Wednesday, September 30, 2009

White Wednesday

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." (John Keats)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Treat

I don't normally buy boxed mixes as they are full of ingredients that are not so good for us, but found this Organic Chocolate Chip Cookie mix and can make them ever once in awhile without feeling too guilty. I needed a quick fix today and it is the perfect snack with a nice cold glass of skimmed milk. Yummo!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Message

Another busy day at school. We didn't get home until almost 3:30 pm. I had to be back at school for 6:30 pm because we had Open House. I felt the need to cross-stitch this afternoon since I didn't do anything yesterday, so I stitched this up. Took about an hour and then I had to tidy things up, change clothes and head out the door.

It's almost 9 pm now. I need to get things organized around here, take a bath and then hit the hay! Hope everyone is having a great day! Peace & blessings, Tammy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

School Days

The kids and I started back to school today after a 9-day holiday. It will take another day or two for me to get back on track with our regular schedule. Stay tuned!

This is a picture from December of the kids in front of the Kuwait Towers.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


In honor of Pink Saturday, I wore my shabby rose pajamas last nite.

I awoke this morning and had my first cup of coffee for the day.
I put on my makeup and got dressed.

Am meeting my friend, Elena, for coffee. I bought the calendar at Michael's while in the States over the summer. All their calendars were on sale for $1. You can't beat that. This will be a gift to her.

Wishing you all a joyful day! Peace & blessings, Tammy

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Finds

Ever have one of those days that just flies by and you don't know how it happened? Well, that's how this day went for me. Sam and I went to Friday Market this morning. It's like a huge flea market with old and new stuff. I managed to come away with a few things.

This bowl was made in Japan.

This one hails from Greece.

And I bought the cushions for the extra bed in the kids room. They are diwaniya cushions with Sadu-style fabric. I've decided to give their room an ethnic look as right now it is all just mish-mash. Next step is to find a bedspread.

We all went to lunch, I piddled around the house, made more Mexican Wedding Cookies to take to some friends Sam wanted to visit this evening and all of a sudden the day is gone and it is time to go to bed. Hope everyone is having a great day!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thankful Thursday

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Adabella Radici
(Picture taken at sunrise from my balcony.)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
(Last nite at Hard Rock to celebrate Zainab's birthday.)

"I believe that friends are quiet angels who sit on our shoulders and lift our wings when we forget how to fly." (Author unknown)

My handmade angels bought at craft shows in the States.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lacey Lovelies

Look what I picked up today:)

I am inspired!

I have ideas! Won't this be lovely on a Thanksgiving card.

I love anything crocheted.

I can't wait to make use of everything!

Late nite crafting

I started this paperbag birthday card last nite for a friend. I will meeting her in a bit with friends. Happy Birthday Zainab!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Happenings

We went to our neighbor who just lives around the block. He gave us 8 containers of dates that he had stored in the freezer. I didn't know you could freeze dates. They are from his yard and are so good.

He also has bees and makes honey.

This is his yard. You forget you are in Kuwait when you see areas like this. So nice!

These chickens were brought from Thailand and are quite expensive.

We took Jingles to the vet. She had a fever, he gave her three injections and tomorrow we go back for more. He also gave her some glucose for dehydration. She actually came home after that and ate a little bit of her food. Hopefully she is on the mend.

We stopped at a couple of Indian antique shops on the way home. I just love the Indian quilts. Such beautiful textures and vivid colors.

Last nite we went to visit friends and when we left, we got homemade date cookies. Yummo! These are my favorite and I don't know how to make them so every year Nisreen gives me some. Delicious! I think I've had at least 6 today, maybe 7.

And finally, I finished the baby afghan I was working on. That means tonite, I can start some new projects.

Hope everyone is having a great day! Peace & blessings to all!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Poor Jingles

This is Jingles a couple of weeks ago happily lying in the moss roses, which she is not supposed to be doing.

She has been sick for about a week now. I noticed she was throwing up and now she is not eating or drinking. It's been at least 3 days now. The veterinary hospitals are not open because of Eid so all I can do is sit and wait. I keep hoping whatever is wrong will work its way out but I think she has a blockage and really needs to see a vet soon. Makes me very sad that I can't do anything for her.

Museum Visit

My favorite restaurant

Yesterday we went to my favorite Indian restaurant for lunch.

This is the entryway.

The ambiance inside is incredible!

The menu itself is a work of art!

The first page explains the meaning of "Rangoli".

We always leave happy! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Eid Mubarak

Ramadan ended yesterday and today is the beginning of Eid Al Fitr which lasts three days. Many people will have the whole week off just as the kids and I do. Eid al-Fitr is a time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.

We will visit friends tonite and I will be taking cookies for them. During the Eid, these cookies (mahmoul) are made and can be bought in all the bakeries -- they are usually filled with pistachios or dates and sometimes covered in powdered sugar.

This is a wooden cookie cutter that is used to make an imprint on the cookie dough before baking. It has a proper name, but my husband cannot even remember what it's called in Arabic.

I decided to make a cookie that is similar to what they make here, but is something that I know and love.

And here's the recipe:

So easy!

So yummy!
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