Tabouli Recipe :)

I posted a photo of tabouli the other night that sent a few people into a frenzy, so here it is!
This my family's recipe that has been passed down FOREVER. You can tweak it depending on what you like more/less of. Hopefully no one kills me for sharing this. You know how those Syrian cousins can be....straight CRAY)!

As I started to write this out, I realized a video might be better. Some of this is hard to explain in writing, but hopefully you get my drift.

I can't wait until Fen is old enough to film cooking videos with me!!!! HAAA!

-2 cucumbers
-2 large tomatoes or 3 small tomatoes
-8-10 green onions
-2 bunches parsley (I personally prefer 3)
-3/4 cup #1 bulgar wheat (Publix doesn't sell wheat that I like. I'm sure you could make do with whatever they have or you could use Quinoa, but if you go to Hala, you can purchase #1 bulgar wheat. #2 tends to be bigger in size).
1/4 cup of Mazola corn oil (You can use olive or vegetable oil. I'm trying coconut oil next time. For some reasons the Syrians love making this with Mazola).
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Rinse wheat and then soak in cold water for about 30 minutes while you are working on the rest of the recipe. By rinse, I put it in a small, tight strainer (needs to be tight/small enough so the wheat doesn't go through like if you used a colander) and use my hands a little bit to run it through the wheat and make sure it's rinsing really good. Then, put the wheat in a bowl and just barely cover your wheat with water. It will absorb into the wheat. Water will look dirty.

Rinse and dry your parsley. You want it as DRY as you can, otherwise the tabouli will be soggy.
To dry, we wrap the bunch of tabouli in paper towel and then take a kitchen towel outside of that and sort of roll it and wring it out until it gets dry.

Pick all of your parsley leaves and put it in a bowl. Less stems = better tabouli.
If you are lazy, you could just cut it finely with scissors.

Cut your cucumbers in half and remove the seeds. Then, chop/dice the cucumber into small pieces.

Cut your tomatoes and remove the seeds. Chop/dice into small pieces.

Chop your green onions.

Drain wheat.  Your wheat might have absorbed all/most the water at this point. You could do this by putting it back in the strainer and squeezing the wheat with your hands.

Put all of your ingredients in a large bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients.
Adjust to taste!
It keeps in a tupperware for at least a few days, if you can keep out of it that long.

Happy Birthday, Baby Fenwick!

Don't even get me started on what I look like here....
It's hard to believe a year ago today, I met my baby boy for the very first time. I will never forget that special moment when Fenwick was placed in my arms. The very second he was placed on my chest, the physical pain and anguish from the last 18 hours completely faded away. During the last few months of labor when I started to get nervous, I remember asking friends and family what labor and contractions felt like. Each woman said that it was pretty awful, but that you completely forget the pain the second your baby is in your arms. Although I somewhat believed people, I never knew until I experienced that moment myself.

A year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. There have been so many tender, sweet, joyful moments with my sweet baby by my side, but there have also been scary, sad, lonely, and tearful moments as well. I have always said that I will always be honest and always be ME on my blog. With that being said, my life is not crazy glamorous, my marriage isn't perfect, and I don't live like a queen every day, so I don't want to give the wrong impression in this post. BUT today, I want to focus on all of the positivethat has happened this year with my boy!

Bubba Fen, you are the love of my life. A year ago, I used to go to bed around midnight, and roll out of bed 5 minutes before work around 7:10, put my hair in a quick ponytail, and run out the door. I didn't slow down or consider myself a "morning person."
Now, I usually wake up about 30 minutes before you wake up, get a shower and get ready for the day, warm your bottle, have a cup of coffee, and you are up by 7:30-8:00. I LOVE mornings with you. They are the best! I love to watch you slurp your bottle and give you sweet smooches! This is one of our sweetest times together! I love Saturday mornings because we usually get to take our time and go get breakfast out, Chick Fil A being our favorite, and Hardees being your daddy's :)

A year ago, I didn't really have anyone to care about besides myself. Although I cared for your dad, family, and my friends, nothing compares to the responsibility and care that I have for you. This bond, this precious gift, and this responsibility comes at a cost sometimes. Life has been a bit of an adjustment since you, but I really wouldn't change it, no matter what.

It's been a fun and crazy year, Fen! You don't like toys. You never have, and I am guessing you never will. You are intrigued by a toy when you see it for the first time, but once you figure out how it works, you are over it. You like walls, and banging on doors, you like cabinets and smashing your tiny fingers in them, you like mommy's pots, pans and pantry shelves. You love yanking the spaghetti box off the shelf, and pulling tin foil out so that it's 2 feet long. You love toilet paper and anything that crinkles. You love playing with mommy and daddy's shoes. Oh, one of my favorites is that you love to run right to your humidifier when it's full of water and knock it down! What can I say, you're a dainty little thing....NOT!

You never really walked. You just decided to get up a few weeks ago, run and face plant over and over again. What can I say, you are advanced (hehe).
You love when mommy shakes her boob feathers. This makes you crack up (when you're in the mood to crack up).
You love trying big people food.
You like laptop buttons, and you love to help mommy type when she is right in the middle of writing something important! Oops.
You love full coffee mugs, and taking big boy poops when we are in restaurants or stores, never at home.
You don't like the word, "NO." In fact, you let us know how much you don't like the word "NO VERY quickly."
You love your sleep. You still take two naps a day and sleep from about 8pm-7:30-8am. I am so thankful for this!

Jokes aside, this has been one of the sweetest, hardest, most challenging, most amazing years of my life. I've met the Lord in some of the loneliest places, but He has proved faithful, and He has given us YOU, baby Fenwick! I can never thank God enough for restoring the broken places in our home and in my heart (more on this another day). You have been the sweetest, most cheerful, happiest blessing I have ever experienced. You opened up this piece of my heart that I never knew was there. I love you so much, it really does hurt. I can't wait for the fun to come and heck, I'll even welcome the challenges too because at the end of the day, you are worth it, and your daddy and I are SO BLESSED!!!!!!! You have so many people who love you and who help take care of you. You have wonderful grandparents who give their all to you and spoil you rotten! One of my friends that I went to school with used to say, "When mom says no, ask Grandma!" So, I'll let you in on that little secret early :) I'm smitten with you, Bubba!!! You have our hearts. Thank you for loving me so unconditionally, too. It's the sweetest bond, and sweetest relationship, and I look forward to so many amazing years to come (and yes.....I am counting down the days to your first trip to Disney)!!! Love you, baby!

I also want to take a minute and give a huge, huge thank you to my sweet friend, Sarah who took Fenwick's 1 year photos. You made this FUN!!!! I am so appreciative of how understanding you were working with a baby, so thanks to Luke and Jonah for gifting your mom with amazing patience, boys!! Hehe. In all seriousness though, you have become such a great friend and a mother I really look up to. You have taught me many tricks for baby, and you have also made me hysterically laugh when I really needed it as well. Friends, please check out her website. She really is the most gifted, sweet, FUN, and authentic photographer. I so so so so wish she could've shot our wedding, but I didn't know her yet! t just love her! She is a doll!

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