What’s for Dinner: Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t love chicken wings?

#homemade #Chicken #Wings is #whatsfordinner

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Click here to see how I make my boneless chicken wings… and of course, the same recipe can be used for bone-in wings as well.

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How to: Bookmark Websites on your iPhone

Did you know you could access any website with just a click by creating a shortcut icon on your (i)Phone?

Here’s how:

From your iPhone’s internet browser, go to whatever you link you want to create a bookmark icon for.

Then click that button I have drawn a red circle around in the image above (the square with the upward facing arrow).

On the next screen, click the option that says “Add to Home Screen” (also circled in red in the image below).

This will create an icon for the page on your phone, like a bookmark on your internet browser on your computers.

For my website, I created my own icon, so that is what appears… for websites that don’t have an icon created you may see a preview of the link itself.

What’s for Dinner: Peri Peri Chicken Wings

While we don’t have a halal Nandos/Galitos local to us, Peri Peri chicken is a favorite for everyone in my house.

The Nandos sauce that you can buy at your local grocery store is a great way to get the flavor for a semi-homemade version of your Peri Peri chicken. I’ve made this with chicken pieces before, and this time around I made it with chicken wings.

Tip: marinating makes a big difference and you should definitely marinate ahead of time.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Take your chicken wings and with a fork mark your wings so that your marinade will seep through to the inside of your wings.
  2. Season your chicken wings with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder and the Nandos sauce of your choice (I use medium, but they have various heat levels).
  3. In your grill machine, grill your chicken wings and brush additional nandos sauce on top several times, both before you flip the chicken and after.
  4. Brush additional nandos sauce as you are removing the chicken from the grill machine, right before serving.

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What’s for Dessert: Strawberry and Banana Trifle

Very similar to the Strawberry Trifle I make, this version also has bananas in it! This was one of the desserts I

made for our Thanksgiving family get-together this year, and everyone loved it. The other dessert was my Oreo Cheesecake.

What I love about trifles like this is how easy it is to put-together and its always a crowd pleaser.

#Strawberry #Banana #Trifle is #whatsfordessert #whatsfordinner

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Here’s how I make my Strawberry and Banana Trifle:

What you need:

  • Pound cake, diced
  • Strawberries, sliced or diced
  • Bananas, sliced or diced
  • Cool whip, softened
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups of cold milk

How I made it:

  1. Make your vanilla pudding — basically blend your vanilla pudding mix with the three cups of cold milk for about a minute or two. Let it set for just  a few minutes and you will have your pudding.
  2. Fold into your softened cool whip.
  3. Now it’s basically just assembling your layers.
  4. Layer the bottom of your trifle platter with the pudding/cool whip mixture. Add a layer of cake, followed by strawberries and bananas. Continue the layers.
  5. Add a top layer of cool whip/pudding. Decorate the top of your trifle however which way you want with the strawberries and bananas.

 

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In Memory of our beloved Papa

One of the things I am most proud of is something I had zero control over. It’s being my Papa’s grand-daughter.

I am, and will always be, #teamPapa.

It’s been almost two years since we lost the gem and patriarch of our family, but his legacy is something I hope I will carry forward for the rest of my days.

Our beloved Papa passed away at the age of 86. Otherwise, today he would have been 88. In honor of Papa’s birthday, and in his memory, my brother Faraz has created a fund to raise money for a disease that doesn’t just effect one physically, but more so mentally.

Like Faraz notes, Papa was always there to help others and one of the ways we can carry this trait forward is by funding research for a cure to helping others who are fighting Alzheimer’s.

From the onset of finding out our Papa had Alzheimer’s, it’s been a cause that has been near and dear to my heart. It’s a cause I hope many more people will get on board to support. It’s a cause I hope we can find a cure for in our lifetime so other families don’t have to watch their loved one go through what we had to. Watching your grandfather slowly lose his memory and not recognize his own kids or grand-kids is something no one should have to go through.

Why has the prevalence of dementia/Alzheimer’s increased so significantly? Or are the numbers the same and we just hearing more about it now because more people are “officially” being diagnosed? How much is our diet playing a factor? Let’s face it, our ancestors were eating organic and not any of the artificial food we consume regularly.

The circle of life, surely ensures nothing gold can stay… but the way our Papa was taken away from us slowly is a pain that’s hard to explain. I despise Alzheimer’s/dementia and what it did to my Papa.

I choose to focus on the countless good memories, for it is them that truly exemplify who our Papa was. It is those memories that remind me what count most in life. It’s those moments of inspiration that remind me how I want to raise my precious Arham.

I pray Allah SWT grants Papa the highest level of jannat.

I miss you Papa, today and always.

If you would like to join us in funding research to beat Alzheimers, in Memory of our Papa, click here.

 

What’s for Dessert: Oreo Cheesecake

Going through my list of recipes, it’s no surprise that I love (a good) cheesecake.

One of the desserts I made for Thanksgiving was this Oreo Cheesecake. Or perhaps you want to call it a Cookies and Cream Cheesecake. Either way, it was delicious and a crowd pleaser!

