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SPRING 2014  Easter Eggs decorated by my children

Spring is my favorite season of the year.

It wakes up Mother Nature from its winter sleep, brings back life, hope, and beauty of nature.

Spring inspires me to spend more time outdoors, walking, gardening, and enjoying nature.

Spring also brings Easter; a very religious holiday for me, filled with Ukrainian traditions, including Traditional Ukrainian Easter Baskets, and Pysanky.

Since many of my Jewish friends celebrate their spring holiday, Passover, I prepare and post some of their favorite recipes associated with this holiday.

I specifically chose to resume posting to my blog at this time, to coincide with the rebirth of nature, as well as a new beginning for the people of Ukraine.

The current situation in Ukraine is improving in one way, yet being stifled in other ways, as you probably already know by following the news on internet, or via other uncensored media sources.

The perseverance and unity of the Ukrainian nation via Euromaidan, prevailed by toppling over the corrupted government of Yanukovich, ending up with his cowardly flee to Russia, as well and the escape to various countries, of many of his equally corrupted collaborators.

Hundreds of Ukrainians lost their life in Kyiv, during their fight for human rights, democracy, and freedom, but their sacrifice was not in vain.

The current, temporary government in Ukraine, which was approved by the people, but will hold official presidential elections on May 25th, signed political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday, March 21, 2014.

This is a big step forward for Ukraine and its future.

The current political turmoil in Ukraine was sparked by Yanukovich’s withdrawal from such an association with EU in November 2013, disappointing the majority of  the population of Ukraine.

Thank you for being patient with me during this difficult time.

Thank you for your moral support, prayers, and everything you do to contribute to world peace, human rights, and freedom.

I will continue to share my recipes with you, and am looking forward to reading your comments.



My country's flags

Dear Readers,

First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all your support, your visits and comments on my blog.

I would like to inform you about my intent to take a temporary break from posting to my blog, due to the current unrest in Ukraine.

I am following the old saying:  “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.

I am “getting out of my kitchen” , since I am totally consumed by the current events in Ukraine, a country of my ancestors, and current motherland of many of my relatives and friends.

I am so blessed and thankful for living in a truly democratic country, where my human rights and freedom of speech are not violated.

My heart aches, watching the peaceful Ukrainian protesters on  Euromaidan in Kyiv, and numerous cities of Ukraine, since November 2013, fighting for their constitutional rights, grossly violated by their dictatorial government.

Many Euromaidan participants are being abducted by Berkut, even from hospitals while recovering from injuries, stripped naked in subzero temperatures, inhumanly tortured, humiliated, and even killed.

Please watch this short video to get a better understanding of what is going on, and you will be appalled of what you witness here.

I am a humble, religious woman, who does not get too involved in politics, but who cherishes freedom and human rights.  I support these values for all human beings throughout the world.

I dedicate this post to the five fallen heroes of Ukraine, who lost their life for freedom and democracy in Ukraine, during this turbulent time at Euromaidan in Kyiv, yet will  never have a chance to cherish it.

They had no weapons, hence not being a threat to anyone, yet their life was taken by sadistic, fascist, heartless, government supported thugs  – Berkut and Titushky.


Yuriy Verbytsky – 50-year-old seismologist and Euromaidan volunteer, was found dead in a forest near Kyiv on January 22. He was abducted from a Kyiv hospital along with opposition activist and journalist Ihor Lutsenko after sustaining an eye injury during a police clash. Lutsenko says both he and Verbytsky, whose hands and clothes bore traces of duct tape, were tortured all night. Police say Verbytskyy died of exposure.

Mikhail Zhyzneuski – Euromaidan activist who was in his late 20s, died of a gunshot wound to the heart on January 22 during police clashes. A native of Belarus, he was a member of the Ukrainian nationalist group UNA-UNSO.Native of Belarus, killed during police clashes on Euromaidan in Kiev

Roman Senik, a protester from a town in the western Lviv region, died in a Kyiv hospital on January 22 after being wounded in the chest during clashes with riot police. Senik, 45, underwent several operations, including an arm amputation, before succumbing to his injuries.

Serhiy Nihoyan, 21, was shot dead on January 22 during a violent clash between riot police and protesters in Kyiv. An ethnic Armenian, Nihoyan was part of Euromaidan’s security team. The authorities insist Nihoyan was killed by bullets that are not used by police forces.

Pavlo Mazurenko -  was badly beaten by the police on the roof of the trade centre on Gnata street in Kyiv, for participating in Euromaidan. On 20 December he however refused to go to the hospital, and died on 22 December in life support department of Kyiv city hospital from pneumonia.

Please join me in prayer for the souls of these fallen heroes,  speedy recovery of hundreds of others who are gravely injured, and for Freedom of Ukraine from their Dictator Yanukovych with his thugs.


If you are interested in learning more about these events, here are some links for you to check out:

I will be back, once the situation in Ukraine progresses towards peace and democracy.

According my  Google report, thousands of my readers are from over 39 different countries, some of which can easily identify with the current situation in Ukraine.

Please contact your country’s government to support freedom in Ukraine, impose sanctions against the grossly corrupted government, force resignation of  equally corrupted Ukrainian President Yanukovych, and do not allow any of those thugs to seek exile in your countries.

