Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lovely blog~

This week  I've received my very first blog award. Jessica, of  Prospero's Cellphone
has awarded me with the One Lovely Blog Award and I'm completely flattered, especially coming from her. She's so smart and witty, her posts are well written and intriguing...I'm flattered that she feels I'm award worthy. Have a look at her blog, you won't be disappointed.

Two years ago, when I started this blog I wasn't seeking anything but a way to express myself and keep our family and friends up to date with our transition. I chose the name of my blog in a willy, nilly moment as I sat in front of my computer wearing Alexandra in a sling. She was sleeping so peacefully, so I took some time to do something for myself.
"hmmmmm......I know, I'll name it after my favorite foods which will also represent the cultures that make up our family". Ok. Rice, Beans & Pastichio...yes, that willy-nilly.  I apologize to those of you that arrive here seeking a plethora of recipes and food posts but I also thank you for visiting and inspiring me continue blogging. There have been a few times within the last year that I was ready to stop blogging due to commitments and lack of time. But then, I realized that blogging has enriched my life beyond  my expectations. I have made great connections, fantastic friends and learned a lot from my peers. I've  also  personally met other bloggers that share similar interests. (to be revealed in future posts)
I feel that I'm awarded daily by my reader support which includes family, friends, neighbors, fellow bloggers and definitely, my lovely lurkers. Thank you.

Part of accepting the award is to pass it on to other blogs that I  feel are deserving so...

I'd like to pass this award on to -

mimi on the breach- a blog I've been following for almost two years. It's a smart blog written by Mimi, a university professor,  trying to figure out the whole parenting thing.  Her daughter is the same age as Alexandra and we're simultaneously dealing with a lot of the same milestones and toddler temperament issues.

Organically cooked- I can't say enough about Maria and her blog. I love her stories behind the food and most of all,  her recipes, many of which have become staples on my table. I've learned so much from her. She's a diligent blogger and churns out scrumptious posts regularly.

Caridad in Crete- Jude's lovely blog is always full of beautiful photos, her witty musings as well as real emotion. I love visiting Jude and I'm glad that she found me!

 The Making of Liz is blogging about the process of her family relocation combined with starting her own business. I can relate to Liz as she's a mother of young children and a lot of her experiences mirror some of mine, especially since she's now living in the countryside.

Here's one of my new favorite photos, taken last night. Lovely smiles for a lovely award!      

Thank you Jessica! This was a lovely surprise. 



  1. thanks cheryl, this was really such a treat - i know most of the other blogs on your list, so i have to agree about your good taste!

    now i need to check out mimi's blog...

  2. You're more than welcome Maria. You're lovely!!!
    I think you'll like Mimi's blog.

    Have a wonderful Sunday! xo

  3. Thank you so much, Cheryl, for the award. Like you, I find that life keeps getting in the way of blogging and your post and your reflections here, as well as your kindness in sending an award my way, really remind me how much I love to write my blog, and how much I love reading and getting to know others. This has really made my day. Thank you so much!

    (And what a nice photo!)

  4. Mimi,

    You're very, very welcome and very deserving. I love your blog & always have. I'm glad that I was able to make you smile.
    Have a fantastic Sunday and give that Munchkin a big hug from Greece!

  5. Awww, you're so sweet! (I am sorry it took me so long to get to read your blog post, but I'm up to my eyeballs in my mother!! GAAAAhhhh NO TIME to do any thing else! really!)

    I think you are most deserving of the award as your pictures were my inspiration to go out with my camera and start documenting the world around me! (not to mention your inspiration on the music and feedjit.

    Your blog is charming and intelligent and funny and more than anything very much about your point of view of Greece. I like that.

  6. Jessica,
    No worries, I'm not going anywhere for a while:) I'll have to read up on what's going on over there...another guest? I know how it can be.

    Again, thank you. It's humbling to know that I've inspired you in a few ways...very nice. Especially since I'm always "on the fly".

    And, if you think you like my point of view about Greece on the'd love it OFF the blog!

    Just so you know, you inspire me also. I love your posts! So, our sentiments for one another's blogs are definitely reciprocated- which is FUN! Thanks for finding me!
    Thanks for everything.

    Have a Great week!

    Oh, and thanks so much for "Fuck You Penguin"... you brought that to me. Haven't laughed so hard in a while!

  7. My dear, you are most certainly deserving of such recognition for your blog award. Your posts are not only truly entertaining, so often full of humor, but graciously blessed with thoughtful insights as well.

  8. Biddy, Thank you for the wonderful compliments. Knowing that you enjoy my blog is another inspiration in itself. I'm really glad that I've met you here and maybe one day, when I get to Crete...we can share our insights over coffee. Have a fantastic day!