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The Carry-On: Ireland

  The Carry-On: A Girl’s Getaway Guide to Ireland  Get ready for a new regular feature on the site! On a recent flight when I was returning from Ireland I was thinking about how my travel style has evolved. I can pack a suitcase in under 30 minutes and am ready to go no matter the destination. I know the things I love and want to have while I’m on the road. I also am almost always using just a carry-on bag for my travels. If the thought of traveling for a week and living out of a tiny bag makes…

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How to Convince the World It’s OK to Travel to Iran

I am so, so excited to share this post today because Iran is the #1 destination I am dying to visit. The truth is even a year ago I wasn’t really sure if it was even possible for me, an American, to visit. Around the same time as I pushed Iran off my travel list, I started to wonder if there were any Muslim women travelers (either solo or with partners) in the blogging world. If there were, I hardly ever saw them. Then, when I posted my first picture from Lisbon, Matin popped up in my Instagram feed. She…

Iranian Estamboli Polo (String Beans with Rice)

Today’s guest post is from Vicki Garlock the publisher of Faithseeker Kids. I was anxious to see what Iranian dish she would recreate because Persian food is one of my favorite cuisines. I also was excited to have Vicki onboard with this project because her outlook on religion, life, and raising children falls so closely in line with my own. It’s rare that I find people so actively engaged with churches, who are willing to be open to discussion of other faiths. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.  I am so excited to share this Iranian/Persian…

Lebanese Shorbat Adas {Lentil Soup}

Today’s post is from Marie-Claude Leroux of Marie’s Pastiche. She is a French-Canadian blogger living in Nova Scotia and writes about exploring world cultures with kids. This year her family took on the mission of learning about Lebanon, making her addition of lentil soup for this project a perfect fit! You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Our family has been virtually exploring a country (or region) and its culture every year for ten years. This year we headed to the Middle East to spend some time exploring Lebanon. Since we know little about Islam,…

Indonesian Kolak Pisang {Sweet Potato and Banana Desert}

Today is the first recipe day for the around the Islamic world food and travel extravaganza. Todays’ post comes from Becky of Kid World Citizen.  She’s a mom, blogger, and amazing woman! Enjoy today’s post from Indonesia.  Indonesia is not a country we hear a lot about, yet it is the fourth largest country in the world after China, India, and the US. In addition, the country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. My kids and I wanted to learn a little more about Indonesia, so we took out both nonfiction books and some funny folktales. Then I asked…

My First Time: Morocco

Today I am sharing a guest post from Farrah Ritter of the blog The Three Under and an American expat living in the Netherlands. Farrah and I met online and had the chance to meet in person last fall in Athens. She got in touch with me when she started planning a girl’s getaway to Morocco. Her visit and reflections encouraged me to start sharing the stories of people who have visited Islamic countries for the first time, and how that experience challenged what they had previously thought. Enjoy! Like many Americans, I grew up with opinions of Arabic cultures…

Digging into the Islamic World this Ramadan

Digging into the Islamic World this Ramadan

Just what do I mean by “digging in?” Why, food of course! Ramadan will be starting in some parts of the world today (and tomorrow for other countries) and as the most important month in the Islamic world I try to do something special each year. Last year I created a meal plan to help those who were too busy to do their own planning. The year before I held a 6 week webinar series on preparing and benefiting during the month. So what is it this year? I wrote a post in the beginning of the year focusing on…

24 Vegan Appetizer or Iftar Ideas

Welcome to week three of iftar ideas for Ramadan. Whenever Ramadan falls in summer months I am immediately drawn to eating the foods that fit the season. Here, in Morocco, they’ll eat hot harira soup all month long but that just has no appeal to me. The last thing I want to eat after fasting in 100+ temperatures all day is a hot bowl of soup. No thanks.  But, give me some fresh cut up fruit or a cold gazpacho and a bucket of water and I’ll be your friend for life. I also have learned what a challenge it…