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Like A Rope's Knot: Saying "I Love You" Without Words

Whether you have been married one year, or 12 years, we could always use a little extra umph in our marriage to make it even more exciting.

I woke up this morning with the song in my head (and I am not that familiar with it but the tune was in my head) "I woke up in love this morning, fell asleep with you on my mind"

While it is a great feeling to love your husbands and have someone to wake up to, we can do this much better if we love our Lord much and desire to sleep having done what Allah has commanded us to do and being at peace with our spouse. Double the rewards and blessings

When you wake up in the morning try different ways to renew your love.  Every day there is something new to be done.

When a husband and wife look at each other with Love, Allah looks at both with Mercy"

Loving gestures-  A simple touch, says so much. The touch is a powerful thing, I truly believe that is why it is haraam for men and women who are not related to touch. The lightest feathery touch…

Cream Cheese Danishes, Apple and Jelly Danishes

I spent the whole say yesterday excited about making these mashaAllah. Because this includes yeast and rise time ..I made them after midnight! It was so worth it too mashaAllah  

Ingredients for pastry:

1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (equivalent to 1 packet of yeast)
3.5 cups of bread flour (or all purpose if you can't find bread) 

I mixed together the ingredients and kneaded until it was soft and not sticky, the I placed in a buttered bowl, flipped it over and put it back in so buttered side is up..after waiting for it to rise..which is about a hour and half I made the cream cheese frosting to go inside

Cream Cheese Frosting-

8oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Okay after dough had risen.I punched it down... and then rolled it out ..I don't have a rolling pin so I used my hands and stretched it as far as I can, I cut slices of it and mol…

The Early Muslimah Gets The Barakah: Benefits of Rising Early

I read a beautiful Proverbs this morning that said: Proverbs 31:15 “She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.”

I rolled out of bed this morning while it was still dark and started my daily task, bread making being one of them. I won't even touch my ingredients until I have prayed, this me time is also one that begins my spiritual state of the day, Fajr.

Bread making is something that I like to call my me time, I enjoy it so much and so it is best for me to do it while the house is still sleeping.

The blessings of getting up in the middle of the night is not only personal time for yourself but personal time with your Lord.
Allah Almighty says, "And stay awake for prayer during part of the night as a supererogatory action for yourself. It may well be that your Lord will raise you to a Praiseworthy Station," (17:79) and the Almighty says, "Their sides eschew their beds," (32:16) and the Almighty says,…

Garlic Bread

Alhamdulilah I am so excited, I really enjoy making bread it enhances my mornings. I have learned that making bread helps my iman...

I won't start making bread unless I have made my salat, because I feel as though it is a more blessed experience when I am spiritually caught up in prayers.. also it helps me get up early for prayer, bread making has been a real blessing mashaAllah, so it is much more than cooking, I am spiritually benefit from it mashaAllah :)

Garlic and Cheese Bread In Under an Hour: Ingredients
2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup. cheese2 tablespoons sugar.3 teaspoon garlic powder. ¾ cup milk2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 egg

Mix together the flour, sugar, garlic powder and cheese in a large mixing bowl.Whisk together the vegetable oil with the milk and egg.Stir the wet mix into the dry ingredients.Pour the mix into a greased 1lb loaf pan.Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for 50-60 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted near the middle comes out clean This …

Raisin Bread

Alhamdulilah I made raisin bread the other day, with this very simple and delicious recipe.
3 ripe bananas
1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas with a fork. Add everything but the flour and raisins. Blend on low speed; add flour and raisins. Blend until moist.Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes.

This makes for a good morning breakfast with coffee mashaAllah.  The other great thing about this recipe is that it is yeast free. 

Social Media- 10 Ways to Conduct God Conscious Networking

By: Ameer Idris and Ameera Rahim

Day in and day out there is someone posting on Facebook, either they are saying their next move in life, their quote of the day or sharing some link that moved them in some kind of way.

Often times you will find people conducting in the worst ways on a social networking site such as Facebook or twitter.  Our last Sundays Sister Circle we talked about how we can allow Facebook to be a place to make our marriages and relationships worse. I often say Facebook is what you make it and alhamdulilah it has been such a blessed experience for me and my family, as we use it to help others and help our selves.

Others make it an outlet to vent their lifes issues, talk about others, and really cause social havoc. Social media should not be used to broadcast marital woes and bash your husband (or anyone else). We have a trust with our spouse and that includes upholding his honor. When we type those words of anger and frustration then click share, we are now telling …

Prophet Lut's wife or The Righteous wife? Where do you fit?

I was up late tonight, well this morning, it's almost 3 a.m. and was engaged in this great discussion that inspired this article. Looking at women in the past Allah has given us the best of examples and the worst of examples in the wives of the Prophets.

When I go through my days I think of who I should inspire to be like, and use as my example for betterment ..the wives of our beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salaam come to mind and then when I think I have to reflect on the opposite the women who act contrary to that  and this ayat comes to mind:

Surah 66 10Allah sets forth, for an example to the Unbelievers, the wife of Noah and the wife of Lut: they were (respectively) under two of our righteous servants, but they were false to their (husbands), and they profited nothing before Allah on their account, but were told: "Enter ye the Fire along with (others) that enter!"

