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Strawberry Hazelnut Muffins

As a child, each Valentine’s Day my mom would make my sister and I something special for breakfast, like heart shaped pancakes or pink milik and had always put together a big Valentine gift. It wasn’t something fancy, not even a toy but usually some of our favorite candy and a card letting us know how much she and I my dad loved us. It was always my favorite Valentine. School parties were fun and writing out Valentine’s to friends was always a process I had to start weeks before; selecting just the right cards, picking the best candy to…

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World Meals: USA – Texas

 For the third week of my meals around the world series we’re going back to my homeland of the USA. I’m excited for this week because I think many people assume all Americans eat is hamburgers and fries – and that’s just not true! It’s impossible to use just one family to represent the diversity in the country but here’s a glimpse into a typical day’s meals with Becky of Kid World Citizen. See previous weeks of Germany and Taiwan here. For breakfast on a normal school day, we will have fruit and either cereal, oatmeal, or maybe cinnamon toast.…

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MKB Bookclub : Living on the Loose {Chapter 5}

This week I’m hosting the Multicultural Kid Bloggers’ discussion on the book Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids by Bill Richards and Ashley Steel. This engaging book offers hundreds of easy-to-use ideas for turning travel with kids into a rewarding, enriching adventure. You can find previous chapters discussed here; Chapters 1 and 2: Dad’s the Way I Like It  Chapter 3: Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes Chapter 4: Kid’s Yoga Stories Now to dig into the good stuff!   If you’ve read my blog before you probably already know that we travel quite a bit…

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World Meals: Taiwan

Last week, I started a series focusing on food, meals, and costs around the world. We started with Annabelle’s European family currently living in Germany. Today we’re going farther east to Taiwan with Amanda of Miss Panda Chinese. From Amanda: Currently we live in the U.S. My hometown Taiwan. We are a bi-cultural family and our meals mix the east and the west adding a touch of our own creativity. When we are in the States our breakfast options are cereals, milk, healthy banana bread, or Chinese pancakes. Lunch is usually delicious leftover. Dinner features a fish or meat entree…

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Lemongrass Basil Couscous Cakes

“Save it for a rainy day.” I must have heard this phrase a hundred times growing up and when MarocBaba moved to the US it was one of the first idioms he learned in English. My dad said (and still says!) this regularly in reference to just about anything but specifically money. Even now, 10 years later whenever he hears this, MarocBaba laughs and says “remember when your dad said that?” One of the most frightening things about working freelance is that money can dry up, so having a rainy day fund becomes a necessity more than a comfort. Our…

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Valentine’s Day Meals for Two and Destination Inspired Date Ideas

The funny thing about living outside of the United States is that a lot of holidays just come and go.  Unless we make a really conscious effort to remember them (like Thanksgiving) they slip by. Earlier this week it dawned on me that Valentine’s Day is soon. Truth be told, we don’t usually do much. I might make the boys a special breakfast and MarocBaba and I may go out for coffee or dessert but it’s kind of like every other day. I’ve never been swept up in the sentimental side of the holiday and so maybe I don’t know…

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My Scandinavian Design Awakening in Finland

I am not a crafty or design oriented person. I’ve never been very good at putting together a beautiful room. I love art, and I love color and style but pulling it together is where I stumble. What I do like is simple, clean, and functional style. When we went to Finland last week I was prepared to eat a lot of food, but I wasn’t ready to be so inspired by the style and design I encountered. Simplicity, Durability, and Functionality – Definition of Finnish Design That’s me!  The program we were presented with for the Nordic Blogger’s Experience…

World Meals: Germany {European Family}

When I was at the market a few weeks ago I began comparing food prices. Food in Morocco is of course much less expensive than in the US. I was a pretty budget shopper, while still going for as much high quality food as possible. Here food is priced how it should be everywhere. Fresh things are the least expensive. Processed foods more expensive. So we eat a lot of fresh food! Traveling in Europe has shown me the range of food prices. So for a fun project I thought why not ask other global families what they’re eating and…