Friday, 12 July 2019

Late Plant Update!

Assalamu Alaikum everyone!

It's Maryam here this week and I'd like to share with you this final update on my garden (until mid-September this year insha'Allah, when I'll hopefully give it another go).
This is what my garden looked like earlier this year. Currently only the Aloe Vera is left.
I have a post on my Tomatoes, Potatoes, and I've mentioned in an update that I did "harvest" some Beans, but never found the time to mention my Garlic plants (which I'll do at the end of this post, insha'Allah).
Unfortunately my Pea plants never really improved since the last update, and eventually died.

My Onions were also not growing well. They were green one week and limp the next, and later seemed to be improving but then didn't. Then one day I noticed they were browning at the bottom of the stem, near the soil, and that's when I decided to pull them both out, especially since they had never really looked as healthy as they did in my gardening books and in videos online.
My poor Chilli plants got infested with aphids! I don't use any pesticides or chemicals on my plants as they are very bad for you and the environment. We can't find Organic soil here yet but most of the seeds I planted were Organic, Alhamdulillah.
And finally my Garlic plants!
I planted them in late October. After 154 days, half the plants' leaves were brown and the rest green which meant it was time to harvest the garlic.
I let the soil dry for a few days and then gently pulled them out, and there were three little garlic bulbs! Again I was surprised and delighted at the same time!
I left them to dry outside for a day and then carefully brushed off the dirt and trimmed off the stems and roots.
We, my Mum and me, used them later that day in a curry.
Masha'Allah, gardening has definitely been great fun and I would love to do it again insha'Allah, but I'll probably try to grow a lot more next time, knowing now that the amount I tried to grow was not enough for seven people!
So, until then insha'Allah.

Love and wassalam,


Friday, 5 July 2019

Crochet Doll's Accessories (part 2)

Assalamu Alaikum!
It's Zainab here. As promised here is the next part to my crochet doll's accessories post. If you haven't seen the first part you can click here to view it. In today's post I'll be showing you some jackets, boots, a bag and some crochet pet rabbits.

Here is one of our dolls modelling the outfits for you!
This jacket was my first successful one.
I had made two before but they didn't turn out right. I followed this YouTube video to make it.
These were the second pair of boots that I made. They are easy to remove but they fit well and don't fall off when playing with the doll. I made up the pattern for them myself, masha'Allah.
Moving on to the next outfit.
It's the same as the other jacket only I added ruffles to the sleeves.
These boots were my third try. They are much longer than the previous pair.
This is the only bag I have made so far. Again, it's a pattern that I just made up.
After two failed attempts to make a crochet rabbit, I finally came up with a pattern that seems to work, alhamdulillah. I got inspiration from this YouTube video on how to make a crochet teddy bear. It is very long but I only used the part on how to make the bear's body. Only I lessened the amount of stitches so that they would turn out smaller. I also didn't make the limbs because I found them cuter that way!
These are the only photos we have of the pet rabbits. I made them for some of Sumayyah's friends.
Here are the failed attempts! Remember they are meant to be rabbits, but one looks a bit like a dog and the other looks more like an owl.
I gave them to Sumayyah to keep and they are still quite cute really. Only you can't tell what animal they are meant to be!
Alhamdulillah, I am very happy with all the accessories I've made - even the mistakes. Without making mistakes I wouldn't have learnt, so I'm glad that I made them! I hope you have enjoyed this post and are looking forward to part three, insha'Allah!



Friday, 28 June 2019

Lime Lemonade Recipe

Assalamu Alaikum!
It's Hanifah here and today I wanted to share my recipe for lime lemonade. I have made it a couple of times before and our family really enjoys it, so I hope you will too. Let's begin!

For this recipe you will need:-
1.5 litres water
150g sugar
5 medium-sized lemons
3 limes

First you will need to heat the sugar and water on a low heat.
Stir until the sugar dissolves and then remove from heat.
Then cut and squeeze the lemons and limes.
Save a few lemon and lime slices to garnish if you would like.
Next add the lemon and lime juice to the sugary water.
Place the pan on a very low heat for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do a taste test and add a little more sugar if needed.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for a while before pouring the lemonade into a jug. Then place in the fridge to cool completely before serving.
Remember to garnish with the lemon and lime slices.
You can click here to view my ginger biscuits recipe.
If you liked this post, then you may also want to take a look at my recipe for Mint Lemonade or my Strawberry Lemonade recipe.
See you next week, insha'Allah.