A Festive Post

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Today I am celebrating two things! First it is my name day. In Greece most of the days in calendar are dedicated to a Saint. We, most of the times, take our names from Saints. Today Saint Catherine celebrates and so do I, since Katerina is the Greek name for Catherine! I made the Lemon Torte Di Lefkothea to treat every one of you! The recipe can be found here!

Για τη γιορτή μου σας κερνάω νοστιμότατη λεμονάτη τούρτα! Τη συνταγή θα τη βρείτε εδώ! Ακολουθεί μια μικρή κλήρωση! Πληροφορίες στο τέλος της σελίδας!

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The second reason I am celebrating is because my blog has become 4 years old. For four years I have been sharing with you not only my kitchen adventures, but also parts and happenings of my life. During these four years, I’ve met some wonderful people and made friends from all over the world.

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We’ve shared parts of our lives and beautiful recipes. I’ve learned about unknown customs and kitchens, I found out how people celebrate in different parts of the world and realized something that made me feel that earth is not such a big planet after all; no matter in which country we live, we have unbelievably many things in common!

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And this makes me feel like I belong to a neighborhood, somewhat big of course, but a neighborhood nontheless!

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For all these reasons I wanted to show my gratitude to you, who visit me here, spend time to my blog, listen to my thoughts and have always a good word for me and my doings! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all these beautiful comments you’ve left here all these years and thank you for supporting me and sharing your thoughts and life moments with me! Also a big thanks to all the people who do not leave comments, but still visit me here and spend time reading my posts!

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For  all these reasons, today I am hosting a giveaway with small gifts that I am prepared to send anywhere in this earth! Eight of you will get these little kitchen pieces to enjoy in your cooking and baking! I tried to buy things that will not break in transportation and they are just small tokens of my gratitude.

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To participate all you have to do is leave a comment as you always do, or like my page in facebook and leave a comment you did so, or both.

For each entry you get one participation.

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The giveaway will be up until Sunday 9th of December 24:00 Greenwich time so as to be easy for everyone to follow!

The winners will be announced on Monday 10th of December!

I hope you have a beautiful week ahead of you!

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Ευχαριστώ πολύ και όλους όσους έρχονται από Ελλάδα και μου αφήνουν τα πολύ όμορφα και ευγενικά σχόλιά τους! Μέσω αυτού του blog  μου δώθηκε η δυνατότητα να γνωρίσω ανθρώπους αξιόλογους που σε άλλη περίπτωση απλά δεν θα είχα την τύχη να τους συναντήσω. Ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ σε όλους τους γνωστούς αλλά και τους άγνωστους που έρχονται σ’αυτή τη γωνιά και περνάνε λίγο χρόνο μαζί μου!

Αυτά τα δωράκια είναι απλά ένας συμβολικός τρόπος να σας δείξω την αγάπη μου.

Για να λαβετε μέρος απλά αφήστε το σχόλιό σας όπως κάνετε συνήθως ή κάντε like στη σελίδα μου στο facebook και αφήστε μου σχόλιο ή και τα δύο. Για κάθε ένα από αυτά  έχετε μία συμμετοχή. Οι συμμετοχές ολοκληρώνονται την Κυριακή 9 Δεκεμβρίου στις 24:00 ώρα Greenwich, δηλαδή 02:00 ξημερώματα Δευτέρας 10 Δεκεμβρίου για μας εδώ στην Ελλάδα. Η κλήρωση θα γίνει τη Δευτέρα 10 Δεκεμβρίου!

Καλή Εβδομάδα σε όλους!

79 Responses to A Festive Post

  1. Huong dan thu tuc cap so do cho nha tai dinh cu

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  3. LinsFood says:

    Congratulations on both fronts! May you have many more successful years!

