Living by Design: a Creative Journey

Russian “White Salad”

Russian 'White Salad'

Everyone is familiar with the traditional Potato salad. Well, the Russian “White Salad” or, as we also call it, “Olivie” is very similar, but it contains more ingredients and has a lot more flavor. I just recently made it for my Christmas party, and it was very yummy!


1/2 onion
2 large pickles
6 cooked potatoes
6 cooked eggs
1 boiled medium-size steak (no fat)
1 can of sweet peas
1 small jar of mayo
fresh parsley

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Christmas Party on a Budget

I love decorating, especially for the holidays! However, I do not like to spend too much money on buying fancy decorations. Especially this year, when the economy is still on the downturn, I’ve been looking for ways to dress up my house for my Christmas party without going all out. Here are some quick things you can do to give your house a festive feel and make the guests feel cozy and welcomed:

1. Use leftover Christmas tree branches to create a pretty arrangement or a centerpiece.

Christmas Party Decor

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Spicy Pecans

These spicy pecans are great to serve as a snack during holidays. The recipe is simple but makes quite a statement and will keep your guests coming back for more. 😉

Spicy Pecans

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Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful time this holiday season. May all your wishes come true. Here is a hand-crafted card from me to you!

Merry Christmas

Giving Thanks

I love holidays! I get so excited about all the family gatherings and tasty feasts. Now is the time to slow down and reflect on one’s life. I think, in the midst of all the worries and daily routines, sometimes we forget to stop and acknowledge all the good and positive things that we do have in our lives. Read more »

About Me (in CSS code)

#irina {
background: artist;
speak: Russian;
color: white;
position: designer;
weight: normal;
height: 5’7″;
style: alternative;
background-image: url(somethingPeaceful.jpg);