Rainbow Rain

  We have had our share of spring showers this year.  One day watching the raindrops sliding down the kitchen windows my 6-year old exclaimed, “Imagine if each rain drop was a different color!”  So, we decided to do just…
Titanic Day

Today marks 103th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.  On April 10th, 1912 the “unsinkable” Titanic started on her maiden voyage with 2,223 passengers and crew.  Four days later it hit an iceberg and sunk in the wee hours of April…
Basic Egg Bread (bread machine dough)

          I was just recently trying to estimate how many loaves of bread I made in the last five years.  I bake a new loaf at least every other day.  I bake bread for playdates and…
Russian Easter Bread (Kulich – Кулич)

      Today is Orthodox Easter!  S Paskhoy Vas!    How to celebrate Easter Russian style In my childhood home we started Easter morning by eating пасхальные яйца (decorated eggs) and Кулич (Kulich bread).  Kulich is a lightly sweetened yeast-risen…
My guide to essential oils

  Essential oils are all the rage.  The United States is now the largest importer and consumer of essential oils in the world ($2,721 million in 2013).  It seems that lately every time I get together with a friend she…
Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup

I know, I know it’s April.  But the gloom outside is a perfect setting for this classic comfort food.  So today we are making Chicken Noodle Soup.  I don’t know if anybody else does it this way. My friends are usually…
Easter Cakes – Cross Hot Buns (bread machine)

“Hot cross buns! // Hot cross buns! // One a penny, two a penny. // Hot cross buns! // If you have no daughters, // Give them to your sons! // One a penny, two a penny. // Hot cross buns!”  Every copy of Nursery Rhymes we…