Monday, 20 October 2014

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons Recipe

coconut chocolate macaroons recipe

I was looking for a healthy recipe to make some healthy treats and came across a no-sugar macaroons recipe which i adapted to my ingredients. I originally made these healthy but my children wanted them a little sweeter so afterwards I added chocolate to decorate them!

Ingredients:

1 cup of Dessicated Coconut
2 tablespoons of Almond Powder
1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil
1 egg white
Chocolate to decorate.
Optional - You could add some sugar.

coconut chocolate macaroons recipe


Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
Step 2: Whisk the egg white until white and fluffy texture.
Step 3: Mix the dessicated coconut and almond powder together (add sugar if using).
Step 4: Add the egg white and coconut oil and mix all together.
Step 5: Add the mixture into cake moulds or you could just squash them together in your hand and place onto a greased baking tray. I like the mould option as they all stay in place!
Step 6: Place in the oven for about 10 minutes until slightly golden.
Step 7: If you are going to decorate then place some melted chocolate over the top of the macaroons when they have cooked and are still in the tray. Allow the chocolate to set - I placed the mould into the fridge to speed things up!
Step 8: Once the chocolate has hardened remove the macaroons from the mould and place chocolate side down on a plate.
Step 9: Using some more melted chocolate you can drizzle some over the the top of the macaroons and allow the chocolate to set again.


I am a coconut lover so I really did enjoy these made the no-sugar healthy way. I only added the chocolate at the end because the children wanted them a bit more sweeter!



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Library Crafts


My girls recently went to our local library where there was a free craft session being run by a local charitable organisation. My daughters' both had great fun making different crafts. Today I will share with you some of the crafts that my 7 year old made. I can't believe how many she made in just one session! 











Thursday, 9 October 2014

Eid Crafts 2014


eid ramadan crafts

Last Weekend we were celebrating Eid in our home. As we are a crafty family it will probably be no surprise that we did some Eid related crafts. In  my last post I had already shown you the lovely decorated candles that my 12 year old had made to give as gifts at Eid for our friends, this time I am showing the work from my youngest.

The photograph above shows a painting of a night time scene of a fictional Arabian village. This was designed and painted by my 7 year old daughter.  I love how she coloured the night time sky, she decided to add shiny stickers to the painting for the moon and star.  The photograph below was also painted by my 7 year old daughter, this is a scene of the Kaaba in Mecca.

eid ramadan crafts

I hope you all had a great idea insha'Allah.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Eid Craft Ideas


I have posted some tutorials in the past with Islamic themes, especially my 30 Days of Ramadan Crafts. Today's post is a roundup of a few of a few of these past crafts that could be made specifically for Eid. I have also linked a post from my daughter's blog too! As the photograph above shows, you could make some small gift hampers for children or friends or even get your children to design a nice Islamic canvas.




Why not get the children or even yourself making some handmade Eid Cards to give to friends and family: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/07/eid-gifts-ideas-30-days-of-ramadan.html


Why not do some Eid cake decorating, my girls had fun doing this last year! http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/07/ramadan-food-crafts-30-days-of-ramadan.html


I have designed some lovely free downloadable gift bags with the wording 'Eid Mubarak' printed on them, ready just to be coloured in and assembled. http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/07/mosque-gift-bag-template-30-days-of.html


A tradition in our household is to prepare some cakes and give them to our friends and neighbours on Eid. http://www.karimascrafts.com/2014/07/eid-mubarak.html


The photo above shows a lovely henna candle recently made by my 12 year old daughter. These can be made to gift as Eid presents. http://www.slhcrafts.com/2014/09/henna-candle-tutorial.html

If you wish to take a look at the 30 days of Ramadan Crafts, here is a link to a roundup post of them all: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/08/30-days-of-ramadan-crafts-roundup.html





Friday, 26 September 2014

My Photography Post 1



A few months back I bought my very first DSLR Canon Camera.  It was only a second hand one but in great working order. I have enjoyed being able to take better photographs which I can use for my blog and also for family photographs. My daughters have both been using the camera to take photographs and have started a photography project now as part of their homeschooling. A lot of my recent blog photos have been took using my new camera but I have also taken many others and thought I would share some with you in this post.


















Monday, 22 September 2014

Praying Hijab Tutorial - DIY


praying hijab tutorial diy islamic

I decided to make another hijab for my youngest using an old maxi dress. This was an old one that I no longer wore or needed! I basically followed the same procedure as I have used previously when making a hijab from old clothes! The photo below shows the bottom part of the maxi dress placed on a chair so you can see it more clearly.


Here is a link to the original tutorial that I shared a few years ago: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2012/08/diy-praying-hijab.html

praying hijab tutorial diy islamic




Thursday, 18 September 2014

No Bake Cheesecake recipe


no bake cheesecake strawberry

I actually made this lovely dessert during Ramadan and just came across the photos this week in my albums.  I thought I would post the recipe on my blog so that others can have a go at making it.  I made 5 cheesecakes in total, the photo above shows an individual cheesecake, though I am sure it could be shared if you wish!

Ingredients

2 packet of digestive biscuits (600g)
2 tubs of soft cheese (600g)
Melted Butter (200g)
vanilla and lemon flavouring
Fresh Strawberries
Chocolate Sprinkles

no bake cheesecake strawberry

Method:

Step 1) Crush the digestive biscuits (my method is placing inside a large bag and crushing with the rolling pin!)
Step 2) Melt the butter (I used microwave for quickness!)
Step 3) Mix the butter with the crushed biscuits with your hands
Step 4) Place the biscuit mixture into the container and press down firmly
Step 5) Optional - Place the container with the biscuit mixture into the fridge to make the base set a little!
Step 6) Mix the cream cheese up with a fork and add a few drops of vanilla essence and lemon juice to the cream cheese
Step 7) Place this mixture onto the top of the biscuit base you just made
Step 8) Optional - You can add another layer of biscuit and cheese if you so wish (I did this for one of my containers)
Step 9) Then decorate the top of the cheesecake with some chocolate sprinkles or other decorations.
Step 10) Place them in the fridge for about 1 hour to let them set


If you liked these cheesecakes, here are a few other varieties of no-bake cheesecake I have made previously:

Chocolate Cheesecake: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/01/chocolate-cheesecake-recipe.html
no bake cheesecake strawberry


Individual Fun Coloured Mini Cheesecakes: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2014/03/mini-cheesecake-recipe.html
no bake cheesecake strawberry