Monday, July 6, 2015

Healthy Whole Wheat Parathas

This week, I'm sharing the recipe for these wonderful whole wheat parathas on a friend's blog. She is Mona, the wonderful author of the popular blog,! Here is what I wrote for her blog...

'Mothers are the best cooks, we all know that. This amazing paratha recipe is from my beautiful mom, Farhana. She’s a health nut and that is what is so special about these healthy whole wheat, fiber full parathas. With ingredients like flax seed, wheat germ, and oat bran, you may be put off from this recipe, but I will attest to their delicious flavor and amazing affects on my body! With benefits like being high in fiber, being heart healthy, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, these parathas are really something else. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mango Ice Cream

Almost a year ago, S bought an ice cream maker for me as an anniversary present. I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it but thanks to the horrible Michigan weather, that moment never came around. I had put it in the back room in my mental palace when the other day, S was like remember that ice cream maker I bought you... Think you'll use it one of these days? I looked outside and lo and behold! It was sunny! Birds were chirping, kids were playing on the field. I decided, today I'll make some ice cream.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NEW Painted Goose Eggs! Great Eid Gifts!

So I have exciting news! I have added a bunch of new products to my etsy shop, Eggs by Wardah. These eggs are hand painted with acrylic paints and varnished with a clear gloss finish. They have an Turkey skyline with the word "alhamdulillah" in the skyline. These would make the perfect Eid gifts!

The next two eggs are also goose eggs. They have a simple Arabic calligraphy design on the with glitter spots. These would be perfect for new moms or house warming presents.

You can find all of these eggs on my etsy page here! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Easy Watermelon Basket and Watermelon Coolers

Summer is here and if you're looking for a great summer party, potluck, or bbq appetizer, look no further! This easy watermelon basket is a great item to take any party and will definitely wow your guests. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Surprise Arabian-Themed Grad Party & A Giveaway!

Hey everyone. I've been a little MIA these past few weeks because I was busy vacationing it up in sunny CA! Surprisingly (and depressingly) enough, it was a lot more sunny back here in MI than it was for the week I was in CA. In fact, it actually drizzled a few times which is unheard of right now for drought ridden SoCal. My older sister and I were both visiting from the Midwest so we believe we brought the cold with us. -_- Oh well, that's not to say that we didn't have an amazing time, because we did! Nothing can beat family and friends and partaaays. (Scroll to the bottom for giveaway deets)

My baby sis, HajBaj, is graduating from UCLA in just a few weeks with a double major and all sorts of honors and extra curriculars. It's pretty obvious that the entire family is insanely proud of her. To honor her major accomplishments, mommy, older sis, and I decided to throw her a surprise party. We did some stealthy detective work and invited all of her closest friends from school and some from outside of school as well. Then we got busy planning all the details of this surprise Arabian themed party.

My majorly talented sister Mehwish, who also has her own blog at My Slice of Pizza, was the biggest asset to this event. Together, my mom, sister, and I made almost every decoration, food item, and dessert you see in the pictures. Here's a little breakdown of everything that made this party a success.

For decor, I painted these beautiful henna lanterns/ mason jars that my sister turned into beautiful floral arrangements. Additionally, we decorated the table with confetti and fake diamonds we had from previous parties. 

We pinned up a plain colored cloth backdrop and taped matching colored streamers and balloons on top to create the dessert table set up. 

On the menu was baba ghanoush, hummus, pita bread, zatar and cheese naan, olives and pickles, tabbouli, spanakopita, cheese and crackers, falafel, arabian meat and rice dish, roasted chicken and veggies, and alfredo pasta. Yummm. My mom, the chef, made all the food herself with a little help from us girls and her closest friends! 

For desserts, we decided to make all the dessert we loved most instead of following a theme. I supplied baklava from the most famous Middle Eastern bakery here in MI. 

My sister made this amazing watermelon fruit basket and to-die for smores cupcakes with graham cracker crust and marshmallow frosting. We also bought a few more desserts - cheesecake bites and cream puffs. 

Now on to the giveaway! I will be giving away one of these hand painted, henna lantern mason jars to two lucky winners. The giveaway will remain open until Friday, June 12th and I will announce the winners soon after on Facebook. 

To enter the giveaway..
- like my Facebook page here
- follow my Instagram account here @ bestofwardah
- comment below saying what color you would like (out of pink, blue, and purple) and that you've liked my FB page and followed the Instagram account.
- (optional) for additional entries - share the giveaway on Facebook and Instagram and tag Best of Wardah in your posts. Write a new comment with each new entry.

Don't worry, if you don't win, you can also buy them for an inexpensive price at my Etsy shop, Eggs by Wardah. Good luck!

I hope you've enjoyed this post and can take inspiration from it! :) 

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