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Recipe, Shish Taouk w/ Tahini Sauce

It’s been a little while since I shared a recipe with you guys and I thought that I could get back into it by sharing this Middle Eastern one. I’ve shared a few others like Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe and Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe that were super popular but I think this one will be even bigger of a hit.  This recipe is  incredibly easy to make and tastes great, even for those not as accustomed to the typical mid east cuisine. So lets get started with the Shish Taouk with Tahini Sauce.  Ingredients: Shish Taouk  2 Chicken breast  plain yogurt (1/2 cup) olive oil (2 tablespoons) vinegar (tablespoon) 1/2 lemon Spices (this is to your specific taste) garlic, black pepper, curry, salt, cumin, cinnamon, chick spice mix First cut the chicken into cubes, and place into a bowl. Mix in the spices yogurt, olive oil, and vinegar. Then put the refrigerator (this can be done overnight, but at least an hour) so the chicken absorbs everything. Once this is done warm a frying pan, …

Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe

I’ll freely admit I’m a bit food obsessed. More often than not this is sweet foods, that taste great but are terrible and just want to make me eat more. Lately however I’ve been working on making meals that are a bit  better for me, and very filling which is where this casserole comes in! While there are a lot of variations on the typical casserole I love the Syrian version because I like the distinctive Arabian taste and the ease to make this casserole. Ingredients needed for the Syrian Casserole 1/2 Onion Vegetable Oil 1 lb Ground Beef 14 oz Macaroni 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup sour cream 1 Ranch Packet White Cheese Cream Shredded Mozzarella Spices to taste (black pepper, curry, meat masala powder, cinnamon, garlic, seasoning salt) First dice the onion and sauté in a large pan using vegetable oil, until the onions are golden brown. The add ground beef to the pan as well as the spices and cook for ten minutes.  During this time you can boil macaroni …

DIY Christmas Fairy Tree Topper

Merry Christmas to everyone! While I’ve been able to spend quite a bit of time with my family (hopefully you have too), I’ve also had a bit of fun doing Christmas themed DIY projects. I’ve already shared my felt pinecone DIY and before it’s past the holiday season I had to show you guys the tree topper I made. It’s actually based off of a magazine kit I was given, more details on that later, and since it was all done with a needle and thread it is perfect for a car trip or sitting in front of the television. The first step was getting all of the pieces cut out, the patterns for which are available at the website for the magazine Mollie Makes. I traced these patterns onto wax paper and then ironed them on to felt. Since the pieces were more intricate this made it significantly easier to cut out. Then came the embroidery where I ended up straying a bit from the given pattern. Most of the work is on her face …

DIY Felt Pinecone Ornaments

Christmas is just around the corner and since I have some free time, because it’s winter break and I’m off school, I thought it would be the perfect time to try and make some Christmas ornaments. I’d actually seen a picture of a decorative dish full of felt pinecones in a decorative magazine and used the photo as sort of my “pattern” for creating my own pinecones, with the supplies I already had at home. Each pinecone took about ten minutes to make and while they don’t look as “perfect” as the magazine version I’m pretty happy with them. The first step in making these pinecones is getting two different colors of felt and cutting them out identically. You’re going to want flower shaped pieces that gradually get smaller, the amount depending on how big you want your pinecone to be. From there you’re going to put little holes in the middle of each flower piece as well as the squares so they can easily slide down the skewer. I did this with a sewing …

Trying out Hello Fresh + Recipes

As someone who doesn’t like to go grocery shopping, and someone who does like to do online shopping food subscription boxes have a huge appeal to me. I’ve been seeing a few different versions like Blue Apron (lots of bloggers seem to be getting these), Plated, Marely Spoony are just a few that I’ve seen floating around. I hadn’t actually known anyone in real life who’d used a food subscription box until a friend of mine began subscribing to Hello Fresh. They liked it quite well (making me even more interested) and I was super excited when they received a promotional discount to give away and I immediately decided I’d be the one to take it! For my box I went with the family plan which can contain meat, fish and veggie recipes and is made for two adults and two children and the option to pick either two (that’s what I chose) or three meals for the week, at a cost of $8.75 a meal. From there you can pick what day you want …

