DIY Frames For The Kitchen

Hello my lovely people!!!! How are you all. Life gets so sooo sooooo busy at times that you hardly get to finish anything at all. Speaking of which I’m bringing you those much awaited frames that I posted about on the Instagram stories and have been receiving messages asking about what I did with them. Well here is your answer Read More

7 Questions With Alishba Baz

Alishba Baz is not just a great makeup artist but what makes her a delightful joy is her ability to add humour and creativity to her looks that are nothing like those ordinary beauty tutorials you find on social media. She has appeared on several social media channels for her talent. Her Instagram feed is full of different and creative looks. Read More

Being a parent

Parenting isn’t easy..it is the hardest but the most rewarding, the most beautiful experience of our lives. It comes with the most insane unexpected challenges as well as moments that literally fill our hearts with so much emotion and happiness that it seems unreal.

I’m Sonya and I’m a Mom of three wonderful children. I had my first kid when I was 25..My eldest is 6, younger than her is 2 and a half and the youngest just turned 1 yesterday. That makes it two girls and one boy. If I could sum up my life in a few words. I would say my life is beautiful! and it’s beautiful because of these three amazing little humans in my life.

I’m literally on a roller coaster every single day of my life and I’m sure many of you can relate to it. In the middle of waking them up, preparing breakfast, packing lunch boxes, sending one to school, keeping the other two entertained at home, getting the house cleaned up, making lunch, getting the laundry out of the way, ironing, putting the little one to sleep like almost 5 times a day, changing pampers, washing bottles, dealing with tantrums, sibling fights, guests, evening activities, story times, homework, cartoon time, showers, fixing cupboards, doing the dishes, making dinner, wiping tears, healing the bruises, giving lots of hugs throughout the day, making beds, keeping things around the house organized at all times, grocery, let’s not forget the criticism we get from everywhere and countless other things that I can’t even think of right now because by the time I’m done I feel like my brain has stopped working. This is the life of a Mom..that’s just how it is. No I’m not a perfect pinterest Mom, I’m a regular Mom who is on the verge of tears at least once a day but still puts a huge smile on her face and moves on embracing the beauty of it because hey! that’s what real parenting feels like. Would I change anything about it? No! I love my kids sooooo much that its impossible to explain.

It’s A LOT of hard work..it is also A LOT of fun!! I mean would you want to miss even a single smile or giggle or mischief or anything at all that comes with the whole parenting package. My 2nd born asks 1 question like 50 times a day but what can I say..its clearly too important for that little human in my life 🙂

Once you reach that point where you feel like you totally messed up something..try talking to people who really can have a heart to heart. You need people in your lives who can listen, understand and then give you just the right boost to move on feeling better than ever. There is too much negativity in the world and parenting needs to be left out of it. You haven’t failed as a parent, it can be overwhelming at times..failure, success and the art of not failing are three separate things and we have the right to acknowledge them as separate entities. Failure is if my kids are in bed wondering if I love them.

You’re not failing if you’re 15 minutes late to school.
You’re not failing if you had cereal for dinner Or if you felt like you needed to run away..there will be days when you will wonder if you’re even cut out for parenting. It’s not success, but, it sure isn’t failure.  It’s human and it’s ok. There is no such thing as perfect parents, so just be a real one. There are all kinds of parents in the world but there is no such thing as a bad parent. Let’s stop being so judgmental. Let parents be!

At least 10 times a day, I wonder what I’m doing wrong and completely disregard everything I’ve done right but then again that one thing that I did right overshadows everything else and helps me sleep peacefully…by the way isn’t it beautiful just watching the little ones sleep 🙂

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Parenting truly brings out the best in us. As they say until you’ve wiped a tiny butt clean, you wouldn’t know what love is. So if any of you is feeling a little low today, fess up. Take a 15 minute break and then carry on being a parent. If you need to talk I’m here 🙂

HUGS

 

 

Food Talk – Oreo Brownies

Who doesn’t love Oreo? I mean come on! You have to be a crazy person to not love Oreo. I may not be huge fan of Oreo cookies itself but boy! The kind of things you make with these yummy cookies is what intrigues me. I first fell in love with the ultimate oreo shake when I had it at Rendezvous Islamabad. It tasted soooo amazing!!! I used to drag my sister and friends with me there just to have the oreo shake. Nope! not ashamed at all! 😉 Now my kids love Oreo shake as much as I do. But anyway enough about the shake lol.
Moving on I came across this recipe sometime back and it is very very nice, I think you might just love it as much as i did. Let me give you a little history about my love for brownies. My Dad makes some really kick-ass  brownies and he used to make them every week. Which means that there was always something to look forward to each week, because there is nothing like fresh right out of the oven brownies. He pampered me so much before I got married, now I don’t get to spend so much time with him as I’m in a different country altogether but those days are as fresh as ever in my memory. People back in my country celebrated Father’s day on the 18th of June and it falls on the 21st here in UAE. Let your old man feel special because he IS very special! Cherish the time you have with your parents as that time never comes back.

