Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

For months we prepared to move our family and for months I planned just what life would be like. Everything would go smoothly, our bags would arrive, our apartment would be ready to go. In a day or two I’d have a phone and internet.  I would go shopping daily in the market and prepare meals that I knew we enjoyed. I would easily slide into life, it really wouldn’t be that different than what we were used to. But, then I found out I was wrong. So the first week wasn’t what I envisioned at all.  I was depressed.…

{Guest Post} Memories and A Moroccan Dinner

Today’s guest post comes from Julie of Open Wide the World.  I met Julie through an online group I’m a part of for multicultural bloggers.  Her blog is currently on hiatus but there’s so many great resources and stories to discover! You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.  I hope you’ll enjoy this story and the experience of Julie’s family.  “Food is the great unifier.” Isn’t that an expression somewhere? Never have I experienced the unitive power of food more evidently than in the South of France. Back in the early 90s, tensions between the French and North…

{Guest Post} Natalia of Culture Baby

I first “met” Natalia of Culture Baby when she asked me for reflections on celebrating Ramadan with kids, particularly in a non-Muslim country.  (You can find the post here) When I began planning to have guests posts while we get settled in Morocco, I asked her if she wouldn’t mind sharing her reflections on living in Morocco – and here they are!  You can visit Natalia’s online shop full of gorgeous world goods, read her blog, and connect on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.  Just as MarocMama is arriving in Morocco, we are sadly leaving it. We have spent almost 10…

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{Guest Post} Visit Morocco Through Kids Yoga

Today I’m welcoming Giselle Shardlow the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write her stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon worldwide.  My kids and I love yoga – they’ve been practicing since their pre-K days in a Montessori school and I love how it is one of the only things that make my back feel good! Enjoy this guest post inspired by Morocco! “Morocco is THE destination for all lovers of flora and fauna.” (VisitMorocco.com) Whether…

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Update: Our Move to Marrakech

It has been so great to have many blogging friends offer guest posts for me during the last 10+ days (and there’s more coming this week!) It has given me time to spend settling into our new home, unpacking, and buying things to set up our new home. MarocBaba and I joked with his sisters that it was like we were getting married again..but 10 years later! While we had a wedding party, we never set up a home here so the traditional process of buying things for a new home never happened. It hasn’t quite been a a week…

Sweet Chicken Tajine from Curious Cuisiniere

Sweet Chicken Tajine from Curious Cuisiniere

Today I’m welcoming guest blogger, and fellow Wisconsinite Sarah of Curious Cuisiniere, who cooks, photographs, and writes the recipes that appear on her blog, while her husband (like mine!) gets to weigh in on taste.  This was their first time trying Moroccan food and I’m so happy to find out they loved it! Truly, one of the greatest joys that has come from blogging is introducing the food I love to new people. I hope you enjoy their experience and recipe!  I’m so excited to be here guest posting for Amanda today! Now, I have to be honest here, Moroccan…

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{Guest Post} Rose Petal Jam from Olga of Jardin Majorelle

I’ve been wanting to write a post about roses and their connection to Morocco for a long time. It’s filed in my “things to write about” file (well I did write this piece about Morocco’s rose festival). It might be blaise, but I do love roses.  I was reminded of that a few weeks ago when my sister gave me a big bouquet of pink roses for Eid.  I’ve loved having them sitting on my table – every time I look at them I feel a big smile creeping across my face.  Today’s guest post is from Olga owner of Jardin…

Moroccan Kefta and Eggs Tagine

Moroccan Kefta and Eggs Tagine

The blogging community is really amazing.  Over the past five years I have met so many wonderful people through our mutual shared interests.  When I began to prepare for our relocation, I knew that I had to make plans for my blog too, as I’m not sure how long it will be until we have an internet connection nor when our boxes (with all my kitchen things!) will arrive.  Thankfully several bloggers have come to my rescue to provide some guest posts until I am able to get back into the swing of things.  Today I am excited to welcome…