Homespunspa Ewesletter

Maria Alexandra Koropecky, esthetician and owner

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is based out of Victoria, BC, Canada

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You're invited to Borscht Fest!

Welcome all new Ewesletter subscribers. Please enjoy this newsletter and thank you for subscribing and for sharing this Ewesletter with your friends. ~ Maria

I'm so excited to invite you to the 1st Annual Borscht Fest Victoria!



Here in Victoria, in the month of November, we often have grey skies, wind, and rain in the weather forecast.

I'd like to personally invite you to come in from the cold and offer you a hot bowl of homemade soup. But not just any soup. We are serving borscht!

Borscht is a soup of Ukrainian origin and is made with beets and it's delicious! And borscht is so healthy! If you're looking to boost your health and wellness, eat a hearty bowl of borscht as often as possible.

But no two batches of borscht are alike and you can never have the same borscht twice, even if it's made by the same person!

To test this theory, a group of us thought it would be fun to have a Borscht Fest.

What's a Borscht Fest? It's like a chili cook-off but with borscht!

As a daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, Borscht is very near and dear to my heart. And given what is going on in Ukraine these days, I thought a Borscht Fest would be a great way to show support and give back to my community. I've partnered with St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (my parish) to host this event and Homespunspa is also a sponsor.

If you would like to enter the competition, all you have to do is make a gallon of borscht ahead of time from scratch and bring it in a crock pot to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Hall, 1110 Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC, and give out tasting samples.

We have a very high profile local foodie as one of our judges and there will be prizes for the best borscht in town!

It's $20 to register to compete. To register, please call Maria of Homespunspa Mobile Spa, a sponsor and planning committee member, at 250-812-3487 by November 15, 2014.

Alternatively, if you like borscht but don't make it yourself, come to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Hall, 1110 Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC, on November 22 and sample as many bowls of borscht as you like and then vote for your favourite. Admission at the door is $10.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

12 - 2:30 p.m.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Hall

1110 Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC

(Corner of Cook and Caledonia, Entrance from the parking lot)

To register to compete and book a table, call Maria at 250-812-3487 by November 15. Registration Fee is $20.

Admission at door:  $10

*****Door prizes and prizes for best borscht*****

For more information, go to our Facebook event page: 1st Annual Borscht Fest Victoria (2014).

Borscht Fest is a Fundraiser for medical and humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12 to 2:30. We'd love to see you there!

Today's Recipe — Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels



Happy belated Thanksgiving! This year, I took a lot of cranberry sauce home after our dinner and that's the inspiration behind this recipe.

You'll need:

* 1 tortilla

* 2-3 TB cream cheese

* 2-3 TB cranberry sauce

* organic baby greens

* white or dark leftover turkey meat

* 5-6 cucumber slices


1. Warm the tortilla in the oven or microwave to soften and to take the chill off.

2. Spread the cream cheese evenly over the tortilla.

3. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over the cream cheese.

4. Place the greens randomly as the next layer.

5. Place a few pieces of turkey randomly around the tortilla.

6. Place a few pieces of cucumber on top.

7. Fold the left and right edges toward the centre to tuck everything in and then pick a "non-folded" side and start rolling the tortilla into a burrito shape. (If you're planning to use this as an appetizer, you might want to use plastic cling wrap to roll the tortilla and then refrigerate the wrap for an hour or so to make the wrap tighter for presentation).

8. Cut the wrap into finger-width pieces, present on a plate, and enjoy.

9. Alternatively, you can leave the wrap uncut and take it to work for lunch.

10. Enjoy!

About Homespunspa

The concept of Homespunspa was sprung from a sleep-over in 1999 after I invited some friends to a slumber party that turned into a spa party.

We each created our own home spa treatments for hair, nails, face and body using natural ingredients like avocados, lemons and essential oils.

That night, my love of spas was awakened and as my head hit the pillow, the word, "Homespunspa" was born.

Homespunspa Enterprises was established in 2001 and the sheep logo was commissioned later that year. In 2002, I launched and the site has been live on the Internet without interruption all of these years.

In 2006, I self-published a book of home spa recipes entitled, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way.

In 2009, I added a blog to the Homespunspa website. In 2010, I graduated from the Aveda Institute with a diploma in Esthetics. In 2011, I added a mobile spa department to Homespunspa.

Thanks for reading the Homespunspa Ewesletter. I hope to see you in person soon.


Maria Alexandra Koropecky

esthetician and owner of Homespunspa.


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