Slava Ukraini – Glory to Ukraine!

Heroyam Slava – Glory to her Heroes!

Thank you for all your support.

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Christmas celebrations are just beginning for all our family and friends who follow the Julian Calendar, and are awaiting Christmas Eve holiday on January 6th, and Christmas Day on January 7th.

This Christmas holiday is followed by New Year celebration on January 14th.




As an American of Ukrainian descent, it is my duty to bring to your attention that our brethren in Ukraine are spending this year’s holidays outdoors in frigid temperatures.  These Ukrainians are actively participating in the protest, dubbed Euromaidan, in the capital city of Kiev, as well as numerous other cities all over Ukraine.   They participate in Euromaidan every day, around the clock, and for over two months.  Ukrainians are fighting for their severely violated constitutional rights and for their absolute will to join the European Union (EU).  The current corrupted government, under constant intimidation by Russia and Putin’s political games, has turned its back on integrating Ukraine’s economy with the EU.

During this holiday season, please remember all the Ukrainians in Ukraine in your prayers.  May their prayers be answered and may they prevail in eliminating their disgracefully corrupted government.  May they regain their human rights and may they continue to build their country in a true democratic fashion, supported by a righteous and fairly elected future government.

If you are interested in learning more about these current events in Ukraine, and enjoy many entertaining musical performances by Ukrainian artists, you may visit the following sites :\

For  news updates in English, you may visit Brama site, and select any of their numerous posts listed there.






Ukrainian  ChristmasNylon-twine-angelVertep

Mother Nature confuses us with its unseasonal weather, having several snow storms by now, yet yesterday and today the temperatures are climbing up to the upper 60 degrees F.

Nonetheless, Christmas Holiday is upon us, hence time for Christians to celebrate the anniversary of the Birth or Christ.

I would like to share links to some of my previous posts about Ukrainian Christmas traditions, as well as few recipes for Ukrainian Traditional Christmas Eve dishes.

Here is a of links to my previous post about Ukrainian Christmas Traditions observed by my family, and a list of traditional dishes:




By clicking on this link you will learn about more Ukrainian Christmas traditions, and find pictures and recipes for to Ukrainian Traditional Christmas Eve dishes:




Click on this link to view My Ukrainian Traditional Christmas Tree Decorations:

Ceramic-ornament-51Ukrainian Christmas-Tree

I would like to share Merry Christmas wishes from around the world, which I received from my readers.

Please share your country’s Christmas Greetings if it is still missing from the list below:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Veselykh Sviat Rizdva Khrystovoho i Shchaslyvoho Novoho Roku! (Ukrainian)

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia oraz Szczesliwego Nowego Roku! (Polish)

Maligayang Pasko At Manigong Bagong Taon! (Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines)

Buon Natale, Buone Feste and Felice Anno Nuovo! ( Italian)

Here are some new additions from a reader in 2012, who speaks 10 languages:

S Rozhdestvom I S Novim Godom  – (Russian)

Felize Natal E Feliz Ano Novo  – (Portuguese)

Joyeux Noel E Bonne Anne -(French)

Feliz Navidad Y Feliz Ano Nuevo -  (Spanish)

Eid Milad Mubarak -  (Arabic)

Shen Deng Kuai Le Xing Nin Kuai Le – (Mandarin)

Kurisumasu Omedetto Gozaimasu -  (Japanese)

Haartelijk Keerstfest En Een Goede Nieuw Jaar – (Dutch)

Frohe Weinachten Und Glückliches Neues Jah -(German)

God Jul Och Gott Nytt år – (Swedish)

Happy Holidays from Canada!


Crocheting Scarfs for My Grandchildren

Red Scarf - fringesGray Scarf - with fringesCamouflage - close up view

I have been bitten by the crocheting bug, and have been crocheting scarfs and hats for my grandchildren.

It all started when we could not find an appropriate hat for my grandson’s Halloween costume (he was a Minion), so I crocheteded one for him, and the rest is history…

Now I will share pictures and type of yarn used to crochet some of these scarfs, which made nice Saint Nicholas gifts.


Red Scarf   Red Scarf - fringes





Red Scarf - brand and type of yarn

This yarn is sooooo soft and fluffy, it made a very nice scarf for my granddaughter.  As you can see in the top picture, I also made nicely tied fringes for that scarf, to make it a little more special.  She loves it.

I also am sharing the brand and type of the yarn used, as well as the hook size H-8 (5 mm) hook, and a pattern created by rows of single and double crochets.

Gray Scarf - with fringes  crochet camouflage hat





Gray Scarf - brand and type of yarn


I crocheted this gray scarf for my grandson,  using the above type of yarn, which is also very soft and very suitable for children scarfs, hats, gloves, or sweaters.  I also crocheted a camouflage hat with a gray trim, to go with the scarf.


Camouflage scarf

Camouflage - close up view





Camouflage scarf - brand and type of yarn


Here is another scarf I crocheted, out of the yarn type displayed above, but this one is not as soft and cuddly as the previous ones, hence more suitable for hats or sweaters.

Now that I have a collection of yarn and crocheting hooks, I have been “inducted” into an actual, full-fledged Grandmotherhood…It’s quite an honor, don’t you agree?

If you like to crochet or knit, please share your experience with all of us.

Thank you.





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