Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Twenty Sixth Birthday To Me!


Happy birthday to my dear awesome self!
I turn TWENTY SIX today and I feel terrific!

It's been twenty six full years since I've been in this world and today I'm beginning my twenty seventh year here. It's been a wild ride full of ups and downs. I've had brilliantly awesome days, good days, bad days, meh days, and I-don't-want-to-do-today kind of days. I've seen happiness and sorrow. I've seen life and death. I've seen mornings and nights. I've seen sunrises and sunsets. I've seen so much ... I've seen a lot of this world. I've traveled far and wide ever since I was a tiny cute little baby. I've changed homes, I've changed countries. I've met people, seen them through many relationships, and have had to say goodbyes. I've been liked, loved, and admired and disliked, hated, and despised. I've been bullied. I've been appreciated. I've seen people take me as an inspiration and also been the target of great deep jealousies. I've been spread rumors about - both good and bad. I've been judged. I've performed, outperformed, and excelled. I've failed, faltered, and flawed. I've been there done that. But above all I've survived. I've managed to keep my head, standards, and values high (also my heels at times!). I've managed to walk through everything with great sass. I've lived in style! Today, it's my day. My birthday. Today I'm celebrating me!

Today I'm celebrating me. My style, my personality, my self. I'm celebrating the choices I've made in life thus far. I'm celebrating every single moment when I've erred and every single lesson I've learnt through my mistakes. I'm celebrating the good and bad in me. I'm celebrating myself!

So join my celebrations if you've loved me and stayed with me through it all. Haters are officially not invited to the party. There shall be love, there shall be happiness, and there shall be cake! Happy birthday to me!

Happy Saraallie Day 2017!
A celebration of my awesomeness!
Because I'm happy and I know it, so I'll clap my hands!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October Photography Month 2017

It is October, officially the best month of the year!
One of the reasons of course is the much awaited October Photography Month! You know how it works ... One photo a day, every day of the awesome month! OctoPhoMo is being hosted on Prose Box and just like every year I'll be posting my wonderful pictures in one super awesome entry right here. I'm so excited and extremely pumped up to do OctoPhoMo again! So here we go ...

October 01
"A photo of whatever you wish!"
Because the start of October has to be the best day ever! My birth month begins!
Also, I bought this absolutely happy and vibrant rainbow home! So happy!

October 02
Potion OR Cauldron
Oh the spooky stuff in every shop right now! One of the wonderful things about the month is exploring the spooky aisles with Abbie by my side. We love it! These potions bottles at AC Moore were so beautiful!

October 03
Broom OR Scarecrow
I am really really really proud of my Harry Potter broomstick. I actually brought this with me in a tightly packed car on a road trip from Florida! Yesssssss, I bought this from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Orlando Resort and I am so in love with it! It's stunning gold details get me all excited and in Potterhead mode every time I look at it!

October 04
Superstition OR Logic
This gorgeous chess board stole all my attention at this random person's house. Isn't it stunning? It reminds me of the Wizards' Chess from harry Potter. So majestic! I've always found chess more than just a game of logic. It always seems like something grand going on!

October 05
Headstone OR Mausoleum

So for this prompt I actually thought of the same thing as Abbie: a graveyard thingy she's crafted in her room as part of her Fall decor. We had this moment of laughing when we realized we'd had the same thing in mind. Then came this piece of awesomeness in the mail from Michaels and Abbie immediately gave it to me saying, "Here's your OctoPhoMo prompt!" I just fancied it up with some flowers and spooky lights and voila!

October 06
Darkness OR Bones

I found this waiting for me, calling me to come and snap a picture for my OctoPhoMo prompt for today! We were out for work related reasons exploring properties when I saw this hanging on somebody's door. It was perfect! I think it's so cool!

October 07
Troll OR Owl
I almost posted a simple photo of an owl for this prompt but then I remembered this. I took this picture when we last visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is a sign displayed inside Gringotts Bank in the waiting area for the ride Escape From Gringotts. Just before that absolutely wonderful ride you get a laugh when you see this warning! But beware ... the trolls shall follow soon in that super thrilling ride!

October 08
Fog OR Shadow
BRAIN FOG! I've been dealing with lots of it lately and fighting it one day at a time!

October 09
Fairy OR Fangs
Fangs! Literally *laughs* ... I found lots of Fangs' plush toys at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando! They're so awesome! I didn't buy because I wanted to get Hedwig, Fawkes, and Buckbeak. I'm thinking of which one I should buy when I next visit that magical world!!

