Year of Firsts: Here it is

It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over. It feels like it just started. I feel like my New Year’s resolution has been so… shortlived? I’m not sure if that’s the word I’m looking for, but I do know that time flies way too fast. So here is what I’ve been up to lately

September 21st

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I haven’t had Mentos in ages. Apparently, these Mentos are limited edition. I don’t think I’ve ever had candy with uplifting messages printed on them.

22nd

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I really wanted to like these. They were hard and so so so dry. I could hardly finish the first bite I took. Oh well.

23rd

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I love Butterfinger but this crispy wafer version can’t compare to the original.

24th

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This is the first time I’ve tried Ulker tea biscuits. I’ve tried their other products and have been satisfied but these were weak. The second I dipped it into the tea, it broke off. My tea ended up being more biscuit than tea.

25th

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This was the only soft and not stale bread the local supermarket was selling. I’m satisfied.

26th

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I tried to write a treatment. I’m still not too sure how I feel about the experience.

27th

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Tried a new recipe in the breadmaker. It was pretty doughy in the middle. Still tasty though.

28th

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I’ve heard good things about this butter. I actually liked it which says a lot because I’m not typically a butter fan.

29th

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Got an omelette at Wawa. I’m not sure what I was expecting. It tasted alright, but I’d hardly call it an omelette.

30th

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I actually wanted a smoothie but the sugar content was insane. So I got the drink with the least sugar. I love watermelon.

October 1st

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I really tried to like this but I just can’t accept sweet coffee into my life. I’m all about the bitter.

2nd

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Speaking of sweet drinks… This is the first time I’ve had commercially prepared tarmhindi and I swear it tastes just like my grandmother would make it. It took me back to my childhood.

3rd

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I finally found something that keeps my glasses clean. Thank God.

4th

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I gave Mister Roger a chance in black and white. I’m all about that soothing programming.

5th

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No matter how you make them, ginger snaps are amazing.

6th

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I’ve never seen this bread sold in stores. It really does taste like the kind they give you in the restaurant. Yay!

 

Well, that’s that for now. Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

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Year of Firsts: So behind

I’ve been completely absent minded about keeping up with my Year of Firsts posts, but I’m still trucking. So here goes nothing…

August 11th

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Giving this new Bevespi inhaler a try.

12th

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Never been able to buy this in NJ until now.

13th

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Not quite like our family recipe, but still a good deal.

14th

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Sobiyet plus baclava. Enlightening.

15th

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Halal Chinese food from China Pagoda in Paterson, NJ. Good stuff.

16th

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It was a legendary experience.

17th

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Turkish pastry shop with the essential group of elderly men sitting out front socializing.

18th

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A hair salon named after Palestine.

19th

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Not usually a fan of croissants but these weren’t bad.

20th

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It’s not easy being green but it was tasty.

21st

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I never win, but only play to see if I can beat my previous time.

22nd

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Rainbow bagels are strange. The green dough just takes over and gets all stuck in your smile.

23rd

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People want to talk to me about work and I have no idea what to say.

24th

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Just trying to get money for spending money.

25th

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Gave it a try. It’s not a bad collection.

26th

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I will try anything to help with this asthma. However, this was a failure and did nothing.

27th

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Trader Joe’s has these labelled as “teeny tiny potatoes.” Teeny tiny potatoes with lots of flavors.

28th

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This is the day I realized that all cards should be pop-up cards.

29th

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This is a really good book. I’m glad I picked it up.

30th

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I don’t make a habit of reading food labels, but this made me laugh. First I’ve seen of this Good Stuff.

31st

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Monstress is an interesting book, to say the least.

September 1st

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Now I know what my eyes would look like on a thumb.

2nd

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First time paying my phone bill with change.

3rd

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This lemon zinger cake was disgustingly sweet. I’ll pass.

4th

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Got a free jade roller. Can’t really see what the big deal is.

5th

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Trying to sniff the stress away. Why not?

6th

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Adding this to my list of favs.

7th

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This is probably the only time I’ve ever been able to read a graphic novel in its entirety in one sitting. I’d highly suggest this to anyone and everyone.

8th

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Sahara in Manville, NJ makes their own bread. It’s perfect.

9th

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Give a new hairstyle a try.

10th

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Poke bowl for the win! Okie Pokie is an amazing restaurant.

11th

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This is the day I learned that rabbits can be litter trained. Who knew?

12th

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Now I know why I never buy sandwiches at Wawa. So disappointing.

13th

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The freshest berry cake ever.

14th

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First time I’ve ever seen anyone pray for a hurricane. I think you’re supposed to pray to be safe from the hurricane or something but you don’t usually pray for one. Nice try.

