Cheezious and Hot n Chilli: Quarantine Food Experience

Alhumdulilah I am back on my blog after long. Apologies for silence but you know it's terrible when you know you are away from your writing and that moment your heart even sinks deeper when you know that it's more hard to go back and create content. Today I told myself that you are your own greatest motivation sana so just write and Alhumdulilah I am here with a food review and I know so many reviews and recipes related to food and beauty are pending but In Shaa Allah I hope now the hiatus is over so keep enjoying my sachay reviews!
Sooo, few of my cousins that live nearby and I got to meet each other after Eid and then we couldn't resist our bahir k khanay ki cravings as we ๐Ÿคญ We were 8 and luckily found a really good deal from cheezious. Cheezious is very economical eatery with tasty food. I found it pocket friendly and the taste is upto the mark  and along with that we ordered chicken Tikka from Hot n chilli. 

๐Ÿง€ CHEEZIOUS (Pwd Branch)

The specific deal that we ordered is called Extremely good deal 8 which includes 4 zinger burgers, 4 chicken pieces and 4 regular drinks in 1650 pkr. We ordered 2 deals because we were 8. Let's break down the items with little detail. 

๐Ÿ” The Zinger: 
The zinger burger's chicken patty had right amount of crunch and right amount of chicken.  The crispy chicken inside the buns was huge enough. The zinger fillet was not at all hard and chicken was in great amount. Served with mayo and lettuce. 
I would highly recommend this. 





๐Ÿ— The chicken pieces were very well coated and chicken as well as crunch was really delicious with right amount of salt and spices. We received half chest pieces and few leg pieces. Highly recommended! 



๐ŸŒถ️ Hot n Chilli (Pwd Branch): 

When my sister suggested chicken Tikka feo. hot n chilli, I was not interested in eating anything desi but we ordered. We got 8 tikkas in 1880 along with salad & chutney that means 235 pkr per piece. 


Taste: 10/10


As I said I didn't want to eat tikka but ordering at home after long due to lockdown and lots of expectations and the juicy tikka with perfect color came rolling in front of my eyes ๐Ÿคฉ Ah! It was divine. 
This is the place from where you will find the best, tender, juicy and most flavorful chicken Tikka in twin cities because even the chest pieces were well incorporated with masalas that it was easy to eat them. I also had experience of eating their chicken Tikka before when we ate bbq platter and that was good experience too so I would say Hot n chilli is unbeatable and consistent too.

๐ŸฅซSpecial mention to the sauce that they sent along tikkas. The sauce was so so yummy and complimented the tikkas really well. I wish I could get the recipe of this sauce and would make it whenever I want. 
Highly recommended ✅

Overall it was a really good experience. We all were satisfied with the food and our cravings were fulfilled. Zinger, chicken pieces and tikka all were very well cooked and made our day even more amazing!

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Those little Helping Hands: Toddlers Love to Help!

In the journey of motherhood, often we stop at some turns just to admire the beauty of some situations involving our kiddos, those little milestones. Yesterday was that kind of day.

Usually I try to complete my home tasks when my son goes to sleep but yesterday when I was in the middle of home chores, he woke up and I became really upset because there wasn't anyone at home to take care of him, his father was outside for groceries too.

So then I left everything and came to the room with him but then I thought why not bring some things in the room and cut them. I was making chana chaat (a traditional street food with boiled chickpeas, boiled potatoes, chopped tomatoes, onions, some spices and tamarind sauce) that we make almost everyday in Ramadan and I brought all ingredients in my room. I gave some boiled potatoes in a small bowl to my son for eating but to my surprise, he knew that these potatoes go inside chickpeas. He inverted his bowl into the bowl of chickpeas and then I thought that's a great idea why not involve him in my activities.

So I started cutting and inserting vegetables in my son's bowl and he kept inserting those into the mixing bowl and that's how it looked (see the attached picture below). Later on I just added spices.


The whole purpose of posting this is the realization that children love to help. I could see that my son was really enjoying doing what he did. Mothers, you should involve kids in little tasks. This is really very significant because I truly believe that kids will have life skills ingrained in them when they will grow up helping and working with you. Gone are the days when gender roles used to be stereotypical. I love when my son tries to make bed with me or helps me in any other way and many hands also make the work light and easy.

Having said that, it doesn't mean that mothers should become way too concerned about arranging a lot activities at home because it can overwhelm mothers and babies both. What I am saying that you should involve in day to day chores. For instance, check the list below for your ease:

1. Involve them in making bed with you. My son loves to bring pillows to me when I am making bed.

2. Give them glass or bowl or spoon or any other thing that they can take to kitchen. (Make sure they are plastic

3. Appreciate them if they help in bringing plates or spoons to the table for lunch or dinner.

4. Encourage them to clean the table afterwards.



Another important thing to say is that it is true that toddlers love to help but they don't do the things as You want them to be done.  Get it? I mean it will drive you crazy ๐Ÿ˜› but if you think, won't you feel more productive with their involvement around the house instead of screaming for their attention?

So don't be afraid of the mess dear mommies. Let them learn and celebrate their little successes with them. Don't overcorrect them and just enjoy the process. It will surely benefit you ☺️

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Ahsan ul Qasas| Real life lessons from the story of Surah Yusuf ( Part 1)


Scholars are of the view that there are almost thousand lessons embedded in Surah Yusuf. Growing up, I saw everybody trying to read and complete a lot of Qurans during Ramadan and I picked up on it and tried to read as much I could but when I got mature and became student of Quran, I realized that quantity doesn't matter, how much have you understand while reading does. Even a single verse that you have understood is enough than the whole Quran that you have read without understanding. 



Even though still there are a lot of people every Ramadan who are just trying to finish it so many times. I have realized that even if I become able to read a surah with proper translation and tafseer (Explanation), it would refresh my mind and imaan. So this Ramadan I am trying to dig in to the sea of surah yusuf and pick up the pearls of from it to ponder and practice upon.
I will compile the the real life lessons from Surah Yusuf here with the intention that it will benefit others and would be a source of sadqa e jariya for me.


๐Ÿ•ฏ️Lesson # 1- Parenting Inspiration from Hazrat Yaqoob (A.S)
The fact that Hazrat Yusuf A.S was comfortable enough to share his dream with his father draws our attention towards a very significant parenting rule i.e. making your children feel so welcome, nurtured and to create such an environment for them to communicate with you comfortably. This ayah provides real life lesson for us that we should be so friendly to our children that they don't hesitate sharing any matter with us. They could know that they feel protected while sharing.
( I plan to do a separate blog on parenting tips from Surah Yusuf too so let's not go in details)


๐Ÿ•ฏ️Lesson#2- Existence of Jealousy
This beautiful surah does not only tells us that jealousy exists but also tells us how can we avoid it. When Hazrat Yusuf A.S discussed his dream of watching 11 stars, sun and the moon, his father tells him to not discuss it with his step brothers. Hazrat Yaqoob A.S, himself a prophet, knew that this dream means he is gonna be on a higher and respectable rank in future and discussing it with the brothers who are already jealous would not be okay.
So here's the lesson! When we show off our bounties from Allah to others, they might not always appreciate it.
Most of the times, people get jealous of your successes and achievements and this can harm you. You must have heard about evil eye? Haven't you? Hazrat yaqoob A.S also says in verse 5 that jealousy is the work of Shaytaan (The devil). What we learn from this verse is that we don't have to always announce our achievements to the world as it can harm us as father of Yusuf A.S also feared.


๐Ÿ•ฏ️Lesson#3 - Trusting Upon Divine Plans
Who knew that a kid who was thrown into a deep well and then sold as a child slave to somebody would become finance minister of Egypt one day. Amazing, Isn't it? Let's discuss Allah's plan.

When brothers of Yusuf A.S threw him into the well because of jealousy, a caravan was passing nearby and they sent their man for bringing water from the well. The man found a boy there and they thought of selling it as a ghulam (slave) in such a cheap price but whom did they sell him to? The man who bought him was Aziz of Egypt. Any man of power was called Aziz there and this man was finance minister of Egypt. It was Allah's plan for Yusuf to stay there and learn everything about finance because he had to become finance managerb of Egypt  one day.

Lesson embedded in this for us is that many times in our life, we would be going through hardships like Yusuf A.S had (thrown into well, child slavery, away from family), but if we trust Allah and keep praying, Allah will make a way out for us from the distress like He did for Hazrat Yusuf A.S.




