Freak Shake

With the winters around for some time now  I always start craving for summer around this time! Although we know that we are gonna get a real good taste of summer! But still we humans!

To bring some of the summer back I treated myself to this freakshake

And loved it soo much I ended up using it for the CARS Birthday Party I recently held for my 3 year old!

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Its a very simple very delicious very (may I say) gorgeous Freak Shake!!

It relies on one of the principle ingredients Nutella to derive its flavour and fun from.

Topppings!!! hmmmm well they vary!

I chose the toppings I relied on the most! a.k.a oreos, and maltesers and a chocolate straw!

Nutella Ice cream shake

Ingredients:

vanilla ice cream                             1 cup

milk                                                     1/2 cup

nutella                                                2 Tbsp

Method:

  1. In a food processor blitz together milk, ice cream and nutella.
  2. Take a mug and smear some nutella on the inside with the back of a spoon. Than using same spoon smear some on the outer rim of the glass. Take oreos and stick them to the chocolate.
  3. Pour the ice cream smoothie in the Mugs and top with chocolate cake and some whipped cream or some more ice cream!!! Add chocolate straw and chocolate syrup or nuts!
  4. Enjoy!!

Easy Snow White Birthday Party

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Already 7!!!!

Before you know it your little girls are out of fairy tales and there is no more princessy dresses or tiaras or pixie dust in our lives!!!

For this reason I celebrated a 7 yr old party a snow white themed party!!

I used the minimum decor to deliver the theme. If you read my birthday posts before like the Jungle Party! or the Princess Party you would know I am a do-the-whole-dessert-table-and-the-decor-and-the-food kind of person. Which is needless to say overwhelming!!

 

For this reason I created the birthday mood board Snow white birthday party planning. To keep the party planning in check!! The goal was to create maximum effect the easiest way possible and have fun!!!!!

I am proud to say we achieved both goals! The party was suuuuuper fun!! and not at all stressfull!!

Here are some pointers:

ARRANGE FOR THE FOOD:

if you want to enjoy your little ones day! Try to stay out of the kitchen! Cater or ask for help with aunts and grannys. You will be tooo grateful and everyoone else will love to chip in!

Arrange someone for the games:

Ideally hire the party host! There is nothing more fun for tweens than the party games!! Not only grown ups the little ones enjoy allot. Make sure to keep on hand some extra favor bags to spice up the games.

Deliver theme from Decor:

Rely more on decor than on food to deliver the theme. Customized cookies and cupcakes are not only more expensive thay are also more time consuming If you take the task upon yourself. Keeping the dessert table basic and bringing more drama with the garland or the colors is simple and effective!

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Just Enjoy the party!!!!

Healthy Date Balls Platter

Well we have reached the end of ramadan!!

By this time we have fallen into our jumbled up routines.. Sleep backlogs and Iftar dinners are all catching up alongwith eid shopping and last ashra nights..  (fuuun!!!!)

But don’t get me wrong!!

I absolutely love making iftars and preparing for iftar and the iftar parties… the anticipation of food and our taste buds that dwelled on pakoras and samosa chaats on growing up just keep pushing for the same

Dates are an essential Iftar feature world over!! They are packed with energy and are the perfect first thing to eat that is sweet and nutritious and gives an energy boost without overwhelming the taste buds or intestines!!

It is a scientific fact that they  regulate the digestive process and can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it. Other than being a good source of various vitamins and minerals they are packed with energy, sugar and fiber. along with several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

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With all the Iftars lined up and the hectic schedule of suhoor and babies and life.. So to make things easier and healthier One of the things I love to add to my Iftar table is to create this big date platter! I love to upgrade my dates with this easy additional toppings which makes a total Iftar statement and is delicious as it is good to look at!!

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My date platter consists of dates filled with nuts! I prefer almonds or walnuts! You can experiment with your favorite kind like cashew nuts or pistachios which in my opinion would work well!!

My favorite element to add are the whipped cream filled dates!!!! They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! If you have never had them before you have got to give them a try!!!! Simply whip u pcream and add vanilla essence and sugar to taste!(obviously this needs to be done when you are not fasting) And fill up the dates with the whipped cream! And sprinkle some freshly shredded coconut on top!! Heavenly delightful!!!

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The third element that I add to my date Iftar centerpiece are the good ol’ date balls!! I have a really sweet tender spot for the energy bars and the healthy snack items that consist of dates! In my routine life I always rely on dates as a snack option and the healthy energy bite sized balls are top of the list! You can use your favorite recipe or any that you find intriguing and easy!

Mine is a super simple combo of date paste+nuts+graham crackers+shredded coconut! Simply mix up these ingredients to taste!! I don’t even use blender!!! Just pop them all in and use a wooden spoon to mash up everything!( ofcourse nuts would require previous chopping!!) When you are happy with the mixture! Just roll them into bite sized balls! Or the way I like it table tennis ball sized date balls!!

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I always have the date mixture on hand to be replenished after every Iftar!! And my faily loves to nibble it all down slowly over the last ashra till its all gone by the end of Ramadan!! 🙂

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They are healthy and fun and like any effective centerpiece a great conversational starter!! The perfect way to treat your guests to a fantastic Iftar!! And they make iftar a breeze! Well in style!! 😉

Almond filled dates

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    30

almonds (choice of nuts)                                                               30

Method:

  1. Slit the dates from the center and pit it out.
  2. Place the almond instead and place in the centerpiece around the edge.

Sweet Cream filled dates

Ingredients:

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    20

cream                                                                                                   1/4 cup

sugar                                                                                                     1 tablespoon (or to taste)

vanilla essence                                                                                   2-3 drops

shredded coconut                                                                             2 Tablespoon

Method: 

  1. Pit the dates.
  2. Whip up the cream.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla essence. And mix.
  4. Using a spoon fill the open dates with the cream.
  5. Top with shredded coconut.

 

Date Balls

Ingredients:

Dates/Date paste                                                                              1 cup

shredded nuts                                                                                   1/2 cup

shredded coconut                                                                             1/2 cup

graham crackers                                                                               1 packet (abt 10 pieces)

Method:

  1. Pit and puree the dates (If required).
  2. Add in the shredded nuts,shredded coconut, mashed graham crackers.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to bring it all together.
  4. Make golf ball sized balls of the mixture.
  5. Roll the balls in a plate of shredded coconut for garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

Always keep the spare mixture on hand for replenishing your platter till it stays with you till the end of the Holy month!

Enjoy these recipes and Soak up the rest of Ramadan!!

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