15th

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Trying to keep track of my asthma symptoms. It’s like a full-time job.

16th

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First time seeing a pulmonologist. Let’s hope this leads somewhere.

17th

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I’ve never felt like a job description was meant for me until now. I can sweep and mope, easily.

18th

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Usually, I can coax these hairs to chill out with product, but not this time. They were too excited to sit down.

19th

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A blended pumpkin spice latte. How have I never had it blended before?

20th

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Gave the perky pigtails a go and now I wish I had a gold beard.

Well, that was a fun catch up. Can’t believe the year is almost over. Where did the time go?

Anyways, until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

Year of Firsts: Lazy

Hello Friends. I  haven’t forgotten about you and I hope you haven’t forgotten about me. This is a long post and mostly because I have been lazy. Shame on me. Here it goes…

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5/5 Stars. Would drink again.

July 19thimg_51551img_51531 Found these gems. I’m not sure if I would buy it again, but it was delightful. I’d certainly recommend you giving it a try if you find them in stores.

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I love mochi and admittedly picked these up bc they’re cute, but I have to say I was a little disappointed. They weren’t very pink and the strawberry flavour was lacking.

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First time taking a Snapchat selfie.

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Went into Wawa for an iced coffee and this is the first time I have been left confused by a coffee machine. How does this thing work? There were no buttons or tabs or anything. There were nozzles for the coffee to come out but no way of getting the coffee out. Help!

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First time trying watermelon flavoured frozen yoghurt. It had a very Italian ices texture to it. Totally worth it.

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Didn’t even know lavender melon was an option.

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I’m not too sure how to feel about these. The first few taste kind of funny. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but then my tastebuds got used to it.

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It’s the season for watermelon flavoured everything and I’m not complaining.

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Who knew you could buy banana bread without walnuts? I like it more with walnuts but this was still pretty tasty.

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I love kombucha and love this new green flavour I found at Trader Joe’s.

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This was a massive disappointment. I followed the directions exactly. The cookie part didn’t spread out so well. The brownie part was super thin. The flavour was lacking. It didn’t taste good and it smelled weird while baking. Strong pass.

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I didn’t realize how much I loved peanut butter filled pretzels until now.

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I know that juices and smoothies are packed with sugar and while this is nice to have as a treat, this sugar content is insane!

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This is one of those things that end up in your house but no one is quite sure how it got there. Not my cup of tea, let’s say.

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Eurotart is officially my favourite frozen yoghurt flavour ever.

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This is the first time that I’ve been in a public restroom that has an enforced time limit. The world is crazy.

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This is the first time I’ve knowingly committed a fashion crime. Socks and sandals! I know, I know, it goes against everything I believe in. I have an excuse, but it’s not a good one. I was on a train and their compression socks and it was a long ride and my toes were cold and… I’m sorry.

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I’ve officially watched all the Leprechaun films. They’re quite special.

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This is the first time I’ve gotten words of encouragement from money. Thanks, I think.

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Whole Foods really missed the mark on this. First, the burrito was mostly rice and second, whoever cooked this batch of rice has clearly never made rice before. The rice was not cooked and was rock solid.

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First time having Easter chocolate this late in the year. It’s still ok, right?

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First time visiting the Bridgewater Mall. They have this Lolli & Pops store. It’s candy heaven.

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This is the first time tracking my cell phone screen time. Interesting findings.

 

Well, that’s all for now. Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

Year of Firsts: Changing it up…

Hello friends! As you may know, I’m still fulfilling my New Year’s Eve resolution of trying one new thing a day. The last few posts have been primarily food based but I’m trying to branch out. And here it goes:

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I love peanut butter cookies but I just can’t love this. I should have been alarmed by the “peanut butter flavored” part. So they’re not peanut butter cookies, they’re peanut butter flavored. And I don’t know why I expected anything else from Quest products. I always see rave reviews online for Quest products and I have to question y’alls tastebuds. It’s a no from me.

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After my surgery I was hooked on ready-made protein shakes because I couldn’t eat and I loved the SlimFast shakes, but I can’t quite say the same for their cookies. Totally tasteless. It’s hard for a food to have zero taste at all, but they’ve somehow managed it this time.

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Found this watch with a pedometer and calorie burn counter at the bargain bins in Target. I’ve always wanted one but could never justify the expenditure. So when I saw this for $8, I knew I had to try it. I will say this, it really is a reality check that makes it very clear how many calories you are burning or not burning for that matter.

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And what did I find next to the watch? I found a power bank for $5. At that price, I don’t expect a whole lot out of it. More to come on how it holds up.

