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

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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

غذاؤك علاجك – Your Food Is Your Remedy باقة من المعلومات الصحية الطريفة… ج. 2 — حيل #صحية مجنونة

باقة من المعلومات الصحية الطريفة. نصائح وحيل صحية مجنونة

فوائد #الشاي ج. 1 – ستدهشك فوائد شاي أوراق الجوافة – The Health Benefits of #Guava Leaves Tea شجرة الجوافة تنمو في المناطق الاستوائية والشبه استوائية. وهي تكثر في أمريكا الجنوبية وشمال أفريقيا. ثمرة وأوراق الجوافة لها فوائد كثيرة لصحة الانسان.

غذاؤك #علاجك# – Your #Food Is Your #Remedy فوائد #صحية مذهلة لزيت #الزيتون – Amazing #Health Benefits of Olive Oil

زيت الزيتون، زيت الشجرة المباركة ، هبة وهبنا الله بها لكي نقي بها أجسامنا ونحفظها من الأمراض. لقد استخدم زيت الزيتون منذ القدم لاحتوائه على الكثير من الفوائد، وما زال جزءاً لا يتجزأ من تراثنا الشرقي العريق، فنحن لا نستغني عنه في المطبخ وفي استخدامه للتداوي والعلاج. لعلّ هذا الفيديو يفيدك بالمعلومات لكي تبقي زيت الزيتون عادة في حياتك، لحياة افضل!

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!

 

فوائد مثبتة للحبة السوداء – حبة البركة

غذاؤك علاجك – Your Food Is Your Remedy


فوائد العسل المذهلة — لا تحصى ولا تعد

غذاؤك علاجك – Your Food Is Your Remedy

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: A month of procrastination

Yeah, I know. I said I would stay on top of things, but I clearly haven’t. I have procrastinated so long on this year of firsts posts and really the reason I’m getting it now is that I’m using this as a method to procrastinate doing another task I need to get done. Because I’m the worst and don’t want to put anyone through an encyclopedic blog post, this post is simply going to be a picture post. I still held and continue to hold true to my new daily experiences though.

2/25/18

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3/15

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Have you all been able to guess what I’ve been up to? I really need to stay up to date on this more frequently. I know that when 2019 comes around, I may or may not achieved all I wanted, but I’ll know that I kept my New Year’s Resolution and it will all be worth it.

Until next time… Hopefully sooner rather than later…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba