Tom's 70th birthday

Tom's 70th birthday
50 years of marriage this year September 2017

Monday, March 29, 2010

TRADITIONAL EASTER PASKA (BREAD)



Grandma Markiw’s Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tsp. sugar
8 – 12 eggs (beaten)
1 cup lukewarm water
5 cups all-purpose flour (more added later)

1/2 cup melted margarine
1/3 cup sugar
3 pkgs. dry yeast
3 cups scalded milk (put aside until lukewarm)
1 Tbsp. salt
8-9 cups all purpose flour

Dissolve sugar in lukewarm water and sprinkle yeast over it. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine softened yeast with lukewarm
 milk and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. 

Cover and let rise in warm place until light and bubbly.
Add beaten eggs, sugar, melted margarine and salt and mix thoroughly. Stir in enough flour to make neither too soft nor too  stiff. 


Knead until it doesn't stick to hand. Turn on floured board and knead until smooth and satiny. 

Place in greased bowl, 
 
cover and let rise in warm place until double (at least 2 hrs.) 



Punch down and let rise again. Makes 4 or 5 small round paskas.

(I made one large one with a cross, two smaller round ones, two braided loaves and 2 large nut rolls out of the paska dough out of this particular batch.)


Let rise in pans until almost double. (Don't over raise).  Brush with beaten egg with a little water. Bake 400 degrees - 15 minutes.
Then lower to 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until nicely brown.




Decorate tops with cross or braids.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

NUT ROLLS AKA KOLACHI






Ingredients:

2 dry yeast (in 1/2 c. very warm water) and set aside

1 c. butter (softened or melted)
1 1/2 c. sugar
6 eggs (beaten)
2 c. whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. salt
9-10 c. flour  (more to add during the kneading)

     Heat milk until very warm. Set aside. Beat eggs well and add slowly to the sugar and butter mixture.  Add softened yeast and mix slowly.  Add flour mixture and milk and vanilla slowly. Knead total mixture for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Raise for about 1 1/2 hours until dough is doubled.


Make 8 to 10 dough balls. Roll out individually and spread with nut mixture and/or apricot  or poppyseed. Roll each one roll and bake. Prick tops with a fork and sprinkle sugar.

Filling:

1 1/2# chopped walnuts
2 tbsp. honey 

2 sticks melted butter
 2 tsp. cinnamon
 2 tsp. vanilla
 1/2 c. brown sugar 
1/2 c. white sugar
 1/4 c. evaporated milk 

(Put nuts in food processor until very fine and add all ingredients a little at a time and mix well).


                                   

                                   

    Cover bowl and let rise 1 hour. 


Cut in 6 portions. Roll out on lightly floured board, 






spread filling lightly and roll. 



Put on greased cookie sheet or use parchment paper
 

prick with fork and brush with milk and sprinkle sugar.


Bake 350 degrees - 40 minutes.

Full of nutty filling


 You can use poppy seed, apricot or any filling.

 

A CELEBRATION OF OUR SAVIOR'S RESURRECTION

Well, what is Easter all about??
 
What are your fondest memories growing up?  I was raised in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church...and my memories are very vivid because
they were based on much tradition and heritage. It was a very important holiday and one not to be ignored.

My mother cooked for days.  There was the traditional dinner of ham, kolbassi, a very special egg-rich bread called paska, an egg custard
 mold, butter molded into a little lamb (usually done by me), nut and poppy seed rolls (kolachi)  and many more treats.  This was welcomed after
 the lenten season we had just come through.  Going to midnight mass (the night before Easter)...encircling the church at midnight three times..and so on...

Alot of memories and alot of great food and family get togethers.

But.....what is Easter????   Is it Easter bunnies?

  or Easter egg hunts ? 
Is it going to church once a year??
or is just
GREAT FOOD?

Let me tell you what Easter means to me...NO..let me tell you what God says it is.

A long time ago God sent His only Son Jesus to be born and grow up in this world .  He left behind  all of the glory and heaven and most of all
His loving Father.  You see, God had a plan.  When He planned this whole thing creating the world and all,  He was looking for someone....
anyone...who would love and serve Him for all eternity. It started many years before with Adam and Eve.  God gave them a perfect environment with
anything they could have ever wanted.    All He asked of them was this   "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest
thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:16 & 17  
That was it. No big deal...Right?  Well, we all know the end of the story...Now whether you say
it was Eve's fault or was it Adam's fault the bottom line is  THEY DISOBEYED GOD'S  COMMAND!!!  "For the wages of sin is death!
BUT...(wait...I'll come to that)!!

