Advent calendar – Santa claus beard


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Welcome to that time of the year that works magic on my serotonin! They say in each one of us there is a hidden child… mine really likes to have an appearance around Christmas time.

…Everything gets dressed in festive look; windows at the shops are more joyful, same food and desserts taste better, red and green are not just ordinary colors anymore and all eyes are on that enchanting sky hoping to see the red nose between the stars…

It’s the time when we all pause and reconsider our values, belief and attitude.

It’s the perfect quality and happiest time with the family, especially for those living abroad, but unfortunately this year we can’t make it back home for the reunion… It’s sad we are not sharing this Christmas with the family, but thinking positively, Santa got me an early gift this year, I have a new friend. And this is what Christmas is all about; something new and precious is born…

Today is the first day of the festive month and i am aaaaaaall ready for Christmas, this buzzword “Christmas” you will be reading zillion times in my posts during December until we reach the D day. So let’s start the countdown folks!

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This year i have to prepare 2 advent calendars, one for Nady and one for Joud! They are both about Santa’s beard; one is trimming it while counting down to reach Christmas and the other about growing it, since Joud is only 16 months and can’t use scissors, sticking cotton balls on the beard was a good and fun idea for his age.

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If you are wondering about the fun part, the daily sweet or toy, Nady will find it written behind each strip he will cut and Joud will collect it from the christmas tree🙂

If your kid’s age let you take the advent calendar to the next level, don’t just offer sweets or toys, you can teach them the real meaning of Christmas by putting words of values (such as faith, forgiveness….) instead or along with the daily surprise.

Click here to download the trimming option and click here for the growing one.

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A five minutes lazy cake bahamas


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This lazy cake (some call it biscuits au chocolat or gateau froid) without doubt, will be a staple in your fridge. When talking about winning combos, we shouldn’t undermine the marriage power of chocolate and banana!

A classic lazy cake is already a hit, I always wondered how it will turn out if i stir in some bananas, and here is the day i dared trying it. Trust me it’s heaven in your mouth.

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All you need is:

  • 75g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 bananas ripe (mashed with a fork)
  • 40 pieces biscuit marie

Heat butter and chopped chocolate until melted, you can do it in a heat prood bowl in the microwave or simply in a pot on a medium heat. Stir in cocoa powder and sugar, whisk until sugar is melted. Take off the heat then add bananas and finally crush each biscuit in 4 and toss in the chocolate banana sauce.

Fold gently so you don’t crush the biscuits in tiny pieces until all of them are well coated. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap to put the biscuits and chocolate, this way it will have a rectangular shape, easy to cut. Depending on how thick you want your cake to be, use the convenient mold size, mine is 11¨. With the back of a spoon (or your hand) shape the mixture in the loaf pan.

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Refrigerate at least for 3 hours, take it out, unwrap, cut in slices using a sharp knife and savor!

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Some people like to sprinkle over icing sugar before serving, it’s not a bad idea actually, it makes it look more festive and appetizing. You can serve with roasted walnut as well, it goes well with chocolate and banana.

It’s a new recipe to add in my creations, i am sure i will revisit more often, it’s a real pleasure to the palate. When you try it, i would love to have your opinion, don’t hesitate to write for me.

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M&M wheels experience – little scientist


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Experimental science, one of the favorite activities that Nady really enjoys and looks forward to! He is absolutely fascinated by science, for him it’s magic, mystery and fun. I totally understand him since we share same interest and enthusiasm, i am as passionate as him when experiencing something for the first time🙂

It’s been a while i see on the net the M&M experience, so i decided to take it to another level and make it more interesting and fun.

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Already having the M&M creating those colorful streams when melting with warm water is something, but what if we make it as the bicycle wheels to create optical illusion?!

First draw the bicycle and use two white plates as wheels. Place the M&M in circle then pour inside each circle warm water.

Watch how the melting M&M start forming rays/ streams of colors inside of the wheel

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Place one M&M in the center to make it look like a real wheel

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Watch out not to shake the plates to keep the lines defined. Nady was so excited he moved the plates, that’s why you see the colors a bit mixed. But it’s ok, it’s not the end of fun🙂

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And here is our beautiful bicycle, that looks like moving. Isn’t it?