5 Task to Use a Tea Kettle

Not including to Make Tea Making Ramen Noodles – As a college student this has to be my number one use for my tea kettle. I prefer the cups to the square packets because they have all the freeze dried stuff in them! With a tea kettle once I heat up the water it’s super easy to pour it in to the ramen cup without making a big mess, something I’m otherwise prone to.  Canning Assistance – In the past you might have seen some posts of me canning things, which I of course do with a pressure cooker. However I’ve found having a tea kettle around can be a great extra tool to have. For extra water for a water bath or adding water to the jars I’ve been loving using a tea kettle. Drain Cleaning – While I don’t mind using chemical drain cleaners, I don’t think it’s that safe to be using them all the time. One alternative I use pouring hot water down the drains weekly and only using chemicals when …

Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe

Last week I shared with you guys a recipe for making Arabian Gulf Chicken Salsa that is dairy free and low histamine. This week I wanted to do another food post (maybe I should make recipes a weekly thing?) Sticking with the Arabian Gulf or as some of you might call it Persian Gulf style for the dish I’m sharing a recipe that is incredibly easy to find ingredients for and just as easy to make. While I would call this recipe something that is great if you’re on a low histamine diet it isn’t quite non dairy because there is a bit of yogurt in the mix. Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 50 minutes Ingredients:  Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 1/2 a lemon 2 Onions 2 Tomatoes 1/2 Green Pepper Yogurt 1 Carrot 3 Small Golden potatoes *I used Extra Long Basmati Rice as well Spices: (in order of amount used) Curry Powder Chicken Masala Salt Ground Black Pepper Paprika Garlic Ginger Clove Cinnamon Cumin Nutmeg Red Chili Okay so first of all I did …

Arabian Gulf Chicken Salsa Recipe + Rice

It has been quite awhile since I’ve shared a recipe post with you guys and a lot has changed in my diet since then. While I’m still quite keen on cooking vegan food, I’ve now reverted to making vegetarian foods and even dishes that include meat, although this meal could easily substitute the chicken for tofu and be a vegan entree. This Chicken Salsa recipe is a little different in other ways though.    First of all it is a middle eastern inspired dish (as you can see in the photo I even served this one sitting on the ground), especially taken from the Persian Arabian gulf, that has flavors reminiscent of eastern spices. Most importantly it is a low histamine food, for a friend of mine with dietary restrictions which was the main reason I wanted to share this dish with you guys. Originally I’d google searched for recipes for low histamine diets and low histamine meal planners and didn’t really come up with much. Only recipes that would “sort of work” or you should just “substitute this …

Making Vegan Gooseberry Cobbler

I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately and since a few people have emailed me about good vegan dessert recipes I figured I could share this one with you guys even if one of the ingredients can be a little hard to find. That is if you aren’t like me and have a gooseberry bush in your yard. Making this vegan cobbler is actually pretty easy and the rest of the ingredients are very cheap and easy to find. So here’s my recipe for Vegan Gooseberry Cobbler and a few pictures of me making it.   Ingredients 4 Cups of Gooseberries 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 Cup Almond Flour 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder * Vegan Whipped Topping  The first step is getting the stems off which is actually the longest step. From there but all the gooseberries into a pan with a half cup of sugar and cook it down. I did it for 30 minutes on high but this can be a little dangerous …

4 Tips to Make Moving Easier with Less

Moving? Move a Little Less With These Tips What is it about moving that makes us hate the process? Could it be what feels like endless packing? Managing to lose things along the way? Is it lugging that old couch down flights of stairs? Whatever it is, the idea of moving personal items is universally loathed no matter where you’re from. If only it could be done with the snap of a finger! Fortunately there are ways to make this tedious task much, much easier. Make this your only moment of procrastination as you read through some tips to alleviate the moving madness: 1. Garage Sale/Craigslist Take a good look around your room. See anything worth selling? A garage sale is an easy ways to get rid of unwanted items and make some bonus cash (to put towards your move, of course).  Garage sales on a sunny day can make the difference between carrying that old oak table across the country with you and giving it the kiss goodbye. If you’re moving when the weather …