Rebecca Livermore

Rebecca Livermore

Rebecca Livermore has been a freelance writer since 1993. Although she started off writing for print magazines, in recent years she has switched her focus to writing for the web. She writes on many subjects, but her favorites are food and international travel. She is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor for both Food & Wine and Travel.
Rebecca Lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two young-adult children.
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Excelsior college, homeschooling mom, ethnographer in India, virtual assistant

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  • How to Make French Dip Sandwiches
    French dip sandwiches are easy to make at home, and are a great crock pot recipe.
  • Romantic Travel Destinations in North India
    With rich architecture and history, North India is an excellent romantic holiday destination.
  • Advantages to Hiring a U.S. Based Virtual Assistant
    Are you considering hiring a virtual assistant who is based somewhere across the globe? That may not be a bad idea, but it's important to consider the advantages of hiring a VA who lives in the U.S.
  • A Tourist's Guide to Indian Street Foods
    Indian street food is delicious and inexpensive and is a great way to stretch your food budget while traveling in India.
  • How to Make Indian Pakora
    Pakora is a popular Indian street food and also a snack served in Indian homes. I also like serving pakora as a side dish. Read on for a simple Indian pakora recipe.
  • Three Ways for Social Media Professionals to Use a Virtual Assistant
    As your social media business grows, you may find it helpful to hire a virtual assistant to lighten your load. Here are some tips for using a VA.
  • Warning Signs You Contracted Malaria While Traveling Abroad
    Malaria is common in much of Africa and parts of Asia. It's important to know how to prevent malaria and also what symptoms to watch out for if you've traveled to countries where malaria is common.
  • A Guide to Religious Etiquette in India
    Even nonreligious people should show proper respect when visiting places of worship in India. These two simple tips will help tourists avoid offending people when visiting temples, mosques and churches in India.
  • An American’s Guide to Coping with Stress in India
    India is a fun but stressful place, especially for foreigners. Being prepared ahead of time and knowing what to expect helps alleviate a lot of the stress that foreigners experience.
  • Chicken Tikka Pizza Recipe
    Chicken Tikka Pizza is a great blend of flavors from East and West. It's a good choice for pizza lovers who enjoy gourmet pizzas.
  • Luxury Hotels in New Delhi, India
    India is a great place to travel on a shoestring, but if your budget permits, luxury travel in India is the way to go. Here's a guide to luxury hotels in New Delhi, India.
  • Savory Chicken and Dumplings
    Chicken and dumplings is great in the winter, or any time you need some comfort food. Here is my favorite recipe for savory chicken and dumplings.
  • A Guide to Moderately Priced Hotels in New Delhi, India
    In India you can stay in a palace or an absolute dive, but if you're like a lot of travelers, you'll opt to stay in a moderately-priced hotel. Here are three of my top picks for moderately priced hotels in New Delhi, India.
  • A Guide to Budget Hotels in New Delhi, India
    India is inexpensive by Western standards anyway, but for those who are either on a super tight budget or just get a thrill from saving money, here are some suggestions for budget hotels in New Delhi, India.
  • India Camel Safari Tips
    Riding a camel may look easy, and it is, as long as you follow the tips in this article.
  • Chicken Curry Rice Bowls
    This recipe for Chicken Curry Rice Bowls is easy to make and similar to ones sold by a local Asian restaurant.
  • A Smart Shopper's Guide to Shopping in India
    I've had both good and bad shopping experience in India. Read on for tips that will help your shopping experiences in India be pleasant.
  • Mildly Spicy Chicken and Kale Soup
    This simple soup recipe is great for lunch or dinner on cold fall and winter days. It's quick and easy to make, but hearty and satisfying.
  • A Guide to Traveling to India with Kids
    India is not an easy place to take children, but I'm glad I took my children with me. Here are some tips for healthy and enjoyable travel to India with kids.
  • Crispy Oven-Baked Kale Chips
    Kale chips are easy to make and more nutritious than potato chips and fries. They taste great and have been a big hit with everyone I've served them to.
