5 Ways To Have an Intentional Halloween

Intentional Halloween

Sunday afternoon we went trick-or-treating. Yes you heard that right…we went trick-or-treating on the 26th! Apparently, where we now live they have scheduled trick-or-treating times for each city, village, or town. This schedule might be the norm where you live, but for both me and my husband we always went trick-or-treating on the 31st — […]

Mighty, Mighty Chivito


When you visit or relocate, whether to another region or another country, it is always exciting to discover foods that are common to the area. In Boston you would be sure to try clam chowder, Philadelphia a cheesesteak, in North Carolina the barbecue, and in New York pizza is a must. Since moving to Uruguay we […]

Learning How to Walk

14 months ago it seemed impossible. 8 months ago it felt distant. 4 months ago I still couldn’t believe it would happen. 2 months ago it did. Our daughter walked. Yep. She didn’t just recently celebrate her first birthday, but also her first steps. I’m not talking about 2-3 steps, I’m talking about across the […]

Uruguay’s National Drink – Yerba Mate (mah-tay) Part II

Yerba Mate.

(This article is Part II of a series of articles on Uruguay’s National Drink – Yerba Mate. The previous article ended by describing how the cebador prepares the mate by pouring in the mate leaves, pouring water, and inserting the drinking tube “la bombilla” into the leaves.) The cebador is responsible to test the first […]

Uruguay’s National Drink – Yerba Mate (mah-tay) Part I

While we still have you thinking about yummy things (i.e. Salchichón), think with us about coffee, carbonated drinks, and Krispy Kreme.  What do they all have in common?  They are all ubiquitous in the U.S., they are all represented by at least one brand name that originated in North Carolina (good things also come from […]

DIY Recipe: How to Make Salchichón

The other day I had a sweet baking partner in my kitchen — EZEKIEL. His mom Vale gave me a great recipe for a traditional Uruguayan dessert called Salchichón (pronounced “sal-chee-ch-oh-n”). Ever since, I’ve had many people ask me how I made it. Many people have asked for the recipe, so I decided to post it […]

5 Ideas for a Memorable Family Trip or Visit

Travel can be stressful, yet fun. Hosting people, for us, is fun. We just said goodbye (with tears) to Lindsey’s parents and two brothers who graciously spent 18 hours traveling each way (including airport layovers) to see us. To be honest, the trip was one of the most memorable of our lives. Before they came, […]