Liebster blog award

I was honored with the Liebster blog award by Christina of Salt and Pepper Brilliant, who has a beautiful blog full of inspiration for cooking and simple living (and she’s half Greek!).  I hope you’ll check out her blog :)  Thank you, Christina!

The purpose of this award is to recognize new blogs with fewer than 200 followers, which deserve more blog love!  So I am very happy to pass the torch to five blogs that are new or newish, and definitely worth visiting and learning from.   (The blogs I chose don’t actually have the number of their followers listed, so I made the selection from blogs that have only been around for a few months.  Some of these may have more than 200, and if they do, they deserve them!)

The Liebster Blog Award Rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed (see below)
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog

So without further ado, the five blogs you should go read right now are…

1.  Diana Farr Louis – a beautiful blog about Greece, food, and Greek food.   I don’t think Diana is capable of writing a post that doesn’t touch you, teach you, and tempt you!

2.  Greek Frugal Living – the Greek Frugal Mom is exactly what she sounds like!  Mom of 3, living in the Greek countryside, finding ways to make it all work during this crazy crisis.  Her frugal ideas are practical, applicable, and will save you money, while she cheers you on with her enthusiasm for enjoying life despite hard times. (GFM, I can’t get my comment to post to your blog… argh!  Hope you see this…)

3.  The Shepherd and the Olive Grove – I just discovered this blog, like, a quarter of a second ago, but… WOW.  An American food and culture writer living in a remote part of Greece, sharing her explorations with us.  Deeply valuable content and stunning photos.

4.  Vegan Voodoo – a nutritionist takes on delicious vegan eating on only $5/day!  You have to see how she does it.  She is a star!

5.  World as Home – part travel writing, part philosophy, Allison gives us her unique perspective on living in the world.  Currently in Athens, she is well traveled and writes beautifully to bring the reader along with her as she explores her surroundings.

I am so happy to share these wonderful women’s blogs with you, and I hope you will visit them, learn from them, be inspired, and share the love!  Ladies, congratulations and thank you for your wonderful blogs! :D

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Versatile blogger award

versatile blogger award

As I was perusing one of the blogs I read regularly, I was happily surprised to see my blog recognized with this, my first ever blogging award!  Thank  you Suburbhomestead!  If you haven’t discovered his great blog, you are missing out – he has recipes for things you never thought you could actually make yourself, tips and ideas for becoming more self-sufficient, and more.

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Add the award to your blog. 2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you. 3. Mention seven random things about yourself. (see below) 4. List the rules. 5. Award to 15 bloggers. 6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, here are 7 random things about me:

1.  The first one in honor of Valentine’s Day:  my husband asked me to marry him four days after we met.  (I said yes, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.  I guess I am slightly spontaneous, after all.)

2.  When I was 10, one of my watercolors for art class ended up in an exhibition in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and unless they threw it in the trash (which I suppose is likely), it should still be in their basement.

3.  I’m afraid of escalators if I can’t see the bottom (like in a subway system).

4.  I grew up on a working organic vegetable farm, and yet in all those years, I learned nothing about gardening, and had to call my mom in the US to teach me how to start seeds over the phone.

5.  I don’t like swimming in the sea.  One of the greatest things about Greece is more or less wasted on me.

6.  Imagine a woman who owns very few clothes.  I have about one tenth as many as that woman, and no plans to acquire more.

7.  I didn’t have a TV until I was 21.  Then for most of my 20s, again, no TV.  I’m 30, and yet have had a TV in my home for probably around 4 years total.

And here is my list of fifteen blogs that I love, learn from, laugh with, and am inspired by.  Good job, y’all!

1.  Archaeogoddess
2.  Bad Mama Genny
3.  Budgeting with the Bushmans
4.  Everybody Likes Sandwiches
5.  Finding Fabulous
6.  Food Junkie
7.  Going Dutch
8.  Goodbye House, Hello Home
9.  Leda’s Urban Homestead
10.  London Bakes
11.  My Little Expat Kitchen
12.  Remarkably Domestic
13.  Take Six
14.  The Fabulous Miss S.
15.  The Vintage Wren

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Liebster blog award