๐Ÿ‚Interesting Fact ๐Ÿ‚
                 ⬇️
The three prophetic dreams in the Quran are connected. This is an amazing gem. There are three dreams mentioned in the Quran that were seen by prophets.

๐ŸŒŒ Dream of Ibrahim A.S: 
When he saw that he is slaughtering his son. On the basis of which it became a hajj ritual as well as on Baqarah Eid, we sacrifice animal in memory or tribute of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S

๐ŸŒŒ Dream of Hazrat Muhammad S.A.W.W:
When he saw that he is preparing for Hajj. 

๐ŸŒŒ Dream of Hazrat Yusuf A.S
When he saw eleven stars, sun and the moon bowing before him.

๐Ÿ’ซ CONNECTION OF THE DREAMS

✨The Prophet sees himself performing Hajj i.e.  shaving his head,  ุขู…ِู†ِูŠู†َ ู…ُุญَู„ِّู‚ِูŠู†َ ุฑُุกُูˆุณَูƒُู…ْ ูˆَู…ُู‚َุตِّุฑِูŠู†َ. 'with safety, your heads shaved and (hair) shortened' 

- (Surah Fatah - Verse 27)

✨If you think, when do the pilgrims shave their heads at Hajj? After they slaughter an animal. You see the connection?

✨Slaughtering the animal was the dream of Ibrahim A.S. The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W's dream actually perfects and completes the dream of Ibrahim A.S.

✨The interpretation of Hazrat Yusuf's dream was  that, in the end, Yusuf a.s' brothers who threw him , will eventually be humbled and guilty before Yusuf a.s when they reunite decades later.

✨At that time, Yusuf A.S was in that position that if he wished, he could take revenge but instead he forgive them and said
ู‚َุงู„َ ู„َุง ุชَุซْุฑِูŠุจَ ุนَู„َูŠْูƒُู…ُ ุงู„ْูŠَูˆْู…َ
''He said (to them) no harm shall come to you today'
- Surah Yusuf - verse 92.

✨These words of Hazrat Yusuf A.S  ู„َุง ุชَุซْุฑِูŠุจَ ุนَู„َูŠْูƒُู…ُ ุงู„ْูŠَูˆْู…َ were quoted by Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W when he fulfilled the dua of Ibrahim A.S.

✨The people of Quresh who were very harsh to our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W were taken out and they were stranding defenceless there, about to face the consequences and be punished for years of crimes and oppressive treatments to the Muslims.
Yet our Prophet (S.A.W.W) chose to  say what his brother Yusuf A.S said,
ู„َุง ุชَุซْุฑِูŠุจَ ุนَู„َูŠْูƒُู…ُ ุงู„ْูŠَูˆْู…َ.
'No harm shall come to you today'.

๐Ÿ’—Isn't this whole thing incredible? The two dreams of Ibrahim A.S and Yusuf A.S are concluded to perfection in the dream that was seen or given to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W).

As i will go through the sea of Surah Yusuf and collect the pearls of wisdom from it. I will keep jotting them down for you all to read and feel amazed. Wait for the part 2 and comment below if you like the series.

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5 min Microwave Chocolate Brownie Recipe

๐ŸฅI used to have a very yummy microwave chocolate brownie recipe that was given to me by one of our teachers in class but unfortunately, I lost it. Since then, I've been on a hunt for a easy peasy yet delicious microwave recipe of brownies. So few days ago, my cousin shared this recipe for me and also pictures, which looked divine and I knew I had to make this. This delicious chocolate rich brownies are so fudgy and get ready in less than 5 minutes. This makes a great party recipe and everyone will love it.



๐ŸฅThis tastes ah-mazing hot or cold whatever way you like. You can serve it as it is or with a scoop of icecream.

๐ŸฅThese turn out to be super dooper moist and decadent brownies which are perfect to make during any time of the year. So rich and so chocolaty, you can never stop with just one piece and I am not lying I could devour the whole bowl alone ๐Ÿ˜


๐ŸฅBrownies and cakes are seriously my addiction. I keep on exploring new recipes for brownies and cakes because I get hit by brownie craving often and i try new recipes for it. To be honest, I even tell my husband that I want to have cakes all the time in my fridge so that I could eat it all day.


