Tuesday, March 30, 2010

BBQ'ing chica's

mood: tired from staying up late
craving: another visit to Om A's house Tee hee

Salam Alikom to my sisters in Islam and a big hola.gifto all my non-muslim followers and readers....

Yesterday was just one of those days where I just wanted to jump up and hug the sun and run in the wind as fast as I can. We had such a lovely day. Wanna know why? I got to be with my best friends and have the best BBQ ever. We had so much fun and talked and laughed. While Twizzle and I were outside  "trying" to BBQ the kabobs and steak, the rest of the gang was inside. We started a tiny bit late and wished we had started earlier, since Twizzle and Kasey have a long way back home. We started eating at about eight pm and that was late.

I marinated some chicken in this really great marinade.  Recipe coming up at the end of the post. *drool*

As the kids played and screamed through the house and outside, I took charge of all the preparation and made sure the baked potatoes were cooking up a storm in the oven. I got the meat out and proceeded to put them on the kabob sticks. Kasey strolled in the kitchen and started helping. Then came Twizzle, as another helping hand. By the time  you know it, we were done! and it went so fast. We were laughing because the chicken smelled so good, even if it wasn't cooked.

Salad not finished. I don't know if I got a picture of the finished product. LOL 

Rewind to a tiny bit earlier. Twizzle and my daughter had to go get the sticks for the kabobs, because I totally forgot them back home. Ahhh. So, they come back with so much stuff including the sticks. Six cookies and cream ice cream bars, hot cheetos and Doritos. I was laughing because I told Twizzle to come back with junk and she threatened me, "After you eat this junk: no more! We are trying to eat healthy." LOL I said, "OK! OK! yes I won't eat more junk. " The funny thing is, I didn't eat any of  the junk last night. Instead we ate strawberries from Japan that Twizzle brought for us. Wow, what a treat and so much better than JUNK. So, guess who has all the junk at her home? LOL Om A does. Really, that's not why I am craving to visit her today. ( Twizzle, if your reading this...Well, just close your eyes at the next sentence. *big grin* )

In the above picture y'all can see we burnt the kabobs. LOL We had to throw the rest in the oven. :|

Yes, a big bowl of hot cheetos A nice big juicy apple sure does sound good now. Maybe with a nice big cold glass of Pepsi max  water. A little bit of doritos baked pita chips (whole wheat) dipped in hot sauce makes my mouth water. After wards just laying around and relaxing going to the GYM and working my bum off. *runs from Twizzle*

My daughter & Kasey made us  some really good chocolate coffee

Kasey had brought us some stuff back from Canada and I wanted her to give me a little pedicure. She's awesome at giving them. As I made myself comfy in the big chair, she got everything ready to start making my feet look like a million bucks. They look so good and I love my Ped Egg. Thanks Kasey. I love you.

Being with my friends last night was so amazing. I love hugging and laughing with them. I am the affectionate one out of the group. I loved sitting in the middle of all the toys and talking with Kasey and Om Abdullah. Loved BBQ'ing with Twizzle, as Khaloodie ( Kasey's son) talked up a storm and asked us tons of questions. He's so cute. Twizzle and I laughed so much! we burnt the kabobs and they were like charcoal after we got finished with the first batch. Ya, never let us BBQ your meat. Not a good outcome. My daughter made the most awesome salad you've ever tasted.  The steak was excellent.  Oh, well. Next time we'll start earlier so we can at least see what we're cooking. It was dark outside. Tee hee!
 We were snapping so many pictures yesterday. Masha'a'Allah!

Time always goes so fast and I hate the end of our get togethers.  I just wished Dubai was closer and Al Ain, too. Well, thank God me and Om Abdullah live only a hop, skip and a jump away. We always have so much fun together. Even if when we don't see each other, we talk a million times a day. Y'all don't wanna see our phone bills. LOL

I am trying to talk, Twizzle and Kasey into getting a bb. Twizzle refuses, cause of the camera on the bb, it's not good. Kasey, well I really think it'll be her next phone. Om Abdullah and I love our bb's.

What a great ending to a GREAT beautiful day with my best friends. I love y'all and hope to get together soonish.

Wishing Saimah & Om Fatimah ( Om Abdullah's sister ) was here.. It would have been complete.

