My Story

I was born in the Ukraine and have 10 siblings, five older and five younger. Feel kind of special!. We immigrated to the US in 1989. =)

MY FAMILY:

God blessed me with the biggest gift I could have asked for, my spouse Tima. He was a professional tennis player and came to the USA on a tennis tournament and to earn a dollar or two. He was raised in a non-Christian home, in a country where Christians are heavily persecuted. When God led him to a city in Ohio city with a population of 3,000, I’d say He was directing his path and that was not a mere coincidence. After meeting the young people from our church and attending services, he became a Christian!

We were married in 2002 and have five children; Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Abigail. I must agree when it says in Psalms “Children are a blessing from the Lord”. AMEN to that.

Together we are trying to serve the Lord and others. It is hard to raise children in the time and age we are living in but with God’s help, everything is possible.

Though I was born into a Christian family and attended church my whole life, I gave my life fully over to the Lord when I was 18. I thank Him so much for accepting me as His child, though so many times I don’t deserve it. I thank Him for my husband and children, my family and friends. I am so grateful that I have a roof over my head and there is food on the table for our family. Oh how blessed I am to all that the Lord has given me. I do not take these blessings lightly and my biggest prayer is that my life is lived out according to His Word. I hope with all my heart I won’t be just another person on the face of the earth but that my life with make a small difference and have an impact on others.

I believe Jesus is the Son of God, who died for our sins and was raised on the third day.

I believe in the power of a praying wife, mother and friend.

I believe when we admit we are imperfect, God uses us in His perfect ways.

I believe that it’s not those that are living a happy life that need us but the hurt, abandoned and brokenhearted.

I truly believe each and every one of us was created by the Creator of the Universe for a purpose. One that will glorify His name, bring many to His Kingdom and make this world a better place.

Though I am far from where I should be, I thank my Lord and Savior for Him mercy and unconditional love to me on a daily basis.

My Kitchen:

I have a degree in Residential Planning and Interior Design. I was able to work for a company where I could utilize my love to interior design and help people bring harmony to their home. I was able to meet so many interesting people along the way. When we finally were expecting our third child (our Princess), after much prayer, we decided I would become a full-time stay-at-home mom. This was one of the best decisions we have ever made (I was very nervous about this transition since I am very much a people person, but I must say, I am loving every day of it, challenges and all:)…

Now that I had all this time on my hands, I decided to take my love for design, décor and creativity and bring it into the kitchen. This I must say is when cooking and baking became my passion, not a must because food needed to be set on the table. That and my desire to serve a great meal to a very hungry hubby after a long hot day were my motivations.

Oh my poor husband had to survive many of my unsuccessful attempts at a “creation” I thought would taste great. FAIL!. He was such a trooper, always found a way to compliment a new meal or dessert even when I know it didn’t deserve praise. Thanks to him and his encouragement I am a much better cook and absolutely love being in the kitchen. Love serving my family in such a beautiful way.

Raised in a family where Ukrainian and Russian meals were served, I picked up many recipes from my lovely mamma and older sister. My husband is from Uzbekistan, therefore, I have learned many recipes from my beautiful mother in law, Olga. She is such a great cook. Living in the USA and being surrounded with the different foods we have here, my kitchen has become quite universal. Thus you will find many interesting recipes that I hope you will enjoy.

I am not quite ready to go back to work so after thinking long and hard how I can spend my quiet time, I decided; blogging. I hope my recipes, my ideas and our family’s journey becomes one that will be a blessing in your life and that of your family. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and welcome to my insignificant, small corner of the world. Valentina’s Corner.

P.S. This is so new to me and yes you I am far from knowing what I am doing on here but your feedback would be soo appreciated. If you notice any misspellings or errors along the way, please e-mail me and let me know. Thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by….:) :)… I am soo humbled!

64 Comments

  1. Kaitlyn Pendzich

    I love your piroshki’s I made them for my family and they loved them. Definetally keeping them in the family!

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      Kaitlyn, thank you soo much for sharing. So glad the piroshki were a success. Puts a smile on my face..??

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  2. Larisa

    Hi Valya,
    Great “About” page…..Keep up the hard work in writing your thoughts, lessons, beliefs….. and posting recipes. Love how you reflect your love for Christ.

    I do have an issue though with getting updates in my email when you post new recipes or posts. I have signed up three times at least, and it fails to notify me…. Have you had anyone else complain about this problem? Been some time now since I last received your newsletter. Also tried to get new YouTube videos of your kids, and for some reason it doesn’t work… Have to sign up to the blog to see what has been posted….updated..

    Thank you!
    Hope it can be fixed somehow.

