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Pomegranate and mandarin feta salad

pomegranate and mandarine feta salad|marmite et ponpon

Summer is here, but having fun in the sun is a faraway dream when it hits the 50°C in Doha. Getting laid in the shade is a smarter idea where you can beat the heat with refreshing food and especially with a fruity salad.

Pomegranate and mandarin feta salad is a delicious and refreshing combination, and more than that it’s a wholesome option.

pomegranate and mandarin feta salad|marmite et ponpon

All you need is:(serves 2-4 people depending if served as main or side dish)

  • one medium lettuce (frisé type)
  • 150g feta cheese cubed
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 big mandarin (slices)
  • handful walnut

You will be surprised to tell you it’s a type of salad that you can have for breakfast, without dressing as the pomegranate and mandarin are juicy enough.

If you are having it for lunch, a vinaigrette or lemon mayo sauce goes well with it.

pomegranate and mandarin feta salad |marmite et ponpon

As you know pomegranate are low in calories and high in nutrition. It’s a cancer fighter fruit and improves the heart health.

The mandarin are a good source of Vitamin C, antioxidant and cancer fighter.

As for the walnut, this powerful antioxidant, promotes a healthy brain, fights cancer and improves the heart health.

pomegranate and mandarin feta salad| marmite et ponpon

pomegranate & mandarin feta salad|marmite et ponpon

Have you had your salad today? Don’t hesitate to try this colorful delicious and nutritious fun food. Eat healthy, stay healthy and the most important enjoy your food.

pomegranate & mandarin feta salad |marmite et ponpon

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Tree with homemade fingerpaint

tree with homemade fingerpaint

Today’s post is so colorful and fun, not just because of the art project, this time Nady is sharing it with his friend Fouad!

tree with homemade fingerpaint

Two days ago Nady came from the nursery with a painting made of dots. I knew then they are exploring circles and dots. As i mentioned once, my son is my inspiration for the activities, so lets paint a tree practicing dots!

To prepare this easy recipe you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cup water
  • food coloring

Mix water and salt in a pot. Set the heat on medium, slowly add the flour and mix with a whisk to not get lumps. Once it starts thickening, put down the heat and keep stirring until you get the right consistency, custard like.

Leave it to cool, then divide it in containers as many colors you want to have. Add your colors and mix well. And here is your homemade fingerpaint!

tree with homemade fingerpaint

With a brown paper i made the cut out of the trunk shape to set the starting point.

tree with homemade fingerpaint

Nady, already familiar with this type of painting couldn’t wait to start, Fouad (should mention he is 7 months younger) was exploring this messy art for the first time, but all what mommy needed to do is dump those tiny fingers in the paint and let the fun begin!

tree with homemade fingerpaint

tree with homemade fingerpaint

There are plenty of activities you can do to encourage creative play at your home. Painting is so tempting, one of the creative plays that offers many skills to learn especially when freedom is left to explore.

Children love being creative if they are given the chance, such activities develop a love for the creative process, enlarge their brain and set them up as creative thinkers in all walks of life.

Don’t hesitate to do such messy activities at home, children love the paint! Try not to stress about the mess and let them enjoy being creative. Of course shouldn’t be a war zone as well, set the rules and boundaries and let them enjoy! Homemade recipes are always the safest and easiest to be cleaned with less risk of stains.

The physical, emotional and social benefits and skills gained from such activities are worth the mess!

tree with homemade fingerpaint

Painting develop fine motor skills in early age which in turn helps them to be writing ready as they are near school age.

tree with homemade fingerpaint

Even at young age, creative activities help to develop maths skills such as geometry (size and shape).

Look at the art pieces we got at the end:

tree with homemade fingerpaint

This is the chef d’oeuvre of Fouad, he didn’t just use his hands but his feet as well! i loved how he was exploring the paint!

tree with homemade fingerpaint

And this is the chef d’oeuvre of Nady, we framed it and add it to his wall of art!

tree with homemade fingerpaint

Aren’t they beautiful?

We spent a really fun creative afternoon! A refaire sans dire!

Easter and spring crafts for kids- beautiful bunny garland

Two weeks ago we kicked off Easter spirit because we wanted this year decoration to be done by us. Usually this festive season coincides with the spring. Hello to the colorful crafting season!

Crafting should be fun, entertaining and instructive at the same time. My son loves everything hanging and dangling, so we decided to do a colorful bunny garland to decorate his play area.

To start with, you need to cut out bunny shape in different colors. Click on bunny to download a high resolution file of the cut out.

bunny cut out 1

bunny cut out 2

bunny cut out 3

To make the activity more fun, adding pompom tail and eyes to the bunnies was a great idea. This way it is not just learning the colors.

bunny tails 1

Nothing worth the look on your baby’s face when they are excited about something. It’s priceless!

bunny tails 2

bunny tails 3

How soft a bunny tail is!

bunny tail 4Now we need to stick eyes for the bunny to be able to see the carrots. Bunnies love carrots.

bunny eyes 1

Papa is participating as well. I love when we do things as a family.

bunny eyes 2

garland craftingWhen the bunnies are ready, stick them on a thread next to each other to have a beautiful colorful garland.

Isn’t it?

There are plenty of choices for the garland. You can do it with eggs, flowers or chicks….

garland 1



cheese mouse breakfast

breakfast mouseNothing is worth the look on your baby’s face when he sees this breakfast! it’s friday meaning it’s the weekend in Qatar. No work, no nursery let’s have fun. It’s breakfast time.

It’s a smart way to let your baby eat his breakfast if you find difficulties. In the same time he learns the colors and shapes.

All you need is to buy a flower shape cutter and I am sure the rest is available at home.

IMG_8392Use the cutter to prepare the carrots for the flowers. You can cut tomatoes and cucumbers as well, choose the vegetables your baby like.

IMG_8394– Cucumber peels for the flower stem and the mouse tail.

– Lemon slice for the sun shape

– Cut a triangle out of your baby’s favourite cheese.

– Two slices of the cucumber for the mouse ears.

– Cut the end of the olive for the nose and two small pieces for the eyes.

Would you try it?