Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Ahmed

Happy Birthday Ahmedan!!!
5 years ago I died and lived after giving birth to you!
Don't you forget it!!!
You're such an old soul
that sometimes I forget you're only Baby
my little man!
May God Bless and Protect You!
Love you always!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I Got The Moves!!! ;p

 I can't get this song out of my head! For the 5 days I'm moving around humming and singing
"I got the moves like Jagger!"
and Abdulaziz and Ahmed would roll their eyes.
"Please mama you're embarrassing!" Abdulaziz would say. :s

In Love With This Dress!

I'm in love with this dress!
Rachel McAdams looked so graceful and feminine
in this Collette Dinnigan lace dress at the
premiere of "The Vow"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Queen

I know that some of you my friends have expressed
your dislike of her...but I adore her! When she walked
on the red carpet during the Golden Globes
she has outshone every actress standing in her proximity.
To me she is the Queen of Hollywood
and of course we can see her King standing beside her.
Yes she might be a little crazy and sometimes weird... but
that what makes her very real and human to me ;)

 I loved her dress...

Weight Loss From Around The World - Tip 1

Spice it up


Thai food is among the spiciest in the world. Hot peppers raise your metabolism, but the real benefit of food with a little zing is that it slows your eating, says James Hill, PhD, past president of the American Society for Nutrition. 'Americans eat too fast,' he says. 'By the time your body signals that it's full, you've overeaten. Eating slower is a good weight-loss strategy, and making food spicier is an easy way to do it.'

Ok then why when we mix ma3bouch (chilli paste) with our Machbous we eat twice the portion we usually do??? Anyone knows why?

copied from Reader's Digest

Merci Laudree

A week ago I got a call from Laudree wanting to deliver a package for me. I found out the package was their Espahan & Divine cake but it got delivered to the wrong house. I really appreciate their thought and it wasn't a big deal and I assured them of it.

Yesterday I got a call from them and they had another package they wanted to drop by. This time I got it.

Thank you Laudree… really you didn't have to.

Now when I got the bag, the first thing I noticed was the pastel green paper bag. Reminded me of the paper bags we got from our Boulanger, back then when I lived in Paris, same quality and same texture. I was thrown back in time! The early mornings when two paper bags were delivered to our home filled with warm buttery croissants and other yummy pastries just out of the oven.
La belle vie!

Back to the present!

I opened the bag, it was filled with four mini sample pastries, two croissants, one plain the other with walnut paste, one pain au chocolat, and one sugar bun. The aroma hit me right away and I wanted to have a bite from each! Even when I wasn’t feeling hungry! You think I'd share??? No! I ate them all by myself like a little thief ;p

Encore Merci Laudree, and I will definitely pass by to give your menu a try.


 Pain au Chocolat

Sugar bun

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Fahad!

Happy Birthday my Darling Fahad!!!
Love you w inshallah rabi ya7fethek
w ye5aleek lena.

Like every year, he asks for my devils food
chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing
which I make from scratch!
No shortcuts there and it tastes amazing!!!
It was sprinkled by Ahmed who was
back home from school when I was
assembling it :)

Picture of The Week

Picture of the Week...
Sub7an Allah

Breakfast at Baking Tray

 I enjoyed my first visit to Baking Tray that I wanted to give it a second try. I was feeling guilty that the boys didn't enjoy their Christmas break, being stuck at home, but I know the boys enjoy good food. This time we were joined by my sister.

As usually we were early. The staff were cleaning and prepping when we walked in, but were welcoming.

We placed our orders for a Mushroom Omelet (for the boys), Turkey Omelet (for me) French Toast (for my sister). Hot chocolates for my sister and the boys, Ice tea for me.

The food was superb! I loved my omelet. I'm craving it now as I'm writing about it at this moment. The Ice tea was amazing! I loved it! The boys enjoyed their food so much and so did my sister. I tried the French toast, it was very good but I felt the portion was too much.

Of course we left with two dozens of their famous yummy cookies :) or our visit to BT wont be complete ;)

Now I want to try their homeslice. What do you recommend? ;)

Wisdom Of the Week

 "While driving to work. I realized how aware of being alive I was. Though what would I want if they were pouring sand on my dead body?" #Bliss

Abdullah H. AlFalah (p0ach)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tidbits Here & There

Again I haven't been posting much because I just don't have the time to do so. I doubt you want me to post about food, movies and books the whole time because that is what I've been doing lately in my free time.

I have been super busy… we're coming up with new stuff for Gelato Italiano inshallah :)
There were times when I sit behind my computer and start venting…but after cooling off I just delete it. There is some light venting in this post, so I hope it isn't too much for you ;p

Thank You

I want to Thank everyone who invited me to attend some recent events. For the time being I do not attend anything. As I've mentioned before, my grandmother has passed away and I don’t attend events. But Thank you so much for the invites and don't lose hope in me, soon I'll be attending ;)

Just imagine….

