September 19, 2009

Eid Mubarak

I would like to congratulate all Muslims and wish them a happy Eid

September 17, 2009

An upside-down cheesecake!

What can be more soothing than a big piece of cheesecake? just imagine the smooth taste of soft and creamy cheese, the yummy crust and your favourite topping of strawberries, cherries or chocolate... addictive!

Cheesecake Show offers mouth-watering cheesecakes in different sizes, shapes and flavours. I liked the idea of the upside-down cheesecake, saving best for last!

Send a cheesecake to that special person and i'm sure you'll be thrilled by the appreciation you'll get :)

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Vertical space solutions for your kitchen

Utensils are easy to find and never out of reach when hung on "S" hooks from a rod above the cooktop. No need to buy an expensive storage system -- a simple towel rack, tension rod, or dowel can be mounted near the food-prep area.
Keep sharp utensils stored in a stainless-steel box mounted on the side of a counter or island, and they'll always be easy to find. Consider putting the box inside an upper cabinet door if your household includes small children.
Built into a tall, wide stainless-steel backsplash, a roomy shelf and a row of utensil hooks provide on-location storage that doesn't block ventilation.
If you don't have a spot for a wall- or ceiling-mount pot rack, recast one or two base cabinets flanking the range. This narrow compartment is just wide enough for favorite pots and pans, which hang from "S" hooks that fit a track on the pullout rack. Cookie sheets and fold-away roasting and cooling racks are also naturals to store in a narrow space.

For more space-savvy ways to store your cooking equipment, check

September 15, 2009

Protect your baby from germs!

Shopping carts are filled with germs and your little jet-setters have no time to be sick!

Protect your little star's bum from that yucky shopping cart with this stylish cart cover. It's 100% reversible and machine washable, comfortable and clean. Padded for ultimate comfort with safety belt, 2 toy loops and pockets to keep toys from endlessly dropping to the ground. Fits high chairs, shopping carts, double shopping carts and park swings.

This is a must-have item for all mothers! You can find it at

Zucchini Fries

The Sauce:

In the bowl of a blender, combine 3 oz feta cheese (about 1/2 cup), 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic.Puree the mixture until smooth.

While the motor is running, slowly add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves, and 1/2 roasted red bell pepper. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce into a small bowl, cover, and chill.

The zucchini fries:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut 3 medium zucchini lengthwise into 2-inch-long and 1/4-inch-thick pieces. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. If I hadn't run out of panko breadcrumbs, I would have used them rather than regular ones. Their crunch is unmatched in the breadcrumb world!
In another medium bowl, spoon 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs.
Working with several zucchini pieces at a time, dredge the zucchini in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the zucchini in the egg mixture and then place the pieces in the bread crumbs, covering completely.

Place a rack on a baking sheet and place the breaded zucchini pieces on the rack. Spray with some olive oil. This will help give a little extra crisp on the fries. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and breading is browned and crisp.

Serve the fries with the dipping sauce.

Recipe from:

A checklist for all occasions!

When planning a party or gathering, there are many things to think about and the process can be really stressful.

This is a checklist that will help you get more organized..

One Month Before:

  • Choose the type of party you want to throw
  • Set the date
  • Prepare your guest list
  • Mail or e-mail invitations or call guests to invite them
Two Weeks Before:

  • Plan the menu and organize recipes
  • Plan a cooking schedule; determine what can be made ahead, what can be frozen and what are you buying already prepared
  • Read through your recipes and write a shopping list
  • Try out any new recipe you want to troubleshoot
  • Arrange to borrow, rent or buy serving pieces and other items that you might need such as platters, glasses, flatware or table linens
  • Plan the layout of the room
  • Plan music, if appropriate
  • Plan lighting
  • Buy or make a centerpiece or other decorations
  • Hire servers if needed
  • If you're throwing a simple gathering or if friends have offered to bring something, let them know what to make

One Days Before:

  • Call or email guests who have not yet RSVP'd to see if they plan to attend, and follow up with guests who have offered to bring a dish
  • Wash serving pieces, plates, flatware and glasses
  • If using napkins or tablecloths, iron them
  • Place frozen food in the refrigerator to defrost overnight
  • Purchase groceries

Hours Before:

  • Place flower arrangements, candles or other decorations
  • Place the pretty guest soaps and hand towels
  • Finish preparing food

September 14, 2009

Make your garden glow

Usually for gardens, low voltage lights and candles are used to create a beautiful ambiance. If appropriately placed, lighting would definitely make your backyard or garden glowing and hospitable.

