Driving in Morocco

Driving in Morocco and Being Illiterate

Fact: I can’t read Arabic. Next Question People Ask: Good question. The truth is I can’t read Arabic (unless you count my ability to read and find the words “Allah” and “Coca-Cola” two words that I see almost with the same regularity here). But Morocco, like Quebec and other bilingual locations has done an excellent job of making signs readable in Arabic and Roman letters. In some cases things are listed in 3, and sometimes 4 languages. All official buildings are now titled in Arabic, French, and Berber. But that still doesn’t really answer the driving question does it? Morocco,…

how moving to morocco is like a carnival fun house

How Moving to Morocco is Like a Carnival “Fun” House

I’ve been wanting to write this post before we even moved to Morocco and now, almost 5 months after we’ve moved, I think I can do the topic justice. How I first thought of this was when we were preparing our boxes to be shipped here. While this was going on we had some other legal paperwork that needed to be dealt with before the move, and then some other issues with getting everything ready in our apartment. It felt like every corner we turned there was another surprise. Fun houses really aren’t all that fun. Would it be a…

Jamaican Lamb Curry

Jamaican Lamb Curry and Roti

 The end of December is here and that means it’s time for my Around the World in 12 Dishes post. Every month, a group of bloggers (and anyone else who wants to participate!) make food from a specified country.  This month we’re visiting Jamaica! I’ve never been here, but it’s really high on our travel wish list. After taking a Caribbean cruise last year, we fell in love with this part of the world. The hardest part of participating in our monthly food travels is finding ingredients. Morocco has a lot of really great spices and produce but it’s hard…

Healthy Party Foods

64 Healthy Party Foods for New Year’s Eve and Game Day

Raise your hand if you promised you would lay off the buffet lines, dessert table, and everything else that’s “not good for you” once the holiday season was over. Now, raise your hand if you’ve already broken that promise! With New Year’s Eve only a few days away, bowl games, and the Superbowl yet to come the food somorgasbord isn’t over.  Instead of sticking to lettuce leafs and tasteless rice crackers at your upcoming parties, try your hand at some of these delicious recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. 7 Layer Greek Dip from The Kitchen is My…

Moroccan Orange Salad

Cinnamony Sweet Moroccan Orange Salad

Salads in Morocco are a big deal. No matter what you will always find at least one, but usually several different small plates with salads served. Lately, I’ve been eating them simply as my meal. There’s a rice, potato, and corn salad (I know it sounds like a bad combination but it’s not!) that I gobble up with a fork, and then my favorite za’alook, a cold eggplant and tomato mashed salad eaten with pieces of warm, fresh bread. Most salads are light and made up with fresh, seasonal vegetables. I never get tired of them. A few weeks ago…

carissa rogers goodncrazy with husband couple wife

Final Thoughts on the #MormonMuslimMom Project

It’s now been a little over week since Carissa and I concluded our #MormonMuslimMom project, giving me time to reflect on what transpired over the last 2 months. We started this conversation really on a whim.  I commented on a blog post of Carissa’s that I had found through a random Twitter link, because the headline caught my attention. We ended up beginning email correspondence and almost immediately wondered if we might do some type of collaborative project. I didn’t know much about Mormons and Carissa told me she didn’t know much about Muslims either. But we were both moms,…

Christmas Gram Quote

Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”#SundaySupper

I am so excited about this recipe! This weeks’ theme for #SundaySupper is Holiday Music and Movie Inspired Dishes.  I thought, and thought, and thought some more about what I could make. I knew which movie I was going to use, because it’s a family favorite. But what to make… There was of course the obvious answers – food directly out of the movie -but I wasn’t feeling inspired. Then when re-watching the movie it came to me….Christmas “grams”.  You remember this scene;     So this brings us to Christmas Grahams!!! Homemade graham cracker/cookies.  I thought Buddy would totally…

Don't Wear This in Morocco

What to Pack When Visiting Morocco for Men: Winter

What to Pack for Men Morocco Winter by amandaponziomouttaki featuring Calvin Klein Jeans Sometime ago I wrote this post on what women should pack when visiting Morocco. It has been very popular and made me realize that there are others things that people who are visiting Morocco might be wondering too. What do you pack if your man? What about if you’re bringing kids? So I plan to do a few more posts on this subject. My first women’s clothing tips were a year round approach but I think it’s helpful to break this up into seasons. So today, with…