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Tonight as I sit at home with my husband and wait to hearBarack Obama’s acceptance speech for the nomination of President from Democratic Party I can’t help but think about my own family.   I am 32 years old and I only have to count back five names, just five short-lived generations to get back to my ancestor that lived in slavery.  I consider myself fortunate because I know some of my families history.  Many blacks in the United States do not have the pleasure of knowing the names of their ancestors.  I encourage everyone who reads this to have conversations with your family memebers, especially the elders and find out the names of those who came before you.  Don’t let your family’s history be forgotten.  I take pride in who I am and I am grateful to Allah for my history and for guiding me to Islam.  This is a day that will be remembered for years to come as a milestone in this country.  Black people in the United States have worked and strove hard many a year to overcome the racial problems that exist here.   Racism is not something that is unique to the United States, it happens in every other country in the world in some form or fashion, but as for my own country, I am happy to see things change in my lifetime.

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I LOVE to cook.  I am always on the hunt for new recipes and I enjoy reading cookbooks, so I thought I would start posting on what I am doing in the kitchen.  For me cooking for people is one way I express my love for them.  I love the feeling I get when I cook for my family and friends and they tell me how much they enjoy it.   I like getting requests from people to have something that I’ve made for them and I love swapping recipes.  If you have some good recipes leave me a comment and tell me what they are or where I can find them.  If I make it I will write a post about it. 

What came out of my kitchen today:  Ginger Pumpkin Bread

This came out in my new favorite thing from the people at Martha Stewart, Everyday Food Magazine.  I absolutely adore this magazine and read them from cover to cover.  The recipes are easy to make and the pictures are irresitable. 

One great thing about this recipe, there is no need for a mixer.  Don’t over beat the batter and it will turn out great every time.  Also, it tastes great without the glaze.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (1 3/4 cups)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Sugar Glaze, (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch (6-cup) loaf pans (see note, below); set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, pumpkin, melted butter, and eggs; add flour mixture, and stir until just combined.
  2. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes; invert pans and transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool completely. Glaze, if desired.

glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar with 2 to 3 tablespoons water until mixture is smooth but thick. Place waxed paper under rack for a quick cleanup. For easy pouring, transfer glaze to a liquid-measuring cup, and drizzle over loaves. Let dry 15 minutes before serving. Makes enough for 2 loaves.

My husband ran across this story on NPR and I thought it was interesting enough to point out.  With all the controversy in Texas with the polygamous sect of Mormons and people in an uproar about the so called injustice of having multiple wives, I thought this story could use some more exposure.   The reasons why these families have chosen polygamy (more than 1 wife) are real and I thought they explained their situations and family dynamics very well.

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I dropped the ball on my blog, but I am looking to get back in the swing of things.  I have been working on  a few things like being more active and getting exercise, heating healthy, and trying to quit junk food.  I have started back with my Arabic class and trying to be more dilligent.  I am trying to work more steadily.  I can’t stay away from news about the current election cycle! and other general things around the house.  My brother’s wife had a baby last week and we are happy to announce the newest addition to the family is a healthy baby girl.  I have another niece or nephew on the way in May, as well.  Lots going on and I will try to find the time to talk about a few of these things in the coming weeks.

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And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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