فوائد العسل المذهلة — لا تحصى ولا تعد

غذاؤك علاجك – Your Food Is Your Remedy

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Year of Firsts: And So It Goes

I continue to move forward with my New Year’s Resolution of trying one new experience a day. I may need some new ideas since all of my firsts have been food based…

May 11th

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I’ve had other flavours but this is the first time I’m trying strawberry. Consider me satisfied.

12th

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I can’t even remember the last time I have potato pancakes. I tried these Trader Joe’s version and they’re meh.

13th

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Watermelon kombucha where have you been all my life?

14th

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I don’t even know what a lingonberry is but it was tasty.

15th

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Power balls should just be renamed coconut treats. They’re all coconut. No matter what flavour you try, it all tastes the same… like coconuts.

16th

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Summer is the time in which I become the most dehydrated. Most electrolyte drinks are too sweet for my liking, but this is just right.

17th

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The local Turkish grocery store sells prepared kebabs that you just have to cook at home. Mouthwatering…

18th

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Getting that good fibre in.

19th

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Tried the PJ’s Pancake House in West Windsor. I’ve never had french toast with cannoli cream. I hardly even needed to use the syrup. It was good on it’s own.

20th

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If you ever get a chance to try this cheesecake on a stick dessert, I say, don’t miss out.

21st

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Savoury tahini cookies. What more could you want?

 

Here is hoping that there will be many more firsts to come.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

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

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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…

16th

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17th

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18th

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19th

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20th

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21st

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22nd

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Until next time.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

So here I am again, back to my picture post ways. I have however set up a new schedule for myself so hopefully I can stay more up to date in a more timely manner in terms of my Year of Firsts.

April 3rd

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4th

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5th

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6th

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7th

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8th

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9th

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10th

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11th

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12th

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13th

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14th

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15th

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Year of Firsts: I’m here

And I’m staying on top of things. Yay me! If you’re new here: I made a NYE resolution to try and do one new thing a day. I try and document my new experiences on this blog. Keyword: Try.

Yesterday was April Fool’s Day but I was not fooling around. As some of you know, I was recently diagnosed with a tumour and had to have surgery to remove it. The myofibroma was in my hard palate and my doctor had to dig out a good part of my mouth, nose, sinus area. Painful indeed, but what was worrying were these boney, hard ridges that had grown on the resection site. It was painful, almost like having little knives on the roof of my mouth. Well yesterday, one of them ripped itself out of my mouth. It is so bizarre. It is sharp and difficult to break and disgusting and a mini-shank.IMG_3601.jpg

April 2nd… Today… Yay!

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My kitty has been chewing on my wires, literally killing them with his punctures. And now I’m giving these babies a go because I can’t afford to buy new wires on the regular (And I obviously want to keep my furrbaby safe.)  I hope it works.

Wish me luck.

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

 

Year of Firsts: Pic Post

I’ve been having technical difficulties and that brings me to the point in which I have to resort to another pic post instead of going into depth about it all. Forgive me…

March 12th-

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16th-

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