Moroccan Lentils

1 cup raw dried lentils sorted and cleaned

5 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped

1 onion diced

1 small handful of parsley washed and minced

1/2 teaspoon each of sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste can be cooked without salt

2 Roma Tomatoes grated with a cheese grater

1 tablespoon olive oil

In sauce pan place oil over medium heat add onion, garlic and spices with lentils and sauté for 5 minutes then add the parsley and tomato add 3 cups of water and bring to boil lower heat and simmer until lentils are tender then serve hot with a spoon of olive oil stirred into it , keep a eye on the liquid and if needed add more .

Note, I am using lentils from Morocco these are different than the lentils found in USA as the Moroccan lentils are firmer . Use the brown colored lentils

Moroccan Lentils sorting them on the tea tray
Moroccan lentils

Tips For Flying 

As Salam Alikum Readers

I am writing about flying in a airplane and here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

  1. Always pack a change of clothes in your carry on , this is especially important if your flying with children, 
  2. Gate check the stroller, wear baby / toddler in ergo carrier, if to big to wear then invest in a harness backpack we have one that looks like a monkey it will save you a lot of time and worry if you don’t have to chase a wondering toddler through the airport.
  3. If packing yogurts get the tube kind and freeze before hand and store in a lunch bag for keeping foods cold I did this and it was still frozen when I got to where I was going after 18 hours.
  4. Baby wipes for easy clean up, I use them to wipe down the seat armrests and tray
  5. Bring a pillow and blanket with you
  6. Pack a portable charger and have it fully charged for your phone or iPad 
  7. Snacks and empty bottle for water
  8. Extra pair of socks and underwear 
  9. Extra hijab 
  10. Travel in comfortable clothes 
  11. Have all your important information in one place ( I have a bag I pack my passport and flight information in with a list of emergency contacts )
  12. Something to read or do during layovers and on the flight, or headphones to watch movies if plane has them.

Know that when flying with your baby small children that you’re allowed to take them food and breastmilk, formula just tell tsa that it’s your babies food.


Madness exists,there’s chaos around,

The clanking of lids while kids abound.

But through the din

has been a constant.. Mother.

Tears shed, hurts revealed,

band-aids placed,

nothing Mother.

Your reputation grew

as my years progressed.

Where was my intelligence?

Well, just guess.

Children grown,kitchen at rest,

somehow it seems too quiet at best.

But loving, nurturing through it all

the echoes resound of the Spirit within..


Letter From Mother To Daughter

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m
getting old,

 I ask you to please be
patient, but most of all, try to
understand what I’m going

If when we talk, I repeat
the same thing a thousand times,
don’t interrupt to say: 

“You said
the same thing a minute ago”…
Just listen, please. 

Try to remember the times when you
were little and I would read the
same story night after night until
you would fall asleep. 

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t
be mad and don’t embarrass me.
Remember when I had to run
after you making excuses and
trying to get you to take a shower
when you were just a girl?

 When you see how ignorant I am when
it comes to new technology, give
me the time to learn and don’t
look at me that way… 

Remember,  honey, I patiently taught you how
to do many things like eating
appropriately, getting dressed,
combing your hair and dealing
with life’s issues every day… 

The day you see I’m getting old, I ask
you to please be patient, but
most of all, try to understand
what I’m going through. 

If I occasionally lose track of what
we’re talking about, give me the
time to remember, and if I can’t,
don’t be nervous, impatient or

Just know in your heart
that the most important thing for
me is to be with you.

 And when my old, tired legs don’t let me
move as quickly as before, give
me your hand the same way that

I offered mine to you when you
first walked. When those days
come, don’t feel sad..

Just be with me, and understand me
while I get to the end of my life
with love. 

I’ll cherish and thank you  for the gift of time and joy
we shared. With a big smile and
the huge love 

I’ve always had for
you, I just want to say, I love you,
my darling daughter.”
Love mom


The Muslim woman is sincere towards her dear sister’s.
She is always kind,gentle and friendly with them.
She understands that her religion is based on,trust,loyalty,
honor and true love for her sister.
Her heart is filled with the sweetness of faith.
She truly wants for her sister,
What she wants for herself.
She never forgets to pray for her in her absence.
She always has an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on.
She commands the good and forbids the evil for her.
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