From Mosques to Mountains

Before leaving Casablanca, I got up close and personal with the Hassan II Mosque that you could see from our (previous) terrace.  Here are the pics!









Since then I have safely arrived in Leysin, Switzerland and am getting myself settled into life here and ready for a new school year, which starts for me now in July.  Remember that view of the Swiss Alps from my office?  Here it is in better weather…




Pretty spectacular, no?  And so a new life in Switzerland begins, and along with it a new life for Marc’s health as well.  He has now been officially diagnosed with a genetic condition called Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome.  We are learning more about EDS every day and what it means for us knowing that this is a syndrome that Marc will live with for the rest of his life.  There is no cure, but there are ways to treat the symptoms and so that is where Marc is at the moment, still in Paris finding a successful treatment plan that will help him manage the symptoms and live as full a life as possible.  It’s been a difficult road to walk through and we have a long journey ahead, but we’re hanging in there, or at least trying to.  It’s a lot to take in, new lifestyle, new country, new job, and an illness on top of it, but the magic of the mountains is making it all worth it and we are doing our best to keep our eye on the prize – life TOGETHER in Leysin.

Recipes – all from My New Roots this time!

Big Comfy Sweet Potato – The sauce on these baked sweet potatoes is fantastically flavorful and could be used to top so much more than just sweet potatoes!

The Best Lentil Salad, Ever – And the dressing on this salad is awesome and versatile as well.

Spring Spirit Polenta – Never too late for spring greens!

Raw Bounty Bars – These were a bit crumbly and kind of a mess, though the flavors are all there and they really do taste like a Bounty bar (European version of a Mounds bar, for the American bunch out there).  I’ll be testing out some other coconut macaroon recipes for something easier and less messy for coconut lovers like me!

Watermelon Mojito Pops – From My New Roots Naturally Nourished cookbook.  Great as popsicles or as a refreshing summer drink!

The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread with Olives & Caraway – Take the base bread recipe and add chopped black olives and caraway seeds.  Also from the My New Roots cookbook!


5 thoughts on “From Mosques to Mountains

  1. glad u arrived, beautiful photos of the mosque, the tile work is spectacular and the Alps r awesome, glad u have a diagnosis, that helps


  2. Love reading this blog. Sounds like you are a professional writer. That view, gorgeous! Excited for the start of your next adventure. You seem to handle the ups and downs of life better than anyone I know.


  3. This looks beautiful! I am so happy that you will be able to run freely through the mountains ;).

    Big hug,



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