Sunday, March 29, 2015
My life is rich in wonderful Ukrainian culture and heritage.
Along with the pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) I also enjoy cooking and baking those scrumptious Ukrainian foods and delicacies.
My favorite time of year for baking is Easter. Here's pictures from this year's baking adventure.
These rolls are sometimes to referred to as Kolachy. They can be made with a variety of fillings. Our favorites are a nut filling, apricot and poppyseed.
These are some of the rolls filled and ready to be baked.
All baked and ready to be tasted!!
The paska baked with a few different designs. The most popular is the braided ones.
For recipes check here---
Have a wonderful, blessed Easter celebrating our Saviour's Resurrection
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
2-3# ground chuck
1/4 # crushed saltine crackers (1 sleeve)
Water to moisten
1/4 green pepper
1 medium onion
2 large stalks celery with leaves
5 baby carrots
1 t. coarse black pepper
1 and tsp. garlic salt
4-6 dashes hot pepper sauce
Combine ground beef, eggs, crushed crackers in bowl and add just enough water to slightly moisten the crackers. In a food processor or chopper, combine the onion, pepper, celery and carrot and pulse until fine. Add this and remaining ingredients together and mix well. Add a few shakes of hot sauce into the mixture. It will look a little dry but during the cooking process, the juices of the vegetables will add to this. Form into loaf or place in large loaf pan. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for at least an hour or until nicely browned. Then turn oven down to 300 and cover lightly with foil and bake another 1 and 1/2 hours until done. For a little more "zip" sprinkle top with additional hot sauce.
Friday, February 13, 2015
LOVE LIFTED ME.....
I was sinking deep in sin far from the peaceful shore
Very deeply stained within sinking to rise no more
Then the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Love lifted me
Love lifted me
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me.
Love lifted me
Love lifted me
When nothing else could help
LOVE LIFTED ME.
Yes, it's all the matter of the heart and love. The greatest love story ever told is found in John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Nearly 42 years ago on a chilly Cleveland day in March, I was presented with the question, "If you died tonight, would you go to heaven?"
I had all the pat answers. I believe in God. I believe the Ten Commandments. I try to be nice to people.
But it wasn't until this verse was shared with me, that I began to wonder. Would I go to heaven when I died?
The dear lady, Jean, said this to me----"For God so loved GEORGIA that He gave His only begotten Son, that if GEORGIA believed in Him, she would not perish but have everlasting life."
She then told me, Revelation 3:20 "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him and he with me."
She continued, "Georgia, Jesus has been knocking at the door of your heart all your life. And YOU are the only one that can open it up and let Him in." I was amazed and stunned at the same time. God loved ME that much and has been knocking on my door and wants to be a part of MY life???"
I told her plain and simple, "Shoot, if I had known He was knocking, I would have let Him in."
It was then and there, the first time I was presented with the Gospel of God's love through Jesus Christ that I wanted to accept Him as my Lord and Savior and I DID..
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to share my testimony of God's love with three precious souls at the mission. Praise God they all received the message and received the Saviour.
Maybe you're seeking and searching and wondering and never knew truly how you could have a wonderful love experience with the Savior of the world and Creator of the universe. It's so simple, it's almost unbelievable. But believe me, after all the years----as the song goes.. sweeter as the years go by. It definitely is. I would have never traded this.
Simply pray this prayer if you're truly sincere about this decision.
I know that I'm a sinner and I know that You love me and died for my sins on the cross. I believe that you were buried and rose the third day . I ask you to forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord for saving me. "
Oh love that will not let me go. Don't let another day go by without knowing with a certainty that Jesus loves you----He died for you on the cross for your sins----was buried and rose again. And now He sits on the right hand of God His Father interceding on your behalf daily.
NOW THAT'S LOVE.
