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I am a 55 year old mom of 9 who grew up in the beautiful Northwest. I was an aspiring Jazz vocalist and poet until I met and married a Middle Eastern man and that changed my life forever. I moved to Saudi Arabia with 4 small children while 8 months pregnant.  I lived in a run down villa with no furniture out in the neighborhoods of Riyadh. I then lived in an apartment with limited electricity, and later to a luxury Western compound. I met people from India, Egypt, Morocco, the U.K. and all over the world. I had five more children while living in Saudi. Life was colorful, eventful and lonely at times. I learned to cook many interesting authentic dishes as well as taught my own specialties to neighbors. There were many highs and many lows in this 16 year experience. My children and I relocated to the U.S. 6 years ago where we had a huge adjustment, I had never used a debit card, was not used to paying bills or being in charge of my own life. My kids grew up in a household  of 11 where meals were home cooked, from scratch and made in huge batches, cooking was a huge part of life. So, I decided with their encouragement, to pass on my real cooking as well as my experiences. I hope you enjoy!0622151118

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  1. Thank you for stopping my Japanese Food site http://japanese-food.org !!

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    October 22, 2015
  2. I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours , I cannot wait to read more, what an interesting life you have had !!!

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    October 22, 2015
    • Thanks i have my memoirs at the top of my page if u ever want to read. I am out on the road so will add you when home!

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      October 22, 2015
      • I have been reading them and I am hooked !! I cannot even imagine the life you lived all those years. I had to stop reading for tonight but will be back to read more tomorrow !!! Such a different life than most of us have ever known.

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        October 22, 2015
        • ha ha you are sweet! I was on the road coming home from a cross country race and had limited internet! thanks for reading!!!

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          October 22, 2015
  3. Hello, Lyn! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime! Ciao for now!

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    October 26, 2015
  4. Hello dear, I invited you to participate in the quote series. Just follow the link attached here. Kind regards http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/2015/10/27/what-are-you-doing/

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    October 27, 2015
  5. Mann Kaundal #

    Hi…I am amazed to see your journey. You are a tough woman, I must say.and don’t ask about the delicacies…they look delicious. I am not that good in cooking hope to find easy to follow recipes…Lol

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    October 28, 2015
  6. Malavika #

    Lyn, I have spent the last hour or so totally consumed by your story. I have so many thoughts, so many questions, so much admiration for you. I hope you keep writing. I love your story and want to hear it from the beginning to the end. You are a remarkable woman. I don’t even know what to say but I knew I had to say something. I hope to keep in touch.

    With love,
    Malavika

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    October 28, 2015
    • Wow thank you so much for reading! It makes it all worth while. Some days I think I shouldn’t write it and feel panicked. A secret kept for so long! I will keep writing it as best I can! Thanks again! 🙂

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      October 28, 2015
      • Malavika #

        You are a talented story teller with a story to tell. I feel you do a great service to others by sharing your story. But of course, we all want you to be safe sharing your story. And the process should be liberating for you. I would love to hear more of your story, how it started right at the beginning, and how you returned to the US, but only if it is a positive process for you.

        Take care,
        m

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        October 28, 2015
        • your very kind! I will keep going and now have tried to intertwine the beginning into my stories or parts of it. Thanks so much!

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          October 28, 2015
  7. Wow what an incredible life you have led!

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    October 29, 2015
    • It has been interesting. Thanks! My memoirs are at the top of the page if you have interest! Thanks for stopping by!

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      October 29, 2015
  8. What a rich and expansive life you have led Lynz, and your blog looks like one I will enjoy exploring.. 🙂 We cook from home-grown and I am not a fan of pre-packed ready meal foods.. I already spotted some delicious bakes..
    You can be sure I will be back for seconds.. 🙂

    Blessings Sue

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    October 30, 2015
    • Thanks for coming by to see me Sue!

