Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blog Interupted

Asalam Alaikum,
This will probably be my last blog post for a while as we are headed for Pakistan tomorrow, inshAllah. We will mostly likely be gone for about 3 months, because that is the length of time that they said my visa will be good for.

So here are some random pictures.
Riding a Ghora(Horse) in the park


Feeding the cocos(chickens, but he calls all birds cocos)


The boys napping-


Daddy's Shoes


Just Exhausted-

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Garden things that make me happy

Asalam Alaikum,
Pretty flowers-




That last one is Jasmine. It is really too bad that there is no smell-o-vision, because it is heavenly.

Tomato-(Timater)


Green Chili-(Hari Mirch)


Cauliflower-(Gobi)


Cabbage-(Band Gohbi)


Bitter Gourd(Karela)


Mint(Podina)


And now, my mild mannered toddler(HA) has a secret identity. Changing the sheets was too tough for mommy alone, Super Saad to the rescue!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Random Updates

Asalam Alaikum,
When the family went to Pakistan, one of my SILs stayed here for a couple of extra weeks due to a paperwork issue. In that time(less than three weeks), she completed 2 projects. Both are the same color but due to lighting issues the purse is closer to the actual color.
First-

This is Balme from Berroco. It is complete with lining, interfacing, and zipper, and she also beaded the cables for a little extra pop.

Next-


This is The Greenday vest. This girl has been knitting for less than one year, and she finished both projects in LESS than 3 weeks! I feel really proud to be able to say that I taught her, she works really hard and her knitting is excellent.

I was working on some alterations the other day and decided to take a picture of the sewing machine. I have decided to call it "The Beast", because it is a little loud, and a bit scary.


And finally an update on my FLS. I am 10 repeats into the body and judging from what I've got so far I think I am going to have to go for at least 30-40 repeats to get a length that is good for me.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mmmm...Tasty

Asalam Alaikum,

Today for lunch I cooked Gosht Aloo Saalan(like a meat and potato stew), and since it is one of my favorites I wanted to share it. Here we eat it REALLY SPICY so if you can down a whole bottle of hot sauce in one gulp then you are Ok. If not, then you can just use a bit less chili powder/green chilies.

First Gather your ingredients-

Clock wise from top left-
5-6 Medium Aloo(Potatoes-quartered)
1 Kilo Gosht(we use goat, but you can substitute beef if you like, roughly 1-2 inch chunks)
3-4 Timater(tomatoes, diced)
-2 Really big heaping tablespoons lal mirch pisi(red chili powder, for a less
spicy version use 1 or less spoons)
-1 tablespoon haldi(turmeric)
-1 tablespoon dhania pisi(coriander powder)
-1 tablespoon namak(salt)
Adrak/lesan(ginger/garlic 2 tablespoons paste-each)
4 whole green chilies cut into 1 inch pieces
10 sprigs fresh dhania(coriander/cilantro- minced)
1/4 cup ghee(clarified butter)
3-4 Medium piyaz(onions-diced)
Garam masala-10-12 kali mirch(black peppercorn-whole), 6 loung(whole cloves), a 2 inch stick dalchini(cinnamon stick), and 1 kali bari ellichi(large black cardamom)

Step One-

In a skillet fry your gosht and in a large soup pot pour 3 large cooking spoons of vegetable oil, and add your onions and garam masala, fry until golden brown.

Step Two-add adrak/lesan paste and fry 1-2 min until it releases an appetizing smell.
Step Three- add timater and all spices(lal mirch pisi, dhania pisi, haldi, namak), fry 1-2 minutes then add 1/2 cup water and mix well. Cover and cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the timater become a paste, and the oil starts to separate.

Step Four-

When the oil has separated add 1/4 cup ghee and stir well. Add gosht and 1 cup water, stir well, cover and cook on low/medium flame until gosht is soft.

Step Five-

Add Aloo and 6-7 cups water, cover and cook until the aloo is soft.

Step Six, garnish with minced Dhania and serve with roti(bread) or chaval(rice).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Story Time

Asalam Alaikum,
One of Saad's favorite books(or boo as he calls them) is Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury.



When we are picking out a book to read, he usually shakes his head no to all books until you pick this one. He wants to read it over and over and over, so I guess it is a good thing that I like it otherwise I would go a little crazy!

His second favorite(and my first favorite) is Love You Forever. Sometimes it makes me a little teary. This was another one that we had when I was younger. When I took a child-birth class before Saad was born our instructor read this aloud to the class, and most of the Moms-To-Be were misty(the Dads-To-Be were too, but they will never admit to it!).

Both of these are really great books, and if you have kids(or soon will!) I really recommend them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We decorated Eggs

Asalam Alaikum,

Our chickens lay eggs, and so when my FIL went to Pakistan I decorated some eggs for him to bring that would amuse the nephews and neice. When I was little we decorated eggs for Easter, but these were just for fun-



Proof that my baby is the cutest ever-

Exhibit 1-

Exhibit 2-

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ibn Battuta Mall

Asalam Alaikum,

This is the second time that we have been to this mall, and the first time I brought the camera, it was pretty interesting. We went there to pick up my BIL who had just returned from Pakistan, on the way there I balled up a hank for my FLS-


Some cool things in the mall-



My FLS so far-

After the Border Run

Asalam Alaikum,

Oman looks much the same as it normally does so here are the pictures we took at the Hilli Archeological Park, after returning from the Border.

Look I actually did some knitting!

Having fun in a tube.

Climbing the wrong way up the slide.




We love slides!