At this time of the year, when we're talking all about Valentines and candy and gifts. Choose Jesus. This is a gift that will last through eternity. Have any questions, feel free to message me.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
A very simple and tasty sandwich we had growing up in Western Pennsylvania. Always used Isaly's chip chopped
1 pound shaved or chipped deli ham (preferably a plain boiled ham it has less salt)
12 oz. Chili Sauce
3/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Buns (preferably from bakery)
Put chipped ham into medium sauce pan. Shred it up and tear apart. Add all the chili sauce plus 3/4 cup
ketchup and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Mix well until it it all blended. Taste and see if you'd like to have a little more brown sugar. It's up to you.
Turn the stove onto medium low heat and stir occasionally so it doesn't stick. Heat it through and let it bubble a
bit. Turn down to low or warm until you're ready to serve. Nice big bakery buns are the best to serve it on
Doing some re-thinking in this New Year. I'm not one for making "resolutions" because I end up not keeping them any way
So as I started doing my reading through the Bible in the Year, I found some other devotional apps that I downloaded
my YouVersion Bible App.
One is called "One Word That Will Change Your Life." This is only a 5 day plan, but it's jam-packed with
thought provoking ideas. Reading the Scripture, you are encouraged to see what word stands out that the Lord is
trying to get you to think about and apply for the year.
Already the Lord has spoken to my heart with one simple word----LISTEN!! The word LISTEN entails many different
#1 LISTEN to my Word - Read it daily and seek what it is that I'm trying to tell you.
#2 LISTEN to My still small voice - When you pray to Me, listen to what I'm saying to you. It will always be based
on my Word. But it takes being quiet in order to hear.
#3 LISTEN to those around you. First of all, those in your family who are closest to you. Second, to those around you in church,
work, or wherever you find yourself. Don't always be the talker!! Be a listener ---a listener cares and hears and takes
Well that's what I'm learning so far. and it's only the 3rd week of 2015. What else do you want me to hear from
you, Lord? May I be willing to hear and act upon what I hear.
I Samuel 3:10 "And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth."
Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after; that I may dwell in he house of the Lord
all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in His temple"
It took Samuel three times to actually respond to the Lord speaking to him. Sometimes it takes us a while,
but then we get the hang of things.
Listen----He's trying to tell you something. Just wait and see!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
MAKING WONDERFUL HOLIDAY MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY
Here’s some thoughts and ideas that will help you make it through with lots of traditions and memories that will last a lifetime.
WATCH MEMORABLE MOVIES WITH THE
Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Frosty The Snowman
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The Christmas Story
It’s A Wonderful Life
ABC Family is doing 25 days of special shows. Record and save them to view together.
HOLIDAY STORY EVERY NIGHT
FOR THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS:
The New Testament (Luke, Matthew)
T’was The Night Before Christmas
A Christmas Carol (Movie too)
HAVE A TREE TRIMMING PARTY:
Serve hot chocolate and cookies and make it a family affair or open it up for friends or neighbors.
Think of the children who won’t have a Christmas. Many stores have a box at their store. Have your child choose a gift and help wrap it and take it to one of the stores.
FAMILIES FOR CHRISTMAS MISSION
A mission near our house takes food for Christmas baskets and also adopts out families for people to buy gifts for the children and parents. It’s something so very special and will give the children something to look forward to share.
BUY OR MAKE A MEMORABLE ORNAMENT EACH YEAR:
I started when our children were young and when they left home to be on their own or marry, they had a nice selection of memorable ornaments to take with them. I do this now for our grandchildren. They have reasonable kits to make them out of fun foam with pictures to insert. You only have to spend a $1 at the Dollar Store.. Not much to pay for a memory. (binky)
Most families make their own advent calendar or buy one to count off the days leading up to Christmas.
Here’s one I just found out how to do which is really cute.
Long wide strip of either burlap or red or green felt
Decorate with holly and berries, bows or little pointsettias
Red and green foil Hershey kisses
Decorate as you wish and line up the kisses alternating green and red all the way down the middle (25 of them).
Everyday, alternate your children allowing them their turn to choose a kiss which they can then, of course, eat.
Make it a tradition to remember family members who have either passed away or just can’t make it home for the holidays. Their lights will shine the whole evening allowing them not to be forgotten. Use special candle holders and decorate with bows or other colorful Christmas items.