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  5. Sutapa says:

    Happy Belated Blogiversary….4 yrs wow ….you are a great foodie a lovely friend and a warm soul …love to be part of your journey..May we all together see 100 such happy years…God bless!:)

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! Wow 4 years, that’s amazing milestone, Katerina! I’m really happy for you! I just realized how much I missed out before I found your blog. Well, it’s better than never, and I’m now happily following your blog. :)

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  9. Yelena says:

    Nice to meet you and thank you for visiting my blog. Congratulation on your 4th birthday, my blog is baby compare to yours. You have very delicious recipes here and the ladybug is very cute-)) I hope we become friends! Have a good weekend!

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  11. Elaine says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Your cake looks lovely. How neat that you celebrate your name day!

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  13. Kathy says:

    I also want to congratulate you on your Fourth Anniversary!!

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  15. Kathy says:

    Katerina, I tried to leave a comment about your mug cakes…but your captcha wouldn’t let me leave it!! I’m trying again on this post!
    I love them…so cute! A mug cake…made in the microwave…incredible!!

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  17. Joanne says:

    Happy blog birthday and name day! That cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate!

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  19. Beth says:

    Happy name day, and congratulations on four years’ blogging! That is quite a feat.

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  21. Χρονια σου πολλα αν και καθηστεριμενα.
    Φυσικα και θα τραταριστω… φαινεται πεντανοστιμη η τουρτα σου!

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  23. Liz says:

    Oops…I meant generous!

    And I’m also a facebook fan :)

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  25. Liz says:

    Happy Anniversary to your lovely blog! 4 years? Wow! Your torte looks fantastic, and I love all the neat gifts you are giving away! So kind and geneous!

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  27. Congratulations on four years of blogging and on your name sake day!

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  29. grace says:

    4 years is no small feat–congrats! how sweet of you to gift others on your special occasion. :)

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  31. Ambreen says:

    Congratulations Katerina on 4 happy years of blogging! Wishing you many many more successful blogging years! Thank you so much for sharing all the yummy recipes, and keep it up! Lemon torte looks awesome and your giveaways is really beautiful :)

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  33. Artemis says:

    Καταπληκτικά gadget κουζίνας!!! Μαζεύω κι εγώ συνέχεια και στο τέλος δεν έχω που να τα βάλω!!! Χρόνια πολλά αν και λίγο καθυστερημένα!!

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  35. Jeannie says:

    Wow! What a delicious looking torte, love all the lemon flavor! And of course the give away items are really lovely and useful! Happy Belated Birthday to you Katerina:)

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  37. Reeni says:

    Congratulations on 4 years my dear Katerina! That is an accomplishment to be proud of. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and getting to know you! How sweet of you to give away these gifts. I remember the wonderful package you sent me 2 years ago filled with Greek goodies. It brightened my life for many days. Have another great year!

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  39. Juliana says:

    Wow Katerina…first Happy Belated Name Day! And congratulations on your 4th blog anniversary…amazing how fast time goes by…
    Nice to celebrate your Name day with such a delicious cake and all the giveaway for your anniversary.
    Have a great week :)

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  41. Happy Name Day and 4th Blogiversary!

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  43. Jackie Hanquet Ashley says:

    Opa! Congratulations on 4 years!

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  45. Faith says:

    I want to give someone else the chance to win so please don’t enter me in the contest (the prizes are lovely though!), but I had to comment and say congrats on your 4th blog anniversary! That is an incredible inspiration. I’m so happy we got to know each other through blogging and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, my friend. And Happy Name Day too!

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  47. muppy says:

    wow 4 years old!!!! that is certainly a great feat, i do love to drop by when i can and see what delicious things you have been cooking. so generous of you to give away so many great gifts, wishing you all the best for the next four years!

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  49. Susan says:

    Happy Name Day and Congratulations on your blogaversary, Katerina! Mine turned 4 this year also :)

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  51. Asmita says:

    Wow Katerina,
    4 years is amazing! Congratulations and here’s to many more delicious posts! The lemon torte is incredible and I wish I could just dig into it right now.

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  53. Χρόνια πολλά Κατερίνα για τα 4 χρόνια που κλείνει το blog σου και φυσικά και για την γιορτή σου! Κάνεις υπέροχες παρουσιάσεις και πραγματικά αξίζει να σε επισκέπτεται κάποιος. Να περνάς όμορφα και να είσαι πάντα έτσι δημιουργική!

