Our Eid 1434

So, the photos are finally uploaded, and though they’re not that many, we did have a full day on Eid this year alhamdulilah.  This year we made egg rolls to take to the masjid in the morning. I made egg rolls and also Z’s version using the Vietnamese rice paper wraps. This time, I fried them, and alhamdulillah they didn’t spit much at me. They turned out pretty good. So, while I took the egg rolls to the masjid for the potluck, I also brought Z’s rice rolls in a separate container. In fact, I had made treats for him before Ramadan and froze them, specially for Eid. So, the day before, S helped me put them in treat bags, and tied them with ribbons to make them look festive. On Eid day, I put these in a paper bag and brought them to the masjid for Z. So far, every year, while people are eating this and that on Eid day, all Z had to eat were just his cookies and muffins that I had made and frozen before Ramadan and put in treat bags. This year, alhamdulillah for his rice rolls. At least he’s not looking at other people enjoying all different kinds of food and waiting to get back home to eat his food.

I’ve realized that rather than spend time making food for others, my time may be much better spent making his food due to his allergies. What really frustrates me when I make food for others, is that, especially when I make Malay food that are foreign to others, some people would take a lot of them, even if they’re just trying it, and then when they don’t like it, they throw it away. There is so much food wastage happening in our community that it’s really disturbing and disgusting. The masjid has tried to address it and so far what seems to work is serving an equal amount to everyone and if there are leftover, then they can have seconds. Otherwise, it’s really shameful how mothers take a pile of food for their children and their children don’t even eat that much and the food ends up in the trash. That really is against what our religion teaches. With potlucks however, there is no such supervision, so people are taking food as they please. So I have come to a point where I feel it’s better for me to just spend the time and energy to make food for Z, especially seeing that he is always left out anyway when there are potlucks, than make food for other people just to have them waste it, especially since I figure it’s foreign food and they might not like it (which is fine, but at least have the common sense to take just a bit to taste and not take a whole lot and end up throwing them away).

At the masjid, they passed out candies to the kids, and so, what we did was, hubs took Z’s treat bag and gave it to the person giving away the candies to the kids when it came to Z’s turn, so instead of getting the candies, Z got his own treat bag. We did the same when they were giving out gifts to the kids. Hubs took Z’s gift bag and passed it to the person giving out the gifts when it was Z’s turn. Z was elated with his gifts, At the end of that day, he kept saying

“I want to do that again!” (referring to the whole Eid day)

I would say then that our mission is accomplished (in making Eid a special day for the kids even though we are living in an environment where there are so many other festivals and celebrations that we don’t really celebrate). Alhamdulillah!

His Eid treat

His Eid treat

Z's rice rolls

Z’s rice rolls

Egg rolls

Egg rolls

Gift bags and treat and rice roll

Gift bags and treat and rice roll

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We stopped using Write Guide for financial reasons, and so now I’m back to checking their essays. After using Write Guide for about 3+ months, I’ve realized that I didn’t do too bad a job of checking their essays all this time. The driving factor that pushed me to use Write Guide was lack of time for myself and because I want to see how others would critique their writing. I’ve learned and picked up a few things regarding checking their essays throughout the years and that has helped alhamdulillah. I still do intend to enroll them in Home2Teach classes maybe in summer inshaaAllah. For now it’ll just be me.

In terms of hifdh, Z just finished Al Kaafiroon. I’m finding it a real test if patience doing hifdh with him subhanallah, so I don’t how much longer I can keep this up, but may Allah make it easy ameen! For N, I told her to make a daily schedule for revision. So far, I believe she is sticking to that schedule.

H has been busy movie-video-making and blogging his ‘adventures’. I have been perusing through allergy free cookbooks, looking for ideas of travel food to make for Z for our upcoming trip through California, Oregon and Washington inshaaAllah. I had made a marble pound cake and the day after, he had a bad attack of hives. I am skeptical that it was the cake that caused it, but I don’t know that it didn’t either, so I’m thinking of trying to let him eat a bit of it again and see. We had frozen it. I have yet to make his travel food and really need to get to it soon.

S was diagnosed with Raunaud’s syndrome, and her blood test came up with a positive and so she is referred to a rheumatologist. We’ll see about that.

May Allah her shifaa and grant us all good health. Ameen.

Now, S has stopped teaching at Sunday school, and only N goes. With her fingers, S is a bit limited in what she is able to do. So even for the soup kitchen, I’m a bit hesitant to let her go.

