Shower Curtains

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved Asiatic Black Bebies!!!

I just thought of something this morning I could write about that is in line with the homemaking format of this blog!!!

That really made me excited because I still think about that.

This is SUPPOSED to be a homemaking blog.

At least, that is the title.

Even though when I started it, my intention was to get you to read Message To The Blackman in America by The Honourable Elijah Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). As that is THE most important thing we can do in this time of the end of this world as we know it.

However, personally, I had to read another book before I was ready to read Message To The Blackman in America.

So, I thought I would start the blog as maybe a prerequisite to someone else reading Message To The Blackman in America.

I realize how powerful a book it is and that some people may not be ready for the life-changing effect it can have on your life.

So, I started a homemaking blog as my first priority is Blackwomen and helping Our Beloved Messenger in his duty of delivering the Message of Allah to our people.

But anyway, when I first got a place to stay in New Orleans, I was really taken by the attention to luxury in the home. I was staying in a transitional housing unit and this aspect of decorating was noticeable even in the face of such privation.

One of the things that stood out was that the shower curtains consisted of both a curtain and a liner.

Now, I was familiar with the concept of the dual layer shower curtain, but being from L.A., Idk, it never seemed to matter.

But now I am living in my SECOND transitional shelter and this one also has the dual shower curtain. The first transitional housing unit also had a fancy stand for the toilet paper which I know is due to the French roots New Orleans is built upon.

As homemakers, we are responsible for providing a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in our homes for our families to enjoy and this is a small detail that can make a big difference.

Of course, rugs and decorative pictures go without saying, but adding a liner to the shower curtain adds a nice touch and also makes so much sense!

The liner stays inside the tub and the curtain hangs outside. That way you don’t have to worry about it being outside when you take a shower and water ruining your home!

Simplify your life and save yourself the hassle by purchasing liners for your shower!

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*side note*

I was so dissatisfied with the images for shower curtains that came up on Google, so I G’d mansion bathrooms because I knew I had seen some nicer bathrooms than the ones that came up.

But the ones that came up for mansions, don’t even have shower curtains. They all have glass doors. So, just to give you a little something to look forward to… 😀

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I love how SPACIOUS this next one is. (below)

When I shower or bathe, it’s like a ritual.

You know ABLUTIONS are big for Muslims. Five times a day at least. I may take two showers a day. Or a shower in the morning and a bath at night and another shower in the morning. It’s spiritual.

Ablutions are like prayers. We are not only cleansing our bodies, we are asking Allah to remove and forgive us of any sins we may have committed with our bodies since our last ablution.

So, needless to say, the bathroom is like my sanctuary. I HAVE to have music. Candles are nice. Incense too. Lavender essential oils are essential. 😉

But, because I spend so much time in there, I would really love a bathroom like this.

I have been known to lay down on the floor and take a nap on my bathtowel after getting out of the bath. I get so relaxed. LOL

Anyway, check it out!

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That looks like it could be a pantry, which would also be cool because you know I take snacks in there with me. Frfr. 😛 Maybe even a microwave or oven would be cool too. I could bake cookies while I’m in there. No joke. I would.

I keep my bathroom clean enough to eat out of.

M.G.T. are instructed to clean the commode after every use. And I get down on my hands and knees and CLEAN.

This How I Do!

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Okay, okay, okay, I’m gonna be honest.

The REAL reason I like how spacious that bottom bathroom is, is because I like to dance in the bathroom too.

And sometimes, I can get a real modern dance “FAME” like type of a groove going on, doing “splits” and kicks and taking up a whole lot of room. I would love this bathroom for that option.

Yeah, I know. Sometimes, I can be really honest.

But admit it. That’s why you love me. 😀

btw If you take a shower or bath and get out and parts of your body are not wet, you cannot call yourself clean.

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KITCHEN IMPLEMENTS

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful Black Sisters,

A while ago, I was blessed to come up on a garlic press that I was so impressed with, I had to have it.  I found it at a yard sale and it was made by a Swiss company that I had never heard of. The press was one-piece, which I had NEVER seen before. Every one I had ever owned was three pieces, cumbersome and ineffective. I always ended up going back to dicing it with a knife and throwing the damn thing away.

The other day, I went into Smart & Final and was floored when I saw garlic presses by this same company! It was larger, but built basically the same. I also saw an ice cream scoop by the same company. I desperately needed one so I coughed up the $11.00 and I do not regret it.

My days of cutting my ice cream with a knife are over thanks to zyliss. This is the best ice cream scoop I have ever used. And I used to work at Baskin Robbins!!! 

Here is the link to their website. ZYLISS I just ordered a cherry pit remover and I know I am not going to be disappointed. Don’t be dismayed by the prices. Everything is top of the line. It will be money well spent.

