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

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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

Catalogue Central

I’m a fan of snail mail. I like being able to hold a letter in my hand. And because most things are done these days through email. I LOVE getting shopping catalogues. I can’t afford anything in them, but I love to look at them. They keep me entertained and inspire my many daydreams.

Join me…

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30 Quick Healthy Breakfasts On The Go…

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Check out these healthy chocolate recipes from my Super Healthy Meals  eBooks…

Kids Healthy Diet Tips & Delicious Free Recipe

Kids Healthy Diet Tips & Delicious Free Recipe

Kids Healthy Diet Tips No. 1

As a mother of 5 I found the hardest thing when introducing a change to your child’s diet was their resistance. It seems kids may have the monopoly on the passive resistance technique to get their own way! Unfortunately their “own way” involves the eating of junk food such as chips, soft drinks, burgers, cakes, lollies. All the foods you know are bad for them but they seem to love. This is the first Kids Healthy Diet tip

So, how to break down this resistance? Start slowly so they are not aware of your strategy. Introduce healthy foods gradually. There are certain ways to do this effectively and achieve yourkids healthy diet.

Help For a Kids Healthy Diet

Expecting your child to come home on day one of your new plan and happily snack on carrot sticks is never going to happen! However if they arrive home and are presented with Choc Coated Banana Bites you are on a winner. Even more so when your child can dunk them themselves and watch the runny chocolate set hard. We all know bananas are good for growing bodies (and adults too!) but my chocolate recipe is an amazing health food in its own right.

Here is the recipe for the Banana Bites. They are amazing for your kids healthy diet You may have to fight the kids off so you can try one too!

Choc Coated Banana Bites

Recipe From: http://46503dss9s9obwby3ckfr64r87.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=ASHANNA

Kids Healthy Diet - Choc Coated Banana BitesMakes 6 bites

  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • toothpicks

Method

  • Cut bananas into bite sized pieces
  • Insert a toothpick into each piece and place in freezer overnight
  • Combine cacao powder, coconut oil and agave and mix well together to make your runny chocolate. You may want to add more agave if you like a sweeter chocolate.
  • Coat frozen banana pieces in melted chocolate. The frozen banana will set the chocolate almost immediately
  • Eat straight away or store in an airtight container in the freezer

Note:

This chocolate will set below 23ºC so if you want it runny don’t store in the fridge. It is very stable and keeps well just in the cupboard. If your chocolate sets before the kids get home from school just place the container in a basin of hot water and it will melt again. Be very careful to not get water in your mixture or you will ruin the texture.

Any chocolate left over can be set and eaten as chocolate or add some raw nuts and/or dried fruit for a snack for later (or for you!)

 

I Remain (Part II) #shortstory

But today, she mourns. She carries questions of horror through my mind. To eat or not to eat? To purge or not to purge? That was certainly the question.
I sat with a package of white chocolate Lindor Truffles in my lap like it was a ball of fire I couldn’t let go of. I held the gold and white package in my hands for a second and immediately dropped it into my lap, where my knees quaked at a 9.0 and I closed my eyes as the tsunami waves of haunting thoughts lurked through every curve of my mind.

The above is an excerpt, if you’d like to continue reading this short story, please go to this link. 

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