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Tucson, AZ & Productivity

008 We went to Tucson last week, tagging along with hubs for his conference. This time, for Z’s food, I asked hubs to just ask for a fridge in the room and so I just cooked food as I would if we were eating at home, froze them in small ziplocs and we brought our cooler and I put them in insulated lunch bags. By the time we reached the hotel room, they were still frozen so I just transferred them to the fridge. The ones in the insulated lunch bag stayed frozen the longest (since the fridge doesn’t have a freezer section). Hubs even asked for a microwave, which we used to heat up leftovers of Chef Alisah’s delicious food!172

We drove there Monday after S is done with her TQ class, and dropped by Whole Food for greens before going to the hotel. On Tuesday, all of us except the girls went to the pool, and they slid on the 180 feet water slide. S had her TQ and N didn’t want to come. That evening, we all went to this Bosnian restaurant, and it was our first time (not hubs) eating Bosnian food. It was a LOT of meat for us. It was supposed to be for 4, but for us carb-eating Malays, that was too much meat, so we took them home and put them in the fridge and they lasted us for the rest of our meals till we left on Thursday! Alhamdulillah. It was delicious though, the chicken was moist and flavorful and the meat, delish! For Z, we heated up his pasta and brought it with us and he ate it before our food reached the table.


S in her TQ class. It was nice to hear her class even while we’re traveling. And mine too! And this time, Nouman too!


I had brought along Z’s calendar notebook but only did it with him on one of the days, because by sticking to our regular schedule and taking them swimming and I had to make up my missed class on Thursday, it left little time for me to work with him. But at least we got something done, alhamdulillah. I foresaw January as being very tight for me, so whatever I am able to get done, I am grateful for, alhamdulillah.


Z loved getting on this golf cart. We were transported by it the night we arrived and the day we were checking out(since it was raining then).

On Wednesday, because I had class, hubs took the kids hiking in the late afternoon. I was left alone in the room attending my class. That morning, all the kids had classes, for N, throughout the morning, from 7 – 11 am. We still stuck with our Tafseer and Arabic With Husna routine throughout the stay in Tucson alhamdulillah. Though on Wednesday we weren’t able to finish watching CNNStudentNews.


We don’t have any saguaros in New Mexico, so you will only see these in Arizona.

On Wednesday and Thursdays, I took H and Z swimming and alhamdulillah, using the noodles, 3 of them wrapped around him front and back, Z used his feet and arms and swam a lot with H. H is able to swim pretty well from what I am able to assess, alhamdulillah. Z is still a little scared, though he could stand in the pool with his head above water, he refused and relied completely on the noodles keeping him afloat. But at least he swam a lot, and I hope it helps in making his upper body stronger as that is the focus in his occupational therapy.


On Thursday, before we left, we dropped by the Asian grocery store to shop and of course, where there are Asian grocery stores, there are Bubble Tea! I’ve been looking for tapioca balls and we finally found them at the Asian grocery store. So hopefully we can make our own bubble tea soon. When we arrived home Thursday night, Z kept saying he wanted to go back to Tucson and he kept asking for it the next day too and the next day. He loved watching the video clips I took of them swimming. We all enjoyed our time there alhamdulillah.

Now it’s back to work. Last night, the girls were asked to fill in for a sick teacher for Sunday school and today, both S and N went to the masjid to fill in as Islamic studies teachers. While S was preparing for it last night, she showed be the book they are using, and in it, it says that the fruits that Zakariya a.s. found with Maryam a.s. were brought in by the people and that when she said, “This is from Allah,” she meant that it was a blessing of Allah that those people brought her those fruits. This is the first time we heard of this interpretation, so it became a bit of an issue, and eventually we decided that it is best that when she does this passage with the students, that she inform them that based on what she is aware of, this is not the case. So on Saturday, all 3 kids went to volunteer at the soup kitchen, and today, the girls went to teach at Sunday school. They said the students were pretty well behaved alhamdulillah and listened to them! One of our concerns of having S teach was that they might not listen to her because some of the older ones would be close to her in age, but alhamdulillah they listened. And in Tajweed class, where an older Saudi sister is teaching, S was suddenly asked to translate ayatul kursi in English to the students, and alhamdulillah, as S had already done it in TQ, she was able to do that. Subhanallah, a blessing from Allah. To be able to read from the mushaf and translate it. Alhamdulilah, Allahu Akbar! It’s an indescribable feeling! Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah!

