3:16am

A girl born and raised in the midst of the woods, lived in a cabin home with her parents and a two siblings. Through her life she experienced all sorts of mishaps…For example, no matter how well she took care of her teeth, something always went wrong with them. During adolescence, her eyesight gave her problems too. Her parents and older brother are not able to hear well at the moment either. That leaves the younger sister; she has a sore throat all the time, because she can’t control her craving of sour berries that she finds from the floor. A tragic life of a happy family. Please read on.

One day the girl’s family decided to have a picnic, well that is more like everyday when its not cold or raining ’cause they live in the woods duh. Anyway, this was one of those days, they were craving fish. So, being smart and innovative, they used a clean stick, which…they cleaned after finding it from the oh-so-nature-ish-surrounding. Near the waterbed or something like that, the girl’s younger sister sharpened a stone so that they can ‘hunt’ fish. The girl’s younger sister wasn’t forced to do this, well she kinda was ’cause she’s the youngest and in the woods the children aren’t so spoiled as you might have noticed elsewhere meaning everywhere else.

Spinach with chicken (salaan). Ha, can't make this in the woods.

Spinach with chicken (salaan). Ha, can’t make this in the woods.

The other family members would actually do other things, like make a list of the chores the one younger than them would have to do. Thats always fun (hehe). This was actually a clever system, what the folks who don’t live in the woods would call “check and balance”. This was a way for the younger ones to keep their cool. They would refrain from annoying or being mean to the older ones, ’cause they don’t want to have to do the worst of the worst chores. Ah, but then how would the eldest of them NOT be playing ‘Dictator’, you might wonder or not. The younger family members provide for them a ‘future’ and survival when the older ones are too cripple and always falling due to poor eyesight, which the girl from the beginning of the story has already begun to experience. So, in the end the system works out for everyone.

We find our family fishing in the woods near the waterbed (lol I have no idea if this happens. My geography and way with stuff associated with other stuff is not accurate, so…watevs). The girl pulls our her list of chores, made by her older brother. She kinda sees that she has to fish and then has to announce when dinner is ready. What an impossible task! For, now she has to struggle to see what-in-the-world-is-she-catching and then, after her little sister cooks the fish (’cause that is whats on her chore list), this girl has to also yell like a crazy when dinner is ready. She’ll have to yell because half of her family has poor hearing. The genetics in this family is just all messed up I tell you, and yet they happily deicide to reside in the woods, without any other human, because being different is cool.

They should leave right? But how…they can’t cause I said so. They don’t know where they are actually. When the two small children (who are the parents now) were younger they were dropped off in the woods (on opposite sides of the woods) by their parents way back whenever who cares (cause their parents, both couples, simultaneously dropped dead due to heart failure…all four of them…at the same time…bad genetics or high cholesterol…obesity…leave me alone). Both orphans waddled their way to the center, losing their way and sense of direction, and met. This is how the family came to be. They didn’t care what was out there…like other people and stuff. They were happy and smart…just not smart enough to figure out how to get out of the woods, cause they lost sense of direction remember. Also, they didn’t care. THE END.

The moral of the story is, be happy in any condition you are in. Say Alhumdulilah, Thank the Lord. Don’t try to spontaneously become an author, since you have trouble reading, lack patience, and can’t make sense of anything, direction included. This is why I don’t like to write fiction.

Peace out.
-Eva626

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The Amazingly Edible-oh-I-can’t-get-enough Healthy Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I always trash talk my cooking and baking…Its not because I can’t cook/bake. Its mainly because I don’t like to when I make food or baked goods “healthy”, people in my home aka the family members, don’t eat the darn food. I usually don’t follow the instructions or the ingredient list for the matter of fact [haha ‘for the matter of fact” haha, I’ll use this in real life now]. But, this time, I did follow the directions…not so much the ingredient list. Its ’cause  I be cool like that. I fell short of the ingredients needed. Yea, so since I live in Chicago now, I was so confused on where everything was…so me being smart and stuff, I ‘thought’ we had all the ingredients, but we didn’t. Well, we kinda-sorta did have all the ingredients, but I guess i didn’t want to use them. Ok, fine, I actually was going to use them, but then while I was taking everything out to prep, I cringed and I tried to make it healthy…AND I DID. HA. 

