Snowmy: Part Deux


I’m so glad one day I can recount to posterity the day I walked “uphill,” in the snow for over 3 miles with my dear Carrboro friends!  I have never witnessed so much snow accumulate before my eyes before, but today was awesome and adventurous!  Happy Snowafternoon, friends!

View from my office window by 1pm.

View from my office window by 1pm. Note the (standstill) traffic in the background. Buses were hopeless and some buses were not taking any passengers!

Resourceful young man struggling just when the snow started.

Resourceful(?) young man struggling just when the snow started and we began our trek home to Carrboro.

<3! On the walk home.

I love this house anyway, but the snow just adds to it’s joy!

Desolate roads... looks like I'm not going anywhere for a while.

Desolate roads… looks like I’m not going anywhere for a while. Time for tea and a good book!

Carrboro accumulation! Whoa!

Carrboro accumulation! Whoa!


Guest Photo: Spelt Muffins


Darakshan is my childhood friend from the good old days in TN… we spent many a time talking about something I hold close to my heart between playing with her sisters and random adventures after Islamic school.  The topic?  FOOD!  Haha.  Alhamdulillah, she is the focus of my guest post tonight on baking – I have always admired her skills in the kitchen and am eager to try out her recipe.

Pictured here is her final result, which I will be trying this weekend iA! Enjoy!

Darakshan's Spelt Muffin

Darakshan’s Spelt Muffin

1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
1/8 teaspoon Almond Extract or Vanilla Extract
¼ to ½ cup brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten 
3-4 tablespoons unsalted melted butter
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans/Walnuts/Roasted Almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners.

Stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

Mix the bananas, sugar, egg, butter, and brown sugar in another bowl. Stir the dry ingredients in gently, being careful not to over-mix.

Divide evenly among the muffin tins, then sprinkle with some of the chopped nuts. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (they’ll look pretty dark, but they’re not burnt!) Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

[Adapted recipe from CatesWorldKitchen!]

Rainbow Chard


Despite setting off the smoke alarms, it’s been a delicious day. #organiceating

Anatomy of Dinner: Rainbow chard, curried chicken, and daal!

Anatomy of Dinner: rainbow chard, curried chicken, and daal!

Recipe for Rainbow Chard:

After separating stems of chard, cut stems into slices and cut leaves into thin strips.
Saute garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt/pepper in olive oil in a large skillet. Add stems and stir until stems soften. Stir in chard leaves, cover pot, and cook until steamed to perfection. Squeeze lemon juice over the chards when done and enjoy!



Not sure when I became so in love with animals, but apparently I am a fan. Can’t wait to go to the Tiger Rescue Center in a few weeks iA!

Duke Lemur Center

Duke Lemur Center

Cute Lemur!

Cute Lemur!

Why'd the chicken cross the road?

Why’d the chicken cross the road?

Ring-tailed lemur :)

Ring-tailed lemur :)

Maple View dairy cows!

Maple View dairy cows!

Hi Cookie!

Hi Cookie!

Tiramisu #wanttoeather

Tiramisu #wanttoeather



Is this my best side?

Is this my best side? Larissa’s beautiful backyard and chicken(s)!



orange, iPhone“I can throw an orange like a baseball, but I can’t eat a baseball like an orange. Let that be a life lesson for you. 
― Jarod Kintz, A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom



growthSorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

a calm winter’s morning


When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth. -RumiAcross Pine Pup Frozen Crisp Sky Pharmacy SchoolIt’s the kind of powdery snow where you can make out every individual snowflake. The crispness in the air and bright reflections of the snow bring out a brilliance unlike anything a drab winter day can bring. Today is a beautiful day, alhamdulillah :)


Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks – Kitty Hawk, NC

2013 was beautiful to me, subhanAllah.  A collection of photos from my iPhone and Nikon from a few of the places I traveled with magnificent friends and family <3.

Post Doctoral Fellowship Retreat

Post Doctoral Fellowship Retreat

Gastonia, NC

Gastonia, NC

Battery Park, Charleston

Battery Park – Charleston, SC

Boone Hall, Avenue of Oaks, Charleston, SC

Avenue of Oaks, Charleston, SC

Jockey's Ridge State Park, NC

Jockey’s Ridge State Park, NC

Wilma Rudolph Memorial, Clarksville, TN

Wilma Rudolph Memorial, Clarksville, TN

Boone Hall Plantation, SC

Charleston, SC

Sullivan's Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island Beach, South Carolina

Walnut Cove Overlook, NC

Walnut Cove – Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC

French Broad Overlook, NC

French Broad – Arden, NC

Haw River Pumpkin Paddle

Haw River Pumpkin Paddle – Saxapahaw, NC

Clingman's Dome, NC

6,643 feet. Clingmans Dome – Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN

Black Mountain Hike, NC

Hiking in Black Mountain, NC


Maya, age 13

Maya, love of our lives for 13 years alhamdulillah

Academy: Educational Technology R&D

Academy Accomplishments: Educational Technology R&D

Got picked on by comedian Azhar Usman

That time I got picked on by comedian Azhar Usman while photographing the Mariam Clinic Gala, Raleigh, NC

Chicago Wedding

Chicago, IL <3

Bakersfield, CA

Sikh Festivities – Bakersfield, CA


Reflection, South Carolina


Little Adeline turns one <3 Chapel Hill, NC

Little Helper

Little Helper :)

Elevation at Clingman's Dome

Elevation at Clingmans Dome

Smoky Mountain National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN

Fall at UNC Chapel Hill

Fall at UNC Chapel Hill

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


Ah, crisp, cool autumn – my favorite season is here!  Along with sweater weather, brilliant leaves, and all things cinnamon and warm and delicious, Trader Joe’s is especially overflowing with pumpkins!  Inspired by the season, I recently came across a genius idea for a pumpkiny-treat.  Pumpkin Pie Smoothies!  Literally tastes just like it sounds: a liquefied, chilled pumpkin pie.  Yum.  I’ve made it twice and approve of it enough to share a recipe I modified from an original, so I recommend it!

For the health conscious, I present you a low calorie power breakfast (or dessert)!  Calcium from the yogurt… beta carotene + potassium + magnesium from the pumpkin…  Without whipped cream, it’s <200 calories.  Perfect for after workouts!


  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt (Greek or Nonfat)
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon*
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg*
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or honey
  • 1 ripened banana
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • splash of orange juice
*may substitute cinnamon/nutmeg with Pumpkin Spice, which is essentially the same thing


Add all ingredients to the blender.  Blend until you reach a desired consistency.  Top with cinnamon or whipped cream.  Creates 4 delicious smoothies.

Note: You can further modify this by adding (vanilla) protein powder.  You can also substitute yogurt with milk or almond milk. In my opinion, the OJ adds a delicious touch, but you can try it without!

Happy Fall! <3