Friday, 18 July 2014

Giveaway Time Again! 3 piece Loom Band Set



I wanted to do another small giveaway to celebrate that I have now had over 400,000 page views to my blog and also that I am nearing my 3,000 Facebook Page likes!

I decided this time to give away some craft made personally by my lovely 12 year old daughter this time. She has been busy making loom band bracelets with the colours of the Palestine Flag so I asked if she could make a set for my giveaway! She made a lovely 3 piece set which includes 2 bracelets and one ring. You can check out her own blog to see what other lovely work she gets up to over at www.slhcrafts.com

For a chance to win this gift please contact me and leave me your contact details so that if you are chosen as the winner I am able to notify you. Ways to contact me are:

Email: karimascrafts@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karimas-Crafts/193184377381891

This is open to everyone and you don't need to do anything to enter except contact me saying you wish to enter the giveaway and leaving me your details. Remember I am based in the UK. It would be nice if you gave me some support by sharing this or liking my facebook page if you haven't already done so.


Giveaway Deadline: All entries to be in by 1 August 2014



Date Pops Recipe

date pops ramadan food

This is the first time I have made these, or I should say that my children made them! They are so easy to make and taste yummy!

Ingredients:

Dates (remove the stones)
Decorating items (could be chocolate strands, dessicated coconut, almond flakes or any other decoration you choose)
Optional: I used a teaspoon of Orange Flower Water to the date mixture for an added taste.

date pops ramadan food

Instructions:

Step 1: Using a fork mash the dates up, if the dates are very hard you could try and soften them by steaming them first. You could also as an option add a little orange flower water or another flavouring if you wish.

Step 2: Once the date is mashed up make some small little balls of dates and place on a plate.

Step 3: Place some decorations into a bowl and then roll the ball of date into the decoration and make into a ball shape again pressing on the decoration slightly.

Step 4: Place a lollystick into ball and allow the date to harden into shape. Then they are ready to eat!





Monday, 14 July 2014

Eid Gifting? Decorating? Give Muslim Artists on Etsy Some of That Love


This is my first re-blog! Brooke, a great blogger friend of mine did a brilliant Ramadan/Eid related post that I just had to share it on my blog too!

Her blog is: http://sheerfluency.wordpress.com/

Here is part of her post, please visit her blog post to get more information.

We are at the midpoint of Ramadan and that means that Eid is just two weeks away – insha Allah and squee! Likely you are thinking about picking up some decorations, maybe getting some gifts for your loved ones and besties, and/or getting some things for all those great kids in your life, who were so well-behaved this Ramadan. Here is a roundup of some of the many unique, cute, cool and Islam-themed items available from dozens of Muslim sellers on Etsy.

Please visit the original post for all the great links.  http://sheerfluency.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/eid-gifting-decorating-give-muslim-artists-on-etsy-some-of-that-love/




Friday, 11 July 2014

Makrout el Louz Recipe - Algerian Almond cakes


These are very popular cakes in Algeria, especially for Eid or other celebrations. They are one of my most favourite cakes in Algeria! My mother in law makes these and this year my sister in law showed me how she makes them too. These are the best batch I have made so far, they just melt in your mouth!

Ingredients:

The Dough

  • 3 Cups of Ground Almond
  • 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest from 4 lemons


The Syrup

  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of Orange Flower Water


Extra:

  • Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • Optional: Cornflour to avoid mixture sticking to the table when rolling.


Instructions:

Step 1: Place the almond, sugar and zest into a mixing bowl.  Add one of the eggs and mix them all.
Step 2: Add the rest of the egg slowly until you make the dough. (you may not need all of the egg!)
Step 3: Break the dough into 3 parts, so to make 3 sausage shapes.


Step 4: Roll one of the pieces of dough into a sausage shape. I used a non-stick mat for rolling or you could sprinkle cornflour onto the table.
Step 5: Cut slices at an angle into the sausage shape to make diamond shapes.
Step 6: Place the diamond shapes onto a baking tray and place into a pre-heated oven of 175 degrees electric oven.
Step 7: Remove before they become golden (between 10-20 mins) and place onto a cooling rack.


Step 8: Prepare the syrup, place all 3 ingredients for syrup into a saucepan and allow to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 9: Place the Icing sugar into a bowl
Step 10: When the makrout pieces have cooled slightly you need to place them into the syrup carefully.
Step 11: Then remove with fork and drain the excess syrup off before playing them straight into the bowl of icing powder. gently dab the icing sugar all over the makrout and then place them onto a plate.
Step 12: After 5 minutes place the already covered makrout back into the bowl of icing sugar and cover them with sugar for a second time. Then place them into some paper baking cases.








Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ramadan Mubarak


Ramadan Mubarak to All. Today is the first day for our family to start the Month of Ramadan. I know in some parts of the world they started yesterday depending on the sighting of the moon.  I hope you all have a Blessed Ramadan insha'Allah.

My youngest woke up this morning and went straight towards her Ramadan calendar that she made - she is so excited about Ramadan this year!

If you missed my post on how to make these calendars then here is the link: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2014/06/ramadan-calendar-tutorial.html


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ramadan Charts and Certificates


Last year I made some charts for the teacher of my Islamic Class that she could hand out to her pupils. I have now made these available for my lovely blog followers to download for free too!

In this post I will share with you the links for the charts that can be used by yourself or for your children to mark down how many days you have fasted or prayed and also to mark down how much Quran you have read during the month of Ramadan. These sheets are great if you are not using any other Ramadan Diary and just want some easy printable sheets that can be used by all the family!


fasting table ramadan.pdf



quran table blank 2014.pdf




certificate colour blank

certificate colour full

certificate black and white


Please visit my original post which will have all the links to each colour certificate: free-islamic-surah-certificates-to-print

I hope these can be of benefit and please let me know if you have used any of these, I looove comments!





Wednesday, 25 June 2014

30 Days of Ramadan Crafts

This post is basically an exact copy of a post I did last year regarding Ramadan Crafts. I decided to re-post this blog post as I now have a lot of new followers who may have not seen it and may find it very useful. Last year I set myself a target of doing 30 Days of Ramadan Crafts with my children. It was a very big task and I just managed to get it all done before the end of Ramadan. This year insha'Allah we will be doing some more crafts but not to the grand scale of last year!  Below are the direct links to each Ramadan craft tutorial:



Below are a few photos of the more popular crafts I have blogged about in this project.



Don't Forget that if you have made any of the Ramadan Crafts that I have blogged about, then please send in a photograph and I will publish them on my Facebook Page! You can send this via email (karimascrafts@gmail.com) or post on my Facebook Page Karimas-Crafts directly.