Are we striving to live a decent and virtuous life or the opposite?

When our husbands test us, and t…

Delicious Pound Cake

SubhanAllah, Today I was craving something sweet and alhamdulilah decided to make pound cake! Simple. easy and yummy tasted like a oatmeal cookie but hey it was good! I also used wheat flour and not white.

To make this pound cake I used the following ingredients:

2 Cups Sugar2 Cups Flour1/4 Tsp Saltshopping list1 Tsp baking soda1 Cup butter, softened5 eggs1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract1 1/2 Tsp lemon extractI replaced the vanilla and lemon with sugar...and because I did not have enough eggs I used flax seed as a substitute.. one teaspoon of flax seed and three teaspoon of water equals one egg, flax is always beneficial in foods and always makes a good egg substitute in my baking.
After mixing all the ingredients together and then adding the eggs (I had two eggs and made the rest egg substitute) I then put it in the oven at 325 and waited for 60 minutes (or less)
After that top it with your favorite topping, we had whipped cream mashaAllah and the family loved it It was my first …

Home Cooked Meals vs Fast Food

You are what you eat. Have you heard that before? I am sure you have. Though it is tempting to eat fast food, it is better and wiser to make your own.

There is hikmah in this. From experience the food made by ahulul dhikr Allah, the people who remember Allah, taste better, its made with the love of Allah and shukr. It is food where those people who made it are in good spirits and they put that energy into the food.

Nowadays we have Joe and Joanna cook they are making your food at McDonalds KFC etc and cursing and chopping the meat you are about to consume, their dhikr is not of Allah But the dhikr of those who made them mad and which customer ticked them off. Thats the energy that put into your food. They cook in a hurry and make the food so you can get out of line and they can punch out and go home.  Some of them just aren't that mindful of how your energy can even affect your cooking.

Its called Fast Food, for a reason, they are cooking in haste, which is from who? Shaytan (In som…

Homemade Body Scrubs

Why pay so much money to buy body scrubs and other facial products when everything you could possibly need for a spa like treatment is right in your kitchen?! MashaAllah always on my to do list, now on my done list is homemade body scrubs :)

This was soothing to make, alhamdulilah my husband he carries essential oils and other products, so I was able to choose the scent I love, which is frankincense & myrrh! If you are ever in need of great essential oils at a great price, my husband is the one to ask and yes he will send them to you! With any purchase you get something of equal value free. Two for the price of one :)

Well I decided to make two types, one salt and the other sugar just to feel the difference and see which one I like best.

I used:
Essential Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Crushed Almonds
Salt or Sugar

Mix in a container all the ingredients and I did not put the exact measurements because I think it varies to how much you want

They both came out great inshaAllah I haven't …

The 1950's Wife- 2011 Wife and the Muslimah Wife

The 1950-'s wife, she catered to her husband and family. She was true to the proverbs 31 Bible verse that says she is the kind of woman that rises early and that her husband can trust her and she is the kind of woman that takes care of her home and does not eat the bread of idleness. Though many women do noble things, her actions passes them all. It goes on to say: Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears her Lord is the one to be praised.

There is a list online that I read that have some qualities that the 1950's wives strove I will share a few:

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.Be a little happy and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house…

Homemade Glazed Doughnuts

Alhamdulilah today me, hubby, and the children made glazed doughnuts for the first time. This is a fun and yummy activity the children can take part in.. inshaAllah I will blog about it again later on our homeschooling blog Habeebee Homeschooling.

The recipe for these yummy doughnuts are:

2 cups flour
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder

Mix all the ingredients, I measured it and the children poured it all in the bowl and mixed it, we then let them take them out and on a floured board, roll them into balls pat them and then used tops to make the holes in the middle.

Afterwards me and hubby put them in oil on the stove and cooked them until they became brown, which was pretty quick!

While hubby did the main tending to the doughnuts, I started the homemade glazed which was made with

1/4 cup milk
2 cups sugar

You cook the vanilla and milk until it is warm then you stir in the sugar until its all gone and then sit to the side... we then dipped the doughnuts in the glaze and…

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup and Bread

Alhamdulilah I made bread again, and it turned out great mashaAllah! I was also craving chicken noodle soup, and being stuffy and sneezy with a cold, felt like it was a must today!

"There is blessing in three things: in the early morning meal, in bread and in soup."- a saying of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salaam

I started making the bread at the same time as the soup, so I can have them both together!

Chicken Bouillon (4)
Water (8 cups)
Garlic, Onion
Veggies (optional)

Cook the water with chicken and chicken bouillon until the chicken becomes tender ..I added the garlic and onion with it at the same time. After the chicken is done ..add the noodles and cook until the noodles are done.

I also made dumplings with this

Flour (1 1/2 cups)
Milk (3/4 cup)
Salt (3/4 tsp)
Shortening (3 tbs)
Baking Powder (1 tbs)

Mix flour, salt,baking powder add shortening and mix until it looks like crumbs ..add milk and mix but do not over mix..then use a spoon and dr…