Happy Easter! Don’t you just love holidays? This morning I woke up at 7:30 to get started on the Ukrainian Easter bread, paska. The bread needs to rise not one, not two, but three times, for a total of 4.5 hours, so the process is pretty lengthy. The timing was perfect though, and Rachel and I went to church and the Farmer’s Market on one of the rise breaks.

Here’s the bread with it’s egg wash…


…and piping hot from the oven!


The rest of the menu included hard boiled eggs,


two kinds of chicken sausage,


and Farmer’s Market asparagus. All together now! Plus a lot more bread. I’m crazy for this stuff. The texture was a little doughy, but the taste was spot on.


Oh! And the boy made mimosas for everyone too.


For dessert, I turned to the Barefoot Contessa. Ina is my go-to for elegantly simple food. I was inspired by her summer crostata recipe after looking at pages of juicy, ripe fruit.


The recipe calls for peaches, plums and blueberries but the market in Malibu doesn’t have a ton of fruit options in season right now, so I went with frozen rhubarb and fresh strawberries instead, with an orange juiced and zested.



My piece, with a little scoop of ice cream!


The rest of the day included fresh pink roses, 10 episodes of Parks & Recreation (Amy Poehler is so darn funny!) and Easter chocolates.




Even though I’m 27, my mom still sends me an Easter “basket” full of chocolate eggs, Reeses candy, Russel Stover chocolate bunnies, Cadberry cream eggs, and jelly beans. When I say “basket,” I mean a gallon-sized Ziplock bag full of all my favorites.


I secretly hope I’m never too old for this tradition to end. Something about holidays always makes me feel like a kid again 🙂