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Monday, December 31

A Spice Lesson


The Bay Leaf:
Bay leaves are a fixture in the cooking of many European cuisines (particularly those of the Mediterranean), as well as in North America.
They are used in soups, stews, meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes. The leaves also flavor classic French dishes such as bouillabaise and bouillon. The leaves are most often used whole (sometimes in a bouquet garni), and removed before serving. In Indian cuisine, bay leaves are often used in biryani and many salans.

Bay leaves can also be crushed (or ground) before cooking. Crushed bay leaves impart more of their desired fragrance than whole leaves, and there is less chance of biting into a leaf directly.
Black Cardamom and Green Cardamom:
In India, black cardamom seeds are often an important component of the Indian spice mixture garam masala. Black cardamom is also commonly used in savory dal and rice dishes.
In
China, the pods are used for long-braised meat dishes, particularly in the cuisine of the central-western province of Sichuan.

The pods are also often used in Vietnam, they are used as an ingredient in the broth for noodle soup.

Black cardamom pods can be used in soups, chowders, casseroles, and marinades for smoky flavor, much in the way bacon is used.

Black cardamom is often erroneously described as an inferior substitute for green cardamom by those who are unfamiliar with the spice. Although the flavor differs from the more common green cardamom, black cardamom is sometimes used by large-scale commercial bakers because of its relative cheapness.
Green cardamom is an ingredient in many Indian curries, and is a primary contributor to the flavour of masala chai. In the Middle East and Iran, cardamom is used to flavour coffee and tea as well as rice dishes and soups. In Turkey, it is used to flavor the black Turkish tea (Kakakule in Turkish).

As well as in its native range, it is also grown in
Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, and Central America. In India, the states of Sikkim and Kerala are the main producers of cardamom; they rank highest both in cultivated area and in production. It was first imported into Europe c.1200 CE
Cumin Seeds:
Today, cumin is identified with Indian and Mexican cuisine and Cuban cuisine. It is used as an ingredient of curry powder. Cumin can be found in some Dutch cheeses like Leyden cheese, and in some traditional breads from France. It is also wide-spread used by traditional culinary in Brazil.
In herbal medicine, cumin is classified as stimulant, carminative, and antimicrobial.

Cumin can be used to season many dishes, as it draws out their natural sweetnesses.
It is traditionally added to curries, enchiladas, tacos, and other Middle-eastern, Indian, Cuban and Mexican-style foods. It can also be added to salsa to give it extra flavour. Cumin has also been used on meat in addition to other common seasonings. The spice is a familiar taste in Tex-Mex dishes and is extensively used in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent. Cumin was also used heavily in ancient Roman cuisine.
The flavour of cumin plays a major role in Cuban, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian cuisines. Cumin is a critical ingredient of chili powder, and is found in achiote blends, adobos, sofrito, garam masala, curry powder, and bahaarat.

Cumin seeds are often ground up before being added to dishes.

Cumin seeds are also often "toasted" by being heated in an ungreased frying pan to help release their essential oils.
Black Pepper:
Dried ground pepper is one of the most common spices in European cuisine and its descendants, having been known and prized since antiquity for both its flavour and its use as a medicine. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine. Ground black peppercorn, usually referred to simply as "pepper", may be found on nearly every dinner table in some parts of the world, often alongside table salt.

Thursday, December 27

Salisbury Steak and Halloumi with Peppers


Dinner Tonight!

Sultana's Halloumi and Peppers

1/2 kilo halloumi cheese sliced thinly in squares
3 bell peppers sliced thinly
2 tomatos sliced thin
2 tbs diced parsley
1 onion sliced thin
olive oil, enough for frying cheese and peppers

Heat olive oil over med-high heat, add halloumi slices and fry till golden in color. Set aside.

Heat a bit more olive oil in the pan and add the onion and peppers and salt and pepper to taste, sautee for around 15 minutes or until browned a bit and softened. Add parsley and toss, then take off heat.

Layer halloumi slices, then tomatos, then sliced peppers on a platter.

Enjoy!

The Salisbury Steak can be found here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_12895,00.html

Wednesday, December 26

Maamoul Treats!


