Hello everyone, I’ve decided to put together a free Ramadan meal planner for all of you. It has a simple layout and is easy to use. It has spaces for Suhoor, Iftar, Dinner and Snacks. I’ll be using the snack section to include lunch ideas for the cookie monster, can’t forgot our feasting kids.
Yes I know Ramadan isn’t about the food. For me personally I’ve found that being organised during Ramadan means I spend less time fumbling in the kitchen, less time thinking about what to cook and less time in the grocery store. This means more time spent on prayer and worship (for me anyway).
I’ll be using this meal planner during Ramadan and in shaa Allah it helps me to keep on track. If you need some organisation too, feel free to download the planner. Just click here and print. And don’t worry, yours won’t have modestmunchies.com splashed across the middle 😉
The above planner was from 2014 and 2015 is below.
The cookie monster and I made Ramadan cookies, it was one of the activities in our advent calendar. Mini M&M cookies count as Ramadan cookies, don’t they? They’re so cute and quite festive with all the bright colours, screams Ramadan don’t you think? If we had time it would have been nice to take a star and crescent cookie cutter to them, maybe next time.
Sharing is caring right? That’s how the saying goes. Whoever thought that must never have eaten mini M&M cookies. You just can’t put sharing and mini M&M cookies in the same sentence, but…
We decided to share his cookies with his little friends. I made a cute printable (you all know how much I love making printables), we packed them up and went for a cookie drive. The cookie monster was so excited and wanted to hand the cookies to each friend himself, a lot of them weren’t home unfortunately, I had to trust that they would be safe at doors and mailboxes (and they were).
When I suggested the idea of sharing with his friends he jumped on it, while it wasn’t necessary to share his cookies I think it was an important lesson for him. Ramadan is about sharing, and even though sharing his cookies meant very little left for him he was happy to do it, he has a kind heart, Alhumdulillah. Sharing his toys however, that’s another story 😉
- 230 g butter
- 3/4 cup brown
- 3/4 white
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 bag mini M&Ms (160g)
In your mixer, cream your butter and sugars until thick and smooth. Add in your eggs and vanilla essence and beat until combined. Add in your flour, baking powder and Bicarb. And mix until combined. Throw in the M&Ms and mix by hand. Roll into balls using 1 tsp of cookie dough. Lay on a tray and store in the freezer for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 170c. Freeze for 15 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden on the edges and slightly soft in the middle. Bake for an extra few minutes if you prefer a firmer cookie.
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did. The recipe makes a lot of cookies so don’t forget to share, or don’t, I won’t tell.
If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know about my recent Ramadan Advent Calendar activity tickets. One of the activities was to create a Ramadan Poster, instead of making an actual poster I decided on creating some Ramadan Mubarak Bunting. I made bunting flags with letters, but left the rest blank so we could decorate it ourselves. If you have instagram, follow me here so you can be a part of all our fun advent calendar activities, here’s us decorating the bunting.
What do you think? Yes, nothing fancy, but having made it together is what makes it special. Since I like sharing, I’ve included the bunting here as a free printable for you all.
Of course, you could decorate it on your own, put it up as is or even print it on coloured or fancy paper, but if you have kids it’s a great activity to do with them. We made stripes, circles, squares and
scribbles squiggles. I used a whole punch in the corners, some wool to string through the flags and up it went with some blu-tak. Simple!
Warning: This bunting involves a lot of cutting.
Ramadan is around the corner and I wanted to do something fun to get the cookie monster excited about Ramadan and Eid. He is already pretty excited, he even wants to fast (he’s only 3, so I’m not going to force that one). Last year I made a Hajj Advent Calendar for Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, it worked out so much better than I could’ve expected and it has motivated me to ensure I can make learning at home fun and exciting for him.
I’ve made a printable with all the things I would like to do with him this Ramadan. I’ve included a copy for all of you here if you would like to use this as well, the list is in no particular order. (I hope there’s no typos)
As you can see the they aren’t numbered so I can choose them day by day as I see fit. I’ve also included this blank version if you’d like to print out the cards and fill them with your own ideas. I know these activity tickets don’t have a Ramadan feel, but it’s all I could come up with right now.
