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After party & sleepless nights!

Im sure each one of you will think ‘Abhi say?’
The baby hasnt even arrived yet! Ha, well yes.

My bio clock is set to 5am. Im up each morning, in a way great time because otherwise mr shaytan quite interferes with fajr namaz time:/ but oh well, its great im up for namaz because of the very timely loo break. But what about going back to sleeep? While hubby snores away I am topsy turvy, fidgeting left to right and right to left. And the kicking parade starts, I almost hear a voice “Wohoooooo, Mama’s UP! [squirmy wobbly]”.

I truly smile at that voice. Its like a party inside me, an early morning dance party where only I am invited. I do feel special. So the almost half hour session where theres sounds of my growling tummy playing as the background music, theres a dance party that is enough to make baby tired and get back to sleep.

The after party involves me thanking Allah mian for this beautiful blessing of a little human inside me. I think this is the only part of being pregnant which I will miss. These movements that started as fluttters are now kicks and punches and almost like the baba-to-be quite the drum beats.

So 3 hours pass by and I think, why cant I get back to sleep… and before the morning alarm + the Kabootars in the window start to wake us up officially I start to doze off. Thanks to the very caring husband who lets me sleep in those extra 15 minutes while he gets ready and then I suddenly get my super-wifey-mom-to-be super powers back and the breakfast is served and lunch box ready and yes the day has begun!

What started as a rant has ended….with me, yet again being all positive about it all! Still sleepy though. But thankful to Allah Mian also! Life is SUPER! Alhamdolillah😀

2014 aagya!

Dayem, I havent been around here for a long long time! But I sure have my reasons! Life has been a total whirlwind. An absolute crazy happy busy one!

2013 was busy! There was lots that has happened. Got married and found a best friend for life. Alhamdolillah. And then post halfway conceived and life changed even further. Bearing a child inside you is the most precious fulfilling feeling one can treasure for ever! You get to produce a little person whom you will be able to call your OWN for life! Awaiting this little persons arrival soon now. Inshallah!

2014 – you seem promising. We as a family are looking forward to building memories, memories that we will cherish all out lives. Baby janaabs arrival is the biggest milestone we are awaiting. Please keep us in your prayers.

Allah mian, thankyou SO much for being oh so mehrbaan on our family😀

Of scrumptious Gulab Jamuns! :D

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This is a tried, tested and fruitfully enjoyed recipe to scrumptious, soggy wet and delicious gulab jamuns that one can make at home! There is a catch however…….the steps below must be followed exactly to avoid any change in taste, mood, weather or the cooking range!

The Ingredients:
The first and foremost step is having a husband/brother available so you could boss him to go to the market and get the following items (not specifically in the same quantities, he just might get punched in the nose for asking for a table spoon of butter).

So without further ado, the ingredients (not specifically in the same order):
• 1 cup powder milk
• 3 tbsp spoon flour
• 1 tbsp spoon butter/ghee
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 egg
• Oil for deep frying
• 1 cup sugar
• Few elaichi seeds
• 2.5 cups water

The How To!?!*whaaa whoo*

Step1:
If your husband is anything like mine, he’ll be ready and willing to help in the kitchen with YOUR apron ON and a messed up counter……get rid of him pronto. I have a soft heart, I let mine stay, and he started off with reciting a small prayer for the safety of our house, our stomachs *he got punched for that one* and the rules of fight club before I could start off. So yes, be careful with those men!!

Step2:
Take a big bowl, and start throwing in the following
• Powder milk
• Flour
• Butter/ghee
• Baking powder and
• An EGG
Think of the lady who bought the lawn suit before you, (or your in laws if that gives you more energy) and start beating and mixing the stuff together until you form a thick dough. Just don’t poke a hole in the bowl, glass bowls not recommended.

Step3:
Get that oil ready for deep frying in a karhai…..try NOT to fry KU samosas before the gulab jamuns please…..I know they’re tempting, but concentrate…CONCENTRATE

Step4:
Roll out small bullets…..umm balls and deep fry them on slow heat so that they cook to the core.

Step5:
Dish out the small fried balls on some brown paper. I know newspapers seem free but try to avoid that lead in the ink, some people ate enough paint in their childhood already.

Step5 and a half:
Put a small pot on the stove and add 1 cup of sugar with 2.5 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, let the sugar mix nicely. Pop in some elaichi seeds into the sugar syrup for added taste and aroma, watch them swim in what seems to them a gigantic Olympic pool and be entertained.