  • Tips for Solo Female Travelers to India
    I love traveling in India, but it can be a frightening and at times unsafe place for a Western women if she doesn't take necessary precautions. This article provides tips for solo female travelers to India.
  • Refreshing Lemonade Drinks Great for Hot Weather
    Nothing quenches thirst like beverages made with lemons. Even better is when they are combined with other fruit flavors such as rhubarb. Read on for some recipes for great, thirst-quenching lemonade drinks.
  • How to Enjoy a Visit to Pushkar, India
    Pushkar, India is either a sleepy little town or a mass of frenzied worshipers, depending on when you go. It's important to visit Pushkar the right time of year.
  • Hiking essentials: What to bring on a hike
    You can't carry everything but the kitchen sink on a hiking trip, but if you're armed with these essentials, you should be in good shape.
  • A Travel Guide to My Favorite International City, Jodhpur, India
    Jodhpur is a slower paced town than much of India, but a magnificent palace and fort, not to mention lassis to die for make it worth a visit. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Jodhpur, India.
  • 4th of July Family Favorite Recipes
    For generations, my family has made what we consider to be the best potato salad for picnics such as on the 4th of July. A new tradition, ice cream with rhubarb sauce and blueberries, is big hit as well. Read on for these two family recipes.
  • The best Denver area beginner hiking trails
    If you're interested in hiking in beautiful Colorado and yet are a bit out of shape, check out these easy beginner hikes in the Denver area.
  • How to read a topographical hiking map
    Topographical hiking maps are one of the most important tools a hiker can use. Read on for the benefits of these maps and how to use them.
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  • A First Timer's Guide to Shopping in Beijing, China
    Beijing is a shopper's paradise or a shopper's worst nightmare. The tips in this article will help you enjoy your shopping experience in Beijing, China.
  • Christian Homeschooling Umbrella Schools
    Some homeschoolers want protection and services offered by Christian homeschool umbrella schools. Read on to understand the benefits of umbrella schools and to see my top picks for Christian umbrella schools.
  • How Moms Can Avoid Common Pitfalls of Transitioning into Freelancing Full Time
    As a mom, you might dream about working from home so you can be there for your children. While it's a worthy dream, following these tips can keep it from turning into a nightmare.
  • Five camping gadgets you never knew you needed
    Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to get away from it all. However, just because you're camping doesn't mean you have to rough it. Here are some great items to make your camping trip memorable, comfortable and safe.
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  • Tilapia in a Spicy Indian Tomato Sauce
    This tilapia recipe is a great one for people who may not be too fond of fish, but love spicy Indian food. If you happen to love both fish and Indian food, this recipe is sure to become a favorite.
  • Summer Fresh Corn Side Dishes
    Corn is a great summer vegetable, but there's no reason to cook it the same old way. These recipe provide a new and flavorful twist to old favorites.
  • GOP Debate: Criticism of Obama a Common Refrain
    In the GOP debate, the Republican hopefuls were united in many ways, most notably in their disapproval of how President Obama has done in his first term as President of the United States.
  • The Top 5 Places in the U.S. To Celebrate the 4th of July
    The 4th of July is a fun holiday filled with great food and spectacular fireworks shows. This year, why not take a trip to one of the cities highlighted in this article known for great 4th of July events?
  • Celebrating the Fourth of July in Jaipur, India
    As Americans who have lived overseas, we've always done our best to celebrate American holidays in ways that are memorable. A Fourth of July we celebrated in Jaipur, India, was especially memorable.
  • A Guide to the Forts of Rajasthan, India
    Rajasthan, India is the land of the kings. Come along with me as I take you on a visit to some of my favorite forts in Rajasthan.
  • A Guide to Istanbul for Couples Without Children
    Istanbul, Turkey is a modern city, with strong echos of the past. It's a great place to experience both the old and new. Walking is a great way to get around Istanbul, as long as you're traveling without children.
  • Scammed in Delhi, India
    Delhi, India is a great city, a city you are sure to travel through if you ever go to North India. Learn from my experience to avoid an unpleasant welcome to the city of Delhi.
