Learning to Relax

Hello friends!

I’m sitting here wrapped in a blanket in the middle of June, watching the sun rise over Sleeping Giant (can you make it out in the picture?  It’s the mountain ridge on the right that looks like a guy sleeping on his back…) and drinking in the sweetly fresh morning air that’s wafting through the open screen door of my living room in our new condo.  This is our 5th morning here in Steamboat Springs, and the 5th day in a row I’ve …

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Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

And just like that, it’s the end of another expat “season”…

School’s out!!!

Bootcamp is on summer holiday! (I think we’re both happy and sad about that… it’s been SOOO hot lately!)

And we are just a few days away from getting on a plane to spend the next 7 weeks in Colorado, USA!!!

I stood on the school track Thursday, the kids’ last day of school, and imagined what it might feel like to be standing there for the last time….

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Chocolate Zucchini Almond Muffins

These chocolate zucchini almond muffins are a BRAND. NEW. RECIPE.  As in, I’ve only made them twice in my life.  And I feel desperate to share them with you immediately, even though my most recent post was also for a breakfast item.  But as our mothers will tell us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I take this to heart…

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

These banana oatmeal pancakes whip up in 5 minutes and use only 3 basic ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now: oatmeal, eggs, & banana.  How easy is that?

When I was a kid, pancakes were our usual Saturday breakfast, and I loved them.  My mother made the best buttermilk pancakes in the world… light, white, fluffy things that soaked up as much maple syrup as you could pour on….

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The Expat Dietitian Turns 2!

Carrot Cake with Coconut Cashew Frosting

Hello, friends!  My little blog is 2 years old!! Is it a birthday, or a blog-i-versary?!  I’m not sure, but in any case, let’s celebrate with this yummy carrot cake with cashew coconut frosting…

How I wish you could all gather around my table so I could slice each of you a piece of this cake and say a big “THANK YOU!!” to you all for reading.  It does mean the world to me that you would choose to spend your time in my little corner of the Internet….

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What I Ate Wednesday

Hello folks!  It’s been awhile since I’ve given you a run-down of my daily eats. I’m still eating a LOT…gotta build some more muscle.. and finding fun ways to fit all those calories in without overloading my stomach.

Green smoothie

Breakfast stays pretty tried and true… today I had my usual green smoothie made with frozen pineapple, spinach, fresh mint, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder.  I added a splash of fresh coconut water (buko juice) as well for the…

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Parmesan Eggplant Bake

Parmesan Eggplant Bake

This hearty parmesan eggplant bake is quick enough for a weeknight supper, oozing enough with cheese for the kids to accept the eggplant underneath… and delicious enough to be at extreme risk of being eaten before the photo shoot is done… gulp!

Did you ever notice I don’t post too many main dish recipes?  Yeah, there’s a reason for that.  For one, despite the best of my Meal Planning 101 intentions, dinner planning still usually begins at 4pm with me…

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Homemade Fruity Gelatine Blocks

Homemade Fruity Gelatine Blocks

Watch it wiggle… see it jiggle…  It’s full-on summertime here in Philippines, and any kind of dessert we can make without turning on the oven is likely to be a BIG WINNER.

Sara went to a birthday party the other day and came home asking if we could make Jello sometime, because they’d had it at the party and it was “soooo good!!!” I don’t need to tell you I’m not a big fan of Jello, what with the ingredients being just sugar, artificial colours, and artificial flavours.  In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever made “real” Jello at my house.  EVER.  But I did always love…

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Howdy, friends!  Hopefully you are a big fan of the concept “better late than never”… because this post was meant to go out last Friday… Good Friday… the day you’re actually supposed to make Hot Cross Buns.

But stuff happens.  Like you take your daughters out for a day of girlie shopping and giggling… or you do a random pull-up contest with your son (ok, maybe this is not so common, but it happened at my house)… you hang out and swim and watch Lord of the Rings and eat the said hot cross buns and never actually…

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What I Ate (and Did!) in Jakarta

Sara at AMIS

Hello, friends!  I’ve been out of pocket lately… in Jakarta, to be exact!  Sara and I spent 5 days there last week for her Honors Choir Festival with the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS).  It was a glorious festival of singing, with 172 kids qualifiying from 14 schools throughout Asia.  I have to say I’m a pretty proud Mama!…

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