SMALL APPLIANCES

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful & Beloved Black Goddesses

A blender was one of the very first appliances that I ever purchased. I saw one on sale for $15.00 so I bought it. It lasted five years and now that I think about it, that doesn’t seem like a very long time, in the grand scheme of things, but I was satisfied that I had gotten my money’s worth when it finally did start sputtering. That’s three dollars a year and we eat Bean Soup every day so I was using it at least twice a week, maybe more. It was a Hamilton Beach.

When I went out to purchase a replacement, I had a little more money to invest so I bought a really nice looking Black & Decker that cost over twice as much as my old HB. When I unpackaged it, I was really impressed. The pitcher was made out of GLASS! I LOVED IT! But when I tried to blend my soup or pie, I can’t remember which, the damn thing broke! I couldn’t believe it! I mean it was a BLACK & DECKER! They are famous for their appliances, right? So, I took it back and exchanged it for another one of the same model. This time I only filled the pitcher up half-way and it worked okay.

But it took twice as long to do the work.

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My next door neighbor ended up stealing it from me. (Joke’s on you, Bitch!) So anyway, I bought another one. This time another Hamilton Beach. They had even improved on the model. I paid about $22 but that’s not bad and I love it. You don’t have to remove the bottom in order to clean it and it works just as well as the first one. It has something called “Wave Action.” I can’t tell the difference, but it gives me something to watch while I’m blending. 😉

My mixer is also a Hamilton Beach and I am very pleased with its performance as well. As I was browsing for photos, I found that Hamilton Beach had offered a set of appliances as a giveaway for a blogger to give away to one of her readers. So, since I’ve always been pretty good at getting free stuff, I’m going to see if I can start doing that for my Beautiful Sisters. #gottagiveback 😉

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INTERNET SHOPPING

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AS-SALAAMU ‘ALAIKUM BELOVED MODEST & PURE ASIATIC BLACK QUEENS!

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, SO I WANT YOU TO STOP RIGHT NOW AND SAY “AL HAMDULILLAH”  THAT MEANS “ALL PRAISE IS DUE TO ALLAH (GOD).”

SISTERS, THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRY AND DO AS MUCH SHOPPING AS WE CAN VIA THE INTERNET.

1. IT’S SAFER THAN VENTURING OUT. WE SHOULD TRY TO STAY IN THE HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, WHERE WE ARE SAFE AND SECURE AND CAN ACCOMPLISH THE MANY TASKS THAT MUST BE DONE. IF YOU MUST GO OUT, TRY AND TAKE A BROTHER (BLACKMAN) WITH YOU SO THAT YOU CAN BE PROPERLY SECURED.

2. YOU SAVE MONEY. I RECENTLY PURCHASED A TABLET COMPUTER AND I WENT TO AMAZON AND FOUND ONE FOR HALF THE PRICE THEY SELL FOR IN STORES. OFTENTIMES, YOU CAN FIND FREE SHIPPING.

3. BETTER SELECTION. PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, HOWEVER, I WOULD RECOMMEND ONLY PURCHASING FROM TRUSTED SITES (FAMILIAR NAMES) BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SHADY.

4. YOU CAN GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. IF YOU GO INTO THE STORES, ALL YOU CAN BUY IS WHAT THEY HAVE IN THE STORE. WHEREAS, ONLINE, YOU CAN FIND EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT, MOST TIMES, WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE A COMPROMISE.

The best way I have found is GOOGLE SHOPPING. Just type in what you are looking for (blenders, women’s flat white shoes, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, &c.) and the WEB page will come up automatically but there are tabs across the top of the page. One of them reads “SHOPPING.” Click on it and you can find whatever it is you need at the best prices without having to leave the comfort of your own Heaven.

PREPARATIONS FOR THE CHANGE OF SEASONS

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AS-SALAAMU ‘ALAIKUM!

I used to think that, “How was your Summer?” was the saddest combination of words in the English Language, I LOVED SUMMER SO MUCH, I never realized when it was over after I stopped attending school. Until one fateful day when someone casually asked me that dreadful question.

Now that I have accepted my own and can be myself, I love the change of seasons just like I love everything else in life. I love everyday. The surprise in never knowing what to expect! The promise of Allah’s Blessings make every day an adventure. I wake up optimistic and Allah Never Fails to Deliver on His Promises of MONEY, A GOOD HOME AND FRIENDSHIPS IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE (Upon our submission to Him).

Al Hamdulillah! All Praise Is Due To Allah!

Being an M.G.T. (Muslim Girls’ Training) has made my life so wonderful, I can’t even find the words to express my joy. It is indescribable finally being yourself after growing up mentally dead. I was reared Christian. And in a way I am glad. Because I know both religions so I can contrast them as one who is informed. I ALWAYS LOVED GOD. But like every other Christian, I just didn’t know Who He Is. 😦

How could I know who God is, when I didn’t even know who I was?

