Pure Costa Rica- Off The Grid Family Adventure- Volcano Included!

    Children standing by crystalline lake.

    Our kids just learned more in 48 hours of travel than they ever would have at school. Part of it was because we were completely and totally unplugged from the internet and cell services for two whole days.  Part of it was because we had a front row seat to some of the best birdwatching in the world while we are our home cooked meals in the middle of the rainforest. Part of it was because we woke up every morning to tromp…

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    Fresh Pineapple Juice Recipe – Costa Rica

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    Costa Rican Mango Juice Recipe

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    Pineapple Popsicle Recipe– Paletas de Piña

    Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh popsicle! With its famously sunny climate and abundant tropical fruits, Costa Rica is a veritable popsicle paradise. Popsicles, or Paletas as they are known…

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    Creamy Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

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    Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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    Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe

    These mango habanero wings are delicious- a perfect combination of sweet and spicy- not to mention easy. Mango is a staple in the Costa Rican diet, and I love love love…

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    I am not going to lie people- the last 11 miles up to the summit of Mount Evans is a pretty intense drive- I'd dare say harrowing. There are literally huge…

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    Mango Popsicle Recipe – Paleta de Mango

    Popsicles are the quintessential summer food- and in Costa Rica, it's paleta season year-round! You can always find popsicles sold in grocery stores, pulperias and on the beach. But I love…

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    Grilled Tandoori Chicken Kabob Recipe

    This post has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyMazolaMarinade  This easy grilled Tandoori chicken recipe combines a marinade of greek yogurt, lemon juice…

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    Costa Rican Shredded Beef Recipe

    This shredded beef (carne mechada) is generally prepared in a pressure cooker, although I will include slow cooker instructions here too. This recipe is a staple in Costa Rica because it…