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Cream cheese and fig jam cake


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I am not a routine friendly person, i live daily challenges to dig out new things. I admit i easily get bored so i am in a constant search to enjoy new experiences, to reconnoiter unexplored places and indulge in new flavors.

But sometimes i find myself following a lovely routine, i call it family customs (it makes me feel better) especially when it comes to celebrations. Whatever are the circumstances, i never miss baking birthday cakes. It should be homemade, full of love and thoughts!

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This year, for my husband’s birthday cake, fig was on my mind! I know fig and cream cheese will pair nicely together. Why not fig jam?! I remember when i was a kid, i used to love eating the classic cake that mom used to bake after spreading a thin layer of homemade jam. And i still do whenever i am at my parents place, mom does the best homemade jam!

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The best recipe for basic white layered cake is here:

  • 1 1/3 cup flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 100g melted butter

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Grease 4 shallow baking dishes of 8″. If you’re not willing to make 4 layers cake, you can simply cut the recipe in half for 2 layers or 3/4 for 3 layers.

Mix flour and baking powder. Set aside. Place eggs and sugar in an electrical mixer and whisk on high speed for 10 minutes or until thick and triple in volume. Gently fold in the flour mixture then the butter. Do not over mix.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until sponges are springy to the touch and come away from the sides of the baking dish. Remove and let it cool completely.

Whisk 500ml heavy cream with 300g cream cheese and 1/2 cup icing sugar until stiff peaks form.

Spread one sponge with jam and second one with cream cheese, and repeat with the other two! Top the fourth one with the cream and decorate it with flowers or simply figs.

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I wanted a festive fall look. I love these tones of colors, makes me feel happy and warm. Couldn’t wait until we cut it and taste it. And we did! I got lots of compliments and yumms. I think i will be doing it more often. It became one of my favorite cakes that doesn’t have chocolate but gives you the pleasure of it!

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mummies yummies – delicacies made with big love


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It all started  when i fell on that hidden gem while looking for a talented person with unique and creative ideas for my first son’s baptism cake. Three years later and again for my second child’s baptism cake, here i am, back to her, but this time in front of her new shop/atelier in jounieh.

Rita Mouarkech Gebara, the talented artist behind mummies yummies, or the lady with golden fingers as i like to call her. Quoting her, she is an

“Actrice et mere de quatre enfants, la scene devenait aussi loin que la lune. Toute petite, j’avais toujours a ma portee une chaise pour grimper et pouvoir sentir, voir, toucher et gouter aux mets gardes sur la cuisiniere. Chaque gateau pour moi est un decor de scene, chaque couleur que je cree me ramene a mon pays de petite fille, tout rendu ravive en moi le trac que j’avais jadis dans les coulisses… L’odeur du bon chocolat, des amandes grillees, de la cannelle, de la fleur d’oranger, du basilic… qui embaume la cuisine, la consistance moelleuse qui se colle a la fourchette, le gout qui se marie au palet, l’extase du “Bon”…
Les yeux des enfants qui s’arrondissent, leurs mains qui s’etendent, leur bouche bee qui se dessine, leurs talons qui se redressent, l’emerveillement de mes enfants devant un gateau acheve, l’amour de ma famille, le support de mon mari, l’encouragement de mes amis, la presence de Dieu a mes cotes…Pour toutes ces raisons…
Mummies yummies, tout court.

I don’t write reviews on my blog, but when i genuinely feel the urge to bang the drums for exceptional talents i do break the rules. If you are looking for something unique, exceptional and tailored especially for you, don’t think twice. You will be welcomed by the sweetest and most humble person. She takes care of details and deliver beautiful and creative masterpieces done with care and love! Most of all you will indulge in heavenly tastes, blended and created by her with the finest ingredients.

For weddings, engagements, birthdays, baptisms, mothers day, valentine, teachers day, Easter, Christmas….and for the so many life events, count on her to make it more special. Here are some of her masterpieces:

And that was my son’s baptism cake:

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Mummies yummies, Rita, who believes in the power of positive words, allow me this time to write for you (knowing that she didn’t want me to write a post about her) and thank you. My words won’t be as powerful as your creations, but surely coming from my heart.

For your orders you can call her on +961 70 484 677 and for more info

https://www.facebook.com/mummiesyummies/