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August 29, 2012




        I was so shocked two days ago when Karen from Baking in a Tornado nominated me for the Liebster award. I was ecstatic! I was doing a happy dance around my kids and husband and they were giving me  those funny looks, "Oh, yes, she's gone..." And I didn't even have a clue what the Liebster award was!
       You see, I started blogging about 10 months ago. I had never read a blog before and wasn't familiar with the term blog, either. I created a blog as a creative outlet and an escape from the SAHM routine. A hobby, if you will. I did a lot of research, a lot of experimenting and a lot of trial and error efforts. Very few people were reading it cause I hadn't done anything to attract traffic. I didn't know! When I stumbled upon (thank you bloggers) less than a month ago everything changed. My static, lonely blog came to life and got readers/fans.
       I'm writing all this to explain to you why I was so surprised about the award as I consider the blog to be basically only a month old. That is also where Karen first found me and I have to thank her for giving me this award. It means a lot to me because it's a validation that my efforts  were finally not in vain. You have to go visit her at Bakinginatornado, a fun blog written by a talented woman. Sincere, funny and witty!

        Now, let me tell you a few things about the award.

       The Liebster Award is given out by the winner blogger to other up and coming bloggers as a way to spread the word about smaller blogs who deserve a larger audience. This award is an honor, but once nominated, you must follow some rules to earn it. They are:

1) You must list 11 things about yourself.

2) Answer 11 questions put to you by person awarding you.

3) Choose up to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and make 
    up a list of 11 questions for them.

4) Go to your nominees’ pages and inform them of the nominations. are 11 facts about me (randomly presented):


I'm a Greek godess
   2. I'm a Greek goddess! (but I don't live
       on Mt. Olympus).


   3. My kids think I'm a 'cool' mom! 
       (unless they cajole me)
   4. I hate the cold but can't stand the heat either! (What?!) 
   5. I love dancing!

   6. I love any praline + chocolate     combinations!

   7. Yes, I am bossy but I do it
        with love!

   8. I am a Pre (?) - Menopausal
       woman with a Mid-Life Identity

   9. We have a dog named Candy.
  10. I'd like to get my hands on Aladdin's lamp!!!
  11. I just loooove house chores. NOT!!!

 Here are the questions asked of me by Karen and my answers:

1) How long did you think about it before deciding to blog?
-- Not long at all. My best friend Helen during an evening visit talked 
   to me about blogs,etc. The idea thrilled me. Next morning I had a

2) Have you ever just completely taken a day off from all things blog?

-- Seldom and usually not by choice!

3) Have you done guest posts on other blogs?

-- No, not yet. I'd like to, eventually. It's too soon now, I feel.

4) Have you or would you host guest posts on your blog?

-- I suppose, I would.

5) Have you ever said anything in a blog that you wanted to take back?

-- No, I don't think so.

6) What’s your favorite season?

-- Spring!

7) What’s your favorite song?

-- Too many to list. There isn't just one. Samples: 'Unbreak my 
   heart'-Toni Braxton, 'I was made for loving you'-Kiss, 'What is
   love'-Haddaway, 'Woman in love'-B.Streisand, etc.etc.

8) If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

-- Tough one! I'm between USA (my former address) and Greece.

9)Name one food you just can’t stand.

-- Artichokes,yak, and anything with coconut or cinnamon!

10) What’s your favorite secret indulgence?

-- Twix, Kinder bueno, Ferrero Rocher chocolate and Godiva

11) What one thing do you dread the most?

-- That would probably be earthquakes and we got enough of them
   in Greece.

       As a recipient of the award it is now my privilege and duty to pass it on to other bloggers. My nominees are: (check out their blogs)

       Follow the rules I had to follow (listed at the beginning of the post) and answer my 11 questions:
  1. Why do you blog?
  2. Which is your favorite post? (link?)
  3. Have you ever received negative comments and how did you handle  it?
  4. If you were a movie character which one would you be?
  5. What is your favorite dessert? (If you have posted the recipe make a link to it!)
  6. What is your worst personality trait?
  7. 'Avengers' or 'Transformers' ?
  8. If you could travel in time in which chronological period and where in the world would you go to?
  9. What is your favorite book?
  10. Which quote/saying do you live by?
  11. If you weren't answering these questions right now what would you be doing instead?

       I'm really excited to read all the posts!

       Thank you, again, Karen. I’m really touched with the love and  support I’ve had in such a short period of time and I'm really excited to share with other blogs.

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  1. Well done, and well deserved. Now on to writing your post for the award Michele gave you. You are one popular woman!

  2. Thanks for the nomination! I am honored!!

  3. Congratulations. I can tell this blog is fantastic you deserve it.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and for joining!

  4. Thank you so very much for this nomination! I did get my post up -