Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hard to Believe..

... It's almost December, and it barely felt like early fall today. It was a perfect day, with filtered sun, hardly any wind and a very mild 70 degrees. And all the better when this little guy came over to visit:

He has taken quite a liking to Atlas.

And Atlas, of course, is as gentle as ever when it comes to the little guy.

Love my guy too!

I'm not sure how many of these weekends we will be able to enjoy before the chill begins, but we are going to make the best of it!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Need some inspiration?

Safa has been blogging sporadically for the past few months, and recently more regularly, since she has taken on a 30 day writing challenge. If you google '30 day writing challenge', you'll come across a variety of lists and prompts, to help stimulate your creative writing juices. The particular one Safa chose to use is here. I looked at the list myself, and decided I have nowhere near the creativity required to complete this list, even if I was highly motivated to do so. But Safa is always up to a good challenge, when it comes to creative writing, and I have been enjoying whatever she has written so far. She has given me permission to share her blog here. If you are interested, swing by and read what she has written so far. You can click here to go to her blog.

It has almost, almost inspired me to revive this recently neglected blog. I admit that with each subsequent year, my posts have become less and less frequent. It's time to try and rectify this. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sweet Treats and more!

We have a busy weekend full of delicious food and great company. It started with a dinner we hosted on Friday night. We had a few families over for an Asian themed meal. The food turned out great, but not without more than a little help from the men in my life. Just before the guests came, I had Hamza filling, and Zakir frying egg rolls, while I was trying to put the finishing touches to all the rest of the food. It's been a while since we hosted a dinner for 25 or more, and my time management skills have obviously become quite rusty. But it ended up being a very successful evening.

On Saturday evening there was a dinner invitation/house warming party at Farah's house. Farah and her sister in law have been working on this event for a whole week, and everything was amazing. The entrees were delicious, but the desserts were out of this world. Ayesha is not only a great cook, she is an amazing artist, when it comes to creating cakes and dessert platters.

A four tiered cake, with a different flavor of cake in every level, plus baskets of flowers. Each flower is actually an individually wrapped, carefully iced cookie. The result was gorgeous.

The hand written plaques are cookies too! Who would have thought?! And chocolate dipped 'teabag' cookies, perfect for dipping in a cup of tea or coffee.

The food was just as artistically presented.

And the gracious hosts:

And if all this decadence wasn't enough, Sunday was the icing on the cake (literally). We were back at Farah's house this afternoon to celebrate Mobeen's seventh birthday. More cake, more desserts, and cute finger foods.

The cool backdrop is hand made too.

And a great superhero birthday cake, with cookies to match!

The weather cooperated enough for the kids to play outside, but with the rain imminent, the food was all set up indoors.

I am going to have to hit the gym especially hard this week. Have some calories to burn off!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Zoo

Wednesday was the fourth grade field trip to the Birmingham Zoo. I shuffled around my work schedule so that I could go with Bilal. The zoo has been decorated for the annual 'Boo at the Zoo' even, so you could find the Halloween theme throughout the park.

It was a bit of a dreary day; not cold, but wet, will light misting showers throughout most of the day. But it didn't dampen this guy's spirit!

The zoo has expanded since the last time we visited a couple of years ago, and I could hardly recognize the place this time around. There is also still a lot of construction going on.

The African Savannah section is always a hit, even though the giraffe encounter wasn't open. We were still able to enjoy them, though.

And you can see that it didn't rain the entire time we were there, there were a few brief breaks in the clouds; proof!

At the end of the trip there was a break for lunch, and a quick trip to the gift shop, before we headed home. I am so glad that my little guy still wants me along with him for field trips. I know the day probably isn't far off when he won't want me there!

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