Friday, December 6, 2013

Delicious Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Here is what I made yesterday, it's an Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread.  After it was done baking, it was gone in seconds, I didn't had a chance to take a better pic. =) But honestly it was really delicious,  I will be making it again very soon. ( Hopefully next time I'll take a better pic)

For the filling:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium apples (about 2 cups), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

For the dough:
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup lukewarm milk
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups Flour
1/4 cup sugar
 1/2 teaspoon salt 
 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
 For more instructions with images please follow this link 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Panera Bread Copycat: Creamy Chicken And Rice Soup Recipe

 It has been really cold lately, here in Washington.  All this cold weather makes me want to crave a hot bowl of a cream soup.  Here is a new recipe I discovered today.  It's called Creamy Chicken and Rice soup.  It's a copycat recipe from Panera Bread Restaurant.  I haven't tried it at the restaurant yet, but I will try it next time I go there, because it is sooooo Delicious!!!  Perfect soup for a cold day!!!

6 cups chicken broth

2 boneless chicken breast halves (fried and cubed)

1/2 cup of rice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup butter (12 tbsp. or a stick and a half)

1 cup carrot, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 cup onion, diced

3 cups light cream (I used 1 cup of heavy whipping cream mixed with 2 cups of water)
Mrs. Dash seasoning (optional)

salt to taste

Ham for topping

For more instructions please follow this link----------->
Have a Blessing Day!!!



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Golupzi Recipe

This here is one of my family's favorite dishes!!! It's called  Golupzi, or cabbage wraps. And here is one of my favorite recipes!!! Hope you like it too!!!


1/2 lb ground beef
1 Lettuce Head
1 grated carrot
1 medium onion cubed
1/2 cup rice (cooked for just 5 min)
2 cloves of garlic 
Tomato sauce
Sour Cream
2 cups of broth ( I used homemade chicken broth)

Here is the link  where you can find step by step video instructions:



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Delicious Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

This Sauce is super delicious and healthy.  It will go perfectly with pasta or pizza.

8 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
5-6 cups cauliflower florets
6-7 cups vegetable broth or water
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
½ teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
½ cup milk (more to taste)
Please follow this link to get step by step instructions ----->

Check out our Chicken and Cauliflower Alfredo Pizza:



Chicken and Cauliflower Alfredo Pizza

 Let me tell you, I have never tried Chicken and Cauliflower Alfredo Pizza in my life, but when I did I was so happy I found this delicious recipe!!!!

1 batch of Pizza dough
4 cups creamy cauliflower sauce
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 cup shredded Mozzarella or other cheese
diced tomatoes
minced fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
olive oil
For more Instruction please follow this link =)

Hope you will have a wonderful day!!!

Enjoy =)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chocolate Chip Muffins Yummy Recipe

Here is another recipe I would like to save and share it on my blog.  These muffins turned out super delicious, specially with a hot cup of tea =)


 2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Now click on this link to get step by step instructions!

Love having my daughter, helping me in the kitchen!!!



Thursday, October 31, 2013

Colorful Rocket Craft from Recycle Bin

Couple days ago, my daughter and I had so much fun making these colorful rockets.  From painting to cutting, from gluing to flying, we enjoyed every second of it!!!

  You will need: 

glue  gun

 We found this awesome rocket DIY on Pinterest, here is the link where you can find more Instruction on how to make these fun recycling toys ---> 

Our rocket is ready to fly!!!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Vareniki Recipe wtih Cheese and Mashed Potatoes =)

I love Vareniki with mashed potatoes but I never thought about making them with cheese, until I found this recipe from Natasha's Kitchen.  They turned out to be even better than with just mashed potato filling!!!

Ingredients for Dough: 

1 large egg 
2 Tbsp sour cream 
3/4 cup water 
1 1/4 cup 2% milk 
 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus about 1 cup more for dusting

 Ingredients for Potato Filling:
10 medium potatoes 
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, finely grated 
1/2 package (4 oz) of cream cheese, at room temperature 
3 tablespoons butter, melted

For Instruction with beautiful pictures please follow this link ---->

Big Thanks to Natasha's Kitchen for this delicious recipe!!!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cupcake Recipe

There is something about cupcakes that my daughter really likes.  Every time we past a pastry department in the grocery store, she would always ask me to buy her a cupcake.  Today was one of those days, but instead of buying her one I promised to bake some with her after she  naps.  She loved that idea.  While she was napping I found couple recipes that I wanted to try.  Here is one of the recipes my family liked!!!


 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature 
3/4 cup light brown sugar packed 
2 large eggs 
1 1/3 cups flour 
1/2 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1/8 tsp. salt 
1/2 cup milk 
1 tsp. vanilla 
1/2 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet)

For these cupcakes I used different frosting recipe!

Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup heavy whipping cream    
 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract     
2 TBSP Sweetened Condensed Milk

To find instructions for the frosting please click here ---->

And finally to garnish we sprinkled some cocoa powder and topped it with condensed milk.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

Delicious Kefir Pancakes recipe

My daughter's and mine breakfast obsession - Pancakes!!!  We absolutely love pancakes.  My Daughter loves making pancake's batter (some mornings are messier than others, maybe because she is only 3 years young! he he) We had tried a lot of different recipes, to find one perfect recipe that we can call it family's favorite recipe.  I think we might just found the one we were looking for!!!


  2 cups flour    
 1 tsp. salt  
1 Tbsp sugar  
4 tsp. baking powder     
1½ cups plain kefir
2 eggs
1/2 cup water    
 1/4 cup canola oil (we used coconut oil) 

For topping we used raspberry jam and condensed milk!!! =)

Have a blessing Day!!!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches Recipe

This here is one delicious sandwich that my whole family approved!!!

Hope you will like it too!!!

 2 tablespoons butter    
 1 large sweet onion, sliced     
2 green bell peppers, sliced    
 3 boneless,skinless chicken breasts, sliced     
2 tablespoons Dale’s Steak Seasoning     
sliced Mozzarella cheese     
hoagie rolls or hamburger buns

Please follow this link for more instructions ----> =)



Russian Crepes with Nuttella Filling Recipe

My whole family loves Russian Crepes!!!  Couple days ago I tried a new recipe from and I just love how they turned out! I think I'll be using this recipe from now on =)   


6 eggs
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp melted  butter
3 Tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt

Now click here for easy to follow instructions with pictures ----->

We used Nuttella to fill our Crepes and topped it with condensed milk!!!



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe

 Just recently I have been looking for a yummy tasting hot chocolate recipe, and I found this perfect Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe that my whole family loves!!!


1/4 cup of water
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For more Instructions please click here =)



Saturday, September 14, 2013

Poppy Seed Rugelachs Recipe


I think this by far my favorite poppy seed rugelachs recipe.  It's really easy to make and they taste so delicious!!!


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
1 yolk
2 Tablespoons of water
2 cups flour
Poppy seed filling
powdered sugar, for dusting the pastries
For step by step Instructions just click here ----->


Thank You Olgasflavorfactory for such a yummy recipe!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Braised Cabbage With Beef and Mashed Potato

Braised Cabbage takes me back to my childhood, one of my favorite dishes.  After I got married almost 4 years ago, I have never made this dish, and I wonder why? For some reason it seemed too complicated... not until I found this recipe with perfect instructions with images just what I needed.
Here is what we had for dinner - Braised Cabbage with Beef and Mashed Potato!!!


2 Cabbage heads
2 lb of chuck roast beef, or top sirloin beef
2-3 Tbsp of McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, grated
1 cup of sauerkraut, well drained
¾ of a 6oz can of tomato paste
1½ Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
½ cup water
2 tsp of salt
½ tsp of pepper
2 bay leaves
6 Tbsp of olive oil

 Follow this link for step by step instructions with pictures --------->



Rasberry and Blueberry Scones Recipe

I had my 13 years old cousin, Polina sleeping over at my house last night.  It was so much fun having her over even tho she is 10 years younger than me.  One of her favorite things to do is baking, so she encouraged me to bake something that I have never done before.  So we found this new recipe that I would like to share with you.  Its super easy and delicious:


2 cups flour
6 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter/margarine, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 lemon, zest of
1 egg
1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups raspberries- blueberries
2 tbsp butter, melted
5 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 raspberries
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Follow this link to get step by step



Monday, May 20, 2013

Yummy Chili Recipe


Today it was my first time making Chili, let me tell you, it turned out so much better than I thought =)

2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup masa harina (corn flour, found in the Mexican food section of many supermarkets)
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded Cheddar, for serving
Chopped onions, for serving
Tortilla chips, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving


Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more masa paste and /or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Russian Piroshki with apples – Пирожки

Ingredients for the Dough:

1½ Tbsp oil
15 oz luke warm water
4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (divided)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
1 Tbsp sugar (omit sugar if doing meat or potato filling)
2 to 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped finely (I use a food processor and pulse several times)
¼ cup sugar (1/4 teaspoon per piroshok)

Other Ingredients: 
Enough canola oil to go half-way up the side of the piroshky when frying.
Extra flour to dust the cutting board.

P.s - I baked mine in the oven sense my hubby doesn't like fried version.

