Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Friendship by mail


A little over a week ago the weather crisped up and I was forced to take inventory of Zhiana's cool weather clothes.  In doing so I also went about the business of packing up her summer clothes.  And as I do every year, I was a little bit sad about packing away virtually brand new clothing just because the temperature changed.  I mean, I do borrow out Zhaina's used clothing to my cousin's daughter who is a year behind Zhiana, and my best friend's daughter who is two years behind Zhaina, but who could  use her clothes right now?!  So that night as I layed in bed trying to fall asleep I got to thinking, then it came to me.  My dear friend's daughter reciently moved to Florida, it's hot there!  And she is just Zhaina's size.  Big for her age ;) 

Two days later a box full of summer dresses, tanks, and shorts was on it's way south.  I explained to Zhaina that we were sending her summer clothes to her "pen pal" who lives in Florida where it is warm like in Greece. She thought it was a good idea.  A few days's later we recieved a picture of her new pen pal wearing one of Zhaina's favorite summer dresses.  The box had arrived safely!  She started to understand a little bit more saying, "it's too cold to wear my dress in Minnesota today. But not in Greece." And of course I corrected her, saying, "and not in Florida."  

And a few days later a box appeared in our mailbox, filled with long sleeves and jeans just Zhaina girl's size.  This was a better idea then I even thought!  a cross continental childrens' clothing swap!  Genius!  And after ooo-ing and ahh-ing at all her new clothes, Zhaina agreed with me, saying, "that was fun, MaMa. I sent her my clothes and she sent me hers. I like penpals."


She immediately jumped into her "new" jammies, which is what I heard her pen pal did the night her box arrived too ;)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

did somebody say, Tzatziki?!

or didja ever even hear of it?!  If not, look it up. 
I brought it to a Labor Day party and it was dee-lish!


this is what's in it:

Fage 2% Greek yogurt
 English cucumber, shredded and squeezed
minced garlic
vinegar
olive oil
salt & pepper

and this is how I made it:

I totally stole my dad's technique, but pretty much just guessed as far as proportions go.  I just kept tasting it and adding this and a little more of that until I got it just right.


 and voilĂ , and the finished product. 
 I served it with warmed pita bread, but if you're a real Greek, you just eat it with a fork.

Enjoy.