  • Zesty Marzetti Honey Dijon Chicken
    Marzetti has a whole line of tasty salad dressings. Obviously great on salads, Marzetti salad dressings are also great in many other recipes such as this recipe for honey Dijon chicken.
  • A Travel Guide to the Great Wall of China
    If you're going to go all the way to China, you don't want to miss an opportunity to visit the Great Wall. Read on to learn about my experience with the Great Wall of China.
  • An Indian Manners Guide for Foreign Travelers to India
    All cultures have different ideas about what it means to be polite. If you have India travel plans, this article will help you avoid offending your Indian hosts.
  • Inspirational Bible Verses
    Many people turn to the Bible for comfort and encouragement. If you're in need of inspiration, these Bible verses will inspire you to keep going in spite of difficulties.
  • Haley's Chicken Curry Soup
    Chicken curry soup is filling and satisfying and is a great way to add Asian food to your home menu. This recipe is made with ingredients that are easy to find in your neighborhood grocery store.
  • Curry in a Hurry
    Indian food is tasty, but can be time consuming to prepare. Fortunately, there are some easy Indian recipes that though not authentic, taste like the real thing. Read on for a great chicken curry recipe that you can make in about a half an hour.
  • Recipes for a Bumper Crop of Garden Fresh Squash and Tomatoes
    Summer is a great time to incorporate the use of fresh vegetables into your diet. Here are three recipes that use fresh tomatoes and squash.
  • How to Make the Most of Long, International Flights
    Visiting exotic locations is a lot of fun, but getting there is often a grind. Follow the tips in this article to make the most of long international flights.
  • The Best Colorado Spa Trips for Moms
    Spas where mothers can be pampered abound in Colorado, in both both big cities and in the mountains. Read on for recommendations of great spas in Colorado where your mom can be pampered on Mother's Day or for other special occasions.
  • Certificates and Diplomas for Administrative Assistants
    Certificates provide a way for administrative professionals to demonstrate proficiency.
  • Walking for Spiritual and Emotional Health
    Walking is good for more than the body. Read on for ways that walking can contribute to your emotional and spiritual health.
  • How Denver Residents Would Fight $5 Gas
    Colorado residents who are feeling the pinch of rising gasoline prices share their thoughts about what they will do if gas prices go up to $5 a gallon.
  • Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Pancake
    Apple Cinnamon Pancakes are an easy but impressive recipe to make for Mother's Day brunch. Rather than several pancakes, this recipe makes one large pancake that serves six.
  • Book Review of Ignite: The 12 Values that Fuel Billionaire Success by David Kim
    Ignite: The 12 Values that Fuel Billionaire Success by David Kim, CEO of Baja Fresh approaches business success from a refreshingly different values perspective that speaks to the heart of readers.
  • Bible Verses to Celebrate Easter
    The resurrection of Christ is a foundational belief of the Christian faith. In addition to the resurrection actually happening, it is also a theme found in many other Bible verses. This article contains some of my favorite Easter Bible verses.
  • A Guide for Getting Around Delhi, India
    Delhi, India is a crowded and vibrant city that can be overwhelming, particularly to first time visitors. Transportation scams abound, but as long as travelers know what to expect and how to avoid the scams, it can be a cheap and easy city to get around.
  • Organizing Children's Bedrooms
    Children accumulate a lot of stuff; it is easy for a child's bedroom to become messy fast. Read on for tips for how to keep your child's bedrooms neatly organized.
  • Pampering Mom on Mother's Day
    Mothers invest a lot of time and energy into taking care of their families. Mother's Day is a great time to turn the tables and focus on pampering moms. Read on for simple ways to make Mom feel special on Mother's Day.
  • I Fell in Love with Cooking in a Kitchen in India
    My obsession with cooking in general and Indian food in particular all started in a kitchen in Rajasthan, India, where my Indian cook taught me all of his secret recipes, including this savory recipe for potato-stuffed peppers.
  • Nurturing a Love of Learning in Children
    Babies are naturally curious, but as children grow, they often lose the desire to learn new things. This article contains tips for encouraging a love of learning in children that will last well into adulthood.
