This day, my mum made 'Zarda' (sweet rice) and it was so yummy.  I am sharing the recipe for those who don't know how we make it.

Ingredients:
Rice Saila, soaked for 6-7 hours 3 cups
Sugar 2 1/2 cups
Milk 1 cup
Cloves 4
Pistachios, finely chopped 10
Almonds, finely chopped 10
Cardamoms 6-8
Yellow food color 1/2 tsp
Ghee/ Melted Butter/ Oil 1 cup
Water

Directions:
Bring water to boil in a large pan, add drained rice, 2 cloves and 3 cardamoms. When rice is almost done, strain in a colander and leave in colander for a few minutes.Turn the rice out in a large open bowl. Mix in the food color, milk, nuts and sugar.
Heat oil in a large pan, add cardamom and cloves and rice. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover and cook on high heat for five minutes. Then put the pan on a round concave griddle and put on heat. Lower heat after a few minutes, leave till rice is done.
Serve hot or cold.
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It is fun to be creative. I was just playing with some ribbon strips yesterday, and suddenly this idea of turning a bow into Hijab pin struck in my mind.
I made three, let's see how many different colored you can make!
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Last night I was digging some old stuff, re-arranging all the drawers and what I saw beside some old papers and envelopes was this Yashica MF-2 Super DX 38mm lens camera. I was like wow, I found a treasure. For me, I felt like ages have passed since we last used it. It actually belongs to my parents and we were very small when they had first brought it home and I remember the excitement in us for getting this new camera in the 90's. It had that film roll and I loved collecting the used and old film strips.
Now, in this era, this camera stands out of all the new ones. Old is gold, and it truly is!

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♥ Starting on March 1st take a photo each day with inspiration from the prompt. For example prompt 1 is 'up', so take a photo looking up. Or of the word 'up'. Or something that lifts your mood 'up'. It it totally up to you how you want to interpret it.

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Another fill in the blanks for this week.
Thanks TLTWD for this.


1. The love of my life is Allah, His Final Prophet and My Family.

2. Falling in love is Temporary, staying in it is what counts the most.

3. Marriage is not what I thought it would be. I always thought it would be a Fairy Tale (happily ever after). But it is a relation where we say 'Expect the unexpected'.

4. The longest relationship I've ever had was , is and will always be the relation between we two - My Mother and I. Thanks Allah for giving her to me!

5. The key to a good relationship is self-sacrifice and forgiveness .

6. I feel loved when someone does something thoughtful for me - something that they specifically came up with because they knew I would love it.

7. My favorite quote about love is "The story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity."


Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
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Many experts talk about posting daily - to increase traffic and keep readers hooked. Many popular blogs do post every day (at least on weekdays).
Should you post every day?
Probably not.
Why?
Because:
  • If you write two posts each week instead of five (or seven), those posts will be much better written.
  • If you only post once or twice a week, you’ll usually find that you get more comments on each post.
  • If you don’t post too frequently, readers may actually read every post, instead of one in five.
  • If you don’t use up all your ideas in the first few weeks of blogging, you’re more likely to be successful in the long-term.
I normally recommend that bloggers aim for somewhere between three posts a week and one post every two weeks. Any fewer, and it’s hard to build engagement; any more, and you may find it difficult to keep up the quality.


Reducing Your Posting

What can you do if you’re currently producing five posts a week, Monday to Friday, and you want to cut back?
I’d suggest you simply change your blogging schedule, without even announcing it. If you’re really concerned about reader reaction, then let people know your reasons: you want to provide higher-quality content, and the best way for you to do that is by focusing on just 2-3 posts per week.
Chances are, your readers will accept the change without any objections at all.

Increasing Your Posting

If you currently post once a month or less, you need to increase the number of posts you write.
Don’t make a sudden resolution to write three times a week, or you’ll quickly burn out (and you may well overwhelm your readers). Instead, work up gradually. Plan to post once every two weeks, then once every week, and so on.

Over the long term, quality trumps quantity. Sure, publishing loads of blog posts in a hurry may get you some quick attention and traffic – but it’s not going to help you build up a solid business.

When you’re reading blogs, do you prefer ones that update every day or just once or twice a month? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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It is the very first 'Fill in the Blank Friday' for me
from "The Little Things We Do".
So let me get started.



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....and blogger


1. I started my blog because I enjoyed how other people had their own space by blogging and I also wanted one to showcase my work and to be social in the blogging network.

2. One thing I love seeing on other blogs are their real stories, how they keep themselves organized and their photography.

3. Something I love about blogging is posts written from the heart, everyday things, discussions and how bloggers bring new ideas for you.

4. A favorite blog post of mine is probably too hard to choose. There are so many favorites, I never know how fellow bloggers are able to answer a question like this because I just can’t make up my mind!

5. Something my friends in real life know about me that I've never before mentioned on my blog is that they find me extra-creative, they say I am a girl with so many talents but I need a space to use them. Unfortunately, I haven't still got a platform to show what I have got in me. But my friends know it all about me.
6. My new favorite blogs to read are These days my daily Reads are Little Pink Strawberries, The Perfect Pear, Hot Chocolate and Mint, Made By Girl, The Little Things We Do and Fat Mum Slim. Any more suggestions...?

7. Some things I tend to avoid doing on my blog are being negative, rude, sarcastic or too personal.



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I made some very sweet tags for you all. They are free to download. So grab them and include in your blogs to add a pinch of cuteness. :)



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This was pretty interesting to make because it was the first time I was working with felt sheets ever. I love their texture and color. Had so much fun doing this. So why not you also give it a try?



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Noor from Ya Salam Cooking is hosting Bread Baking Day # 46 and asks us to bake a bread from a place we would love to visit.
I had always wished to visit Egypt, a country full of History, stories and traditions. I want to know how they live, eat, dress and how they think about life. Many of my school friends were from Egypt and I always loved being with them.
After reading Noor's article in her blog I remembered this recipe which I had seen long back and bookmarked it. Now it was time to try it. So here goes this "Bread Cones" recipe.


Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour



Chicken Filling: (mix these together and use as the filling for Bread Cones)
Boneless Chicken (mashed)
4 tablespoons Sandwich Spread
Salt-to-taste
1 tablespoon BBQ Spice
1 tablespoon Paprika powder
1/4 cup ketchup


Directions:
Pour the milk and water into a saucepan and heat to a scald. Pour this into a large bowl, allow to cool to lukewarm. Add in the oil, sugar and salt; mix with a wooden spoon till well blended.
Add in the beaten egg and 2 cups of flour; mix till smooth with a wooden spoon.
Add in the instant yeast and mix.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes uncovered. Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes. Add a tablespoon of oil to a clean bowl and place the dough into the bowl. Turn over a few times to lightly coat all sides of the dough with the oil.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest till the dough doubles in bulk, about 1 hour.
Remove dough and knead a few time to release the gas. Now cut the dough into 8 to 10 pieces.
Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes. Take each piece of dough and roll into a 36 inch rope.


Roll the dough ropes around the 
greased 6 inch cream horn tubes 
(greased with oil). 


Place onto a cookie sheet lined with 
parchment paper.


Cover with plastic wrap. 
Allow to rest for 30 minutes in a 
warm environment. 


Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 
20 minutes or till golden brown.


Place onto a wire rack and allow to cool 
for a couple minutes before removing the tubes.Fill them with your favorite filling and enjoy. 
I made chicken filling.




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