Okay I’m clearly getting a little emotional so let’s move onto this Oreo version of the brownie. Get your notepads and note down what all you will need

Ingredients:

Oreo cookies as required (set aside for later use)
Unsweetened chocolate 340grams
Unsalted butter 225grams
Melt the two together in microwave. Now add the following
Large eggs 6
Sugar 3 cups
All purpose flour 1 cup (sifted)
Vanilla Extract 2 Tbsp
Vinegar 1/2 teaspoon
Fold all the ingredients in gently using a spatula.

Now that you have this ready it would be a good idea to get your oven running so it’s nice and warm for baking. It has to be set at 180 degree celsius.

Now take a pan, grease it well, pour half of the brownie mixture over it and spread evenly. Now comes the fun part, take Oreo cookies and lay them over it. Add more brownie mixture and another layer of Oreo cookies but this time cut into halves.
It’s time for your pan to take its place inside the oven, bake for 28 to 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, it means that your brownies are ready to be served/gobbled upon (Ahhh yes!)

Serve your brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want. I like mine with a beautiful cup of tea. Your kids are going to kiss your hands and give you unlimited hugs and kisses for this one.

Enjoy yourselves!

Signing off
Sonya Ali

 

Food Talk- Chicken Cheese Balls

Chicken cheese balls are always a sure winner at high teas and iftar tables. Now that we have reached the last week of Ramadan, it’s time for you to invite people that you haven’t yet given a taste of your delectable homechef skills. One of those scrumptious food items should be the chicken cheese balls. Trust me you can never go wrong with these. They will be a sure hit with kids and elders alike. And the best part is that they are super duper easy to make. So get hold of your notepads and jot down the ingredients

Here is what you’ll need:

Chicken mince 1/2 kg
Dried parsley 1tsp
Garlic powder 1tsp
Onion powder 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder 1/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
Butter 3 tbsp
Egg 1

Mix all of the above and set aside.

Now let’s take a look at what goes inside, this is what you’ll need for the filling
Mozzarella cheese – grated or cut into cubes
Pinch of black pepper powder

Outer coating:
All purpose flour 1 cup
Egg white 3
Bread crumbs 1 cup

Now that your chicken mince is ready and your cheese is grated (or cut into cubes) its time to make your chicken cheese balls. Take a small amount of chicken mince in your hands, flatten it and put a little amount of mozzarella cheese in the center, now roll it over the cheese and make small balls. Now one by one start dipping the balls into flour, egg, then flour, egg again and finally give it a good coating with crumbs.
Once you are done with this process you either fry them immediately or keep them in the freezer for a bit before frying (recommended). That way chicken balls won’t break while frying.
Of course these have to be deep fried till golden brown and served hot.
Serve them with ketchup or any other dip of choice.

You can make these balls and freeze them for later use. Just take a few out, deep fry till golden brown and you are good to go. These yummy things taste heavenly and are a treat for your tase buds. Remember me when you make these 🙂

Vegetarians can replace chicken with potatoes and make potato cheese balls which are as delicious as this. My kids love potatoes so its a win win for me 🙂

Signing off
Sonya Ali

Weekend Chit Chat

Hey everyone! Hope Ramadan is going well for you all. I have not really been MIA just crazy busy with my little ones and home. Gosh we don’t realize how much of an effort goes into our days and nights. It’s only when you get time to be by yourself and really breath, is when you get to ponder over the fact that it’s a lot of work. So all the people out there, men or women, who take out so much of their time to be with their families and do anything and everything to make them happy, Hats off to US! 🙂 I do however try to stay active on Instagram so that I stay connected with you all. For those of you who are not on my Instagram can follow me, my ID is  sonyalee1. Let’s connect! 🙂

For those of you who don’t know yet, the official page for Wings & Strokes is www.facebook.com/wingsandstrokes. You can find Wings and Strokes on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube.

Moving on let’s talk about the weekend. Ramadan has us all busy here, but I do have to point out that it relieves us of the daily task of preparing lunch for the family. I still have to prepare something for the kids of course.

This weekend has been extremely lazy, I fell very sick and that drained me of the much needed energy. Still managed to take the kids out for a bit, they deserve a break as much as we adults do. Found some really neat things for the house (i’m obsessed with my home and home decor) you can easily call me The Desperate Housewife, most of my friends call me that. Watched a great movie with my kiddies, it’s not something new but definitely worth it. It’s called Game Plan. It’s super cute and my older one loved it. The Rock really does justice to his character and I adorrrrrrred him in this one. Parenting is indeed the most beautiful thing on earth. I feel fortunate to have been blessed with wonderful children who make my world beautiful and my life worth living. I hope and pray that I can help them become worthy people as they grow up.