  • Potsdam: A Convenient Day Trip from Berlin, Germany
    Park Sanssouci in Potsdam is an excellent day trip from Berlin, Germany. Only 45 minutes away from Berlin and easily accessible by car or train, an entire day can be spent enjoying gardens and taking in architectural diversity.
  • How to Stock a Kitchen
    A walk through the aisle of the kitchen section of a store may be overwhelming. The good news is, you only need a few basic items to have a well-stocked kitchen. The basic kitchen items in this article are all you need to stock your kitchen.
  • How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Maintain Their Own Identity
    It's healthier for both moms and their children when a mom has a sense of identity apart from being a mom. This is especially important for stay-at-home moms who don't have the instant identity that comes with a job outside the home.
  • Minimizing the Impact of Marital Conflict on Kids
    All marriages have conflict, and children as young as six months old pick up on problems between parents. Read on for tips on how to raise healthy, happy and well-adjusted children in the midst of conflict in your marriage.
  • The Best Picnic Spot in Littleton, Colorado
    Sterne park is an older park in the heart of a residual area. Even though it is older, it has nice facilities. It's a great to go for a family, company or church picnic.
  • The Salary of a Senior Executive Assistant
    Senior executive administrative assistants are the highest level of administrative professionals. Their salaries vary based on location and industry.
  • Cooking School in Chiang Mai, Thailand
    When I went on a business trip to Thailand, myself and a couple of my coworkers spent some free time at a Thai cooking school. It included a trip to the local market where we learned about Thai ingredients, and lots of cooking and eating. What fun!
  • How to Make Naan Bread
    Naan bread is a delicious Indian bread made in a tandoor oven. Learn how to make it at home, on the stove top.
  • In Need of a Fresh Start?
    We all have times when we need a "do over." None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. Fresh starts allow us to wipe the slate clean and regain or even surpass what we've lost.
  • Healthy Alternatives to Store-Bought Food: Burritos
    Cooking from scratch, rather than relying on convenience foods is a great way to eat healthier and to save money. Burritos made from scratch taste great, too.
  • Budget-Friendly Family Activities in Littleton, Colorado
    Littleton, Colorado is a great place to raise a family, as well as a great place for families with children of all ages to visit. There are many inexpensive or even free family-friendly options in Littleton.
  • Littleton Museum
    The Littleton Museum is a great free place to go in the South Denver area. Due to the grounds being snowy, there is a lot of the museum I didn't visit this time around. I'll add more photos in a different season.
  • Merle's of Littleton, a Great Local Burger Joint in Littleton, Colorado
    Merle's of Littleton is a great burger joint housed in what used to be a 1930s gas station and garage. It is now a restaurant with a vintage car theme that serves great appetizers, sandwiches and burgers.
  • Thailand Flowers
    These Thailand flower photos were taken on a business trip I took to Chiang Mai, Thailand. In my free time I visited an orchid farm and the local flower market.
  • Self-Nurture for Mothers
    Mothers naturally care for their children and often for spouses as well. Many moms do not properly care for themselves. There are good reasons for a mom to care for herself and there are easy ways for her to do so without spending a ton of money.
  • How to Make Refried Beans
    Refried beans are easy to make from scratch and they are much healthier and cheaper than canned beans. Enjoy this refried bean recipe.
  • How to Make Flour Tortillas
    This slideshow will teach you how to make flour tortillas and includes my easy flour tortilla recipe. Homemade flour tortillas taste much better than store bought tortillas and are healthier, too.
  • How to Make Naan Without a Tandoor Oven
    Naan is a type of Indian flat bread usually made in a tandoor oven. Here's a naan bread recipe that doesn't require a tandoor. Photos included.
  • Louis' Diner: The Best Authentic Diner in Littleton, Colorado
    Louis' Diner, located in the Woodlawn Shopping Center in Littleton, Colorado serves up hospitality and a good dose of community, along with great home-cooked food. Owned by Luis Aguilar, it opened on January 26, 2009.
  • Valentine's Day Restaurants in Historic Littleton, Colorado
    Historic Littleton, Colorado is a charming part of town that takes you back to yesteryear. It's a great place to head for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.
