Author: Abigail

Sharjah Summer Festival

Summer in the UAE is upon us and while the temperature is rising outdoors, fun indoor activities are happening around the region. The emirate of Sharjah is going all out with a Summer Fun Fair & Festival for all ages.  Sharjah Summer Festival is back this year from 17 July to 17 August with the aim to promote the emirate as a premiere vacation choice for families. Visitors can expect bigger and better offers with special attention given towards family leisure – ranging from summer camps, shopping discounts, hotel stay deals, and fun activities. We recently spent an afternoon at the Expo Centre Sharjah at the family-oriented Sharjah Fun Fair.  Packed with fun indoor activities which includes a sports area, gaming zone, arts and crafts, daily live shows of My Little Pony & Hotel Transylvania, a thrilling zip line, soft play area, Cartoon Network Cinema and lots of food kiosks to keep each member of the family entertained.  Tickets for the Sharjah Fun Fair retails for AED 30 on PlatimunList gives you access to all activities available. …

Ramadan after 10 years

This is our 11th Ramadan as an expat family in Dubai. Each year we have  learned and appreciated how it can be special for us too. Looking back, our first Ramadan here was very different. A lot of things freaked me out – no place to buy food; we might get deported if we eat; we can’t go out during the day. Crazy! Below are some questions we often get asked. This has also been some of my worries when we first moved here. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic Calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection, and religious devotion to cleanse past sins and do good deeds. For 30 days, Muslims wake up before dawn to consume their first meal, called Suhoor; they then refrain from consuming water & food during the day; breaking of fast happens at sunset which is called Iftar. Here is a link to a short video produced by Tani of Our Big Dubai Adventure & Zeyna of Mummy on my Mind, explaining …

Easy Pancake Recipe

This pancake recipe consists of ingredients that is probably a staple in your kitchen. I have been whipping up this recipe as a child and now with my children. We have also been packing it for school lunch. I make it ahead of time and store in the fridge. Pancake Mix Make it ahead of time for by mixing all dry ingredients, store on a sealed jar. Once the pancake craving kicks in, just add all the liquid ingredients as listed on the recipe.

strawberry chia jam

Strawberry Chia Jam

Bread, butter and jam makes me happy. At one event hosted by Tavola for Panasonic Bread Machine, I tasted a delicious homemade jam. The simple, fresh and pure taste of the jam made by Rebecca just lingered that I had to make one at home too. Three ingredients is all you need to make this jam at home. I must insist though that you get the freshest (organic) ingredients possible, because it does make a difference.  Cooking time The cooking time depends on the type fruit you choose. For the strawberries it took me around 6 minutes until the fruit came to a soft boil. Take it off the heat, add chia seeds and add sweetener of choice. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. You’re done! Chia Seeds A key ingredient on turning your cooked fruit to a spreadable consistency. Chia seeds is a super food that contains more calcium than milk, known to boost energy, stabilize blood sugar, aid digestion, and lower cholesterol. Flavors Make jam more interesting by adding fresh herbs, zest and vitality oils. For the second …

My Word for 2019

Happy 2019! THRIVE is my #onelittleword for 2019. It is a personal challenge to thrive: in my family, marriage, health, relationships, business and in all areas of my life. To awaken that desire within me to improve and be the person I was created to be. thrive: 1. to grow vigorously; flourish 2. to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances As a recap, I chose the word COURAGE to guide me thru 2018 because of the sudden changes that we were about to face. I did just that – have learned to accept that I need courage to find happiness in situations that I don’t have any control off. What is your word for 2019? #OneLittleWord concept was introduced by Ali Edwards, read more about it here. Choosing one word is more doable for me as I have to go back to just that one word as a reminded as I go about my daily life. Friends have shared their word over at Instagram, check it our in this link.

Meydan Friday Brunch

Meydan Friday Family Brunch

Are you looking for a brunch that would tick the box for great food, drinks and keeping the kids occupied?  The Friday Family Brunch at Meydan Hotel definitely ticked off every thing in the list. There is a massive buffet with a dozen of live-cooking stations spread in the garden area overlooking Dubai skyline and inside Farriers restaurant and foyer, offers an extensive culinary journey from around the globe featuring European, Middle Eastern, Asian and South American cuisines together with a wide variety of vegetarian specialties. Furthermore, BBQ lovers (that’s us!) are in for a treat, Meydan culinary chefs are making use of Josper which is the top-of-the-line Spanish ‘grill & oven’ known for its environment friendly aspect, consuming lower charcoal than open grill. Believe me, the richly flavored grilled meat has a deep smoke flavor that would make you come back for more. While the offerings is massive, it does not feel overwhelming  because of the floor to ceiling glass walls that brings in natural light, sitting area is not cramped that you can even …

pizza cupcake

Recipe: Pizza Cupcakes

Pizza is a complete meal in one bite. Agree?  This is one meal that my kids can eat every day without question even when it has vegetables as toppings. Well, except for Chloe who would only touch a pepperoni pizza.  The sad truth about pizza though is that it is best eaten straight out of the oven. Packing them for lunchbox is a hit and miss depending on the crust, it can get soggy. Cupcakes that taste like your favorite pizza only this one does not get soggy when packed for school lunch or road trip. PERFECT!  One important thing to remember when you make these, use a silicon or grease proof cupcake liner because they will stick to regular ones.  Another option is to not use liners at all and just grease your cupcake pans.

Swissotel The Playhouse Brunch

Swissotel Hotel which opened early this year at Al Ghurair Dubai recently launched The Playhouse Brunch in Liwan Restaurant  which focuses on keeping the little diners entertained. A brunch can last up to 4 hours long and the truth is kids are fed within the first 30 minutes after which they are just bored waiting for the adults to be done.  As a mom one of the important brunch element I am looking for is keeping the kids entertained with engaging activities. Happy kids means a relaxing brunch for parents.  A dedicated room where kids can play, have their face painted, work on some crafts and a Nintendo Switch for bigger kids. Another area was all about “playing with food” where the kids get to design cupcakes and cookies with the guidance of Swissotel Chef’s. Parents can dine at peace because the hotel went an extra mile with the installation of CCTV cameras on all the kids area. Wide screen TV are strategically placed in the dining area for the parents to view while enjoying …