So here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:                     
Butter - 1/2 cup melted, unsalted mixed with 2 tbsp oil.                                   
Flour (Maida) 3/4 cup.       
Coco Powder- 1/2 cup.         
Sugar- 1 cup                         
Baking powder - 1 tsp           
Eggs - 2.                               
Vanilla essence - few drops




METHOD:                 

๐Ÿง Swift dry ingredients i.e. flour, Coco powder, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl and mix well.                             


 ๐Ÿง Now mix liquid ingredients i.e. pour eggs in melted butter, add vanilla essence. Mix well.

 ๐Ÿง Now add half of dry mixture in liquid mixture and mix well with hand whisk. Then add the other half and mix well. Your batter is ready!           

๐ŸงNow grease a microwave safe bowl with butter or oil. Put parchment paper or butter paper in the dish and pour the batter. Even it with a spatula and put it in microwave.
               
๐Ÿง First bake for 3 minutes, then check and bake 1 minute more. If needed, bake 1 minute more. Mine was ready in 4.5  minutes. In some microwave ovens, it gets ready in 4 or 5 minutes.     

 ๐ŸงYou can add any ganache over it. I put simple melted Nutella because it was available only. My cousin used melted dairymilk. 

๐ŸŽ‚ If you try the recipe, do tag me and let me know how it turned out for you! ☺️

Book Review: Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie



Aoa everybody!

How is your quarantine going on. I have not posted anything since a while, probably I am facing major writer's block but I feel I need to keep posting to feel connected with my readers as you guys are my greatest motivation. So what are the activities these days (beside cooking ๐Ÿ˜›). I have been trying to be more consistent in reading at which I am quite successful Alhumdulilah.


So I thought why not talk about the recent book that I read. It's salt and saffron by Kamila Shamsie. First, I loved the title and how the choice is made wisely and smartly for what it signifies. As salt and saffron both are used to enhance the flavor of the food but we know that salt is a necessity and ordinary while the saffron is a luxury and not-ordinary. In the same manner the people represented in the book are ordinary and elite. The protagonist of the story Aliya  is confused or divided between her past feudal family history and 21st century.



She is in England and with her cousin, Samia giggles over the family stories. She hails from a family of nawabs that date back to the time of Taimur Lang and the repetitive idea about the family represented in the book is of 'not quites' which are twins or triplets which are thought of bringing disrespect or dishonor to the family. So here's a connection. Through the family tree, Aliya finds out that her twin is Mariam apa which was seen as 'outsider' to her feudal family because she eloped with the family cook. Now because Aliya is her twin and considering the present situation where she has developed liking for an Pakistani American Khalil,  whose family belongs to the slums of Karachi, Aliya thinks whether the history will repeat itself and she will also follow the path of her twin, Mariam Apa?

My Experience: 


Initially I loved the way the novel is written. It has humour and the urdu words that are sprinkled in the text, bring such an amazing feeling of culture and relation. I loved it so much that I discontinued reading another novel but as I moved on, I found it confusing. I couldn't make sense of some of the details and the family relations confused a lot. Although there is a family tree in the beginning of the book but still it is very confusing. I wanted to leave in the middle. There are also many other family stories in the book if you're interested, give it a try ๐Ÿ˜€
Are you reading any book these days. Any recommendations? Comment below ๐Ÿ™‚


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Post Apocalyptic Scenario and My Feelings/ Word Prompt 'Ayat'


Dear Allah! ✨
Initially I took this whole virus thing so lightly and I asked myself is it time to start freaking out now but then i patted myself and said no no it's gonna be fine, don't panic and continue with your snacks and shows.

But O Allah, I am pouring out my feelings. I feel so scared now as this is now an enigma which has gripped headlines.Few days ago, my husband quarantined himself in the other room because of the normal flu. Oh Allah I thought what I find the need of doing so? How can I take my belongings and quarantine myself to a room. I have a son who is not even 2 years old yet. He need me all the time. How a mother can leave his kid outside and lock herself into a place. Then I thought there must be moms around the world who are in this strange and Earth shattering situation. My Lord! I shivered at this thought. Tears began dripping from my eyes. Everything is closed even your home. Are we so bad Allah?



