DIY Ramadan Lantern

It’s the middle of Ramadan, and time is flying by way too fast! Before you know it, Eid (the celebration that marks the end or completion of Ramadan) will be here with the sight of the new crescent moon.

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I never really got to do much of my Ramadan decor as I wanted because of so much traveling, graduations in the family, and overall busy mom-life. I know, lame excuses. I normally love doing a lot of DIY projects, canvases, etc. that have a certain theme.

This year, as many of you must have seen, I stuck to ready made items that could easily be brought home and stuck onto a bookshelf or fireplace. You can take a look at that here. ¬†It’s just really simple that way, to be honest. Yet something was missing…I needed to have at least one crafty project as part of my setup. So I made this adorable DIY Ramadan lantern that I’ve been meaning to make for quite some time.

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I originally got the idea from some Christmas lanterns, and thought to myself, “why can’t I muslim-ify this?”. And that’s exactly what I did…without talking too much, I’ll just let you scroll down to see the details of how to make one yourself!

 

DIY Ramadan Lanterns

 

Materials Needed

*Smooth glass jar (found at dollar stores or craft stores)

*Oil-based paint marker in Black (craft stores)

*Tape

*Printed (black) image of whatever you like (silhouettes, shapes, writing, etc.)

*Scissors

*Gold spray paint

*Candle

Instructions

  1. Print out your images, making sure they are large enough to look nice on the glass jar.
  2. Spray paint the glass jar, making an ombre effect by spraying more layers on top and less on bottom (so that it’s more transparent). Let the jar dry for an hour or two.
  3. Cut out your shapes, it doesn’t have to be exact. You’ll be taping this on the inside of the jar, wherever you want your design to go.
  4. Using the marker, trace the shapes and fill them in. Allow a few minutes for the marker to dry.
  5. Place a candle inside the jar, and that’s it!

*Notes- I found the masjid silhouette through Google images. But if you have a steady hand, you can actually freehand and draw this yourself (which i managed to do for some portions of this jar).

I also bought the wrong type of gold spray paint-*blush* it was a “marbelizing” type, hence the textured pattern on my jars. Normal gold spray paint should be smooth. I actually liked the marbelizing effect a lot, so I kept it.

Additionally, I used a soy wax candle that I made at home, to avoid the toxins, lead, and artificial fragrances that normal store-bought candles contain.

If you have any more questions, please comment below, I’d love to answer them!

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*lantern view from back*

Raw Vegan Date Balls + Welcome Ramadan!

Raw vegan date balls

I’m so excited that Ramdan 2016 is here! In honor of welcoming this blessed month, I made some delicious raw vegan date balls. If you don’t know what Ramadan is, it’s a month of observing fast and worship, along with controlling one’s self from excess, indulgence, and wastefulness. It’s like putting one’s body, mind, and soul through a physical and spiritual bootcamp.

date balls

 

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Indian Style Vegetable Korma

I love vegetarian dishes. I especially love Indian vegetarian dishes. There’s just something about the combination of spices and ingredients in those dishes that makes me never miss any meat. Back in highschool, I used to visit this one hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant that had the best vegetarian dishes. I think that’s where I developed my love of meatless meals. Anyways, despite the numerous restaurant vegetarian options I’ve tried, none can beat one of my mom’s specialty, Indian style vegetable korma.

Vegetable Curry

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bread

My family and I follow this 80/20 method: 80% healthy eating, 20% breaks/cheats. It works out because we don’t feel deprived and we can still enjoy our “off” meals. To be honest, eating well actually ends up being closer to 90% or more because it’s just so much more beneficial and it makes us feel so much better. On the days we indulge, we make sure that it’s well worth it. No one wants to splurge a good meal on things like junk food. It’s much tastier to have something like cheesecake or this philly cheesesteak stuffed bread.

philly cheesesteak bread

You heard me right, it’s another stuffed bread! I guess I’m just enjoying my carbs lately, because this was another fantastic creation in my kitchen, well worth the indulging.