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      October 30, 2015
      • You’re welcome.. 🙂 And the pleasure was all mine this time 🙂

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        October 30, 2015
        • It is nice to meet you Sue. I look forward to seeing more of your blog and will pop over there now!:)

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          October 30, 2015
          • Thank you Lynz… Many thanks for following.. I hope you enjoy what you find.. I can see I will enjoy trying out some of your recipes too.. 🙂

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            October 30, 2015
          • I already do, I could really use these positive ideas and thoughts:) love it

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            October 30, 2015
          • We are what we Think… and often in life we travel through our own various tunnels.. But we emerge stronger and brighter from our experiences.. It strikes me you are one strong lady.. whose will power is about to shape her destiny 🙂 … Trust in the Universal Plan 🙂 and go within the flow of what feels right for you.. And I am sure all will be well.

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            October 30, 2015
          • Thank you I do need those words of wisdom Sue! 🙂

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            October 30, 2015
          • 🙂 follow your heart and your gut instincts.. 🙂

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            October 30, 2015
          • I will try but right now am kind of drifting

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            October 30, 2015
          • Going within the flow is all good so long as you have a goal, a focus, What we think we create.. Keep positivity within your thoughts.. not doubts 🙂 xxx

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            October 30, 2015
          • thanks so muchxxx

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            October 30, 2015
  9. Lyn, You have earned my RESPECT! Please accept this token of my appreciation: https://fromfoodstampstoafuture.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/the-respect-award/

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    November 1, 2015
  10. You have inspired me in many ways by your sharing openly your story. Thank you for your friendship, Lyn. ♡ Robin

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    November 2, 2015
  11. You’re awesome! I always enjoy your visits to my blog. I hope to return as much the favour as I can and when time permits. I am also looking forward to learning about your cooking too. 🙂

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    November 4, 2015
  12. ❤ you have earned my RESPECT, I have awarded you an award THANKYOU for being YOU 🙂 and so incredible! https://empowerlove.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/gratitude-awards-and-winners/

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    November 4, 2015
  13. Hi there! Just dropping by to say thanks for following my blog and keep up the good work!

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    November 5, 2015
  14. Hi there! Just dropping by to say thanks for following my blog and keep up the good work!!

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    November 5, 2015
    • Hi nice to see you here 🙂 Would love a follow as well if you haven’t already! I love commenting and liking people’s pages and am a loyal follower lol:)

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      November 5, 2015
  15. Hey dear!
    Happy to inform you that I have nominated you for “3 days Quote challenge”. I hope you love it too.
    Here are the simple rules: https://feelingsoulmate.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/3-days-quote-challenge-2/

    Keep Shinning!

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    November 5, 2015
  16. Hello! How are you? I hope you’re having an incredible weekend! I just got the Free Spirit Award and I nominated you for it! The award allows you to write about one topic when you accept it, and I chose food as the topic. If you can spare some of your time, I hope you can check it out. It’s here: https://toastandteatogether.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/friendship-and-the-free-spirit-award/ Thank you so much! 🙂

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    November 7, 2015
  17. As a thank you for all of your wonderful support by reading and visiting my blog, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! http://destinationenlightenment.com/2015/10/30/sunshine-blogger-award/

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    November 7, 2015
  18. Your blog looks very clean, tidy and beautiful. Well done!

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    November 8, 2015
  19. I can’t even begin to imagine cooking for eleven people every day! 🙂

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    November 8, 2015
    • ha ha well it is hard for me to put recipes up on the blog, I have to cut it down by four!! I now have only 6 at home, so 7 of us! thanks for visiting I love your blog!

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      November 8, 2015
  20. Wow…you have lived an amazing life!!!! Thanks for sharing with us:)
    And nine kids??!!!! Simply great!! 😀
    Happy to have met you 🙂

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    November 9, 2015
  21. Hi Lyn! I’ve nominated you for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, please see my post https://gorgeousrecipes.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ for details and let me know whether you would like to accept 😊

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    November 9, 2015
  22. Hello Lynz. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog!
    Middle Eastern attracted me when visited Jerusalem. I will try your recipes!

