Ramadan Kareem / Eid Mubarak Party Decor – FREE downloable

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Our sister Emma, who runs Path of Light Designs has designed some cute and modern Ramadan and Eid downloadable party decor. It features a white backdrop with cute black polka dots and gold glitter text!

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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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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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How to make the best Hummus {Lebanese Style}

Hummus is the arabic word for Chickpeas, or Garbanzo beans. Hummus is traditionally eaten in all parts of the Arab world, and each region makes it a little differently. This is the Lebanese style hummus that we grew up eating, usually with pita bread. Have you ever had a hummus sandwhich? Cause if you haven’t you are missing out – big time. Hummus was definitely not popular as we were growing up, but now you find people eating hummus with everything, and you find it everywhere! You could pretty much walk into any grocery store and buy some hummus, but it probably won’t be as good as this recipe. Actually we’re confident it won’t, because nothing beats home made. Also, packaged hummus doesn’t taste anything like the hummus we know.
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10 health tips to a happier Ramadan!

So Ramadan is around the corner and you’re thinking… How do I stay healthy? Well at least I hope you are. If you want to avoid fasting headaches, weight gain and hunger pains read on for some tips on how to stay healthy this Ramadan.


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{Home Made} French Press Coffee: How-to Make your own French Press Coffee

Who says you need to be an expert barista to enjoy a home made coffee?

It’s important to start off with a good bean, pick a brand you like. It’s equally as important to grind the beans fresh, like the minute before you put them in the press. Continue reading “{Home Made} French Press Coffee: How-to Make your own French Press Coffee”

How to: Preserve Bananas & Strawberries

Tip: When they’re about to go bad, cut up Bananas into even sized pieces and spread them out on a flat surface (we used a cutting board, but a plastic tray works well too). Put this in the freezer and when they are frozen or near frozen (about 1 to 2 hours depending on your freezer), put them all in a bag a ziplock freezer bag. Always freeze fruits individually and then put them together so they don’t freeze into one big chunk. These come in handy for healthy smoothies and baking. You can even do this with fresh Bananas!

Tip: When Banana’s turn dark because they are super ripe, throw the whole Banana (peel and all) into the freezer. The darker the Banana, the sweeter it is! These are perfect for baking sugar-free or low-sugar desserts because the sweetness of the Banana compensates for the lack of refined sugar in the recipe. We like this method for our delicious low-fat Banana bread.

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Welcome and why we chose to start this blog.

The Tabouli Bowl is here to bring you nutrition & lifestyle blogging from the perspective of five sisters.

A little more about why we started this blog:

Emma:

When I first got married, I thought I knew enough to cook and bake good Lebanese-fare without any help, but I soon learned that I was quite mistaken. While living at home it was easy to ask my mother about quantities, cooking times, procedures and all that, and I did not realize how much I relied on this quick tips from my mother being in the next room. I learned a lot while helping my mother prepare feasts on occasions and day to day meals. Apparently, no matter how much you know – unless you practice constantly you will need a written reference for future attempts. Eventually, you get the hang of it, and like any good chef or mother you learn the recipes and techniques by heart. I was lucky to grow up with a mother who taught me all I needed to know for when I would be on my own – and I could always call when I needed something. Sometimes said mother was busy, or at work so I would have to fend for myself. Now I have grown up in the “google everything” age, and I would do just that. However because some foods have Arabic titles/words I found little to no information about them. The foods that I did find were either a random recipe posted years ago – or very poorly written, with ingredients and steps missing. I used to think, “how great would it be if there was a website with all the Lebanese traditional recipes on it?” I won’t say I didn’t find attempts at those types of sites, but they were not easy to navigate or had recipes that called for ingredients that we do not use in our cooking.

From then, I began to keep text files on my computer with recipes and steps. I found my mother’s old notebook that she used to write recipes in that our grandmother taught her. It’s amazing how much historical importance and culture food can carry, isn’t it? You think it’s a simple recipe, but food is something that all humans need. Food is also something that is used in every culture to promote congregation and community. An old recipe handed down, withstanding the test of time. Anyways – I digress, back to why this blog was a good idea. It provides a quick reference to newly weds or young ladies, or even non-arabs…really anyone who want’s to cook Lebanese cuisine! There will also be tips that we find useful, and any other ideas we can think of.

We are aiming to include traditional Lebanese recipes, but more than that, because we are such a diverse family we decided to include lifestyle posts. Each one of us took a different path in life and thus have so many different ideas to offer! We hope we can also show you the nutritional aspects of Lebanese cuisine. We really just want to share what we love with the world. W

Hopefully our readers will enjoy the content and share it with friends & family to spread the word. Let us know how we are doing by leaving a comment on the post or on the Facebook Page or Twitter!

DIY Matching Bathroom Set: Robin’s Nest Inspired

I’ve always wanted apothecary jars to put in my bathroom, I love the shape and height of them. I don’t yet have my dream bathroom so they’ll have to wait. In the mean while I’ve been shopping around for something similar and smaller and all couldn’t find anything I liked so I thought I’d just do it myself. You want something done, you do it yourself, right? I got some plain jars and a small plain vase (as the toothbrush holder) and set out to make them look like a set. It took less time than trying to find what I want, and is cost-effective as well. Continue reading “DIY Matching Bathroom Set: Robin’s Nest Inspired”