Living by Design: a Creative Journey

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);
}

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Thanksgiving is in two weeks, and it’s time to start planning the holiday menu. Just like it’s not Thanksgiving without turkey, it’s not Thanksgiving without a Pumpkin Roll. I once tried a Pumpkin Roll at an office party, and I fell in love. I quickly went looking for the recipe online. After finding a couple of different versions, I combined them all and created my version of this amazingly delicious dessert.

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Russian Superstitions

Black cat“If a black cat crosses your path, something bad will happen to you.” Sounds superstitious? You are correct. Russians are rather superstitious people. Russian superstitions are vast and intricate, and Russians take them far more seriously than Westerners do. From an early age, moms and grandmas share Read more »