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  55. Sissi says:

    Oh, I would have forgotten. Please count me out of the giveaway you have kindly organised. I have won several blog giveaways and would be very glad to give more chances to the others this time :-)

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  57. Sissi says:

    Happy Name’s Day, Katerina! I also celebrate mine (although I’m not religious at all… but every tradition to celebrate or receive presents is a good excuse 😉 ).
    The Lemon Torte looks irresistible!
    Happy Blogiversary! I have been following your blog for quite a short time, but I love it and you have been a big inspiration for me. I am grateful for everything I learnt here, not only about the Greek cuisine 😉 I hope to celebrate with you many many more future anniversaries on the web!
    By the way, you have closed comments for your Chocolate Marquise, so I wanted to say here that I have already made it several times and find it sensational. Thank you so much for the wonderful easy and extremely impressive recipe!

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  59. Saguna says:

    Happy name day, and happy blog birthday too! Four years is definitely an accomplishment. :) I’m so glad to have found your blog- it’s lovely! Your lemon torte looks absolutely beautiful- it looks almost snowy; perfect for the holidays! I definitely want to try this out!

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  61. Lisa says:

    Happy 4 year Blogiversary! I just celebratred mine back in May :) The Lemon Torte is gorgeous and yummy way to celebrate it! Looking forward to another 4 ‘and more’ years of your amazing creations!

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  63. mari says:

    Χρόνια πολλά κι από δω Κατερίνα, να είσαι χαρούμενη κι ευτυχισμένη. Το blog εύχομαι να μας χαρίζει υπέροχες δημιουργίες για πολλά πολλά χρόνια ακόμα.
    Φιλιά πολλά

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  65. Κατερίνα μου χρόνια πολλά για τη γιορτή σου!
    Εύχομαι ότι καλύτερο, να είσαι καλά, ευτυχισμένη και πάντα τόσο δημιουργική !!!!!
    Tα δωράκια σου είναι υπέροχα. Μακάρι να είμαι μια από τις τυχερες !!!!

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  67. Four years? Wow, what an achievement and such a lovely food blog. I learned about name days when I visited friends in Bulgaria – sounds like the same thing. It’s a fun tradition.

    I hope you have a very happy Christmas and that the next 4 years are as much fun as the past 4.

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  69. Happy 4 years! Here’s to many more!

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  71. Nadji says:

    Bonne fête mon amie et très bon anniversaire à ton blog.
    Je lui souhaite très longue vie, plein de recettes et de gourmandises.
    La blogosphère abolit les frontières et permet effectivement de connaitre plein de gens à travers le monde.
    A très bientôt

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  73. Zoe says:

    Happy blog anniversary, Katrina! 4 years of blogging!… I wonder if I am still blogging after 4 years… and I think that you are amazing.

    Like you at Facebook and follow you too at Pinterest 😀


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  75. Susan says:

    Congratulations, Katerina! Four years is a worthy accomplishment.

    I agree, we are a tight-knit, if far spread, community! Thanks for all your support and encouragement.

    And, Happy Name Day!

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  77. Happy belated name day AND blog anniversary! The Lemon Torte looks so good.

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  79. CCU says:

    Happy celebrations to you my friend and congrats on your exciting completion of 4 years :)

    Choc Chip Uru

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  81. Congratulations on the Name day and the 4 year blog anniversary. I do hope that you continue to keep sharing your great recipes !

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  83. Katerina, Happy Name Day & Blogoversary!

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  85. Happy Name Day & Happy blogoversary :-)

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  87. Conna says:

    Κατερίνα μας .. πολύχρονη και απο εδώ, να σε χαίρονται όσοι σε αγαπάνε.

    Οσο για το blog σου .. να τα εκατοστήσει και να συνεχίσεις να μας ανεβάζεις ωραίες συνταγές.