Hi Everyone!
I have to apologize for not posting more frequently, but now is the time of year here in UAE when we like to GET OUT of our "cement cubbie holes" and explore and enjoy the beautiful UAE in the cool breezy weather. So, because of this reason I have not been here much!
So Sorry...
You can check out my latest adventure here:
On a FOOD note: Above are some pictures of what I think is called Maamoul...My husband brought them home when I had asked for Date Maamoul and it turned out that he got the wrong thing, BUT, OH were these delicious!
They had 2 fillings: one was pistachios and sugared semolina and the other was like a basboosa filling. In case your wondering whats basboosa you can find the recipe for it in this blogs dessert menu...
They go very well with Arabic coffee or Tea.
I do not have to recipe for these as they came from the bakery, and i know the bakery will not give me the recipe! sorry...But I will be on the lookout for it!

Saturday, December 22

Cottage Cheese Pancakes


I will be posting the recipe as soon as my friend gets it to me!

These pancakes had a hint of sweetness and were a little bit addictive!

Thai Shrimp Curry!



Very Delicious Thai Shrimp Curry ! So worth the time it takes!


You can get this recipe here:


Baked Honey Quince-Uzbek Style



This is another recipe from my friend who is from Uzbekistan. She made these for me today. I must say it is not a taste I have had before! Its a mix between sour, sweet, and something else. It would be just right with Vanilla Ice cream...
The quality of the honey used is VERY important. If you use store bought honey it will taste different from natural honey, as natural honey has a distinctly different taste from store bought honey. You can use either one, but with store bought it will be ALOT sweeter.
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You will need:
4 Quinces (slice off tops and thinly slice bottoms off so they can stand up right and core, SAVE tops for later)
enough honey to fill each quince half way up
1 tbs butter for each quince
preparation:
Fill each quince half way up with honey and then put in 1 tbs of butter in each quince and then close the quince with the quince tops youve saved. Bake in a pre heated oven over med heat for one hour or until reddend and softend. The quince should stand on its own and the sides should be a little cracked open.
Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream!

Friday, December 21

Southern Quick Chicken Casserole




Caution: Full Fat Recipe!

Southern Quick Chicken Casserole

This recipe is a bit quirky and not the best of healthy, but its good for a "no brain" involved dinner.

you will need:

1 pack skinless boneless chicken breasts

1 pack vermicelli noodles

2 cans sliced tomatoes

1 can of mushrooms(split each mushroom in half)

1 can water chestnuts

enough Velveeta cheese to layer a think gooey layer between the noodles and chicken!

1 bell pepper sliced thin

2 tbs margarine

2 onions(large ones, sliced thin)

preparation:

Boil chicken in water with salt and pepper, debone and shred when done, set aside. In the same water boil the noodles till done. Spread noodles into bottom of a baking dish or oven casserole dish. Melt butter in a frying pan on med-high heat, add onion and bell pepper, fry till softened, then add mushrooms and water chestnuts and saute for 5-10 minutes on med-high heat. (tip: sauteing mushrooms bring out their flavor)

In the baking dish you already have the noodles, so, spread over them the amount of Velveeta cheese you'd like to use(i like ALOT) and over that spread the chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper, then spread the 2 cans tomatoes, then the onion mushroom mix. Bake in the oven on 325F for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18

My First Meme---What does "Meme" mean!?!


Fantastic 4


Ive been tagged for my first Meme by http://arabicbites.blogspot.com/ which are Zainab and Meedo who make VERY tasty Middle Eastern/Khaleeji Food!


4 places Ive lived: USA(down south), Saudi Arabia(Al Khobar), Qatar(doha,duh!), UAE(abu dhabi,home!)


4 jobs Ive had: Kindergarden Teacher, Receptionist, being my mothers maid! AND being my fathers maid! heh heh...life!


4 places Ive holidayed: Amsterdam(LOVE THAT PLACE), Cyprus, Thailand, USA


4 favorite foods: Spaghetti and Meatballs(Cajun style), Chicken and Dumplings(grandma style), A BIG JUICY grilled hamburger with loads of cheese!(dad's style), Madroobah(a UAE Dish that I owe a few kilos too!)


4 places I would rather be: In my own villa BBQ'ing with a huge garden full of trees and flowers surrounding me, secluded in a mountain farm house surrounded by towering date trees and a bubbly river close by to swim in, In Makkah performing Hajj(but I am not able to right now), Driving fast down a empty desert highway with my husband in his sports car with the top down. (in case you didn't notice.....i need to get out of this apartment! LOL)


4 people I would like to tag: If they have not been tagged already and IF they would like to do this Meme .....Id love to tag:








Chasing Children and Recipes @ http://jamilascreations.blogspot.com/





Tuesday, December 11

Monday, December 10

Creamy Chicken Pasta





For the recipe please look to the links on the side of my page under "UAEKitten"...She has many delicious recipes!

