Modern Muslim Mommy (To Be)

Cloth Diapering, Parenting, & Randomness From an Eclectic Individual

Sorry I’ve been away

I’ve been traveling, and just simply approving posts, so sorry to anyone if I haven’t responded.  I’ll respond to all the entries I’ve received from the giveaway, and thank you all for your support.  I did reblog a recipe today, so be sure to check that out.  And rest assured I’ll be back to blogging soon!!! 🙂

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This looks absolutely awesome!!!
I can’t wait to try it and report back on the delicious findings!
Shari, you are my pantry hero!!!

My Fancy Pantry

Lately, Friday night has become Pizza Night in our household.  …Vegetarian Pizza Night, to be more accurate.  I make the dough, sauces, and chop up all the toppings in the afternoon, let the dough rise for a few hours; and by the time Piyush and I are ready for dinner, all I have to do is toss it in the oven and wait for it to bake.

I tend to make mostly vegetarian pizzas (there are some exceptions) because I don’t believe Piyush and I need to eat meat every single day.  I also think vegetables are so vibrant and beautiful…meat would only ruin the beauty of the pizza.

This week, I got the idea to use pistachios on our pizza.  I thought the green would be pretty, and the flavor would be unique.

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Wishes!!! Wald Disney World Soundtrack to the Fireworks!!!

Like this if this makes you cry…

I pray that all kid’s wishes come true…

So many memories, and I don’t have any kids yet!!!

I guess I’m just a kid at heart 🙂

I ❤ you Disney World!!!

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Vegan Epicurean Brussels Sprouts & Clementine Recipe

I thought you all might enjoy this recipe, it sounds great to me!!!  Of course, that may depend on if you like brussels sprouts or not…

Brussels Sprouts and Clementine Sections with Citrus Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Fall means brussels sprouts season at our house. As I have explained before my husband loves brussels sprouts so I try to make him a different version each week. This is the version I dreamed up tonight. It is a cross between a salad and a side dish. My father, who hates to cook, actually asked me for the recipe tonight. He said it was his favorite dish at dinner. Quite an endorsement I thought.

If you don’t have clementines or tangerines substitute one orange instead. I didn’t include the zest tonight because the citrus wasn’t organic. Had it been I would have added the citrus zest to the dressing for extra flavor. The citrus was not supremed because I have read that the citrus membrane is full of nutrition and potentially prevents cancer. Research is recent, but it seems to indicate the citrus membrane keeps trigylcerides down and helps prevent color and liver cancer in lab animals.

Tonight’s sprout dish is a combination of things that my hubby loves. Sprouts and poppy seed dressing are two of his favorites so I knew he would like the dish (and he did). I didn’t expect my parents to be so taken with it. If you are a sprout fan you may like it to. Here is what I made tonight.

Brussels Sprouts and Clementine Sections with Citrus Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups brussels sprouts, cleaned and cut in half
1 tablespoon clementine juice (1/2 a clementine)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon agave
½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 ½ clementines, sectioned, seeds removed

Directions:

Microwave the brussels sprouts until they are tender crisp (3 minutes in my microwave).

Combine the clementine juice, wine vinegar, agave, olive oil, salt, pepper and poppy seeds. Whisk to incorporate the dressing.

Pour the dressing over the warm sprouts so that they will absorb more of the dressing. Add the clementine sections to the sprouts and toss to coat them in the dressing. Serve warm or room temperature.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories – 103.08
Calories From Fat (24%) – 24.88

Total Fat – 2.87g
Saturated Fat – 0.43g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Sodium – 475.39mg
Potassium – 599.7mg
Total Carbohydrates – 18.2g
Fiber – 5.32g
Sugar – 7.52g
Protein – 4.58g

Comments:

The flavor of the dish is well balanced. It isn’t really sweet, or tart. Even I enjoyed this, and I am not a sprout lover.

If you want to reduce the fat reduce the poppy seeds, most of the calories in poppy seeds are from fat. I like the texture they add, but they are optional.

