Lebanese Maamoul: Date & Nut Stuffed Cookies {معمول}

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How to: make and use Henna hair dye

Henna is one of our many family secrets! Growing up our grandma used to always henna dye her hair rather than opting for chemical dyes, and this left her with fiery red-orange hair! Today, we still carry on her tradition, because natural is the way to go. Why add unnecessary chemicals when you don’t have to? If you’ve never died your hair using Henna, give it a shot just this once and perhaps you’ll change your mind!

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Lazy Hummus {5 Minute Recipe}

Now that school’s back on, you don’t have all the time in the world. Here’s a quick pictorial on making hummus in your food processor! Who doesn’t love a one-bowl recipe and easy clean up?

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Stuffed Zucchini – Kousa Mihshi {كوسة محشي}

Kousa Mihshi is stuffed zucchini, and is a regular among Lebanese cuisine. Although it looks complicated, making this nutritious meal is actually very simple! We’re sure you’ll master this dish in no time. Zuchini is low in calories, a good source of fiber which helps lower cholesterol, a source of vitamin A and C and a high source of manganese. Zuchini is also known to contain phytonutrients and antioxidents that have been shown to help in the prevention of certain types of cancers and in maintaining prostate health!

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Osmaliyeh: Shredded Pastry with Cream {عثملية/عصمليه}

This dessert is super simple, and can be made by frying or baking. It tastes great plain but can be adapted to include various toppings to suit all taste buds!

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DIY: Party Poms/Tissue Paper Flower Balls {Party Decor}

How cute are these party poms? I’ve seen them all over the craft world, but never known how to make them. I thought I’d give it a go so that I could have some awesome decor for my upcoming dinner and they turned out awesome!

I experimented with different sizes, but I personally like the medium size best – it’s not too big (approx 12-13 inches), and it fluffs up really nice. You can use any type of string to hang the poms, a lot of crafters like to use clear cord so that it doesn’t show; I opted for the jute twine. I love it too much.

Here’s a step by step pictorial on how to make these poms that can spice up any party decor – guaranteed.

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DIY Home Made, All Natural Face Mask {Cinnamon, Honey & Nutmeg}

What better way to calm your skin and feel refreshed than by getting a facial? Here’s a recipe for a super simple face mask made with all natural ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. The spices in this mask give your face a deep cleanse and leave you feeling radiant.

Our nephew had quite the scare when he emerged from his makeshift tent in the living room to find his aunts with this mask on. We’d advise you keep any kids from finding you with a mask, or at least warn them ahead of time 😛

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Kashta {قشطة}

Kashta is a basic filling for desserts that come from the Arabic world. If you do live in the Middle East you could buy this cream ready made from a local grocer, or even canned! The canned version is a thinner, and doesn’t at all resemble the good stuff. Home made is always the best way, and this recipe can be made super fast and stores well in the fridge.
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Atyr – Lebanese Simple Syrup {قطر}

This simple syrup is an essential component to almost all Arabic desserts, and has a distinct flavor due to the Rose & Blossom water.

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Qatayef {قطايف}

This is the kind of dessert that is perfect to take with you to a friends place. In Lebanese households whenever formal visits are made, the person invited always brings something along – most of the time it is dessert – because nobody can object to dessert.
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