Now for the recipe;



  1. Put chicken in large shallow dish.
  2. Drain pineapple, keep 1/2 cup juice.
  3. Set pineapple aside.
  4. Mix juice with the next 7 ingredients in small pan.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour over chicken.
  8. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  9. Remove chicken from marinade, reserve marinade.
  10. Alternate chicken, pineapple, green pepper, mushrooms, and tomatoes on skewers.
  11. Grill kabobs over hot coals 20 minutes or until chicken is done.
  12. Turn and baste frequently with marinade.
  13. Serve over hot rice.

Kasey's little boy, Hamoodie. Masha'a'Allah. ( God bless him ) Awe, he loved me and kept wanting me to hold him. (((hugs))) habibbi (My love) 

final whisper: Y'all are my sunshine my only sunshine, y'all make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never know, dear sisters, How much I love y'all. Please don't take my sunshine away. 

I LOVE Y'ALL girls. 


Umm Aaminah said...

Salaam sister! All I can say is YUM. :-) Unfortunately my husband doesn't like sweet with meat. What's wrong with him??? lol I'll make this one day when he is busy I think.

I was curious about something and wanted to ask. When I was in UAE I reallllly really missed nature. You know, trees and lakes and hills with grass. Has that been hard for you also?

ma salaama...

Texan in UAE said...

Wa alikom salam sis Um Aaminah, Well, then more for you. *wink* Yes, you have to make it when he's busy and you will love it. I promise. ;)

Well, I honestly think we have a nice balance here in UAE. That said, I come from TEXAS and it's much like here. But, I can see what you mean. I am from a desert town and if you see nice big trees, it's usually ones you've planted.

My best friends came from places where there's mountains and a lot of greenery, so there's a big difference for them. But, if you go to Om Abdullah's house, it's very green masha'a'Allah. When I wake into her back yard, it's like walking into a garden of green. I love it.

Thanks for coming to visit! come back! I need to make a run to your little blog. (((hugs)))) masalama

Anonymous said...

I want BBQ!


heart/and/soul said...

Salam texaninUAE.
It sounds like you're just so happy where you are, mashaAllah I'm really happy that you have such wonderful friends sis.
It makes me wonder that there are good people out there, there are people who I can get along so well as though we were sisters - I guess we just havent crossed paths yet. InshaAllah one day :)


MuslimFirst said...

1. YUMMMMMM *salivates* (must come to UAE for steak and kebabs. . . !!)

2. Awww ma'sha'allah, Hamoodie is a cutie (aha, that rhymes, lol). He's got big eyes too! Don't get me started on those cheeks! Can you tell I love babies?! (My dad was on OB/GYN)

3. Winnie the Pooh - I used to watch that!

4. Nice BB's (it took my a few seconds to figure out what that meant, lol). I don't have a fancy phone at all . . maybe after I graduate.

5. Ahem, salam to sisters and non-Muslims only? What about ME??? Update the greeting please! jkg hehehehehehehe ;-)

Awesome post. Love hearing these kinds of stories about get-togethers - don't they just rule? :-)

MaMa MishMish said...

MashaAllah! Y'all had a wonderful time ! ♥ I wish that I lived closer so I could meet all of y'all at one go, LOL. MashaAllah Hamoodi is sooooooo cute!!! He gets bigger everytime I see him ♥

Everything looked so delicious too....yummmm BBQ...I'm in the mood for some now too!

(((hugs))) to you all ♥

Madness said...

Mashallah! That looks DELICIOUS!
Glad you had a great time :) You got me drooling now :(

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

Ohh woow that sounds so much fun, wish i could be there and join yu all, you guys sound like u had awesome fun even if u did burn the kebabs lol, Mashallah i reali love seeing sisters have fun

that's me said...

Hi sis hope you are doing good, mash'allah! that food looks delicious!
I being a bit busy with the gelatins hehehe but hope to back to the sharepoint soon, wow all those who have more than one blog, coz I can't with 2.
hugs & kisses

UmmKhaled said...

Awwww it was soooooo nice MAshaAllah! I love all you guys and I am sooo happy I could make it. I wasn't even gonna ask AGAIN that afternoon after late at night 11ish PM when Twizzle told me...and my DH said too last min...but I ASKED ANYWAYSSSS and he said YEssssssssssssss...so he was hanging out with his brother in AD and we were hanging at UmmAboodi's! It was sooo FUN...Texan...that was nothin' I will give you a reaaaaallly good pedicure next time we get together...we will have my little maid to entertaint he chillin's (children) while we chat and laugh...

