Quick Shrimp Curry Recipe

Now that my husband and I are in our apartment since having the baby, we are trying to get into a routine. Last week I made daal (lentil soup) but I accidentally made way too much and it lasted the entire week and by the third day we were pretty sick of it and I knew I should have frozen some of it. And I did it again when I made spaghetti! After finishing dinner and peering into the pot I realized we still had so much leftover so I froze some of the leftovers so I could use it on a rainy day.  Continue reading

Life Update!

Hey guys! So as usual, I haven’t blogged in what seems like forever, but I’m determined no matter how long I go in between posts, I still try and blog. Even if no one on the internet reads this lol, I need to do this for me.

So if you read my last post you know I was expecting 🙂 alhamdulillah, I now have a baby boy! It has been a crazy whirlwind of a ride since he’s got here. But I think I can safely say it’s starting to settle down now? Or at least I hope so! I’ve been staying with my parents and they’ve been a huge help to me! My mom has been cooking and making sure I’m well fed so I can nurse my baby, and when my husband is not here (he visits every two weeks) she sleeps with me and helps out when the baby wakes at night and needs to nurse. My dad and siblings love to hold him and play with him and that’s been so helpful whenever I need to take a shower, get some shut-eye, or even escape for 10 minutes or an hour to run an errand, do shopping or just some me-time in the form of getting coffee or boba tea!

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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! 😀 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 might 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! 😀 So yeah that was this whole thing, I’ll tell ya. But I think I’ll save a post all about that for later 😉

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 😦 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 yogurt 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 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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