Oh Allah my lips flutter occasionally but they form no words and my mind thinks a lot but I am unable to write anything. A fog of boredom and fear is hovering over everything.
Is it a Test? Punishment? End of the world?  I don't understand. I am so scared. Oh Allah in this ayah, you said you will test us with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, life and fruits. I found this verse so so fitted to the current scenario. There is fear, people are running out of the hospitals after testing positive. We are fearing of meeti6ng our loved ones. There are people on daily wages fearing hunger. Ecomony and lives are at stake and oh Allah how did you do this. Today we are freaking out because of a tiny virus/microbe that we can't even see from our naked eye!!! Allah hu Akbar!

Dear Allah! Everyone is suffering around the globe. We are nothing in front of your power. Everything seems so post apocalyptic to me and to many others. There are theories here and there about end of the world but Allah I have not prepared for it yet. What would I bring to you. We can't even pass this test of fear, hunger, loss of life, wealth and food ๐Ÿ˜ข. Today when my child coughs, I fear so much.. so so much... ๐Ÿ˜ญ Allah losing loved ones is a greatest test. You are Al-Rahman, please take us out of this enigmatic situation.

And what I fear the most is that today we are in difficulty so we are guilty, we have turned to you, people are praying around the world asking for mercy. My Lord I fear when this will be over, we'll go back to our normal routines and remain unchanged ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ข What if a thing that took lives of thousands of people around the world couldn't bring change to our lives. Oh God we are so slick and shallow when happy days come we forget the bad days and carry on with the way we were...๐Ÿ˜ญ Oh Allah take this away or I am scared of that worst time when we will no longer have the courage of sharing memes and games about this virus. We are still so chill about this that we can't stop our waggling tongue.  Forgive us Allah! Forgive me!! ๐Ÿ’”
My entry for this week's word prompt challenge 'Ayat' hosted by @aylasgram

Hot Lemon Water and Corona

With this #coronaoutbreak, everyone is anxious and in a panicky situation even normal body pain or cough upsets us. Let us stay calm and take necessary precautions instead of just sitting and freaking out. ⁣
You guys might have seen a video circulating where it is emphasized to use hot lemon water as a cure for #coronavirus. ⁣

In case you haven't seen the video let me tell you the information it provided to me and others. Dear followers, most of the countries in the world lack the essential equipment for treatment. Therefore, it's better to stay at home and take the precautions that can help prevent. You know better the situation of our country where even  in normal situations, there is insufficient equipment and staff so what do you expect in such a panicky situation in which even well developed countries are suffering. Don't forget there is no vaccine discovered for it yet. Your safety is in your hands and other:s safety is also in your hands.  ⁣


The video informs that CEO of Beijing military hospital, professor Chen Horins emphasizes that having hot water poured over 3 slices of lemons in a cup turns it into alkaline water. Drinking it will help in proliferation of the virus. Taking this extract destroys the virus and cures the flu. You should know that taking natural vitamin C foods will make your immune system strong.⁣

So today after breakfast, I just prepared it for whole family. It's so simple and have lots of benefits apart from curing virus. ⁣

What you need? ⁣
๐Ÿ‹ Lemons (1 for 1 cup sliced)⁣
๐Ÿ‹Water (1 cup for 1 person) ⁣

Method: ⁣
Boil the water. ⁣
Cut one lemon into 3 slices into a cup.⁣
Pour hot water over it. ⁣
Leave it for some time.  ⁣
Drink it. ⁣
That's it!⁣

So like me, kindly prepare it for your family and try to play your part. ๐Ÿ˜Š⁣

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In the times of Corona...

In the times of #corona, we all are much worried. There is a chaotic situation everywhere around the globe especially if you turn on your telly but still people are not taking precautions while some are aware of it and trying to spread the word by using any platform/source available to them.  By now, you guys have read much about it from here and there. I am just playing my part and I have gathered some information from different people and social media pages that I wanted to blog so that it could be available at one place. As Corona is already making its roots in Pakistan, this is the stage when we have to be more aware of what we need to DO rather than what we need to Know. So there are two kinds of precautions that can help you prevent the virus i.e. Safety Precautions and Food Precautions as you need to strengthen your immune system to fight it.




