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For the month of Ramadan I will not be posting anything related to decorating or design. The Everything Ramadan page will move to the main page as I will, Insha’Allah, only post things relating to the spirit of this blessed month.

Please check back with me occasionally for inspiration and reflection. Insha’Allah I hope to share more Baitunjamil home, organization and food ideas after Ramadan.

With love and peace,



Spectacular with Stickers

Glass accents by

Glass accents by

You can get fun & elegant looks for your home with stickers. Wallies and Whatisblik specialize in providing products that enhance walls and objects. Whatisblik offers an innovative approach that allows you to create wall images, inspired by contemporary art, that look hand painted.


Dining room and play room by

Dining room and play room by

 (c) Baitunjamil 2008

Weekend Meals at Home

If you don’t work on weekends-the mornings offer the perfect opportunity to catch up on some sleep AND the time to sit down for breakfast. In my childhood home weekends meant the preparation of a delicious Sunday breakfast. My mother would cook delicious spicy potatoes while my father taught me how to perfect my pancake making skills.

Now, my husband and I enjoy a Friday night ritual of a romantic dinner at home. We usually prepare a meal that takes a little bit of time but that rewards us with savory home cooked flavors. This Friday I am making a light version of eggplant parmigiana. I will use my grill pan to cook the eggplant instead of frying. Italian style stewed tomatoes give my marinara sauce a subtle sweetness.

*I just picked up this affordable and sturdy waffle maker from Target:

This waffle maker offers adjustable temperatures and a sleek stainless steel appearance. Whip up your own homemade waffle recipe (see recipes below) or simply use a box version. Add a dusting of powdered sugar and your choice of fruit.

If you cannot get a hold of fresh strawberries consider using frozen.  You can also top your warm waffle with good vanilla ice cream and share it with a friend or your sweetie. Try making your own waffles this weekend for breakfast or dessert to save money on eating out and to create a new weekend ritual.

Basic Waffle Recipe

3 eggs (or egg substitute), 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 1 tbsp vanilla, 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp baking powder, 2 tsp. sugar

Beat eggs in a bowl until thick. Beat milk, melted butter and vanilla into eggs. In a separate bowl combine other ingredients. Stir into egg mixture and mix well. Cook according to your waffle maker’s directions.

Whole-Wheat Waffles

1 cup milk, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup butter or margrarine, 1/4 cup honey, 2-2/3 cups whole wheat flour, 3 eggs or egg substitute, 1 package active dry yeast, 1/2 tsp salt

Heat milk, water, butter and honey at 120 degrees F. Combine flour, eggs, yeast,salt and milk mixture in large bowl. Mix at low for 30 seconds then medium high for one minute. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions.