Our Greek Easter

Monday, April 16, 2018

Christos Anesti!

Christ is Risen
My family is Greek if you did not know! So our Hudson and Heart Family celebrate Easter on the Julian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar. It is usually after Western Easter. My grandkids love it, because the Easter bunny comes twice! And for a YiaYia it is awesome, because I get to buy all of the Easter treats after Easter, which means half off for me! I go a little overboard, because of the deals I get. Such as the picture below!
It is a time of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We have our family over for much love and of course food! And to start off the fun we have a traditional Easter egg hunt.
Most Greeks serve up lamb on Easter. We did it Oklahoma stye with a southern spin on it this year. We decided to grill outside and one of the most requested sides is my foil potatoes. They are super yummy!
My Love Hate Potatoes Ok how can you love and hate potatoes at the same time. My hate, is how long it takes. My love is that I can make them a day ahead of time and the are the yummiest potatoes you will ever eat! Ingredients 5 lbs of red potatoes 3 onions (white or red) chopped 1/2 package of bacon 1 to 2 jalapeƱos cleaned and chopped keep 2 seeds or more depending on how much heat you want. 1 bell pepper chopped 5 cloves of garlic Do not mince Pam Butter Flavor Non stick foil 1-2 tablespoons McCormicks Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning Salt and Pepper Directions Cook bacon in a skillet and set to the side on paper towels and crumble. Once cooled dispose of the grease, but do not wash the residue off of the pan. Place the onions, bacon, jalapeƱos, bell pepper, garlic and Steak seasoning in the pan. Bake until translucent. Set to the side. Peel your potatoes. You can keep a bit of the peel on. Cut into cubes. Mix with the above ingredients. Spray your foil with the Pam and then add single servings of the mixture onto the foil. Salt and Pepper to taste. Wrap the foil around the potatoes. Grill on the top rack for up to 45 min.s You might want to start checking after 30 min.s to see if they are done. After we eat we play a family game. It is the Greek Egg Tapping game! You dye all of the hard boiled eggs red ~ they are supposed to represent the blood of Christ. The Cracking of the egg symbolizes his resurrection from the dead. Everyone chooses an egg and they hit the tip of their opponent’s egg. If your egg breaks, you are out. The one with his or her egg left unbroken is the winner and is said to have good luck the rest of the year!
The rest of the time is about family being together and enjoying each others company!

So if you celebrate Western Easter or Greek Easter, we hope that it was filled with family, love, fun and great FOOD!

A House Divided: Bedlam

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

There is nothing better than family, friends and football! Especially when it comes to some healthy and fun competition! We had family and friends visit us from Chicago, Naples, Washington DC, and California to attend the Oklahoma State University (OSU)/University of Oklahoma (OU) Bedlam game. We attempt this get together every year.  The majority of us graduated from OSU. Our family fits the saying, “ A house divided!” Ashley went to OU and Lauren went to OSU. 

We all donned ourselves with our collegiate clothing and headed to the game.  Half of the fun, is tailgating.  And OSU knows how to throw the best tailgating parties! There is nothing funner that eating and discussing our thoughts on the game outcome!  
To our misfortune, we(OSU) lost.  But what a game! Exciting in every way!

The next morning we had our Bedlam Brunch.  It was so much fun spending time with everyone! To drown out our tears, we had Mimosas! And a huge spread of food.  The favorite meal hands down was the: Apple Cinnamon French Toast.  There is two reasons I love this recipe, first because it is DELICIOUS, and secondly you make it the night before! 

Apple Cinnamon French Toast

3/4 C melted butter
1 C brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cans apple pie filling
16 slices of raises bread
6-7 eggs depending on the size
1 1/2 C milk
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 C maple syrup

Grease 9x 13 pan.  Mix butter, sugar, & cinnamon.  Spread over pan.  Then spread pie filling over the sugar mixture.  Layer the bread slices 2 layers on top.   Cut the bread to completely fill in.  Press down on the bread.  Mix eggs, milk and vanilla.  Pour over bread. Cover pan with saran wrap and refrigerate over night.
In the morning cover w/ foil bake @350 for 65 to 75 minutes.  Remove foil & drizzle syrup on top. Broil 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let it sit 10 minutes and cut into squares.

