh
  • organizing my wardrobe
  • painting a feature wall, a lovely pink wall
  • missing my dh
  • organizing a sleepover party for dd8 dd9
  • sewing rag dolls
  • missing my dh
  • taking up curtains which have been too long for far too long
  • cooking and sharing meals with friends, including my almost famous choc chip american pancakes with minty icecream
  • missing my dh
  • and many many more….

And the evidence?, you may ask my fellow readers…well the answer, quite simply…i’m too busy to wait around this machine while it downloads the pictures. So untill things quiet down a little bit around here, I’m afraid there will be no pictures.

Salaams y hasta pronto,

Ines

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Cous cous, lemon and gingernut cheesecake and a dvd…

Last night I came up with the best remedy to cure my post party black moods. And honestly who does not hate clearing up after everyone has left? In the other hand we all love the preparty happy moods, the planning, the getting the house ready to welcome friends… And that my dear readers was the answer to my problem…After the party and just before the last guest has left, invite them all to another party the following day. Thus when you are clearing and collecting mugs and what have you from behind the furniture you are in fact preparing to welcome your friends again. You are happy all over again…

Anyways this morning I was very happy steaming the couscous, chopping the veg and defrosting the cheesake when all of a sudden I noticed that the meat sauce was not bubbling away anymore. My whole body started to shut down, I was frozen on the spot. My first almost instant reaction was to yell for my husband. But I knew it would have been in vain, the man is thousands of miles away enjoying himself, while his wife and three daughters faced death by starvation or frostbite. You may think I am exaggerating but let me tell you that my cooker is electric and so is my central heating/boiler.

Alhamdulilah for good friends that are willing to run to the rescue. Alhamdulilah for good friends that have more sense than  to try explain to a neurotic, on the verge of a nervous breakdown woman that there is nothing wrong with the electric system in her house. Alhamdulilah for good friends that are willing to drive their kids still in their pyjamas to their friend’s house to touch a button and just like that make everything work again. Who needs a man after all…

Anyway I guess at this point you want to know if the couscous was any good and what DVD we watched…Oh and the cheesake was not homemade neither am I going to apologize for it. It was iceland’s own brand, very cheap and very yummy. And please spare me the e numbers blah blah. It was delicious. Not as delicious as the home made, from scratch, nothing out of a tin, done all by myself couscous. See for yourselves…

The dvd…The bucket list. Great movie. Made me think of the things I want to achieve in the short future inshallah. Actually all my guests had to share three things they wanted to achieve in the next coming year. We plan to meet again this time next year and see how many we can tick, inshallah.

My bucket list for next year inshallah

  • Do Hajj with dh
  • Write a book
  • Learn to crochet/knit and make a bed cover
  • And help Nadia with the gardening

What are you hoping to achieve in the next 12 months inshallah. Care to share with me?

Salaams y Hasta pronto,

Ines

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

I told you I liked this time of the year… Yesterday I had one fantastic day. Alhamdulilah for my adventurous friends and my energetic girls, mashallah.

So much to tell and share but I think on this occasion pictures will tell it best…

We set off  just after 10 am for Tring, somewher in ….England. Gosh I’m rubbish at geography 😉  The scenery all the way there was breathtaking mashallah, subhanallah.

a bit of something before hitting the slopes

 

don't you just love our wellies...mashallah
the plan was to have an outdoors picnic but decided against...still the homemade soup after all the exercise was delish mashallah
the hot choc went down a treat too...mashallah

You can imagine how tired we all arrived home. No way I was going to cook so instead we picked up a snack box of chicken popcorn and chips for everyone from KFC and a DVD.  The dvd we picked, My sisters keeper, was not as great as I anticipated but was definitely an easy watch with the teenagers… minus some bits that needed skipping…

And what better way to end the night that a game of Taboo. The teenagers again bit us all, mashallah.

Salaams y Hasta pronto

Ines

The winner is…

seekingjenna…and seekingtaqwa ….and somayya. Seekingjenna gets the first prize which is the book, as promised. The other two get a surprise book. Please contact me via email with your details and I’ll post them as soon as the snow clears. Thank you all for sharing your du’as.

Salaams y Hasta pronto,

Ines

The first of many more to come…

Inshallah and because I love you all I’m giving away a little sweet book. Yes, just like that I’m giving away … ‘Du’a’ The shield of a believer arrows of light …’

To enter the contest, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

 Which one is your favourite du’a and why. Let me tell you which one is mine and why…

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ
إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ
 
“I depart with Allah’s name, relying on Him. It is Allah who saves us from sins with His guidance (the ability to do so).” (Tirmidhi)
 
It is stated in the hadith that if a person recites the above dua and departs then there is an (unseen) proclamation that his need will be fullfilled and that he will be protected from any harm or injury. On hearing this dua, the Satan goes away from the place and refrains from troubling the reciting person.

(Tirmidhi)

 
I’ll never forget the day I stuck that du’a on the back of the door and begun learning it. My girls and myself would say it together and until these day we never leave the house without reading it. I can not put into words how safe and protected it makes me feel. Subhanallah.
 
Next time I’ll tell you about how I’ve turned my life around with the help of a book…
 
Salaams y Hasta pronto,
Ines
 
 
 

 

 

I love this time of the year…

this is what I wrote in response to one of my blogfriend’s honest post…

i love this time of the year….lol don’t take me wrong, read the rest of my comment … i love that on christmas day the roads are empty and i can travel to see my friends, i love that the parks are empty and the girls have the swing and all the rest for themselves…i love that the day after christmas all those ppl that have over spent flog all their presents on gumtree/ebay/amazon and i can get some bargains inshallah,,, looking for an iphone
I hate the consumerism around this time of year, i hate the wastage and all the rest, i hate my mother feeling sorry for me all by myself on ’such special day’ …if only she knew…
I love you fisabillilah, thank you for an honest post

Please note that I did not go into a religious debate… I just exercised my right to express my opinion.

Salaams y Hasta pronto

Ines