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  89. Κατερίνα μου χρόνια πολλά για τη γιορτή σου!
    Εύχομαι ότι καλύτερο, να είσαι καλά, ευτυχισμένη και πάντα τόσο δημιουργική και με πολλές πολλές ωραίες και ευφάνταστες ιδέες!
    Τα δωράκια σου είναι υ-πέ-ρο-χα πραγματικά! Σταυρώνω τα δαχτυλάκια μου και ελπίζω να είμαι μία από τις τυχερές!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  91. Happy 4th Anniversary! It has been really lovely knowing you and your blog:) And that lemon torte looks lovely. And I also follow you on Facebook :)

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  93. Ola says:

    First of all Happy Nameday! we celebrate it also here:)
    and congratulations on the anniversary of your blog!
    Blog about life and travelling
    Blog about cooking

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  95. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Χρόνια σου πολλά Κατερίνα μου και απο δω εύχομαι ότι καλύτερο!!!

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  97. Xara says:

    Hi Katerina,Happy 4th Birthday to your blog and of course best wishes for your nameday!!Both the lemon torte and the beautiful gifts are a great way to celebrate! XOXO

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  99. Katerina,
    I like your page on Facebook and you!! :-)

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  101. Didi says:

    χρόνια πολλά!!
    I hope your day was filled with that amazing “tourta” and lots of love and laughter!!
    Congratulations on your 4 yrs of blogging my friend!!
    I am so happy I had the opportunuity to get to know you through your blog!!
    I feel I am back in Greece, and that is the best feeling in the world!!
    God Bless my friend!!
    I am subscribed to your page, I never want to miss your posts!!

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  103. Hi Katerina, happy Name Day (we also have it and call it Angel’s Day). And also happy blogiversary! Yey, well done, my friend. I wish you many more years to blog about your cooking and life. Sending you a big warm transcontinental hug! :)

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  105. mjskit says:

    I’ve LIKED you on FB.

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  107. mjskit says:

    Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary! That’s quite an achievement. I see I have some exploring to do because if you’ve been blogging for 4 years, I’ve missed a lot! What cute and generous giveaways!

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  109. Candace says:

    I wish I had a slice of this right now. It looks delicious!

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  111. Katarina…that lemon torte looks so luscious!!! Happy name day and congratulations on the anniversary of your blog! I look forward to many years of your fabulous posts! : )

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  113. Margarita says:

    Katerina, happy birthday! It has been such a pleasure knowing you… reading your stories and recipes, learning cooking tips from you, looking at your droolworthy pictures, and hearing from you. Even though we have never met, I know for sure what a wonderful person you are. Enjoy your special day and every day! :)

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  115. mm_skg says:

    Χρονια σου Πολλα Κατερινα!
    Να εισαι παντα γερη και δημιουργικη και εμεις θα σε χαιρομαστε μεσα απο τις νοστιμιες σου!
    Πολλα φιλια!
    Μαρινα ♥

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  121. Μarion says:

    Δεν μπορώ να μην αφήσω κι εδώ τις ευχές μου :)

    ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ & ΚΑΛΑ, με υγεία, ευτυχία, αγάπη & τύχη.
    Να χαίρεσαι τους άντρες σου :)

    Πριν δεν είδα όλη την ανάρτηση και δεν είδα οτι γιορτάζει και το μπλογκ και δεν σου ειπα γι αυτό χρόνια πολλά..μόνο το γλυκό είδα :) χιχιχι

    ουτε τα δωράκια σου είχα δει…τι τέλεια που είναι όλα.

    Χρόνια πολλά λοιπόν και για το μπλογκ σου να μας χαρίζεις τις ωραίες αναρτήσεις σου με κέφι, δημιουργικότητα και ήθος.
    Και χαίρομαι που μέσα από αυτό σε γνώρισα.

    Φιλιά πολλά πολλά :)

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  123. Kate says:

    It’s funny, for years I acknowledged St. Katherine’s day, but I totally forgot about it until you reminded me!