You're driving your friend in your nondescript house car, and your so called friend tells you…
"Shino she3oorich w entay kintay terkbeen a'3la alsayarat and the latest models and now you drive this car?"
Of course it was said not in a joking way. The intention was to hurt and humiliate.
"First, since I owned every car you can imagine it doesn't make a difference what I drive. Second… I already ordered the car so and so and it is on its way."
The so called friend's face turns in every color and shade you can imagine. Intention to hurt and humiliate failed!

Well you wonder what kind of friends I surround myself with. Thank God this didn't happen to me but to a close friend I know and she called to tell me and laughing about the whole situation. I think my friend was too nice with this person. But she is a nice person.

"Laish ma zaifaitiha w wagaftiha 3an 7adha?" I was incensed. It isn’t the first time something of that sort happens to my friend with this person. "Why didn't you banged it in her head that appearances doesn't matter to you?" I shake my head giving up wanting so much to be in my friends place, "ili 6ool 3omrah 3aish bkhair w ne3ma ma te'3era almatha'her w tafahat. Bil3aks, nefra7 for a person if she got something nice for herself, w entmana kil 5air lha. Laken ili 3aina thayja allah ye3eena 3ala 3omera"

I do understand jealousy and envy. It is a natural emotion to every being, but to feel jealousy to this extent this person feels it… it is sickness allah yekafena sharaha!!! W allah ye3eenah 3ala 3omerha! Chanzain te6ee7 bilsani.

Shino sh3orkom etha in76aito bil mawqif nafsa? What would your reply be?

I hope she reads this…

Living in Denial

My word is law in the household. What I decree is accepted without argument…well what can I say I'm a tyrant.
 Since September I've noticed my boy was growing almost as tall as I am and I had to shop for him in the mens section. For the first time I felt helpless and clueless. My mind can't digest my little baby is now wearing size Small from the men's section! I honestly almost started crying! The sales person saw the expression on my face and volunteered to help me. Yes I am in denial.

It didn't stop with only size of his clothes. He has opinions now and starts questioning me at everything. He wants to do what he thinks is right. At first I tried to resist, he is still a child, but then I had to remind myself that he is growing up whether I like it or not and he is at this stage where his character as the man he is going to be is forming, and my job is to guide him, and besides I'm starting to really enjoy saying "I told you so!" whenever he is wrong ;p I even have to remind Fahad, who is very old school when it comes to raising children, that he has to listen to what Abdulaziz has to say and let him voice his opinion.

Few days ago he resisted to have either I or the house keeper to go with him to fix his computer at AlRehab mall... and we all know alshkal al7ilwa there.

"I'm old enough to take care of myself!" He protests

I took a deep breath. Please calm down. I wanted so much to hold him and wrap him in his baby blanket and not let him go. But I did, and I had to trust Karam (the driver) to keep an eye on him.

It is difficult.

Well that's it...atmana ini ma thagalt 3alaikom ;p

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Mentalist

I've just finished watching The Mentalist S2...
Now I know why Ansam is so smitten with Patric Jane,
because now I am too... that smile...those lazy eyes...
that very canny mind!!! *sigh*
I love the series...can't wait to start with S3.

New Scent

The other day my brother took the boys
with him and when he brought them
back I've noticed my boys smelled soo delicious!
When I asked him about the scent he showered
my kids with he informed me it was Chanel Blue.
It is my boys new winter scent. I love it on them.
It is so fresh, so rich and it is amazing when you
combine it with Bukhor and 3ood.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Movie Review - Sherlock Holmes

 Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large - Professor Moriarty - and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

Holmes' investigation into Moriarty's plot becomes ever more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London and across Europe, to France, Germany and finally to Switzerland.
But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction - all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

 I Loved it! I haven't laughed so hard in such a long time. I love Robert Downey Jr.... He is amazing and fun and I just can't get enough of him. The movie is one of those movies you'll watch over and over and never get bored off.
I highly recommend you watch it ;)
and hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

I loved! Yes! Loved! Robert Downey Jr. hair in the movie...
I want to grow the boys hair like his ;)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Picture of The Week

Long story short...
Ahmed wanted to have Mac n' Cheese past his bed time hour.
I tried to convince him to go to bed and will
make for him Mac n' Cheese for breakfast ;p
He was stubborn about it...
When I came to check on him
I found him sleeping in front of his food ;p

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Girl Crush

I've always liked Jessica Alba...she is one of my favorite actresses.
While being sick with the kids, last week,
 they've been watching Spy Kids 4 over and over
and I'm watching it with them...
I am mesmerized...
and now I have this HUGE Girl Crush on her!


Today while grocery shopping I've noticed a number of people shopping for low in fat and calorie foods. I guess these people want to start the year with a "Bang!" by making healthy choices and dieting.

I couldn't help smiling remembering my failure last year in not sticking to any of my resolutions. I was very bad at it.

I don't have any resolutions this year. I do have plans, but I'm going to take it one day at a time. No pressure.

I wish them all the success and hope they'll attain their goals.

So...What is your New Year's resolution? Come on share! ;)