So alhamdulillah, it’s a productive weekend for the kids. H spent time playing basketball tonight with a boy, which is part of an effort to have my friend’s kids to like coming to the masjid inshaaAllah. May Allah bless the effort and give the taufeeq for our youth to be attached to the masjid. Ameen.




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Z Books : Cloudette & Germs Make Me Sick

I am not feeling well today and Z is sick too. I’ve been at work drawing and making educational game cards for Z, inspired by Umm Nu’man’s activities pack. I checked out books from the library, mostly from the science shelves. And from these books, during my break last week, I’ve been brainstorming games that can be made out of the info read in the books. The drawing is easy, but it’s the coloring that takes up time. S taught me how to use GIMP to color my scanned drawings, and I found myself addicted. It’s fun but it takes a long time, and it hurts my eyes. So I’m now down with a sore throat and achy eyes. But I couldn’t help myself, last night, I drew some cards based on the stories of the prophets. I plan to make card games for these, and I already hashed out my ideas with the kids (plan B in case I forgot my own ideas).

Today, since my tajweed class was cancelled, because my teacher also has a sore throat. She just got back from hajj. So I decided to read to Z, who had come upstairs to my bed asking to eat, but I was too sick to get myself out of bed, and the poor guy fell asleep while waiting for me. I woke up for my class and by the time it was cancelled, I was already up. He woke up soon after and he ate his sweet potato french fries, and honeydew, and we sat and read 2 books and then we watched Reading Rainbow on Vimeo.

We had read this book last night and when I asked him what book he wants me to read, he picked this book again.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

When we read this book, I brought up that Allah is the one who makes the clouds rain. That the angels drove them by Allah’s commands and Allah orders the clouds to rain over areas He wills. Allah is the one who waters the crops (I reminded him of our trip to Dallas when I had asked him who waters those fields).

Then we read Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger

And since we’re both sick, this book was VERY relevant.

Germs Make Me Sick! from WVPT on Vimeo.

Since we were on Reading Rainbow, I offered if he wants to watch other episodes. We ended up watching The Milk Makers and he picked the Life Cycle of the Honeybee.

The Milk Makers from WVPT on Vimeo.

From this episodes, I sneaked in some talk about him being allergic to milk and that is why he can’ t have cheese and ice cream that the rest of the family eats, but that we have to find him his own ice cream and cheese made from soy or rice. I also pointed out that since he can’t have milk, that is why he is getting the calcium supplements. In the midst of telling him this, he asked,

“Where are the eggs?”

He figured that since he’s allergic to milk, where are the eggs, since he’s allergic to eggs too. It’s either this thought process, or the thought process of how those cows get their calves. I had told him that he was in belly before he was born (we were talking about how Allah made the clouds rain and he said, no, people make it, and I said, no, people don’t know how to make those things), and I told him that I have eggs inside of me and Allah makes the babies grow inside.

The Life Cycle of the Honeybee from WVPT on Vimeo.

I figure watching old Reading Rainbow episodes are good for when I’m sick or can’t read or work with him. I hope to have those educational game cards done soon inshaaAllah, though I’m going to have the kids help me with the coloring and rearranging. I am hiring H to make card boxes for me for the cards. I offered him 1 dollar per box. He has started on soldering from Quick Study Labs and he started another Currclick class today; History of Weapons. N’s Mammals class was cancelled on account of Hurricane Sandy. I also started watching CNN Student News with N and H, and discussed the Discussion questions. With Hurricane Ike in 2008, we were in Columbus, and the tree limb in front of our apartment broke and we had a blackout for about a day or more. Hurricane Sandy is way worse, so I can only imagine what people in the east and midwest is experiencing.

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OKC Day 2

We decided to go out in the morning today, just the 4 of us excluding S, who has class all the way till 2:30. I had a little trouble getting to my group this morning and S missed a bit of her class because we switched laptops due to technical difficulties.

For a downtown library, it looks pretty new, which is nice but surprising. Then again, this is not the east coast. I remember when we went to Philadelphia and went to the downtown library. You could tell the building was very old.

Around 11 am, we went out and decided to take the trolley or walk to the Downtown Library. We ended up waking because the trolley comes every 30 minutes. It was surprisingly cool. I was expecting it to be hot. That’s what happens when you live in New Mexico and it’s always hot. So we had quite a nice walk through part of downtown. H led the way.

The library is very nice. I spent quite some time looking for books to read to Z. I was looking for non fiction science books but I ended up spending a long time in the picture books section before I realized that the books I was looking for was in the tween section.