๐Ÿฆ  Safety Precautions

 1. Wash Hands Regularly
 2. Stay at home, avoiding unnecessary contact with people (stop eating out, stop visiting shopping malls)
3. Drink water/juices and do not let your throat dry
4. Avoid contact with face and eyes
5. Virus is transmitted through animal host so avoid coming in contact with animals or stray animals
6. Morning and Evening Azkar for protection
7. Drink hot water (kills toxins and help preventing flu) try with lemon or ginger
8. Everything you eat, wash it well
9. When you come home from outside , wash your hands first and rinse nostrils.
10. Keep your shoes/sandles outside your bedroom
11. If you have high fever along with flu, rush to hospital and do not stay at home for family's safety.                   


             ๐Ÿฆ  *For boosting Immune System*                              
One of my friends who is a nutritionist now @nidasaher was kind enough to share the foods that you should consume these days to strengthen your immune system so here's the list: 
   
 1. Protein intake (Eggs, Redmeat, chicken, fish).      
2. Chickpeas                        
3. Kidney beans                    
4. Lentils.                               
5. Spinach or any other green leafy vegetables.        
6. Nuts like almond and walnuts.                    7. Seeds (flax seeds, pumpkin seeds)                8. Vitamin C intake ( Oranges, orange juice, citrus fruits, lemon juice over your meal)      9. Yogurt (or other probiotics)                      10. Green tea ( with ginger and lemon to increase immunity)            
11. Do not drink cold water or cold beverages
12. Take all kinds of fruits
13. Avoid Junk Food.

๐Ÿ˜ท ABOUT WEARING MASKS


 In such times, when everyone is panicky, they become more stressed with the unavailability or shortage of the masks. Kindly understand that masks are only required if you are taking care of infected people. There are two types of masks currently available in the markets:   
                          
 1. The surgical masks these masks are in so much demand these days but after some digging I became aware of the fact that they DOES NOT provide any protection against virus. Reason is that the pores are large and this mask cannot filter the infectious agents (airborne). HOWEVER, you MUST wear this mask if you have coughing and sneezing or any other symptoms of Corona as a precaution to stop your respiratory fluids from reaching other people who are not showing any symptom.                

2. The N-95 Masks: 
This mask do filter out the infectious agents present in the air because it has a respiratory shield. It also needed for those who are themselves infected or they are taking care of anyone who is infected or you need to wear it at a stage when the virus is widespread and there is majority of affectees like in Italy.                     
If you feel the need to wear it, you should also know how to wear it and dispose it off. When you feel that it's damp. Remove it from the back side. Don't touch the front of mask. It's more important to wash your hands regularly than to wear mask.

If you know any other information worth sharing, kindly write in the comments below. Please stay at home and stay safe. Thank you!

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Word Prompt 'Story' Featuring Aurat March


She was just sitting by her room's window and scrolling down her Facebook feed 'ak tau this #auratmarch is so boring upar se it is everywhere on the internet jesay there are no other maslay left in our country. Meanwhile her phone started ringing .She picked up the call and heard 'nerdy nida' saying 'heyy are you coming to the aurat March?'.


"You to know na, this marching sharching is not my thingy and why would I go to this boring March for tanning my skin in dhoop while I have enough chores to do at home". With that she cut the call and went to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for everybody while thinking about the offensive posters these women were holding since few days. She carefully and with effort prepared the typical Desi breakfast for everybody... Parathay, anday and chaye to you know is an essential 'ashraf-ul-mashrubat' in our desi households. Khair, she served everybody and just when she was about to start eating, she heard somebody saying 'oh the chaye is cold and the egg should be fully cooked' so she left her breakfast and rushed towards them to fix the problems only to see the faces not satisfied which broke a little piece of her heart but she smiled that it's not a big deal.    

She kept working till night from lunch to tea to dinner and tackling a kid along. She felt exhausted and just then she felt a little pain in her kidney side which eventually grew worse and she was taken to hospital where she got an injection and finally felt at ease and slept. In the morning, when her husband left for office, she felt the pain again and it got severe, she tried getting up for making breakfast for family but she couldn't help herself.