Wednesday, December 5

My Grandmothers Shrimp/Crawfish Etouffee'






I distinctly remember winter days in my grandmothers house. I would walk into the house from the freezing cold outside to be blasted with warmth and the smell of rich, rich stew simmering away on the stove and the clinks of the metal soup ladle being hit on the pot as she stirred the stew while a football game played on the tv in the background. We would greet her with a big "heeeeeey" and she'd yell it right back from the kitchen. I don't remember ever walking into that house and not smelling something delicious that would make me hungry even if i had just eaten! Growing up, winter was like a magical time for me. Some of the things i remember are:

-the frost shining on the bushes outside my window when i woke in the morning

-the smell of breakfast coming through the heating vent in the floor by my bed

-the "smoking effect" when i exhaled waiting for the school bus bundled in 3 layers of cloths

-the quiet stillness of very early morning and looking through the forest waiting for the wolf in my dreams to jump out and grab me

-the smell of burning leaves on winter afternoons when my grandfather cleaned the acres of land behind his home and the sound of his tractor at full speed coming back towards the house so my grandmother could hand him his steaming cup of coffee

-the Christmas lights hanging from the traffic lights on the main street of our town,every year i would get so excited to see them

-playing with my cousin in the forest behind my grandfathers house in our "camp" that my father made out of a huge sheet of plastic connected to 2 trees

-watching my grandfather fall asleep in his lazyboy after lunch, he would still rock back and forth while asleep and we thought it was magic, but, now that we are older, we understand that he wasn't really sleeping, but, he was watching us, watch him :)

-sleeping snuggled to my grandmother on VERY cold nights, stuck like glue to her arm while she told me stories about when she was little and sang to me


I could go on and on, I think I am very lucky to have had such a memorable childhood filled with such beautiful memories...I don't know, but when we grow up, I feel we lose that imaginative magical sense of things, but sometimes, I get a piece of it back, and it really overwhelms me, i just want to jump back into 1986 and stay there...

So, the point of this was to introduce my grandmothers recipe for Crawfish/Shrimp Etouffee and let you experience, through words and taste, a piece of my childhood...


Melba's Recipe for Crawfish/Shrimp Etouffee'


1 stick margarine

1 large onion chopped

green onions chopped

1 medium bell pepper

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 lb crawfish or shrimp

1 can of a quality mushroom soup

season to taste...you may add rotel tomatoes


Saute margarine,onions,bell pepper and garlic. Add soup and cook together for a while(low fire). Add crawfish or shrimp. Cook just until crawfish or shrimp are tender. Serve with white rice.
Decorative Fruit Bowl-Makes winter feel warm and cozy!
My new spice cabinet-well, its second hand,
but with a little white spray paint it will look brand new again!

The pretty details on it...


Tuesday, December 4

Two Pasta Dishes

You DO NOT have to put as much parmesan cheese as I did!

Tuna Pasta
(This is probably the quickest pasta I have EVER made! I had NO time to cook but I had to, so this is what came from it!)
1 can of tuna
1 Jar of spaghetti sauce of your choice
noodles
1 tbsp minced garlic
Parmesan cheese to your liking
Its SO easy!
Brown the tuna in its own oil, and then add garlic,stir a while then add pasta sauce. Boil noodles and drain.
Serve tuna sauce on top of pasta.
Pasta with a Creamy Broccoli and Parmesan Cheese Sauce

INGREDIENTS:
8 ounces pasta
1 bunch cooked broccoli floret, drained
5 medium fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:
Cook pasta until tender; drain. In food processor with steel blade, combine broccoli, basil, butter and cream. Pulse to purée. Add Parmesan cheese and pulse to blend. Mix broccoli mixture into drained pasta; stir. Cook, stirring, over medium-low heat. Add salt and pepper. Serve when heated through and well combined.
Serves 4.

Sunday, December 2

UAE National Day---Dec.2nd 2007

Today is UAE National Day!
Congratulations to all of the people of the UAE on this special day...

Batheeth and Meatball Casserole and The Persian Guest!