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    November 9, 2015
  23. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog so that I could find yours! What an absolutely exciting life story you have. I’m looking forward to following and learning some new fun recipes 🙂

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    November 10, 2015
  24. Nominated you for a fun challenge….!
    http://worldsbiggestfridgemagnet.com/2015/11/12/3-days-3-quotes-challenge-day-1/
    Feel free to act or not!

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    November 12, 2015
  25. Jo #

    Thank you for following my thoughtsandmisthoughts blog! I’m excited to read all your your stories on this page, really fascinating.

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    November 17, 2015
  26. Lynz,
    I grew up in the NorthEast (born in NYC and raised in the Catskills). I love to cook, bake, eat. My husband and I own a small cupcakerie (Cupcake Cache). I spend a year in the UAE teaching with the Abu Dhabi Education Reform. I have also lived in South Korea, France, Israel on my own. I took a leave of absence from my husband for one year in 2010 while I worked overseas. I enjoy Arabic food. I am looking forward to reading your blog. We live in Florida. I had a contract to teach in Saudi in 2012 but ended up not going when I got a good job offer here teaching English. I also enjoy all the people that I have met overseas…it certainly gives you a different perspective.

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    November 22, 2015
  27. Hi Lynz. I spotted your blog on Dinati’s and am really looking forward to browsing through and also trying out all those delicious recipes! I’m Greek and my blogs about life in my country. Pleased to meet you!

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    December 7, 2015
    • Wow fun! Thanks for the follow, I will follow you as well and come over to visit!

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      December 8, 2015
  28. I can’t help but follow your blog. You are beautiful in and out. Your children must be proud of you.

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    December 13, 2015
  29. Hello Lyn, I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. There is no pressure with me whether you accept the award or if you decline it. Through the questionnaire it is a good way to get to know people when they answer questions. Please follow this link and you will see what is expected upon accepting the award.
    Be well my friend

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    December 14, 2015
  30. I just stumbled upon your blog and I must say you have had an interesting, though hard, life. I guess that school of hard knocks has made you to be who you are. I really enjoyed reading about your life in Saudi Arabia.

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    December 19, 2015
  31. You’ve had a challenging but interesting life. Is it you and kids just in the U.S. now? (I couldn’t find a contact form ..to ask this question.)

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    December 25, 2015
    • Yes it is just us, but there have been many twists and turns involving him! My memoirs are at the top of my page and I am currently working on my book.

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      December 26, 2015
      • Lynz,
        I was just going to mention that you needed to put all your experiences in a book. A while ago, I visited Jordan( Petra) and there saw a book about how an American woman married a Jordanian Bedouin and her experiences living in the caves at Petra.
        Keep Safe and warm, Lynz.
        Susie

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        January 18, 2016
  32. What an interesting blog. I’m looking forward to reading more.

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    December 26, 2015
  33. Your blog is mightily impressive and fascinating.

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    January 2, 2016
  34. Please check the link..i have nominated you for an award 🙂
    https://ratraceofmylife.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/versatile-blogger-award/

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    January 3, 2016
  35. Sam #

    Hello, I’ve hopped over here from Lynda of Sultanabun and I’ll have to come back and read more when I have time! It sounds as though you’ve had a challenging life but there is joy to come with grandchildren – how wonderful. I am full of questions about how you view the current delicate situation in the middle east but that’s for another time. I just wanted to say hi and leave my best wishes for 2016.

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    January 4, 2016
  36. Hi Lynz, I have nominated you for the #Girllove challenge in case you’d like to take part in this (no pressure,) here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/girllove-blog-challenge/

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    January 12, 2016
  37. I love food blogs! although mine ain’t one! I loved some recipe you have shared, going to try out a few…

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    January 17, 2016
  38. You are indeed a brave woman to move so far from home. I am a year round veggie gardener in Phoenix Arizona. I have come to your blog to find inspiration and new ways to serve what I grow.

