The sunshine on a grey day

Friday, 17 March 2017

So finally I got to photograph my beautiful un-blossomed Jasmines, since I have neglected this space yet again, well keeping up is not the easiest I find any more, so long for that self-promise to blog every Tuesday! haha who was I kidding, I just found it hard to post beneficial content, to be honest, the perfectionist in me does hold me back most of the times, if it's not as perfect as my brain imagined, well no I won't have the courage to post, self-criticism can also be a bummer I don't need to share the number of draft posts I have sitting for months and over a year (my shameless confession) haha. 

Well, and procrastinating is something I do very well! scheduling always helped me keep on track, daily schedules are something I must stick with or else I may have very little productivity that day, from our normal daily activities to food, I don't like the idea of preparing food beforehand and storing in a freezer honestly.  But placing that schedule in front of me makes it less of an effort to see what we will be munching today since me and hubby have quite different diets, imagine how creative I get at times just to juggle both needs with my mild veggie palate to Ahmed's totally opposite palate.  
Here are a couple of videos I really like and helped me personally, that might also help you overcome procrastinating 5 Steps to Stop Procrastinating & Get Creative Work done
5 Procrastination Hacks

Avoiding procrastination:
1. Writing everything you need to get done.
2. Start now, throw out the excuses and start your tasks.
3. Reward, this might seem like something you might do with your kid or pet, but from my personal experience giving yourself rewards at the end of completing a task while reminding yourself with the reward in the duration of the task, things as simple as reading your favourite blog, having a relaxing bath anything that you might feel like that day. 
4. Break down bigger tasks into smaller, it makes it much easier and less scattered.
5. You know the feeling when you get when you've finished writing an assignment and hit that submit button? or when you have a clean tidy home? with the smell of fresh baked muffins around? well that how good it is to get things done, so try to engage all your senses with the taste of success we can call it! 

Anyways, little miss sunshine of ours always has a way to bring laughter and joy on grey days like these, not that its uncommon in Scotland haha, she starts by coming in our room somersaulting over our heads at 6ish am every day!, so to keep her busy this morning I decided to make something sweet and well yes clean the dust from this blog as well.  So I made some coconut chocolate squares that are sweet and nutritious. 

Coconut chocolate squares 
1 cup softened dates
1 Tbsp coconut flour
2Tbsps almond flour
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
1 Tbsp crunchy peanut butter
3/4 Tbs warm water
1/4 tsp ground pink Himalayan salt
100gram dark chocolate 
A bit more salt for sprinkling after covering with chocolate
A couple of almonds, pecans and walnuts for a finishing touch

. Add all ingredients into a food processor, making sure all ingredients are mixed well.
. Flatten the mixture onto parchment paper, shaping a square shape.
. Cover the mixture with the sides of the paper and put in a freezer for about 45 mins.
Once set, cut the mixture into 9 squares.
. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, dip squares covering all side, before setting add a walnut, pecan or almond topping it with a tiny pinch of pink Himalayan salt.
. Keep stored in the fridge. 

With all the bad things happening back home in Tripoli this week, nothing we have in hand but to pray, I can only imagine the horror the little ones are going through listening to all the heavy fighting.  Will Libya ever be a safe place? I'm afraid I'm losing hope it will ever be ...  

بعد وقت طويل للبلوق من جديد بطريقة صحية جديدة، مكوناتها بسيطة وماتأخدش وقت بش تكون جاهزة.

طريقة مربعات الشكلاطة بجوز الهند
كوب تمر يكون معجون
ملعقة كبيرة دقيق جوز الهند
2 ملاعق كبار دقيق اللوز الأبيض
 1/2 ملعقة صغيرة فانيليا
ملعقة كبيرة زبدة الفول السوداني المقرمشة
3/4 ملعقة كبيرة ماء دافيء
1/4 ملعقة صغيرة ملح الهيمالاين الوردي
100 جرام شكلاطة سوداء عالأقل 70٪ كاكاو
شوية ملح أكثر للرش عالمربعات بعد التغليف بالشكلاطة
شوية ألواز كاملة للتزين

خلطي كل المقادير في خلاط، وتأكدي أن كل المكونات مخلطة كويس.
افردي الخلطة على ورق زبدة، وشكلها ري المربع ساوي الجناب كويس.
لفيها في الورق وحطيها في الفريز حوالي 45 دقيقة.
بعد مايشد قصيها ل9 مربعات.
ذوبي الشكلاطة، وغطي المربعات بيها من كل الجوانب، زينيها باللوز اللي تحبيه ورشي عليها في الأخير ملح الهيميالاين الوردي الخشن.
خليها في الثلاجة. 

دعاوتنا لليبيا وطرابلس بالآمن ليها ولكل أهلنا يارب  ...



  1. Just discovered your blog,the photographs are so peaceful

  2. I really need to learn to schedule my life a bit more, mum of two and a bump, business owner, blogger and volunteer life can get busy ! The recipe looks like something my children will love xxx

    1. You'll get there inshallah, life is busy absolutely even busier for you. Hope you have a healthy happy pregnancy and delivery inshallah x

  3. This post is very good I like how you outlined all the steps to avoid procrastination thanks for sharing. Thanks for also posting a chocolate recipe looks very yummy I'll have to try it.

  4. Chocolate squares looks soft ...will try out soon...and your post is very informative too

  5. O Yes... procrastination - such a love and hate relationship all the time. I find scheduling helps me many times; trying to be consistent and also breaking tasks into smaller chunks; and of course 'eating the FROG'(starting with the most important task of the day as early as possible).

    Those chocoloate squares sure look tempting by the way.

    1. Thanks, Amina, scheduling definitely helps a lot, I agree starting as early as possible is key!

  6. These look so good! I have all the ingredients to make them and I could actually eat these (I have dairy intolerances so it's nice to see a recipe that doesn't begin with half a kilo of butter!)

    1. I'm always trying to making clean recipes without that half a kilo butter haha! glad you like them, hope they come out great for you! Thanks Iman

  7. Chocolate squares loks yummy and healthy too.

  8. Your un-blossomed Jasmines look beautiful. And the coconut chocolate squares look delicious, also I love your procrastination tips on how to avoid it.