Here’s the Original Recipe

“Chewy oatmeal cookies packed with walnuts and chocolate chips are easy to make, and your family will love the combination of flavors.”
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2014 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 6/4/2014

This is how they came out after I switched up a few things: 

My midnight craving has begun. Great.

My midnight craving has begun. Great.

Looks great huh? Since I don’t usually take part in such activities like, baking or anything really haha, I had no idea what 1 cup of butter looked like…and found out its TWO STICKS. Yea so, I replaced it with 1 stick and 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt. Instead of using 3 cups of ALL-PURPOSE-BAD-FOR-YOU-FLOUR, I used 3 cups of White Whole Wheat Flour. SCORE. I used parchment paper so I don’t add excess oil/greasy to the cookies; its also easier afterwards to just pick up the whole sheet of paper and lay it onto the cooling rack instead of individually trying to transfer them. Yea, I’m lazy, but smart. Maybe. Oh, the instructions say to have them in the oven for 12 mins, but since I replaced some things, I had them in there for 14-Perfect-mins.  You can refrigerate the batter unless you plan on making all of them at the same time. WARNING: don’t make them all at once, cause ‘even a lot of a good thing is bad for you’ blah blah blah, unless you have a lot of people coming over, then its fine. You won’t be able to resist just two. Thats, why I made 12 at a time for three days, cause my family and myself included, don’t have self control over good food, even though this recipe was HEALTHY. Oh, and I did everything by hand [haha i read this over, I mean not really stirring with my hands, I used a spoon and a fork lol…but, no mixer or whisk. Yea, this is embarrassing, but I couldn’t find those things, not even the measuring spoons. I used a normal dessert spoon for the normal-person-baking teaspoon and a normal cereal spoon for a normal tablespoon. I only found the measuring cups.

Ok, Happy eating, or bingeing on these cookies, ’cause you’re too cool for my warning.

Peace!

 

Ignore the fortune.

Hello,

   I’d like to write a serious normal post for you all…or even for myself. The time is exactly 1:41am here in New York [as I typed the time atleast]. I have been a-not-so-motivated-person for the beginning of this summer break that has been granted to me, Alhumdulilah. However, yesterday I did try, mind you. I went to sleep early; in our home this means around 11:30pm. I did fall asleep, which didn’t make sense, since I woke up super late that day. The next morning I woke up at 5:15am. It was an accomplishment, but then I wanted to sleep for a bit more, because my darn ego wasn’t very satisfied. I layed there for a good three hours (I think), and fell asleep. But, lo-behold [is this right?], woke up around-um-idk- 12pm. And then, fell asleep at 8pm, woke up at 10:30pm. OMG. What’s wrong with me. Ugh I hate this. Urg… Dang, pardon my rage.

A poem

So a post, I have finally typed.
For this late I’m fairly hyped.
My mind likes to wonder.
Stories of the past, it ponders
It hurts, but then it doesn’t.
It can if I let it, but it mustn’t.
A fortune cookie once read,
‘Not to analyze the tales all dead’.
I laughed and just ate the cookie.
That was me ‘before’. A rookie.
Well, why should I turn my head,
For every moment, I certainly do not dread.
They make me who I am.
And as for analyzing every bit of time…
I shall keep doing so. It is that sublime.
-Eva626

Well, that took a whole other turn. Lol. It kinda does tie into this post…especially the beginning. I think. See, still not gonna stop analyzing. Dumb fortune cookie. I wish I had one right now.

Oh, a treat for you all.

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Yum.
Peace out.

You had to leave

Classes started a couple of days ago. Summer is gone and I am sad about that! Ramadan and Eid flew by…Note: when time flies, you know Judgement Day is near. My siblings are growing up so fast. They are all leaving for college and will be busy with new schedules. Now me and my baby-14-year-old-brother will see eachother’s faces without interruption. I am fine with that but he finds me quite annoying haha [no worries, kido…we both have school in the day].

I AM SO SAD. I guess we all just have to realize that the moments we have right now are the most precious and we should make the best of them. I did say I was going to expose my summer doings [sounds sinful huh] when it ends…although I was not prepared to do it so soon. Oh well. Lets read the list:

1- I did not learn to drive. FAIL

2- I learned to bake! Well, it was more like following instructions from online recipes lol.

3- I helped plant stuff…which grew into eggplants, cucumbers, flowers, peas, spinach, mint, and basil. God’s blessings.

We also had our own ‘manual’ bbq. Delish!