Each serving of this dish contains more than 1,200IU of vitamin A, 120mg of vitamin C, 100mg of calcium, 100mcg of folate, 220mcg of vitamin K, and 100mg of phosphorus.

Here’s the link to the original recipe:

http://veganepicurean.blogspot.com/2009/11/brussels-sprouts-and-clementine.html
If anyone has any additions/substitutions, I’d love to know about it!!!  I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I plan to in the near future, and will post my opinions soon!!!  Happy eating!
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Cloth Diaper Stash Update!!! 4/13/12

So, I’ve made a few changes to my stash, and I wanted to give an update!!!

Though I’ve avoided microfiber like the plague, I recently got some Kissaluvs Marvels OS Fitteds, which have a bamboo/poly inner, and a microfiber soaker sewn in.  The bamboo is super, super soft and I’ll be sure to give an update as to the fitted’s performance when I actually have a 10 lb baby to try them on!!!  Please be sure to check out my post comparing one size fitteds, which includes this lovely diaper!!!

***PLEASE ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY CURRENT GIVEAWAY FOR THIS KISSALUVS MARVELS FITTED, ENDING 4/30/12***

I’ve also added a BUNCH of flip covers.  I went COVER CRAZY :).  I think I’ve criticized their overall look/fit before, but I think I can be more careful and make it look neat.  I know that putting a diaper on a moving target can be a bit more tricky than doing it, say, on a stuffed teddy bear!!!  Kudos to these Moms who were able to make their Flips neat and tidy!!!:

 

I got/will get so many because they’re so cheap!!! 🙂  It looks like they have regular seconds sales on their website, cottonbabies.com.  Go check it out!!!

So, without further ado, here’s the updated stash, as of TODAY, and what I plan to use to finish it out:

NEWBORN

24 Gently Used Bummis Organic Prefolds

9 Gently Used Kissaluvs Size 0

2 New Bummis Super Lite Covers – Purple (I plan to get about 4 more purple)

2 Gently Used Bummis Super Brite Covers – green & orange

SMALL

12 Gently Used GMD Yellow Edge Prefolds

36 New Bleached Chinese Prefolds

2 Gently Used Bummis Super Whisper Wraps – ladybug & city

1 New Bummis Super Lite – green

5 Gently Used Osocozy AIO – 2 white, 2 green, 1 blue

MEDIUM

5 New Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 – 1 Dino, 1 Butterfly, 1 Swirls, 1 Bloom, 1 Monkey

1 Gently Used Bummis Super Lite – brown

23 Gently Used Premium Prefolds

ONE SIZE

9 Gently Used Itti Bitti Tuttos – 2 black, 1 navy, 1 royal, 1 jade, 1 fuchsia, 1 silver, 1 fleur, 1 retro (I plan to add 1 brown & 1 peppermint)

9 Flip covers – 2 white snap, 2 white aplix, 2 sweet aplix, 2 noodle aplix, 1 new albert snap (I plan to add 2 clementine, 2 rabbit, 1 blossom, 1 twilight)

2 New/Gently Used Grovia/Grobaby shells – wildflower (I plan to get more: 1 plane, 1 bicycle, 1 peacock)

2 New Kissaluvs Marvels Fitteds – 2 world (I plan to get 2 more in their owl print)

1 New Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter – brown dotty

1 New Ebay diaper – owl minky

ACCESSORIES

1 New Planet Wise Wet/Dry bag – circuit

1 Gently Used Itti Bitti Luxury wet bag – fleur

10 New Planet Wise wipes – black/white (I plan to get lime/tangerine too)

10 Gently Used WAHM cotton doublers

2 Gently Used sets of sherpa doubler/preflat

Several Size 1 Snappis

(I plan to add several hemp inserts, CJ’s butter, Thirsties Diaper Lotion Potion, and some bigger wet bags, eventually)

I’ll do another post someday to give you all the totals, actual pictures of my stash, and a “final” stash (is there ever a true final stash, really?).