I really liked these ideas from and they're really easy to create!

Hang Fire

Create romantic lighting for an outdoor dinner party by suspending votives at varying heights from low-hanging branches.

Use clear fishing line and be sure to keep candles a safe distance from the leaves.

Summer Lights
In his backyard ramada in Scottsdale, Arizona, artist Jeff Zischke houses candles in antique carriage lamps and ordinary mason jars; he supplements their glow with low-voltage lamps."There’s still no substitute for candlelight," he says. "That flickering glow just draws people in like moths."

Buy a showstopper

Blue Inspiration

Today's wedding inspiration is from


Frost offers delicious cupcakes in different sizes, flavours and frostings.

How to order:

1. Call 55316367 one day ahead.

2. Pick the size of your cupcake

a.) Mini
b.) Medium
c.) Giant

3. Pick the flavour of the cake

a.) Vanilla
b.) Chocolate
c.) Strawberry
d.) Chococonut
e.) Vanilla coconut
f.) Red velvet
g.) Black Rose

4. Choose your frosting

a.) Chocolate
b.) Vanilla
c.) Red velvet
d.) Lavender

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September 5, 2009

Tandoori Chicken Burgers


1 1/2 pounds (4 to 5) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into rough chunks

4 scallions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger (from a peeled 2-inch piece)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Vegetable oil, for grates

4 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas

1 cucumber (8 ounces), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on the diagonal

1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs

Cumin yogurt sauce (see recipe below)


1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a medium bowl, place chicken, scallions, ginger, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Set aside to marinate, at least 10 and up to 30 minutes.

2. Transfer chicken mixture to a food processor; pulse until roughly chopped, but not pasty, 10 to 12 times. Gently form mixture into sixteen 3/4-inch-thick patties (about 3 tablespoons each).

3. Moisten a folded paper towel with oil; grasp with tongs and rub over grates. Season patties with salt and pepper; grill until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

4.For the Cumin Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin; season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

5. Halve pitas crosswise (toast on grill, if you like). Into each pocket, place 2 chicken patties, cucumber slices, and cilantro sprigs. Serve with Cumin Yogurt Sauce.

Recipe from:

September 4, 2009

An all-white wedding

I simply adore the idea of an all-white wedding theme; very classy and romantic. The best thing about an all-white wedding theme is that it's timeless! So when you go over your wedding album years later, you will never think "oh that was 2009".

September 1, 2009

Back to school must haves!

TI- Nspire

TI- Nspire is the ultimate value buy, lasting from algebra through college-level math (that’s up to 10 years!) Unlike clothes or gadgets like cell phones, you won’t have to replace it with something trendier next year… and research shows that graphing calculators help kids do better in math – which can help them get into college and ultimately, set them up for future success.

Benefits & Features:

• 2 calculators plus computer software, all in one! Includes two interchangeable keypads that allow students to use the TI-Nspire features, or use a keypad that mimics the TI-84 Plus and TI-83 Plus calculators, the leading graphing calculators used in U.S. schools. Included computer software brings the TI-Nspire experience to a PC or Mac.

•Like a computer in your hand. The versatile graphing calculator has the computer features students demand, including a large, high-resolution screen, interactive graphing capabilities, drop down menus and a built-in cursor which help students interact with math concepts and explore problem solving strategies in real-time.

• Save and review work. Thanks to electronic document capabilities and built-in 20MB of storage, students can create, save and edit their work similar to the word processing and file storage of a computer.

• Allowed on the SAT-also permitted on the ACT and AP- tests and many state math exams. With the purchase of the TI-Nspire, students can download free test prep questions from The Princeton Review.

• Free homework help. Stuck on a problem? Free online access to math tutors from is included with the purchase of the TI-Nspire.

Check out to see where this item can be purchased or to see the TI-Nspire CAS (Computer Algebra System).

Citizenpip Reusable Lunch Kits

Citizenpip makes it easy to go green with products that are designed to be fun and stylish for kids, and practical and convenient for parents. The reusable lunch kits come with everything you need to pack a waste-free lunch.

They’re eco-friendly, muck-free (their products are lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, and phthalate-free), practical and convenient. They’re also dishwasher-safe and easy for little hands to open and close.

Lap Desk by Room It Up

Work anywhere with the Room It Up portable lap desk. The design allows you to have the ultimate study station wherever you choose. This item is great for studying, arts and crafts projects and writing.

Great to use if you are just hanging out in front of the TV or in bed! It is also great as a work surface to use in the backseat of the car. There is even a built in cup holder! This is a must have!

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