Sweet Potato Pie
Sunday, August 27, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I have been cooking up a storm, much thanx to Hijabi Apprentice for sharing her wonderful Sweet Potato Pie recipe with me! The recipe is easy to follow, easy to make, and tastes very yummmyyy! (I shall be making this again, insha'Allah) Reminds me a little of pumpkin pie. I decided to add a graham cracker crust, and I found a recipe for Maple Cream to add to the top (anyone lucky enough to have Maple flavouring will know how good this is!!!)

My dear sister, here is your slice... smiling at you!

Here is the recipe from Hijabi Apprentice.

Makes 1 Pie

2 cups (16oz/450ml) mashed sweet potato (the orange kind)
1/4 cup (2oz/4tblsp) butter
1 egg
1/4 cup (2oz/59ml) milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup (2oz/4tblsp) brown sugar
1/4 cup (2oz/4tblsp) cane sugar
1/4 cup (2oz/4tblsp/56.8g) flour
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (or to taste)

:: Peel potatoes, cube and boil until fork tender.
:: Place hot potatoes and butter in a bowl blend on medium speed until combined.
:: Add egg, milk and essence one at a time, blending until combined.
:: Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in seperate boil.
:: Slowly add to potato mix, and blend well.
:: Pour into pie shell, or prepared Graham Cracker Crust.
:: Bake at 350°F (180°C) for an hour.
:: Once cool, pipe whipped cream or Maple Cream on.

Graham Cracker Crust
2 1/2 cups (20oz/568g) crushed graham crackers
butter - melted

:: Add enough butter to combine cracker crumbs.
:: Pat into pie dish.

Maple Cream
1 cup (8oz/16tblsp/237ml) whipping cream
1/4 tsp maple flavouring
2 tblsp powdered sugar - sifted

:: Whip cream until soft peaks.
:: Beat in (SLOWLY) flavouring and sugar until stiff, but still soft.


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Saliva Of A Lion
Saturday, August 26, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

It has been a quiet, lazy day today... but lovely!
I'd like to share a beautiful paragraph with you from a book called "Don't Be Sad" by Shaykh 'Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni. I'm not close to finishing the book, but so far I have gained so much from it.. and you don't even have to be sad to read it..hehe (alhumduliLlah)

A righteous person was once thrown into a lion's cage, and Allah then saved him from its claws. He was later asked, "What were you thinking about at the time?" He said, "I was considering the saliva of a lion - whether it is considered by scholars to be pure or impure (i.e. whether, when I die, I will be in a state of purity or not)."

Allah described those who were with the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa-salaam) according to their intentions:

Among you are some that desire this world and some that desire the Hereafter.
Qur'an 3:152


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A Little Something Goes A Long Way
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Someone, some where, did you a favour.. and you really were going to send them a thank-you card, but you know... family came over, and then you had to bath your fish, and well.. then you were being deported... whatever the excuse, you just missed out on something much bigger; a way to purify the soul, to build a more loving relationship, maybe a prayer (dua') from the one receiving the card, and ultimately a reward from the Most Merciful.

I only brought this up because this morning when I went down for breakfast their was a beautiful thank-you card waiting for me. Whether the sister sent it to me or not, I'd love her the same (unless there is space to love her more) ... but you can't help but to remember her in every prayer, after all, she took the time to remember me. Jazak'Allah khayr, May Allah reward you for your kindness and give you success in this world and the next. Ameen.

That was in the morning, and the afternoon only brought more joy.. when someone specially picked tomatoes from his garden for me. Such wonderful people. May Allah, Most High grant him and his family a garden in Jannah. Ameen.

I love tomatoes, and these are soooo yummy, I don't think I have tasted a better tomato!

It just goes to show, sometimes those little things in life, like a tomato, or a card go a long way. I hope I can be more like the people here, insha'Allah.. and maybe someone will keep me in their prayers.

"…..Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and enter the garden should die with faith in Allah and the Last Day and should treat the people as he wishes to be treated by them…"


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Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I felt like baking today, and I am sure glad I did! Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes, a little moist, a little dense, a little fudgy, a little crumb left for the lucky person who gets to try it.

Here is the recipe for anyone who would like to try it.. let me know how it goes.

