Watermelon slush – Say goodbye cheers to Lebanon summer days


watermelon slushOur vacation has come to an end, it’s time to pack  and go back to Doha!

I became so damn professional in packing, i can fit a whole house in my bag! It became as easy as drinking watermelon ;)

A perfect watermelon slush to beat the heat and say goodbye cheers to beautiful summer that bought  me a lot.

watermelon slushThis refreshing drink comes together in just 5 minutes. All you need is:

  • 3 cups diced seedless watermelon (or almost 500g)
  • 1 cup ice (7-8 ice cubes)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • one lime juice optional

Place watermelon, ice, sugar and lime (optional) in a blender and blend until smooth. This quantity serves 4 cups.

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You can replace the lime with lemon, it also works and gives the tanginess you need in your drink, or keep it simple and sweet as is without any addition.

To booze it up, add vodka and enjoy!

watermelon slushThere is another way of making this slush, if you have time, by putting the seedless diced watermelon in freezer a day ahead or overnight. This way you eliminate using ice cubes, you only blend the watermelon, sugar and lime (optional) until smooth! I like this method, the flavor turns out stronger!

watermelon slushWatermelon is in season now, you find plenty everywhere you go. Now i find a way whenever i have extra in the fridge, how to make use of them and enjoy.

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Upside down peach cake


upside down peach cakeI’m currently having a very busy and sleepless summer especially after delivering my baby. But being in Lebanon with the abundance of fresh fruits and being psycho enough, I couldn’t but turn the oven to bake this upside down peach cake.

A very easy and quick recipe, and doesn’t require too much ingredients.  I am sure you all have them at home even the peaches, it’s the season and it is at its peak (in July and August).

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Who can resist this mouth watering cake. Preheat your oven and go ahead do it, trust me it took less time to prepare it than writing the post :)

You need:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4-5 peaches sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 9″ pan with a quarter of the softened butter. Dust it with the brown sugar then layer the peach slices over.

In a deep bowl beat the remaining butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, beat well then add the milk. Spoon the mixture over the peaches.

Bake for 30 mns or until an inserted wooden skewer (or toothpick) comes out clean. Let it cool before inverting onto a serving plate.

upside down peach cakeServe it warm or cold, as per your taste. I personally like it cold. If you want to jazz it up, serve it with ice cream to beat the heat, especially it’s too hot nowadays!

upside down peach cakeI am sure this cake will be the center piece of your table, whether for dessert after lunch or when snacking. It’s fairly sweet and fruity, quenches your thirst on summer days or warm your hearts with a cup of tea. Enjoy!

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Fortune cookies favors for newborn – DIY


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Make your fortune cookies say what you like or wish! A cute and memorable favor to welcome your little one.

Feel like the luckiest mom on earth with these really cute and easy fortune cookies. The best thing is there is No baking required!

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These non edible cookies are made with a colored salt dough. To prepare it you need;

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • coloring gel of your choice

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Mix all ingredients and knead well. Roll the dough and cut out circles, this quantity yields 12-15 circles (depending on how big you want it).

Place your customized message in each circle before folding to half. Pinch the middle of the cookie with a knife to twist it.

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You can make many batches to get all the colors you want. Leave them to air dry before offering to people.

And here are my cookies full of wishes and good fortunes for my new little Joud.

fortune cookiesfortune cookiesIt was a great way to share with the family and friends our happiness and fortune to have our bundle of joy among us.

I am sure these favors will be memorable, as a surprise factor and non usual favor. Don’t hesitate to try it, write whatever you like to say and jazz up your happy event.

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Meghleh (floured rice pudding)


meghleMeghleh, is a traditional Lebanese sweet, served on a special occasion such as the celebration of a child birth or christmas. It’s a floured rice pudding spiced with caraway and cinnamon, and garnished with shredded coconut, assortment of nuts (almonds, pine seeds, walnut, pistachio) and dried raisins.

meghlehThe word meghleh in arabic means boiled, knowing that this dessert is served cold, after being boiled for almost 45 mns.

If you are expecting a baby or simply you want to enjoy a quick, easy and flavorful dessert, don’t hesitate to give it a try.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 cup floured rice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground caraway
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 cups water

To garnish you will need shredded coconut, almond, pine seeds, pistachio, walnut and dried raisin. All the garnish is optional and depending on your taste. Personally i like them all, and i soak the nuts in the water before serving to become softer.

In a deep pot add the water, floured rice, sugar, caraway and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Stir over medium heat until the mix comes to a boil (20-30 minutes) Continue to cook the pudding while stirring over medium low heat for 5-7 more minutes, or until the pudding is thick. You know it’s done when it drips from the spoon as a sharp line.

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The secret of success of meghleh is in the continuous stirring over medium low heat. Make sure to stir continuously and scrape the bottom of the pot to prevent the pudding from sticking.

Remove the pudding from the heat and pour it into ramekins and set aside to cool completely before garnish.

This pudding should stay put, try not to shake the ramekins so the surface doesn’t get cracks.

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It is said that this brown pudding is symbolic of the fertile rich soil, and the nuts on top are like seeds that will sprout and grow on this soil – a perfect symbol for birth. Welcome my baby boy Joud!

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Let the world know… (along with a free printable)


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Let the world know my bundle of love is here, welcome my son Joud to our warm nest. My family is growing and so is my heart!

Now i have two boys, Nady and Joud, the eyes i see the world through.

Now i have grown two wings, and i am ready to fly… with you Antoun lets conquer the world!

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I wanted to share with you our happiness and a free printable welcome door signage. If you like it, all you need is changing the name or size, i’ve attached to you a high resolution file, (vector) that you can edit easily!

Click here to download the file.

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