Ramadan 2017 & Life Updates

Salaam & hello friends! And Ramadan Mubarak to all those who are observing the holy month! As always it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog and I honestly am not even going to give you an excuse. But yes, life has been pretty busy! ๐Ÿ˜€ As I mentioned in my previous post, I got married last year right after Thanksgiving and last semester I was student teaching at a middle school teaching 7th-grade math. It was honestly a really rewarding but challenging experience, and I’ll probably look back at this time and chuckle at all the craziness but smile because I left with lots of good memories as well! I also graduated from my university! I got my degree in Psychology and I’m also officially certified to teach!


A sweet card I received from one of my students a few days before my student teaching assignment was coming to a close!


Here are some pictures of the food that we had at my graduation brunch!

Right now, I’m laying low at my parents’ house spending my Ramadan here before I move to the city where my husband lives. I’m so excited but also nervous cause I haven’t even started packing yet, oops!

But perhaps the craziest, most wonderful, whirlwind, plot-twist thing to have happened to me since I last wrote my post is that…

I’m pregnant!!!! Alhamdulillah (All Praise is to God)!

I must have found out perhaps days or maybe a week after I wrote my last post…little did I know why I was feeling so queasy in the mornings, lol! Speaking of which, my first trimester was not fun at all, especially with student teaching! I had constant nausea and ended up losing a lot of weight because of my morning sickness (a misnomer btw, because you’re not just getting sick in the mornings…for me it was primarily in the evenings). There were days where I honestly did not think I would be able to finish my student teaching cause I was missing a couple of days of school, but somehow I managed to finish! My supervisor especially was really supportive during that time, as well as of course my parents and husband.

Soooo, I probably won’t be teaching or doing any full-time work in the near future lol as I’ll be busy inshaAllah (God willing) with my baby bear!! I do want to keep myself occupied so I wanted to get back into blogging. I have so many life changes coming ahead…being done with school and finally being able to move in and live with my husband, making our new apartment feel like a home and settling in, and of course preparing for the new baby! Hopefully, I’ll be more consistent with blogging but I can’t promise…who knows the next post mightย be in 5 years when my baby bear finally goes off to school, LOL! Just kidding! (hopefully!)

Until next time,

the aspiring foodie


Tiramisu, nontraditional

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! It’s been almost a year since I last updated my blog and I know I’m quite terrible at being consistent, but I thought better late than never to update now…right? Anyways, quite a lot has happened since that last stressful spring semester…namely, another stressful semester (and I haven’t even properly dived into my current semester right now, so the verdict is still out on the level of stress). Well, I guess the most notable thing that has happened since we last chatted is that I got MARRIED! ๐Ÿ˜€ So yeah that was this whole thing, I’ll tell ya. But I think I’ll save a post all about that for later ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right now I’m working on my last semester for undergrad before I can graduate after these lovely 4 years (no sarcasm, I really did enjoy my college years), and I’m doing my student teaching (exciting, yes, and also extremely nerve-wracking!!) I may have had a little bit of an anxiety attack when I got home after my first day. I think I just let my fears and insecurities consume me. But thankfully, after talking to my dad and husband who comforted me I began to feel a lot better about the whole student teaching thing by the third day. And now it’s the second week and I don’t feel queasy in the mornings anymore, so yay! Although, I’m still not able to stomach a full breakfast so early in the morning ๐Ÿ˜ฆ which sucks since I’m a huge breakfast person, and I really believe in having a nice, big breakfast to start the day..but I don’t know waking up before my body wants to, totally kills my appetite…that is until second period and my stomach starts growling in class, oops. Until, I get used to waking up at 6:30 every day and not being able to go back to sleep, strawberry yogurtย filled with lots of added sugar, it is.

Anyways! On to the FOOD part of this food post. I went to a going-away party for a friend over the weekend (which was so lovely by the way…filled with such inspiring and lovely people, thought-provoking conversation, Buddha bowls, a gorgeous lemon-blueberry cake, and manicures!) A few of the girls were asking about my blog actually and my friend had also just asked me to send her the recipe for the tiramisu I ย had brought to share with her and her family, because apparently her mom loved it and her mom is part Italian, so that must mean I did something right, right??

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End of Another Semester


It’s been one hell of a semester. Seriously. It’s been hell. Ok, maybe not that bad…Alhamdulillah the worst is over! Right now I’m supposed to be putting together my final portfolio for my diagnostic reading practicum for my conference with my professor tomorrow, but of course I decided instead it was the perfect time to reflect on this crazy semester. After 4:30 tomorrow I will officially be done with this semester and my third year! It is so so so crazy to think I only have ONE YEAR LEFT before I graduate!!!!!!!! ย And have to face the “real world” (didn’t you always hate it when adults said that??? I hardly think any of us are living in a fantasy world…most of the time anyways).