Just then, somebody knocked at her door and asked angrily that she haven't prepared the breakfast yet and elderly people are waiting. She told about the pain but she noticed still there isn't any concern on the other face so she got up any way and said she'll prepare the breakfast now. Pain was unbearable, she was feeling weak as she put the kettle on the stove she thought why people think of some as idle creatures. She saw not-so-happy faces awaiting her as she put the tray in front of them 'you should have brought the lemons in a small plate not like in tray like this okay?' 
                          
And then.. something happened to her...as she was walking to her room..Losing yourself for others still hearing words that split the heart is heart wrenching hard...earth shattering hard!! She was in a deep thought as she sat on the bed, put up her phone and called nerdy nida "When and where is this march?"

My contribution to the word prompt 'Story' hosted by @thetzwriteups inspired by @monimohsin.



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360 Toner, Strawberry scrub and Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser Review

I wanted to write a blog about my new skincare routine and about these products that I recently started using but I stopped everytime because I wanted to use them more for explaining the accurate result. So recently I started using these three skincare products:

๐Ÿ›️ Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
๐Ÿ›️ 360 Toner Cherry flavor (Fruit of Wokali)
๐Ÿ›️ Strawberry Body Scrub (Wokali)

๐ŸŒบ I was so lucky that I won Neutrogena cleanser in a giveaway hosted by @aodourcosmetics. It's gel based and quality is great. Especially when I have to remove makeup, I use this and it works great. So far, I haven't faced any issue but one of my friends suggested me to use it only twice or thrice a week because it doesn't suit everybody. If any of you are using this, share your experience in the comments below. I would give it 9/10.

๐Ÿ’ I bought the 360 cherry toner online from a cosmetics page on Facebook and to be very honest, I was much impressed by the packaging actually. The bottle, you can see, is really cute ๐Ÿ˜›. So it has 6 flavors available and all the toners have the leaves of its flavor inside like my bottle liquid contains the leaves of cherry inside it. As much as I was impressed by the bottle, unfortunately I felt disappointed by the result so far.
When I apply it, my skin feels hydrated but that doesn't last longer. I feel it's for some time and I am not feeling any other improvement on my face. The quantity is amaizng. I have been using it since a month now still the bottle seems full. Only a little amount is enough to cover your face. Please tell me your experience if you have used this toner and which flavor are you using. I would give it 5/10.       

๐Ÿ“ The strawberry sherbet body scrub is amazing I must say. I am a big fan of using fruity products for my skin as they leave a really fresh and fruity feeling and fragrance and I love it. This jar has great quantity and the fragrance of strawberry is too good. The strawberry grains deep cleanse the face and pores and removes the dirt away from the body. It is by wokali and has many other flavors available like aloevera, charcoal, peach etc. I don't use it daily. Scrub should be used twice a week. I would recommend it and give it 9/10. Tell me your experience too if you have used it.                            #speakthroughyourcontent #tbtinternational #honestreviews #sachayreviews #skincarereview #360toner #360cherrytoner #wokali #fruitofwokali #strawberrysherbetbodyscrub #strawberryscrub #neutrogenadeepcleansefacialcleansef #neutrogena #skincaretalk #beautyblogger #pakistanbeautyblogger #momblogger #islamabadblogger #skincareregime #skincareroutine #skincareproducts #CTM #cleanser #toner #scrub

Easiest Orange Cake Recipe ( pateela and oven both methods)

๐ŸงSo till now, the poll has got all the votes for orange cake. So yesterday was my father I law's birthday and as he doesn't like chocolate and cream cakes, I tried orange cake. So let's talk about the cake




๐ŸงIf you're a kind of person who loves baking but gets frustrated while reading a long recipe because it seems to get complicated and too many ingredients make you feel like buying from the market rather making yourself or in short, if you're a lazy mom/baker, then this recipe is for you ๐Ÿ˜. I mean you just have to put everything in the blender/juicer and then bake ๐Ÿ˜€



๐ŸงIt's the easiest yet flavorful recipe and traditional yet timeless. The sponge is really light, airy and moist. You can say it is an orange scented pound cake.

๐ŸงAnother plus is that no fancy frostings are required for it. Just simply spread a little amount of jam over it and that's it. It can be happily devoured with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Oh bdw, there's an interesting fact about coffee cakes, wanna listen? Soooo, you know the term coffee cake is so wrongly taken now. Actually coffee cake used to mean any cake that can accompany a cup of tea or coffee nicely.




