Eid Mubarak
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatu


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Ice-Cream on a Cold Day
Thursday, September 25, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh

I know I usually have a cookie recipe all ready for Eid for others to try. I'm sorry.. things this year are just beyond crazy.. more mentally than physically.. so no cookie recipe, but I have a cute, fun recipe.. which the kids will love. I'll be honest.. I like it too, and enjoy an ice-cream every time! They are a big hit at bake sales.


There is a recipe around where you fill the cone with batter and bake it. I personally do not like that method.. for the following reasons: filling it with batter and making sure they stand while carrying it to the oven is an art on its own!, the chances of batter overflowing while baking is great (reviews from others)..and this makes the cone look messy, and it doesn't keep that well..in that the cone gets soggy.

Here is how I make my Ice-Cream Cupcake. I use a mini cupcake pan. One and half cupcake per ice-cream. The cupcakes are a perfect fit, and just enough cake to balance everything off. Any cupcake recipe works fine, this is an easy one - very easy.

Makes 16 ice-creams

8 tblsp butter - softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
Optional: pink food colouring

:: Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
:: Put all ingredients in a bowl, using an electrical mixer, beat together until smooth.
:: Fill all 24 mini cups (no liner needed) until batter is done.
:: Bake until golden.

Butter cream frosting (approx. 2 cups)
16 flat-bottom ice-cream cones
16 red candies or cherries

:: Cut a cupcake in half, place half in the bottom of the cone.
:: put a little frosting (acts as glue) on and place a whole cupcake on top.
:: Pipe a swirl of frosting on, and decorate (be creative).


posted by Sketched Soul at 2:55 PM | Permalink 6 comments
Basic Tote
Monday, September 22, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh
This is a very simple, easy to make kids tote. I'm posting it because I need it for a different project, insha'Allah.. but I hope you can benefit from it as well. They'd work great as a grocery tote too.

It's kid friendly because of the fabric, size and the handle size. The square bottom makes it roomy enough to fit toys, books, crayons, and the height and width are perfect for standard-size colouring books. They'll be packed and ready for an adventure!

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 12"w x 15"h.
Making sure the print is in the right direction - cut out a 1.5" square at the bottom of each end.

 For Handles: cut 2 pieces of fabric 4"w x 13"h.
Fold each piece in half (length-wise) and iron - purple line.
Open up, fold each side to meet the purple line, and iron - green line. Close in half again and iron.

 While you at the iron, press the top of each bag fabric - 1" fold inwards. You will only be stitching this down at the very end!!!!

Finish the edges of each side (4 edges for each piece) of bag fabric (with a serger or zigzag stitch).
Place right sides together, and sew along the sides, and the bottom.

Open the tote and pin or hold the bottom edges together (the squares you had cut out).
Make sure the seam of the side lines up with the seam at the bottom.

 Stitch together, and finish edges (with serger or zigzag stitch).

Stitch as close as you can to each side of the handle.

Open the fold (you had ironed) at the top of the bag.
Place the handles approx. 0.5" in from top edge (read handle placement) and stitch.

Note: handle placement: Fold the whole bag in half, make a crease in the center with your finger. Open, and fold the edges to the center, make a crease with your in finger (just like how you made the handles). Place each handle edge on the inside of the edge creases.

Fold ironed crease back down, lift handle up, and pin in place.

Stitch around the edge of the top of the bag.
Optional: iron your seams all nice and flat.

Voila!.. you are done!

If anything needs to explained further, please let me know. It's sometimes hard to write a tutorial without making it an essay.

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To Africa With Love
Saturday, September 13, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh

I have some WONDERFUL news! AlhumduliLlah. The girls orphange in Africa have received their dolls done through the Muslimah Doll Project. I don't know if I am more excited or them...hehe The blessings of Ramadaan, subhan'Allah.

Smiles.. and more smiles!

Thank you to everyone at the Sunrise Academy for the 37 gorgeous dolls they sent with so much love, and to the lovely sister who helped organize everything. May Allah reward you all abundantly for your kindness, and shower you with His kindness. Ameen. You've definitely brought more than just smiles to these children.

And thank you to the sisters at the orphanage who helped with everything at that end, and sent us pictures. Jazakum'Allahu khair.

One of the dolls had a letter from the donor with. As you can see, the recipient is thrilled! Tabarak'Allah. The orphanage is going to laminate the letter and keep it at the orphanage.

Girls being girls.

Please keep these children and the many other orphans out there in you prayers. We have updated the site, if you have time please check it out.. and spread the word!

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posted by Sketched Soul at 12:51 PM | Permalink 17 comments
Sadness In Indonesia
Friday, September 05, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh

There are so many, many videos out there.. but this one is very special to me, and so I'd like to share it with you.

The organization PKPU is one I trust, and have worked with. Please check out the short clip. If you can help financially, this is the perfect month to do so, if you can't.. your prayers are just as important, and I implore you to pray for them before breaking your fast.

Insha'Allah this Ramadaan they will be reaching out to the most poor, remote areas in the country. If you would like to know more about the Ramadaan Campaign contact me, I'll be happy to send you an exact outline of where the work will be done, etc.

Note: Those who can not do a direct bank transfer (or it cost too much).. but would really like to donate, if you can get the money to me (through paypal - amtullah79@yahoo.ca) before Tuesday, Sept. 9th.. I can send it out.

Jazak'Allahu khair.


posted by Sketched Soul at 1:38 PM | Permalink 11 comments
It's here...
Monday, September 01, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

... alhumduliLlah.

(photo by J. Miguel)

Fasting has no equal (al-Nisaa'i, 4/165; Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1/413), and the du'aa' of the fasting person will not be refused (reported by al-Bayhaqi, 3/345; al-Silsilat al-Saheeh, 1797).

Please keep me in your prayers.


posted by Sketched Soul at 8:30 PM | Permalink 12 comments
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