Up and Coming Jewler in Our Midst

How We Met It was about two years ago that I attended our first annual Multicultural Bazar at our Premier Fitness and Recreation Center, which fell around Ramadan. This meant that Muslims from the region would surely be there to sell and purchase Ramadan and Eid decorations, gifts, and to support local craftspeople and vendors. I love attending such events because I’m always eager to … Continue reading Up and Coming Jewler in Our Midst

Keto Spice Eid Cookies (Zimtsterne)

I’m baking for Eid, and although all of the sweets I have traditionally made aren’t keto friendly, I chose to try my hand at this time-old Swiss recipe for Christmas cookies, perhaps my favorite among all cookies, and give it a slight twist to make it Keto friendly. The version I offer here is keto-friendly, if you’re interested in the traditional, not so keto version, … Continue reading Keto Spice Eid Cookies (Zimtsterne)

A Lesson in Mindfulness From my Infant

One of my little treasured blessings was born at the cusp of the Arab Spring. We were living in Libya, and I was just finishing up an online course with Kim West (The Sleeplady, author of the revolutionary book on baby sleep). I had my hands full with a busy home, a very large extended family, an online condensed course, an infant, two adventurous toddlers, … Continue reading A Lesson in Mindfulness From my Infant

Family Reunion

Two weeks ago, (on FIFA ’18 soccer final weekend) I travelled with my kids to visit my mother and her side of the family for the first family reunion in eight years. I hadn’t been to the last one, so this was my first one since my grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary a few decades back. I was excited to go, because I knew that the … Continue reading Family Reunion

Cinzia

English summary follows Di me: sono una donna felicemente sposata, ho un figlio di vent’anni del quale sono molto orgogliosa. Mi reputo molto fortunata per ciò che ho, ma sono anche consapevole di aver avuto la mia dose di difficoltà nella vita sia personale che professionale. I miei sogni: fin da piccola volevo una famiglia ed un lavoro che mi piacesse. Li ho ottenuti entrambi. … Continue reading Cinzia

Natascha

Natascha is who I would choose to have as a sister if I could choose. She has been my bff for thirty years, and I literally knew the moment we met that we’d be forever tied. When I moved away from Switzerland I worried about missing her more than anything else, but despite the distance we’ve continued to be as close as ever. Even when … Continue reading Natascha

Birchermuesli

I was asked a while back to write a post about one of the traditional dishes of Switzerland: birchermuesli. It’s taken me a while, but finally, here it is. Birchermuesli is a very simple, yet nutritious dish that is very often eaten as a light yet complete meal (either for breakfast, lunch, or supper), especially in warm summer days. Once prepared you can refrigerate it … Continue reading Birchermuesli

The Best Cup of Coffee

Coffee has been an important part of my life as far as my nostrils can remember: my father prepared his early morning coffee in a stove-top mocha, and every time I make it that way I think of him! But I wasn’t allowed to drink it, until my godmother swept me off to Toulouse (France) to visit her family for the summer, at the tender … Continue reading The Best Cup of Coffee