I had a stack of books and called him and we sat in one area, and I asked him to choose which books he wanted me to read to him. He really loved Hey Diddle Diddle A Food Chain Tale.

I had to read it twice.

We also read Stanley Goes Fishing

and A Kite Day

and In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?

We read some other ones too, but these are the ones we remember. We didn’t read all the books in the stack, and I didn’t have the energy to anyway because after reading Hey Diddle Diddle twice, I didn’t have the energy to read anything else anymore. He also said he was done.

N and H were in the youth area, reading books. I think they finished 1 book during the time we were there. We left around 12:30 thinking we might get on the trolley but we ended up walking back to the hotel and as we reached it, we saw the trolley pass by us. We missed it!

On the way back, they left me way behind.

They had their HSI at 3:30 pm and discussed the Boston Massacre. I was too tired I just fell asleep in between. But the day felt somewhat productive alhamdulillah because in the morning, Z did some of Umm Nu’man’s Quran Center activity sheet set. He glued all the words for surah Al Ikhlass. He also asked to play the memory game with the Quran word cards, and he played it with N and H while I listened to the review of Juz 2. Alhamdulillah! At least he’s not completely aversive to it.

I hope Z is getting better because he is having runny nose sometimes and is still having coughing fits. We’re still giving him honey lemon, thanks to N and H making it for him.

I’m also getting increasingly worried about his food. I had made chicken nuggets for him but he doesn’t seem to like it. I had brought his serunding too, but I want him to eat his chicken. We bought Briyani tonight but of course, he can’t eat it. So he ate white rice with his chicken nuggets. Poor boy. This is the challenge of traveling with a multiple allergic kid. May eh outgrow these allergies completely soon. Ameen!

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Z’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

We’re going on a road trip, and as usual, I have to make a whole bunch of food for Z, mostly snacks on top of protein meals. I was short on time. ALhamdulillah I found 2 small ziplocs of frozen muffins in the chest freezer, and 1 small ziploc of chocolate cookies of his, so I decided to just make one type of cookies and that’s it. So I made the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies by Elizabeth Gordon. Z asked to help so I let him roll the scooped balls of cookie dough in the powdered sugar. Alhamdulillah. It’s not often that he gets to participate in baking with me because of his allergies. He’s been asking to help a lot recently, so that’s good alhamdulillah. I was getting worried that he would develop an aversion to working in the kitchen. I don’t want to raise a man who expects his mother or wife to do everything for him.

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Z Books: Starfish and Spinning Spiders

Last week, I didn’t read any books to Z. It was hectic as my classes resumed and computer use was limited. I had an article I couldn’t finish and I had my online students to tend to, and I also lost my voice and towards the end of the week I strained my back when playing tennis. I had asked N to massage me but she didn’t do it with ihsan, so it didn’t have any effect. Hubs massaged it and by the will of Allah, I do not have problems making ruku’ now alhamdulillah!

Today, I read to Z while the kids are having their online classes.

We read Spinning Spiders by Melvin Berger.

We also read Starfish by Edith Thacher Hurd.

In the meantime, Z has been watching the Reading Rainbow video clip I had put up in a previous post. So today, after we read this, he expected me to find a Youtube video on them, and I did. We managed to watch a few before we set off for the library.

This was the first one we found:

And this is really cool too. Z said when we were watching this,

“It looks like a caterpillar!”

We also looked for spider web spinning Youtube videos:

With this one below, we talked about how the spider wraps its prey and then injects it with poison. When we read that part in the book, I reminded Z of his immunization shots (which he doesn’t like and so remembers quite well), and he understands and seems to be able to relate to this, so we looked out for this when we were watching the video. He even pointed to one of the legs of the spider and he said,

“Is that his ‘shot’?”

But then, I showed him how he injects the poison with a body part from his mouth and we saw it pretty clearly thanks to the video-person who did a wonderful job with this clip!

After we came back from the library, I went to the garden to check on my plants and saw a tangled spider web in my Thai Chilli plant. I showed it to Z and he told me,

“There is one on the captus!”

It took me a while to figure out what captus was, but as he pointed to our front yard, I understood. Captus = cactus.

“Oh, the cactus?”


So he went ahead and showed me the spider web on one of the cacti in our front yard. Subhanallah, it was a beautiful web, and the spider was still there too and there was even some leftover of his meal. I wonder how Z even noticed that. I asked the older kids if they showed him the web, but they said no. So Z must have noticed it on his own. Good observation!

And he kept telling me when we were watching the Youtube videos,

“Send it to your blog!”

