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


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



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



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



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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


First time having this variety of Icelandic water.



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



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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,



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This book’s 120 pages are packed with black and white photos, descriptions, instructions and patterns. There are some great vintage advertisements, too! You’ve got to see this book to believe it.

This digital VINTAGE book has been enlarged to a full 8½” x 11″ – much easier to read than the original 7¾” x 9¾” printed in 1895. The pictures are much clearer and larger, too! This is a great help when trying to follow the instructions. The original book’s print size is so small that it is VERY hard on your eyes and it is easy to miss a step in almost any project you try. Now with the larger format, you can read and follow the directions with ease.

AND… because you can print out the project you are working on, you won’t have to fight keeping a book open to the desired page. Nothing drives me nuts faster than trying to work on a project and the page keeps flipping or the book won’t stay open. I’m sure you know what I mean. No more propping a book open with whatever you can find to keep it at the page you need! Your printout can be placed just about anywhere for easy reading.

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You will find advice about different types of silks and flosses and their uses, care for embroidered items, ideas for gifts,needlework advice AND you will find amazing patterns for

  • “Victoria” Knitting Silk
  • Knitting Silks and How They Differ
  • “Asiatic” Filo Silk Floss
  • “Roman” Floss
  • “Asiatic” Twisted Embroidery Silk
  • “Asiatic” Honiton Lace Silk
  • “Asiatic” Rope Silk
  • “Mediaeval” Embroidery Silk
  • “Asiatic” Outline Embroidery Silk
  • Silk Sheeting
  • Embroidery Chenille
  • Arrasene
  • Scale for Socks and Stockings
  • Various Stitches — Knitting
  • Things Worth Knowing.
  • Appropriate and Useful Presents — Encouragement to Knitters
  • Abbreviations and Explanations of Terms
  • Child’s and Lady’s Silk Stockings
  • Gentleman’s Silk Sock
  • Lady’s Knitted Undervest
  • Infant’s Long Silk Shirt
  • Infant’s Boot and Band
  • Wristers — Infant’s’ Crocheted Socks
  • Infant’s Mittens
  • Lady’s Fancy Mitten
  • Lady’s Jersey Mitten — Wristers
  • Knitted Gloves for Gentlemen
  • Knee Warmers — Fancy Pattern
  • Knot Stitch
  • Roll Stitch — Daisy
  • Rose Stitch — Roll Picot Stitch
  • Scarf Wheel
  • Guipure Wheel
  • Passementerie Wheel
  • Scarf Wheel #2
  • Chatelaine Chain
  • Daisy Lace
  • Marking Linen
  • Black Crocheted Beaded Bag
  • Long Crochet Purse
  • Baltimore Crocheted Tie
  • Crocheted Umbrella Case
  • Tobacco Bag
  • Work Bag
  • Hair Receiver
  • Crochet Rings
  • Card and Flower Basket
  • Sleeve Holder — Burnt Match Receiver — Needle Book
  • Mouchoir Case — Scarf Wheels — Dress Trimmings
  • Photograph Holder — Scissors Chatelaine — Postal Card Case
  • Twine Bag — Spool Bag
  • Tennis Belt
  • Crocheted Tassel
  • Mountmellick Work
  • Spray of Blackberries and Leaves
  • Maiden Hair Fern
  • Passion Flowers and Leaves
  • Crocheted Suspenders
  • Crocheted Fan Tidy — Silk Slippers
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  • Proper Shades in Wash Silks
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  • Ecclesiastical Designs

Get In Loser! We’re Going Shopping!

I Shop, You Shop, We All Shop For…Gumdrops?!?!

If only our material needs were so simple.

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?

Well, credit cards are evil, but that’s probably a story for another day. Hypothetically, If I could only shop at one place for all my needs, I have to say Amazon. Hands down. I’m pretty confident that you can get just about anything on Amazon.

If you are feeling kind and generous, perhaps you can help my unemployed self and surprise me with a gift? I LOVE GIFTS!

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