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Friday, May 22, 2020

Gratitude Series Part I

I’m starting a thankfulness series. Day 6 here in Spain of the quarantine, and gratitude makes a big difference. I am thankful for the beauty around me. There are flowering trees close enough to touch, and the morning light shining on the dew drops of this particular bloom made me catch my breath.

Hello everyone. Covid is still taking over the world whether we like it or not. We are getting through as best we can, but it's hard when many aspects of life are not the way they used to be.

On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently. (Head below to link to two seafood stews and a buttery caper sauce.)

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Cooking in Confinement: Cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Ok, so maybe we aren't all in confinement anymore. But, at least here in Spain, restaurants are not open yet (although that changes tomorrow, yay!!). Have you all settled in to a habit of cooking and baking at home? I have. Oh, wait. I was already doing that.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Cooking in Confinement: Vegetarian Recipes + Beans

My favorite black beans. Use them for anything.

Hello my friends. How are you holding up? Last time I shared some hearty carb-y recipes. Today I have some vegetarian links at the bottom of some of my favorite veggie heavy recipes, but first I have a recipe for black beans. Let's get started.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Cooking In Confinement: Carbs

 These are interesting times, aren't they? As you know, I'm living in Spain for the year, which is under lockdown thanks to coronavirus COVID-19. It seems that other parts of the world are beginning to follow suit. Thankfully, we are at least able to get out occasionally and go grocery shopping. I have been cooking through some recipes lately, and wanted to share some that I liked with you. Today we are focusing on carbs. Because what is more comforting in times like these than carbs? Just be sure to keep a balanced diet. ­čśĆ

Friday, March 6, 2020


The iconic bridge connecting the old and new halves of Ronda
On a rainy Saturday morning, we left our apartment to board a bus to Ronda (pronounced Rohn-da), home to an iconic bridge connecting the two halves of the town and a bull ring. We arrived at noon. Our check in time for the Airbnb was at four. We had some time on our hands.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Portugal: The Northern Part

View from up in the mountains of Northern Portugal
We headed north to a national park called Peneda-Ger├¬s.  A windy mountain road led to the house we stayed in, which was a renovated basement with the owners living above. A steep driveway led to the entrance. The owner advised us not to leave the car parked at the bottom of the drive, as morning frost would make it difficult to get out in the morning. After unloading our suitcases and touring the house, Justin revved the little standard transmission car up the driveway.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Portugal: Óbidos

Foz do Arelho Beach in Óbidos
This is a continuation of our Portugal travels during Christmas and New Years. 

We left our basement apartment in Lisbon for an airy house in the countryside of ├ôbidos. It was a beautiful setting, complete with farmlands, a lagoon in the distance, and a little caf├ę/market up the street. Soon after arriving, I walked up the street to buy some food for the next day or so. The little one room shop had everything we needed, and I couldn’t believe how cheap it all was. Fruits and vegetables, bread, some meat, beans, and nuts were under 12 euro.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Portugal: Lisbon

Christmas day sunrise
Our family excitedly packed up on Christmas Eve and headed to the train station. We were going to Portugal! What an adventure. We would pretend to be Santa, traveling over night to bring Christmas cheer! We took the train to Málaga, where we walked to the nearby bus station. Our bus to Portugal was scheduled to leave at 9:35 pm. We waited in anticipation.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Celebration of Light + Snow

Feliz Navidad! Check out the Christmas lights near my home in the above video. Are you ready for Christmas? Gifts, travel, cooking, baking, decorations? As my kids like to tell me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? Yes, I say. And I mean it. Not the commercialism part. Not the part where kids open gifts, are happy for a few minutes, and then start squabbling over who got what (does this happen to you, too?). But the togetherness, the food, the celebration of Jesus, and, the lights. Spaniards, at least around here, take Christmas lights very seriously.

Saturday, December 14, 2019


Cozy, fleece-lined slippers.
What makes you feel cozy as the weather turns cold? Even though I live in the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) it does get chilly here. This week the temperatures got up in the 60s, but the nights are in the low 50s. There is no heat in our apartment. That means, it is cold inside.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Things I Like About Spain + My Daily Salad

Cafe's everywhere. This one overlooks the beach, post workout.
I like so many things about Spain, specifically, the Costa del Sol where I live. I suppose you could call this a gratitude post in honor of Thanksgiving. What things are you grateful for in the town you live? If you were to move there all over again, what would you notice? Here is what I like about my locality. 

Gratitude Series Part I

I’m starting a thankfulness series. Day 6 here in Spain of the quarantine, and gratitude makes a big difference. I am thankful for the bea...