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Guest Post: Expat High School in Morocco

Today I am sharing a guest post from Catherine, a high school junior that is spending the year studying in Rabat. I am in awe of her bravery and excitement at such a young age to embrace this challenge! I am equally impressed by her parents who have allowed her to undertake this adventure. I have to say she reminds me a lot of myself at this age! You can find a link at the end of this post to follow her blog and learn more about her experiences this far. (My apologies for publishing this a bit late –…

Living in Morocco: Income

Living in Morocco: Income

The number one comment/question people ask when they find out we’ve moved to Morocco is, “I/We would love to do that but I’m not sure how we can afford it/find job(s).” Of course, when considering moving this is a major stumbling block. A little while back I wrote a post about how people afford to have a global lifestyle. This post is going to give you a lot of different ideas of how you can make an international location possible.   One of the hard realities is that most people want to leave Morocco because of it’s limited income opportunities.…

Mint Tea

A Moroccan Birthday Celebration for Multicultural Kid Blogs!

Everybody loves a party right? I love taking any opportunity to celebrate. Today I’m joining several other bloggers to wish a Happy Birthday to Multicultural Kid Blogs! I’ve so enjoyed meeting the other bloggers from all over the world that make up this community and think it’s a must have resource if you are raising or want to raise multicultural kids. So to celebrate, I’m sharing some ideas for a Moroccan birthday party! For honesty’s sake, birthdays are not celebrated much, if at all here. Maybe a family will get a cake to share together but chances are the day…

Fig and Lime Glazed Meatloaf

Around the World in 12 Dishes: New Zealand Fig and Lime Glazed Meatloaf

I’ve got a new blogging theme carnival that I’m participating in. Around the World in 12 Dishes, “visits” s a different country every month and participants make food and/or crafts from that culture. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the world and try new things. We’re pretty adventurous in our home, and my kids have a lot of experience with all kinds of food so I’m excited to get them involved in this project every month.   I didn’t have a lot of time to get this together and so I wasn’t able to do much with my kids…

Mini Meatball Risotto with Goat Cheese

A #SundaySupper Mini Meatball and Goat Cheese Risotto

Even though today is the first day of fall, the weather barely feels like it. Our daily temperatures are still topping 90F, while evenings cool down to the mid-60’s. I am seeing so many friends posting pictures of the leaves changing colors, apple orchards, jeans and sweaters, and all of the other signs of fall. I don’t know when fall will really arrive here, but I’m still going to embrace the season!  If you haven’t guessed, the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is fall. I haven’t participated in several weeks, I’ll admit the move has me a bit off but…

Thai Red Curry Turkey

Thai Red Curry Turkey Legs

I don’t always shop in what we in the US would consider a grocery store, but when I do I can’t help but be surprised at how much turkey is for sale. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan, it just surprises me.  Oddly, I’ve never seen my in-laws cooking with turkey so either it hasn’t really caught on, or they’re just not big fans. I have seen many really creative cuts that I’ve not encountered in the US.  I think the most ingenious is the “osso bucco” cut (yes, they really call it that). Turkey legs are really…

Traveling with Kids 10 Years

What Traveling with Kids for 10 Years Has Taught Me

Ten weeks after my oldest son was born, I planned a trip to Lower Michigan, 10 hours away (are you seeing a theme here?), with my best friend. I will concede I was young and perhaps today I might have thought twice (maybe not), but my son was perfectly healthy, I had recovered completely and so why not? She might regret saying this now but I candidly remember my mom saying, Amanda, he’s a baby not an accessory.  You can’t just pack him up and waltz around the world with him!  Huh? I knew having a baby would change my…

40 Stovetop and Raw Recipes

No Oven? No Problem! 40+ Stovetop and Raw Recipes

I took a few pictures of our apartment when we first moved here. It was not at all similar to an apartment in the US – especially in the kitchen. Homes here are unfurnished – completely unfurnished – no stoves, no refrigerator, no light bulbs in some cases. It took us a little while but we’ve now got a working kitchen! It’s not quite done yet  – my boxes are still en route via container and I’ve got appliances, some dishes, cookbooks, a few other items that are on their way. At first I thought, “oh well that’s ok I…