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Spring Break... Week 2 and Paska Bread!

We ran into an acquaintance the other day and I introduced SBean. She smiled and batted her eyelashes and then she said, 

"Hi. Some people call me SydneyBean... some people call me Eardo. Sometimes I'm good and sometimes I'm bad." 

And she ended it with a shrug LOL

HBear started calling her a Weirdo a few days ago, you see, SBean has... A thing... For ears. SBean then said, "I'm not a Weirdo... I'm a EARDO!" Lol

She likes to nibble on your earlobes and give you kissy kissies on the ears. It is super awesome for someone like me that has constant ear pain due to my jaw issues. Every morning I wake up to a hot little mouth wrapped around my ear breathing heavily directly into it. Morning breath and all lol. 

Seriously... SBean is pushing limits I didn't even know I had. I am not the best Mommy version of myself by 7:30pm, to say the very least. Since she got her new bed she has been having nightmares. 

I think.

It is impossible to get her down for one. And then she wakes up all throughout the night screaming her head off. Finally she stands at the foot of our bed by 6am SCREAMING Bloody Murder for her breakfast!

We need to re-evaluate our SBean Discipline Plan.

Right now, we use consequence. If she doesn't go to bed she doesn't get a picnic lunch with Paw Patrol. (I limit TV to lunch time so I can get a few things done while she eats). If she continues, no desert the next day. Then no Lorax. Then no books...

She won't be eating desert until she's 30.

Obviously not working.



we are almost through the second week of spring break! I have to say, it went pretty well. We have definitely been busy!

We went to Norm of the North with our MBesties,

Went for a spring walk to pick up HBear from Broadway,

Visited Mom, it was funny, when we pulled up SBean said, "Nana was an Eardo too. She liked to cuddle me lots, right Mommy?" SBean was 7 months old when Mom died. She really did like to cuddle her though 💛

Went to the library with SBesty for a St. Patrick's Day puppet show, story and craft. 

SBean likes to "help" with dishes,

And both girls "helped" put the backyard together,

I obsessed about this fabric for days before buying it to make drape panels for our bedroom. I bought a beautiful grey velvet to make a tufted headboard too. 

SBean got a haircut, 

And we went to the Easter library time too!

On Tuesday morning HBear's appliance (the metal band on the roof of her mouth to stop her from sucking her fingers) fell off on 1 side. I immediately called the orthodontist. Of course they are closed for Spring Break. WTF? So I called the emergency number. The lady called me back that evening.

"Can she wait until Tuesday?"

"Well... She's 7. She has this appliance with claws hanging from her left side. She has 1 week of Spring break left. She has Easter. We have the whole family coming in on Thursday/Friday, I would prefer that we do something about it. Can I go somewhere else for help?" 

She put me on hold, "yeah, we want her to wait. If there's no pain it will be fine. Come in next Tuesday at 9:40."

So, an hour after bedtime she came in crying. She had bit down and broke the hanging bracket and it wouldn't even stay up temporarily  :( I told her to lean back and I gently tugged the other side and POP! There was $1000 sitting in my hand! She was scheduled to get it out the first week of April anyways :)

Today I dropped the girls off at my In-Law's and went grocery shopping for Easter and visitors,

I taught them how to Vogue this week... can you tell? LOL

Then I went and got my hair done!!!! My twice a year haircut LOL. This year Dad bought me a GC for The Beauty Box in Summerland! Awesome! Loved it! 

Today was get prepped for the weekend! My Sis, BIL, SweetPea, SIL and JQ all get into town tonight and tomorrow! The girls made presents for their cousins

while I chopped all my veggies for all dinners this weekend, I made 2 desserts, the sauce for dinner tomorrow, the noodle salad, the Caesar dressing, roasted sesame seeds and cashews, and baked Paska bread! Easter at our Ukrainian home ALWAYS included Paska bread! The 1st Easter after my parent's moved to BC my MIL (who at that point was my boyfriend's Mom) baked me Paska bread :) Since we have been out here, I have looked and looked but haven't found any. This year there was Paska at SuperStore but I decided to try baking it myself. It had to rise 3 times! It took almost 7 hours!! LOL 

But it sure looks pretty :)

Traditional Ukrainian Paska Bread
Adapted from About Food

1/2 teapoon plus 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups plus 5 cups flour
3 beaten large eggs
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Scald the milk and set aside to cool to lukewarm. 

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon sugar in water and sprinkle yeast over it. Mix and let stand 10 minutes. 

Combine yeast mixture with scalded milk and 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. 

Cover and let rise until light and bubbly.

Add eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter, salt and 4 1/2 to 5 cups flour to make a dough that is not too stiff and not too slack. Knead until dough no longer sticks to the hand and is smooth and satiny (about 7 minutes in a mixer, longer by hand). 

Place in a greased bowl, turn to grease both sides, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. 

Punch down and let rise again.

Shape the dough into a round loaf and place in a 10- to 12-inch greased Dutch oven. Cover the pan with greased plastic wrap and let rise until almost doubled.

Heat oven to 400. 

Brush bread with 1 large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water.

Bake 15 minutes. 

Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 40 minutes. If necessary, cover the top of the bread with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning. Remove from oven and turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Happy Easter from My Family to Yours!


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