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Cayenne kombucha was a serious burn. I thought and worried that it would irritate my sensitive tummy, but it did not. I am not unsatisfied.

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I was a sceptic and read some eh reviews about the taste. Whether it does anything, I doubt it, but it was sweet and tasted alright.

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I’ve had Annie’s mac and cheese before but never the microwave variety. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t choose to eat this, ever. It was bland. It was a big cup of no thank you.

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This is the first time I’ve ordered a calzone and gotten an entree sized container of sauce. Too much sauce.

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Got this sample in the mail and I’ve been using it at night. Only time will tell if it makes a difference.

 

Well, that’s all for now folks. Until next time…

 

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

Year of Firsts: Running out of ideas

This global heatwave has been limiting my desire to leave the house and hence narrowing my Year of Firsts options. With that said, here it goes:

28th

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This was the first time my Shams has seen a bug he couldn’t get to, but this isn’t just a first for him, it was a first for me too because Shams lost his footing and I had to catch him from falling. He gave me a real scare and I hugged him as long as he would allow. I love my little adventurous guy.

29th

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I saw a recipe for pineapple lemonade and since we had a ton of pineapple that we couldn’t eat before going bad, we blended a bunch of pineapples and fresh lemon juice together. Super yummy and would totally make again.

30th

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I was slightly confused by the concept of a cookie brownie. It’s not quite a cookie and it’s not quite brownie but it is quite yummy. 10/10 would eat again.

1st

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I LOVE watermelons! And anytime I find a new watermelon flavoured anything, I need to have it. Picked this wonder up at my local ALDI and my only regret is not buying more.

2nd

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Don’t ask me how, but I’ve never had a Snickers ice cream cone. I’ve had the bars both the ice cream variety and the room temperature kind, but I tend to not enjoy cone based ice creams, with the exception of these. I love Snickers… Total comfort food.

3rd

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Speaking of chocolate, I usually walk past the chocolate section of the grocery store with my head down because I want it all. This time I decided to indulge a bit and try this German hazelnut chocolate bar and I think I’m going to have to work extra hard to avoid the chocolate section next time.

4th

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First time hearing this song and I’m not ashamed to say I really like it.

5th

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This is freaky. I uploaded my picture to this beauty cam type of app. They have an automatic button which is supposed to automate multiple features to be their optimal prettiest and this is what I got. Enough said.

6th

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This is the first time I caught a picture and a glimpse of my cat looking all jealous while I hug my other cat. It broke my heart. I love my Qamar.

7th

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French style yoghurt is a new favourite of mine and I tend to love anything lemon flavoured. I do wish they’d make a lower sugar version though.

8th

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My Shams found a new toy. This is the day I realized that I didn’t have to buy him fancy toys and that he was happier playing and hanging out in a paper bag than any other toy I could possibly give him.

Well, that’s all for now folks.

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

Year of Firsts: Business As Usual

Hello friends! My Year of Firsts continues. Let’s keep this short, sweet and to the point.

 

June 22nd

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This is the first time I’ve had plantain chips that were thin and wonderful. Most other varieties I have tried have thicker cuts.

23rd

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First time I’ve had the Trader Joe’s variety of carrot juice. Fresh and yumm.

24th

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Do you know how long I’ve been looking for lemon Larabar’s. I can find every other flavour but this has been the most exciting to try.

25th

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Seasonal flavours of kombucha are fun. It was surprisingly low in sugar in comparison to other flavours.

26th

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I’m not sure if this is a typo or a reference to the Turkish spelling and quite frankly, I do not care. It was good stuff.

27th

I didn’t take a pic for this one but I bought a money order at the post office. It doesn’t sound all that exciting, but it was certainly an experience I have never had before.

 

With all that said and done…

xoxo

Peace and Pistachios!

 

Year of Firsts: Ramadan Edition

Hello Friends,

I’m still going with my Year of Firsts resolution. Every day I try and do something new, to keep me fresh and alive. Let’s dive back into it!

May 23rd

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Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve ever had a Tropical flavoured Starburst.

24th

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First time seeing and buying Eid cards in a store. It felt nice to be included.

25th

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I’ve never had Guava tea before. I think the aroma was more guava-like than the flavour, but I’m not complaining.

26th

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This is the first time I’ve seen this ad. I’ve heard and read about CoolSculpting before and never really thought much of it. I did give a funny look at this poster when seeing the top lady and definitely laughed out loud by the “Don’t try this at home” disclaimer in small print.

27th

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This was my first time baking cinnamon rolls. Is there anything better than warm pastries? Because they were so warm out of the oven, the icing just melted and looks funny. Please disregard the old pan, it’s been through a lot, but it’s the best.

