Ah, Springtime. That glorious time of year filled with flowers, allergies, vacations, more allergies, and possibly chocolate in massive quantities. Here are a few of the things I've been up to lately.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a quiet weekend at home and Scott made an amazing Prime Rib dinner. We've been eating an insane amount of Red Pepper Hummus. For my perfect recipe, check out the bottom of this post.
I’ve been thinking of something clever to say to accompany this post. I mean, look at that salad! It is gorgeous, jewel-toned, and slightly exotic, like what you would be served in Ancient Persia. But, I guess the best thing to do for such an elegant salad with mass appeal is just to stop already with the chit-chat and give you the recipe.
Some time last year we realised we were not spending much quality time together. Between work, school, and the Mudge’s semi-weekly sport practice, we had relatively few evenings together, and too often we were spending those working on our own projects. After one too many nights with our faces buried into our individual screens, we declared “enough”, and made a plan to start some positive traditions. Now, nearly without fail, Tuesday is Family Night in our house.
Welcome to our Series, Clean Enough to Eat. Super simple natural beauty tricks with ingredients found in your own kitchen. This quick recipe is for a dry shampoo powder which smells lovely and could not be more simple to make.
Happy Monday, Friends!
Saturday was probably the nicest day this year so far, so we spent the day wandering around the seaside village of North Berwick. Hopefully your weekend was also great. Here are a few awesome/useful things to help ease you back into the week:
I actually meant to post this cocktail last month, when February weather was in typical dreary form, but the business of reviving our long-neglected blog took a bit longer than I imaged. Blame our perfectionistic streaks, or the sleepy slowness of late-winter. Whatever. Don’t fret, it is here now.
Every year since we left Ireland after our two months along the coast in West Cork a couple of years ago, we seem to get nostalgic for Ireland. I honestly never expected to be so impressed. My travel bug was started in continental Europe, and I assumed a place where I spoke the language would hold less charm, somehow.
It can be tricky hitting that sweet spot between fun & healthy when it comes to kid party food, especially when it's going to be shared in a classroom. Check out how I whipped up a super quick and satisfying birthday treat.
September 2014 marked the beginning of a life-changing journey for the Foster clan. Our first home abroad was the village of Cruzy in the Hérault department in southern France. Population <900, super sleepy and far from the hectic pace of the Bay area we left behind.
While living abroad earlier this year, we discovered these 8 shows for kids that I'd ditch Dora for in a heartbeat.
Scott's visa was approved! The Mudge and I are expecting to get our visa decisions next week.
It is hard to avoid the Fringe Festival if you are in Edinburgh in August, though I was determined to try. All it took was one great show to take me from ambivalence to fan of the Fringe. Here is what we saw:
This relocation extravaganza hit me haaaaaard. I've been keeping my head down, focusing on the kids, and have left dear Deserae to keep ITTB afloat while I figure things out. WARNING: I'm about to vent.
We didn’t mean to leave you hanging. Things have just really taken a turn for the busy. Some of the highlights:
And just like that, plans change.
We had a few plans that didn’t work out. Instead, the Mudge and I fly out this Sunday morning to Edinburgh to reconnect with Scott and to stay for the summer, at least.
We are finally going to Edinburgh!!!
Options were more limited at the small town grocery stores in Kanab, Utah than we were used to in Ireland or France. But nevertheless we managed to find some foods to love here in the Southwest. Here are a few of our guilty pleasures...
Just as the rain has begun to taper off and P1 orientation is behind us, we discovered this week that we are moving back to the states.
For us May felt a like a whole lot of nothin’ going on, since we kept waiting every day for things to materialize that would get us closer to our expat goals. Instead, a whole lot of smaller things happened while we were waiting in May.
Once in a while, when work pressures ease up, Scott cooks. When he does it is special. This dish is one of the first things he cooked for me and it made an impression. Rich in flavor and surprisingly filling, this is a satisfying meal impressive enough for guests, but quick enough for a weeknight dinner.
One of the best things about coming back to the States before we head off to Scotland is getting plenty of Mexican food. Growing up in the Southwestern US made it easy to take Mexican food for granted. I grew up eating some form several times a week. No joke. So when we ended up in Europe last Fall, I missed it. Especially my Dad's secret recipe enchiladas.
One of my favorite places to visit in Ireland was the seaport town of Cobh, Ireland. Set at the mouth of the harbor near Cork, shops and pubs line the waterside main street and the church looms over the town like a crown. But this colorful town with a funny name is not just a pretty tourist destination. Like a strong Irish Breakfast tea, Cobh is steeped in history.
Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers, step-mothers, adopted mothers, one-day mothers and women who will never give birth but who embody the nurturing spirit of motherhood.
An American travel wish in a glass. Inspired by those places Stateside I’d like to visit, but perfect for the quickly rising temps here in the desert of the Southwest. This drink will cool you all the way through this year's summer campouts and barbecues.
We’ve been eating Grapefruit Avocado salads for a long time. Then I tried this version with fennel and a creamy macadamia vinaigrette. I’m obsessed. You need this salad in your life.
My husband fills my head with all sorts of grand ideas. He tells me that I make the best dressings, for one. He says I should bottle the stuff, referring to my vinaigrettes. While I’m doing my best to stay humble in the face of such lavish praise, I must admit, I do take dressing very seriously.
Recently I did some hiking in Southern Utah, including an amazing day hiking The Wave, and I learned something important from the experience: Your gear can make or break your hike. It only took one time with no hat and the wrong shoes to realize those seemingly small articles can make such a big difference. Here are a few things I found essential to a positive day wandering around amid the rocks and cactus.
During the couple of months we spent in Ireland, we certainly did not want for delicious things to eat. It really helped ease the pain of letting go of our beloved French delicacies. Here are our favorites...
The biggest goal for my time back in Southern Utah, besides visiting family, was a hike to The Wave. Located just over the border in Arizona, the hike is famously hard to do, not because the hike itself is too difficult, but because permits are hard to get. Only twenty people are allowed permits to visit The Wave on any given day. But we beat the odds and spent a day exploring in the desert wilderness.