Friday, September 7, 2018

Cute Buttons Alert!

Now aren't they some super cute buttons? My Abbie got these for me a while ago and I fell in love with them instantly. She found these at Target's bulls eye playground! They're just so ... ME! They're bright and colorful, sassy and cool, and two of them have my two very favorite life mottoes on them. How awesome, right?!

Okay so, I have a slight problem. I love cute buttons a lot but I don't really know where and how to use them once I bring them home. Once when I tried pinning them onto my bag I was very unlucky. One of my pins decided to walk off and away without notice. When I lost my pin I realized my bag wasn't the best place to pin them because I'd risk losing them all the time. Then I kept thinking and thinking until I finally came up with a cutesy little idea. I hung a little bandanna thingy on my bedroom's door and I've started pinning all my cute pins there. So I now have cute decor on my bedroom's door and a place to use my awesome pins! Of course, I shall be blogging about it soon with pictures but for now, let me show you these adorable pins up close.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE BUTTON! This one's my favorite, favorite, favorite. I repeat: favorite! Fries before guys. This is my life's motto, no kidding! I love that it is yellow because lately I've taken a liking for the color. It's bright and happy, don't you think? LOVE the font on it too, I think it's groovy and fun. FAVORITEEEEEEE! Oops, said that again, didn't I?

Two of the buttons in this collection are pizza related. You can't say no to pizza right? Thank God for the Italians for blessing the world with this deliciousness.

This is cute! I'm thinking I could totally display a picture under these - like a memorable vacation moment or something sweet and nice! That'd look so good and classic!

This is the second life motto I was talking about! Donut give up! Actually Donut worry is the life motto I love but you get the point, don't you? Doodle donuts on anything and I am instantly in love!

This too is super cool and something I could display a nice picture under. The best part is that I can display pictures with these pins and turn it into sort of a mini soft board on my door. Isn't that super cool? I love displaying memories all around me because of how happy it makes me and this is just perfect!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saraallie's Tweet Logs ~ May Through August 2018

The time has arrived again! Another month comes to an end which calls for posting my Tweet Logs! Ahem ahem: "The Tweet Logs are a concept I have totally cheated (I mean, it is supposed to be inspiration!) from Abbie's blog; perks of being a sister! She's stopped posting them but I still do! My Tweet Logs will contain all my Twitter updates for each month. The updates will include tweets by me and those by Abbie which had me tagged or were related to me in some way. Why you ask? Well, my tweets are too awesome to go waste in cyber space thus they shall be recorded on my fabulous blog!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Summer Summer!

They talk a lot about summer vibes and everything as if it's all so awesome, but if you ask me, Summer is my least favorite season of all. In fact, I daresay, the word 'hate' might be involved. Yes, I hate Summer for it brings with it some of the things I don't enjoy at all; heat, sweat, bugs, sweat, bugs. Ummm ... did I just? ... Well, never mind. Every year I force myself into doing some kind of Summery activities so that when the season ends I can pretend I'm all super cool and that I had the time of my life. Because fake it till you make it (to Fall), right? Summer 2018 has been just the same. Surprisingly though, this year, I had to make much more contact with nature and the outdoors than I usually do. *Makes disgusting bug-scared face* This Summer time spent with my baby nieces was the highlight of my season and to keep me happy I even indulged in some seriously delicious Summery stuff.

Fourth of July BBQ and Pool Fun with the Bubsters
I start with the best: the Fourth of July BBQ and Pool Party! Abbie, me, Gubby, and Chunky have formed a club: The Bubsters Club! On the fourth of July I enjoyed a rather unusually awesome Summer day out with my favorites. While chicken tikkas fired up on the BBQ grill on one side I enjoyed with Gubby in her pool. She brought her most adorable bath toys along and honestly I loved them all so much! We laughed, we played, we splashed. It was so much fun that we were actually tired. Then we indulged in a delicious dinner. Chicken tikkas were accompanied by corn on the cob, sausages, grilled pineapples, and hot dogs. We also kept up with our tradition of eating french fries out of a paper cup. This year, Chunky joined us with her most adorable smile and those twinkly eyes. It was a bug-less day (I know, miracles happen!) and it rained a bit too so it wasn't sunny and as hot as I'd expected it to be. So basically the heavens aligned to provide me a perfect Summer day and I enjoyed my heart out!