Also I wanted to tell you that I am starting a new section in the blog talking about everything related to ‘Home‘. Really excited about that. I spend most of my time at home with my children. I have been working from home as well. As this is the place where I spend most of my time, I find myself doing something or the other throughout the day. This is something I’m very passionate about so expect a lot of home related posts. (Like seriously)

Big question for you all. I know most of you open W&S on your phones but I wonder if you have had the chance to open it on your desktops or laptops? Do try it once, and let me know what you think of the layout of the blog. I think you might just like it more, I prefer to open it on laptop (self obsession, yesss).  So the weekend ends here in UAE tomorrow and begins in most parts of the world. What are your plans? I plan to lose weight lol but then again that’s what I plan everyday 😉

Some of my friends want me to put my name on the posts which I never do as I didn’t really want this to be about me but I feel that it’s good to connect, it’s “time” to connect! I have been blogging for two years now, Wings & Strokes is two years old, I have neatly kept my name out of it for this long and spoken about people and things that inspire me. Even though I don’t post regularly these days but I promise to fix that so we get to know each other more. Thank you for visiting, reading and staying for a bit. Means the world to me!

Enjoy the weekend!

Love,

Sonya

Kiss From A Rose

I still remember the first time I listened to this song on the radio, I fell madly, deeply in love with it. I was sitting with my mom in her room when the RJ played this amazing song. Each night we used to turn on the radio and listen to insane music being played around 11pm on FM 100. (Back in Pakistan) That was a new radio station and the RJ’s were super good at what they did. The late night show used to be something! Great unforgettable music. My mom was into music as much as we kids were. It was always such a pleasure sitting next to her, listening to music, talking about different singers, our favorites and the whole shebang. It surely brings back memories of the days when my sister, friends and I used to turn the lights off in the room and listen to it at a super high volume. Lights from the equalizer on my music system used to seem so magical. What days!!!

This song was released in 1994, it was re-released as the soundtrack for Batman Forever in 1995. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, it won awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ( Seal).

Lyrics are beautiful. Those of you who’ve never heard of this one (which I would find surprising), I would suggest you get your best headphones out, listen to the song while keeping the lyrics in front of you so you don’t miss a thing.

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Seal “Kiss From A Rose”  (youtube link given below)

There used to be a graying tower alone on the sea.
You became the light on the dark side of me.
Love remained a drug that’s the high and not the pill.
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and
The light that you shine can be seen.
Baby,
I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh,
The more I get of you,
The stranger it feels, yeah.
And now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray.
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say.
You remain,
My power, my pleasure, my pain, baby
To me you’re like a growing addiction that I can’t deny.
Won’t you tell me is that healthy, baby?
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.
Baby,
I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,
…And if I should fall along the way
I’ve been kissed by a rose
…been kissed by a rose on the gray.
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say.
You remain
My power, my pleasure, my pain.
To me you’re like a growing addiction that I can’t deny, yeah
Won’t you tell me is that healthy, baby.
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.
Baby,
I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.
Yes I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
And now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom on the gray
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.

|Faces| “James Morrison”

James Morrison, the incredibly brilliant, gifted guy from Warwickshire England, born on August 13, 1984, has a voice that is almost impossible to get out of mind once you have listened to his extraordinary music.


He rose to fame and success with his single “You give me something” in 2007, leaving the world in awe of his voice, great videos and charming looks. The song is featured on his debut album, “Undiscovered”, which was released on 31 July 2006. The song has been nominated for a BRIT award in the category Best British Single Shortlist in 2007. Not to mention he looks like Chris Martin’s long lost brother, the resemblance is uncanny, especially when his hair is shorter.

In the world of today, when most music videos are based on nudity, his music videos are refreshingly simple yet classy. Singers like him are a reminder that there is still great music out there. He attributes his distinctive voice to a severe bout of whooping cough that nearly killed him when he was a baby. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that his music is irresistibly addictive. He has four marvellous albums to his name to date

  • Undiscovered (2006)
  • Songs for you, Truths for me (2008)
  • The Awakening (2011)
  • Higher than here (2015)

I absolutely love his music, a few being absolute favorites

His official website is http://www.jamesmorrisonmusic.com/
The website is stunning, suits his personality perfectly! Do check it out!

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A few years ago when he was at the peak of his career, when he was the toast of the music industry, a string of sold-out arena shows under his belt and his third platinum-selling album topping the charts. James Morrison disappeared. His soulful voice fell silent, the appearances dried up and baffled fans were kept waiting and waiting for his next release.Morrison had become a virtual recluse from the music scene, holed up in the mansion that his six million album sales had bought him. He suffered three tragedies in three years losing his father, brother and nephew. Grief sometimes hits us in ways that we can’t explain, but once we emerge from the darkness, we come out much stronger, more able and mostly a better version of ourselves. He used to be a trained carpet fitter before he came out with his music and won hearts of million around the world.

Dating one woman for more than 10 years makes me think highly of this man indeed. Gill Catchpole and James Morrison had a beautiful daughter named Elsie.



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W&S