HEY. Hope you guys are having a great Ramzan (and if you're not Muslim, hope we're being extra nice to you). Tonight N's mom arrives in Dubai and stays with us till Eid so we're both quite excited about having her. This time Ramzan and Eid feels more special than over, I've just been in a very festive spirit this whole time. N and I have planned on giving each other small gifts this time around - anything under AED 50 - could be something handmade as well so potentially could be just a piece of paper too. We set a monetary limit so we'd focus more on the gesture and not about getting something 'great'. I bought this wrapping paper very randomly a few months ago from Magrudy's in Jumeirah and now I'm terribly excited to use it for our gifting exercise (symbolically appropriate). We told our friends about our idea too and they also joined in, so now we're all getting each other something. Borderline delirious behavior a couple of weeks ahead when we share the gifts, please consider yourself warned.
Having a big iftari at my place today. Just six people but big by my standards, YAS. Making some chicken alfredo bread as one of items to make love to at 19:00 hours, thanks (that's iftari time, incase anyone's confused).
I'm a big believer of simplifying your life. I don't like it when I get even remotely stressed and like to operate in zen mode most of the time. So I always get paper plates in Ramzan (started doing this last year, so 'always', yeah). It's a tiny added expense but so functional because you don't end up spending your entire middle age doing the dishes. Also, since extra action is happening in Ramzan like slipping into food coma and taravih, it just frees up time to do that stuff instead of dying a slow death in the kitchen. These are the nicer plates because we have an iftari today but for everyday I use the lame, boring, white ones.
Love these white chocolate dipped dates with cashews (warning: I can eat the entire box in one go, so never give me one). Usually get these from Geant or Carrefour, they're by Bayara.
Look what Rituals gave me, you guys. A teacup. Massively crushing on them, hope you understand. I'm going to use it for all my herbals teas but if you like this but don't like tea, use it as a container for anything and everything (could make a very sexy toothbrush holder for the bathroom). They have a black version selling in store too.