Syrian Pistachio Truffles {Recipe}

My daughter created this pistachio truffle tutorial to share today as I’ve been out of town taking care of family.  She took all the photos and told me the steps to share with you.

She choose to use pistachio as her nut because we consume a lot of it at home. I grew up on it and use it quite a bit in my desserts, including our BaklaWa Pops {Recipe}. Pistachios are a tree nut that love the desert temperatures and are commonly found in the Middle East.  According to Wikipedia

Archaeology shows that pistachio seeds were a common food as early as 6750 BC. Pliny the Elder writes in his Natural History that pistacia, “well known among us”, was one of the trees unique to Syria, and that the seed was introduced into Italy by the Roman Proconsul in Syria, Lucius Vitellius the Elder (in office in 35 AD).

Pistachios are very good for you, providing a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, minerals and over 9 vitamins. They travel well since they come in their own shell and China consumes 80,000 tons, more than any other country on earth.


1 Cup pistachios
4 Ounces chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 Cup coco powder
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 Teaspoons vanilla extract

She started by adding the heavy cream, vanilla and butter in a pan and mixing until everything melted.

She added the chocolate chips until they melted also.

Once everything is mixed, she transfered it to a glass bowl. She used a clear wrap to cover it and transferred it to freezer for 30 minutes to thicken. She took it out every 7-10 minutes to stir.

While her mixture was in the freezer, she shelled the pistachios.

After the mixture has hardened, she took it out of the freezer. She added coco powder on a flat plate and place everything within reach. She washed her hands, this is when the fun starts.   She grabbed about a teaspoon of the mixture and rolled it into a ball with a pistachio inside the center. She then rolled her pistachio ball in the coco powder and placed it on a clean plate.

Once her pistachio truffles were done, she added a few more shelled pistachios to her serving plate to enjoy. Because really, you can never have too many pistachios!

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Arabic String Wedding Decor {Tutorial}

I am so excited my brother is finally engaged. He has met and fallen in love with a Moroccan gal and proposed a few weeks ago. I am currently visiting him and decided to make him an engagement present using supplies he had around his home.


I used this previous tutorial, Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial, as inspiration to combine the first letter of his name with hers.



White paint (not in photo)
2 shades of green paint
Wood flourishes
Petroleum jelly (not in photo)

Start by priming the wood with white.

Once the white is dry, paint two layers of the dark green paint.

While I had the green dark paint out, I also painted the corner wood flourishes.

Draw out the letters and cut them out. I decided to use an ampersand instead of the traditional Arabic ‘and’ ( و) because they will be living in the US after they are married, so I wanted to have both English and Arabic letters on their board.

Add petroleum jelly in a few spots. I had previously used this same technique to make an Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign.  Then add two layers of the lighter green paint.

Use sandpaper to remove some of the light green from a few spots.

Once the letters are done, I placed them on the wood and started nailing. To help with spacing, I would put a nail down flat as measurement.

I tied off the string on the letter and outline it first.

Here is a close up of each letter.

And this is the final piece on his fireplace.


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