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 →

My elder sister lives in Houston. When my baby was five months I did something insane. I went to visit her. Since my husband had work, I went without him. I had planned to do so since a very long time. Thought, ‘hey, I’m not working or anything… why not travel a thousand miles alone with baby to visit my sister and solely take care of my little one for a whole month… without travel insurance?’ Yes, five month old baby. Yes, I’m nuts. And yes it was a crazy decision. So, don’t do it. I love my sister to bits and it was awesome to see her and her babies AND my younger sister Read More →

Style is something that is innate. Some people seem to ooze it from every pore. For others, a lot of effort goes into it and still you come out looking like a cross between a 80s’ pop star and a crystal chandelier. Unless you have a lot of personality to recommend yourself with, you are doomed. The situation is further exacerbated when you pop a kid and you have no clothes, no shoes, nothing that fits, no item of clothing that would count as socially acceptable even during one of those early pediatricians visits (when you MUST step out of the house). Clothes-wise I WASN’T prepared. Well, if you ask my siblings, I seldom am. Read More →

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Honey we got from Farmer’s  Market

I am someone who tries a lot of hacks. I have always believed that great problems have pretty simple solutions. Whenever I try a ‘home remedy’ I am literally willing it to work, secretly rooting for all the herbalists and naturalists out there. March is nearing an end and my baby has had a cold-cough-congestion since mid-Jan. After countless visits to the doctor he is on preventive medication for allergic rhinitis and asthma. While the medicine does its work I was desperate for some symptomatic relief –it’s heart wrenching to listen to my one-year old’s railing cough.

I read somewhere that locally farmed honey is highly recommended for allergies. Read More →

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Most people I know, when holding a new born tend to smell the baby’s head or neck because the new baby smell is intoxicating. But I wonder how many people have actually noticed a small part of the baby’s scalp that tends to throb. I had no idea what a ‘fontanel’ was until I saw it pulsate on my new born’s head. I FREAKED OUT. Omg Read More →