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    • admin

      Hi there Larisa,
      Thank you for your sweet comment, it’s so heart warming. I am so happy to hear that our life’s journey is one that is a blessing to you, just really makes me happy. Praise be to Him, cause I have nothing to share unless He has taught me. :0)
      Hhhhmm, I honestly have not had anyone bring this issue up. I will try to go manually and input your e-mail, and see if I notice anything. I also wrote your e-mail down and will follow-up with you once I send the Newsletter this weekend to see if you received anything. 🙂
      We are so appreciative of your support, blessings upon your family. <3 <3

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  3. Tzivia

    Hi valentina darlin greetings from Brooklyn new York I’ve seen you before on natashas kitchen and I think also olgas flavor factory and maybe also veras cooking figure I’d come here and check out your blog and recipes read your bio and am very moved and touched by all of it @ a woman from the Jewish faith prayers and having g-d in our lives are super important gotta make the effort to remember the afternoon prayers you totally just inspired me to take a step a little bit higher btw beautiful family bless em all

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    • admin

      Hi, hi Tzivia.. So nice to meet you.☺ I cannot tell you honored I am to have someone of Jewish descent (God’s chosen) visit our family’s humble blog. Huge Welcome to our blog, look around, enjoy and come back..?

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      • Tzivia

        Awwww thanx so very much sweetheart oh definitely I intend to you have a lot of really gr8 super delicious recipes happy Sunday labor day weekend g-d bless

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  4. Lisa N.

    What a beautiful family and story. Found you on Pinterest and excited to try the Cauliflower Corn and Cucumber Salad recipe. Always looking for healthier recipes to make and try. Thank you and God bless <3

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      Thank you so much for visiting and a Huge Welcome!!!! ?? Explore the blog, I have many, many healthy recipes…??

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  5. Christine

    Hey Valentina,
    I really enjoyed reading the story about your life! We have so much in common! Thank you!

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    • admin

      Christine, what a lovely comment.. Thank you for visiting, hoping to get to know you better??..

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  6. connie klein

    I am making your recipe of baked salmon shrimp and asparagus, but am confused about the garlic. Is that fresh garlic, chopped or garlic powder, salt or what?

    my email is: greenbay100@att.net

    thank you so much….this recipe sounds fabulous and can’t wait to try it!

    Sincerely.
    Connie Klein

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    • admin

      Thank you Connie. Sorry forgot to mention that. It’s garlic powder.. Enjoy!!!! 🙂

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  7. Liubov

    I can see that you are a wonderful woman, wife, mother and God’s child) God bless you! And your resipes are amazing as well) Keep going!

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      Liubov, you’re way too sweet, made my cheeks blush.. I am no different than you, I promise?..

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  8. Tatiana

    Love your website. Recipes look delicious. I’m thankful that you have taken pictures of each step. It makes it much easier to try the recipes. I can also direct my sons to try your recipes because they are so clear. I’m also Ukrainian-Russian heritage so I love those recipes of yours.
    Tatiana

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    • admin

      Tatiana. Welcome to our family’s blog. Great job mama that you’re teaching your boys to help in the kitchen. Their future wives will so appreciate you for that☺.. I’m a visual person, so I always appreciate the step-by-step photos ????..

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  9. Billie

    I just found your blog and can’t wait to try some of your recipes. My boss is from Ukraine as well. Thank you for your blog!

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      Billie, Welcome!:) We’re so happy to have you here. I hope you enjoy our recipes, surprise your boss and make a Ukrainian dish..:)

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  10. Lena

    Hi Valentina, I love your blog and your lovely family! May God bless you and give you more joy, wisdom, and happiness in the future. I love big families, especially in these day where the norm is having 2 or 3. I am blessed with 4 children and 2 miscarriages, which makes it 6 pregnancies so far. I am happy that I have two little angels in heaven waiting for me.

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    • admin

      Lenochka,
      Welcome to our family’s blog. Your comment is so very beautiful and THANK YOU for it. :O). I especially am touched by your comment about your 2 little ones in heaven. We had a very difficult pregnancy with out last little nugget and almost lost her at 4 months so that brought back a lot of emotion. Blessings to your family as well, stop back again :O)..

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  11. Larisa

    Hello Valentina, I came across you blog by pure accident. Thank you for taking time and writing this blog and sharing recipes. As a mother of 5 beautiful children I know exactly how it is trying to balance the family…caring for husband, children and preparing meals. I look forward using your recipes. God bless you.