When I did the Hajj Advent Calendar, it was very rushed, I made it on the first day of Dhul Hijjah. I didn’t have chance to come up with ideas to fill into the calendar, which meant a lot of lollies and cheap little toy cars. This time I wanted to fill the calendar with things that aren’t material, there’s crafts, games, colouring and more.
I’m including the list below and will update the list with links to that particular activity, either from my blog, other blogs or links to pics from my instagram and facebook accounts, as the month goes on. Be sure to follow! In the next few days I’ll also be making the actual calendar and will try to get a tutorial posted up for that as well in shaa Allah.
Here’s the list (in no particular order):
Make Ramadan Cookies – Day 6
- Make Eid Cookies – This would have been Day 30, but who am I kidding? Did I honestly think I’d get to do anything on day 30? It’s the day before Eid!
Donate some toys to those in need – Day 14
- Donate some clothes to those in need
Donate some coins to those in need – Day 8
Draw the phases of the moon – Day 16 and here
Plant some seeds – Day 17
Make an Eid Poster – Day 22
Make a Ramadan Poster – Day 4 we made bunting, if you’d like to make it too, check out my post here for a free printable.
Write/tell your own Ramadan story – Day 15
Read a Ramadan story – Day 3
Read an Eid story – Day 21
Play with play dough – Day 18, recipe here)
Paint/colour a Ramadan Picture – Day 2 – There’s a whole lot of options with this, just searching Google and even Crayola has some colouring pages. Our printer wasn’t working when I needed this so I drew a picture instead.
Paint/colour and Eid picture – Day 23
Look at the moon – Day 1
Make a food plate Day 13
Count dates – Day 10
Look at pictures of Ramadan around the world – Day 7
Look at Eid pictures around the world – Day 27
Make prayer beads – Day 25
Learn the Eid Takbeer – Day 24
Choose/try on Eid clothes – Day 26
Learn a surah/dua/supplication – Day 19
Make moon sighting binoculars – Day 29
Make a treat with dates – Day 5
Play arabic alphabet memory – Day 28
Make a masjid picture Day 11/12, post with link here
Build a masjid with your blocks – Day 9
Do a Ramadan/Eid craft with a friend – Day 11/12, post here
Here are some other ideas I just absolutely love!!
Amnah from littlelightofmine.com created these gorgeous Ramadan baskets for her girls as well as this Ramadan Bucket List. I adore the bucket list idea and think I will implement it when the kids are older. I also found some great ideas on this blog, on this facebook page and more ideas here and here. This is not an extensive list by any means, just some I’ve seen recently. If you’ve seen some interesting stuff around, post the link in the comments
Do you call it muesli or granola? I’ve always said muesli. I think granola is more of an American thing. Either way, it tastes so good! You can of course buy this from the supermarket, but homemade is just as great as store bought (if not better).
It’s also a great healthy snack to have on hand, a snack that fulfills your sweet craving whilst not being too bad for you. I decided to amp up my usual muesli recipe by making it chocolate! Yum!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup roughly chopped nuts
- 1/2 cup rice bubbles
- 1/3 cup cocoa/cacao
- 1/2 cup milk (best to use a non animal milk, I used oat milk)
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
Pre heat your oven to 160c. Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl. add in the wet ingredients and give it all a good mix. It’s best to mix it by hand, it’ll get messy but it’s worth it. Lay the mixture onto a baking paper lined tray (or 2 if you prefer) and bake. Check on the muesli every 5-10 minutes or so and give it a good toss to avoid any bits getting burnt. The muesli should be done after 30-40 minutes or until crispy. If you have the time, leave the muesli in the oven after turning it off, this will give the muesli more time to crisp up and dry.
I won a pair Bigmouth funnels in an Instagram competition. Aren’t they great? All that muesli going straight in the jar. Their new purple/pink colours inspired me to make matching food tags, pictured above. These food labels are in PDF format, all you have to do is click here and hit print.