I DID say that God had a plan.  Well,  that plan was for Someone....not just  to be sent to take the place for those of us who had gone away from
God's perfect plan.  But a perfect Sacrifice!  The Sacrifice had to absolutely PERFECT  no flaws just like when the high priests sacrificed lambs
they had to be without spot or blemish..  
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of  many."  Hebrews 9:28a  Who better than God's
perfect, sinless Son Jesus Christ the Annointed One.  

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition
 from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot I Peter 1:18, 19.

And so it began...
"On a hill far away....stood an old rugged cross...the emblem of suffering and shame...." 
That one horrible, monumental day when the Holy,
Precious Son of the Almighty would humble Himself before lowly man and limit the use of some of His divine privileges!!!!
 For you......for me....
 
"Down the  Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day
The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street
But the crowd pressed in to see the Man condemned to die on Calvary
He was bleeding from a beating, there were stripes upon His back
and He wore a crown of thorns upon His head".

Right here and now go to this site to experience a bit of what this all entailed....very moving!!
Jesus did this for
YOU!

And as He hung there on that tree, humiliated before the people...the humanity that this Holy One put on....cried out...
 
"I THIRST"
"FATHER, FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO"
"MY GOD...MY GOD.....WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME??"
And finally.....
"IT IS FINISHED"

God's perfect plan had been laid..

But wait.....it didn't end there???  If that was the end...then there is NO hope for you or me..

It was the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came very early to the grave..  She approached the tomb and there it was...
the stone was rolled away..   She ran and saw Peter and another disciple coming and she told them that the Lord had been taken.
Peter checked it out.  "And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying, and then cometh Simon Peter following him,
and went into the tomb, and seeth the linen clothes lie.  Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the tomb, and he saw,
and believed."   John 20:5,6,8


"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I now that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for HE IS
 RISEN, as he said, Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold,
he goeth before you into Galilee, there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy;
and did run to bring his disciples word." Matthew 28:5-8

Remember I  told you "For the wages of sin is death.....(but this is the BEST part)  But the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ
our Lord." Romans 3:23

Well, that was His plan and you know what?  It hasn't changed.  Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though
 he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
John 11:25,26.  The question is???

 DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?

First of all, you need to realize that you are a sinner. That means anything......any little thing at all that separates you from God is sin.  It doesn't
 have to be murder or stealing ."For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:10  And then you know what else?

 The next step is so easy but we make it so hard.

You ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart.  Ask Him to be your Savior and the Lord of your life.   Ask Him to forgive you of those sins that
you commit and then ACCEPT what He has already done for you on Calvary.

See, it's that simple---toooo simple you say??  Hey, with God nothing is impossible. JUST TRUST HIM.  That's all He asks.

And then  have  a ---

Now the party begins.  He's come to give you an abundant life and a joy unspeakable and full of glory.  HALLELUJAH!!  
What a wonderful Savior!!!

 
He died for us all....everyone, everywhere, and all around the world.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should NOT perish  but have everlasting
life." John 3:16
 
So let's celebrate.  Is there anything wrong with Easter bunnies, eggs, Easter baskets filled with candy?? It all depends where your heart
 is.   Or is it who is in your heart?

Rejoice...HAPPY EASTER!!!!  Hallelujah  What a Saviour!  In Ukrainian, we would greet each other on Easter morning by saying   "CHRIST IS
RISEN"  and the reply would be "HE IS RISEN INDEED"   Have a wonderful holiday celebration with your family.

Some very interesting sites to visit




 
CHRIST IS RISEN!!  YES, HE IS RISEN INDEED!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

UKRAINIAN EGGS III/ MADE BY GEORGIA

Many more eggs from my past collections.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these, contact me.  I will try to remake it as close as possible.  These are one of kind, like snowflakes, but they can be done pretty close to original.
Enjoy!


Special egg made for someone.. 
 

  

  
Butterflies


 

  

  


 

  

  

  

  
 Back


 
Front

 
 
 Side (This was made into an ornament)


 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
Goose egg... front


 
Side view

 
 
Back view

 
 

  

  

  


 

  

  

That's it for now..   If you're interested, let me know. .