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    January 21, 2016
  39. Hi Lynn,
    I have been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger award and am spreading the ‘sunshine’ by nominating your blog as well. You have brought Sunshine to my day on many occasions simply by stopping by and liking or commenting on one of my posts. I hope you will accept this award and pass on the sunshine to those that have made your day.
    https://joannsfoodforthought.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/sunshine-blogger-award/

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    January 29, 2016
  40. Hi Lynz, you mentioned possibly mentioning my blog sites on a future post. I ask you to please give that space to someone else as I honestly don’t know how much blogging I’ll be doing in the future. I know you have been actively promoting other bloggers and that’s fantastic. I ask you not do so with me. Don’t worry, I’ll still be reading! Bruce B.

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    January 31, 2016
  41. Hello,
    I just discover your blog and I’m glad to follow it to have your last publications
    It’ very beautiful
    I hope that you discover mine too and follow it
    How do you think about my last post: https://femmeetinfos.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/15-routines-beaute-pour-se-sentir-bien-dans-sa-peau/
    I hope to read your comments
    Kisses
    Anita

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    February 29, 2016
  42. I am really enjoying your blog. I love your recipes, they look really good and easy to make as well. I cannot even imagine having to cook for 11 people! Bet you throw great dinner parties! I think you are truly inspirational and brave to document your experiences,of your life with your husband and life in another country and the battles you have faced. You have been through so much and hopefully by telling your story, you will help others who are experiencing domestic abuse, oppression and discrimination. I have worked with clients who have experienced domestic abuse, both verbal and physical, and know from their stories what they have went through and how hard it was for them to leave the perpetrator. It seems as though what you’ve experienced hasn’t brought you down, its made you stronger! Looking forward to following your blog and reading future posts. Take care xx

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    March 15, 2016
    • thanks so much for such a lovely comment and the support! It is so difficult to leave you are right! When I finally left, he threatened to take my kids, stop money and then to kill me! so I have heard it all.

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      March 15, 2016
  43. Oh, just a quick question. I wasn’t able to reply on the recipe page, but for Arabian bread, you use 2 envelopes of yeast in the recipe. Just wondered how much this actually was? Are they 7 gram packages? I’m really keen to get the hand of using yeast, and would love to make this bread and the Greek bread, but from my past failures with making bread products thought I’d better ask to see if you had an exact measurement. I really want to improve skills using yeast and the breads look yummy! Thanks

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    March 15, 2016
    • I think that is about 2 tsp. per pack? Whatever you would use for bread it is pretty much the same. Let me know how it goes!

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      March 15, 2016
      • Thank you. For some reason my dough doesn’t seem to rise very well, but I’m gonna try and keep at it until I get it right. I think it could be my house as its very cold, even with heating on, as its an old stone cottage. Gotta few tips on getting the yeast to rise, so will try them out with your recipe and see how I go! Will let you know how I get on. Thanks xx

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        March 15, 2016
        • I am so glad you got some tips. I always make sure the yeast looks ready otherwise it wont work out well at all. let me know how it goes! I hope it works for you!

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          March 15, 2016
  44. Great blog!
    Greetings from Europe or Polish
    Do you know some Polish culture?

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    April 25, 2016
  45. Wow Lynz 🙂 Your story is nothing short of a movie material 🙂 And not to mention the yummylicious recipes in your blog and the other wonderful stories. I am so glad I came across your blog and a little sad how I missed it till now :\ Such a great find. Hoping to see more of you in this wonderful world of blogs and welcoming you to visit my corner of the blogosphere as well when you have time. Cheers and warmest wishes, Minaxi ❤

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    May 2, 2016
  46. Happy Mothers Day weekend Lynz. I enjoy reading about your large, diverse, and vibrant family so very much. ☀️

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    May 6, 2016
  47. Thanks Spear

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    November 23, 2015
  48. You are too kind!! much love to you! xxx

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    December 31, 2015
  49. Thanks dear turtle! xxx

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    February 1, 2016

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