(Example: Samaritan's Purse)
SEND OFF A
Maybe there’s a missionary or friends who have moved away. Remember them with a special holiday box filled with ornaments, cookie cutters, cookie mixes and sprinkles, candies and little stocking stuffers. Things that they’re not able to get in a foreign country.
DON’T FORGET OUR TROOPS!!!
Give plenty of time for it to arrival on time for the holidays.
There’s Operation Shoebox -- Operation Home Front ----
SURPRISE A PUBLIC SERVANT:
Our police and firemen work the holidays in order that we can be safe. Maybe a platter of cookies, fudge, microwave popcorn, hot chocolate and packages of flavored coffees and teas can be taken to the fire station or police station early Christmas Eve Day.
Don’t forget your mailman. Especially on those cold winter days.
THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MORNING ENTRANCE:
Take a long roll of Christmas wrapping paper and you know how the football teams run out on the field before the game?? Make it a long banner---count to 3 and yell “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS” and let them run through the paper to see what surprises are under the tree.
Take your children around the neighborhood Christmas Eve and sing carols to your neighbors. Go to the local nursing homes and do the same the week before Christmas. They love children and are often so lonely and don’t get visitors. Then take them for a ride to find the best Christmas decorations. Nothing like seeing Christmas lights. I still like to do this when I can round up some grandchildren.
SHARING STORIES OF YOUR MEMORIES:
Nothing like sitting around the tree with a cup of hot chocolate to prepare the kids for stories about your Christmases growing up. Do it while you bake your cookies too. Included in this is:
BRINGING OUT CHERISHED OLD FAMILY DECORATIONS:
Nothing more special than all those old family ornaments that have a story behind it. We have so many on our tree. I call it a family memory tree.
SURPRISE YOUR NEIGHBORS WITH TREATS/12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS:
Keep your identity a secret and begin with 1 item for the first neighbor and build it up to 12 items on the 12th day. Write notes and reveal your identity the day after Christmas. It will open up many quiet neighborhoods. Wouldn’t that be fun? Especially if there’s a Scrooge in your neighbor that really needs loved and befriended.
SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”
In this day of politically correctness.. happy holidays.. just doesn’t cut it with me.. I saw MERRY CHRISTMAS all the time.. If they don’t like it they can just ignore you … but generally you’ll get a Merry Christmas back and even a smile.. This is what it is.. CHRISTMAS!!!
One night before Christmas, sleeping bags and all. Shut off all the lights and only keep the tree lights on.. as much as you can do it, try to get at least the heads under the tree and listen to soft Christmas music all night long. They always remember that special night under the lights.
Above all, remember to tell them what Christmas is all about, because
Saturday, October 25, 2014
You can use any sized pumpkin you like. The first thing you do is to cut the top of the pumpkin where the stem is so you can get inside.
The stores have cheap kits for a $1 that have scoopers and tools inside. I just use the little paring knife from Pampered Chef to open and design my pumpkin and an ice cream scoop to get all the gunky stuff out as well as the seeds.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Once you have gotten all the seeds out, place them into a strainer and rinse them well to get any of the pumpkin residue off. Drain well. Now put them onto a 9 x 13 cookie sheet and add enough water to the pan to cover the pumpkin seeds. They will float a little. But you don't want them to have too much water. I then take a carton of salt and evenly sprinkle back and forth until all the seeds are covered well.
Put into the oven on a top shelf. Set your timer for 20 minutes. Take them out and check them. Put in oven with time for another 10 minutes. (It's really important to keep an eye on them so they don't scorch or burn).
(See the salt around the edges). With a spatula, turn them over. They will still be wet a little on the bottom.
Spread them out. Put them back into the oven for 15 minutes. Check them again and stir them around.
Put back into oven for the final 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and 'voila'. All done.
Put onto a paper towel covered plate until COMPLETELY cooled..
To store either put into a sealed plastic container, or a zip lock bag.
Enjoy!!! This only comes once a year and it's a really special treat.