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Happy Easter!


Happy Easter lovely ladies!

or as my Grandma and Pap  would say on my mother’s side, at the Ukrainian Orthodox church we would go to when we were growing up,

Khrystos Voskres!!

This brings back memories.  You know from my look that my ancestry is Irish. I am also Ukrainian and English. My Ukrainian Ancestry was such a memory to me as when I was young, I was close to both my  Pap and “Gummy”. The nickname stuck as I  could not say Grandma when I was little, so Gummy it was! My Pap was a composer for the Ukrainian Church and I do remember church being part in English and part in Ukrainian. Since I did not know Ukrainian, I sat just listening and looking around at the beautiful stain glass windows and ornamental altar.

Afterward, we would have our Easter baskets blessed, and go to a separate building where the Monsieur was to do so. He would great us and say Khrystos Voskres! ( Happy Easter) and my brothers sister mom and I would say .Voistynu Voskres! ( Response meaning He Has Risen)

This stayed with me. We also had tradition at Easter of eating fish and handmade perogies from the ladies at the church. No Mrs T’s here !!  We also ate Kutya ( a mixture of poppy-seed, wheat germ and the remaining ingredients here.   As a child, I was not a fan, but we were to eat a tablespoon for “good luck”. I would pinch my nostils, close my eyes and shovel it in. My Pap would just laugh.  Paska was one of my favorites with the meal, an egg based yellow thick bread in which we generously put butter.

I also remember a class we took making Pysanka, or decorated Ukranian eggs, where we would blow out the yoke of the egg, and create a design on the egg. Very artistic. I am sure I cracked many eggs! I don’t remember the details, only that we made them. I always thought they were lovely, and my mom collected them over the years. If you would like to learn more about decorating Ukrainian Easter Eggs, and supplies you need; READ HERE

So now you know a bit more about my Ancestry in addition to being Irish.  Funny to think, but the “Easter bunny” used to hide our baskets around the house, until I was in my late teens. I did feel a bit goofy opening up cabinets and looking under couches at 17 for my Easter Basket, but hey, it was a tradition!! And fond memories as well.



Kutya for good luck!

happy easter 2015


Again, Happy Easter to you and Yours



I dedicate this post to my mom Irene, for having us experience all off these traditions growing up! Thanks Mom!

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    April 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Easter traditions with us dear Jess!! One of my Ukrainian friends gifted me with a lovely painted egg. I have used wooden eggs and painted them, but I am not as talented as my friend and those who painted the eggs in your photo!

    We are blessed indeed!!
    ♥ carmen

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      So true! I vaguely remember painting the egg when I was a kid, but know it is an artform. Glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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    April 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Traditions are a wonderful thing and so full of fund memories. I’ve also admired the artisty involved in the creating of a Pysanka. I would love to try this technique some day. Wonderful post.

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    April 6, 2015 at 6:04 am

    I am being jealous for eating this hot food. 🙂

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    April 6, 2015 at 1:54 am

    It is so interesting to know about your ancestry! And it is amazing that you still remember those phrases and the food. Happy Easter!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 6, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Thank you Olga, yes my mom’s side is Ukrainian. Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you had a Happy Easter

      See you tomorrow for Turning Heads Tuesday xx

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    April 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful post and lovely memories, Happy Easter Jess

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks so much Linda! Glad you enjoyed my post, wanted to share. Same to you xx
      See you Tuesday!!

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    April 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Gorgeous eggs, so lovely in the decoration details! The katya sounds more more appealing now than when we were young ! Glad to know more about your personal history and that of your ancestors!
    Happy Easter!
    xx, Elle

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thank you ! I know making the eggs is such an art! I was thinking the same thing about the Kutya, i just didn’t like the texture. Glad you enjoyed it!
      Happy Easter to you as well! xx

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    April 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

    It’s lovely to read about your traditions, Jess. You have good memories! xo

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Patti! Happy Easter to you and yours! xo

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    April 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

    What awesome traditions to have! Other than going to church, we don’t really have any traditions which is a shame.

    Hope you have a great Easter!

    Away From The Blue

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Mica! You too. Each family is very different in what they do. All of this was growing up. Same to you!!

      I would love to have you join me at Turning Heads Tuesday Linkup this week! xx

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