Three Things Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks for stopping by for today’s Three Things Thursday!

Thing One: The Pakistani Way

I was brought up to do things a certain way – to lay the table the night before a big dinner, to make menus extensive enough that your guests shouldn’t feel just satiated, but stuffed. This was how I believed things just are and to this day that is how I am.

Kofta Curry, Photo Credit: Shayma Sadaat from Spice Spoon, published in Edible Toronto Summer 2014

Kofta Curry, Photo Credit: Shayma Sadaat from Spice Spoon, published in Edible Toronto Summer 2014

Now with two kids I find myself trying to make Β it all a little more manageable. My older daughters first birthday had no pizza, no catered food, and sixty people. My second’s first birthday will not be entirely home cooked and may not have sixty people. As we move away from our country of origin to one that is new and so different we all find ways to keep what is important to us alive and give way on things that are less so. A cousin (Hi Saman!) told me about this article by Shayma Saadat of the blog Spice Spoon and it is an absolute must read, especially for my non desi (South Asian) friends who probably don’t understand why we do what we do – “Isn’t a main, a salad, and a side enough?”

Thing Two: Picking on PinterestΒ 

Okay people I know I am being a little persnickety here, but the pinterest pictures that are longer than the length of my screen are driving me crazy. It feels like my feed is flooded by them and while I get the objective (greater visibility) they are taking the fun out of pinning. I don’t need to see pictures of boiling water, the end product is enough. Thanks.

Thing Three: K for Karachi

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I am incredibly sentimental, a trait that I blame wholly on my fathers side of the family. If I didn’t have my husband (not so sentimental) to curb me I would probably have a wall plastered with kitschy truck art to remind me of Karachi. Now thanks to Khaula Jamil “Documentary photographer | Photojournalist in the big bad awesome city of Karachi” there is another way for me to keep Karachi close to me. Her K for Karachi jewelry collection is pretty cool and worth checking out for my fellow sentimentalists. You can follow her on instagram as well @Khaula28 for some incredible Karachi shots.

That’s all for me, now go show some love for my hosts at The Write Balance, Pink Chai Living, and Love Laugh Mirch!

18 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday

  1. I can totally relate to number one. My older sons birthday had everything homemade and playstation etc.. and for number two not so much. I kind of feel like in a bunch of areas of their life but then I think it’s compensated by the fact that she has an older brother to play with and he didn’t have anyone πŸ™‚ Happy to have you linking up!

    • I love the way your mind works.

      Speaking of your mind working how about you put together a Christmas toy guide? Zara is too young to get the whole ‘give an experience’ thing so I need a tangible toy (preferably something more enlightening than a pink plastic castle) and am all out of ideas. Figured hitting up one of my favorite bloggers was the way to go πŸ™‚

  2. Ok, I totally get the birthday thing – we had 100 people for my oldest daughter’s first birthday. Not kidding. Tent in the backyard, two cakes, catered Indian food (because we were crazy, but not that crazy). My son had like 30 people and potluck style. My baby girl is turning one next month and we’re seriously down to like 20 people which is our immediate family.
    The K for Karachi line looks awesome! I love the idea behind it!

  3. I’m totally with you on the birthday thing! For Zunoon’s first and second birthday, I cooked everything from top to bottom. His third birthday, however, I had store bought popcorn and chips/dip, catered for the main meal, and took dessert upon myself.
    I think sometimes we are afraid to ask for help. Maybe subconsciously that makes us feel inferior? I don’t know.
    But over time I’ve come to accept that it’s okay to ask for help. It doesn’t make you any lesser or inferior of a person.

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