But All Praise is Due to Allah for The Honorable Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him) for Teaching us the Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding that would give us the Power, Light and Life that we have wanted to know all of our lives.

I am doing my BEST to share with you, my Black Sisters, the things we need to know to be successful. But before you can even attempt to be yourself, you have to know whom yourself is. change of seasons treeALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE CREATED MUSLIM. WE ARE MUSLIMS WHEN WE ARE BORN.

THE SLAVEMASTERS TAUGHT OUR FOREPARENTS CHRISTIANITY AND THEY PASSED IT DOWN TO US. WE ARE BORN MUSLIMS. ISLAM IS THE NATURE IN WHICH WE WERE CREATED. BY CLAIMING TO BE CHRISTIANS, WE ARE ACCEPTING A RELIGION THAT IS OTHER THAN OURSELVES, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL. CHRISTIANITY IS A WHITEMAN’S RELIGION. THEY ORGANIZED IT TO MAKE SLAVES OF BLACKMANKIND AND WE HAVE SWALLOWED IT HOOK, LINE AND SINKER, TO THE POINT WHERE WE THINK WE ARE MORE CHRISTIAN THAN THE DEVILS WHO MADE IT UP.

When Allah (God) Created the Black Nation, He Gave Us ISLAM As A WAY OF LIFE. Islam is the way of life that Allah Gave Us When He Created Us. Do you think he would create us and not teach us HOW To Live And Serve Him???

Christianity did not come until 451 years ago. Why would God give people a religion so late in the game? Wouldn’t He know the future? Why not give us a religion from the beginning that will last forever? What kind of God has to change His religion? :/ Allah Has NEVER changed His religion. He Gave Us Islam in the beginning of the Universe and He Wants us to Practice ISLAM today. Our devil slavemasters did not and DO NOT want us to practice Islam. So, they did not and will NEVER teach us The Truth of It. They killed our parents, who were Muslims when they were brought here in chains, after they birthed their first babies, so that they could not teach their children their way of life.

This left the slavemasters free to teach us whatever they wanted to – a religion that would make us harmless slaves known as Christianity. Christianity is not your religion, nor was it the religion of your righteous foreparents, Sisters. Give it back to your slavemaster along with his name and ACCEPT YOUR OWN –

Your Own Name – A HOLY NAME OF ALLAH THAT WILL LIVE FOREVER

Your Own Religion – ISLAM

Your Own God – ALLAH

And Your Own People – THE BLACK PEOPLE OF THE EARTH.

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Unless you accept Islam, you will NEVER be successful. You can go through the motions but eventually (when the FIRE comes) none of it will matter unless you are a Muslim.

So, before I go any further, if you haven’t already, click HERE and READ MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN IN AMERICA. BELIEVE IT AND PRACTICE IT and then you can come back to the blog. THAT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

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The world changed in the fifties and the sixties. This tumultuous decade brought about the Black Power Movement, wherein Black People united to protest against their second-class citizenship. The devil used this opportunity to utilize his sure-fire, time-tested tactic of divide and conquer to disrupt what little Black unity we had and, just as Our Beloved Messenger (PBUH) warned us he would do, used his woman as his last weapon.

All of a sudden, the devil woman is no longer content with being a housewife, she wants to go out and work like her husband. The Blackwoman, naturally attracted to her (opposite) enemy, follows suit, abandons the Black man and along with the infiltration of COINTELPRO, brings about an abrupt end to The Black Power Movement.

With integration came intermarriage and away went the days of decorum and traditional values. No one wanted to dress nice anymore. Jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes became acceptable attire whereas before it was suits and ties and laced-up dress shoes. No one cared about wearing colors that were in harmony with the time of year anymore. No one cared about too much of anything anymore. White men began to let their hair grow like they did when they were in the caves. And their loyal slaves followed suit. Once again the influence of Islam was taken in the wrong direction, with Black women wearing their hair natural but sticking out all over their head (Afro).

By the arrival of the Seventies, suits and ties, hats and gloves could only be seen on Sundays among the regular working class (poor). Casual had become the uniform. Women were competing with men in the workplace and the children were/are running amok.

ISLAM CIVILIZES YOU.

ISLAM CLEANS YOU UP.

ISLAM MAKES YOU RESPECTED BY THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

CHRISTIANITY MAKES YOU A SLAVE.

THERE IS NO SALVATION IN THE WHITE RACE’S CHRISTIANITY.

