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Hajj/Eid Mubarak Party + Little Wings Gallery Review

Happy Wednesday!
Eid dessert topper

Eid was a few weeks ago, and the husband and I decided to host a hajj mubarak party for some relatives who were able to make the blessed journey this year. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is recommended to perform at least once in a lifetime (those who are able to financially and physically). Hajji’s (pilgrims who have performed hajj) return home several day’s after the celebration of Eid, thus the reason for my late post.
Eid Mubarak banner

For the party decor I used several items sent to me by Cherie of Little Wings Gallery.  She has a background in Design that has helped her to create beautiful contemporary Islamic decor.  The Eid decor set I was sent had a banner, a 8″x10″ print, several cupcake toppers, cupcake/dessert flags, little gift box, name tags for gifts and also buffet table labels.

Eid Mubarak print little wings gallery

I was emailed all the items to print, and after I did I just loved the pattern and colors as it is the theme I’ve been loving lately.  I was then able to set aside some time (aka commercial breaks) to cut everything out, and assembled the banner with twine.  It does take a little bit of time to complete if you are doing it alone so I would definitely make this a project with the little ones.  All the items come with easy instructions on what materials you need and  how to put it together so there is no guessing.

Cake topper, desserts and kabaa Because this was a Hajj/Eid Mubarak party, I decided to create a cake banner with the cupcake flag toppers. I took two bamboo skewers that I usually use for chicken skewers, and some twine to make this banner.  Another fun and easy idea is to make  a kabaa out of construction paper and a square tissue paper box.  I didn’t have construction paper so  I used gift wrapping tissue paper in gold and black.  It took a few minutes to make and was a big hit. If you want to take it one step further for kids you can turn this kabaa box into a sadaqah (charity) box.

Arabesque Eid Set

Photo credit: Little Wings Gallery

I loved hosting this party and putting together my black and gold decor, and it definitely became more festive with the little decor touches from Little Wings Gallery.  Do check out their Etsy shop for more fun Islamic prints, children’s room decor, stationary and more.  If you would like something personalized you can have that done too.  And the best part? 10% of proceeds from all sales go to a Muslim’s Aid charity.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*Not a sponsored post.  AnUblog.com were provided the Eid decorations from Little Wings Gallery for review and for giveaway during Ramadan.  All opinions are of AnUblog.com.

A&U Cook | Br{EGG}fast Square

Happy Saturday!

Puff pasty egg breakfastI love the weekends–who doesn’t? But I especially enjoy the quality time with my husband.  On Friday’s we usually have date nights, on Saturday mornings we have brunch where the husband makes his delicious spicy omelet, and on Sunday’s I usually wipe up something yummy for us to eat.  A few Sunday’s ago for brunch I wanted to make something special with puff pastry sheet that I had sitting in the freezer– it was the same day I made these yummy chocolate banana muffins.  I usually use puff pastry sheet to make samosas/meat filled pastry during Ramadan and not much else. So I started looking up recipes and then went straight to the Pepperidge Farm site to see what ideas they had and came across this recipe. I’m also thinking of trying a few other versions of this recipe for example this, and this.

puff pastry sheetI changed up a few things, by adding habanero cheese I found at the local Farmer’s Market, made it a veggie version by adding tomatoes instead of the meat, and desified it (aka spiced it up) by sprinkling some chaat masala on top.  Overall, the flavors meshed really well together, and definitely made it a fancy brunch idea that requires little effort, is filling and healthy.

pastry tomatoe habanero cheeseAs you can see I baked the pastry for about 10 minutes, made an indentation with a spoon in the middle of the pastry, then added my cheese, a few slices of tomatoes, and added the egg right in the middle.  This will seem messy at first as the egg might spill over but don’t worry! Gently place the baking sheet in the oven and let it bake for a few more minutes until the egg’s set.

Breakfast egg square tartBaked egg tarthealthy spicy baked egg recipeBon appetite! Do let me know if you try this out.  What are some of your favorite brunch recipes?

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

Happy National Handbag Day!

Happy Friday!

And a great Friday it is with it being National Handbag Day! Yes, it’s actually an official thing so why not celebrate by splurging (or saving) on a great handbag?! I’ve compiled some amazing options that are all under $350 but they all look more expensive than that.