Summery Indulgences
I allowed myself a serious indulgence to get into my Summer spirit this year. I was spotted sipping a chilled Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino outside Starbucks on one of my Bestie Mall days. It was so delicious. I still do think the Starbucks guy went wrong somewhere because it tasted a little less chocolaty than it usually has in the past but nevertheless it was good. It felt good to indulge into something cold and sweet. Summer was pretty much just my excuse ... truth be told I was seriously craving it! *laughs* I also devoured Starbucks' zesty lemon cake loaf on another trip to the mall as my tribute to Summers. It was so delicious!

Excess Exposure to Plants and the Outdoors
Plants have never been my friend. Allergies and bugs. The end. Yet, this Summer I met a plant I sort of approved of. Abbie had been wanting a cactus since forever and no matter how much I persuaded her she somehow never bought one. This Summer though, I received a text from her one afternoon. "Meet Newt Scamander! He's coming to live with us," it said. Since then Newt the cactus has been residing with us. Lets see how long Abbie keeps a plant alive this time! Hahaaaa! *Speaks in Gossip Girl tone* Will Newt live to witness another Summer or will his fate be the same as A's Hydrangea from last year. Time will tell. XoXo! ... Hahahahaha! I loved doing that!

Not all plant exposure was welcomed without protest from me though. This Summer we had our deck constructed and that meant mama finally forced me into Lowes' and Hope Depot's 'OUTDOOR' section because we had to see the furniture they had. That section is an absolute horror story if you ask me and I didn't enjoy even a second out there. We didn't even find anything we wanted to buy and creepy plants looked at me furtively from every corner, ready to call some deadly ugly bug to attack and charge at me. CREEPY! I am never going there again.

The construction of our new deck this Summer took me outdoors again, even though I was sure the fourth of July BBQ was to be the last time I stepped outside. The deck looks beautiful, God bless! I just couldn't help myself. Yes, it was hot. Yes, bugs spotted me in an instant and charged at me. Yes, I was scared and felt like I couldn't breathe properly. But most importantly I made some beautiful memories with Gubby and Chunky. Mama got them a swing set too and they both loved it while I watched (enviously) because I was too 'adult' to sit on their swing. I am already imagining myself on the deck for Fall and Winter! It's such an exciting thought.

I know one thing for sure, this deck shall be where many precious memories will be made. Touch wood! Actually hug wood, stick to it, not let go. Permanent.

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So those are the fun highlights of my Summer this year. Okay okay, I agree it doesn't look as bad as I make it sound. But like I said, fake it till you make it (to Fall)! Oh and I just can't wait for Fall to arrive. My season, my time of the year approaches. I'm looking forward to it with all my heart and mind. I have so many plans, so many hopes, so many happy thoughts. Can it just please be Fall already? As the month of August dies, I'm ready to say goodbye to Summer for good.

In the words of Gossip Girl, "The end of Summer is the beginning of a new season. So we find ourselves looking to the future. You ain't seen nothin' yet. XoXo, Gossip Girl!"

Thursday, August 23, 2018

BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

When you find yourself walking towards an appetizer even though the last course of a meal has been served you know that the appetizer is deadly delicious. That's what happened with these BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels. They were deadly delicious! We ate them all day. Literally. I even stuffed myself with a pinwheel or two for breakfast. Then of course snacking. Oh and lunch. Ah yes, of course, dinner too. Wait, midnight snack as well duh! These disappeared so quickly that I had to make them a second time within three or so days. They're irresistible!

For something so flavorful, creamy, and intense these pinwheels actually take no time at all to make. There's not much cooking at all, except the chicken. Though of course you can easily have pre-cooked chicken or get chicken from somewhere and then you won't have to cook at all. So this is definitely beginner level recipe resulting in SERIOUS delicious level of awesome!

