Freezer Meals for a Mom’s Weekend

Early this morning I jumped on a flight to Chicago to attend BlogHer 13.  If you’re not familiar with this conference, it’s the largest in the United States for female bloggers (and some men too!)  I’m anticipating 4 whirlwind days of learning, connecting, and enjoying myself. That being said, I am leaving MarocBaba to fend for himself while our boys went to spend a long weekend with grandma and grandpa.  Normally, I would leave my husband to figure out the food situation, which I’m sure would consist of a lot of take-out.  However, with it being Ramadan right now and…

Annabelle and Family

{Expat Guest Post} Being a Trailing Spouse

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 Annabelle of  The Piri-Piri Lexicon. She (a French passport holder) lives in Germany with her husband (a…

weight struggles

The 3 Negative Results of Losing Weight

This week has been hard for me and I almost feel guilty writing this post but when I told you about my weight loss surgery and subsequent experiences for many months now, I promised I would be open and honest, and this is going to be that. It’s time to throw out the rainbows and unicorns.  It’s time to talk about the other side of things. In our society there’s an all obsessive compulsion with weight loss, especially among women.  You find this in many cultures but not all. Women assume that once they hit a magical scale number all will…

Thai Red Curry Pakora

Vegetarian Thai Red Curry Pakora

My friend Aimee, who blogs at Goa Getter, lives in Hyderabad, India and I am incredibly jealous of her food adventures. Late one night (thanks to a 10 1/2 hr time difference) we were talking about food – go figure. She was telling me all about the different delicious-already-made food she could find by just going outside and around in her neighborhood. The next day I made a 5 course Indian meal because I couldn’t get it out of my head. I didn’t always like Indian food. In fact I’m still intimidated by a lot of curries and other dishes,…

Discount Travel Blogger in Vietnam

{Expat Guest Post} Where You At, Expat?

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 Lyndsay of Discount Travel Blogger. Like me, Lyndsay started her traveling “career” young and hasn’t looked back!…

Gluten Free Chebakia

Gluten-Free Chebakia

Chebakia and Ramadan and synonymous in Morocco. You simply can’t have one without the other. This presents a big problem for us. Chebakia are cookies made of flour, spices, honey, and sesame seeds. It’s the flour that is problematic. It’s safe to say that Moroccan families eat dozens and dozens of these cookies every Ramadan.  They are made (or bought) in huge quantities and are time consuming to make – which makes it very clear to me why they’re a special holiday treat.   Last year I decided I would try to make a gluten-free chebakia to serve with harira…

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Strawberry Balsamic Quinoa Salad on #TheSaladBar

Our summer is full of picnics, BBQ’s, and this year iftars. We have spent many of our days on the run and having fun! Last month I participated in #TheSaladBar, a group of bloggers who share their salad recipes each month. This month’s theme was potluck salads. Potluck salads where I grew up were either a) pasta salad b) cold bean salad c) jello “salad”.   (If someone can explain to me why it’s called a jello salad I would really appreciate it).  I totally drew a blank when I tried to think of a potluck salad to share…so I…

Healthy Ramadan Ideas

5 Tips to Help You Have A Healthy Ramadan

Today is the 4th day of Ramadan in the United States and the hottest Ramadan I’ve experienced – and I’m not fasting!  Unfortunately my surgeon would not clear me to fast, preferring me to wait at least a year after having gastric sleeve surgery to attempt fasting.  Truthfully I’m not sure I would be able to do it even if he were to allow me. We begin fasting at 3:15am and the fasting day ends around 9pm. I simply wouldn’t have the space or ability to eat enough food or drink enough water in 6 hours to be safe.  Right…