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    • admin

      Hi Larisa. Welcome to our family’s blog. We’re so happy to have you here:). Oh the struggle is for real and you sure can sympathize with 5 kiddos. 🙂 We can encouraged each other on this journey;).. Hope you enjoy our recipes:).

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  12. Natasha

    Hello Valya. I am Natasha. You may or may not know me. I live not very far. I love your blog and your personal style, and your christian view of life is very similar to mine. I think of myself more conservative than liberal:) i would have some personal questions for you:)
    Could i please have your email if possible? May be we could talk not in public.

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    • admin

      Hi Natashenka.. Hmm. Not sure I know too many Natasha’s around this area, I do now though:).. Nice to meet you. I’d LOVE to hear from you.. valentina@valentinascorner.com

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  13. Carla

    I am truly touched by the video I saw this morning on YouTube. I was looking for a simple jello salad recipe and found three beautiful Godly children showing me how easy it was to make. After enjoying the bloopers, I looked for more videos and tried to sbscribe but it gave me an error. So, of course, I searched for you on Facebook and was thrilled to find you.

    Thank you for the joy I felt reading about you and your family. I look forward to seeing more blogging and I need to say – job well done!!!

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    • admin

      Carla, THANK YOU SOOOO SOOO VERY MUCH for such a beautiful comment. I am a stay-at-home mamma that put’s everything I have into these kiddos and I am awe that you can see something positive from them from our video. Makes my heart sing!. Many blessings to you!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  14. Anna

    Valentina, what a lovely About Page you’ve got! I am glad you left a comment on Katya’s blog, that’s how I found out about you. Валечка, у вас такие чудесные дети, дай Бог вам всем здоровья и счастья! I love your life philosophy, you radiate so much love and positive energy! I guess, except the recipes, this is another thing that makes your readers come back to your blog. I also run a blog http://www.leanhappiness.com, буду к вам заглядывать зa идеями.

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    • admin

      Annechka, Thank you for stopping by. I am excited to check out your blog:-).. I love meeting new bloggers:)..

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  15. Happiness Noel

    You are a ray of sunshine for Jesus in the cooking blogs community! I am so proud of you and your family! God BLESS!!!

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      Happiness Noel,
      Thank you SOOO much. What a wonderful & encouraging comment.!!. It really, really means so much. Blessings to your family as well. 🙂 🙂

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  16. Katya @ Little Broken

    Valentina – what a big family you have! You don’t see that a lot these days…especially in our generation. That’s awesome though. The more the merrier 🙂 I come from big typical Russian family too. We had a lot of fun growing up and I’m sure your kids are having a lot of fun. Love reading about me pages 🙂 My hubby made fun of me b/c I wanted it perfected a certain way. But it just proves him wrong 🙂

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      Hello Katya,
      We sure are blessed in the offspring department, aren’t we?. ;).. Not always Easy, but Always Rewarding. Yes, they have a ton of fun together. Thanks for enjoying our About page. I love reading “About” pages as well and it’s beautiful how every blog has their story to share. 🙂

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  17. Elena

    Wow! What a gorgeous family!! Cutest children and happy couple! I enjoyed reading about you! Yes, i agree with one of the other posted comments.. I can see Christ in your webpage and that is great! It is amazing knowing that there are people trying to live by the Word of God! God bless your family!!!!! I wil be checking back frequently for yummy recipes! (:

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      Elena,
      THANK YOU so much for such a kind comment. I am touched and very humbled there are people who can see past all the recipes I post and enjoy “our family”.. :O).. :O).. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

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  18. Marina | Let the Baking Begin!

    I don’t know how I’ve missed your about page, seriously this is so beautifully written! And your children are such precious little stunners! you should post more pix of the baby 😀 I wanna see more chubby cheeks 😀 they’re so cute!
    I should hire you to write my ‘about’ page 😀

    I can’t bring myself to write about myself because I still don’t know how much I am comfortable sharing)) It was great to get to know you over those 2 days 🙂

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      You’re too kind!:) Yes, God blessed us with really amazing children.
      You don’t have an about page? I would be HONORED to write one for you. Just give me the OK;). hehe, I can write a book about you and it touch so many lives!.

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  19. Colleen M.

    You had a Chicken Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo recipe that was amazing but I can’t seem to find it anymore, was it taken down or moved? I would love to find it again. Thanks!

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  20. Natasha Kravtsov

    Oh My Goodness…I’m So exited to have found my long lost friend.You have such a beautiful Family God Bless you!!