Without further discussion, let me just dive into the recipe so I can get these from screen to your plates asap. These are so good, you might just develop an addiction, so be forewarned!

  • Cream Cheese - 1 package (8 ounces) softened to room temperature
  • Mozzarella Cheese - 1 cup grated
  • Barbecue Sauce - 1/2 cup (This is where most of the flavor comes from so choose a good one!)
  • Cooked Chicken - 2 1/4 generous cups chopped (I used my Jhat Pat Tandoori Chicken Bites recipe)
  • Cilantro - 1/2 generous cup chopped finely
  • Garlic Powder - 1/2 tsp. (I heap my 1/2 tsp.)
  • Black Pepper - to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • Flour Tortillas - 4 tortillas (size 10 inches)

Measure out all your ingredients (except the tortillas of course) in a large bowl. Admire how pretty they look! Haha!

Mix everything extra well until fully incorporated. I used a handheld mixer to mix everything. It was quick and much more effortless and ensured everything was mixed very well. Then divide your filling mixture into four equal portions.

Lay out the tortilla on a clean flat surface. Drop 1/4th of the filling mixture in the center and then spread it all over in an even layer using a spatula or butter knife. Get as close to the corners as you can leaving very little space around the edges.

Begin rolling up the tortilla as tightly as you can from one side.

The filling gets pushed as you roll it up and acts as a good sticky sealant for the edge of the tortilla. Repeat with the rest of the three tortillas. Wrap each individual roll in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least two hours (best over night) to get clean and sharp cuts. 

When completely chilled use a sharp knife to cut slices about 1/2 inch in thickness. Anddd you're ready to eat serve them! These are best eaten when chilled but I had room temperature pinwheels (after the guests were gone and the party was over) and they still tasted divine!

As long as you have the ingredients on hand this recipe is super quick to put together. The only time you do need to plan ahead for is the chilling time in the fridge before cutting. I think these are going to be my most favorite appetizer to make for parties. Super quick and so delicious!

Plus I think it looks super impressive too!

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 38

It's time for Volume 38 of The Wacky Finds Series!

These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

Yes I have done this before as well. Yes I did it again. Yes I will continue doing this for the rest of my life. It's fun and hilarious. Sometimes I like to make frustrated faces which look so perfect when the egg gets cracked. Yeah ... I'm a little strange, yes?

Auntie life is the wackiest, is it not? This fellow showed up in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse one evening when I was watching TV with Gubby as usual. I seriously had a fit of laughter. My niece was done laughing but I was dying on the sofa. I was choking. WHAT is this? You should have seen it moving!

Spotted these in Target. They're one of those super cool things that make me laugh but then I also wonder who would want to wear pizza on their feeties. I'm sure there must be someone though. because these sure did get sold out! 

My friend sent me this on Whatsapp and no matter what I tried it just didn't work for me. You're supposed to see a big butterfly or something and I saw nothing. I can see lots of rows of orange and black individual wings but that one big butterfly I just cannot see. This actually frustrates me so bad! 

Saved the cutest for last! Mama got Gubby this super adorable plush toy. His name is Kim and he's supposed to be a rockstar. He also has some brother named Jim, I think. This was all on the tag that it came with. It's so so so sooooooooooo adorable. Gubby loves it and I think I love it even more than her. Oh and the cutest part of this picture: THOSE TINY SOCKS! They're Chunky's socks from her newborn days. They're so tiny! I'm keeping a pair in her memory box!

That's all folks! Until the next five wacky finds, have a wacky day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Make Chai, Not War - 14th August Craft Board

I don't care who you are, what you did, where you're from .... Oooooops.
Didn't mean to bring Back Street Boys back. I meant to say, no matter where you go, you shouldn't forget your roots. And I haven't forgotten mine. It's been years since I've been residing in the US but I will always respect Pakistan and my heart is purely Desi and proud. The country has given me a tonne of memories, a privileged childhood, the best schooling, friends, and a rich culture that's embedded with the best morals and values. So today, on the 14th of August, I wish Pakistan a happy 71st birthday by honoring my favorite bits and pieces from the country on my craft board display!