October 10
Moonlit OR Vanish
Oh what a beautiful sight it was as I looked over Niagara Falls illuminated in rainbow colors. I took this picture when I just visited Canada back in September. I was really lucky to have found the Falls illuminated with the full moon and the rainbow colors. I even got to see fireworks! Lovely!

October 11
Coffin OR Revolting
This is a shot from The Horror Make Up Show in Universal Studios, Orlando. Believe me it had revolting details in every corner of the room. Please look close enough at your own risk, it might make you nauseous (especially the stuff over the fridge!).

October 12
Mystical OR Lantern
I found these beautiful lanterns when I visited Pakistan earlier this year. They have the traditional Pakistani truck art designs all over and they're so so stunning! Sadly we didn't buy these because it would have been super tough traveling back home with them!

October 13
Disguise OR Face Paint OR Friday The 13th
Ssssssshhhhh ... don't tell anyone! I'm disguised as an awesome shawsome unicorn! *laughs*

October 14
Familiar OR Strange
There's something strangely familiar about this place; the winds feel homely, the streets feel welcoming, and there's a comfort in the atmosphere that gives me great peace. I just can't wait to get to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando again! I simply can't wait! Take me there!

October 15
Gourd OR Punch

Sarcasm is my favorite kind of punch in people's faces. So satisfying. So wonderful!
PUNCH! BOOM! POW!

October 16
Carve OR Colorful
I'm a cake decorator and sometimes cake carving is involved! I haven't done many carved cakes though. The picture above is from when I baked Abbie's graduation cake. That's a graduation cap I'm carving there! The cake came out FANTASTIC. One of my most beautiful cakes definitely! You can find the cake here!

October 17
Teddy Bear OR Action Figure
My awesome shawsome Harry, Ron, and Hermione action figures which are displayed proudly in my Potterhead's Corner of the room. These were cake toppers for my twenty first birthday thanks to Abbie and have stayed with me ever since.

October 18
Iconic OR Devotion



October 19
Water OR Wood



October 20
First OR Last



October 21
Patterns OR Stereotype



October 22
Angels OR Art



October 23
Food OR Illumination



October 24
Career OR Sport



October 25
Sweet OR Savory



October 26
Pawprints OR Footprints



October 27
Peace OR Conflict



October 28
Curse OR Blessing



October 29
Angler OR Hunter



October 30
Rain OR Shine



October 31
Celebrate OR Solitude



Monday, October 16, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 30

It's time for Volume 30 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!

The first Wacky Find today is very adorable. This is a scene from mama's birthday when Gubby darling was sitting on her little desk and 'writing' or rather filling mama's birthday card. We always buy a card for mama on behalf of Gubby and then have her doodle inside it. It's so cute! She loves scribbling and we love keeping these cards are keepsakes! Love her so much!

Check that out! This was my outfit on Friday the 13th! I love this shirt so much! It's spooky but minions and I love minions!

I found these a while back while shopping! I loved them so much. Aren't they super cute? I would love to buy all of them but I didn't!

Look what I found while sorting folders on my laptop!!! This is a blended meal Abbie prepared for me when I had my wisdom teeth surgery done. I'd expected foul tasting mushes for when I'd have my surgery but Abbie made super delicious stuff. She basically blended my normal food and it tasted so awesome. I actually loved eating it! Best sister ever!

Today's Wacky Finds started with Gubby's cuteness and end with it too. This is a finger puppet type of a toy and so adorable. I found this in her car seat one day and it was such an 'awwwwww' moment! That little cutie pie has filled our lives with so much love! May God bless her always!

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cheesy Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Boo! It's Friday the 13th today but your day is just about to get lucky! Because I'm bringing this super creamy, cheesy, heavenly, delicious Pumpkin Pasta recipe to the table today! No, I don't believe in all the myths and legends about the thirteenth falling on a Friday but hey what's the harm in having fun, right? Besides, thanks to all these horror legends and scary spooky movies the whole concept has become so cool (and funny!). Enough of that though because I want you to focus all five senses on what I have here now. This is THE Fall recipe you need to cook and devour. These are Fall flavors at their best. This is like pumpkin meets pasta in the most blissful possible way!

I'll be honest, when I came across the idea of pumpkin in pasta I was skeptical. BUT! If you're not a fan of pumpkin you still need to give this a chance because it doesn't even taste like regular pumpkin spice. I'm talking creamy, cheesy, smooth, soft, and velvety in your mouth. This is a really tasty pasta recipe - take my word for it! It's the kind of pasta you eat and then keep on eating even though your stomach is full. Eat, eat, eat, eat, eat. Then repeat.


