Author: Karina Mroczko

Polish Beet Soup

Colder nights mean summer is winding down and the season for warm SOUP is upon us. I’d totally be lying if I said I didn’t eat soup even if its 90 degrees out! I grew up with soup being a part of almost every meal. My Babcia (grandmother) would ALWAYS be making some variety with whatever summer veggies were around, so I am used to eating soup in the summer… but for everyone else… Welcome to Soup Season!

Barszcz Czerwony (Polish Red Beet Borscht)

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Copyright 2011-2012 European Market Deli & Cafe


I had some extra beets and potatoes left over from the Farmers Market, and I feel like I haven’t had eggs in a while…. so as a result… I made Borscht for dins. Here is my recipe derived mostly from memory and taste. I don’t really like to follow recipes; so I kind of make it work until it tastes AMAZE.

Polish red beet Borscht
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  1. 6 cups water
  2. 1-1/2 Vegetable Boulin cube
  3. 2-4 Beets (peeled and cut into cubes OR *shredded -can get messy :O)
  4. 3 -4 Carrots (or 2 handfuls of baby carrots)
  5. 2-3 pieces of Celery
  6. Salt & Pepper (as needed for taste)
  7. 1 Bay Leaf
  8. 2-3 Potatoes (cut into cubes)
  9. Handful of kale (optional)
  10. 2-4 Eggs
  11. 1/2 medium Onion (chopped)
  12. 1 Tbsp. butter
  13. 1-2 Tsp. Sour Cream
  14. Parsley (for garnish)
  1. Put everything (down to the potatoes) in a large pot and let boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer (covered).
  2. In a separate pot, boil some eggs.
  3. While everything is simmering, saute onion in butter with some salt. Add the potatoes from the soup (you can also boil them separately, but I don't like dirtying another pot if I don't need to) and mash them up with the onions and butter.
  4. Set Aside.
  5. I usually wait until the carrots, potatoes and beets are soft....about 25-30 mins,and then shut off the soup. Add Kale or some spinach if you are using it). Take out a Tbsp of soup and whisk in the sour cream until fully uniform. Transfer the combo into the soup until well blended. Sometimes, I don't even add the sour cream- it's more of personal preference... but it makes a pretty pink color!
  6. Cut up the boiled egg , scoop a spoon of the mashed potatoes and sprinkle some parsley into the bowl! Enjoy 🙂
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Roadtrip from MA to PA to get a puppy!

So, everyone who knows me knows I  want as many kids as physically (& financially) possible!! So, I know that wont be happening until marriage for me…(and that’s another topic I can go on and on about..–Next post 😉 …So whats the next BEST thing ever?…a puppy of course.

I’m allergic to cats (really bad), rabbits and prob anything else that has 4 paws and a heartbeat BUT weirdly enough, I haven’t had any bad reactions to dogs! and trust me, these last few months, I have made sure I could puppy-sit and be around as many dogs as possible!

However, as much as I love to “YOLO” (verb form?), I cant take the risk of getting something sooo adorbs and then having an allergy to him (I don’t like taking any medications unless 100% necessary- so allergy meds everyday-not an option for me)

With that said, after months and months of e-mails, phone calls, Instagram dog stalking, pet owner harassing, We found a potential breeder!!! AND we are leaving after work to drive to PA… only 6 hrs!? to meet and hopefully get 1 out of the 2 pups left!!!

okay… I know what people will say next…YOU ARE NOT RESCUING?! Listen, I totally support rescuing animals..#whoRescuedwho — I get it! I do. I want to. I have called about 6-8 different rescue shelters around to see if they have this type of hypoallergenic PUPPY that I have been dreaming of! (legit-I have dreams at night with the dog in them) and NONE. NONE are available. which makes sense… it is a designer breed…that have become really popular ESP in the Boston area.

I want to train the pup MY way, sorry- don’t want someone else’s baggage.. NOT YET. Not for my First Pup! I stand by my word… that I will volunteer and help at rescue clinics because they are important and I want to help but I also want what I want 🙂

My whole life I’ve been told what I can and can’t have or do… anyone else have a Eastern European mother? enough said.

So, I’m excited for this Road Trip with my handsome man tonight to hopefully add a new member to our little family and make it 3!





Mental Health day

Took a mental health day from work today! I think everyone needs one of those once in a while. It’s important to step away from the M-F routine every now and then and reflect, mediate… focus on YOU.


Hey… that’s the only way I could actually sit down and start this blog…. I’m excited to share my experiences, my thoughts, my fears, my goals and hopefully help change someones outlook on life for the better!



…Stay Tuned

Yoga in the park

photo credit: KPaulet

My BFF and I went to this yoga class after work today.Honestly, we didn’t know what we were doing. I mean the thought of being a yogi…yogini? sounds great and relaxing and I feel like those people just have a great outlook on life!! But it’s not the easiest thing, especially when you just keep resorting to “child’ pose” because you can’t stand your knees on your elbows!… not yet at least

I’ll be sure to keep with it and one day call myself a Yogiiii!!

Anyways,  It was by the water-90 something degrees with about 50 people! So great to be in such a positive environment  and OUTDOORS esp after sitting in the office all day… Oh! and if that wasn’t amaze enough- the classes are Freeeee 🙂

be sure to check out “Yoga with Shira” on Facebook!  She was such a great instructor – class sched should be up there too!