Bread Maker Paska: Ukrainian Easter Bread made EASY!

 

Ukrainian Easter bread Paska

It was a beautiful summer day when I got the call from my Mom asking me to come home. She didn’t want to tell me over the phone.

I was over at a friend’s house watching “The Shining.” I already knew what she was going to say, so I stayed and watched the rest of the movie. l didn’t want to hear it because then it would be real.

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No Bake Easter Cream Egg IceBox Cake-an easy Easter Dessert

I had a babysitter that lived next door to me when I was around 9 years old. She had long dark hair, loved the Bay City Rollers and was maybe 4 or 5 years older; all of which made her just that much more sophisticated than me. Her name was Dawn Marie and I worshipped her.

Easy Easter cream egg dessert

Around that time, I was seriously beginning to doubt the whole Easter bunny thing.  Continue reading

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Award Winning Strawberry Sunrise Waffle and Chicken Sandwich: An easy and healthier version

I bought my first waffle maker at a garage sale almost 25 years ago, long before Waffle and Chicken Sandwiches were even a thing. 

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The lady that sold it to me for $5.00 said she had received it as a gift for her own wedding 15 years earlier. I am not sure why that particular exchange stands out in my mind- I’ve been to a lot of garage sales and bought a lot of stuff over the years. Maybe it’s because I still have that little waffle iron!

We eat a lot of homemade waffles and as my family grew from 2 to 4 waffle eaters in that 25 year span,  I often fantasized about a shiny new 4 iron waffle maker.  Continue reading

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The 5 minute Ukrainian Breakfast Sandwich

When I was in Grade 6 my parents asked me if I wanted to take Ukrainian dancing.

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For Ukrainians, there is a huge emphasis on celebrating our culture through both dance and food. And since I already had the food part covered, I gave it some consideration.

I responded by saying that I would only Ukrainian dance if I could do the boy dancing. Continue reading

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Saskatoon Berry Oatmeal Cookies & Picking Adventures

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When I was a kid, on many of our families’ camping trips, while the others slept, you would often find my Uncle Garry and I out early on cool, dewy summer mornings, picking Saskatoon berries (aka Juneberries).

Funny, during all of those picking excursions,  I never once worried about running into a bear.

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A quick and easy dinner recipe: Pork Chops with Apple – Sage Sauce

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“So what did you have for dinner?” When I was a kid, this was one of the typical topics of conversation with my friends. I used to love to say, proudly, that I had ‘Pork Chops with Apple Sauce.’ I guess I liked saying it because it sounded so much fancier than the usual fare. And it wasn’t just meat – it was a meat with a sauce.

However, it was the more exotic “Mutton Chops with Apple Sauce” that I longingly yearned for. Yet, I didn’t get to try lamb until I was in my 20’s. It was not what I expected. Continue reading

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Ukrainian Daughter’s Crock Pot Casserole: An easy Ukrainian feast in one pot

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It was only the morning after and my son was already in mourning. I couldn’t blame him, the day after Malanka is always a bit of a let down. Not only does the next one feel like a really long way away, I was also feeling considerably hungover.

My son loves Malanka more than anyone I know. But this year it was even more special for him than any other year.

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Pistachio Dessert- 30 minute St. Patrick’s Day Recipe

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I envisioned days, even weeks, stretched out in front of me, leisurely perusing Pinterest, looking for that perfect recipe (or even coming up with my own). Then the next thing I know, it’s closing in on me, only a few days away. Funny, when I first heard about the potluck, it felt like ages away.

I have a love-hate relationship with potlucks. I love the social part of course, sampling new and interesting dishes, not having to cook that day and deciding on what I’m going to bring. Yet I hate deciding on what I’m going to bring.

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Healthy Starts Round up – Our Growing Edge

This January I had the opportunity to host a blogger’s link up called “Our Growing Edge.” Our Growing Edge is all about bloggers trying and sharing new things. It’s also about adventure, growth and pushing the boundaries.

The theme for the month of January was “Healthy Starts,” which seemed fitting,  as most of us moved away from holiday baking and indulging and into a healthier new year. But eating healthy shouldn’t just be about January, it’s about the entire year.

You know what they say at Weight Watchers?  Continue reading

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Raspberry Mocha Cinnamon Roll Lasagna – an easy breakfast or brunch

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The beautiful thing about this Cinnamon Roll Lasagna breakfast/brunch recipe is that it can be whipped up (in less than 30 minutes) the night before or a couple of days in advance because it uses packaged cinnamon rolls.

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