Author Archives: Leila

About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a yoga and fitness instructor and personal trainer. And I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. My life is defined by my family, and right now, that means chronic worry and fear. Thank God for my faith and the support of my family and friends. I started this blog to talk about all sorts of things, but now I focus on Syria. Until this war is over, I, like all Syrians with a love for their country and their families, am a prisoner of this war, waiting to see what will be left after the dust settles. I pray for the safety of my family and for my country to survive and repair itself in the future. God willing.

Fig bread grilled with pb&j

I used homemade blackberry jam and Adams peanut butter. Use olive oil and grill just like a cheese sandwich. The fig bread came courtesy of my good friends, Essiet and Sylvia. Thanks guys!

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Oranges are delicious.

I just ate a fully ripe, completely juicy orange for dessert. It was delicious. Oranges are deicious.

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Lunch today

Coconut/banana/avocado smoothie. Sautéed snow peas with soy and hot sauce. Fresh baguette with artichoke spread and kale/radicchio sauté.

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Just ate my second Lenten meal…YAY Aladdin Cafe!!!

Someday (I hope), I will begin Lent with a plan. And a fully stocked pantry. I imagine planning out menus and writing out shopping lists. I imagine sitting down to every meal, balanced and nutritious, served at the appropriate times … Continue reading

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Entering the Paschal Season, 2013

Well, hello there. It’s been a while. A year or two? Must be two. I recall spending last year remodeling a bathroom during Pascha. No major remodels in the works this year, and I have been blessed with time to … Continue reading

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This is my last post – and a bit late, at that.

Well, this is it folks. It’s been great sharing my Lenten season with you. Bright Week has come and gone, and I just want to share a few more thoughts with you. I wanted to write about all the services … Continue reading

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It’s a miracle! I’m waking up early in the morning!

This is a post from Holy Thursday that I didn’t have time to finish: I don’t know what’s going on, and really, it’s probably only a minor miracle, because it’s not really that early (6:30 am), but somehow, I keep … Continue reading

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