We also watched the tarantula:

Recently, I’ve been making his breakfast. Usually, I would pre bake his muffins, waffles and freeze them. I kind of feel sorry for him because they don;t look that appetizing and he ends up always skipping breakfast. So I started making him scrambled tofu with cubed frozen sweet potatoes for breakfast. He demanded that I also add carrots and I also put in sliced okra. I sprinkle it with curry powder. I also bake french fries of sweet and russet potatoes. But he really loves the scrambled tofu. When we made the sweet potato fries, he asked to help, so I let him mix in the curry powder over the unbaked fries, and even pour them on the pan before putting them in the oven. I had taken photos but he had deleted them. What  a shame. I make a big deal of him helping out in the kitchen because with his allergies, I usually don’t let him help much whereas the older kids all had their hands in their food since a young age. I find that letting kids work in the kitchen help with their learning overall. So I have been feeling bad for Z. Alhamdulillah, he’s been asking to help more and more now. Maybe after seeing his siblings always pottering about in the kitchen. A good thing, alhamdulillah.

I had checked out Janice Van Cleave’s Play and Find Out About Bugs, but haven’t yet had the chance to do any of the activities with Z.

Last week was hectic for me and we’re about to embark on one of our road trips for ‘ilm/hubs’ conference this month, so I’m thinking it will be hectic in the coming week. Well, at least he’s still learning from the little sessions we are able to have alhamdulillah.

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Quran Party

Well, I don’t know what else to call it. And come to think of it, it is centered around the Quran in terms of what we’re celebrating. S is starting Taleem Quran, and because I didn’t want Z feeling left out, I made him a cake and so I had to come up with an occasion for his cake and I thought I’d make it Quran-ish too. So, I made it a celebration of his Quranic Arabic reading. I piped a few words from his IQRA book too.

We made the Laksa Penang, quite easily, except S overcooked the Laksa so we had a pretty mushy laksa. Z had Nasi Goreng for lunch while we ate the Laksa but we gave him a little bit just to see if he could take sardine. So far, no reactions, so I’m hoping he’s ok with fish! inshaAllah! He didn’t really like it though.

Lai fen – the noodles for Laksa Penang

The sardine from the Asian grocery store. The ones in the western supermarket are horribly bland.


Not too great a shot, but we were hungry and I was tired from finishing up decorating Z’s cake, and the Laksa noodles were overcooked so it wouldn’t have made a great food photo anyway. Laksa Penang is I think my best noodle dish, since I always manage to make the other soupy noodle dish too bland. But with Laksa Penang, it’s hard for me to make it bland unless I put too much water when making the soup/broth.



It was quite a moment when we cut him his cake. He was so shy that it was difficult to take his picture. But we got it eventually. He initially went for the frosting but after a while claimed,

“I don’t like the white stuff.”

He ate his cake but didn’t finish it, and finished it much much later. I did cut him quite a big piece, so…


Today, he had cake too and I cut him a thin piece ane he ate it all minus the ‘white stuff’. I don’t blame him for not liking the frosting.

As for the rest of us, we ended up sitting back in our chair and laughing at how fatty the frosting truly is. I don’t need to reiterate what I said about frosting in the previous post. We can’t take too much frosting. Period.

We had Z read the words I had piped on his cake, though with a lot of help. He initially didn’t want to read them. But I said I won’t cut the cake until he did, so we helped him read them.

So, S started her Taleem Quran course today. The party yesterday was just perfect because now it’s back to work and fasting our make ups and Shawwal 6. May Allah bless this journey for all involved for our dunya and akhirah. Ameen!

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Taleem Quran Cake

Yesterday, we made red velvet cakes, two of them, one for Z (allergen-free) and one for us (the regular one). When I asked S what kind of cake she wants for her TQ party, she picked red velvet, so red velvet it is. We didn’t really have enough red food coloring, so we didn’t use as much as directed in the recipe. I didn’t feel too good about using the coloring, and we had gone to the co-op to look for natural red food coloring after tennis. They didn’t have any. We went to Toucan. They didn’t have any either. So we made our red velvet red with whatever red food coloring we had, and for Z, I kept his cake chocolate. I’m guessing that if I want the natural red food coloring, I’d have to buy it online.

For Z’s cake, the recipe calls for rice milk and cider vinegar


Z’s cake and frosting

The recipe I used for Z’s red velvet cake is from Cybele Pascal’s Allergen Free Baker’s Handbook.

