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{Expat Guest Post} Marielle of Marielle Green

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. Marielle Green is a young woman who overcame her doubts and ended up teaching and living in South Korea for over two years.  She learned to use chopsticks, became addicted to bibimbap, and even learned a little Korean as the Busan area became a second home.  She never had to give up traveling for school, as she is currently a graduate student and teacher in Hangzhou, China.  Marielle keeps a blog about her travels and experiences at http://mariellegreen.com.    I spent my first …

Amanda Mouttaki{Expat Guest Post} Marielle of Marielle Green

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 …

Amanda MouttakiA New Challenge for a New Me
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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, …

Amanda MouttakiEasy Chicken and Dumplings
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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 …

Amanda Mouttaki15 Minute Doughnuts