Summer Time Crafts

Summer Time Crafts

Who doesn’t love some summer time fun in the sun… um, I mean fun in the garage?

If you avoid crafts because of the mess, here’s a genius way (thanks to my friend who shared it earlier on Facebook today) of keeping the kids entertained while avoiding the catastrophic mess  Thanks Jean!

Since I got inspired last minute and we don’t have any “real” crafts to do, we are just painting whatever we could get our hands on (empty boxes, paper, gift bags, etc.). The kids don’t seem to mind, so who am I to say anything? ;-)

Persian Momma’s vodka drinking habits have paid off!  Just kidding!! Those are Costco cartons. Really!

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The Epiphany of a 3 Year Old

The Epiphany of a 3 Year Old

Today was one of those days when you have the funniest and sweetest conversation with your child, the ones you promise to remember forever, and keep stored in your memory to share with them as they grow older, but surely forget. So, in order not to forget it, I am sharing it here with the world!

Today, after a potty break in the bathroom stall at a department store, my 3.5 year old son, Omid, turns around and in astonishment asks me: “Mommy, no you have doodool?” (Meaning, you don’t have a doodool (penis)?)

Me: “No, I don’t have a doodool. Girls don’t have a doodool.”

Omid: “Nikki have no doodool?” (Nikki is his sister. Obviously he’s concerned about her not having a penis as well)

Me: “No, Nikki doesn’t have a doodool.”

Omid, further connecting the dots: “Daddy have a doodool?”

Me: “Yes.”

And today, July 10th 2014 marks the momentous occasion of my son’s epiphany and realization of human anatomy. Congrats my son! You’re on your way to becoming a real boy ;-)

 

Pick-me-up Protein Smoothie

Pick-me-up Protein Smoothie

If you’re anything like me and have a big sweet tooth, you are digging every corner of your house looking for something sugary and sweet in the afternoon as a pick-me-up. Most times I will allow myself a treat. But today, after realizing that the scale is not working to my favor recently (damn thing must be broken ;-) ), and after a super hard workout at the gym, I decided to be good. So I satisfied that sweet tooth without going crazy on carbs with a healthy chocolate protein shake.

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1. 1 cup of unsweetened Almond Milk

2. Half a cup of ice

3. 2 scoops of Organic Protein (I got this from Costco)

4. A teaspoon of Chia seeds (again, purchased from Costco)

5. A sprinkle of Goji berries on top

Blend ingredients 1-4 and sprinkle with Goji Berries and enjoy (Noosheh jan konid)! I usually add a handful of spinach as well, but I forgot today :-)

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

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  • 1 cup quinoa (I used 1/2 cup of regular quinoa and 1/2 cup of red quinoa)
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 dry apricots cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry currants
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow, orange, or red peppers
  • Half a red onion diced
  • Chopped Parsley

Vinaigrette:

  • Lemon juice
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • Salt

Rinse and cook quinoa according to package. Drain excess water and toss with vinaigrette and enjoy (Noosheh jan)!

Healthy Fast Food

Healthy Fast Food

Looking for a fast, healthy, and easy lunch/dinner recipe? Well look no further! This easy, and healthy fast food was inspired from a Coscto sample. Thanks Costco!

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Just heat the salmon fillets in a skillet for 4-5 mins on each side. I added a pinch of salt and pepper to the fillets. Then I assembled them on the sandwich thins with cheese, lettuce, and tomato with a side of cucumbers. No mayo or frills needed. This tasted so delish and was ready in 10 mins!

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Best part was that my kids gobbled it up and asked me to make it again tomorrow. I call that a Persian Momma success story. Happy weekend folks :-)

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!
When my father didn’t have my hand … he had my back.
-Linda Poindexter

To all the amazing dads out there who work hard for their families, take time to play with their kids, teach them something new, discipline them, read to them, and love them, I wish you a very Happy Father’s Day! !روز پدر مبارک

Persian poppas and all the great dads out there, I hope you are appreciated on your special day and every day for all that you do.

And of course, I wouldn’t quite be me if I didn’t add some humor to it all.

By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

-Charles Wadsworth

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Got Change?

Got Change?

If you’re interested in donating to a great cause, here’s one! Golestan kids is a language immersion school that provides cultural education as well in San Francisco. This school has been a trendsetter in teaching Persian to children in a fun and exciting way and keeping our tradition alive in the new generations. Any bit of support and help counts. They are SO close to their goal and have come so far! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to this wonderful gem of a school!

Not only do they provide these awesome educational services to children, but they also help other communities start their own schools from Financial modeling to hiring to lesson planning. They’ve worked with dozens of groups and have helped start four new independent schools in the Bay Area alone.

Another way to contribute with no hassle to you, is to do your Amazon purchases through their website: http://www.golestankids.com There is an Amazon link on their page that provides profits to the school.