Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Salads

Lettuce with beets and onion salad

Tabouleh salad

Roasted potato salad with thyme and onion

Arugula salad with mint

Lettuce with beets and onion salad:
1 romaine lettuce sliced
1 can of beets drained and sliced
1 medium size onion sliced
juice of one lemon
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper

Tabouleh salad:
2 bunches of parsley washed and chopped finely with stem disregarded
small onion, sliced thin
1 cup of fresh mint leaves washed and finely shopped
4 medium size tomatoes finely diced
2 to 21/2 tablespoon bulghur
1/3 cup of olive oil
juice of 1 and 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
Romaine lettuce leaves or grape leaves for serving and decoration

Preparation
Soak the bulghur with tomatoes, onion, lemon and let it sit while you chop the parsley. After you slice the parsley and the mint, mix all the ingredients and add olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve tabbouleh with romaine lettuce leaves or grape leaves and enjoy.

Roasted potato salad with thyme and onion
2 lb potatoes cut into cubes or baby potatoes scrubbed and halved
1/4 cup or more of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
one onion sliced or 4 whole green onions
1 garlic clove minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
salt and pepper

Preparation
In a medium bowl, toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil them grill it on a gaz or charcoal grill, cover and grill for about 20 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the grill, cool then mix it with other ingredients.

Arugula salad with fresh mint
2 cups arugula
1 lettuce sliced
1 small onion
1 cup of fresh mint leaves
2 tomatoes cut into medium size
2 cucumber sliced
olive oil
juice of one or more lemon
salt and pepper

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bebe Maxi Dresses



bebe Asymmetric Colorblock Dress
Bebe Asymetric colorblock dress

In the last 5 years or so, BEBE has been one of our favorite clothing store. Love their  style and their fabric because they fit perfectly especially their jeans, skirts and pants and last forever. Their dresses gives a nice form to the body, and fits smoothly over the curves. Some of these maxi dresses can be dressed up or down depends on the occasion



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stuffed Grape Leaves: Lebanese Recipe





Grape vine that Fadia have growing in her backward, a separate post dedicated on how to set up and grow your own grape vine trellis is coming soon to the blog. This is where Fadia and mom handpicked the medium and large size leaves to use for the dish, leaving the small size leaves to grow.  Having a grape vine is great for providing a shaded seating area that one can use as the sun sets in the afternoon. If a house has a backward in Lebanon, chances are that it will have a grape vine as well. It is very common to smoke "hookah" at night and have company over under the vine.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Baublebar.com - Discount Fashion Jewlery Site



I was browsing the internet for an online Accessories web, and I came across Baublebar.com, an online jewelry retailer that offers stylish accessories starting at $22.00. Loved the flower collection for the summer and the animal print, they look affordable and stylish!!! I'm thinking to order the pink bracelet. Has anyone shopped their collection???

Friday, June 7, 2013

Adolfo Dominguez - Fashion from Spain

Pantalón capri con estampado multicolor de efecto impresionista.Vestido corto multicolor con cuell o redondo y detalle de lazo contrastado en cintura. Ligero y cómodo para los días más soleados.  
Hello everyone, still we are showing this week fashion from Spain. We wish that there is store here in United States for Adolfo Dominguez clothing, very classy look!! Hope you like this affordable luxury collection.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Spanish Week - Blanco Pretty Turquoise Collection






 Pleated dress, Raffia drawstring hobo bag, Fringe detail bikini
 Fringed Bikini, Strapped Sandals, Beaded Dress
 Raffia Drawstring Shopper Bag, Polka Dot Print Dress, Coin Detail Sandals

Our concentration this week is the Spanish fashion. Blanco, a Spanish company that specialize in fashion and accessories. Their philosophy provides freedom for young women and men

Ground Beef Kabob Recipe - Kofta


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lentil and Rice with Fried Onion: Moujadara Lebanese Recipe


The cooked lentil or Moujadara is a popular dish in the Middle East, it is generally made of brown lentil and rice or bulgur (wheat) with cumin seasoning and topped with fried caramelized onion. This meatless dish is served with salad or yogurt and I like it with some pickles too!!!

From My Closet



Ash Emb Croc Cryal

I absolutely adore these Coach bags, you can carry both bags during winter and summer time. The leather of  the camel one is so soft, medium size bag with a gorgeous lining. the Aerosoles shoes are very comfortable; I was looking for a comfortable shoes for a quite some time. The DKNY bag is my favorite because I can use it during day and night time and can be used also as a cross bag. Massimo Dutti blouse is a silk one that I bought last summer and is one of my favorite

Summer Salad with Fresh Mint


I call this salad a summer salad because I use fresh mint from my garden. Its very easy to make and has only 4 ingredients, tomatoes, cucumber, onion and fresh mint and for extra taste you can add also green pepper. With all my salads, I use fresh lemon or vinegar and olive oil only as a dressing..

Preparation:
3 or 4 medium size tomatoes cut into medium size pieces
3 cucumber cut into thin layers
One small onion 
1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
Juice of one fresh lemon
salt
Olive oil
Mix all ingredients and enjoy....

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Massimo Dutti Printed Dresses




Spanish fashion brand that is very well-known in Europe, Very classy with excellent quality and timeless style. Shop their collection at their NYC shop or online within US. Love their fabric, very elegant!!
           
                Patent ballerina                                                                                          Chain sandal
          

Friday, May 24, 2013

Middle Eastern Desert: Katayef (Stuffed Pancake with white creme)



Katayef desert is originated from Egypt and most often enjoyed during holidays in the Middle East but I like to make it all year round. Also, it can be made with cheese filling or walnut filling. I will show you the version of the walnut filling once I prepare it, very easy to make...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pencil Skirts (Office Friendly)~bebe zara mango

  bebe Midi Knit Skirt                   Printed panel skirt 
                                                                                                                         Mango
                                     Bebe                                            



 Image 2 of HIGH HEEL SANDAL from Zara  Image 1 of HIGH HEEL SANDAL from Zara
                                                                               Zara

                                     Zigzag texture two-tone pencil skirt
                         Zara                                                                                                 Mango
                                                                                       

I Chose this one pair of sandals which comes in two colors, black and whisky. You can wear either one with any of the four pencil skirts. Personally, I like both sandals. The 4 skirts can be worn not only for the office but also for an afternoon gathering. You can be formal for the office  with a dressy shirt or you can put on a nice tank top with a light jacket.


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Orange Blossom Syrup-Ground Recipe

Since tomorrow is Sunday, I'm in the mood for some deserts!!!I'm going to make this syrup first today and will have it ready for tomorrow, anyway this can be prepared 2 to 3 weeks in advance and can be stored in the fridge.This syrup recipe can be used with almost anything, on top of cakes, pies and especially with BAKLAVA and Katayef, a Lebanese desert (pancake filled with creme or with walnut) and topped with this syrup, recipe to follow...




Ingredients:
2 and 1/2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
2 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoon orange blossom water (from any middle east market)

Preparation:
Mix sugar, water and lemon juice in a pan on medium heat. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat to low and let it boil for about 18 minutes. If you like a thick syrup then let it boil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the heat off, put orange blossom water, remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Stylish Storage Boxes






Bathroom Essentials, I usually put my face towels and make up removal in these boxes on my bathroom floor




I purchased these stylish boxes from Homegoods to put my books and my crafts but I end up placing them in my son room, the color brown match perfectly with the blue wall color. All his games and supplies can be stored in these 2 boxes, stylish with a great buy boxes!!!!!