28th

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This is the first time I’ve used one of those apps to filter me into someone else, in this instance a pirate. The filter suggestions were… interesting.

29th

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This is my first lazy attempt at making energy/fat balls. Tastier than they look, I promise.

30th

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Many will try, but no one will ever make a peanut butter cup like Reese’s. Gave these Trader Joe’s version a try, they weren’t bad.

31st

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Usually, when we make Muhamar/Musakhan we go with a flatbread option, but this time we tried to make them into rolls to stay on the lighter side for Ramadan. Yummy.

June 1st

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First time having this variety of Icelandic water.

2nd

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Found these at the Dollar Tree. They were tasty but oh so salty.

3rd

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This is the first time I tried braiding my hair since my haircut. Having short hair is quite the adjustment.

4th

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I used to play around with copying Arabic calligraphy I found online all the time. I’ve been seriously out of practice. I tried giving this block type for the first time. It’s not quite what I want it to be. I should really practice more.

5th

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Don’t laugh at me. I took an old pic of my grandparents and followed this Photoshop tutorial. The photo actually looks a lot better than what it once was, but I’m not sure the techniques used in the tutorial were exactly what this photo needed. I’m trying to learn.

6th

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We were gifted a container of cookies and this was the only cookie with pistachios in it. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve had a cookie stuffed with pistachios, but it is the first time I’ve been gifted a cookie with pistachios. I wish there were more.

7th

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First time giving myself a flower crown. Everyone does it and it’s not really my thing, but I wanted to see what it looked like.

8th

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Usually, when making a salad I go for chicken, sometimes fish and occasionally steak. But this recipe for a ground beef based salad was pleasantly delightful even if it looks like a mess.

9th

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More sweets as gifts. This is a combination or twist of ma’amoul and harisa. So sweet.

10th

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This is the first time I’ve fasted all of Ramadan in the summer season. I  had to stop a few years ago because I was having blackouts while summer fasting. It’s still a struggle but I’m getting better.

 

Eid is upon us and if you’re interested, you can support my adventures or gift me some new items to try and add to my Year of Firsts.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

Year of Firsts: Distractions

Between life and fasting and procrastination and life, I’m slow on the updates. No surprise there but despite the raging cycle that is every day, I have been keeping true to my New Year’s Resolution to try one new thing a day. And here you have it…

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First time I heard this song on the radio. I think I like it.

4th

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First time I’ve had these crazy sugary delights.

5th

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First time trying to breathe using a nebulizer.

6th

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First time eating these supremely salty snacks.

7th

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First time I tried the sugar-free version of my favourite chocolates. Not the best, not the worst.

8th

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First time I’ve gotten a certificate for my hair donation.

9th

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First time trying a cake ball.

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First time having one of these. I like to real sugar version much better.

11th

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First time downloading this app. It’s an entertaining educational tool.

12th

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First time doing a colour by numbers via an app and not in an elementary school classroom.

13th

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First time giving a Ubiome sample.

14th

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First time solving a colour puzzle.

15th

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First time reading it’s book. I’m enjoying it.

16th

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First time fully pixelating myself.

17th

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First time trying to take a picture of my food but the mood lighting kept getting in the way.

18th

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First time having mulberries. I thought they only existed in country songs.

19th

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First time giving this cookie a try. Meh.

20th

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First time walking past the flower section and feeling like this one specific bouquet was made for me and only me. For real. It’s like they were calling me.

21st

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First time catching my cat sleeping with his head on a pillow.

22nd

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First time devouring this cheesy goodness.

 

Best of luck with your fasting or non-fasting endeavours. Ramadan Kareem!

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

Year of Firsts: At It Again

I’m still sticking true to my New Year’s resolution. Sometimes it’s tough. It’s easier to back into a routine of doing the same things and not trying anything new, but I still give it my best.

April 23rd

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First time editing a story that was translated into Hebrew.

24th

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First time eating some taquitos.

25th

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First time eating a cinnamon cookie that I was disappointed in.

26th

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First time visiting House of Cupcakes.

27th

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First time reading a book about Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

28th

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First time eating a Torku chocolate bar.

29th

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First time eating parmesan cheese crisps.

 

 

30th

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First time eating this. Heard great things about it and it was nasty. Idk what y’alls tastebuds are thinking.

May 1st

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First time inside the Princeton Uni bookstore.

 

2nd

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First time using this app to animate me and it’s super creepy.

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

Year of Firsts: Back to the picture posts

I’m lazy and overwhelmed with deadlines so I’m back to my picture posting ways. Here it goes…

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17th

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Until next time.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo