Recipe Book With Love
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

My dear sister Brooke, just informed me about a wonderful project! Insha'Allah our contributions will be of enormous help, as all the profits go to the Muslim Food Bank.

Linda "Widad" Delgado, author of Halal Food, Fun and Laughter is accepting original recipes and foodie stories for another book.

How can we help??

Send in recipes: should be original, never been published before. List ingredients and cooking method. If any unusual ingredient is used (something native to their country) explain below the recipe in a footnote and suggest something similar that could be used.

Send in a funny food story: a short funny story that is about eating, and/or preparing food. Maximum of 500 words. The only changes made to the story are spelling and/or punctuation.

Send in funny food poetry: light hearted poetry about food. A maximum of 32 lines. Any style acceptable.

The contributor should include their name, city/state and/or country. If they have a website and/or blog they can include this. This information will be included in the book crediting their contribution.

August 15th is the deadline for submissions. Sister Brooke will insha'Allah respond to each contributor and advise if his/her work have been chosen for inclusion.

All contributions should be emailed to:

May Allah reward all those involved in trying to make a difference, and shower His mercy upon them. Ameen.

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Accessorize My Hobby Swap
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

With every interest, hobby, etc., there is always the extra little trimmings we could do with, or would love to have but don't always indulge in. You know, the knitter who would love a knitting bag, the gardener who could do with an apron, the shopper who could put a new purse to use, an avid reader who would greatly appreciate more bookmarks, and tea-drinker who ... you get the idea!

Details of swap: Send your swap partner a collection of (minimum of 3) items that reflect ONE of the hobbies/interests they have posted on their blog (Blog questions below).
- One of the items must be an accessory
- One item must be handmade. (Masha'Allah we have so many creative sisters, this shouldn't be a problem.)

note: the accessory can be the item that is handmade

Swap Objective: meet another sister, send someone something special for Eid, be creative, explore other hobbies/interests, be part of those giving during Ramadaan - to please Allah!

Participants allowed: International (open to Females only!)

Ages allowed: All ages. (note: if you are not mature enough to see this swap through, please don't sign up)

Cost Limit: Non. There should be no 'expectations'. The idea is to have fun with it, and be a little creative.

Rules: You will have to inform only me and your swap partner via email when you have sent out your package and when you have received your package.

Email me a picture of your package before you send it out, so I can put it up in an album.

Those who have not yet sent out their packages from previous swaps, will not be allowed to join this swap.

Sign up due date: Monday, August 13th, 2007
Partners will be Emailed to you on: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
Package HAS TO BE MAILED OUT before: Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Questions to post on your blog (or to email me if you don't have a blog):
Four of my favourite hobbies/interests:
The best part of my hobby is:
My favourite colour is:
A new hobby/interest I've just taken up:
The hobby/interest I hope my swap partner will choose:
A hobby I've tried but hate:
Creativity to me, means:
What I think of my purse not matching my shoes:

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

Name of swap: Accessorize My Hobby Swap
Blog name/url: (if applies)
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
City, State, Zip (country if needed):
Link to where your (blog) answers are:
Do I and your swap partner have your permission to post pics of your 'creation' (ie. on their blog):
How did you hear about this swap:

Number of participants to date: 8

Blog Answers that rock! Check it out:

  • Purvis the Muslim
  • Aishah
  • Yearning For Jennah
  • Sketched Soul
  • Surviving's Craft Room
  • Gulnarita
  • Susy
  • Amira's Kitchen
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    Cupcake Bake Sale
    Sunday, July 15, 2007
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

    AlhumduliLlah! Yesterday we held a Cupcake Bake Sale at a local community center, with all the proceeds going to help the children in Thailand, insha'Allah.

    Overall, the event and sales went pretty good, we made a total of $290 (including $90 from donations.. many thanks). Insha'Allah the money will either go directly to the school and they can use it as they wish, or to help buy books to start a library. I shall keep everyone updated on how the money is used, insha'Allah.

    Jazak'Allah to all those sisters who helped out during the event, to the sisters who took so much time and care in making such amazing cupcakes for the sale (masha'Allah), and to those who bought cupcakes to support the cause. May Allah Most High shower you with His infinite blessings and give you success in this world and in the next. Ameen.

    Insha'Allah I pray I have the opportunity to continue raising funds and helping out the school. If any one has any ideas for future events, please share your ideas. And if you are interested in organizing something in your area to help the school in Thailand, contact me, insha'Allah I'll see what I can do from my end to help out.


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    A Bookshelf In Thailand
    Wednesday, July 04, 2007
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

    .... a humble deed
    ..... a gracious heart
    ....... a thundering difference
    Islam Witthaya (academy) Beungnamrak is a little school in the rural area of Thailand. It teaches both deen and academic studies, but unfortunately does not have enough funds to hire qualified teachers, or give the children the education they deserve.

    By providing the children with books it will insha'Allah be a means to educating them and thus result in a better life.

    Please help build a library for them, by sending new (or in very good condition) books to them, in English (especially books that can help them learn proper grammar, etc.) or Thai, Islamic or non-Islamic, suitable for ages 12, 13, 14.

    All books can be mailed directly to the school at:

    Islam Witthaya Beungnamrak School
    42, Moo 13, Klong 15,
    Beungnamrak Sub-district,
    Bangnampriu District,
    Chachoengsao Province

    (note: Please write "Library Project" on all packages)

    The school is for both girls and boys ages 12, 13, 14.
    With not enough room the Masjid is also used as classrooms.

    To donate funds for the Library Project:
    Make a cheque out to: Islam Witthaya Beungnamrak School (and mail to above address)


    Bank Account Name: Islam Witthaya Beungnamrak School
    Bank Account No.: 231-0-05020-2
    Krungthai Bank - Branch: Bangnampriu

    May Allah shower His mercy upon you, and reward you for your generosity. Ameen.

    If you have any further questions, concerns, etc. please feel free to contact me at Insha'Allah I shall keep everyone updated on how things are going that end.

    PLEASE share this with others. Jazak'Allah.

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