Lemongrass Basil Text

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…

Valentines Dates for Two

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…

Scandinavian Design

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…

Stuffed Olives Tapas

Stuffed Green Queen Olives with Garlic Infused Olive Oil for #SundaySupper

When I found out this weeks’ #SundaySupper theme was tapas I was one of the first to sign up a recipe. I have always loved tapas, and after experiencing the real thing in Spain a few months ago, it’s safe to say I’ll forever love them! There are many nights when I put together a few small plates for a light meal. It’s simple and fun to make a meal out of a bunch of easy to make items. In Madrid the Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor covered market that serves all kinds of tapas and pinchos. Typically…

carte sejour

Applying for a Carte Sejour {Residency} in Morocco

Ah, the carte sejour. It conjurs up the horror of bureaucratic nightmares, long hours spent in lines, and filling out form after form of personal information. If you’re not familiar with this process let me explain. In Morocco, tourists who do not require an entry visa, are permitted to stay for up to 90 days. During this time you’re exactly that, a tourist. You can’t get a job, or do much else, so if you’re planning on calling Morocco home you have to apply for residency. This means obtaining a carte sejour (roughly translated the staying card). Every Moroccan carries…

95 Eggcellent Dishes

95 Egg-cellent Dishes!

My kids have grown a new love for eggs. This is great because here, we can buy fresh egg every day for pennies – literally. Last week my youngest decided he didn’t want what we were having for dinner, so off he went to the hanut, a very small “corner store” found everywhere here. He came back minutes later with 2 eggs and a small loaf of bread. For 2 dirham (about 20 cents). I quickly made them for him and he was content. I’ve appreciated eggs even more since moving to Morocco. They’re cheap and filling and can be prepared…

Gluten Free Caramel Cashew Brownies

Gluten Free Caramel Cashew Brownies

One of the steps we had to take to complete my registration for a national ID card was a trip to Rabat for a background check. The appointment itself was less than thrilling but we also were able to meet up with my friend Allison and her family.  Allison and I have known each other online for many years, when we were going through the immigration process of bringing our spouses to the US. Then within a few weeks of each other we announced our plans to relocate back to Morocco! She and I had never met in real life…