Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Our Little Man´s Mustache Bash

Mustaches, bowties and suspenders are fun, 
Two is so much more fun than one

Another year has passed by and our little one has turned two last month. Here comes the typical parent saying, "Where has the time gone?" But seriously, can life please slow down a bit so that I can enjoy my boys being children a little longer.

Raed´s birthday this year was a blast! A wild, noisy, fun-filled, memorable blast! With kids and adults included, we were about 36 people, all coming from within a radius of 50 km.

Selecting a theme was again an easy choice. Nael was fully convinced that nothing seemed appropriate to suit the attitude of his younger brother but a little man party so once we decided on that, we were also ready for the implementation. And everywhere we went, we kept our eyes open for stuff that we could use for making crafts and decorations.

I put quite a bit of effort into designing the invitations. It was so hard to find the craft paper that would match the shades of blue and green I had already bought some big wooden buttons in for the decoration.

This cute display greeted guests as they entered the venue.

"Wet your Whiskers" with LeMANade and Bluerberry flavoured Water

Banana Jelly and Pudding for our Little Guests

My favourite part of the party was the food table. Everything was home-made, wrapped in individual hand-made wrappings, served in DIY wooden frames. Also, the food tags were made using different papers and cardboard.

"Real Men eat Burgers"


I literally used my brain to think of cool and fun names to coordinate with the party theme. Here is the list, just in case you are looking for ideas:

Stuffed potato skins as Couch potatoes, Bowtie Pasta Salad, my famous Mustard Chicken Staches, Manwiches, Potato Poker Chips, Spring rolls as Walking Sticks, Cookie Hats, Minced Meat Puffs using puff pastry, Chicken tikka wraps as Cigars, Banana jelly as Styling Gel. Mint LeMANade and blueberry flavoured water were served as part of the beverages.

Hat cookies

The cake was a chocolate fudge cake filled with chocolate whipped cream and raspberry compote, dressed up with white chocolate ganache and marzipan accessories. Ofcourse, all made-by-mom with all her love and much attention.


Oh yes, not to forget the biiiiiig mustache - the last minute decoration that Raed´s daddy and cousin made together. It turned out so beautiful.

We were quite pleased with how nice the table looked with all the food and decorations.


My little man with his favourite cousin.

I was pretty upset about not being able to set up a proper photo booth for the guests (with having so many other things on mind, there was hardly any time left for that).

But for that, we had some great photographers on hand to make the most out of the various manly crops that I had spent hours creating for this day.

I love Naels `Oh boy, there is something seriously wrong with our parents`- look

Moonch nahi tu kuch nahi :)

photos turned out amazing - truly cherished memories that we will treasure forever.


The goodie bags were filled with different candies and other sweets. Small sample sized men´s shampoo and some chocolates were added for the adults to have their share of fun too.

with whisker kisses from Raed

Honestly, I had never thought motherhood can be so awesome. Thank you my darling Bubu for helping me discover the mom within myself. You are such an amazing little creation and I'm just about the happiest woman in all the world when you cuddle up to me.

It's truly a joy watching you learn and grow and although it makes me ache a little that you're growing so fast, I'm also in such awe of you that I want to remember everything about you at this age. I wish that one day when you read this blog, you look back and say, " Man, I had an awesome childhood." But please know that all our tiny efforts to give you a beautiful love-filled childhood will never do justice to how happy your presence in our life has made us.
Your Mama and Baba love you so, so much, Raed Sadal. We are really proud and grateful to be your parents. And we always will be.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Made in 1975 !

Hello everyone. First off, I would like to give you all my apologies for the long hiatus. My reason for not blogging is not that I have nothing to say, on the contrary, I have so much to tell that I dont know where to begin and how to summerize the past couple of months in one post.

A lot has been happening since I last updated this blog (almost an year ago???). From births to birthdays, travelling to work, house guests, new friends, anniversaries, meet-ups, from cars to planes and from planes to trains. Just to name a few! Life has seriously been taking my time all these months. But I am not complaining. Sure, there has been some rough patches here and there but in general, it has been a great year and although I havent been able to document it that well this time, life has surely been very kind, full, rich and fulfilling.

But my problem for now is that I have been trying to go through the huge gigapiles of pictures from the major events I was engaged in during the last ten months and I cant decide what exactly should I be writing about at this very moment. Sooooooooooooooo many things have happened and all equally interesting and blog-worthy....ok breathe....I think I am going to start off with the events I have already sorted through the images of. Itll make things easier and faster for me :)

So, here are a few highlights from the kids papa´s 39th birthday. Ofcourse, we are still married (may I add "happily" married :) But I think, when kids start helping you in celebrating your spouse´s birthday, its quite unfair not to acknowledge their contribution. The lunch invitation my five year old sent to his father at his work was way too cute to ignore.

At home, the boys helped me think of 39 different reasons why we love the man of our house so much. I wrote them on small papers and pasted on the wall of the dining room.

Zahid was so touched by his sons letter that he took the day off and instead of going to his favourite turkish restaurant, we ended up going to Naels favourite burger point in Cologne.

3h´s Burger Cologne

And then, later in the evening, there was a surprise visit from our friends Adeel, Mehru with their daughter Inaya who brought us cupcakes from the best cupcake shop in the town (Okay, before you ask, I couldnt manage to bake him a cake this year). Stop being judgmental, here are some clicks of what his wife made him for dinner.

Tapas, tapas, tapas  - some with a South Asian touch !!

Chickpea Pomegranate Salad served with Tortillas / Honey Lemon Chicken

Grilled Halloumi Cheese wrapped in Turkey Bacon and Figs

Bread Bites with Spicy Cream Cheese Spreads and Fresh Grapes

Spinach Tortellini

Stuffed Fungi

Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce / Potato Wedges

And before you start wrinkling your nose that there is no new recipe, here you go

Honey Lemon Chicken 

6-8 chicken drumsticks
1 tbs soya sauce
2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbs honey
2 tbs oil
1 tsp chopped garlic

You need to begin by Frenching the drumsticks as in for lollipops where all the meat is pulled towards one end and the bone is free of any skin.
Tip: You can either ask your butcher to do this for you or google "frenching the drumstick" and give it a try at home.

Marinate the chicken lollipops with all the ingredients except oil and black pepper for an hour.
Heat oil in a non stick pan and put in the chicken. Fry for a few minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan until the meat is tender.
Again, increase the heat. Add black pepper and stir fry until the drumsticks are coated with the sauce and turn glossy.

Enjoy and say a little prayer for me and my family, Amen!