What were we laughing at in the kitchen I forgot...we were almost in tears remember...I was trying to rememberrrrr! It was a deja vu of "all stained" and I forget! Ohhhhhh and the food was AMAZINNNNNG! MAshaAllah! And I love UmmAbood's little HOME MAshaAllah it has a Western Kitchennnnnnn...woo: and it was hard to BBQ cause it was DARK out silly willy...not cause you had a lack of skills...

I cannot WAIT for the next time...I can't WAIT...woo: woo: woo:

When can ya'all make it to my PAD? I called it my PAD...so when when? I am gonna make a housewarming party so all of you can bring me GOLD dishes and crystal and expensive oud and bukhoor with burners to match....I am JUST JOKING as IF...I am totally kidding...

Ok I miss you...can't wait to see you...I am WHIPPIN' to the blog ASAP...

US: All doing the emirati kiss kiss kiss kiss kisssssss all vamped with hugs and squeezes...hehehe jajaja it was funnnn...and OMG the SKIT on the 'puter...too MUCH!

FINAL WHISPER: (LOOOOoooooOOOOOOL as I kill myself laughing here cause I thought of my OWN final WHISPER) LooooOOOOooo-frinkin' loud)
In a whisper voice: Kasey was havin' so much fun she fURgot her cell phone sooo it is at UmmAbdullah's turned off...No one can call me and I am PHONE-less...actually even worse..I was getting all the stuff in the car...sleeping kids and all...and DH was like something droppped...I was like yah this water bottle I picked it up...it was dark..did not see my phone drop too...and I forgot it and the complex security guard called me on "hubby" so meaning my hubby and then left it with OmAbdullah....good thing he is honest Alhamdullilah! SO NOoowwww me have to go back to OmAbdullah!!

CRAVING: Chatting more with the girlies (as the kids were too rambunctious jajaja ) and having a nice warm cup of yummy coffee!

Ohhh Texie...post the peek-a -boo surprised pic of my Hamoodie it was CUTE!
Loooooooooove KAsey

Firefox said...

That looks delicious! Good friends and good food = excellent combo.

God, I so want a BBQ now!

Twizzle said...

as-salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah,

ohhhhh I will make a blog post too about the bbq day... my whole day LOL

GIRRRRRL!!! I forgot to ask your lil' butt did you work out today??? :P

no more doritos for you!!! unless you bring the cool ranch flavor next time... oh, huh? did I just say that? :P

Zaiynab said...

awwww mashaAllah that sounds like so much fun! and hamoodie is so cuuuuuuuuute awww mashaAllah <3

Sweet_November said...

I waaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnt too :)

Mochness said...

Mashallah, that sounds like a great and delicious day!

Dr. N said...

I am so happy for you Texan. Having friends like yours sure makes life happy and interesting. The food looked so yummy. Saha o hana (i hope you know what that means).

Susanne said...

How fun! Enjoyed the pictures. :)

[[[ x Smiley x ]]] said...

Aww, mashAllah. Looks like you had a great time! Its always special spending time with good friends. The food looks yum && the chocolate coffee looks heavenly.
Hamoodie is adorableeeee! mashAllah! soo cute. :D

My Getaway said...

That looks so good! Glad you had a fun day!

annfrendly said...

BBQ. thank you so much for sharing the recipe.. i'd loved to try it.

Hamoodie..very beaytiful baby..

OmAbdullah said...

Omg i can't believe I forgot to reply here !!! Ahhhh!

MashaAllah it was so much fun with you girlies!! inshaAllah next time we will eat earlier though hahah! that was ridiculous! and my kids were soo annoying .... for now we HAVE to do it earlier so they can go to bed early... late bedtime means annoying kids and cranky mommy LOL

thanks for the fun! and i wish i could have chatted more, but you saw my kids right? **pulls hair out**

We should do like a morning get together! while my girly is in school ... we can make a wicked brunch or lunch ! :D :D

what do you say????

love u girls!

Amina said...

awwwwww, it sounds like it was a super super blast. I cracked up at all the 'strike through' words (pepsi max/etc.)

Kasey, hamooda has really grown. He's so cute, mashaAllah. Looks a lot like hessah (its bateeka from MSU, btw :P).

insahAllah you have many more get togethers <3

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