Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Blessings: Reminisce On 2012

Salaam readers!

With it being New Years soon and being snowed in, I reminisce on how 2012 went. Alhamdulillah.

Starting with the most recent, on December 19th I officially graduated high school and a week later had a small party. During November for NaNoWriMo I wrote 13,880 words. And on Nov 29, the UN recognizes Palestine as a State. On October 31st I got my driver's permit! In June my class had our graduation walk! Also in June was my birthday! Last but not least, on April 7th I took my first hike! And just a little thing, In Jan my best friend introduced me to what is now one of my fave artists, Kina Grannis. Alhamdulillah!

Other than that, two giveaways are happening. A birthday one at Heather McCorkle's blog and another at Teens Can Write, Too!

Have a happy last day of 2012 and have an even greater New Year!!

-Fida Islaih
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Experiment Sunday: raspberry muffins

Salaam peeps,

I'm trying my second experiment and as you can tell, this time it's a dessert!
This is the first time my mom is ever excited about muffins. So with her suggestion I doubled the batch!

It smells so intoxicating
it's so warm, it melts my heart
like the chocolate chips in it so strong
the raspberries, too, sweet and tart
a burst of flavor, with a nutty feel.

Also, here's the recipe:

2 cups almond flour
2 whole eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened (butter works, too)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh raspberries (or thawed from frozen)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

12 muffin liners

Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

Combine all the ingredients– except for the raspberries and chocolate chips– and mix well, until the batter is a uniform consistency. Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips, until they are spread throughout the batter.

Using a 1/4 cup to measure, drop batter into muffin liners and bake for 15 minutes at 350F, turning the pan halfway through for even baking.

The final muffins should be golden brown around the edges and firm in the center. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to cool completely.

And enjoy!!! (it's gourmet) :-D

-Fida Islaih
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Experiment Sunday: chocolate milkshake

(the picture is from the original recipe)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

The title says it all! What you'll need:

2 frozen bananas (cut it them in half and place in freezer for 2 hrs)
1/3 of the blender of vanilla almond milk
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup natural peanut butter
pinch of salt
7 ice cubes
Optional: honey or maple syrup

It was delicious! You can smell the peanut butter, taste it along with chocolate and a tingle of banana. My parents and one of my bros loved it! My other brother didn't say why he didn't like it, but my sister did say it reminds her of Reese's cup.

Yet I'm just thankful I got my dose of chocolate! It filled me up!! :-D

-Fida Islaih
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