Makes 24 medium cupcakes

3/4 cup (6oz/175g) unsalted butter
6 ounces (175g/12 tblsp) semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (6oz/175g/12 tblsp) sugar
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup (4oz/114g/8 tblsp) flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

6 ounces (175g/12 tblsp) semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons whipping cream
white chocolate to garnish

Directions For Cupcakes:
:: Heat oven to 325°F (160°C).
:: Grease 12-cup muffin pan or line with baking cups.
:: Place metal bowl over medium saucepan of barely simmering water (bowl should not touch water).
:: Add butter and 6 oz chocolate.
:: Let stand until melted; stir until smooth.
:: Cool to room temperature.
:: Whisk in sugar and egg yolks.
:: Stir in flour and baking powder.
:: Add cooled chocolate mix, and stir.
:: In large bowl, beat egg whites at medium speed until frothy.
:: Add cream of tartar.
:: Beat at medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
:: Fold one-fourth of the whites into chocolate mixture.
:: Gently fold in remaining whites until mixed.
:: Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling two-thirds full.
:: Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
:: Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.
:: Remove from pan; cool completely.

Directions For Frosting:
:: In medium saucepan, combine semisweet chocolate and whipping cream.
:: Heat over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently.
:: Spread each cupcake with frosting; let cupcakes stand until frosting is cool but not set.
:: Using vegetable peeler, make curls out of white chocolate over cupcake.
:: (Optional) Sprinkle coloured sugar on and add a cherry.



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Crooked Little Square
Sunday, August 20, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Baraktuhu

An update on the Mural... which I started all over again. It is/was well worth it. I've attached all the canvas squares that I have received, can you believe I am still waiting for a few more. Anyway, it is looking so beautiful! Insha'Allah the Welfare Center will be pleased with it.

AlhumduliLlah that is turning out well, and Fabric Land had a sale.. that's good news too!! So I bought some fun pink fabric which I have plans for. I won't give it away, incase it turns out to be a big flop. Tomorrow I hope to work on that, and if all goes well, insha'Allah I shall post some pics.

I gave crocheting a try over the weekend. Humm well, I think I'm actually getting the hang of it.. not enough to show anyone..hehe But I usually learn better when I know I'll end up with something other than a crooked little square *grin*, so I'm going to look for an easy pattern and take a stab at it. Crooked or not, it was fun!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Well.. hum.. my attempt to put the Unity Mural together didn't work out so well. I know I'm not that great at math.. but this is pathetic!.. my calculation for something went somewhere..hehe. Insha'Allah tomorrow I shall give it another try. I am definitely going to try and get it as perfect as I can, especially since so many sisters have put so much time and effort into each beautiful canvas square, and are patiently waiting to see the outcome. Jazak'Allah Khayr for your patience.

While we are on about murals, has anyone tried painting a mural on canvas? I'd be very interested in hearing about it, please and thank you. Insha'Allah I shall tell you how things go tomorrow..

On a happier note, is there a bigger compliment than someone actually offering to buy a 'creation'!!..nooo there is not. A sister made my day when she asked if she could purchase my floral bag. (Thank you)

Ahh.. the joy of making things is endless I tell ya!!... even after it goes to someone else, it's a happy memory *smile*


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Protect The Seals
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I know with all the disturbing events happening around the world at this very moment, the last thing we have time for is boycotting anything for seals... and I'm not going to go into a whole Islamic lecture over how harming innocent animals is unIslamic. But I am going to beg you to sign the petition... pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee, pretty pleaseeeeeeeeee, with zee strawberry on top.

Poster Design By: Yu-Tzu Chung

It's a pledge to stay away from seafood products such as snow crabs, cod, scallops, and shrimp until Canada ends its commercial seal hunt for good.... not to difficult huh. (vegetables are good for you)

In 2006 alone, Canadian fishermen killed 330,000 baby seals for their fur, a shocking number of whom were still alive and able to feel pain. Sign the petition!!! (please and thank you)

Sign Me

May Allah reward you for your kindness to His creation. Ameen!


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Floral Bag With Clay Button
Monday, August 14, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I don't think there is anything more fun to sew than a bag!

The pattern I started out with was pretty plain but I decided to add some pockets, inside and outside. Mom also has an embroidery machine, so I got to add a little more detail to the strap.. I love the way it turned out!

Inside of bag.

I made the button out of clay, sorry I couldn't get a clear picture of it. It's very easy to make. I used Premo clay. Make the shape of the button as you wish out of white or ivory clay. Make indents in the button using a pin (length wise) so you have long grooves, poke a few holes and bake. Once cool, rub some 'burnt brown' acrylic paint into the grooves.

There you go. Insha'Allah I would like to try out another bag.. hopefully in a beautiful green!!


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2006 Eid Book Swap
Sunday, August 13, 2006

As-salaamu'alaykum Wa rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

AlhumduliLlah, this would be the fourth year organizing and participating in an international Ramadaan/Eid swap, I pray it is not our last.

Details of swap: You will be given a short list of books your swap partner would like to receive. Purchase 1 book and 1 or 2 'goodies' to go with. Goodie(s) can be handmade or bought.

