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Cheese and sausage balls

Cheese and sausage balls

Cheese is traditional in a Pascha basket. So is pork sausage. So I decided, many years ago, that cheese and sausage balls would go in my Pascha basket every year. I'd make a big batch, leave a small bowl of them at home for us to have with breakfast on Pascha morning,...

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Peeps in marshmallow nests

Peeps in marshmallow nests

Peeps in marshmallow nests are adorable. And they are so easy and fun to make, you can have your little ones help you make them. You can make these treats dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free if you're careful about the brands of the ingredients you use. Rice...

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Calculating the date of Pascha

Calculating the date of Pascha

Pascha is celebrated on a different date every year. And most years, Easter and Pascha are celebrated on different days, even though they both celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Often, people want to know why Pascha is when it is, and why Pascha and...

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Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye

Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye

Orthodox Christians make beautiful deep red eggs for Pascha. It’s an ancient tradition, perhaps going back to the time of the apostles. The eggs, along with meat and cheese and wine, are brought to church in baskets. The baskets are blessed at the end of the Paschal...

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Pascha for families with special needs

Pascha for families with special needs

Most children love the idea of a celebration that takes place in the middle of the night! But their parents, who are already tired by the time the Pascha service begins at midnight, may wonder how to attend with peace and joy, instead of frustration and tears....

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Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers

Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers

Today, most of us think that bringing of Pascha baskets loaded with meat and cheese and other rich foods to church is a Slavic custom. But it wasn’t always so. It was once the universal practice of the Church. In the early days of the Church, on the Great Feasts,...

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Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren

Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren

When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course. You light candles for them every time you enter a church. And you mean to ensure that your godchildren love the...

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St. Nicholas, Thursday prayers, and pirates

St. Nicholas, Thursday prayers, and pirates

The life of the Orthodox Church is carried through cycles of worship and prayer. If you follow these cycles, you’ll encounter St. Nicholas over and over. He has three feast days on the annual cycle of fixed feasts. And he’s also commemorated every Thursday, during the...

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Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens

Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens

The unnavigated twenteens of the autistic emerging adult Guest post by Alana Sheldahl It’s an early January day and I am the arch-type harried stay-at-home mom. I had one young person who needed to see her doctor today, so I drove her there. After that appointment, we...

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Bacon-wrapped dates

Bacon-wrapped dates

When you read Catherine's Pascha, you'll see Catherine loading her plate with hot dogs and chocolate cake. And in the background, someone is asking whether Andrea brought her bacon-wrapped dates this year. Andrea is a real person, and this is her recipe for...

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(Almost) traditional pumpkin pie

(Almost) traditional pumpkin pie

I love pumpkin pie. Seriously. At our house, it’s not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have it all winter long. We have it for dessert. We have it for breakfast. It’s a healthy breakfast, as far as I’m concerned. Much healthier than a bowl of cereal. And it’s a...

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6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

Tomorrow is St. Stephen’s Day! At least, it’s tomorrow for us Orthodox folks. Other folks are keeping it today, and that’s okay. In the early Church, it was considered fitting that, on the second day of Christmas, we would celebrate the memory of the first martyr. And...

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Charlotte Riggle    Sharing faith, hope, and picture books with Orthodox Christian families and parents of kids with special needs.

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