Once you accept your own (Islam), you can be yourself and return to your nature, Sisters. Islam proves to you that the traditional ways of living are correct. Some people think that in order to be traditional you cannot utilize the current forms of technology like the Internet and even cell phones. That is just plain foolish. Once, I asked my Great-Grandmother (who was born in 1901) what she thought about the technological changes (she remembered a time before indoor electricity) and she said, “Things just got better.” 

Technology (Internet and cell phones) allows us to communicate and gather information easier and much more efficiently. Lifestyle is the manner in which we live, such as the clothes we wear, the attainment, choices and preparation of the foods we eat, the decorating and maintenance of the homes we live in, and the manner in which we carry ourselves, including our language. THESE are the areas in which we need to return to tradition.

We must have a complete reversal in our way of thinking. First, comes Islam. Then everything else will fall into place. When you accept The NEW Islam and you can only receive that From The LAST and GREATEST Messenger of Allah – The Honorable and Humble Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him), you begin to recognize that this world is completely upside down. It is to the point where what is right is considered as wrong and what is wrong is accepted as right. “The devil [Caucasian] makes evil fair-seeming,” according to the Holy Qur-an.

I am at the point now, where my perspective is that, “If America likes it, I hate it. And if America hates it, I love it.”

It makes everything much simpler for me.

One of the first things I learned about The Nation of Islam is that the color of the Sisters’ Holy Garments corresponds with the Seasons of the Year. I remembered reading books and learning things like “You don’t wear white after Labor Day.” I thought that was cool, but didn’t really know anybody who subscribed to that Law. I knew there was something known as “Winter White” which I assumed was the acceptable white to be worn after Labor Day. But I didn’t know anybody who cared about such social conventions. The following is a list of some of the things we should do around the house as the Seasons Change.

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*DO A THOROUGH “SPRING” CLEANING

*REARRANGE FURNITURE

*CHANGE LINEN (BEDSPREAD, CURTAINS, BATHROOM TOWELS, RUGS AND SHOWER CURTAIN) TO COORDINATE WITH THE SEASON (SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER)

*PACK UP SUMMER OR WINTER CLOTHES

*BREAK OUT AUTUMN OR SPRING CLOTHES

AUTUMN IS THE BEST TIME TO RE-STOCK PAPER AND OFFICE PRODUCTS (BACK TO SCHOOL)

*RINSE OFF YOUR HOUSE

*MAKE SURE TO KEEP FRESH FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN, DINING ROOM AND LIVING ROOM

***REMEMBER JUST BECAUSE THE WEATHER WARMS UP DOES NOT MEAN YOUR CLOTHES COME OFF!!! WEAR COOL FABRICS LIKE LINEN AND OTHER BREATHABLE FABRICS IN WARMER WEATHER AND NO SANDALS!***

HOMEMADE ANT REPELLANT

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved, PREVENTATIVE, Asiatic Black Sisters!

Every year, my kitchen is infiltrated by ants. I hate it. Especially, if I’m in the middle of cooking and an ant materializes, seemingly out of thin air. I HATE IT! I have to kill it and wash my hands and go back to cooking feeling contaminated. Last Summer, I started baking cookies to sell and this year I started baking pies too, so I could not go through worrying about ants showing up and contaminating my treats.

So, a while ago, my neighbor had roaches, and the manager came and put down some type of professional exterminator pellets, that the roaches would take back to their nest and it would kill the ones who had not even shown up in my bathroom. It worked beautifully. So, instead of waiting for the ants to show up, I decided to try a preventative solution, so I wouldn’t even have to worry about trying to kill them while I’m cooking. I’ll kill them before they even make it into the kitchen!

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I looked online for some professional bug killer and found something similar to what he had but it was $30! I was not expecting to spend that kind of money on bug killer. So, I kept looking but they were all about the same price. I concluded that I would have to come up with a Plan B.

My father is an apartment owner and he told me along time ago that Borax works for roaches, so I thought it might work on ants too. I looked online and found that it does, but you have to add some sort of sweetener to entice the ants to the Borax. I tried honey at first mixed with a little Borax and spread it across the bottom of my back door entrance into my kitchen where the ants usually enter. Put it wherever you need to. But if it is somewhere accessible to children, or somewhere difficult to reach, I would recommend using a small container.

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It worked like a charm, but when the weather warmed up, the honey liquified and separated from the Borax. I just looked online and saw that if you use honey, put it in a little container. Next I tried sugar, that worked too. Next time, I’m going to add water to make a syrup. I think they might like that better.

After a few weeks I would see one or two ants in the kitchen, so I just cleaned up the Borax and put down a fresh dose. I used 50/50 Borax and Sugar. And that worked fine.

I got my Borax from the hardware store for $10 a can. I didn’t even think about using Laundry Borax. It works just as well (from what I’ve read) and costs much less.

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