Handmade Cookie Cutters

We need goldfish cookie cutters for a party I’m having but haven’t been able to find the right size. A stop at our local library and we found out how to make our own, by using an aluminum can. Recycling and using free educational resources are a great way to spend an afternoon with kids!

 

Speaking of kids…

 

I have had the privilege of being an officer/organizer in four separate mother’s groups in my life as a mommy and have met some amazing women as I’ve done this. Apart from being officer, I have also been a participant in a few more.  I was recently asked to name them all and here is a partial list from what I can remember:

  • Bellevue Eastside Active Moms
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Eastside Cool Mommies
  • Eastside Mothers Club
  • Messy Kids, Happy Moms
  • Sammamish & Redmond Mothers and More
  • Seattle & Eastside Mothers and More
  • Sisters of the YaYa Motherhood

On December 31st, this one chapter of my life will be closed on LinkedIn forever as I leave my very last organizing position on ECM, also the last mommy group of which I was still a member. It’s mind boggling to think of all the Mother’s Night’s In, Playdates, Hiking Outings, Book Clubs, Movie Nights, Craft Nights, and the thousands of other things I’ve done as an organizer of moms for the past eleven (!) years.

 

I wanted to throw a little “retirement” party to help me transition out of my mommy phase.  Now that the girls are older, it’s rare that I even get called that anymore, so it was time to move on. I had named the event as a play on words inspired by So Long and Thanks for All the Fish book by Douglas Adams. My daughter and I spent the afternoon making the homemade goldfish crackers, which were the perfect munchies for a night of reminiscing. 

 

So Long and Thanks for All the (Gold)Fish Party

 

We used the recipe here, and decided to make our own fun shapes out of empty and cleaned Diet Coke cans.  We used heavy duty metal snips we found in my husband’s tool box. I made the first cut from the opening as it needs a little muscle then handed the can and tool to my daughter to cut our one inch stripes.


The shapes we came up with were round planet, crescent moon, star, and of course goldfish.  We also had a rocket shape, but the dough keep getting caught and it was scrapped. Once you cut a strip all the way around the can, simply shape it, pinch it in place, and tape the ends together!  If you look at the fish on the right, you can see the tape.

 

Try to make your pieces connect anywhere other then a corner so that the food doesn’t build up and get stuck to the tape.  This was our final yummy product.


I had no idea it was easy to make goldfish.  Of course my daughter wants to make them again, since the two bowls we made for the party were happily (and quickly) eaten.  We have already decided to try the Asiago or maybe the shredded Mexican blend instead of cheddar cheese next.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year and may 2014 also bring you new adventures!

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Merry Christmas from A Crafty Arab

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas today. 

Whether we read His words as Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus or Bahá’í, He is Allah in all written and spoken Arabic.  Below is a humbling reminder of this unity.

This is a beautiful photo taken in Beirut, Lebanon with a Christmas tree in front of a mosque.  It  showcases how we Arabs come in all faiths and love to embrace this uniqueness of our historical ancestors.

Christmas in Beirut, Lebanon

Be sure to check out my Arabic Christmas section in my shop, and always support handmade! 🙂

Sex and the Citadel – Arab Authors {Book Club}

ACraftyArab Sex and the Citadel - Arab Authors {Book Club}

My Arabic Authors Book Club meet this month and our book was Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World by Shereen El Feki.

 

I am not at liberty to discuss what our group spoke about that evening, however, I wanted to share these photos of our Arabic food offerings as an idea of what our topic of discuss was.

 

Enjoy!

 

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

As the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath sweep streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Middle East, Shereen El Feki—an award-winning Canadian-Egyptian journalist—has been looking at unrest a little closer to home: in the sexual lives of Arab men and women. The result is an informative, insightful, and engaging account of this sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society.

Sexual attitudes and behaviors are shaped by politics and economics, religion and tradition, gender and generations—not only a reflection of the conditions that led to the uprisings, but also a measure of hard-won reforms in the years to come. Highly personal, rich with original research and remarkable stories, Sex and the Citadel gives us unprecedented and timely insight into a part of the world that is changing before our eyes.

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