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horses and apples, and my dear son mashaAllah

Asalaamu alaikum
I went with a group of sisters and their children today we (my son and myself) went to the orchard for some apple picking, hay throwing and horses… here are the photos below. We saw a birds nest as well, and what seemed like a hundred birds flying by subhanAllah… we saw the horses and donkey and picked lots of apples mashaAllah and I had a wonderful conversation with the kids about who created the horses and apples, and the blessings of Allah, a discussion on health and an impromptu baking class mashaAllah. Oh and my son fed apples to the horses mashaallah.

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cool & crisp…its autumn mashaAllah

Asalamu alaikum sisters,
I woke up this morning to cool, crisp air outside and for the first time in months, my son and daughter needed coats to go on a walk… it was beautiful out mashaAllah! Autumn is my favourite time of year because, aside from ramadhan and eid, its apple picking time at the orchards (in Europe, UK, Canada and America anyway, not sure about the middle east!)

For Eid, aside from the prayer, I think we are going to take the kids apple picking inshaAllah… it will be my daughter’s first time, as she was in hossie last year when we took her brother. MashaAllah, he loves the horses and hayrides, and apple picking, and hot apple cider… I remember going there as a little girl, there was this rope we would use to jump from the loft in the barn and then let go and fall into the hay piles…. oh and of course we would collect maple syrup from the maple trees! Sigh….I love autumn. Here are some ideas for an autumn curriculum for your own children inshaAllah


1.) Bake an apple pie.

2.) Organize an apple tasting and explain about different textures, smells, tastes and colours. Explain that Allah made them for us to eat and be healthy mashaAllah (I will expand on this to make it more relevent inshaAllah).

3.) Apple Bobbing

4.) Dipping caramel apples

5.) Make Baked apple porcupines – recipe to follow inshaAllah
Stick clove “quills” in apples before baking for a simple and delicious treat. Just make sure to remove before eating!

6.) Go to the park with hot apple cider and a blanket (you could bring this with you in a canteen inshaAllah)

7.) If you find apples with leaves, you can do apple leaf rubs with a pencil or crayon

YAY I AM TOO EXCITED MASHAALLAH! Worse than the kids… aybe! lol

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