Assalamu ‘Alaikum and Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit.  My name is Deanna and I am thrilled to have you here.  I am a mother to 3 wonderful boys and married to an amazing and supportive husband, and I started homeschooling my children back in 2010.

Lessons from the Gulf began as a resource for homeschooling parents to help them along their journey.  It all started with one of the first things I made:  a printable Surat Al-Fatiha lapbook to be used as a supplement to the Ad-Duha Institute’s Surat Al-Fatiha Minibook.  This quickly progressed into several other Surahs in no time.  When I saw how much my kids enjoyed assembling and using them, I created Lessons from the Gulf to share what I had created with other homeschooling parents in the hopes that they would enjoy them as much as we had.  Moreover, they would be amazing timesavers since I happily already did all the work! 

Diet and health are also very important topics to me.  After I had my first child, I wanted to make sure I only gave him the best food so I went and bought all organic.  However, I quickly learned that there was more to healthy eating than just buying organic.  Ingredients and food preparation also come into play.  For example, I learned of the important benefits of sourdough bread over other kinds, grass fed/finished beef, sprouted flour, and kefir.   I try to use what I have learned in my recipe creations as well as modifying existing recipes I already have.

Mothers.  Quite possibly the best resource in cooking tips and recipes.  Both my Lebanese mother and mother-in-law are living cookbooks.  I have never seen either of them actually use a recipe…ever!  This made for interesting times in the kitchen whenever I would ask how much of a certain ingredient they used.  As a child, and even now as an adult, I would do my best to write down recipes while watching them cook.  Needless to say, that can be quite challenging; but it is worth it.  The Mediterranean diet is incredibly healthy, and I plan on sharing all the recipes that I am able to with you.   

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope this blog helps you along your journey in homeschooling, health, and happiness!


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