Saturday Special: Ukrainian Easter Basket Day!

You guys!

I don’t normally post on Saturday, as you know, but I wanted to share with you a bit of culture. You see, today is Ukrainian Easter basket day! If you happen to live within the vicinity of a Ukrainian church, you may notice people walking around with covered baskets. That’s because, each Saturday before Easter, Ukrainians make a special basket to carry to church to bless the foods that will be eaten in the next morning’s meal.

This year's pysanky! MomFOD decorated a few traditionally in the two colors, and then skipped a few days worth of work and shrink wrapped the rest.

This year’s pysanky! MomFOD decorated a few traditionally in the two colors, and then skipped a few days worth of work and shrink wrapped the rest. There’s still a bit of wax left on that blue one in front.

There are a few parts that make up the basket:

The babka or paska: a special Easter bread that’s delicious!

The pysanky decorated eggs. These eggs are usually decorated with geometric shapes, many of which represent designs from ancient pagan times, before Christianity came to the area that is now Ukraine. The eggs are usually designed with a kistka and beeswax and then dyed, although to save time we sometimes use Ukrainian shrink wrap. A modern convenience!

We also include salt, sausage, ham, horseradish, and butter, and adorn the basket with vines like the barvinok (periwinkle). Some people tuck in other things they want blessed like rosaries or other personal items. A candle is placed within the basket and lit during the blessing.

Another important part that we include is the rushnyk, a special type of ritual cloth. In our house, MomFOD has a very special one that was hand-stitched by her Baba (grandma) and was one of the last pieces of embroidery she made before she passed away.


Baba’s hand-stitched rushnyk

Of course, every year in our family SOMETHING gets set on fire by the basket candle, and one year it was gramFOD’s sleeve! Haha.

Our Easter basket with a special rose-shaped butter made by Baba.

Our Easter basket with a special rose-shaped butter made by Baba.

Baba with her basket in 2010.

Baba with her basket in 2010.

We hope you enjoyed this small peek into our culture and don’t mind our sharing it with you. We’re very proud of our traditions and do our best to keep them up. Happy Basket Day, everyone!


Alana and Crepes.

MomFOD and Baba, Easter 2010.

MomFOD and Baba, Easter 2010.


Stop Me: I Dare You

You guys!

I know you all know that I’ve dabbled in acting a little bit, so I wanted to share this with you! I star in the new CATastrophes Tip. And you know what it’s about? Stopping ME from getting into the cabinets! I’m so good at it, they actually needed to come up with a plan for how to make me stop. I go in the cabinets and I take stuff. Look at this:

Hello? It's Crepes calling. I took your banana.

Hello? It’s Crepes calling. I took your banana.

I didn’t even have to audition for this one.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Ps. Have a great weekend, everyone! Enjoy the fabulous weather!



Bachelor of the Week: John Woo!

Ok, guys. You know I don’t shy away from challenges, and today we have one that I’m going to need your help to solve! Meet John Woo. Pretty, isn’t he? He also talks. And he snuggles. And he LOVES people and dogs. So what’s the problem here?

John Woo, ready to WOO YOU!

John Woo, ready to WOO YOU!

You know how pregnant women worry about cleaning litter boxes because of toxoplasmosis?  Well, John Woo has been exposed to it and it’s in his system. (Incidentally, they REALLY don’t need to get rid of their cats because they’re pregnant if the cat does not have toxoplasmosis, which most don’t.) Alas, it’s not clear if he’ll ever be free of it, so he needs to go to a home that has 1) no preggie ladies, 2) no immuno-compromised people, 3) no young children. He also cannot be in a place where he mixes with other animals UNLESS they also have toxoplasmosis or would not come into contact with his deuces.

Unfortunately, because of his condition, John Woo is unable to mingle with the other cats at Save-A-Pet Illinois, which is where he’s living, so we’re hoping to find him a temporary or permanent foster, if not a permanent family. He’s currently in temporary foster, and before that he was in a cage and would really REALLY like to stay out of it so he can party like it’s 2099, John Woo style, know what I’m saying?

If you decide to take on John Woo’s care, you’d need to watch out for his stool, because that’s where he sheds the toxoplasmosis. I mean, I doubt even if he didn’t have the parasite that you’d be having any weird stool parties where you hide it in people’s pockets or something, but you also would need to take extra precaution by not touching it and thoroughly washing your hands after scooping. Or maybe you could just teach him to use the toilet and flush if you’re industrious.

John Woo requires a daily antibiotic to keep the toxo in check and a pill every 12 hours for his seizures, which I didn’t mention before but don’t have anything to do with his poop and therefore are less fodder for jokes. If you think you can help John Woo out, even for a few months, please contact Save-A-Pet Illinois. He could really use someone asap. For more info on John Woo, click here.  And please share his story and see if we can get John Woo out of the cage and into his own home/party. WOO!

Woo WOO!

Woo WOO!

"I pooped. Watch out." -John Woo.

“I pooped. Watch out.” -John Woo.

Imagine yourself lying beside John Woo. Great, right?

This dog is a photo bomber, but John Woo doesn’t mind, cuz he’s that kind of guy.

Love, Crepes.