Banana Blueberry Muffins

Nice recipe! 😋 Never seen muffins with (cinnamon) streusel before!

Seemingly Greek

Since I have been in the US, I have taken several trips. I have flown to Virginia and Kentucky, and driven to/through North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida!!! Let’s just say I have hardly slowed down long enough to enjoy all the wonderful and endless ingredients around me. But every once in a while I stopped for just enough time to make something delicious, like these banana blueberry muffins with an oatmeal streusel topping!!!

After two months, two weddings, two wonderful trips (one with family and one with friends), and still no official news from the Greek government, I am VERY ready to return back to Greece and see my husband! I have come to fully realize that you can be surrounded by lots of people and lots of things, but if you are away from the one you love – life just isn’t as sweet and…

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White Eggplants and a return to Lesvos

White eggplants, nice! Supposedly sweeter than their purple counterparts! Never seen them in UK supermarkets! Presumably they’ll grow here, under shelter! ☺ Must have a look at some of those exotic seed sites and blogs I was recently browsing!

(My dad used to be able to grow smallish examples of the purplish type in his greenhouse. Don’t think he ever tried other varieties!)

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Well, what can I say except that I am back to the island and still not quite settled in yet, grrr… suitcases still erupting with clothes! The past few days that we returned together to the island, we have been searching for a new apartment to live in for the following year. If we aren’t going to be moving abroad, then I would gladly welcome the change of a new living environment. The problem is that we (definitely) don’t always get what we want – that lesson is always hard to learn, again and again!!! After looking at around 8 other places to live, we found one we loved but probably out of our budget and the rest were not worth the extra stress/costs of moving, either similar size or much older. As of now, we are staying put in our current shoebox.
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Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Love the look of this too! Scrumptious! 😋

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Well, forget my last post of not always getting what you want because it looks like we are moving after all; NOT to the US (yet) but we are changing houses here on the island. I am getting really excited for the 1st to hurry up and get here already! We decided after MUCH back and forth finally because sometimes quality of life is worth not having those few extra bucks euros, right? Well, I sure hope so 🙂
I can’t wait to show you pictures of my new kitchen too, besides going from a 2 room house, we will now have 2 bedrooms (for you to all come visit!), 2 bathrooms, a living room, small office, and a dining room table (have I ever mentioned that we eat holding our plates, usually on the couch?!) We will most definitely feel like a king and queen in our new home…

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Peach Butter (Delicious!)

Sounds lovely! Must make this! Wish that in England we had the really ripe peaches! 🍑

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Summer might be gone officially, but unofficially its fruit still remains 🙂 Watermelons, green grapes, red grapes, nectarines, oranges, apples, and PEACHES!!! A ripe, naturally sweet peach can do wonders for you – it can change your mood, it can give you a much needed pick-me-up, and it can bring back memories of previous summers that you spent as a child running naked through the sprinkler in your backyard! Come on, I know I am not the only one 🙂 Right? Right? 

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Common Sayings in Greece (in Greek)

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I am teaching myself trying to learn Greek on my own, and it is going at a very slow pace. I have made progress since being here, and I would say that I can understand and speak at a low level in everyday conversation. My kids (who I am teaching English) usually giggle a bit when I try to translate the directions for a game into Greek so they can understand. Most of the kids are very helpful in correcting me, but there are a few smart-allecs that mock me a bit. Overall, even with being mocked, I think teaching has helped me learn a few new words each day or so and I continue to be amazed at the Greek expressions or sayings that just don’t make sense in English. We call it Greek-lish, speaking English but with the Greek way of thinking.

Some common greetings and responses:

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Leading Tories target NHS for sell-off after Brexit

Uh-oh! Here’s a recent article on the Conservative Home website by former cabinet minister and leading Brexit campaigner Owen Paterson calling for an end to the NHS: It’s time for the Governm…

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On (my own) (neo) Pagan morality; & why I think & say some of the things I do; & why I am not much impressed by a lot of nationally organised huffing and puffing: such as that on crime, got up to by the Daily Mail: in the case of Mick Philpott etc.

It seems to me, from my self-chosen outsider’s and minority viewpoint (entered into since I fully dedicated myself to Being a Pagan (or rather admitting I was one!) that the whole of the Western, Christian-enculturated (though this probably applies to other monotheistic faiths/cultures as well) is living under a terrible and hypocritical system (one that, moreover, pressurises you to be hypocritical!) of DOUBLE-BIND MORALITY.

This can be seen most especially in the conflicting messages put out by this culture’s “mainstream” media. I would be far from the first person to mention this fact; though may be one of the few to have some perspective on it! 🙂

Let’s start with a small example. Women’s magazines, dieting, and recipes. How many times has it been noticed that women’s magazines are full of enticing recipes on the one hand, and exhortations to diet on the other?! The recipes they contain are usually quite nice – and full of fattening ingredients – they have to be in order to sell/entice!

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