I am soo loving the new Paris clutch by Rebecca Minkoff! If you have been following my fashion posts then it is no surprise I love Minkoff handbags. They are always on trend and the price point is so affordable for the quality. And the Ostwald Helgason x ALDO Rise collaboration’s lily handbag is such a beauty in the crimson color.

Which handbag do you have your eye on?

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

October Breast Cancer Awareness | Think Before You Pink

Hi all,

breast cancer free printable

Free Breast Cancer Awareness Month Printables at FrogPrincePaperie.com *Photo credit: Frog Prince Paperie

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, aka wear pink month.  This month companies everywhere are supporting breast cancer by featuring limited edition products to support research of breast cancer.  As I mentioned in my 20 Facts About Me Tag, my mom passed away from breast cancer when I was a teen.  This terrible disease affects 1 out of 8 women, according to NationalBreastCancer.org, and is the second leading cause of death in women. Please do take some time from your day this month to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms, how to do a self-breast exam, and what you can do to help further research. I, myself, take time to update myself on new research, myths and facts about the disease because you never know if an acquaintance, friend, relative or someone close to these people have just been diagnosed, receiving treatment after being diagnosed, in remission or perhaps passed away from breast cancer.

Breast cancer printable self exam

*Photo credit: Frog Prince Paperie

In addition, bcaction.org, has started the “Think Before You Pink” campaign in 2002 which sheds light on how to become aware of supporting blindly companies/products that may be misinforming or doing little to nothing to further research on Breast Cancer, and calls companies to be more transparent/accountable about their pink products.  Therefore, before you spend your money remember to ask these 6 critical questions:

  1. How much money from your purchase actually goes toward breast cancer?

  2. What is the maximum amount that will be donated?

  3. How much money was spent marketing the product?

  4. How are the funds being raised?

  5. To what breast cancer organization does the money go, and what types of programs does it support?

  6. What is the company doing to assure that its products are not contributing to the breast cancer epidemic?

If you don’t see the information you want on the packaging of a product, you should write or call the company and ask.

Breast Cancer awareness for my mother cupcake topper

*Photo credit: Frog Prince Paperie

Get together with your girlfriends, and have a fun October Breast Cancer Awareness party! You can all donate directly to a cause such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation or another organization that you believe will use your donated money wisely. And remember, make your party fun and pink with the free printables from Frog Prince Paperie!

think pink printable

*Photo credit: Frog Prince Paperie

What October Breast Cancer Awareness products have you bought? or Companies do you support?

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not sponsored by any of the companies/organizations mentioned. All opinion’s are of AnUblog.com.  Please do your own research on companies/products that you would like to support.

A&U Cook | Chocolate Banana Muffins

Hi all!

chocolate banana muffinI made these delicious muffins a few Sunday’s ago for brunch at home with my husband.  I missed cooking up new recipes the past few months since I had fractured my arm and was unable to do any chores or cooking.  I thoroughly enjoyed making these chocolate banana muffins since they are a version of banana bread–which I have made several times at home.

banana bread muffinThis recipe was easy to make since most of the items I had on hand–ripe bananas, chocolate chips, walnuts/pecans and flour.  I used the recipe found on Taste of Home, though changed up a few things such as using honey instead of sugar (we hardly buy sugar) in the same quantity as the recipe states, and 2 tablespoon of baking powder instead of baking soda.

breakfast muffinsThese chocolate banana muffins came out soft and just the perfect consistency for a muffin. The husband wanted to eat them all in one sitting, but I tempted him with the other brunch items I cooked up that day.  I’m always happy to find recipes that work and come out as stated because then I can share them with everyone and save them as my favorites to use in the future.

Chocolate banana muffinsThe recipe said it would yield 2 dozen muffins, however I used my cupcake pan that holds 1 dozen at a time, and I wanted my muffins to rise completely so I used all the batter in the cupcake pan filling up each cup about 3/4 full.  It made 12 perfectly delicious muffins for the husband and I to enjoy.  Remember to let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before placing them on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes and bon appetite!

chocolate banana cupcake

What are some of your favorite breakfast or muffin recipes?

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

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