Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hello and Happy Eid

Hope you are all well.  It's been nearly 2 weeks since my last post and the only reason for that is pure laziness.
For the past 30 days we have been in the midst of the Holy Month of Ramadan.  That means from sunup 'til sundown there is no eating or drinking in public so all restaurants and coffee shops are closed until just before sunset.
On Thursday, we were invited to fatoor (the breaking of the fast) at Movenpick.
It was lovely to see all the lights and decorations for Ramadan.
Today marks the first day of Eid celebrations.  Although my husband has off the next couple of days and we could go out, we are instead having a quiet day at home.  (Perhaps we'll venture out tomorrow.)
While he enjoys traditional maamoul, butter cookies stuffed with dates, walnuts or pistachios, I made myself some vegan pumpkin pecan polvorones (recipe from Cookie and Kate).
Eid blessings to all.


Caterina Giglio said...

That mug is just darling and as always, it is so fascinating to see what is going on in your world which is so different from here. Your cookies look delicious, just yum!! Hope you have a beautiful week! xox

Christina said...

Happy Eid to you and your family. The sweet baking looks ever so tempting!

crafty cat corner said...

I wouldn't worry about posting too much, most people get a little lazy with posts, I know I do.
Happy Eid to you both Tammy.

Teresa Kasner said...

Happy Eid to you, Tammy and thank you for sharing things with us, I love learning about other cultures! I've missed you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Kit said...

Eid blessings to you too! Those cookies look wonderful. What a great tradition. Have a wonderful week! :) Kit

Mereknits said...

HAppy Eid to you Tammy. Those cookies look delicious. I am sending you a hug, just because.

Gracie Saylor said...

Happy Eid to you and yours, Tammy! I am glad your celebration has sweetness and rest in it. I know the temperatures around you are often in the hundreds during the hot months. We are having a few days of that here which helps me appreciate the challenge you face having weeks of such heat! Wishing you and yours comfort and peace as you continue to celebrate. xx

Quinn said...

Happy Eid to you and yours! I didn't realize that there is NO public eating or drinking til sundown during Ramadan, and that all eating establishments would alter their hours for an entire month; just assumed it was a personal religious observation. Live and learn!
And I never thought of using pumpkin in polvorones...what a great idea. I'll try it with some of my Candy Roaster squash puree - I've been using that as a pumpkin alternate with good results. Thanks for the link!
P.S. I'm very curious about the table (or cart?) in the picture with the wall hangings.

Betsy said...

I always enjoy hearing about the celebrations that take place in your part of the world. I have never heard of Eid before. I love your mug! Blessings, Betsy

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

I don't blame you for being lazy, Tammy. I can't even imagine how summer must feel in your area. We have 93°F and I'm worn out already. Enjoy the cookies! They look yummy.
xo Julia

Tanna said...

Hello and blessings to you and yours, Tammy! Love all the beautiful colors and lights. blessings ~ tanna

Susan said...

Oh Tammy, the decor looks fabulous. So glad to see your post. Have a good and happy week. Susan

Linda said...

Interesting. Glad to read news from you and see your lovely photos.

Createology said...

May you and your hubby enjoy some relaxing time and those delicious cookies you baked. I enjoy seeing the things you experience so far away from America. We really do live in a Small World. Summer Sunshine Bliss...<3

Lisa said...

Nothing wrong with a little laziness, sometimes it's a good thing. The celebration looks so pretty. I know so little about Ramadan. I like seeing and hearing about the culture around you. Have a lovely week, Lisa

SusanLotus said...

Happy Eid to you too!

My Irakian neighbours use the grill nighttime
during Ramadan and it smells so good... :)

The cookies looks delicious and quiet time
at home is salutary for the soul.

Have a great day!

Angie said...

So glad you're 'back' - I was missing your postings! The mug was such a great way to say hello.

Great collage of Ramadan decorations - thanks for sharing!

Eid blassings to you and yours.

Lyn said...

Happy Eid to you too. xxx

Melanie said...

I like reading about your celebrations. Both cookies sound yummy. Even though I try to eat as little processed sugar as possible, I pinned the vegan cookie recipe for future use. Thanks!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Lovely photos and hope you are having a very happy Eid.
We were so used to saying Selamat Idul Fitri when living and working in Indonesia. A big holiday for about 4 days.
Both of us were very touched by the Muslim tradition of openly asking for forgiveness, by reaching out with a handshake.
That is very humble and we all could learn from that.
No human is a saint, at least not all the time... but if we look at all the positive sides of each other, we will no doubt create a better world.
Your version of cookies sounds good.
Last night I baked again my almond meal with egg white, lemon peel and coconut palm sugar for giving some away as a gift to a dear friend that took me out for lunch today. We had a lovely tête-à-tête and I enjoyed as usual a large salad. With my worsened kidneys I MUST watch the sodium intake and also considering that I'm diabetic type 2.
We are biking together but today we got heavy rain and it looks like rain till the 4th of July...
Sending you hugs,

Jodiebodie said...

Happy Eid celebrations Tammy.
In my city we have people of Islamic faith from many different countries. This year our city hosted a "Multicultural Eid Festival" to mark the end of Ramadan and celebrate Eid. Everyone was invited to participate, regardless of faith, which is a great way to foster cultural understandings.

I wish the people who spout bigoted opinions would have the courage to actually speak to people they identify as "other" and open themselves up to learning and personal growth; e.g. There is a politician in Australia who is very bigoted against all sorts of people including Muslims; the local mosque invited the politician to visit them but that person hasn't even had the courage or courtesy to even show up. I think that politician is a coward - they are frightened that their pre-conceived notions will be found to be wrong and it takes courage to admit to that and to be open to change.

People are people, wherever you go! wishing you a safe and happy holiday time, Tammy x

Sam I Am...... said...

At first I thought you couldn't eat at all from sunrise to sunset for 30 days....but then I realized you said in public. I love to learn about other cultures and their traditions. I printed off the recipe for the Pumpkin cookies. I make the regular Mexican Wedding Cakes at Christmas and they are my very favorite cookie of all! I can't wait to try the pumpkin version. enjoy your Eid and all the beautiful lights and festivities!

Sam I Am...... said...

P.S. Great comment by Jodiebodie.......I couldn't have said it better myself!

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