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Living with Your In-Laws: The Honest Truth

I get several emails every week asking me about the dynamics of life here in Morocco or about relationship questions. I love getting email from readers, especially those who tell me they feel a personal connection – what a compliment! Sometimes it can feel like I’m writing into space, but getting those bits of feedback truly mean so much as I continue to write and explore topics that are personal to me but may help someone else. Recently I’ve been getting many messages from families who are considering a move to Morocco, either permanently or temporarily. Every family, and individual’s…

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10 Easy Moroccan Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Moroccan food is known for the complex blending of spices, slow-cooked home-cooked meals, and generous portions. But that doesn’t mean you have to have loads of extra time to make a delicious Moroccan meal. These 10 easy Moroccan recipes are a great addition to your weeknight round-up! Beef and Snap Pea Tagine with Sweet Onions and Apricot Mrouzia This dish is complex in flavor but is very easy to put together. Don’t be thrown off by the combination of fruit, vegetables, and meat. It’s very common in Morocco to mix these together. I serve this over barley but you can…

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Why You Should Visit an Islamic Country in 2015

For many people the thought of visiting an Islamic country is met with fear and apprehension. If you’ve never been before you might be unsure how to dress or act. You may be fearful based on news reports. It can seem overwhelming and intimidating. But, one of the best ways to get past these feelings is to simply GO! I write regularly about Morocco so I asked some other blogging friends to provide their insight on travel in other Islamic countries. You might be surprised to discover these countries and why they make excellent destinations to visit. One of the…

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Visiting Ifrane – A Moroccan Alpine Village

The first time we arrived in Ifrane was on a whim. We had gone to Fez for a long weekend with the kids and were visiting a cheese farm in Immouzer, a city between Fez and Ifrane. A quick search told me we weren’t too far away so why not go? Along with writing this blog I also do the social media and blog editing for Journey Beyond Travel, a really great Moroccan travel company that is based in Ifrane. We called ahead and planned to meet up with them for lunch. When we arrived, all of our jaws dropped. It was…

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My Money or Our Money: Navigating Finances in an Intercultural Marriage

Well what  a surprise! I really wasn’t sure how this new thread of conversations on relationships would go but after the response last week I can say I am looking forward to sharing a lot more. Today’s subject is touchy, it might rattle nerves and I’m guessing several of you might disagree with me. It wasn’t until recently that MarocBaba and I have been able to look back at the beginning of our marriage and laugh at some things and apologize to each other for mistakes we know we made. We were really both kids, just barely adults when we got…

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Moroccan “Pouch” Cookie Recipe and Photo Tutorial

I’m two weeks into my cookie making class at the Amal Center in Marrakech and have several different cookies to share. Moroccan cookies are intricate, they’re all made by hand and there are few short cuts.  But, there is one positive – several of the different shapes all have the same exterior pastry and interior filling. So, you only have to make these once and then you can make the shapes that you want. This cookie is a variation of the ka’ab gazelle, one of the most well known Moroccan pastries. I find these are a little bit easier to…

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Allah’u Akbar: How Two Little Words Can Cause So Much Confusion

This week another tragedy happened in the world. This time in Paris. The offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were attacked by two men claiming to be avenging those who drew cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) in a negative way. Whenever something like this happens I hold my breathe and say, “please don’t let them say they’re Muslim,” sadly too often I’m wrong. We were gone all day Wednesday but when I flipped on CNN after seeing multiple references on Facebook the first thing I heard reported was along the lines of, “the men were heard speaking in perfect…

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The BEST Cooking Classes in the World

Two weeks ago I shared some of the best food tours in the world (and I love food tours!). Today we’ll get more hands on and talk about cooking classes. If you have more time and really love food than taking a cooking class is an excellent way to learn much more about a culture. Not only do you learn to make something new but you also can learn about the history of a place, why foods are important and likely you’ll hear plenty of great stories from your teacher. The one on one interaction is what makes cooking classes…