Batheeth(UAE Traditonal Sweet)
Meatball Casserole
Hi everyone! Well Ive had an interesting 2 days! I have a temporary guest in my home, I found him yesterday wandering behind my house. He is a VERY sweet and gentle Black Persian cat!

He has obviously been thrown out of his home, and left to starve on the street. He is matted and stinky with a cold...But, you will not meet a sweeter cat! I cannot comprehend someone throwing him out! I mean, a cat is a major responsibility! No one forced them to go the the pet store and buy him, they chose to! So, I guess they liked him as a kitten and hated him as an adult cat, and considering he is a bit sick, maybe they didn't want to bother with him anymore...It really angers me! Fortunately, Ive found him, and on Monday hes going to be health checked at the vet and shaved like a lion to take out his matts! I hope I can find him a great home, he deserves it!
On a "food" note: Above is the dishes we had for dinner and dessert. I have the recipe for the Meatball casserole already written under Sahan Kofte in my blog archive, here is the link the the original blog recipe:http://almostturkish.blogspot.com/search/label/Meaty. I highly recommend this persons blog for yummy delicious Turkish food!
The batheeth Ill post later inshallah...

Wednesday, November 28

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Sesame Crisp Flakes from:

http://www.chainkwo.com/product/jap/2.htm

For dinner tonight we had this chili above. Ive never had any chili other than the ground meat or sausage ones so chicken chili is a BIG change for me. It was delicious, BUT, not the same as the chili's I grew up on. This chili would be very good paired with crusty french bread or jalapeno cornbread. We had it with fresh labneh,coriander, and cheddar cheese, because Monterrey Jack is no wheres to be found here!

Don't get me wrong, this chili is well worth it! The only things I adjusted were the chili powder to half a tbsp and the cumin to 1 heaping tsp and the white beans to 2 cans...It would have been TOO HOT if I had added 1 tbs chili powder...

You could really splurge on high quality ingredients in this recipe because it only calls for a little bit, not alot, of everything. Like the stock, for example, could be of a superior quality to a maggi cube like I used, as well as the beans and fresh sour cream.

The recipe is here:

http://www.outofthefryingpan.com/recipes/chili.turkey.wh.bean.shtml

Fresh Ginger Milk


Zan-ja-beel ma haleeb~ Milk with Ginger

A must during the winter months throughout the UAE. A favourite amongst the Arab men in the rural and remote areas, as well as the most modern home today. Usually made just after sunset in the winter months, it is kept warm in a thermos flask until consumed.

5 cups fresh milk
2 tbs sugar-and extra when serving, if needed
1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger or a bit less if you dont like it to "spicy hot"(finely grated)

Place the ginger and sugar into a pot, stir for a bit over heat and then pour milk onto it. Slowly bring to the boil to prevent burning. Once it has reached the boiling stage, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a thermos until ready to serve.

Tuesday, November 27

My Old and Dusty Recipe Photos

Date Cake
Crepes with Fresh Cream and Melted Chocolate
Double Chocolate and Orange Cake
Keema with Chapati and Tea
Stir Fried Cabbage, Carrots and Lentils
I will post the recipes for these as i find them!
Breakfast Crepes (courtesy of Epicurious.com)
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Scant 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

Additional butter for cooking
Additional sugar or clear jelly such as apple or apricot for serving

Special equipment:Iron skillet or crêpe pan Flexible metal or plastic spatula

Preparation
In a blender, combine milk and eggs. Mix on medium-high speed until foamy, about 10 seconds. Turn blender to low speed and remove feed top. With blender going, add sugar and salt. Replace feed top and blend on high speed for a few seconds, then turn blender back to low. In the same manner, add butter, brandy, and vanilla, replacing feed top and blending for several seconds after each addition. Turn blender off. Add flour all at once and blend until just combined.
Place crêpe pan over moderately high heat. With flexible spatula, spread a tiny amount of butter in pan (an alternative method is to brush the pan with melted butter using a pastry brush) and heat until butter just begins to smoke. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter into the pan. As you pour, quickly tilt the pan in all directions to spread a thin layer of batter across the bottom. Pour in just enough batter to cover the pan.

Cook crêpe over moderately high heat until bubbles just begin to form on the exposed surface, about one to two minutes. Lift up the edge to check the cooking process — if the crêpe starts to burn before it is cooked through, turn down the heat. If it is not nicely browned after two minutes, turn up the heat.