Step 6:
Once the sugar syrup is ready, pop those fried balls into the syrup and let ‘em soak it all in till they’re all big round and juicy!

Here’s a little thing I learned post the experience. The little balls you fried, try to keep them as small as possible, once you dip them into the sugar syrup, they will bloat, swell up, I mean seriously, they will go berserk, the pot may not be enough to hold them all in together, these little critters will just go BOOM, they feel like a flattened football being filled with air….YOU GET THE POINT!

Step 7:
Prepare the gulab jamuns for serving in a nice little dish, garnish them with coconut powder and/or shredded dry fruits and maybe some ketchup. Well, I’m not sure about the ketchup, I was more biased towards chilli garlic sauce, Hubby dearest wanted to try tobacco, so we ended up dropping the idea. A pinch of salt could work too if you’re into that!

Step 8:
Bismillah for the first bite, Allahamdolillah for the last and Allah o Akbar if you’ve had too much and may just explode, the sound effects will be PRICELESS!!!!

So there you go folks, gulab jamuns and them too home-made, clean, good looking and Hella delicious! Wish people over at www.foodpanda.pk would make someone make these at home and deliver.
*sigh* one could wish really……!!!!

Gulab jamuns

April diaries

This month marked our 3 month crazy-happy-fun-whirlwind kinda marriage and a new start to a day routine with Mr’s new job. Its actually a happy moment when you devour in life with all the goodness it has to offer. I’ve always thought confetti is the best way to celebrate, although this year onward we found new meaning to celebrating with bubbles. Blowing bubbles can be fun if they dont pop on your face or close to the eyes. The MR and I have had sudden cravings to blow bubbles and laugh off the stress this city provides.

*blows bubbles*

Bubbles

With burnt ‘kinda’ brownies and starbucks coffee turned into a homemade version of cold coffee, our cravings for desserts aint stopping much! But its fun, living with a person who enjoys life as much as you do. Happy happy feeling. Alhamdolillah. Reminds me of how blessed we are, with April thundershowers, Electricity outrages..oh well. Sometimes the UPS gives up toooooooooooo(n). With greenery around the house that smells fresh brings in more energy and inspiration to work. The smell of rain and the earth quenching its thirst. it always calls for pakoras and an Ammi to enjoy with. Aaah… the pleasures of having a fun M-I-L.

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Talking about inspiration, CANNOT live without art and design. Just CAN NOT! So heads up to the month of May. Mothers day is right around the corner and the Creative person inside me is spot on working on mothers day orders. The first batch went home a few days back! Making it special for Mothers all around the WORLD. Wooohoooo!!! GPCS does it once again!🙂
All in all, April is running by fast! Allah mian, Thankyou oh So very much for being Super Meherbaan on us. Will need it always!😀

Mothers day 2013

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our pet Doggie on wheels ;)

our pet Doggie on wheels😉

Keeping up with the regular midnight cake cutting one would do. The little joys in life are when you get something which you least expect. Heres to a year of bubbles replacing confetti and owning a pet doggie on wheels. Wohooooooo!!
Thankyou allah mian for a precious husband and a new family which is as crazy as the family at ‘maa kay ghar’.

Welcoming 2013 :D

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So the beginning of this year was different from the previous 26 years of my life since i welcomed the new year 2013 by signing my life to my best friend, Shamail. Hence forth holding hands, building a home, keeping our faith high, following our dreams, making prayers and living a life of togetherness. Inshallah. Ameen.
*say a little prayer for us*

Ps. Allah mian. We love you. Your plan is beautiful. Keep it rolling for us😀

2012 you flew away

Confessions. Dubai 2012. Birthday. Indus. A very Special 26th. Saarc Mela. Turkey trip. Memories. Bye bye rooftop. Golu’s nikah Gem homes. Abbotabad. Bhoja air. Rishta. Chotis Shaadi. Engagement❤. Hina's Ebaad. Zainu's very very special 28th! Nani❤. Golu's Shaadi. Founders day as BOG IVSAA. Shaadi Preps! Phupo to the times 3- Ibrahim. Bachelorette Dubai trip. GPCS-screen print workshop in Dubai. Shaadi in 10 days. Inshallah!

What a whirlwind of a year 2012! Alhamdolillah, the good the bad the happy the sorrow. Lessons of life!
2013 – Im welcoming you with open arms.
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