Posts tagged ‘Cooking’

February 21, 2013

Circular Journal Writing

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Today we worked with circulars. Okay circulars are cool for several reasons. One you can teach about money, name different foods, and practice reading skills.

Also this was a good way to practice cutting skills.  homeschoolideas 016The boys enjoyed cutting out the foods they wanted to get from the grocery store and glued them in the books. For our oldest son after he put them in his book, he practiced writing by looking at the names of the items and wrote it out next to the picture. homeschoolideas 018For extra fun the next time you go to the grocery store allow children to spot the items on their list and even name the numbers to teach how much foods cost. a great way to teach number recognition.

We talked about health foods too.

So much fun you can do and learn from the grocery store circular

June 20, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Banana Muffins

It had been awhile since I and my little princess had any kitchen cooking fun. I had these ripen out bananas in my kitchen and there was no way anyone going to take and and eat, as its skin was getting the black spots on here and there. And recently I had bought new muffin tray and wanted to try it out too, so with bananas, new muffin tray and Habeebee Homeschooling, cooking theme, cake, banana muffins was a perfect idea for a cooking fun.
I prepared all the ingredients for my little princess, and layed them on my counter top so it would be easy for her to add and mix them together.

Here were the ingredients we used for our banana muffins:
2 ripen out bananans
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup oil or melted butter ( I used oil, as I forgot to keep the butter outside the fridge)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
and a pinch of cinnamon (I love its taste and smell) ^__^.

My little princess peeled the bananas into the mashing cup, but didn’t want mash it with the hand blender as she hates its sound!.







In goes all the dried ingredients









Had fun making well inside them.








As my little princess didn’t know how to break an egg, I had fun watching her attempts to break the egg, you can see in the picture, she’s trying to break it off with her 2 hands ( but I was afraid it might break off and scatter all around )but finally I showed it to her.










Then added the oil and the mashed bananas.



Mixed the batter altogether, I helped her in here as to have a homogeneous batter.



Bushed muffin tray with oil.

Poured them into the muffin tray, half cup in each. And off we kept into pre heated oven of 180 degrees for 30 mins almost.



The banana muffins really turned very delicious and soft,my little princess didn’t like the taste, but was very happy to tell everyone that she had made muffins all by herself.الحمد لله & ما شاء اللّه.


(Editors Note: Looks yummy and awesome mashaAllah. We had to laugh at the not liking the sound of the banana squishing, our children would have loved that, mashaAllah so adorable. Thanks for another lovely entry you ladies are doing excellent work with your children!) 

June 20, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Couscous Colorful Rolls

 This is our 3rd entry from 🙂

What is Couscous? Couscous ( /ˈkʊskʊs/ or /ˈkuːskuːs/) is a North African dish of semolina, traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. Couscous is a staple food throughout West Africa, the Sahel, France, Spain, the Canary Islands, Portugal, Madeira, Brazil, Italy (particularly in western Sicily’s province of Trapani), as well as in Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East and India. The couscous that is sold in most supermarkets has been pre-steamed and dried, the package directions usually instruct to add 1.5 measures of boiling water or stock and butter to each measure of couscous and to cover tightly for 5 minutes. (From Wikipedia)

In our post today, we are not having another cooking activity or a recipe sharing but a craft :). This is our 3rd entry for the Habeebe Homeschooling “cooking” theme week. Although it’s not cooking but I guess cooking, kitchen, food anything related to these words can be go under one belt, Don’t you think?.

I had lots of empty foil and cling film rolls lying in our recycle corner, and wanted to make a nice craft out of them. So this is what we did. Cut out the empty rolls into equal sizes.

Apply the glue all over the tube, we diluted the glue with one part water and one part white glue so it could be easily applied onto the tube.

Roll the tube on a tray where the couscous is layed.


Here are all the rolls after being stick with the couscous all over it. And left them for awhile until the glue and the couscous is firmly stick onto it.


Finally, here are our rolls beautifully painted and glazing. We will be using as color organizers for my little princess different art materials, pencils, crayons, etc.


(Editors Note: We are always amazed by your work Safiya with your daughter. This one left us pretty speechless. MashaAllah beautiful end product and thanks for sharing the history of the word couscous, we really enjoy the dish here in our home, but you took it to a whole new level. Excellent work – Habeebee Homeschooling)

June 19, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Fruit Kabobs!

Yummy yummy!  This fruity treat was a hit with our boys. It was fun and easy. One of the best ways to get children to eat is allowing them to take part in the process of making the food

This recipe is good for the summer time, a nice healthy snack, and  oh so tasty. This awesome idea came from My Halal Kitchen:

IWe were exploring the website and saw this idea. Wanted to try it for awhile and when we decided to do the cooking challenge this was the first idea that came to mind.

All you need for this recipe are skewers and fruits of your choice.

For us we used blueberries, bananas, strawberries, peaches and kiwi.

The boys put their own fruit on and ate it off.  It was nice to see them make their own design.


Thanks to My Halal Kitchen for such an awesome idea. Hours later the children are asking can they do it again. Wonder if we can get away with this using veggies? 😉

Its not quite heavenly fruit but its the best we could do 😉

We must admit this is our favorite of the Habeebee Homeschooling Children’s Crafts Challenge, the cooking theme.  We had so much fun and will continue outside of the challenge doing more cooking ideas. What we love about these challenges are that they promote family bonding, fun, and closeness.  Its all about making the best memories, even at the dinner table.

June 19, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Arabic Harafun!

Asalamu Alaikum,

InshAllah you and your families are in good health and iman.  We did the craft challenge today.  It was sort of a twofer.  In an effort to tie in Arabic to all we do, our challenge revolved around three 7arafun (the kids had to choose one each instead of agreeing on one…surprise).   

So we made Arabic 7arafun from homemade playdough. 

  The recipe for the play dough:

Talet cubet   

3c flour (not sure in Arabi)Wahad w nos cub          1.5 c salt (mil7)Wahad cub                   1 c water (my)Nos cub                        0.5 c oil (zeit)(lor al eckol ?)               Food coloring 

The kids chose a color (in Arabic), then they mixed and kneaded the dough well.  They made the Arabic 7arafun kha, daad, and qaaf (the ones that they didn’t remember when we sang the Arabic Alphabet).  Easy!  We were going to make khubiz (kha) using an qanineh al my (qaaf), but I couldn’t figure anything out to use or make using 7araf daad.  LOL So, this is what we ended up with!   Hope you enjoy 


Umm Ali


(Editors Note: Alhamdulilah this is our first of two arabic letter submissions, this was exciting for us to read and excellent how you all took the time to make this how to include arabic. We are looking forward to seeing more from you and your family. Great job!! – Habeebee Homeschooling)