When underside of crêpe is browned, flip and cook another minute or less, until other side is browned. Remove from pan and keep warm in the oven, loosely covered with foil.
Grease pan with a very small amount of butter and repeat process. Continue until all batter is used, stacking cooked crêpes on a plate in the oven. To serve, sprinkle each crêpe with sugar or spread with jelly and fold or roll up.

Note:Making the batter for these crêpes is relatively easy, but cooking them can be laborious. Once you have a gotten a feel for the procedure (you will probably have to tinker with the heat and cooking time, since every pan behaves slightly differently), you can save time by using two pans at once. Stagger the process so you are pouring the batter into one pan while a crêpe is cooking in the other. This way, you will be able to closely attend to both but will finish in half the time.

Stir-Fried Cabbage and Carrots

by Madhur Jaffrey


SERVES 4

In the Indian household, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, consisting of at least four courses. This is one of the popular recipes used for the rice and vegetable course.

3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1⁄2 tsp. chana dal
1 1⁄2 tsp. urad dal
1 tsp. brown mustard seeds
20 fresh curry leaves (optional)
2–4 fresh hot green chiles, slivered
1⁄2 lb. green cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, finely julienned
3⁄4 tsp. salt
1⁄4 cup grated fresh coconut (or 1 oz. unsweetened dried coconut, reconstituted in warm water for 1 hour, and then thoroughly drained)

1. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add dals and mustard seeds. Stir until seeds pop and dals begin to turn red, a few seconds.

2. Stir in curry leaves (if using), chiles, cabbage, and carrots. Add salt and stir. Cover, reduce heat, and cook until cabbage is tender. Add coconut and stir for 1 minute more.

Keema by Nigella

As featured on the ITV Nigella show.
From Nigella's book Feast.

2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced, grated or finely chopped
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 and half centimetre piece of ginger, finely grated or chopped
1 red birds eye chilli, finely chopped with seeds
1 and a half teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 handfuls chopped coriander
750g lamb mince
250g frozen peas
250ml boiling water
Juice half a lime, or to taste

Heat the oil in a wide saucepan – one big enough to take everything comfortably later - and add the onion and garlic. Cook on a high heat until they become golden brown. Turn the heat down, and add the can of tomatoes, ginger, chilli, salt, garam masala and a handful of the chopped coriander.Stir until the mixture becomes shiny, and then add the mince breaking it up with a fork in the sauce.
Add the frozen peas stirring everything together for a few minutes, and then add 250ml of boiling water. Bring the pan to the boil and then turn it down to a very gentle simmer. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, by which time most of the water should have evaporated and the lamb will be tender and the peas cooked through. Squeeze in some lime juice to taste and sprinkle the remaining chopped coriander over the finished dish, or into individual bowls as you serve.
I love warmed thick flat breads – and most supermarkets sell naans or rotis now - with this, but even without the added carb, just spooned straight into my mouth, it does the trick.
Serves 4
For Chapati recipe go to this site:http://www.indianfoodsco.com/Recipes/breads.htm

Friday, November 23

FeeBi Cat and Fly conversation this morning....

Sorry people, i know this is not food related except for the fact that this happened in the kitchen....BUT, I had to share this beyond ADORABLE (mashAllah) video of my Feebi Cat talking to a Fly!

video

Monday, November 19


Universal Children's Day 2007

Crucial Advice to Parents on Raising Children

Note: this advice has Islamic ideals written into it. Everything written below is MY own personal opinion from experience as a kindergarden teacher and my own personal life.

“A child’s viewpoint of their future and the way they handle it is created and formed by the life experiences they are subjected to as children. This can be negative or positive experiences. They choose, as adults, how to utilize those experiences to either improve themselves and their life or to plunge into negative conflicts and fail in life. It is our job as parents to provide our children with the foundation of stability, security and loving encouragement to nurture this growth of their personalities and to provide positive loving experiences to them to propel them into successful futures as self-confident and well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to society.”
-Sultana



1) Lead by example. This is the most important advice I could possibly give anyone. In all aspects of life, if we want people to change we have to make ourselves the best examples to learn from! If we make a conscious effort to remember that our children are watching us, it will keep us in check. We will mind our manners, we will speak more soothingly, we will control our emotions, and ultimately we will see that, by our kids watching us, we are beginning to behave the way we want them to behave. In other words, it is a cycle that eventually trains parents and their children towards better behaviour and emotional restraint. If we know that our kids are watching our every move, we will be mindful of our behaviour and set an example with that behaviour. Then, our kids will model that good behaviour and essentially everyone wins.


