Ukrainian Easter Speciality

To everyone, I greet you with the Easter Sunday greeting

Christ is Risen!

and the response is

He is Risen Indeed!


I have recently received a request for a recipe that has been handed down in our family.
It is not for the those who have health issues with cholesterol.

It is called NATCHYNKA (an yeastless bread, cubed and made into a “dressing” for ribs)

the yeastless bread is called Palanytsia (Shroud)

Mix together

6 eggs, well beaten
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
4-4.5 cups flour

Roll out, place on oiled cookie sheet.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until browned lightly.
Cool. Cut into 1 cm cubes and place in a large roaster that has been sprayed with PAM


..1/2 lb butter, melted cooled
..1 onion, chopped
..garlic to your liking
..salt & pepper

Saute butter, onion and garlic with salt and pepper till translucent. Pour over cubes. Cool.

Add the following separately to the cooled cubes

8 eggs, well beaten
Stir the eggs into the cubes.

3+ cups milk that has been heated. Pour over cubes. Stir. Place lid on roaster to “steam”.

Settle the cubes gently, pressing surface gently to make it even WITHOUT pushing down hard.

Bake in 350F oven for 30 minutes.


Serve with beet relish, kobassa, ham.

Note: My family used to get the whole pork rib cage and stuff this dressing inside of it and bake / roast it. Today, I usually roast my ribs separately and pour the drippings over the baked dressing.


Please use this recipe for your personal use only.

  Copyright © 2014 Gloria Winn, all rights reserved.

New posting re thoughts ….

Please check out this new posting located at one of my blogsites.
Change Your Life, Change Your Thoughts  (Small Things with Great Love blogsite)
“Every now and again I feel that my life needs to change. To be more specific, I need to change. When I spend time in prayer and meditation, I sense the Lord calling me to come closer. If I..

Book Signings for book entitled TEARS

Last Sunday, at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, I had a book signing between the liturgies and before the St. Nicholas Party. Everyone was generous and kind in their support and comments. Gratefully I sold many copies and may God be glorified.

On Friday, December 21, there will be another book signing at
Salem Storehouse on Merivale Road, Ottawa
at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are in the area, I would love to see you and share some time with you.

Blessings, Gloria


When I was growing up, my family was well known as good “hospodar,” that is they were ready at the drop of a hat to offer a meal and smiles and accommodation to whoever came to our home. My father would happily welcome everyone to come in and begin to offer them some food and drink. My mother was well known to have a full meal for a car full of people within 15 or so minutes. I often was so in awe at her skill of impromptu meal preparation and I would ask myself, “Where on earth did she have all this food?” They were both good examples for me.

I still am learning how to be a good “hospoda/hostess” and how to have meals ready in as little time as possible. Today, I have an advantage in that a large well stocked freezer helps me to do what seems impossible.

I would ask, “Mom, how did you do it?” She would reply that when she was in prayer in the early part of her day, she had a sense to do certain food preparations, and was not consciously knowing that “company’s coming!” Now that I am older and benefiting from her wisdom, I too have had experiences of the urges to do volume cooking and before the end of the day, I end up with many friendly faces around our dining room table.

God is so good! He wants us to be ready.  Whether we provide food for another’s body or another’s soul, we need to be ready! One of the best ways of being prepared for this is to be in prayer.

In Scripture it says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2)

The encouragement in scriptures to offer hospitality are:

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13)


Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)


Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)


We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. (3 John 1:8)

We are to build the Kingdom of God with one another and offering hospitality is part of God’s direction for us. Lord, teach me how to be ready to offer hospitality and treat each guest as if it were You visiting our home.

But I must not stop at being hospitable only in my own home. I must also be hospitable everywhere I go, especially at Church.

I need to remind myself to be ready to welcome new people to our parish, to offer assistance to the elderly and new parents, to smile at everyone. Sometimes this is work for me. Some days I am tired and smiling is work. Some days, I need smiles too! After the Divine Liturgy we usually go for refreshments and visiting with everyone. Part of my hospitality could be a “listening ear” or an encouraging word for the altar server or deacon. When I pray and ask the Lord to help me to be sensitive and aware of who He wants me to be with and “love” them with the graces of hospitality, I am always surprised who He will have me spend time with. I am doubly blessed by the company of the other person and God’s encouragement for me to grow in my faith and understanding of His call on my life; to be available to know, love and serve Him through everyone He puts in my path. Glory to God!

God’s direction in Scriptures is clear about hospitality. This is an amazing tool to build His Kingdom, under His direction. Another word for this beautiful grace is “evangelization!

Lord may I become a good hostess whether in my home or Church or anywhere I am, by Your graces and mercies. Lord, I know that You love me. Lord, grant me a teachable heart!


Copyright © 2012 Gloria Winn, all rights reserved.



I have always loved God. I have not always been in relationship with Him. Even when I was angry with Him and not on speaking terms with Him, He always loved me.  He has provided for me that which would cause me to grow and develop and this process continues. He knows that I grow best where I am struggling with letting Him have control and accepting the place of being stretched beyond what my head and heart think I can cope with. Now, in hindsight I am grateful for those times that were difficult. Maturity is not a destination but a process. He knows me thoroughly; better than I know myself.

After having worked at a seminary for many years, and observing that there is a required formation process for the seminarians’ development towards priesthood, I began to recognize that God has me in formation also to be developing into the fullness of His creation of me, to be fully human and fully alive. God has every one in formation. This formation covers areas of my human and spiritual development encompassing my relationship with Him, and my relationships with others as well as myself.

When we become parents, we are given a glimpse of the heart of God. God rejoices in us at every new learned skill, both physically and spiritually. As we hold our child’s hand as he begins to learn how to walk and taking baby steps, He holds our hands and supports us too. Even when our child begins to take his first steps and falls down, we stay close to catch him so we can help him stand up again. God always stays close to us to catch us and help us so we do not stay down.

This formation is not a boot camp training where there are rigorous and demanding activities to force me to become transformed physically and mentally. This formation is a gift of His love so that I can develop in my faith, my humanity and personhood, and my relationship with Him and others. In this formation process, the school of love, I am becoming who God has designed me to be; His child, His servant, His friend, His hands to serve others.

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What I need to bring to this “formation” process” is a good attitude. When I am in a learning curve, my attitude will make a difference in how long I am in the process or whether I need to repeat the experience or whether I “get it” and move into the next stage of my development. Attitudes can be helpful or destructive to the process. I am still learning to pray and ask for the “right attitude”, namely Psalm 51: 10-17 (NKJV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

 I am yours Lord! Thank you for your gift of formation. Thank you that you have not left me alone to my own devices. Thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ! Yes Lord, I am yours, do with me what you will!

Copyright © 2012 Gloria Winn, all rights reserved.

A ByzyBaba

I am a daughter, wife, mother and a Baba. A Baba is a grandmother. I am gifted with nine grandchildren. I am a Byzantine Eastern Catholic. I am involved in several women’s groups and am a new author. I also write articles and am really getting into blogging. I have been told lately that “Gloria, you are still blooming!” My life is never dull and I am a perpetual learner. I love to do research for projects and also love to listen to hearts. Check in with me now and again and see how life unfolds for me and that I am still discovering who I am!

Copyright © 2012 Gloria Winn, all rights reserved.