My dear husband, as we speak, has bitten off all his fingernails while watching the fated India-Pakistan final. Me? I’m being particularly blasphemous and pottering around in the kitchen making one of my favorite desserts. Sorry, I cant take the stress of the match.

This recipe is a personal take on a classic dessert, the illustrious Tiramisu. Except that its nothing like a tiramisu. Coffee, rum and lady fingers (which essentially make a tiramisu)  are not avidly consumed in our part of the world and that, to me, was an existential crisis. So, I came to my own rescue and invented this ‘desi’ version.

This concocted version will remind you of a Snickers cheesecake, and more. Its superrrr easy and quick to make. And with Eid coming up, let’s all brush up the culinary skills and lay out a spread fit for royalty (aka thyself). Read More →

There are raging debates amongst the mom-circles in Karachi about which pre-school to send their kids to, what is the right age to send them, what schooling philosophy each school adopts and so on. And as the blistering heat of summer makes its advent, the debate turns to which summer camp is best. Some first time parents find themselves lost, adrift and confused. Read More →

Planning the second birthday

It’s raining cars!

Despite the fact that we introduced gender-neutral toys to our little one from the very beginning, he ended up with great partiality towards cars, somehow. Or anything with wheels for that matter. And he has a special fetish for red-colored cars. So it was a no-brainer what the theme of his second birthday would be- it was red cars all the way.

My husband and I are not really big on birthdays in general but we are really, really into big birthday celebrations for our tot. Both his birthdays have been fancy affairs (though not very elaborate), but it’s been a labor of love. We like to pay attention to the minor details and get personally invested in almost everything. I love doing the decor myself. Honestly. It’s a lot of hard work and sleepless nights, but the results are TRULY worth it. And it’s such a high when friends are gushing over everything. Since its mostly family and friends (about 50-60 people), we don’t like to involve event managers; but a bigger reason is that we love doing everything ourselves.

Once the theme is decided I scour the internet for ideas, and save the ones that seem the most easily executable. Then I go and raid a stationery shop and get down to business. Here’s my nightly routine for a couple of weeks: put the toddler to bed, switch on the telly to some mindless show and start crafting; banners, buntings, cupcake toppers… everything down to the bottle caps. And as things start taking shape, the excitement heightens. My husband and I decide the contents of the goody bags (sorry folks, everything that goes in is sugar and we don’t care that your kids get high and you have to pay for it; we just want to be popular with them) and we both pack them personally, every single bag. Of course there are many petty squabbles that last for weeks as there are a trillion things we can’t mutually agree on. I mean can someone please tell my husband a live steak station should not be the central focus of a toddler’s birthday, and that it’s tacky and ostentatious?! Yes? THANK YOU! Lol! But after a successful event all the bickering replaced with high fives. So its totally worth it!

Well, without further ado, here are some glimpses of the overall décor… ENJOY! Would love to hear your comments, suggestions….

Goody Bags
“Thank you for zooming on over”

 

Choc fudge covered with fondant (I’m not a huge fan of fondant but gave it cuz it looked pretty)

 

Cupcakes with teeny weeny car toppers

Signal brownies

 

Strawberry jelly with the ubiquitous car

 

 

Popcorn – most popular with babies and adults alike!

 

Photos | Umer & Madiha Photography

Location | Our house

Food | Gazebo

Cake | Cake Craft

Décor| ME!

 

weaningI tried to wean my little one since he turned 15 months but met no success.(He’s 20 months now). I would always cave into night nursing because, well, I had discovered a nursing-while-sleeping-position, and SLEEEEEEEP is just tooooooo precious. But the backaches in the morning had me kicking myself in the shins. Every night I would go to sleep with the resolve that I need to quit, and every day I would google articles about how to quit. I guess a part of me felt guilty about it too. What I learnt during the process: Read More →

So when is a baby to be switched from rear-facing to a front-facing car seat? Safety regulations say ‘one year’ or ’22 pounds’, whichever comes first. Initially I wanted him to stay in a rear-facing one till as long as he could, because many articles cite it’s 5 times safer than a front facing one. So, he crossed his first birthday and somewhere along the same month he also reached the 22 pound mark. We were trudging along but somehow, out of the blue I had a change of heart. Read More →