2017 Resolutions

Me and Alex do not believe in New Year’s resolutions much because when we decide to do something, we just do it. Whether eating healthy, working out or quitting smoking. I don’t need to be a better mom, be more present in my kids’ lives, spend less time with my phone, watch less TV, work out more, eat healthy etc. I think I pretty much got it all under control by age of 35 (in my own non-perfect way, but I embraced imperfection to a certain degree by…
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Christmas 2016 Came and Went

Christmas 2016 came and went. We baked cookies, sang carols, listened to Frank, drank hot chocolate, jumped in a hot tub, sipped on wine and even boarded our own Polar express for an annual family light tour. It snowed!!! We got a true white Christmas! We skied the Christmas Eve with clear skies on empty slopes. It was magical! Kids can ski – no babies, no babysitters and no lessons. It was magical! Santa came. Santa was good this year. He worked hard. Boys were happy. It was…
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Immigrating to Canada 🇨🇦

A few months ago, I shared how I grew up in Ukraine which many of you have enjoyed and told me were sad when it was over. Well, what a better time than Christmas to share my “fresh off the boat” story with you. I am all cooked out, you are all shopped out, and probably holidays is really the only time you have time to read. No new recipes till January 1st. So, grab a cup of jo with Bailey’s or not and enjoy. Christmas always brings back memories…
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Summer Bucket List 2016

I don’t know about you but summer holds a special place in my heart. Like Christmas, it has its own scent, rituals and must-do’s. I think it has to do with childhood when I felt so free for those 3 months. As a kid I had great-great summers spent outdoors 10 am – 10 pm. Playing war with wooden sticks when pretend shooting wasn’t shunned upon. Drinking unfiltered water from a hose. Buying liver sausage secretly from grandma to feed homeless cats. Making paper and medical tape wallets, hiding from…
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Motherhood Is a Beast

How I truly felt on Mother’s Day and the day after… Motherhood is a beast. Not simply the hardest job in the world but a real bitch. A bitch with the worst mood swings. One moment I feel like a proud NHL hockey player’s mom and in 2 minutes I find myself looking for an exit in the rink as the drama about 3 spent gems on iPad unfolds. And yet, no matter how disgusting the day has unfolded, at the end of the day I can easily find myself admiring their rhythmically…
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Growing Up in Ukraine

I said so many times in my recipes “growing up in Ukraine” in the last 4 years, I feel like I have to demystify what we actually did growing up in Ukraine. I also hope this story will let you to get to know me better since you serve my food in your homes. And you gotta know where your food comes from. I do not think anyone here knows me really well or at all. Blogging is very weird. It makes you vulnerable. This post is really outside of my…
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Be Well in 2016

Tonight I’m picking up my mom and her husband from the airport and I will be disappearing from the web until January 1st. Being self-employed for the past 7 years I have finally mastered an art of shutting down. It came with life experience realizing our parents are not forever, kids grow up way too fast and every day is worth being memorable. On Christmas Eve we will be having a family seafood dinner (I can’t wait to cook for my mom because she is not as inspired in…
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Good Bye Summer: Long Beach, Reading List and Renos

I had a whirlwind of a summer! Oh boy, I can’t believe I survived! Especially August with endless Birthdays, trips and renos. We put in a pavers patio with pergola in the backyard, I redid kids’ bedrooms, updated laundry room. Kyle played ball hockey all month of June which was nuts since his team made it to playoffs and actually has won Gold. Also in June, I flew to Edmonton for a week for my mom’s kidney tumour surgery. That was insane but she will live and is doing well…
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Holiday Wishes 2014

In Ukraine, we didn’t celebrate Christmas as much (which falls on January 6th in Orthodox religion) as we celebrated the New Year. There was always a huge freshly cut Christmas tree lit up a few days before the New Year’s Eve and we, kids, helped decorated it with beautiful glass decorations. There was no plastic back then. Ever since then, the tree decorations have special place in my heart. They are memories that last forever. The guitar me and Alex bought for our first Christmas together, the gingerbread house I…
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Let’s Talk Real Life

  Let’s talk, guys. Enough of food and recipes. Considering the fact I work from home and the only people I talk to during the week are my kids, I really need to have no-minecraft-spiderman-gangnam-style adult conversation. 1. This week I decided I want to see my abs. I stocked my fridge with lots of veggies and protein. I also did meal preps. Greens, chopped veggies for green smoothies, chia pudding, overnight oats, Greek yogurt, boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, celery, lemons, peanut butter, feta cheese, quinoa with broccoli…
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