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  125. Eri says:

    Κατερίνα μου κ απο εδώ χρόνια σου πολλά, ν αείσαι πάντα καλά και να συνεχίσεις για πολλά χρόνια να μας χαρίζεις τις συνταγές σου.
    Καλή επιτυχία σε όλους για το giveaway!
    φιλιά πολλά!

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  127. sundayspoon says:

    Χρόνια πολλά κι από δω, Κατερινάκι! Να είσαι πάντα ευτυχισμένη και χαμογελαστή!
    Εύχομαι να τα εκατοστήσει το blog!
    Αυτή τη λεμονότουρτα τη θέλω (όπως και τα υπέροχα δωράκια)!
    Καλό βράδυ!

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  129. Claire says:

    I’m glad I found you in the blogging world! You always inspire me with your recipes. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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  133. Congratulations for your four years of blogging and sharing your wonderful recipes. Your lemon torta looks like a wonderful way to celebrate your name day.

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  135. Tante Kiki says:

    Υπέροχη η λεμονότουρτα και ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ και καλά στο μπλογκοσπιτάκι σου. Να είσαι καλά, γεμάτη υγεία και χαρά να μας χαρίζεις πάντα νοστιμιές!!!
    Και του χρόνου!!!

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  137. Vita says:

    Χρόνια Πολλά Κατερίνα! Να σε χαίρονται όσοι σ’ αγαπούν και να τους χαίρεσαι κι εσύ!

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  139. Happy 4 years, that is so exciting! Your blog is wonderful, I just love coming here to read and admire the food. And happy name day! this cake looks so absolutely delicious, i’d love a piece right now!

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  141. mia maria says:

    Χρόνια πολλά και από εδώ Κατερίνα μου! Να είσαι πάντα καλά και να σε χαίρονται όσοι αγαπάς! Τι όμορφα δώρα είναι αυτά!

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  143. HeleD says:

    Ηello, Catherine!
    Many happy returns of the day!
    My best wishes to you and your blog!It’s one of my favourites.
    I’ve been reading you for about a year now, although I’ve never left a comment before.I like that you write in English, too.
    Such a lovely idea to host these gifts.
    Have a wonderful name day!

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  145. ΣΤΕΛΛΑ says:


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  147. ΕΛΕΝΑ says:

    Kατερίνα μου να σου ευχηθώ και από εδώ, να χαίρεσαι το όνομά σου, να είσαι χιλιόχρονη και καλόχρονη!
    Φιλιά, καλή Κυριακή!!

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  149. Ria says:

    My dear Katerina.
    It has been such a pleasure following you these past years. Today in French Canada it is Ste Catherine and the tradition is to make pulled taffy; Every year my husband took charge of this project and had our 4 boys do the pulling; one of my boys is executive Chef at our College and he makes his dad’s recipe This year they are selling it to make money for United Way.
    Congratulations on your 4th anniversary. I am so happy I came back to blog; you are one of my special bloggers. Because you are in far away Greece, I feel it is a small world after all. Love Greek food and I have learned so much from you.
    Thank you for sharing your stories and your recipes.
    Rita from Canada

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  151. mitsi says:

    πολύχρονη, πολύχρωμη με πολλή γεύση στην ζωή σου..κυρίως γλυκιά..

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  153. Ειρήνη Ε. says:

    Πολύχρονη, Κατερίνα. Πάντα με υγεία και χαρά να εορτάζεις την ημέρα αυτή. Και του χρόνου.
    Καλή Κυριακή.

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  155. kiki says:

    Χρόνια πολλά κι εδώ Κατερίνα! Πολύ όμορφα τα δωράκια που διάλεξες!

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  157. Ξανθή says:

    Χρόνια σου Πολλά για την ονομαστική σου εορτή!!
    Εύχομαι να είσαι πάρα πολλά χρόνια μαζί μας σε αυτό εδώ το χώρο να μας χαρίζεις τις τόσο όμορφες ιδέες σου και την υπέροχη παρέα σου.
    Είμαι ευτυχής που σε έχω γνωρίσει.
    Πολλά φιλιά

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