Time savers: baby wearing

Assalaamu alaikum sisters

Alhamdulillah I have been using this time saver for a few months now and can vouch for its effectiveness!

I have often complained about my one year old Sakeenah’s presence in our homeschool environment and I find this is one of the tools I use to accomplish things, save time and keep her close to me all at the same time.

Photo Credit Alessia de Marco

If it comes to Sakeenah’s nap time which is usually right in the middle of school time I just wrap her on my back and carry on with whatever I was busy with.  She is so used to it that when I ask her if she wants to nap she comes to me and I put her on my back and she lays her head down and holds me round my waist while I secure her with her fuzzy blanket. You can use any fabric which suits you, it is winter here in South Africa, so the warm fuzzy blanket makes it extra cozy for her and she usually falls asleep in a few minutes.  Once she is asleep I lay her down and get back to what I was doing.

There are many ways which you can secure the baby and many fabrics you can use.

If you are on Pinterest there is a baby wearing board that you can browse through.

I use a verrry simple method which works well. It is very common amongst the more traditional African women and you can see it everywhere on the streets here. This site has a picture guide using a large piece of fabric like a sarong or large shayla.

If you just do a cursory search online you will find ample information on the merits of baby wearing and even though Sakeenah is 17 months masha Allah I hardly feel the weight at all.

Hope this benefits some one insha Allah

Image sources:

http://9davids.blogspot.com/2011/02/babywearing-through-ages.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alesdemar/5051222873/in/[email protected]

http://oliviapendergast.com

http://www.photoree.com/photos/uprated_basic/4802/3

The Bread Post

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

Bismillah

OK… sisters who are dieting, going low carb or just don’t like crusty home baked bread look away 🙂

The rest of you bread lovers this is a bread you have to…  have to make! Here’s why:

  • It is quick.
  • It is easy.
  • It is tasty.
  • It is crrrusty.
  • It’s more nutritious than shop bought bread.
  • It looks gorgeous!
  • Your kids will think you are amazing.
  • Your husband will think you are amazing.
  • You will therefore earn Rewards in Dunya and Aakhira (insha Allah)
It is not my recipe I found it here.
It is a great blog and there are step by step pics of what the dough should look like at each step. Here is what they have to say about it:

What if I told you that instead of buying bakery bread for four or five dollars a loaf, you could make delicious handmade bread whenever you wanted, at a fraction of the cost and it is so easy a kid could do it?  Well, read on because this method of making artisan bread at home will change your life.

You can make incredible bread without having to do all the usual time consuming tasks of breadmaking:

  • no need to make a new batch of dough every time you want bread
  • no need to proof yeast
  • no need to make starters or prefermented dough
  • no kneading! 

In the last few years, several methods for making easy no-knead bread doughs have crept up on the internet and gained popularity.  Among the most popular have been Jim Leahy’s No-Knead Bread and Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois’ Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  These breads drastically cut down the amount of time and work that it was always assumed had to go into artisan bread making.  Even the Zen Master of bread making, Peter Reinhart, has jumped onto the bandwagon, admitting that these no knead methods have made him rethink everything he knew about breadmaking:

“The results have forced me to reconsider all of the premises I once held sacrosanct”.

Have I convinced you to make it yet?

OK… now I need to warn you:

This bread will make you fat. LOL!

So go over to the italian dish blog and you can also make yummy bread like this (Insha Allah!):

I love soup!

Assalaamu alaikum

Who else can eat soup all day long? I can have it for lunch and supper and for a snack in between! I love eating it, I love making it and along with making bread and hanging up the washing it makes me feel like I am part of an ancient sisterhood which has done those simple tasks for thousands of years.

I was thinking about it… all through the ages…people of different cultures have their own version. There are so many variations of combining vegetables, meat/pulses and water to make soup. Whether you are rich or poor people make, eat and enjoy soup.

Here is my recipe for Chicken, leek and barley soup.

This Recipe is very easy you can use what ever ratios you like.

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of chicken with bone. I used a large breast piece cut up.
  • 2 leeks (sliced)
  • 2 ribs celery(sliced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 potatoes or sweet potatoes (grated)
  • few cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 litre chicken stock (you can use chicken stock powder )
  • 2 cups barley  (boil for a 30 minutes or soak overnight)
  • optional:1 cup dried peas (I like this but you can substitute any pulse you enjoy or just add more barley)
  • fresh thyme
  • Bay leaf
  • Ground black pepper

Method:

  • Heat pot and add a bit of olive oil/butter, add leeks, celery, carrot and garlic.
  • Then add chicken, salt to taste, thyme, bay leaf and black pepper.
  • Add chicken stock and pulses
  • Add grated potato
  • Let simmer until thick and yummy, stirring occasionally
  • Remove chicken and flake the meat off the bones and discard bones and return chicken to pot
  • Check for seasoning add more salt and pepper if you need
  • Also check if you need to add more water/stock

Serve with some crusty bread (Recipe to follow insha Allah)

Enjoy!

 

Home making moments

Assalaamu alaikum sisters

I have wanted to share some home making moments alongside our home schooling moments insha Allah.

I love being in the kitchen, working in my home (ok cleaning not so much!) and there are so many very wonderful tips I have come across which I am using and would like to share insha Allah so that you may benefit (as I have) insha Allah.

Some things I have been learning about are

  • Frugal living (There are some great tips out there to help us make proper use of our resources. )
  • Whole/real foods (Although I always cook from scratch I am learning how to feed my family better.)
  • Green Cleaning (I am a newbie but am trying to apply some things I have learnt, detoxifying my home one step at a time.)

OK we will start with those Insha Allah.

I would also love to try to share recipes which worked especially healthy, wholesome food.

It is winter here in South Africa so there will be soups, stews, breads and a few sweet treats (cupcakes if Imaan has any say about it!)