Sadly our time had to end and everyone headed home, but we look forward to next year and a different football outcome!


Monday, November 6, 2017


At Hudson and Heart, nothing is more important than family!  We were recently blessed to have a visit from my in-laws.  My father-in-law is 87 and my mother-in-law is 86, but to see these two get around you would surely think they were in their 40’s!  We had a party for them when they arrived and also celebrated Leo’s 3rd birthday.  The house was full of family, love and the aromas of Greek cooking.  I failed to mention that my in-laws are Greek.  I married into this family almost 39 years ago.  When I describe my family, I would say Fun and passionate.  They are passionate about their family, their religion and their SPORTS!  They live in Chicago.  If you ever get a chance to go, I would suggest going to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and going to Greek Town for some delicious food! 

My mother-in-law is a superb cook, so I was planning for sometime on what I was going to make!  I settled on Greek everything! Greek potatoes, Lemon chicken, Greek salad, garlic bread, and spanakopita.  Fortunately everything came out great!  The house was full of their sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and great-children and other family members! They got to meet their newest great grandchild, Lainey, who is only 2 weeks old!  At this point they have 16 Great-grandchildren and their newest one will be here in February!
My father-in-law’s last name, which is mine too, is Christopoulos.  Both of his parents came over from Greece.  His dad came over when he was 16 (by himself) and his mother came when she was 25.  Can you imagine coming to America and not speaking a word of English! They forged through and made a wonderful life for their children.  My mother-in-law’s dad came from Greece.  He too, came by himself when he was 16.  He eventually married his wife, Ruby, from Boston.  They moved to Chicago and Gus Kyriazis, who changed his last name to Mitchell, opened two restaurants!  This is clearly why my mother-in-law is such a great cook!  We named one of our Loveys Mitchell after my mother-in-law.  We love listening to both of them telling their stories of their childhood, how they met and eventually married.  
I have included two of our recipes that are awesome! We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!

Greek Potatoes

12 servings


6 lb. Yukon gold potatoes
1 C fresh or bottled lemon juice
2/3 C olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 (29 ounce) Can chicken broth

Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2’s or 1/3rd if they are large potatoes.  Put in cold water until the sauce is mixed.  Drain potatoes and put them in a gallon ziplock baggy.  Then pour in the sauce.  Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  Put Potatoes in casserole pan with juice on top.  Bake at 400 for 1 1/2 hours or more.  Bake until a fork slides easily into the potatoes.
Optional: Serve with lemon slices and sliced feta 

A Little Italy In Oklahoma

Monday, August 28, 2017

Little Italy in Oklahoma Trip
Growing up, my family used to visit relatives in Texas. On our way home, my parents would take us to Pete’s Place Restaurant in Krebs, Oklahoma. Krebs is an Italian community. Pietro, his Italian name, worked in the coal mine as a child when he moved to Oklahoma from Italy. Later he changed his name to Pete. There was a horrendous cave-in at the mine that crushed his leg. Because he couldn’t return to the mines, Pete made Choc Beer with the wheat from the Oklahoma Plains. The immigrant miners would come to drink his beer, and from that point Pete started making his visitors Italian food. In 1925, he opened his restaurant and called it Pete’s Place. The original Pete’s Place building was more like a house. We would sit and eat family style. I loved the spaghetti, garlic bread, really vinegary salad dressing, peppers and homemade cheese.

Original Pete's Place restaurant Krebs, Oklahoma

New Pete's Place restaurant Krebs, Oklahoma

Statue of Pete at Pete's Place restaurant in Krebs Oklahoma

With both of our daughters and all the grandkids, we piled into two cars and set off to newer Pete’s Place in Krebs, Ok. We had a large private room. Except for my husband and brother, we all ate the Italian dinner consisting of spaghetti, meatballs, ravioli, salad, homemade cheese, peppers and garlic bread. We all enjoyed our meals and ate way too much food! They sent us out with tons of leftovers!

Italian food offered at Pete's Place restaurant in Kreb's, Oklahoma

Life on Hudson Street Family at Pete's Place restaurant in Krebs, OKlahoma

Then my brother suggested that we go to Lovera’s that is an Italian grocery store. We bought homemade spaghetti sauce, Italian chocolate and stuffed olives. If we weren’t so full, I am sure we would have stocked up with other scrumptious items.

