Holiday Preparations – Easter Ideas


With Easter right around the corner, holiday preparations are in full swing. Whether you will be hosting Easter brunch or dinner in your home or attending the holiday gathering as a guest and are bringing something to share for the meal, many of us are scouring the internet for great ideas.

I’ve put together a Pinterest board with some gems that have caught my attention. Pinterest is such a great tool, I use it all the time. There are so many great menu ideas, brunch, entree dinner options, side dishes and beautiful desserts. I also found many beautiful decorating ideas and table settings.

Easter Pinterst Board copy … 

Read More »

Apple, Blueberry Cheesecake Crepes-1-16

Apple and Blueberry Cheesecake Crepes


Dessert has a lot of responsibility weighing on its shoulders. Dessert is the punctuation to a meal. It’s the last thing people eat and the taste will linger until the next meal. If you want a stunning and exquisite dessert that doesn’t take all day to make and every pot and pan in your pantry, you’ve just… 

Read More »

Sausage, Peppers and Broccoli With Pasta-1-9

Sausage, Peppers and Broccoli Pasta


Necessity is the mother of invention. Thus was the creation of this dish. A few years ago on a very busy night, I needed a very quick dinner option, and this is what I came up with. I’m always craving veggies, and this dish has plenty of them. Any dish with sausage has a tendency… 

Read More »

Braised Chicken With Vegetables-1-11

Braised Chicken With Vegetables


The taste of homemade cooking never gets old does it? It’s interesting, but I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of homemade food. We may get sick of cooking (he he) but not the actual food. I think I appreciate homemade food the most after a road trip. I enjoy eating out as much… 

Read More »

Ponchiki - Russian Donuts-1-8

Ponchiki – Russian Donuts – Творожные Пончики


Ponchiki are a walk down memory lane for me. My Mom used to make them quite often when I was a little girl. I just happened to have some farmer’s cheese in my refrigerator and this was the perfect recipe to use it in. Sergi and I couldn’t stop eating them. They turned out even… 

Read More »

Puffy Omelet-1-6

Puffy Omelet


It has been almost 18 years since I first tried this omelet. The scene: Dad at home with 5 kids. Mom in the hospital after giving birth to our last sibling. We were all so excited! We were old enough to understand the joy of a new baby and couldn’t wait to bring her home…. 

Read More »

Frugal Tips From an Immigrant-1-2

Frugal Tips From An Immigrant Part 2


In the first part of this post, I wrote about some of the frugal tips that I observed in my parents, grandparents and other immigrants. As I wrote in the first post, I know many multigenerational Americans who use many of these tips as well, while many immigrants are not frugal at all. This is just… 

Read More »

Quick Meat Sauce For Pasta-1-9

Quick and Simple Meat Sauce For Pasta


I’m becoming an expert at perfecting simple and quick dinner options. Most days, I have to work quickly, to get as much work as possible done during the nap time of my two little guys. I’m not sure what I get more excited about – getting them to nap at the same time or getting… 

Read More »

Ricotta Cheesecake-1-4

Ricotta Cheesecake


One of my favorite desserts is cheesecake. I love sweet creamy and luscious creations. Whenever I can, I make many variations of cheesecake – Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, Chocolate Ricotta Bars, Puff Pastries With Cheese Filling, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Pear and Cheese Coffeecake…. Wow! I didn’t realize that I had so many cheese… 

Read More »