Trial Run

When I hung up the phone with Kathy, all I could think of was, "What did I get myself into?" I had just accepted to make a three-tier korovai with baked-on decorations - something I had never tried before. Here's the inspiration picture... no biggie: The inspiration photo for the korovai I agreed to make... Continue Reading →


Beaded Eternity Band

It's that time of year when sadly, I have to stop kidding myself by thinking it's still summertime. The days are cooler, windier and shorter, leaves are turning bright crimson and gold, and pumpkin spice lattes are on every coffee shop menu. A week from now, Thanksgiving will be over. Need I say more? Thankfully... Continue Reading →

Tree of Life

I had so much fun making this korovai for my friend! She basically gave me carte blanche with a few preferences: "Here are some pictures that make me happy. I like the idea of a дерево життя (tree of life). I don't want the korovai to be fully covered with decorations. I like the doves to... Continue Reading →


Other than korovayi and bread, I also looooove baking dessert, both Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian alike. Cookies, pies, tortes, cakes, cupcakes, you name it. I've been on a cupcake kick for a few years now because they allow my creative side to take over (plus they're usually simpler to make than tortes and cakes). I don't... Continue Reading →

Featuring Kalyna

Now that I think of it, I thought I'd be getting way more requests for korovayi incorporating the red berries of kalyna. Kalyna, the Ukrainian name for the shrub Viburnum opulus (common name guelder-rose), is an integral part of Ukrainian folklore and culture. It is mentioned and depicted in songs, poetry, art and embroidery -... Continue Reading →

Small Wonder

Today, I dropped off another korovai order at the FedEx ship center located at the airport. Usually, I ask my dad to watch the twins while I take the baby with me. But today, I felt pretty confident having them all tag along... and it turned out to be a successful venture. The highlight of... Continue Reading →

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