Friday, December 08, 2006

Of birthdays, busy moms and THE right tabbouleh

Today is my son Abdel Aziz's birthday party... He turned two on Dec.6, and the party is being held today because I was busy with the ICT forum... :(
Everyone from my husband's family and my family is coming and we cant just mince enough parsley for Tabbouleh... (which has no cucumber, lettuce or anything like that... only parsley, some tomato, borghol, lemon, salt and olive oil... why people add so many other ingredients is something I cannot quite fathom... The other day, I had Tabbouleh with RED CABBAGE in it... what!!???)...

We decided to have a cozy party at home... I don't like birthdays held at fast food restaurants and cafes... the nice thing about a birthday is the family gathering and the joy of bringing people together to have fun... not bringing 50 crazy kids with their boring moms to a restaurant and spend your time smiling to complete strangers who in turn spend their time talking about their husbands and mothers-in-law while your are helplessly trying to prevent kids from hitting each other, and quite not succeeding in that...
And because I am a working mom and I still want people coming today to eat a lot of yummies, I thought I should seek help. So we are doing the Tabbouleh at home, my mom will cook some fried Kibbeh and yalanjee and my mother in law is doing some pastries and mou3ajjanat... and we will buy cake and desserts...yummy... this made both ladies compete to make some nice stuff and the ultimate beneficiary is us all...we love it when my mom and my mother-in-law compete... very HEALTHY and YUMMY competitions. :D

God, kids just grow fast... and i am trying to enjoy every single moment of this... kids are such a blessing.. Thank God for them...



Happy Birthday Abboudeh!


11 comments:

Summer said...

Happy Birthday to Abboudeh, wish him many more!! i hope your tabbouleh turns out great and you all enjoy the family gathering. Have fun!

PALFORCE said...

Happy Birthday Aboudeh, yetrabba be3ezzekom nshallah.

Peace

Iman said...

Awww...I looove kids! Happy birthday to your baby! Enjoy!

by the way, whose cooking do your like more - your mom's or mother-in-law's? :D

Oula said...

summer, Palforce: abboudeh says thank you!
Iman: that is a politically incorrect question... it is like asking a married man, whose cooking do u like more, ur mom's or ur wife's (imagine if both were present) maybe a fire will erupt!

Hatem Abunimeh said...

Oula,

First of all happy birthday to Abboudeh, secondly no-- no-- and more no to birthdays at home, thirdly and lastly, birthdays are supposed to be an occasion for the kids to celebrate not for the adults to indulge.

At home parties usually create too much mess and the clean up after-wards adds an additional burden for the mother that she has to contend with after all the festivities are over and done with, that is on top of the strain associated with accommodating all of the invitees, kids and adults.

By contrast, a party held at a place designated for birthday's saves you all of the hassles associated with the preparations, buying the balloons, cake, bells and whistles...etc, and provides an adequate ambiance for the kids to entertain themselves, and saves the moms the peace of mind they so desperately need.

Your food menu should have had Pizza, hot dog, cold cuts, Kentucky fried chicken, chips, candy, soft drinks, juices ...etc. along with the tabbouleh and fatayer.

Anas said...

Happy Birthday Aboudeh...
wish you all the best in this life and try to share all the great moments with your great Mammy and Daddy

Salaaam

Rana said...

Happy Birthday Abboodeh , el 3omor kolo ya rab :give:

Nice blog Roula, i have been tracking it for quiet a time , and it is really interesting , keep it up!!

aya almusa said...

Happy Hirthday to Abboudeh.

Qwaider قويدر said...

Habby Prisday abboud.... Many happy returns ... and a BIG KISS from ammo qwaider

And to Mommy,Allah ya4teeki ALF ALF 3afyeh ... and grant your family, hubby and kids all they wish...
I hope you would achieve more and more success our beloved Ostaza that we all learn from.

Masha2allah, you have a wonderful family ... allah ykhalleekom ALL ya rab

kinzi said...

Ma Ahlak, ya Abboudeh!

Oula, I TOTALLY agree about the birthday party thing. Good for you! I attempted it once, and even without tabbouleh, I realized it was an operation that could not be successful without Mom AND Mom-in-Law cooking for it.

You get the Great Mom of the Week prize.

MQabbani said...

Happy Birthday to Abood .. : )

why you didnt invite me ??