Note: Your partners book list if just for an idea on what to purchase, the final decision on what book you'd like to send is up to you. Books should be in English.

Just to give you some examples of books and 'goodies', you could send: a spice or two/ or handmade fridge magnets with a recipe book, a scarf with an Islamic book, knitting needles with a knitting book, supplies with a craft book, handmade bookmark with a novel, a toy with a kids book, etc.

Participants allowed: International (open to Females only!)

Ages allowed: All ages.

Cost Limit: Non.

- Inform me in the comments section, and your swap partner via email, when you have sent out your package and when you receive your package.

Sign up due date: Monday, August 28, 2006
Partners will be Posted on: Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Package HAS TO BE MAILED OUT by: September 30, 2006

If you would like to participate, I will need to know the following information. (amtullah79@yahoo.ca) note: .ca NOT .com
Please email me the answers even if you have participated in a previous swap.

Name of swap: Eid Book Swap
Blog name: (if applies)
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
City, State, Zip (country if needed):
4 Books you would like to receive: (be as detailed or as vague as you like)
Does your swap partner have your permission to post pics of your 'creation' (ie. on their blog):
How did you hear about this swap:

AlhumduliLlah, here is this years participants:

:: Hijabi Apprentice (sent) (received)
:: sketched soul (sent) (received)
:: The Egyptian's Wife (sent) (received)
:: Asma (sent) (received)
:: The Stolen Light (sent) (received)
:: Zebunisa (sent) (received)
:: Asiya (received) (sent)
:: Farzeen (received) (sent)
:: Those Days (sent) (received)
:: Zainab (received) (sent)
:: Under Water Light (received) (sent)
:: Thahira (sent)

I hope you all have fun, insha'Allah, and take this opportunity to build a new friendship.


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Helping Africa
Saturday, August 12, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Today was a busy day. My first garage sale I have ever been part of... very interesting to say the least. This was a Charity Garage Sale, and all proceeds are to help those in Africa, like building wells for them, etc. Overall, it went really well, AlhumduliLlah! And thank you to all those that helped, I pray your reward for your effort and intention are in the Hereafter, insha'Allah.

If anyone is interested in donating funds for this project, in particular building wells in Kenya, please let me know, I'd be more than happy to send you further information on it, or direct you to someone who can help.

I know, I know.. it's not normal to shop at your own garage sale, but we did have good stuff (donated from others), so I also managed to get some books for the Welfare Centre, I'm very happy about this. Books make me smile. Hopefully I can get some recent pictures up of how the library at the Centre is looking.


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Love From Thailand
Friday, August 11, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Baraktuhu

Loooook at what dear Pa sent me! All the way from Thailand. She sent lots of other wonderful things, but I can't get over how beautiful these are. They are one of those things that I would have bought had I seen them in a store.
Thank you sooo very much Pa, I do appreciate it all. Maybe one day I can return the kindness, insha'Allah.

My new mission is to find things exclusive to Canada... they make wonderful gifts for those that don't get them. So far this is what I have come up with: Mint Chocolate Aero, Coffee Crisp, Red Rose Tea, Smarties, Maple Roasted Peanuts, Pure Maple Syrup, Twizzlers, Nesquik Chocolate Syrup, Tim Horton's Coffee, Poutine, Crispy Crunch... humm, that seems to be a lot of 'food'.
If others know of any products (or more food), please let me know.


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Peacefully Blue
Thursday, August 10, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I finally finished my scarf! I'm a beginner knitter, this being my second scarf.. so maybe it took me a little longer than it should have, but I had fun making it, and it was a great way to kill time (ie: long car rides). Since it is made for my sister it's so much nicer knowing it's going to someone who will appreciate it, and use it. I love making stuff, but sometimes it's difficult to find people who will use it.

I think my next knitted project will be bag, I have always wanted to try that.


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Wisdom Of One Man
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

It goes without saying that Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wa-salaam) has left us with two powerful sources for the improvement of the individual, the society and for the nations, those are: the Holy Quran and ahadith. The ahadith show us the diversities a single person can have, and the ways these diversities may be used to produce an optimal performance, where the performance is exemplary for future generations. This was one of the main tasks of the Last Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa-salaam), to guide humanity on the right path.

Every Friday members will receive one ahadith, that we can benefit from insha'Allah.

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Drawstring Bag
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I made this cute little pouch for a 'project idea' insha'Allah I hope to launch. Anyway, here's how I made it.. if anyone is interested. It's really easy to make, you can use any 'left over' fabric for this project, and they great for storing anything and everything! (Shoes, Markers, Kids Toys, Cosmetics and can even use it as a Gift Bag!.. etc.)

