As we enter into the month of March, we get ready for the wonderful celebration of the Persian New Year called "Norooz." This is an opportunity celebrated around the world that many look forward to to start fresh with the rebirth of Spring.
Norooz, which translates to “New Day” in Farsi, has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. This begins the very moment that the sun crosses the equator on the vernal equinox also marking the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which will occur this year on Thursday, March 19th, 2020.
To celebrate, Iranians and diverse communities across the globe spend the month of March preparing their homes, Spring cleaning, tidying and organizing, freshening up their wardrobe, and creating a celebratory table spread called a "Haft-Seen." This traditional spread is a displayed arrangement of 7+ symbolic items that each household puts together (just as Christians put up a Christmas Tree or a menorah is displayed to celebrate Hanukkah).
Norooz is celebrated for 13 days, giving Iranians an opportunity to visit family, friends and attend festivities during the holiday. During the week prior to Norooz and on the evening of Day 1, Persians cook several tasty traditional meals and treats to serve their families and guests.
This delicious Persian herbed omelet is comparable to an Italian frittata. With many variations, this versatile dish is perfect for any occasion.
Sabzi Polo ba Mahi
Sabiz Polo is a beautiful green version of the traditional Persian meal polo, or pilaf, rice dishes. The herbs add scrumptious flavor, and with the mahi, it all makes for a delicious, traditional Nowruz Persian New Year meal.
This yummy meal, usually served the night before the Spring festival of Norooz, is composed of rice and noodles layered with lamb or beef. Steamed in the traditional polo manner, the result is an irresistible, fluffy, layered masterpiece.
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Crockpot Cookie & Brownie Dessert
All of these recipes and more can be found at Delish.com. Let the Twin Cities Mobile Mommy team know what your favorite recipe was this month! Take a cute pic or two with the fam & tag us @tcmobilemommy, so we can enjoy the deliciousness with you!
Looking for something fun to do with the kidlets this Valentine’s Day? Check out these super cute and easy crafts, gift ideas, and inexpensive table decor options to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mom Squad to you and yours!
Valentine’s Day Crafts
Pizza My Heart Craft
For this project, Anahita & her daughter used 2 paper plates. We cut a “pizza” slice from one plate & used the second plate as the background. We used watercolors to paint the sauce, cheese and crust. Once it dried, we used heart shaped foam stickers as the pepperoni.
This was a "delicious" bonding activity, a nice 30-minute craft perfect for antsy little one & a fun and festive escape with Mom!
Vday Crown Craft
First, get a piece of paper that is long enough to make a crown out of. We used poster board for this one.
Second, decorate your crown with stickers, drawings, glitter, beads, and other precious metals and jewels fit for a king or queen.
Lastly, fold your crown in a circle and staple or tape it so it can stay on their head.
This craft is perfect for all those kings and queens out with their grown up on V-Day. Look at the crown Anahita and her daughter made for their royal holiday! (All supplies purchased at the Dollar Tree for under $10)
Table Decor for Under $10
Additional items that to add on Valentine's Day:
Fun Gift Ideas
Everyone loves receiving a little treat or goodie during the holidays to brighten their day and let them know someone’s thinking about them. We have a list of fun little gifts to leave your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Let’s check it out!
We hope you enjoyed these craft, decor and gift ideas to bedazzle your Valentine's Day for you and the family. Sending lots of love to you and yours!
Craft pics by Anahita
Decor pics by Liliana Manns photography