decorating,

Tips on How to choose the flavor of your wedding cake

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Cakes are a very important part of the wedding ceremony therefor you should take in consideration this:



The first mistake is waiting until the last minute to design and order a cake. Most bakeries have their custom cakes calendared out weeks in advance. Special ingredients and decorations sometimes need to be ordered and, in some cases, created from scratch, which takes considerable experimentation."
"The second mistake is to have too many people providing input. I've seen many brides driven crazy because they involved both sets of parents, friends, cousins, the entire bridesmaid party, etc. When you come to the bakery, keep your entourage down to one or two people at the most. Choosing a cake is about what feels good to you as the bride."

Therefor:

Theme: Be sure that your wedding cake is gonna look perfect with your wedding theme
 themed weddings need a themed cake. From outdoor spring weddings to religious ceremonies, any type of wedding can be accommodated with a custom cake

Time: Give same amount of interest as you do when choosing dress,hijab or other important aspects of weddings.
Three to six months is enough time to plan the cake. Once a bride knows her color scheme and the wedding venue, it's good to get the cake designed and ordered before she enters the 'crunch period,' which is usually the last two months.





                                                      Cakes by : Maggie Labaugh 





Make an appointment: Choose bakeries that offer cake tastings and be sure they really do, don't just assume they do.

Priorities: Cake choosing is one of the priorities in any wedding, is a big part of the whole ceremony, don't wait until the last minute to choose your cake vendor

Not to Exotic taste: Choose  a flavor that you are sure all your guest are gonna enjoy,a lot of people don't even touch the icing of cakes.
 If the cake has multiple flavors, taste all of them. Basic flavors like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla will vary depending on how the cake is made, its formulation, its frosting and more. Don't assume — taste!"
"Also, with regard to taste, avoid the exotic. A good bakery can make vanilla taste amazing. Exotic flavors sometimes alienate guests who don't recognize the flavor."


2013 fashion,

Which wedding dress style suits your body shape?

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The guide  towards your dream dress, perfectly suited to your figure

by: Merche Seggarra, chief bridal gown designer for Jesús Peiró
 
Are you an apple shape?
For those with a fuller bust and short waist but slim hips, the key is to minimise the top with a V-neck, avoiding too much embellishment or detail on the bust area. To balance the hips with the bust, a fuller or A-line skirt is recommended. As apples tend to lack waist definition, a drop waist can draw the eye away from the waist and help to lengthen the upper body. Good foundation underwear to support the bust will make all the difference.









Are you a curvy shape?
The key is to work with curves rather than against them! Structured fabric such as Mikado and heavy silks work particularly well and a mermaid shape will accentuate the contrast between a small waist and larger hips and bust.






Are you a pear shape?
The pear is one of the easiest shapes to dress – a fitted upper body and full skirt are ideal, or a strapless neckline will show off a small upper body and arms.






The key here is to emphasize the waist. Work with the balance that exists with the bust and waist and have both areas fitted – a mermaid style with waist definition is ideal with some kind of detail drawing the eye to the waist.







Are you a petite shape?
Tricks for lengthening the body include empire-line or dropped-waist dresses. A fluid line from top to bottom also works well and avoids the body being broken up, or sheath gowns in floaty fabric, without too much detail, are ideal. Too much volume may drown a petite frame so it’s best to keep skirt volumes to a minimum.






Are you a slim shape?

The key for very slim figures is not to wear anything too structured and fitted: fluid lines, floaty fabrics and 
draped styles are ideal. A bateau neckline is good with either opaque or transparent fabric.






Are you a tall shape?
A tall bride can carry most styles – everything from a statement gown with lots of detail to a simple silhouette with a beautiful cut. A long veil works well.  




Islam,

Indeed

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And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him...
Quran 65:3

Home sweet home,

Ramadan Desserts

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Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims around the world, my Allah accept your fasting and make it easy for you.
As you provably know Arabs are all crazy about desserts, Ramadan is the perfect time to enjoy a sweet treat in company of family and friends, today is time for Baklava!

Baklava also baqlawah 

is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, and those of Central and Southwest Asia, but is also eaten frequently in Mediterranean Europe.

For the recipe and easy step by step follow this link The Baking Pan
Ramadan 2013

Ramadan Kareem !

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Tomorrow in sha Allah Egypt will have the first day of Ramadan

I wish to all of you and your families  a blessed Ramadan !
Sand H.
how to survive in Egypt,

BENEFITS OF FASTING

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Fasting has been called the "miracle cure" because the list of physical conditions improved by fasting is long and varied. Cited most often are allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders of all kinds, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease, and asthma. Fasting is a wonderful antidote for our usual over-indulgences. There's nothing wrong with enjoying our food, but excess food on a continuous basis does create a burden for the body. When it must handle more than is comfortable and appropriate for it, it will suffer.
Fasting will:
·                  rest the digestive system
·                  allow for cleansing and detoxification of the body
·                  create a break in eating patterns, while shining a spotlight on them
·                  promote greater mental clarity
·                  cleanse and heal "stuck" emotional patterns
·                  lead to a feeling of physical lightness, increasing energy level
·                  promote an inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection
These benefits of fasting  can be attained through short term fasting, although the effects will be less pronounced, and not as beneficial as how the benefit of fasting over a longer time frame. But they will be there.
Imagine at work how you feel when you're handed a huge work load--more than you can handle in your 8-10 hour day, more than is comfortable and appropriate for your job title (or salary level). You're under duress. But you WILL cope. You MUST cope. You must make decisions. You attend to the most important and urgent of matters and set aside those that can wait for another day.
This is what our bodies do when they're overworked; they tuck things away for another day. Whatever tasks can be postponed will be. And more work is dumped on them at every meal- or snack-time, whether they're ready or not. This is why fasting is a beautiful gift you give to yourself. A vacation for your weary, overworked, under-appreciated body.During fasting, we rest our system from the constant onslaught of food stuffs. We usually think of food as giving us energy, so it can be a new way of thinking to understand how the food we eat actually requires energy. Digesting, assimilating and metabolizing--these activities require a great deal of energy. It is estimated that 65% of the body's energy must be directed to the digestive organs after a heavy meal.
Free up this energy and it can be diverted to healing and recuperation. It can detox and repair cells, tissues and organs, eliminating foreign toxins as well as the natural metabolic wastes (which are also toxins) produced even by our healthy cells.And this is what the body will do during a fast. It will take advantage of that time and energy to do some housecleaning. The overloaded, overworked system, unable to properly handle all the toxins, has been storing any excesses in the tissues where they can be dealt with later. This is one of the great health benefits of fasting in that it offers this opportunity to play "catch up".
Fasting itself isn't necessarily a "cure" for anything. What it does is "set the stage" or create the environment in which healing can occur. Our bodies know how to heal themselves. We just have to "get out of the way", and this means on all levels of our being. Fasting has a way of rebalancing us on all those levels.Physically, fasting is of high benefit to the chronic degenerative diseases that are plaguing our population and that modern medicine is at loss to cure.
Some Benefits of Fasting Include:
·                  Antiaging effects
·                  Better attitude
·                  Better resistance to disease
·                  Better sleep
·                  Change of habits
·                  Clearer planning
·                  Clearer skin
·                  Creativity
·                  Diet changes
·                  Drug detoxification
·                  Improved senses
·                    (vision, hearing, taste)
·                  Inspiration
·                  More clarity
·                    (mentally and emotionally)
·                  More energy
·                  More relaxation
·                  New ideas
·                  Purification
·                  Reduction of allergies
·                  Rejuvenation
·                  Rest for digestive organs
·                  Revitalization
·                  Right use of will
·                  Spiritual awareness
·                  Weight loss
Losing weight is, for many of us, one of the greatest benefits of fasting. Due to differences in metabolism and/or body chemistry (or mental patterns), exact results will vary from person to person.Using fasting to lose weight can create many opportunities to gain insights into your patterns with food and for making changes to your habits and lifestyle much easier to accomplish.Professionally supervised fasts may be the best for serious obesity. They offer both medical and psychological support during the process and guidance toward healthier eating habits after the fast.
Those who have the best result "going it alone" are usually fasting to "get healthy " or religious purposes rather than to "lose weight". The change in mentality can be the trick.Sometimes a short fast can be used to "jump start" a new healthy diet plan, because fasting will change your tastes toward more natural and wholesome foods. It will also give you a new perspective on your relationship to food; why and when you eat what you do, what your mental and emotional attachments are, and offer an opportunity for you to heal these issues.
Fasting can also increase energy levels. When you've progressed past the stage of dealing with detox symptoms, a fast will have you feeling lighter, more energetic, more enthusiastic, and requiring less sleep and impacting on your mental health. Because fasting improves mental clarity and focus, it can become a tool in your life to give you greater freedom, flexibility, and energy to get done the things and projects that are important to you.
Many experienced fasters find it helpful to fast whenever they need an additional boost for a major project or deadline, e.g. writing a paper, preparing for a big presentation, getting ready for a long trip. Artists and writers often talk of foregoing food during great creative inspiration; that it helps to keep the momentum going. (Although, beginners must be warned that this won't be the case at first. Don't fast for a big event until you are more knowledgeable about your fasting reactions, and you're sure you won't get a "detox headache" or such.)
Emotionally, you will feel calmer, clearer and happier. Fasters often report that depression lifts, goals begin to feel more obtainable as obstacles are put into proper focus. Doctors have reported patients experiencing improved concentration, less anxiety, sleeping better and waking more refreshed.
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between our emotional and mental aspects, where one begins and the other ends . Am I sad because I had this thought? Or did I have the thought because I've been feeling sad? Fasting has a way of clarifying those issues. Your awareness can focus in more accurately and determine the source of some unpleasantness, that then snowballed into a mess. Once the source is identified, it's easy to see how overblown everything else was that came after.
In other words, you see things from a clearer, more appropriate perspective. And let's not forget the powerful effects of fasting on our spiritual connection. Another one of the benefits of fasting is that it promotes we take our attention inward, that we listen, become quiet. And that quiet quality time, you with you, will also allow, if you are willing, a greater sense of kinship with your Inner Being.Without the continual addition of heavy foods into the system (and after any major detox symptoms have passed), the body takes on a lighter, less dense, feeling. This helps to create a subtle separation from ordinary physical reality and all its worldly things, and instead you begin to sense the presense and power of things beyond this world.
Prayer or our spiritual connection can become effective, higher states easier to attain, messages or guidance  in a clearer manner. Knowing you are loved and supported every minute of your day and of your life is something you begin to intuitively feel. Recognition that there truly is a higher plan or purpose will become more real as it is intuitively experienced rather than just intellectually understood.
Your experiences will be deeply personal and unique. Sometimes, subtle too. You have to pay attention to the little things; you have to be quiet enough internally to pick up the nuances in a changed attitude or perception.