Not only is this delicious it's also super easy to make. Especially because it's a one pot pasta recipe it makes cooking feel like a breeze. I've used vegetable stock to cook the pasta in which lends extreme flavors and that cream cheese in the end ... mind = blown! BOOOOOOM!

Ingredients:
  • Oil
  • Onion - 1 small chopped
  • Crushed Garlic - 3 cloves (I used the canned version! Chop very finely if using otherwise.)
  • Red Pepper Flakes - 1/4 tsp.
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp. (adjust to taste in the end)
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp.
  • Nutmeg Powder - 1/8 tsp.
  • Vegetable Stock - 4 cups
  • Pumpkin Puree - 1 cup (I used a canned version)
  • Pasta - 2 cups (I used elbows but you can use whichever you like!)
  • Unsalted Butter - 2 tbsp.
  • Cream Cheese - 4 Ounces cut into cubes
  • Parsley (optional)
You can find the original recipe I found here. I adjusted some stuff here and there according to my preference!

Method:

Heat oil in a deep pan and add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for a minute or two.


Add all the spices and continue cooking.


Cook till the onions become soft and translucent.


Add the vegetable stock.


Stir to make sure everything is mixed well.


Add the pumpkin puree and stir until smooth.


Add the pasta, stir well, and let it come to a boil.


Once it boils reduce heat to medium and let it simmer covered.


Check the pasta after about seven to eight minutes. It took about eight minutes for my pasta to be cooked completely however cooking times can differ so keep a check!


Add the butter and the cream cheese cubes and stir continuously until no lumps remain.


Adjust for salt and add a little water at this point if you think you need to make it saucier! This is where you adjust the pasta for liquid and salt.


Add black pepper and parsley and you're DONE!


Creamy. Cheesy. Pumpkiny. These are Fall flavors at their best!
Oh and my adorable owl bowl gets extra points too!


Like I said ... MIND = BLOWN!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Graphics To Love!

In case one wonders what these 'Graphics To Love' are all about!
Each month I post about five Graphics which I come across while randomly surfing the web. Beautiful, hilarious, and relatable things show up in my social media feeds every day. Often, a lot of these graphics spark thoughts in my head which I want to blog about. So I put some of the best ones together in one blog post and chit chat away! None of the graphics are mine and most of them are being shared without credit so they can't even be traced! I just like to spend a few minutes speaking my mind. So here they are ...


This one left a strong message with me. It is true, I have pondered uselessly over things which happened beyond my control regardless of what I did or didn't do. I have spent years trying to figure out why certain people behaved in certain ways with me. All useless. Did it change anything? No. So I've decided to let it go. Just let it be. Just let things be. My peace is so much important than ... well, than anything in this world.


Oh my God I saw this while browsing the internet one day. This is for real! I want to go and see this one day before I die! This is such a fabulous picture opportunity! SO COOL!


I am flawsome. Thank you very much!
You know I just recently realized that I've actually gotten over so many things. I've achieved body peace in a lot of ways. No, that doesn't mean that I am no longer concerned about losing weight and maintaining it like I used to be. It just means I accept certain things about myself like the fact that I am a woman with a fuller figure and a certain body structure which is not going away even if I stop eating and starve myself. So now I eat healthy and work out and am just waiting to shed off the extra weight I'd gained so I can be healthy and fit again. It just means that when people bring in the stereotypes about certain features I simply don't listen to them or get hurt by what they say. I've come to terms with the fact that everybody is different and what we have are differences in how God created us and not 'flaws' or 'ugliness'. For example consider this ... I was once told I'm not tall enough. Now, I'm five feet five inches (well, five feet four point nine or something if it really matters!) and I know that's a good height but there was a time when it was made clear to me that this is some kind of 'flaw' or something I 'lack' and it did get to me too. Only until a certain point though for somewhere at some stage of my life I just figured people will always have something negative to say to me and that these things are bogus and don't really mean anything. So yeah, I'm really content with myself because whatever so-called 'flaws' I have I believe I'm awesome regardless. If you say I have flaws, well boohoo, I can even carry flaws so awesomely! Good bye haters!


This is me, this graphic is just ME. Period. Me! Exactly me.


Silence and ignoring have become two of my most strongest weapons lately. Not everyone in this world deserves the goodness of my heart and instead of trying to explain myself, prove myself, or convince somebody I've just decided to let people think and believe what they want to. There, live with your peace, and let me live with mine!
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