What I used:

  • 5 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • Oreo cookies
  • 2 [8 ounce] packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
Here’s how I made this cheesecake:
  1. Preheat your oven 350 degrees. Tip: adjust your oven rack to a level lower than the usual middle position it is usually in (to make sure the cheesecake doesn’t brown too much from the top).
  2. Spray the base of your springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Finely crush about 20 Oreo cookies (using a food processor).
  4. Mix your melted butter and Oreo cookie crumbs well, before pressing them into the bottom of your springform pan [to form your base/crust].
  5. Bake [in your preheated oven] for about 9 minutes. Let your base cool while you assemble your cheesecake filling.
  6. Blend your cream cheese and condensed milk together until it is smooth.
  7. Next, add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Do not over beat the mixture, just until it is all incorporated.
  8. Crumble 12 Oreos with your hands and gently fold them into your mixture. Again, do not overmix.
  9. Pour your batter over your [cooled] crust.
  10. Bake in your [preheated] oven for about 50-55 minutes.
  11. Let your cheesecake set for an hour, before decorating it.
  12. Decorate as you prefer: here’s how I decorated mine: I spread a layer of whipped cream on top, and piped the whip cream around the edges of the cheesecake and a big dollop in the center. In the middle, of the piping I sprinkled crumbed Oreos. I also put a Oreo cookie [whole] on top of the middle piping.
  13. Refrigerate for several hours at the very least, but overnight is ideal.

P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.

Arham Turns Two

Happy SECOND birthday to, my pride and joy, my dearest Arham beta,

SubhanAllah I can’t put into words what these past two years have been for me. You are my world. That’s the only way to even attempt to put into words the impossible way to describe you.

You bring me happiness that I can’t put into words and happiness that is simply a blessing from above.

It seems every time I blink, you have gotten a little older and a little wiser, having learned something new yet again (mashAllah). It’s a constant battle between enjoying the moment vs. capturing the moment.

The best thing about being a mama? Even in the darkest of days, Arham beta, you have been the shining light. You light up every room you enter with your smile, but you have lightened up my life from day one.

In a world of crazy and unknowns, you have been my one constant.

Your hugs and kisses are the best things. You calling me Mama melts my heart in a way that I can’t describe. Your cuddles are time-pausing.

I love your smile and your energy (mashAllah). I love your persistence and determination. I love you. And who you make me.

There is never a dull moment, and you are constantly keeping me on my toes. Not to mention, constantly making me laugh. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

You not only make my life meaningful, but you give my life purpose. Each thing I do, I do for you Arham beta… and for you, I would do anything (in my power). I am by no means a perfect Mama, but I will always have your best interest in mind.

All the hurdles and obstacles along the way have been worth it, for me to have you. You make me so proud.

You make everything better, you make every thing worth it.

You have defied odds since before you were born and I pray the only “statistic” you will ever become will be one to make us tremendously proud of you inshAllah. I have no doubt that with your strong-will personality and can-do attitude, you will achieve great things inshAllah.

I love how you come running to the door excitedly saying “Mama” and into my arms. I wish I didn’t have to be away so many hours, but the welcome home love makes up for the heartbreaking mornings. The hours away from you are difficult and heart wrenching in ways I can’t put into words, and I wish I didn’t have to work away from home, but I know I have to do it for you. And for you? I would do anything.

You are my reason for everything.

Last week at work, we celebrated a 100 years of Douglass empowering women… but this week is twice the celebration because Arham beta, in just a few short years, you have empowered me in ways I couldn’t imagine.

You have given me strength to fight when I have felt defeated.

You have given me reasons to smile when all I wanted to do was cry.

You have given me reasons to have faith for all the obstacles you have overcome couldn’t be explained in any other way.

You make me so proud, not only for who you are… but who you push me to be by reminding me what truly matters.

I wish there was a way to preserve the innocence of your infancy and toddler-hood, as it truly is going by too fast, but just the same it’s amazing to see you thrive. It seems like it was just yesterday you were too small for even newborn sized clothes and it amazes me how quickly each phase has passed.

Let’s see what this coming year brings inshAllah. … but if we can just agree to “terrific twos” instead of “terrible twos”…

I pray you always stay grounded. I pray Allah SWT keeps you under His infinite protection always. I pray He protects you from the evil and guides you to goodness always. I pray you use your talents and intellect in a positive manner always. I pray you are always a source of joy for others.

Forever your proud Mama,

Arham’s Mickey Mouse Themed Second Birthday Party

This past Saturday, we had an early celebration for Arham who turns two mashAllah! SubhanAllah, I can’t even express how fast these past two years have just flown by…

Arham adores Mickey Mouse, so fittingly the theme of Arham’s party was just that.

From the invitation which I created:

Address blacked out…

The Snapchat filter:

The Chocolate Covered Oreos:

The cake:

The banners:

The singing balloon:

The rest of the decorations:

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Covered Oreos

Arham loves Mickey Mouse.

For Arham’s [early] birthday party yesterday, I made homemade chocolate covered Oreos that looked like Mickey.

Arham loved them!

It involved a few steps, but were easy to make!

Here’s how I made them:

I used only these five ingredients:

  • Mini Oreos
  • Oreos
  • Dipping Chocolate
  • Icing
  • Cake Pop Sticks

To make them, what I did was:

    1. Take the mini Oreos, open the halves apart and scrape off the filling.
    2. Take your regular sized Oreo, also separate the halves (so the filling is on one half).
    3. On top of the filling, add icing as a binder for the cake pop stick and mini Oreos.
    4. Add the cake pop stick down the center.
    5. Take two halves of the scraped mini Oreos and place near the top of the Oreo to make Mickey’s ears.
    6. Place the top half of the Oreo (the icing you added earlier will bind everything).
    7. Continue the process for however many you are making.
    8. Refrigerate to let them set.
    9. When ready, melt your dipping chocolate.
    10. Dip your Oreo sticks in chocolate.
    11. Refrigerate again before serving.

I left mine as just chocolate covered Oreos. Of course, you could be as creative as you want – add sprinkles, use icing to decorate on top, make them red, etc.

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