4th of July Picnic Ideas

This Thursday is the 4th of July and if you’re like me, you’re looking for the perfect dishes to take to BBQ’s, camping, or picnics. It’s got to be easy and portable but most of all delicious. Here are a few ideas for your Independence Day Celebration.   Lentil Burgers We’re off to spend an extra long weekend with family, enjoying the outdoors, swimming, and saying good-bye’s as we enter the final weeks before our move to Morocco. I hope you’ll have a great holiday weekend – and let me know what’s on your menu!

Amanda Mouttaki4th of July Picnic Ideas
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A New Challenge for a New Me

One year ago, I would have never believed I could be where I am today.  I am happier, healthier, and a whole lot skinnier!  It’s hard to believe but I’ve lost over 60 pounds and 30 inches since I began my weight loss journey.  Old me would have never believed that was possible.  Old me didn’t think there was anything wrong. During the last two weeks I’ve challenged you to do something active every day and even though I was bogged down with a terrible sinus infection, I’ve tried to do something physical daily. For my little sister’s birthday she asked me to go to a Crossfit class with her.  If you’ve never heard of Crossfit, just imagine using every single muscle in your body and lifting some serious weights after a serious cardio workout.  I was terrified.  In this month’s video post, I share my Crossfit experience.     Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee …

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Soup is a hard sell in our house. But thick, creamy stews, well they get eaten up right away.  Chicken and dumplings is not a meal I grew up with but my sister first made for us about a year ago.  I love it, my kids love it, even MarocBaba loves it. Summer in the Midwest is humid and oppressive at times.  We wait months and months (sometimes 8 or more!) for the sun to finally break through and warm things up. Some nights the humidity lingers making your clothes stick to your back and your tongue thick in your mouth.  Then there are the nights when the cool air begins to blow, whispering a reminder that this time is short lived – soon winter will be back.  I love the cool nights, when a light sweater is in order and it’s enjoyable to take a walk around the neighborhood.  It’s those nights that I don’t mind starting the stove, …

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{Expat Guest Post } Karilyn of No Back Home

When we decided to become expats, I knew there were others like us out there – I just had to find them.  Once I started looking, I was amazed at just how many people have chosen an expatriate lifestyle. So many people tell me that they wish they could move to another country; I want to share the stories of those who have made the choice.  I hope that these stories might encourage others to take the plunge. Today’s guest post is from Karilyn of No Back Home and Slaint.com.  She is a blogger and an ex-expat momma with a toddler, two Indian street cats, and an Irish husband, currently living in Los Angeles. After living in India for 8 years, Karilyn decided it was time to either make India a forever home or try somewhere new.  The itch for a new adventure was too strong, so they set off to new shores and finally landed in LA. Karilyn’s personal blog …

Amanda Mouttaki{Expat Guest Post } Karilyn of No Back Home
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15 Minute Doughnuts

Unexpected company show up for breakfast or brunch? In 15 minutes you can have a hot plate of doughnuts on the table! Pair with cold glasses of milk and fresh fruit for a perfect – albeit last minute – meal! I regularly make many things from scratch, however time is always an issue for me. There are a lot of shortcuts I rely on to make meals easier – and especially breakfast time.  I have lived most of my life in the “dairy state,” and so a lot of my meal inspiration comes from dairy products.  I shop the perimeter of markets, and the final stop in my circle is the refrigerated dairy section. Some staples I always grab are; milk (of course!), shredded cheeses, jalapeno hummus (MarocBaba’s favorite), ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, pre-sliced hashbrowns, and eggs.  One of the items I occasionally pick up is refrigerated biscuit dough.  It’s so affordable and can be used in hundreds of ways …

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A Multicultural Summer Bucket List for Kids

I’ve dubbed this summer, the “summer of yes.”  Instead of fighting with my kids about silly things like having an extra s’more or sleeping in a fort they’ve built I’m embracing (most) everything and just saying yes.  We’re also making an effort to expose them to as many cultural events and activities as possible. With that in mind, I asked some fellow multicultural kid bloggers for what they would put on a multicultural bucket list for kids.   I’ve recently seen a ton of different summer bucket lists online.  But, I haven’t been able to find any that really embraced our multicultural outlook, were not things we regularly do anyway, or were really age appropriate for my guys (most are aimed at younger kids).  With that in mind I hoped to create a list that would encompass everything I’ve been looking for and failed to find!  There’s no reason that you couldn’t do these activities any time of year, or …

Amanda MouttakiA Multicultural Summer Bucket List for Kids