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5 Healthy Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

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Where we live, it’s always summer. The only change that happens with the weather is when sometimes it’s a rainy summer and sometimes it’s a dry summer. Oh, and let’s not forget the season when my weather app literally says “smoke” because the government doesn’t enforce laws to prevent people from slashing and burning the rainforests. […]

Spaghetti Salad (Kid-friendly, Quick & Easy)

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I have been craving fresh lately.  I have been so bored with rice, rice and more rice.  I have been dreaming of the ready to eat salad aisle at the American produce section.  And, all those salad dressings…what will I do?   Since, I am still 3 months away from walking the aisles of Kroger […]

Personal Pan Pizza Party & Copycat Recipe

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We keep it simple around here for birthdays.  I think with five kids, I just can’t see getting into themed parties and such.  I want to build birthday traditions, make the day fun and special but avoid stress.  I’ve learned through experience if I try to “go big” for parties that my focus gets all […]

6 Tips for Shopping at the Local Market

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Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win our favorite expat cookbook, “The Homemade Pantry”.  Click here to enter!  You’re new to town. Your neighbor says to shop at the market for all your produce and meat. While this may sound easy to most seasoned expats, markets can cause fear for many in a […]

Hack Yourself a Cappuccino

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So coffee is a must for me.  A way of life.  And when I fly out of our little city I get stoked when I can go get a tasty Starbucks (or better yet Black Canyon Coffee).  My fave: iced cappuccino…  ‘Cause I live in the tropics and hot coffee is only for in-the-morning-sunrise-watching.  My […]

A TCK Perspective: An Advent Tradition

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On the first night of Advent, my mother laughed and requested a flashlight. The single candle wasn’t bright enough for her to read from our devotional. Every night afterwards the light grew brighter and brighter. My heart longed for the final candle, Jesus’ candle, to be lit. On Christmas night, it is hard to describe […]

Peppermint Rock Candy

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I remember one Christmas my grandmother showed up to our house with 20 different flavors of homemade rock candy. I think she must of bought every extract on the baking aisle and spent days making candy. Since that Christmas, rock candy, especially peppermint rock candy, gives me a dose of Christmas nostalgia. And this candy […]