2) Have great patience with your children and their annoyances. Laugh and find ease in their childishness. There is nothing more blissful than baby’s belly laughs or their ridiculously funny little questions that we stumble to answer at times. They are, after all, children. They are still learning the ways of life, from you. They won’t stay children forever!

3) Don’t EVER tell your children that “children are to be seen and not heard”. They just might grow up to take that advice and completely break away from you, emotionally, forever.

4) Give your children the greatest childhoods’ you can. Remember what yours was like and make it 100 times better for your own children. We remember our childhood as the crucial defining time of our lives. Let their defining time be recollected as one of immense joy and contentment.

5) Never use your children as your best friend. Mothers and Fathers are there to be Mothers and Fathers, not best friends! Your children don’t need your adult problems weighing on their shoulders, not to mention the emotional and psychological consequences of doing so are devastatingly destructive on a child’s personality and emotions. You don’t have to act as a best friend for your child to come to you with their problems and you, as an adult, should be able to handle your own without including your children in them!

6) Keep your promises to your children. A child promised a coveted prize/toy/trip will never forget that promise and will never let you forget it. Actually, quite sadly, many children roll their eyes when they hear their parents say "Inshallah" for fear that Inshallah really means "maybe" or "yeah, right" or a plain "no." A dishonest promise might grant you a few minutes of quiet shopping time, but in the end it will lead you further into the depths of your child's distrust

7) Listen and Respond to your children’s feelings. Let them express their feelings and listen to them, give them advice, and comfort them, even if it is childish, they are after all, children, but to them, their problem is just as important and real as you think yours are. This will encourage your children to come to you for advice and help when they are teenagers and as adults.

8) Make the family relationship between the children and their relatives strong. Encourage children and their cousins to play, pray, and visit together regularly. This will strengthen the relationship and bond between siblings and their cousins throughout childhood and into adulthood. They will then, as adults, protect, help and strengthen each other throughout life because of this bond.

9) Be active in your children’s education and school. Show interest in their academic accomplishments and go to school for meetings and open houses. This will give the children a sense of security at school as well as motivation to do well in school because they know it will make their parents proud and happy. Tell them you are proud of them!

10) Show your children physical affection. If you’re not the “touchy feely type”, go out of your own comfort zone to comfort your children. You’d be surprised at how many children “violently act out” only because they wanted affection from their mothers and fathers! This DAILY type of affection eases the heart and strengthens the bond of love between parents and their children.

11) Teach your children their culture and traditions. Make them proud of it and teach them to respect it. This leads to pride in their identity as citizens and pride in knowing their country’s and people’s history. This knowledge and respect fosters love for their country and their people. It persuades them to serve their country well as adults contributing to their society and helping their people progress for the good.

12) Don’t spoil your children. Teach them the value of money and “things”. Never replace love with “things”. This leads to unhappy shallow adults whose only happiness is found in how much they can buy and how much stuff they have! Giving a child everything they want, when they want it, and how they want it, just so they will be quiet and happy only makes them greedy adults who will never want to work hard for what they desire in life. Find a balance in this very significant aspect of parenthood.


13) Be equal in love and attention among all of your children. Don’t play each child off of the other. (ex. “Look at your brother, he’s being good. Why can’t you be good like him?”) This leads to hatred and jealousy between siblings, this also doesn’t solve the child’s behavior in the first place! Giving one child favoritism over another will crumble the self-esteem and self-worth of the child who you don’t give attention to and only make them envious of their siblings. This loss of self-esteem and self-worth in the child can lead to difficulty in future relationships and development throughout life when the child was not given love and attention from the parents when he needed it the most.

13) Teach them the Honor in helping others and giving charity. This is self explanatory really. Show your children how morally responsible and honorable it can be to help others in need. Teach them that helping others is one of the most dignified qualities a human being can have. Teach them that having mercy and giving kindness to all living creatures and humans is a noble quality for a person to possess.

Wednesday, November 14

Sick AGAIN...

So Sorry to all of my family and friends who read this blog daily for updates only to find that theres nothing new....Im sick again and cant do anything right! I couldnt even find the "S" for "sick" in my soup I slurped this morning to sooth my fire crusted throat, so I had to use a "5"...
Anyway, right now Im just grateful for one working nostril...