To start off please put your hands together for my DIY 'jhandiyaan' (Desi for buntings). This is actually an idea I have shamelessly stolen from Abbie. Since we can't get Pakistan flag jhandiyaan here in the US and we never got the chance to buy them on our trips to Pakistan we printed flags out and then stuck them to a strand of thread to turn them into jhandiyaan. They look so cute! I also pinned a Pakistan sign on the top and center of my board to highlight it.

The jhandiyaan look so adorable! It was the simplest yet cutest of DIY projects.

Extra points for the camel which is a representation of Karachi's Sea View. I lived a few blocks distance from the sea side all my life in DHA and we used to take frequent long drives to Sea View and back just for fun. Especially on the weekends mama would drive us all there, radio bursting out some of the most awesome Desi songs as we headed for McDonald's drive through to get us chicken nuggets! Such good memories. The hot chicken nuggets, sea side and beach views, songs and FM100's RJ cheapness combined into some of the best memories of my childhood. "Assalamalaikum Pakeestaan" that little girl would say on the radio! I can still hear her!

Oh the Desi shoes called 'Khussay' and how they'd never be comfortable in my feet! Hahaha! All my childhood I tried buying various kinds and sizes and somehow they were always imperfect in some way or the other. And can someone please tell me if these shoes had a left and right or not? I think they didn't but then I think they did! Hahaha!

"Pehchaan Kabhi Na Bhoolo" - Never forget your identity.
The classic Junoon song that hit you right in the heart! I found it perfect to go on my board.

Make Chai ... Not War - the true Desi motto of my life. There's nothing Chai can't fix, right? Below that is a picture very dear to my heart. 'PAF will live in the memory for long!!!' It's a picture from my school. This was written on a wall right before we graduated from there. The City School PAF Chapter is the best part from my life in Pakistan ... memories I still can't let go of. PAF memories truly are going to live forever in my heart!

"Maa ki dua, Jannat ki hawa!" - A mother's prayer is the way to Heaven.
This is one of the most popular sayings commonly found as part of the traditional Pakistani truck art. The picture I chose for my board is not from a truck though. It's from my cake 'A Dainty Delight'. I'd baked it on mama's birthday last year and had had Abbie do the beautiful Urdu tag. It was perfect for my beautiful board! It looks super awesome!

Another truck art quote, "Deikh magar pyaar se" ... it translates to something like, 'Look (at me), but with love' ... I googled for assistance! Hahaha! I love this quote and I found the perfect picture upon googling so I printed it out and stuck it on my board. Classic!

That beautiful traditional funky print actually dates far far back in my memories. This must be more than a decade old. It was a greeting card somebody had sent Dad on Eid once upon a time. I was somewhere in my teens I think and I'd loved it and saved it as part of my scrapbook stuff. Little did I know then that a decade or so later I'd use it on a craft board in the US! Hahaha! So cool, right?

My most favorite key rings! The one on the left was a gift from a friend and I bought the other pom pom one on one of my visits to Pakistan. I love both of them so much! They're so traditional!

On the right I added a funky print just to match with the whole truck art feel.

This was another really beautiful truck art graphic I found on google when I searched for 'desi truck art'. I love the little 'matki' (pot thingy) and the flowers. Truck art never fails to impress!

If you're a regular follower of my blog you'd recognize this as my graphic for 'Desi Diaries'. I designed this myself and love it so so so much. When I decided to put together a Desi board I just knew I had to print and display this somewhere on there!

Extra points for spotting the traditional Pakistani truck! Hahaha! Love it!

Some green and gold beads hanging randomly off the side of the board. I deliberately wanted the rough and random feel so it'd be a beautifully chaotic mess like truck art usually is.

I love my jhandiyaan so much I took extra pictures! Hahaha! Aren't they the cutest?

Such beautiful Desi details. This totally sets my mood and makes me feel all bright and happy as soon as I set eyes upon my board! Isn't it stunning?

Desi at heart, forever! No matter where I go and what I become.
Desi runs in my veins and I'm super proud of it. And now I have a board displaying the same!
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