๐ŸงComing back to the cake, you can add a pinch of vanilla essence in it for flavor but I didn't have it and honestly speaking, even without vanilla essence, this cake is a Star ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸณSo here is the recipe:
INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar ( not grinded)
1- 1/2 cup maida
3 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
Few drops vanilla essence
Orange (one small, sweet and deseeded)

METHOD:

๐ŸฐPut oil, sugar, eggs and orange (cut in small pieces along with its peel in the juicer/blend.

๐ŸฐBlend the mixture for 2 minutes

๐ŸฐEmpty the mixture into a bowl.

๐ŸฐSift maida and baking powder in it. Add some, then just mix and then add the remaining and mix but don't beat or over mix it. Mix it gently for incorporating the dry mixture into the wet mixture.

๐ŸฐGreese the pan, apply butter paper or khaki paper or newspaper whatever is available. Put the batter in it.

๐ŸฐNo need to preheat the patila. Just put any stand or lid inside the patila and put the cake pan over it, cover with the lid. Put the flame on medium for 2 minutes and then bake on slow flame for 30-35 minutes or until it is done.

๐ŸŽ‚SOME TIPS:

๐ŸŠFor baking in oven, put the temperature on 180° for 25 minutes.

๐ŸŠIf you don't like the rich flavor or aroma of orange, then add half orange peels in the blender and throw the other half in bin (but trust me, add whole peel and you will love the flavor)

๐ŸŠPut a warm cloth over the pateela lid for stopping the hot air from coming out.

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'Listen' - Word Prompt Challenge Hosted by Me

✨There are times when it strucks me bad that how strange it is that we and other non-arabic muslims have memorized prayers and Salah without having a slightest idea what we are actually saying, what is meant by it, do we really mean what we say??⁣



✨Words for me are like elegant tiny flowers- ready to bloom! Don't you think words become full of life when we inquire their meanings? But unfortunately what I have observed it that words penetrate less and become an act of immitating more.⁣

✨Isn't it odd that we see people around us reading and reading Quran all day but never try to just take an ayah and understand what is it saying? So 'listen', don't let this act of thinking subsumed by the act of mimicking, be it namaz or Quran. Atleast know what you are saying. ⁣

✨Now Ramadan is coming ahead, you will see people focusing on the quantity like 'I will complete 20 Qurans this Ramadan'. Let me clear I am not saying you shouldn't read , people do it out of love but let them remind that spend 10 min reading the translation too so the words could penetrate and we become mindful Muslims.⁣

๐ŸŒบMy entry for this week's photo prompt challenge hosted by me ๐Ÿ˜Š. Anyone can participate by using hashtag #mymoodandcreativity. ⁣

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Vintage Theme (Weekly Photo Challenge)

๐Ÿ—️As vintage refers to something of a high quality from the past, when I thought about this week's prompt, this idea clicked me. This is the picture of my room before marriage. While I came to visit my mom this time, I felt nostalgic while seeing this room, the room where I used to get ready for college and University, where I used to read and watch movies in the blanket, where I could sleep without putting an alarm everyday, where I wrote my thesis. My sorrows, my happiness and many memories are preserved in this room. ๐Ÿ›‹️



๐Ÿ—️It's true that a girl has two homes after marriage, one where her mind resides and the other where her heart resides.In your in laws, your mind constantly worries about tasks being done or children being fed and at your maika, your heart feels rest and your mind breaths.

๐Ÿ—️Even being surrounded by so many caring people, still you can't eat the chips or mango the way you do at your maika  ๐Ÿ˜€
Can you relate with me? You miss the freedom of waking up late, sitting as you want, dressing up as you want, laughing at ridiculous things, moving around chaadar free and you miss how sunday's used to be so special ☺️

๐Ÿ—️Some days are like that, when you wake up with pressing memories of past like I looked at this side table today and the vase placed over it reminded me of my best friend @farial who gifted it to me before my marriage and then a stream of memories started pouring in๐Ÿ’—

๐ŸŒผ This is my entry for this week's word prompt challenge 'Vintage' hosted by @zanaibsworld

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