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Perfect hard boiled eggs

FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY. Perfectly boiled easy-to-peel hardboiled eggs. No matter how new or old your eggs are. The Internets are fill of lore on how to hard boil your eggs. How to get perfectly yellow yolks, with none of the grey-green of over-boiled eggs. How to get a white that is supple and tasty, instead of rubbery and over cooked. And most importantly, how to boil the eggs in such...

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What’s the ONE thing you always pack in your suitcase when PCSing?

  I can’t live without coffee. More precisely, my family doesn’t want to live WITH me, if I can’t have coffee in the mornings. And good coffee is hard to get in a lot of places in the world. Like a rest stop in London. WTH? How is it that hotels in London only offer Nescafe and other variants of instant coffee in their rooms? THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE COFFEE...

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FS Blog Rejuvenation Round-up, Week #3

Everywhere in the world, Foreign Service Officers and their families love to kvetch about their housing.  It’s too small.  It’s too big.  It’s configured in a weird way.  There aren’t any toilet paper holders in the bathrooms.  The kitchen is too hot.  The floors are too cold.  But somehow, in our own quiet way, each of us turns our similarly furnished houses into beautiful, cozy, and friendly homes for our families. If you’re anything...

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Diary of a Fat Crossfitter – Getting Started

I started CrossFit last week, and it is both as awesome and as miserable as expected.  That is to say, I feel like a million bucks after a workout, and then the next day, I can’t walk.  Or lift my backpack.  Or really, even crawl out of bed.  I made a four month commitment to my neighborhood CrossFit gym box*, and you, dear readers, are going to suffer right along side of me....

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FS Blog Rejuvenation, Week #4 – Making Memories

Each Sunday, for six weeks, I’ll post three prompts (an introspective prompt, an activity prompt, and a photo prompt) to get us thinking about what we love about Post and this crazy FS life. Use any or none of them, then comment on that week’s post or in the FB group to let us know you’ve posted. The followig Tuesday (that is, nine days later), I’ll post a round-up so...

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FS Blog Rejuvenation Round-up, Week #2

No matter where you are in the world, you and your family gotta eat.  Much like housing, GSO (har har har), and the weather, the local food is something that we all like to complain about, but in most places, eventually come to love.  I have fond memories of learning to eat “snot sauce,” or krin krin, and getting over my fear of food poisoning in Benin. This week, FS Bloggers...

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Seasonal vegetables in DC – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

What’s the best thing about coming back to the States from West Africa? Vegetable variety. Yes, access to asparagus and swiss chard and fresh broccoli narrowly beats out living close to friends and family.  The quality of fruits and vegetables throughout West Africa is incredible. Everything bursts with flavor—after all, West African varieties haven’t been bred over the course of a century for appearance and sturdiness. Fruits come straight to...

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FS Blog Rejuvenation, Week #3 – Making it home

Each Sunday, for six weeks, I’ll post three prompts (an introspective prompt, an activity prompt, and a photo prompt) to get us thinking about what we love about Post and this crazy FS life. Use any or none of them, then comment on that week’s post or in the FB group to let us know you’ve posted. The following Tuesday (that is, nine days later), I’ll post a round-up so...

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On the seeds of sisterhood between my daughters

One of the best things about Jasmine and Grace is Jasmine and Grace together. Jasmine is great with the baby, and the baby clearly adores her big sister. Grace lights up when Jasmine sits down to play, and Jasmine has a special gentleness she seems to reserve for Grace and Grace alone. I’m sure my daughters will fight as teenagers, but I’m grateful for their friendship now, especially when my husband...