Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter And Dad's 69th Birthday

A wonderful Easter to all!

Today, I am +99 days from my bone-marrow transplant. It is a blessing to be still here. Also, this Easter brings me a deeper appreciation of everything - simple and complicated. Easter means renewal and rebirth, and in my situation, it is new life and new beginning.

Since Dad's turning 69 on April 21st, we decided to celebrate his birthday and Easter together. Kepi prepared all the dishes while I made Dad's birthday cake.

Coincidence it might seem that tomorrow, April 21st, is my Dad's real birth date and I turn exactly 100 days old from my transplant. I don't think it's coincidence at all.

Reviving the dining room for Easter dinner.

Easter spring flowers.

Kepi prepared the ham, made the sweet potatoes, green beans and corn.

I made Basbousa (Egyptian Semolina Cake) for Dad's birthday cake.

Dad makes a wish and blows all the candles. Wish you all the best, Dad!

Dad's lucky tickets.

A wonderful day with Mom and Dad.

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Etsy Shop Giveaway

SHOP GIVEAWAY! Giveaway starts today through April 11th. Two lucky winners will receive each a SURPRISE BAG from my shop. To join my giveaway, you MUST fulfill all rules:

1) Like my FB page at
2) Like this pic
3) Share this pic and comment "I love surprise bags!"

Winners will be announced on April 12, 2014. Giveaway is open worldwide!

You can find more cute items at my shop:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Etsy Shop Giveaway!

I'm doing this as a Thanksgiving Giveaway!

I am now home, and I am happy. I just re-opened my Etsy Shop - Kayni's Kreations, and although I'll be homebound for a long time, I have my shop to keep me busy. Please celebrate with me by joining my giveaway!

Four (4) lucky winners will receive a cute “Always Smile Planner”. Use it as a planner or art notebook. 

In order to join my giveaway, you must fulfill all three rules:

1) Like my FB page at

2) Like this pic
3) Share this pic and comment "I love cute planners!"

Winners will be announced on March 17, 2014, Monday. Giveaway is open worldwide!

You can find more cute items at my shop:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Remembering Madrid's Chocolateria San Gines

Did you say chocolate and churros? That's right! If I'd eat this right now, I'd probably not taste the savory sweetness of the chocolate since I've lost my taste buds due to chemo, but it's certainly sweet to remember how the chocolate dipped churros tasted one morning in the city of Madrid.

Kepi and I walked from our hotel to the Chocolateria San Gines. It was a good 30 minute walk. When we got there which was about 9 AM, there was already a long line of locals and tourists eager to taste the shop's specialty. We could smell the whiff of freshly made churros and the warm, sweet, thick chocolate permeating the air.

The Chocolatería San Ginés is a café at Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, in central Madrid, in a passageway close to San Ginés church, west of the Puerta del Sol. It has served principally chocolate con churros since 1894. (Wikipedia)

 We walked from our hotel to San Gines for a breakfast of chocolate and churros.

 That's what I'm talking about - pure, rich, thick chocolate.

 The churros were served straight from the kitchen. They were fresh, warm and ready for a good ol' chocolate dunking.

 You know a place is really good when people line up for it. The line was long when we get there. Also, just a suggestion, be quick to snag a table when you can because they get snagged quickly. Be warned that the place is crowded at times especially at breakfast, but I think it's all worth it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014