This stuffed bread is filled with spicy pepper jack cheese, stir fried peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and tender strips of cooked beef. It’s like a philly cheesesteak sandwich, but in a more presentable way. Plus, this way there’s so much more filling and stringy cheese to enjoy!

philly cheesesteak bread

I love making philly cheesesteak with beef, but I have seen it done with chicken breast as well. The mushroom, onions, and peppers seriously blend so well with the flavors of the beef. And the cheese….I love pepper jack cheese. I filled the bottom of the bread with cheese and topped the bread with more cheese to ensure plenty of yummy goodness.

This is definitely something I will be trying out more often. I hope you give this philly ¬†cheesesteak stuffed bread too a try too, it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal and looks great in the center of the table at any party. If you love stuffed bread, be sure to try out my pizza stuffed bread as well!

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bread

30 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bread

A decadent stuffed bread with beef, peppers, onions, mushroom, and pepper jack cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-baked loaf french bread
  • 1 lb beef steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (pepper jack, white cheddar, etc.)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1/2 cup mayo or 1/2 a stick of butter

Instructions

  1. Coat the beef strips in the spices and fry on high heat with a little oil for about 3 minutes, or until just done. Overcooking = tough & chewy beef. Remove from pan onto a plate.
  2. In the same pan, add more oil and stir fry the onions, peppers, and mushroom until the bell pepper is slightly softened. Add some salt and pepper. This will take about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the cooked beef back into the pan and turn off heat. Set aside while the bread is prepped.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 Deg F.
  5. Remove the top layer of the load with a serrated knife. Scoop out the bread filling, leaving an inch of bread crust.
  6. Layer the inside of the bread with butter or mayo (your choice). Sprinkle with shredded cheese, add the filling, and top with more cheese. Spread some butter on the outer crust.
  7. Cover the loaf with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. To get a golden crust, place on top rack for last 5 min.
  8. Let rest for 10 min before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Notes

You can sub the beef for chicken if you wish.

http://allflouredup.com/philly-cheesesteak-stuffed-bread/

Best Baklava Ever

I have some new and exciting news to share today! I’m revealing my newest endeavor, cooking videos! I’ve been meaning to do this for over a year now, but until recently I, a) didn’t have proper equipment and b) my son was too young for me to dedicate this much time and effort into such big projects. Now that I’m prepared, I’m excited to share the recipe and video for the best baklava ever.

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This baklava is super easy and so adaptable for whatever variation of nuts you prefer. Baklava is a flaky layered pastry with lots of yummy goodness and a simple syrup to add a sweet touch. It’s very addicting, and I can vouch for that. One tray between my husband and I won’t even last a week!

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Best Baklava Ever

Best Baklava Ever

Layered sheets of pastry filled with nuts and topped with a golden syrup!

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups walnuts (or nuts of your choice), chopped
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon (2 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package phyllo dough sheets
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), melted

Instructions

  1. Heat up water, sugar, lemon juice, and honey on a stove. Stir and whisk until dissolved. Bring to a boil and don't stir for 4 minutes, on medium heat. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir together the chopped walnuts and cinnamon.
  3. In a 9x13 baking tray, layer your baklava sheets. Brush the tray with melted butter, then place one sheet of pastry. Brush with butter, then place another sheet. Repeat with the pattern: 10 sheets, sprinkle a layer of nuts, then 5 sheets, sprinkle a layer of nuts, then 5 sheets, sprinkle a layer of nuts, and so on until the last 10 sheets remain. Make sure to top the baklava with 10 sheets, each brushed with butter. Cut into diagonal shapes before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 Deg F. Bake baklava for 45-50 min until lightly golden brown on top.
  5. Cool for 15-20 minutes, then pour syrup on top. Allow to rest for a few hours before serving.

Notes

Serving suggestion: a scoop of ice cream + a piece of baklava makes the best dessert ever!

http://allflouredup.com/best-baklava-ever/