I’m Adopting!!!

Don’t get all excited and start spreading rumors on social media. This Easter I am adopting some ideas from other cultures. My family is Scotch/Irish through and through but when you grow up in Western New York you can’t help but pick up a wee bit of Polish influences.
This past week my mom and I took the boys to the Broadway Market in Buffalo. The name doesn’t sound Polish but don’t let that fool you. It is located in the heart of a Polish neighborhood and is a treasure trove of traditional baked goods, meats, wooden Easter eggs and pierogies! The sights and smells of the market get you ready for a wonderful Easter meal with family and friends.

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We picked up some Placek from Chrusciki Bakery (I think that some grocery store in Lynchburg, VA needs to embrace its hidden Polish heritage so I can enjoy it more often!) and two adorable butter lambs. http://www.buffalobutterlambs.com
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We also made a quick stop at my favorite spice store in the whole world….Penzey’s!! (Yes, I am strange enough to actually have a favorite spice store and once you visit one near you, it will become your favorite too!) I thought I only needed cream of tartar and cocoa powder but cinnamon, ginger and cloves kept calling my name. Hmmm…gingersnaps may be coming to some lucky person soon. Seriously, look at http://www.penzeys.com to see if there is a store nearby. If not, sign up for their catalog. Not only will you be treated to a myriad of spices but some terrific recipes. (I got my stuffed mushroom recipe from there years ago)
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The kids and I left Western New York the day before Easter so that we could spend Easter celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with Dave and our church family at Thomas Road Baptist Church. We had a fun brunch with some friends celebrating with pussywillows and Polish eggs for decoration.
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If you didn’t know pussywillows went with Easter…time to google Dyngus Day!

About amymapes

I am a mom with 3 kids who are growing up too fast. I love to bake and come up with hair-brained schemes that make my kids roll their eyes. We try to do lots of different things as a family....sometimes my kids even enjoy it!
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