My Easter table…

One of my most cherished memories since childhood are the Easter 🐣 eggs. Not your ordinary colored eggs but hand painted with old world charm. The Polish and Ukranian neighborhoods made them, sold them and displayed them at art festivals. Oh how gorgeous they were. And even as a make-up artist I could never draw or painted the way they did.

The most beautiful hand-painted Easter eggs!

The art is called Pisanki… which means to write. A centuries old tradition and still created and celebrated today.

You can also find them at online stores and art walks in wooden form. You can decorate your home or holiday table with them on Easter 🐣 🥚 or year round.

Today I am making an Easter meal with Polish kielbasa, pierogi,glazed beets and rye bread (since I don’t have that sweet bread babka).

My mom will be celebrated in my heart 💜 today. She was a wonderful mom and lovely and Polish. I’ll toast to her with a shot of blackberry brandy.

My southern husband enjoys all kinds of food and I’m lucky for that because he’s not just a meant and potatoes man on a daily basis. We dine out, pick up take-out or cook with international bites and delights. Some recipes we get online but others are discovered from our ✈️ travels.

How about you? What are some of your favorite memories from Easter growing up or now?

Happy Easter, Passover or Ramadan… wherever you are in our beautiful world.

Merry Christmas! 🎄

I wish you a Merry Christmas 🎄 and hope you are enjoying a beautiful day with family ❤️ and friends.

I’m remembering the real reason for the season. And loving the customs and traditions of a Polish Christmas. My mom taught me so much and I cherish everything.

Wesolych Swait ! Merry 🎄 Christmas and many more!

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

photo flowers Loretta

I bought myself some flowers and reflected there is so much beauty EVERYWHERE even when there are days in this world that no one seems to care.

It is a glorious day even though the sun is not making a guest appearance in my part of Florida today.

Today I will celebrate Easter the Polish way.I will prepare Pierogi,Kielbasi,beet soup and a box of Polish pastries I found it in town by a miracle.

I miss my mother’s touch in so many ways. She would shape the butter into a Easter bunny with cloves as eyes.I will miss those beautifully stained hard boiled eggs and fresh from the bakery oven Polish bread.When I was younger she would fill the basket of food for me to take to church and have the priest BLESS the food before my sisters and my twin would devour it all on Easter Sunday. I miss the mass in  the Polish language and the pretty hymns. But I have beautiful memories to enjoy all day.

Happy Spring! ENJOY a new season in your life. 

*Did you know why you see Pussy Willows along with the Easter lily at stores around Easter? They are a  Polish, Russian and United Kingdom tradition.Also, I never knew this but the pretty Narcissus flower symbolizes spring and rebirth.It is a traditional Easter flower in Northern Italy and France.It was originally the Easter flower by Ancient Greeks.

 

 

 

COOL Summertime Strawberry Soup & more!

strawberry-photo1-mMy Polish side of the family has some delightful recipes this soup is one of them. It is so refreshing in the summertime and while strawberries are in season especially.

What makes it special are these ingredients: (and the Polish FAMILY memories)

1 lb fresh strawberries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp of good quality vanilla extract
2 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt
*whipped cream
*fresh mint leaves

Clean and hull strawberries and place in a blender,combine the rest of the ingredients except whipped cream and mint.Blend until smooth.
CHILL for a few hours or overnight.Serve in pretty bowls and top with dollop of whip cream and garnish with a few mint leaves.

Yummy,creamy and dreamy taste of a recipe from Poland.My mom would be proud I still keep close in my heart and continue these traditions.

Do you have a YUMMY or unique recipe you’d like to share with me?
I’d LOVE to hear from you!

*Yummy photo from the website Cool Photo Projects.

While strawberries are still in season,you might also want to enjoy my recipe for a Refreshing Strawberry Face MASK for your skin.

Here’s what you’ll need:

8 fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons of local honey

Mash the strawberries with a spoon and add in the honey. This will make a fruity honey filled face mask. The strawberries contain Vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin gently in a natural way.
If your skin is looking dull,tired,sun damaged or prone to a blemish you will LOVE what this mask does for your skin.

Leave on your face for at least fifteen minutes and rinse with luke warm water and a wash cloth.Follow with your moisturizer and eye gel.
They say that Hollywood Celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones use strawberries in their beauty rituals.
This fresh mask will last up to a week in an airtight container. I prefer to store in glass NOT plastic container.

*As I have mentioned before always do a spot test on the side of your cheek or neck to see if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. If you know you are do not use this recipe.

Get cooking and enjoy these two delicious delights one for your body and one for your face. YUM!