I hope that your day was full of joy and blessings. Our favourite tradition is our Easter basket. The traditional items include bread (I made a challah this year), eggs (half were pickled, half were coloured with beet juice), ham, sausage, cheese (goat cheese with herbs this year), horseradish (we purchased a spread this year, … Continue reading Happy Easter!
For many years, I would craft new decorations for our Christmas tree. It was a good opportunity to use small projects to try out new techniques and ideas. Our tree is basically a mad chaos of different styles and materials, and I love it! Life got in the way, and I stopped doing this for … Continue reading This year’s decorations start: dehydrated orange slices
I'm happy to say that I was able to deliver a little care package to my mother for her Easter. I called right after dropping off my daughter to see if she needed anything at the grocery store, but she was able to order everything she needed from the grocery store and have it delivered. … Continue reading Easter preparations and successful finds
Today, while the girls continued to work on the basement (I have yet to go down to see their progress!), I worked on baking our Easter bread. Then, since I was baking anyway, I made some sourdough soda bread, and another double batch of what has become my usual standby, a basic bread recipe modified … Continue reading Easter preparations: baking day and frozen ground
One of the bonuses of our move to the farm I grew up on is that we could take part in a childhood tradition; the blessing of our Easter baskets. It was many moves and many years before we were able to find a Polish church that did basket blessings, and be able to take … Continue reading Preparing for Easter, and an easier way to peel eggs!
Today, we took our basket in for the traditional Easter blessing of the baskets, or Święconka, in Polish. This remains one of my favourite family traditions, and is beloved by many, with blessings happening today at the local Ukrainian church as well. Before we moved and were living in a city, we had found a … Continue reading Blessed
Though it is still weeks away, we are already planning our semi-traditional Polish Easter basket. I say "semi" traditional, because we've modified some of the contents over the years. If you're unfamiliar with a Polish Easter basket, these are filled with symbolic foods to be blessed on Holy Saturday, and eaten on Easter Sunday. The … Continue reading Marinated Goat Cheese
Yes, we now have a Christmas tree up in our dining room. But it's not what you think! We do have a long Christmas season; a combination of traditions from both my own and my husband's family that we continued, as something to pass on to our children.. Our first day of Christmas is something … Continue reading It’s not what you think!
Wishing you a joyous and blessed Easter!
My younger daughter and I took our basket into town for blessing. After a bit of shifting things around, this is what our basket looked like. The prosciutto roses were added at the very end, because they dry out so quickly - though they did double duty in holding some of the eggs in place! … Continue reading Blessing of the Baskets