4- Ramadan happened and I loved it.

5- ‘Met’ some interesting people on twitter and wordpress. Great learning experience.

6- I got a new phone. Unexpected. Bad timing, because I just got it a couple of days ago and its extending my summer mentality [this is bad since classes this semester are already so rough].

7- I started making video diaries for my siblings who would miss out on our daily boring lives at home. This has nothing to do with what happened to me during the summer, but who cares [also, it doesnt make sense ’cause the house is not as full as it used to be since its mainly the parents, me and the young’in [LOL at the word ‘young’in]].

I probably did more things, but cant think of them. Dang it, I have class in the mornings…its 2 am and I am still awake eating Eggos. Yea, this post is full of nonsensical events. I am done.

#Truthis Ya’ll are just ignorant, son.

Sorry for the tempting who-ever-talks-like-this blog post title. Hash-tagging, or number signs in front of words without spaces, should be limited to twitter/tweets. The word ‘Ya’ll’ should never be used out side of the southern deserted areas, and is unacceptable within my hearing range. However, calling people ‘son’ is ok [LOL]. Moving on, I have actually heard many statements, questions, and sayings that are just dumb. People have to open up books or the internet and try to learn stuff, like why certain people do certain things…Yea, I am talking about the ignorant people who come in contact with Islam in some way or another.

Ignorance is not bliss. Its laziness, dumb, embarrassing, and you’re not being an active learner while living the life you were given. Life is not all fun and games…there are things  you have to look into. You were given a brain, so use it. Hmmm, there has to be a way not to sound as harsh as I do right now. Anyway, I have heard or saw people using such statements/words/questions concerning Islam without thinking:

1- “That thing is so pretty on you, but it must be very hard for your women.”: Its called a “Hijab” and is worn to protect the female’s beauty and modesty because in Islam, females are pearls that should be hidden and not be shown to the world so random people can drool over her [directing people with dirty minds]. Its a form of protection God has told females to hold for their own benefit. This way she can display her thoughts, ideas and actions before her beauty. Its an honor. Its not hard…its not oppression lol. I don’t understand how ‘liberation’ or ‘modernism’ is to take off all your clothes, & roam around half naked in front of everyone…then shouldn’t naked animals be the most advanced species? Some people just don’t get it. The point was, women in Islam are supposed to cover themselves (as did Mary (May God be pleased with her), mother of Jesus (May God be pleased with Him) and all the other modest women in history) so that they are liberated from the social pressures around them. DUH.

2- “That terrorist.”: terrorist – a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities. And the Arabic word salaam (سلام) (“peace”) has the same root as the word Islam., meaning submission to the One God. Total opposites; enough said. In Islam a person cannot take another’s life, let alone their own. Only God gives life and gives death.

3- “How can you believe in a God that discourages homosexuality?”: Warning, I know this may be a sensitive topic to some as displayed by society now-a-days, but I just have to say this. Its not real, or humane. Just cause society/media/fashion industry/celebs encourage such things, it doesn’t make them right…think about it logically. Even in a scientific sense, why would evolution turn to a point where it would just randomly make up a few kinks and stop its own process. Don’t attack me just yet, first watch this VIDEO. I know many of you have already made up your mind before you might click the video link…its whatever, if you want to remain in ignorance. Btw, you not supposed hate or dislike any type of people; people are people, you can’t not like them for their way of living life, Islam doesn’t teach that. I was talking about the act, not people.

4- “Why would you want to live your life following a certain way of life, when you can make up your own.”: And you are also arrogant and selfish. First, think about who gave you this life so you can live it…stop using it as your ‘own’, cause its not yours. You were put on this earth, given such favors for a reason. If someone were to give you something and you had to return it to them at the end, wouldn’t you treat that ‘borrowed’ possession as how they told you to?

Hopefully, everyone here still likes me LOLOL [now please follow me on twitter] . If you don’t, then i guess you don’t…its ok.

P.S. Ramadan ended a few days ago and Eid was awesome!

I made this vanilla cake with peanut butter icing for Eid! It was really tasty.

EID Mubarak to all you people celebrating it!!!! Hope you all had a great one…And to the general public, Happy-end-of-summer-2012! Hopefully we all utilized our summer the best way we could have, be it relaxing, learning and experiencing knew things, working, etc…I can’t wait to read what everyone did this summer. Peace out.