All credits for this recipe goes to <----click here for step by step instructions with pictures. =)

Cake "Royal" Recipe

My daughter's favorite cake. =)


1st layer:

2 egg yolks
    1/3 cup
100g butter
0.5 tsp soda - mixed with vinegar
1 cup flour

2nd layer:

2 egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
0.5 - 1 tbsp walnuts


0.5 cans of condensed milk
150g butter 

Preparation:1st layer:

 Mix egg yolks with sugar,Add the melted butter, baking soda and flour.Knead the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Make 4 layers. 
2nd layer:Beat the whites with the sugar for the meringue.Coarsely chopped walnuts.In a frying pan hand smear the doughsprinkle with nuts (and press into the dough)and coat with cream (layer #2).Each cake put in the oven over medium heat (about 350 degrees) for 12-15 minutes, until lightly colored meringue.

Cream:Beat butter with condensed milkFinished the cooled cakes by spreading with butter cream.Sprinkle with nuts or chocolate
Bon appetit!Read more step by step instruction with pictures:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Russian Piroshki with Mashed Potato and Onion

I love piroshki, and I would like to share with my new favorite recipe.

For the dough:

     11 g of dry yeast
     2 tbsp sugar
     1 tsp salt
     3-4 tablespoons olive oil
     0.5 liters of warm water
4-6 cups of flour

For the filling:

     0.5 kg of potatoes
     2 large onions
     salt and pepper


In warm water dissolve the yeast, sugar and salt, add the olive oil and flour, knead the dough, so it is not sticking to the finger. Put it in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.

Boil the potatoes, fry the onions. In the puree add the onion and spices.
Divide dough into small pieces, knead by hand 
Add filling in the center, and pinch the edges together to seal the dough.
Flatten slightly
Fry over medium heat in vegetable oil on both sides until golden
Eat immediately, while crunchy!

Bon Appetite!

Thank You for this delicious recipe!!!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crepes With Cream Recipe

 These crepes are my husband's favorite dessert, and I think I know why.  Of coarse it's the filling cream!!! And the only way to find out how good they really are, is to make them yourself.


For the Batter:
½ cup lukewarm water
1 cup milk
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted. Plus more to sauté.
1 cup all-purpose flour (you can use ½ cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup all-purpose)
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of Salt

For the Filling:

8 oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 can of condensed milk
8 oz cool whip



    1. Mix all ingredients with a mixer.
    2. Spread the cream on the crepe.
    3. Roll into a tube.
    4. After place all of the rolled crepes in the oven dish and place it in the oven at 350 degree for 10-15 min.
    5. Serve when it's warm! 

    Enjoy =)

    , cream - Family friend

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Beef Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

    So my hubby requested stuffed bell peppers for dinner today.  I never made them before so I went to  (my favorite blog) and I found a perfect recipe Oh boy they sure tasted amazingly delicious!!!

    10-12 medium bell peppers (any color)
    2 lbs ground beef
    2½ cups cooked white rice
    2 whole eggs, minus the shell
    1 tsp salt
    3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
    1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
    2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes (1 large tomato or 2 small)
    2 large garlic cloves, peeled and pressed
    Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp pepper
    4 tbsp olive oil
    1 tsp salt plus 2 tbsp vinegar for boiling water
    Ingredients for the Sauce:
    2 medium carrots, grated
    1 tbsp mrs dash, or your favorite seasoning
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ tsp sugar
    1 heaping tbsp sour cream
    2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes or 1 cup marinara
    2 cups reserved water from bell peppers
    1. Cut the tops off each pepper and remove the seeds from the inside with your hands.
    2. Fill a large soup pot ⅔ with water and bring to a boil. Add 2 tbsp vinegar and 1 tsp salt.
    3. Place all of the peppers in the pot. Add more water if needed to cover the peppers. Cover and cook 3 minutes, then turn off the stove and let the peppers sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients (about 30-40 minutes). Reserve 2 cups of water from the pot.
    The Meat Mix:
    In a large skillet, heat 4 tbsp oil over medium/high heat.
    Add 3 grated carrots, 1 chopped onion, 2 cups chopped tomato and season with 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Saute until soft. Press 2 cloves of garlic into the skillet and saute another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
    In a large bowl mix: 2 lbs ground beef, 2½ cups cooked white rice, 2 whole eggs and 1 tsp salt. Mix in the sauteed carrot mix until well combined.
    Loosely stuff the peppers with the beef mix. Fill them but don’t pack the mixture in. Arrange them in a dutch oven or a large soup pot with tight fitting lid.
    The sauce:
    In a large skillet, saute 2 grated carrots, 2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes.  Stir in 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp sugar and a tbsp. of sour cream. Add 2 cups water and stir to blend.
    Pour the sauce over the stuffed peppers and cover peppers with lids.
      Using a dutch oven, bake at 450°F for 20-25 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 1 hour.
    Serve with a sour cream.
    Huge Thanks goes to for this wonderful recipe!!!