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to add comments below!!! 🙂

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Cloth Diaper Giveaway Kissaluvs Marvels One Size Fitted – CLOSED

CLOTH DIAPER GIVEAWAY, YEA!!!

So, I just bought a bunch of these because I’m so excited and because they’re so soft and cute!!!

I’m passing on the cuteness to you, and if all goes well, I’ll give another away next month!!!

Please note that this is a fitted, so it will require you to use a COVER in order to be a waterproof system!

The winner will receive one Kissaluvs Marvels OS Fitted in the Safari print:

You can go to Kelly’s Closet, and click on the lefthand side where it says “Spring Clearance Sale!” for more details on this diaper:

Yea for you!!!! 🙂  I hope you win!!!

I’m not really on facebook or twitter for the purpose of cloth diapering (yet), so…

HERE’S HOW YOU ENTER:

1) Use the button to the right to follow my blog via email.

2) Tell me in a comment below:

  • What is your favorite post from my blog (can be ANY, not just diaper related posts)?
  • Why do you deserve this fitted diaper?
  • Do you buy from Kelly’s Closet, and if so would you be willing to use and bookmark my link below?

No tweets required, just good ol’ fashioned honesty.  Seriously people, no made up BS here please!!!

FINE PRINT:

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents ONLY.

Only one entry per household please.

The giveaway will end on Monday, 4/30/2012 at 11:59 pm EST.  Any entries received after that will not be counted.

I will announce the winner here on Wednesday, 5/2/2012.

I will pick the winner according to their responses, and please remember there can be only one winner.

I will make my email public so you can contact me with your shipping details.  I will ship via the cheapest method possible, but I will try to provide tracking regardless.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Thank you very much for finding me, and I hope that you win!!!

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I JUST GOT 50 SWAGBUCKS FOR SEARCHING!!!

I just wanted to post it here, since I didn’t think it would ever actually happen to me.  I always see all the other swaggers that have posted on facebook that they got 50 points for searching the net.  They mock me daily!!!  However, I guess since it had been a while since I had logged in, the system granted me 50 swagbucks!!!!  Yea!!!  Has anyone else been blessed with 50 or more points at a time???

Feel free to ask me how I get $5 Amazon gift cards for FREE using Swagbucks, and how I’ve:

  • Already received a Planet Wise Wet/Dry bag for FREE,
  • Planned to get a shipment of Country Save for FREE,
  • Planned to get all the Swaddlebees cloth wipes I want FOR FREE!!!
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Great Cloth Diaper Change April 21st 2012

Get involved people!!! 🙂 Get even more people aware of cloth diapering!!! Yea!!!

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How to Strip Your Cloth Diapers, REALLY!!!

Do you really know how to strip your cloth diapers?  Are you sure?  Do you have no clue at all?

DiaperShops.com author Calley breaks it down for us here:

http://blog.diapershops.com/troubleshooting-how-to-strip-cloth-diapers

I’ve actually never seen such a concise, easy to understand description of all the different reasons and methods for stripping diapers!

I learned quite a bit, and now know what the best method will probably be for my diapers!  I now feel armed and ready to CD!!!

Thanks for this awesome post, you guys should check it out now!!! 🙂

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Amazing Review of One Size All In Ones (AIO): GroVia, BumGenius Elemental, Bottombumpers & Swaddlebees Simplex!!! Courtesy of Anna at Hot Clothed Buns!!!

If you bloggers/blog readers haven’t seen this yet, you should definitely check it out!!!!

This is an excellent, amazingly thorough review!!!  I haven’t even had enough time to read through all of it yet, but I wanted to be sure and post the link, so others can enjoy it!!!  She says she spends about 6-8 hours on a review, and I believe her!!!!  Here’s the link:

http://www.hauteclothedbuns.com/grovia-bumgenius-elemental-bottombumpers-simplex-one-size-aio-comparison/

Thanks for posting this superb review Anna, and I’ll be sure to take a look at more of your reviews soon!!!

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