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A Birthday Party Menu

    A three-tier tray with fruits such as pineapple, strawberries, and blackberries on it

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    When I asked what you wanted to see more of on my blog, quite a few of you requested menu ideas. I heard ya!! Last week we celebrated my darling niece’s first birthday. Here are some shots of the amazing food and party-goers.


    1. Bread (If you are hosting a party for Slavic guests, you have to serve good bread). Before we got married, there were two things we emphasized to our caterer; to make sure we don’t run out of bread and potatoes.

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    2. Costco salmon sandwiches with a plain cream cheese spread. I think Costco has the best smoked salmon (I’m just bummed that it went up in price!

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    1. Look familiar? Strawberry, Snap pea and mixed green salad with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette; don’t worry it only sounds fancy, but it’s EASY!

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    2. A party isn’t complete without this classic: Olivye (aka Olivier)

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    3. The Easy Peasy Cabbage and Cucumber Salad (It’s very similar to this salad except there’s no purple cabbage here and the cucumbers are sliced differently).

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    I am not a vegetarian. Sorry. I’m very much a  meat-n-potatoes kind-a-gal. About an hour or so after I had dessert, I snuck another piece of meat.

    1. This was just a simple s&p chicken thighs marinated in BBQ sauce and BBQ’d.

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    2. Homemade sausage. WHAT??!! This stuff is the bomb. I need to do a tutorial. Yeah. That would be good.

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    3. Smoked trout. I’m craving this just by looking at the picture. My parents smoke their own fish. Beware, once you’ve tried this, it’s the stuff that cravings are made of.

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    4. Slow Cooker (Fall apart) Pork with mushrooms and carrot. My sister shared her recipe with me and it will be posted soon. Can I get a what what?? I don’t know why I keep saying that (not just on the blog), “can I get a what, what?” Where did that even come from? What does it even mean?

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    The Potatoes. I mean, the Alfredo Potatoes; ’nuff said. These might make you cry.

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    Dessert For the Sweet Tooth:

    1. I’m very proud of the display I put together 🙂 I think I need a cute little stand like that. It’s my sisters; maybe I could just borrow hers 😉

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    2. Mom’s Waffle Cake; such an easy dessert to throw together and loved by all ages!!

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    3. By my sisters special request: Moist Chocolate cupcakes (egg free!) with the perfect cupcake frosting. I made one with extra frosting for the b-day girl. These roses are so so easy too. Do you all want a little video tutorial?

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    First birthdays are amazing because several generations can celebrate together. P.S. I love cute Ukrainian grandmas 🙂

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    Me and my sweet, sweet man. He looks younger and studlier every year. I think I look a little tired. Oh I know what it was; I actually forgot to put on Mascara that day. Oh well.

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    P.S. I had no idea there was a bow on my head. My son must have pulled a fast one.

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    And the birthday girl. Happy Birthday and God bless you little darling!

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    Natasha Kravchuk

    Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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    • Alina
      October 26, 2016

      Is there any way u can post a recipe on homemade sausage please!!


      • Natasha
        October 26, 2016

        Alina, I actually have one in the works 😁. I’ve been tweaking the recipe for the past couple weeks so stay tuned.


        • Alina
          October 28, 2016

          Thanks! 🙂


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