I love her recipes, and this one was pretty easy to make too. And unlike many other allergen free recipes, her baked goods actually taste good! She even has the frosting recipe, which I have been finding hard to find for allergen free ones. I’m thinking of buying her book instead of checking it out of the library again and again. This is one book I can really use and refer to long term.

For our red velvet cake, I used the recipe from Joy of Baking though we didn’t use her frosting recipe because we didn’t have the heavy cream she specified. So S just made the cream cheese frosting from some other random recipe. We had discussed the design for this cake a while back. Inadvertently, I realized that I suddenly have the ability to do Arabic calligraphy, and so I tried it out on paper. It is pretty good if I do say so myself. I have tried before in the past to do Arabic calligraphy, but they never turned out. This time, I guess I have been looking at some for quite some time and the connections just sparked in my brain and subhanallah, I was able to come up with a decent calligraphic representation of Taleem Al Quran at least. It wasn’t done with calligraphy pen, but it was a start.


I had discussed with S the design for her cake, and so I started decorating the cake yesterday. The thing that made me the most nervous was the calligraphy part, because I have never done this before in cake icing. I practiced on the practice board, and subhanallah, it wasn’t too bad for starters. I thought I was going to do worse than that! Though I do think I did better on the practice board than on the cake. If it was a sheet cake it would have been somewhat easier.



The only thing that I wasn’t too happy about is the smoothness of the frosted cake. I could have done better, but we were short on frosting, so I had to make do. It was close to dinner time too, so there was rushing, and cleaning up to do. This is one thing I don’t like about cake decorating. I have to schedule it way in advance so it doesn’t run into lunch and dinner time. Anyway, we ended up with two frosted red velvet cakes yesterday. I have to make more frosting for Z’s cake in order to pipe some decorations on it, though I most probably will not color any of it. So it’ll be white, or at the most chocolate, from cocoa. For S’ cake, we need to add the royal icing flowers on it.

Z didn’t know we were making a cake for him. When I told him, he looked at me with the most joyous expression there is. His expressions have always been intense since he was a baby, especially since he has a speech delay. He conveys a lot through his expressions. A slow but sure smile literally grew on his face, and his eyes lit up, and you could just see the delight radiating from his expression. He kept on asking for the cake though after that and I had to tell him that it’s for tomorrow.

But since we’re celebrating S starting Taleem Quran, and since I am also making a cake for Z, I thought I’d make it an occasion for him too. I had wanted to make a cake for him when he graduated potty training, but now, I think, I’ll celebrate his Quran Arabic reading, so as to further motivate him, and to make it also in alignment with celebrating S’ Taleem Quran. I’m thinking of writing some Arabic words on his cake and maybe have him read them. That is today’s project, yet to be done.


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Eid Cookies

Chocolate Cashew Cookies – they took the recipe from my mother’s food blog, but they subbed pecans for the cashews since we didn’t have any cashews on hand then.


We had made this cookie before for our Ramadan Cookie project with the girls’ club, but I couldn’t for the life of me remember where I got the recipe from! Then I remembered (can’t remember how I remembered, but I was looking through the Malaysian cookbooks I have), and it was from this old dessert Malaysian cookbook my mother had given to me when I was 10. So the girls made these Sesame cookies but they used brown sugar in place of white sugar because we were out of white sugar because they had been making a lot of desserts the preceeding days.


Kuih Bangkit. The girls made 2 batches. The first batch, S didn’t want to roast the tapioca flour and of course it tasted somewhat blandish. So she made it a second time and it tastes wonderful! We had a Bangladeshi couple over recently and the husband LOVES these cookies! I do too! The recipe is also my mother’s, from her food blog.


H as usual, made brownies. The girls arranged them in these muffin cups and placed them in containers and jars. They look real pretty.


It was my idea. Usually, during Eid, Z is always ‘left out in the cold’ in terms of goodies, because of his allergies. So I had made cookies for him for Eid, before Ramadan and froze them. While we were getting ready for Eid days before, I told the girls to pack his cookies with the halal marshmallows we had bought the day before in those treat bags. They also made the tag with his name on. We hid it from him and brought these with us to the masjid, ready to give them to him when people get their food. That’s when he’s usually left out. Last year I brought his muffins. You should have seen the look of utter enjoyment on his face when he got to eat those muffins while everyone else was digging into whatever food was served at the masjid. Poor boy. This year, this was a surprise for him. He loved it, except for the marshmallows. He said he didn’t like them. I wish I had the energy to make more treats for him. It was only one type of cookie that I made for him.





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