But I guess it is kind of like a fantasy world, because next Spring not only will I be graduating, inshaAllah, but I will be student teaching (nowadays they’re calling it clinical teaching, which sounds kind of cooler I guess).ย But at the beginning of this semester, I was really struggling. Exhausted, emotional, frustrated…unhappy. Everything was so hard. I skipped classes, something I have rarely, rarely done. I would also completely zone out of this once class, because I would be so mind-numbingly exhausted from my other classes, again something I regret. I really wish I had paid more attention in that class. On top of of the rigorous classes, my schedule did not make things any easier! Oh, and I was working part-time as a peer tutor as well, which meant an additional 7 hours on campus. I felt like I was on campus all day from my morning classes to my tutoring sessions, and then my evening classes. It was tough at the beginning because I was really not used juggling a hectic class schedule with work. I hated my night classes with a passion. But life is funny, you see. You get used to things. It takes some time, but you adjust.

I screenshotted this at the beginning of the semester. I had to hope that this semester was going to be my rain.ย 

And as awful and hard as I will remember this semester to be….I have to remind myself a lot of good stuff happened too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Honey Wheat Pancakes

If you’re like me you’re constantly trying to eat healthier…and constantly failing to do so. About every month or so I get this earth-shattering realization that junk food is bad for me and I need to start eating healthier and working out more…and this lasts for about a week or so before I slowly fall into bad habits again. But the good thing is that no matter how many times I fail at my healthy-eating regimen I always tell myself that I can do it again. You may fall hard but picking yourself up is what counts. Anyways, end of semi-inspirational/motivational talk. Let’s talk food.

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Lemon Drizzle Cake


When life gives you lemons…you make a lemon drizzle cake. Or actually if life gives you exams, pretend you don’t need to study even though behavioral neuroscience is not the most intuitive subject in the world, and proceed to procrastinate by blogging. Which is funny (or just ironic) since I’ve been procrastinating with this blog like no tomorrow. Something else that’s funny (or not): I made this cake a while back *insert monkey-see-no evil emoji* …and have finally come around to posting it!

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Date Truffles


Hello/Salaam, how are you all? A very belated Ramadan Mubarak to all who are observing this holy month of fasting. I have been MIA for too long, and I really hope to get better about this and blog more consistently! I was kind of embarrassed to blog now since it’s been so long since my last post! Like 3 months and some odd days to be sort of exact. Anyways….since it’s Ramadan I thought now would be an appropriate time to share a recipe that involved dates! Besides the fact that they are a sunnah food they are loaded with health benefits!

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Chocolate Pecan Granola Bars (no-bake)

It’s like pie…but healthier!

I love granola bars. Well then again, as my sister says, what don’t I love when it comes to food?ย My friend and I were answering “best friend” tag questions just for fun at a dinner party and when she had to answer what my favorite food was, she answered “All of them!” I had a hard time disagreeing with her (although I will say I have a greater affinity towards sweets than other types of food, but if you’ve taken a look at my recipe index that shouldn’t come as a surprise).

Anyways, I’m here to tell ย you these granola bars are your new best friend! Slept in and now you’re rushing to school/work/super-important-interview/dropping your kid off and no time for a wholesome, nutritious breakfast to power your busy morning??!!!! Or you’re stuck in the office during your lunch break or you’re sitting in class and all of a sudden a baby whale starts moaning from within the depths of your stomach? Well, no longer my friend! No longer do you have to fish out 6 freaking whole dollars for a measly box of 5 “healthy” granola bars (honestly, the few times I have picked up a box of those at the grocery store I was internally wincing that I was forking out so much money for a box of granola bars that wouldn’t even last in my house for ย 2 days, let alone 2 weeks!) I don’t know about you but I don’t think any single granola bar is worth $1.20. Or maybe I just like a little bang with my buck. Or maybe I’m just Desi.ย  Continue reading

On Writing (+ a little poem)

Today, I would like to share something different. My blog is, for all intents and purposes, a food blog… but my vision for it is so much more. I want to try different kinds of posts: lifestyle/reflections/etc and so I would like to share a little piece I wrote. So here’s the thing- ever since I was little I was an avid reader- I DEVOURED books and fell completely in love with characters and stories and it all inspired to me one day write my own novel. I just don’t know if that will ever happen, haha. And I don’t say that to be a debbie-downer or rain on anyone’s dreams. I just don’t think *I* personally have the time and patience to write an entire novel. I do write. Sometimes instead of working on an essay I’ll pull up a Word doc and start writing…usually if I get a random burst of inspiration (and of course it happens right before an exam when I should be studying). But it’s so difficult for me to come up with an entire plot! So I kind of have turned to poetry.

ANYWAYS- I wanted to share a a poem I wrote that kind of stemmed from a class assignment and I guess based on the theme it’s pretty timely since my Spring Break has just begun (also pretend it’s winter cause when I wrote this it was freezing outside and now it’s so warm out).

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