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    Strawberry- Banana Smoothie Recipe

    This smoothie was exactly what I needed this morning.


    1. In a blender, combine the yogurt, banana, juice, and strawberries for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend for an additional 15 seconds.


    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Soup "Shurpa" - Recipe

    This is my first time trying to make this soup, and let me tell you it turned out super easy and delicious.  Even my 2 year old toddler liked it =)

    You will need:

         500g lamb or beef
    3 tbs olive oil
         5-6 pieces. potato
         2 pcs. bell pepper
         2 pcs. tomatoes
         1 large carrot
         1 large onion
         2-3 cloves of garlic
         2 tbsp tomato paste
         herbs to taste


    1. In the skillet with the oil saute onions.
    2. Add the meat. 
    3. In cooked meat add tomatoes (diced) 
    4. Then add the bell pepper and carrots (diced) 
    5. Add the tomato paste and water to cover the vegetables with meat. 
    6.  Stew for 30 minutes. 
    7. Peel the potatoes, cut into cubes 
    8. Add the potatoes to the meat and vegetables.
    9.        Season with salt and pepper.  
    10. Boil potatoes until tender. 
    11. In the end, add the squeezed garlic.
    12.        Close the lid. Turn off the gas.
    13.        And leave for 10-15 minutes.

    Serve with greens.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Zateryha soup (затеруха) Recipe

    This is one of my favorite soups, my mom used to make it when I was a child.  

    The ingredients used in the recipe:
    6 cups of chicken broth
    1 small onion
    1 cup flour
    1 egg
    1 carrot (grated)
    3 tbsp olive oil
    Green onion

    Cooking Instructions:
    Boil the broth.
    Peel potatoes, wash, cut into small cubes and toss it in the pan with the broth.
    Chop the onion and saute in the skillet with the olive oil on a mid. heat.
    Add grated carrot and saute for 3-5 min.
    On the table, shape the flour into the mountain shape, break the egg on top of the flour mountain.
    Mix it together to form a medium-sized crumbs.
    Add breadcrumbs to the broth, stir, add salt and pepper.
    Add saute onions and carrot to the soup.
    Let it cook 3-5 min.
    Add already cut green onion.

    Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

     Recently, I start working out in the mornings. After each workout I usually don't eat except a small snack like an apple or banana.  Not until my friend inspired me with her home-made smoothies.  Here is one recipe I tried and I really liked it.  It super easy and super healthy. 


     2 handfuls of baby spinach
     1 apple
    1 bananas
     1 cup of yogurt
     5 strawberries
     1/2 orange

    Blend well and enjoy!

    Please feel free to share with your favorite smoothie recipe =)


    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Nordstrom’s Tomato and Basil Soup Recipe

    Every time when my daughter and I go shopping at the mall, we will almost always eat lunch at  Nordstrom's CafeLately I was craving their tomato and basil soup, that is when I decided to make it myself.  I found this recipe at  When I made it, it tasted just like at the Nordstrom's Cafe.  This recipe is a keeper for sure!!!


    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    5 carrots, peeled and chopped
    1 large yellow onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon dried basil
    3 cans (28 ounces each) whole Italian-style tomatoes in purée
    1 can (14.5 ounces each) low-sodium chicken broth
    2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons lightly packed fresh basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons


    1. In a 6- to 8-quart saucepan, over medium heat, warm the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

    2. Add the carrots, onions and dried basil, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes.

    3. Add the tomatoes, including the purée, broth, and fresh basil and bring just to a boil.

    4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to blend the flavors.

    5. Remove from the heat. Purée the soup in the saucepan using a wand-type emulsion blender; or working in batches, purée the soup in a blender or in a food processor fitted with the metal blade.

    6. Return the puréed soup to the saucepan, add the cream and place over medium heat. Warm until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Biskvit Cake with Berries and Cream

    This is one of the easiest and delightful cake I have ever tried. Big Thanks goes to my friend Alina, for this creamy and light cake recipe.

    Ingredients to make dough:

    6 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup flour

    Ingredients to make cream:

    1 cup sour cream
     1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
    1/8 oz. cool whip


    In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat together
      eggs with sugar, until white fluffy cream.
    Slowly add flour, and mix it into the cake batter using a spatula.
    Bake in 10" or 12" round baking pan at 350, until its ready about 30-40min.
    Let it cool.
    Cut the inside out just leave 1" edge around.
    Take the part you cut out and break it up into small pieces and mix it with cream.
    Put this mix back into the cake.


    In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together all of the cream ingredients.
    Spread the cream on top of the cake.
    Add fresh berries over the top
     (it can be strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, ect).

    P.S - you can make this cake with single layer or double.

    Now its time to enjoy it!!!