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      Hon,
      Oh how I haven’t missed you all of these years.!.. You cannot imagine how excited I am to catch up…:) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  21. valyastasteofhome

    Didn’t see that family picture last time. You guys look a like a lot ( вы случайно не брат и сестра?). Very nice family you have Valentina! 🙂

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      Валечка- Спасибочки… 🙂

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  22. valyastasteofhome

    Hi Valentina,
    I have seen your picture on others blogs, but didn’t know you had your own blog. I absolutely love how you described your faith to God!!! I totally agree with you! Our God is great!!! Gives us so much more that we deserve.
    I ran into your blog on foodgawker. I really liked your blog from the first couple of viewed pages. I will mark as favorite, and will be visiting your blog often. And …. Will add you to my “blogs I enjoy” soon.
    I am a very new blogger too, less than you of course. Happy one year anniversary!!! I’m glad your blog is growing fast. Gods blessing for you and your family!!! 🙂

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    • admin

      Valush,
      Thank you for your kind words. Yes my faith is my everything:).Thank you for stopping by. 🙂 Congrats on your blog too. How exciting, will head over there to see what I can try..:)

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  23. Mia S

    This is the most beautiful About Page I ever read on a blog! There’s so much sincerity and passion in what you do and I love the story about your family. I’m Filipina and married a Russian guy. I immigrated recently to the US and been discovering so many things about the Russian culture. I am so glad I found your site. I’m sure I’ll be learning a whole bunch of stuff when it comes to cooking and such. By the way, I tried to check your site’s Facebook page but it doesn’t work through the link on the top. So I just searched your page from the Facebook site and clicked “Like”. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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    • admin

      Mia,
      Awww. What a lovely comment, I’m soo humbled. I am so touched you were able to see a glimpse of my heart. I truly enjoy what I do even though it’s just a hobby for me. If one wife learns a new dish that their family likes I believe my time was not spent in vain posting these recipes.:)
      Welcome to my world, my Blog and enjoy bits and pieces of our Family I was so abundantly blessed with..
      P.S. So Where did you meet your hubby?. Do u speak Russian? 🙂

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      • Mia S

        Thanks! I met my husband online and what I consider a destiny moment, we weren’t looking for life partners or anything like that but our paths crossed just like God intended it to be. I don’t speak Russian, although I can understand phrases here and there. Filipino and Russian cultures have so many things in common that I didn’t have a hard time adjusting. I love Russian foods that’s why I’m learning to cook them. Your website is a valuable resource for me. Thank you for sharing your time and recipes. God bless you and your beautiful family!

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  24. Galina

    Thank you so much for taking the time to blog these recipes. A friend told me about your blog and I love it. It’s very different from the other bloggers I see a lot of “Christ” in here and that is really cool. Don’t change your style and God bless your family.

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    • admin

      Galina,
      Aww. Thanks for that lovely compliment. That is so important to me and am really glad you somehow saw that. ;).. Welcome!.

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  25. katue

    found you on some pic someone like on Instgram. your recipes look good. you have such a lovely family. you remind me of my friend back in the single days. i hate cooking but your recipes look easy enough and hopefully i dont mess em up. hopefully my boys will love and eat what i make

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      Katya,
      I honestly didn’t always “like” cooking. My food didn’t always come out great either it just takes time. Most of the recipes here are pretty simple. Let me know what you try and how you liked it. P.S. Maybe we do know each other?? That would be awesome. Where did you live? I am from Ohio?

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  26. Kristen Cherevko

    Hey Val, is there a way we can get email updates. That way we know when there is something new posted?

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    • admin

      Hmmm, thanks for the idea. Will look into it..

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  27. Mrs. Nickerson

    Thanks for sending Ben to school with your blog address. I love to cook, and I am definitely looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Everything looks wonderful. 🙂 I didn’t realize your husband was from Uzbekistan. My husband’s brother and his wife spent several years there in the Peace Corp, and I have heard so much about the country through their stories. Blessings!

    Mrs. Nickerson

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    • admin

      Yup he lived there most of his life, that is until we met:) The rest is history. Enjoy the recipes..

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  28. Luba

    Looking forward to making some of your yummy recipes

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    • admin

      Thank you.. Hope you enjoy them..=)

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  29. Debbie Bartley

    Your blog looks amazing! I am looking forward to making the cabbage salad soon. Fortunately I have been blessed to have enjoyed many delicious creations from your kitchen – so I know personally your recipes are fabulous. Yum……

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      Thank you madam!! Let me know how it turns out..

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  30. Kristen Cherevko

    Love it! You are definitely one of the best cooks/bakers I know 🙂

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    • admin

      Thanks for the lovely compliment!!.

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  31. Luda K

    Very nice!! Looking forward to keep up with your blogging! God bless!

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    • admin

      Ahh.. Well Thank you…

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