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Love and Weight Loss 3:6

Do you love yourself, your body enough to admit it? Or are you constantly finding a small fault here, a chin that’s just a bit too wobbly, or hips just an inch (or six) too wide? Today, I want to challenge you to look in the mirror. Find those features you love about yourself. Give yourself a break for just one day and focus on something you love. Because you are enough, right where you’re at. Today. I’m completing month three of my journey with Shaklee 180. While I’m down just 3 pounds this month, I’m celebrating three things that…

Raising World Traveling Superheroes

Why Traveling with Kids Can Save the World

You’re raising superheroes! Well, maybe they won’t be the Man of Steel or Wonder Woman but their contribution to the world could be so much more. I firmly believe that by traveling with your children they very well could help solve world problems one day. I recently read a post titled “Why travel with young kids even if they don’t remember it” by Family on Bikes.  I caught myself saying yes and nodding my head in agreement with so much of what was being shared.  It’s pushed me to share my own thoughts on this topic. When I had M,…

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{Expat Guest Post} Ilana of Ilana on the Road

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 Ilana of Ilana on the Road and Foreigner in Berlin.  She has spent the last 10 years…

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Do your kids cringe at the sight of cooked carrots?  One of the easiest and most delicious Moroccan salads is this cooked carrot salad served at room temperature and dressed with a simple vinaigrette. When I was growing up I, like many other kids, wasn’t too fond of cooked vegetables. But, fresh vegetables well that was another story.  Every summer my grandpa grew a huge backyard garden.  He left one corner for my sister and me to plant our own garden. He grew row after row of carrots, beans, tomatoes, rutabaga (which I didn’t even realize was a turnip until…

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Desserts in Jars at Fried Green Tomatoes Farm

Next weekend I’ve been invited to attend an event in Burlington, WI to celebrate the opening of the Fried Green Tomatoes Farm.  They’ve teamed up with the publishers of the fabulous cookbook Dessert in Jars by Shaina Olmanson.  Take a sneak peak of the cookbook;   Desserts in Jars Cookbook Promo Trailer from Ingman Photography on Vimeo. The Fried Green Tomatoes farm is really a destination in and of itself.  The artwork and creations of Dan DiPaolo are on display in the barn. Not only do I get to go, but I’m bringing a guest.  American Grandma will be with.…

Moroccan Fried Chicken

Moroccan Fried Chicken for #SundaySupper

This weekend is considered the start of summer in the United States.  So, it makes sense that the theme for this weeks’ Sunday Supper is Picnics. It seems like we missed spring and are jumping right into summer considering we’ve only been without snow on the ground the last three weeks. I however, am not sad about this.  I love summer and am welcoming it with open arms. One of my favorite picnic foods is fried chicken.  It’s great when served fresh and hot but it’s equally good when it’s just room temperature eaten with your fingers while spread out…

Moroccan Burger with Harissa Mayo

Moroccan Hamburgers with Harissa Mayonnaise for #WeekdaySupper

This week I’m participating in #WeekdaySupper, where contributors share easy meal ideas to help you get dinner on the table. As soon as the snow melts here, and sometimes when it’s still flying, our grill is on overdrive.  Most everyone loves grilled burgers, but I like to mix that up.  This recipe combines the Moroccan flavors of kefta, spicy meat kebabs, with the American hamburger.  It’s a cross-cultural masterpiece! PrintMoroccan Hamburgers with Harissa Mayonnaise for #WeekdaySupper Ingredients1 pound of ground sirloin (I use a 90/10 mix) 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro 2 tsp fresh grated ginger 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp…

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Weight Loss and Set Backs 3:6

Month three of implementing the Shaklee 180 Turn Around Challenge is almost complete and I’m feeling a little down.  I have been exercising several times a week over the last few months but right now I’m laid out on the couch.  No, I’m not throwing in the towel, but my back is. I initially had weight loss surgery because of constant, severe back pain.  Losing so much weight has reduced the amount of pain I have.  This is the first time I’ve been “down” since September of 2012. First, I was fearful.  The last time I lost a lot of…