  • The Benefits of Cooking with Lodge Logic Cast Iron Cookware
    Cast iron cookware is making a comeback. Lodge Logic is an American company that has been making quality cast iron cookware since 1896.
  • Cilantro Chutney Recipe
    Cilantro chutney is an excellent way to add some variety to a meal. It goes great with Indian food such as pakoras, but can also be used as a healthy dressing for a salad, a topping for pasta, or a spread for a sandwich.
  • Super Bowl Party Recipe: Hot Pizza Dip
    Dips are a great thing to serve for your next Super Bowl party. This easy hot dip recipe will sure to be a hit for those who love Italian food.
  • The Difference Between a Secretary and an Administrative Assistant
    Both secretaries and administrative assistants work in clerical positions, but there are distinct differences between the two job titles.
  • How to Season and Care for Cast Iron Cookware
    Many fear using cast iron because it has a reputation for being difficult compared to modern cookware. Caring for cast iron cookware is not hard to do, as long as you know the basics about seasoning and cleaning cast iron.
  • How to Care for a Sick or Injured Friend or Relative
    Taking care of a sick or injured loved one doesn't require medical knowledge or experience. It mainly requires a caring heart and the willingness to serve.
  • A Women's Guide to Getting Started Investing in the Stock Market
    Investing in the stock market can be kind of scary at first, particularly for women without extensive financial backgrounds. But with proper knowledge, investing in the stock market is nothing to be afraid of!
  • How to Easily Consolidate Credit Card Debt
    Though it may seem like a good solution, consolidating credit card debt can create financial hardship if not handled properly. Be aware of the following pitfalls of consolidating credit card debt.
  • Thinking of Consolidating Your Credit Card Debt?
    The hidden fees in what are supposedly low-interest rate cards can do you in if you don't know what to watch out for.
  • What to Watch Out for when Consolidating Debt with Poor Credit
    Many who desire to consolidate loans have poor credit, which makes it hard to get a good loan. Here's how to protect yourself.
  • Encouraging Verses from the Bible and God
    The Bible is an incredibly encouraging book, filled with hope. Here are some of my favorite encouraging verses from the Bible.
  • Essiac Tea: Wonder Herb or Placebo?
    Essiac tea is believed to cure just about anything that ails you, from toxicity to cancer. Is it really true? Read on and form your own opinion!
  • U.S. Military Retirement - Pros and Cons
    Military retirement is one of the main reasons people elect to join the military and it carries with it several benefits. However, there are also difficulties associated with military retirement. Do you know what they are?
  • Qualifying for Food Stamps
    Due to tough economic times, food stamps are one option that many people are looking at for the very first time. Those considering applying for food stamps need to be aware of the qualifying factors.
  • Best Ways to Send Money to Your Child in College
    Parents of young adult children in college know that while our "kids" like to think they are independent, in many ways they are still dependent on Mom and Dad, when it comes to money. Here's how to send money fast.
  • What to Do About Tax Debt
    Tax debt is probably the most serious form of debt, because the bottom line is that the government will get the money owed to them, no matter what. Read on to find out how to avoid and deal with tax debt.
  • History of Debt in America
    Debt first became commonplace in America among the middle class in the 1930's, during the Great Depression and went downhill from there. Read on for interesting facts about the history of debt in America.
  • Save Money on Grocieries by Using Up Ingredients Already in Your Kitchen
    Whether you realize it or not, your kitchen is probably already bursting at the seams with plenty of ingredients to create good meals for your family, even if you decide to skip a trip to the store this week.
  • Credit Repair Process: Be Prepared for Financial Emergencies by Having an Emergency Fund
    Should you put all of your extra money on your debt when attempting to repair your credit and get out of debt? Read this article to find the answer to this question and more.
  • Credit Repair Scams: How Can You Tell If a Credit Repair Company is Legitimate?
    Credit card debt often results in desperate circumstances. Unfortunately, desperate people are often vulnerable to scams, and there are definitely credit repair scams out there. They may actually harm rather than help your credit.
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