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Ukrainian Walnut Sheetcake – Recipe

  This Ukrainian Walnut Sheetcake makes a perfect after dinner dessert, since it is light, and not very sweet. This recipe was shared by a parishioner from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, in Johnson City, NY.  She often made this cake for a church bazaar,

Mermaid Theme Birthday Party

I had the honor of attending another birthday party for a very special little girl who turned 3, who absolutely loves princess, mermaids and dress up clothes.She asked her mom to use a Mermaid theme for her birthday party, and it sure was lots of fun with decorations and crafts.Today I will share a bunch of pictures I took at the party, for your enjoyment and perhaps a party idea for your little girl.

Country Babka – Homemade Sweet Bread

I always wanted to try a Babka recipe, to taste the difference between Paska (Ukrainian Easter Bread) and the very popular Babka.  This year I finally baked Babka and everyone loved its taste and texture.The recipe is basically the same as for Paska, but it requires 2x the amount of yeast and butter, 1/2 the amount of flour,  but same amount of sugar, which you may decrease to your taste.

Ukrainian Easter Basket – Beautiful Tradition

Easter is such a beautiful holiday, but here in the US, it does not get even close to the vast recognition that Christmas is showered with.

My family and I feel very lucky to be familiar with, and able to practice the Ukrainian Easter traditions. Besides the 40 days of the Great Lent, and the different church services from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, there is the traditional Easter Basket Blessing,which takes place at the church on Holy Saturday, or right after the Sunrise Easter Sunday Liturgy, in other parishes.