1) - Cut out two pieces of fabric; 10w" x 14.5h" each piece. (you can use anysize you wish, or have)- Finish the edges of each piece. (zigzag or serger) *I used a serger on mine* With the RIGHT sides in, sew the two pieces together, (bottom of bag, and both long edges) but you must leave part of the long edges unstitched to leave room for the drawstring section. Stitching 1.75" down from the top, using a 1/4" seam.

2) - To create a flat bottom, fold the bottom corner so it is perpendicular to the rest of the bag, pin where you want to stitch and sew in 3/4" from the corner.

Here is what it looks like with the corners sewn.

3) - Press the seams open and sew the unstitched edges.

Here's what it looks like from the outside:

4) - Now press down 1/4" on the top of the bag.

5) - And then another 7/8" or so (you want the top to hit below the opening of the sides)- Stitch the top part down. (approx. 1/8" seams)

7) - You need two pieces of string, each one long enough to loop around the bag once.

8) - Stick a safety pin through one end and snake it through one side and then through the other. I then tie the string together in a knot, the second drawstring goes in from the other side and back out.

Pull on the ends and voila!

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My Little Corner
Sunday, August 06, 2006
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I am new to the 'blog-world'.. and not sure how much I'll like it since I lack creativity in the writing department, so I shall let you know how it goes as times goes by.

I think the best way to start this is tell you a little more about myself.

Name: Farhana (meaning Happy/Happiness/Joyful)
Email: amtullah79@yahoo.ca

Birth Date: May 10th

Age: 27 29 (23 if anyone asks)

Current Location: Canada

A Hadith (teaching of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him) I think about all the time: Narrated An-Nu'man: I heard the Prophet saying, "The person who will have the least punishment from amongst the Hell Fire people on the Day of Resurrection, will be a man under whose arch of the feet a smoldering ember will be placed so that his brain will boil because of it." Sahih Bukhari Vol. 8 : Number 566

Righty or Lefty: Righty

My Weakness: Finishing what I start...that doesn't apply to food

Fears: *Read Hadith above*

Perfect pizza: Grilled chicken, tomatoes and garlic (everything must have garlic)

Goal(s) I'd like to achieve: Memorize the Qur'an, Snowboarding, Crochet something, do more to help the orphans and needy

First thoughts waking up: Morning dua'

Bedtime: After Isha prayer (well.. this is usually my goal)

Most missed memory: Humm.. playing.. (now I have to pretend I'm entertaining children)

Pepsi or Coke: Oh! don't get me started on this subject

Chocolate or Vanilla: Strawberry

Chicken or Steak: Steak!

Profession: Graphic Designer (last recorded.. haha.. )

Get motion sickness: Only if I read on the treadmill.

A pet peeve: People who chew with their mouth open, people who cook with long nails.. urgh, inconsiderate people

Favorite season: Spring and Autumn

Eaten an entire box of cookies: Definitelyyyy!

Eaten sushi: No, but would like to try it one day, insha'Allah

What I like to bake: Date & Banana Cake, because it tastes sooo yummy!

What I like to cook: I love to try out 'International' recipes
What I hate: The phone.. (don't call me!!)

Been on a safari: Yes, insha'Allah I can go again one day

Had a pet: Yup! Maybe more than I should have had.. hehe

Pet you'd want: Goat named Rocco

What place would you most like to visit: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Medina again, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Peru.. I could keep going
Favourite Authors: James Doss (I like his humour), Ronald Dahl (the kid books), Bilal Philips
Favourite Lectures: Shaykh Feiz, Shaykh Khalid Yasin

Favourite Colours: Olive Green, Emerald, Loden Green *so.. I like green!*

Favourite Food: Fries (anything you can make with a potato), Beans, Eggs (seperate or as a meal..yummy), butternut squash, Philly steak

Favourite Places: Zambia, Medina,

Favourite Sport: Bodybuilding (it's a sport to me!!)

Random interests/symbols/things I like (this might help out future swap partners): cupcakes, Islamic lectures, retro patterns, beads, coloured wire, gum, hair scrunchies, earrings, coloured pens, conte/charcoal, anything homemade, lipbalm, paint brushes, bookmarks, pineapples, tribal designs, craft stuff, nose rings, lollipops, wool, fabric, bags, bright colours, scarves, stationary, art, fudge, Masjids, stitch markers, pastels, knitting needles, patterns for knitting, crocheting or sewing, magnets, Islamic books, different cultures, cala lilies, recipe books, fimo clay, Qur'anic cds, vintage aprons, calendars, fruit or vegetable seeds, animal prints, body cream, glitter, cards, art history, decopage, paper mache, acrylic paint, claw hair clips, felt, recipes, (I think that's about it)


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