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Yellow is the colour of the sun

 

Yellow is the color of the coming of the sun and the warmth it brings. It is the color of the bright days of early summer, and as the sun high in the sky lights up the landscape, its yellow color ray brings us the power of enlightenment, lighting up the landscape of our search for knowledge. It is the color of the summer solstice ushering in the bright time of long days, warm temperatures, and sustained vigor.


In different cultures yellow has different meanings. In some cultures, yellow represents peace. In Egypt yellow was worn to signify the dead. In Japan, yellow stands for courage. In India, yellow is the color of the merchants.

Yellow in Greece

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Pictures are part of a private photoshoot for Modern Brides Magazine, with marzipan pebbles and silver “mati” favours created by the amazing Liana Vourakis.

 

Yellow is the color of the natural birthstones of those born in the beginning of summer (June 21–July 21). It is the color of midday, midyear, and the beginnings of midlife. Yellow is a color of journeys beginning well, full of promise and sunny optimism.

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Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers burst with happiness. They symbolize the bonds of friendship, the taste of success and pride. Joy is also one of the meanings of this flower, as that is one of the feelings the color is said to evoke.

 

 

Yellow gemstones

Yellow gemstones are believed to aid in clarity for decision-making, boost concentration, increase energy, and offer relief from burnout, panic, nervousness, or exhaustion.

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Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color.  In the natural world, yellow is the color of sunflowers and daffodils, egg yolks and lemons, canaries and bees. Go ahead and put some yellow in your life!

 

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The etiquette of being Thankful

 

Almost any gift or good deed deserves at least a brief, handwritten thank you note. If in doubt, send one.

As wonderful as paperless post is for a Christmas party or a gathering, there are some special occasions that need something extra special. I’m 63 years old and I love social media and search the web but I think its very important that moving forward that we don’t forget pen and paper.

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Each thank you note should be different and meaningful to the recipient and it’s even more meaningful if “Sent from my iPhone” is not in the signature.

Some tips:

  • If you are an organized person, you might want to keep a stack of cards on hand. Making them personalized makes them even more valuable and important.
  • The tone of your message should match the relationship you have with the person you are addressing it to. For example, a letter to a lifetime friend will be more intimate than one you would send to a prospective employer.

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When in doubt, a simple thank you in any form is the best thing you can do to show your appreciation.

Reasons to say thank you

  • Wedding thank you
  • After a friend hosting delicious dinner
  • Thank you to a wonderful teacher
  • A doctor you are grateful to
  • Your best friend – it is always important for someone to know you are grateful regardless of how close you are to them. Sometimes you take it for granted – especially those times are when it has even more value.
  • neighbour -thank you for understanding
  • After birthday wishes
  • Baby announcement

Ways of saying thank you:

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At its core, giving thanks for something you’ve received, whether it’s an object, an experience or something intangible like forgiveness or support, is something that just needs to be done. The form, timing and details are rarely as important as the simple act of saying thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIT LIST 2015 – FEBRUARY

February is an extremely important month…every year, as on the 15th is my Vivia’s birthday!
An unforgettable day… in need of an unforgettable gift for my daughter!
As person I love challenges and coming up with creative ideas is my thing, but this gift was an unbelievable challenge, what to get my daughter, what to get her after 40 years of creative gift… and then it struck me, make a book about her!
“Vivia’s alphabet” ,words as tribute to my daughter including all her beloved people’s wishes and quoting remarks about her and her favorite habits, activities, and special features that make her one and unique for everybody around her. An exclusive private publication which will always be there for her to make her laugh and cry at the same time… she received it in during her Birthday in Madrid, among her dearest friend, Mission Accomplished!!

 

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“Koulouri” of Thessaloniki

“Koulouri” is one of the most traditional and delicious Greek snacks. It is one of those things like a New York pretzel that awaken your fondest childhood memories. Although, it is considered to be an indulgence it is one of the healthiest sources of carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients. It is a circular bread with sesame seeds that is often enjoyed at breakfast with a selection of cheeses and jams.

Today our in-house chef Dora Aretaki is sharing with you her amazing “koulouri” recipe… Enjoy!

5 oz ( 150 gr ) bread flour
12 oz ( 350 gr ) all purpose flour
2 packs of dry yeast
1 1/4 tea spoon of salt
2 1/2 table spoons ( 35 gr )  of sugar
300 ml water

For the toping
Sesame seeds
2 table spoons sugar
400 ml water

Mix  the yeast with the water and let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes.
Add all the ingredients and mix with the dough hook , with slow circular movements for about 7 minutes.
Let the dough rest in a bowl covered with plastic film until it doubles in size.
Preheat the oven 380 F ( 200 C )
Cut the dough in 70 gr pieces ( about 12 )
Form each one in a ball
Knead each ball in a long roll and bring the two edges together to form a circle.
Dip them in a bowl with water – sugar  and then inside a plate with sesame.
Place them in rays that are lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!