What an Eid it was..! After 2 years..

the last few days leading to Eid were quite stressful with B falling sick with Croup ( a viral disease). Fever, cough, vomiting the night prior to Eid, and sleepless nights. but as they say, alls well that ends well. and the Eid day was just that. Perfect.

true it was difficult waking up B in the morning but the minute he heard lets go babba he was up and standing (with his teddy ofcourse!). plans for the day were quite simple. spending the rest of the day with our NZ Gang (we now proudly call each other our NZ family!). so we met at N&H’s place for lunch. what a feast we had! sheerkurma, cutlets, biryani, soup, salad, drinks! B didn’t know what to do with all the food and where to start so decided not to eat! and we just managed to give him a bite from here and there. its really hard to get him to eat when we are out and he has so many distractions around! the afternoon-evening consisted of our usual girls vs guys jokes and fights and a game of dumb-charades, which we girls lost (the guys just know way too many movies and are really good at guessing!). 🙁

it was B’s day off from his afternoon nap too. he refused to sleep and just wanted to play and entertain us (he loves being surrounded by people), till he got over tired and hyper. and that’s when a car ride worked to put him to sleep for an hour. next stop was bowling. and i won! first time! yayy!! had so much fun after such a long time. and surprisingly it was much easier to manage a sleep deprived B than we thought. infact he was having his own fun. he too did some bowling, running on the bowling alley and getting scolded.

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we ended the night with some yummy peri peri chicken and chips at Nando’s. oh and i haven’t even mentioned Eidi! yes, B’s Eidi which always gets me soo excited! he got some really cool Eidis this year. Glow pad, car, LED shoelace and lots of cash and chocs! you know, this should have been B’s first Eid. with all this fun, Eidi, food and masti! i remember his first Eid – M was at work, we were at home and B had eaten half a magazine and puked it all out on the floor! haha…well there was excitement then and now too!

but on a more serious note, Eid and such occasions always makes me miss home but this time was different. good different. and i really wish we can celebrate all the occasions, big or small, together, like this (and even better) every year! xoxo

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I dont bake breads much but after trying this recipe out, i am now a total fan of homemade breads! And B loves it too. and for this reason alone, i will bake breads more often.

banana breadBanana Bread with Walnuts. the recipe is so simple – it only requires one mixing bowl! and the result- soft, moist and yumm banana bread. You have to bake this for your tea-time!

Ingredients

3 very ripe bananas, peeled

1/3 cup melted butter

3/4 cup sugar (1/4 cup more if you like it very sweet, 1/4 cup less if you like it less sweet)

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

¼ cup roughly chopped walnuts

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Use a wooden spoon to stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

3. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. Mix it gently. Add the chopped walnuts and mix it.

Untitled-304. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve.

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The best bananas to use for banana bread are those that are over-ripe. The yellow peels should be at least half browned, and the bananas inside very soft and browning.

June – July ’14

what an eventful month this was! phew!

will never forget the date..it was 19th june 2014 5.10pm when B touched the hot iron with his right hand! to see if it REALLY was hot or mummy just keeps bluffing! that evening followed by 3 other nights was a living nightmare for us. he had a huge water boil on his palm which they punctured after 2 days (and me screaming at the docs for why they wasted the 2 days is another story!). Alhumdolillah his hand is healing perfectly. But my B was the star for taking it all up so bravely! and now he just refuses to enter the room when i am ironing, screaming hot hot and walking out! its cute how he still blows on his hand when asked about his injury.

and just when the docs were ready to remove his bandage for good, he gets school sores! and so to avoid the infection entering the wound, we had to bandage it up again. one week at home, no playgroups, music class or gym! that was a long week for us.

hmmm..apart from this i think the rest of the month went well. with B learning more words, talking more, screaming more. he now says alphabets from A to K. his new obsession is trains. he wont let anyone at the playgroup touch the train set. likes doing art and crafts too. painting, stamping, coloring. his first craft project was a glittered butterfly, now stuck on our fridge.

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i am learning new child sicknesses every time B falls ill. which in turn gives me a topic to write about! ok i know this sounds bad or mean but just trying to laugh after having a few tensed weeks…

impetigo

B got a contagious virus from playgroup last week, Impetigo, also known as school sores. it started with a boil-like on his chin, which grew in number around the edges of his mouth, a few on his hand and diaper area. luckily B had a mild impetigo. i have seen worse pics of it on google.

These sores do no harm to the body. they slowly dry off and fall down. this lasts for 5-7 days. impetigo originates in places where kids share the same toys, surfaces etc.

So what to do?

1. the best precaution is to keep your kid at home during this period. this helps in containing the sores.

2.gently wash and clean the sores with warm water ans a soft cloth.

3. use the antiseptic cream the doctor gives you.

4. cover the sores with a cloth or plaster to avoid spreading the infection. the sores spread easily to other parts of the skin.

5. avoid touching the affected area. wash hands immediately if touched the sores.

6. take time off from school, playgroups, childcares one day after the treatment has started.