Sunday, May 22, 2016

Harry Potter Dessert Table

Today, I am sharing a Harry Potter dessert table I styled for my older sister, Mehwish's, surprise graduation party. My whole family and I are so proud of Mehwish for her major accomplishment in her education and career, all while running a household. I knew that she deserved something extra special for this party. My younger sister and I made everything from scratch for this dessert table. Since we were both traveling across states to attend Mehwish's graduation, her via plane and me via car, we had to do some hustling to pull it off. But when we saw Mehwish's face light up as she saw all the things we made, it all became worth it. Unfortunately, the lighting wasn't the best when I shot these pictures, but I hope you can get a feel for how magical it all was.

Let me share a little of my history with HP with you. Harry Potter is my one and only mainstream obsession. I've read all the books many times over, watched each movie over ten times, have an ongoing HP role playing game with my best friends, own HP paraphernalia, and even went to Universal Studios HP World on my HONEYMOON!

This relationship with HP is something that my siblings and I all have in common. In fact, Mehwish is definitely the most obsessed with HP in my whole family. Her role in our role-playing game is Albus Dumbledore (RIP). As the headmaster, it was only proper that my younger sister and I make a Harry Potter themed dessert table for her surprise grad party!

Here are the details of the dessert table... Let the feast begin.

The star of the dessert table is definitely this triple layer chocolate mousse cake frosted with chocolate whipped cream and dark chocolate ganache. I was hesitant to use fondant to decorate the cake since none of my family members like the taste of it, so I opted for ganache topping instead. The cake was so decadent and moist. The chocolate-overload cake was the perfect choice for my chocolate-loving sister.

I also made golden snitch cake pops with butterbeer-flavored cake. They were difficult to make and even more difficult to transport (so so fragile), so I only made a few and decorated the rest with elegant sprinkles.

Lastly, I made these double chocolate cheesecake brownie "cauldron cakes" for guests to take as favors.

My younger sister dipped these pretzel sticks to look like wands with house colors.

She also attached tiny parchment paper wings to chocolates to make Ferrero Rocher golden snitches. My baby sis also made the signs and posters which elegantly brought everything together.

Mehwish's lovely sister-in-law brought these adorable pineapple upside down cupcakes which we cheesy-ly labeled "treacle tarts."

We also had a jar of Bertie's Every Flavor Jelly Beans in the back.

I hope you enjoy this peek into my sister's graduation party. Thanks for reading. Mischief managed!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Painting the Egg - Moroccan Love

A little while back, I held a giveaway on my Instagram page with the prize being a custom, hand painted goose egg. I thought it would be fun to take you all behind the scenes of the process of painting a goose egg.  

This egg was designed by the winner of the giveaway, Alia. It was inspired by her honeymoon in Morocco; she wanted to capture the vibrant colors and patterns of Morocco in this egg. The Arabic calligraphy on the egg reads "Alia" and "Muhammad," the couple's names. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Farhana's Traditional Chicken Biryani

Every Desi household has their own biryani recipe, but for us cooking amateurs, having a tried and tested video recipe on hand is really useful. Thanks, Mom, for filming this video with me. That's 1000 phone calls you just saved yourself from every time I attempt to cook biryani!

Enjoy this video that we put together of a classic chicken biryani - flavorful, aromatic, and with just the right amount of spice. Good luck in the kitchen and we hope you can try it out.

Monday, April 25, 2016

High Protein Diet Meal Prep Week 2

One of the biggest lessons I've learned on the road to eating healthy is that preparation is key. If you're working early in the morning or late into the evening, you often don't have the energy to prepare meals when you get a breather. You'd rather relax and kick up your feet for a few moments. Even if you manage to cook once or twice a week, having fresh, homemade, healthy meals every day for every meal is pretty difficult for your average American. Even being a SAHM (stay at home mom), I find it difficult to prepare healthy meals for all three of my family members for every meal.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Photo Shoot with Wawa-Wee Syrups!

I recently heard of an amazing product - Wawa-Wee Organic Fruit Syrups - which contains no artificial additives or high fructose corn syrup. As a health conscious mom, I'm always on the lookout for healthy alternatives to most processed items found in the supermarket and this one takes the cake. When I read the founder, Nadia Khan's, story of how she started Wawa-Wee it seemed surprisingly similar to what I was going through (and I'm sure many other moms as well!). Just like her son, my son refused to drink regular cow's milk after he stopped nursing. Believe me when I say that I tried just about every trick on planet earth to get him to drink milk. And now, if I add a little bit of Wawa-Wee strawberry syrup into his milk, he might even finish half a glass!

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