One of the hardest things about being an expat is not being there in a time of need. Since I have been in Turkey, many of my friends have lost a parent. My friends may not have felt like they needed me at the time, but I sure needed to be with them. It puts... Continue Reading →
It's an interesting thing that in this land of great history, there is little room for "junking." Junking is a term I recently picked up from my niece. That's her way of describing her love of antiques, or anything else that can be picked up at a flea market or yard sale. I honestly can't... Continue Reading →
Waking up in Ankara – why do so many expats move to Turkey?
Ten years ago it seemed rare for many expats to move to Turkey, especially Ankara! But a new trend has seen more and more foreign nationals flocking to Turkey in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Turkey has become somewhat of a hot spot for tourism in the last few years, continually... Continue Reading →
You may have noticed . . .
. . . I have been trying out some new gadgets and different types of posts on my blog. For instance, there is a new "Goodreads" widget on the right side of the blog. That connects you, my readers, with books I have read. If you click on it, you will see what I am currently... Continue Reading →
Valentine’s Day Story and a Lemon Meringue Tart!
Another Valentine's Day has come and I decided not to celebrate it. We have two anniversaries this week, 9 years since our first date and 3 years since our wedding. It's just two much to have 3 days to celebrate back to back. We have somewhat of a tradition where I bring up the story... Continue Reading →
Meet the Author, Jack Scott: Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam Move to Turkey
You may remember a little while back that I wrote about my new friend, Jack Scott, author of the blog, Perking the Pansies. He had written a book by the same name. Jack was kind enough to share a copy with me. I am only about half way through it - but I have decided... Continue Reading →
Another Loss for the Music Industry – Singer Whitney Houston
The Music Industry and the world has lost another beautiful talent at a young age. Whitney Houston passed away yesterday at the age of 48. The goddaughter of Aretha Franklin, she left behind a legacy of songs and films that moved the world. When I think of Whitney, I always picture her with Kevin Costner... Continue Reading →
Rich, Moist & Easy Lovers’ Brownies
This is the last recipe in my series of Chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day. Your Lover will Love these rich and moist brownies. And they are really easy to make! Rich, Moist & Easy Lover's Brownies Ingredients (American/Turkish): 1/2 cup butter/113 g. tereyag 1 cup sugar/226 g. şeker 2 eggs/2 yumurta 1/4 tsp vanilla/ (American vanilla... Continue Reading →
Mt. Erciyes Has New Trails
Whether looking for a place to ski, snowboard, or just a place to picnic in the snow, Mt. Erciyes is the place for you! A non-active volcano located in Kayseri, the ski area has many slopes including a brand new one which opened this weekend! The new slope has a cafe at the bottom of the... Continue Reading →
Deep, Dark, and Rich – Chocolate Lovers’ Cake
This is the second in a series of chocolate recipes that I am posting for Valentine's Day. I came across this recipe a few weeks ago on Williams Sonoma's website. I tried it immediately and it was soooo chocolatey, I thought I might immediately go to "H-E-double-toothpicks" just for tasting it! I have added European/Turkish measurements... Continue Reading →
Mystery of the Traveling Tupperware
Have you ever stopped and wondered where your things have been or where they have gone? Many years ago, I stumbled upon an antiuque chest of drawers with mirror attached. I believed it was from the 1920's. I had to have that chest. I saw it at a one-day flea market, and I returned to... Continue Reading →
Valentine’s Day is Upon Us . . . get out the Chocolate!
Like many typical American women, I grew up loving Valentine's Day! I find that I don't make such a big deal about it anymore now, but I still recognize it. (Come on guys, I wouldn't lie to you.) In all honestly, just after Valentine's Day is my wedding anniversary and the anniversary of the day my husband... Continue Reading →
Ho-hum . . . How to Get Rid of the Winter Blues in Ankara
Now that we are in the heart of winter and all the “good” holidays have passed, i.e. Bayram, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, our thoughts turn to “what to do now”? For many people, winter is a dark and lonely time of year, especially for those inflicted with SADS (Seasonal Affective Disorder). For expats, winter... Continue Reading →