Loveras Italian Market in Krebs, Oklahoma
Loveras Italian market in Krebs, Oklahoma

Next on our list was a drive to the Porter Peach Festival. We had already driven 1 hour and 45 minutes to Krebs, why not an hour to an event that we have never attended. We have always heard of the Peach Festival, so we were super excited to go! Everyone of us had visions of peaches everywhere! When we got there, it was completely different than we expected. There were booths with crafts and locals promoting their businesses, but where were the PEACHES! There were turkey legs and funnel cakes, but no PEACHES. One thing we were all craving was peach ice cream after our lunch in Krebs. The closest thing that we had to that was store bought vanilla ice cream with canned peaches on top. You could imagine what a disappointment that was! After strolling around for a bit, we decided to call it a day and head home.

Firetruck at Porter Peach festival in Porter, OKPeach ice cream at Porter Peach Festival in Porter, OK

Life on Hudson Street Family bloggers at Porter Peach Festival in Porter, OK

Peach ice cream at Porter Peach Festival in Porter, OK

Porter Peach Festival in Porter, OK

 Okay as they say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Our new spin on it. When you don’t get peach ice cream, you go the store and buy Porter peaches, an ice cream maker and do it yourself! And that is what this determined family did! My hubby was bent on doing it the old fashion way with the ice and rock salt. Thank goodness, he didn’t get the old crank ones. Yummy ice cream, but killer on your arms! I got an awesome peach recipe, and we did it ourselves! The grandkids were beyond excited. It was like a science experiment, explaining why rock salt lowers the freezing temperature. Okay, not going to bore you. But the kids loved it and they got to help with our endeavor! We got all of our ingredients in and we had a thirty minute wait. During the wait, the kids swam in the pool! And there it was after thirty minutes, PEACH ICE CREAM! It was soooooo yummy!
Homemade peach ice cream made with Porter Peaches

Swim party after making homemade peach ice cream

Enjoying homemade peach ice creamEnjoying homemade peach ice cream

Enjoying homemade peach ice cream
So worth it, even with a brain-Freeze for Tatum!

The Porter, Oklahoma trip was not a bomb. It was a springboard! A lesson in trying new things and when you don’t get the results you want, go at it at a different angle! For the grandkids, it is what ice cream can we make next time? For us, what adventure are we on to next?

Peach Ice Cream Recipe
2 1/2 pounds of fresh peaches- peel, take pits out and chop 1/2 C sugar
1/4 salt
1 pint half and half cream

1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C whole milk

Puree peaches with sugar and half and half.
Pour in the peaches, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk and vanilla into ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers directions.

Breckenridge Family Vacation

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Breckendridge Family Vacation Collage

After 12 hours of driving (with kids), we were beyond excited to arrive to Colorado! No matter how many times we have traveled there, the views are always just as breathtaking! Just the sight of the mountains instantly brought smiles to our faces!  Driving through the mountains is an experience in and of itself.  The old mining towns are so cute and quaint and the history behind them is evident.  Once we arrived in Breckenridge, one of our favorite vacation spots, the fun began! We started off the trip with the most beautiful bike ride down Vail Pass! The bike ride started in Vail, went through Copper Mountain, and ended up all the way in Frisco! What a perfect day! We stopped several times on the way down to pose for pictures and took some time to soak up the most exquisite views! Although the ride nearly lasted for three hours, we didn’t want the day to end!  We decided to eat outdoors at Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe after the ride! With live music and delicious food, it was a hard place to beat! I am sure we will be going back there on our next trip!

Bike Ride down Vail Pass in ColoradoBike Ride down Vail Pass in Colorado

 Bike Ride down Vail Pass in Colorado Bike Ride down Vail Pass in Colorado

Bike ride in Frisco, Colorado

One of our favorite things to do in Colorado is hike! The next day we did just that! Breckenridge has several awesome hiking trails, but we always love the McCullough Gulch Trail! We managed to make the hike with 5 kids, ages ranging from 1 year to 10 years old!  The kids did amazing! We were super impressed considering 3 of them made it to the very top!  And to make the trip even more exciting, Lauren’s family got to take a picture with the most adorable baby swaddle announcing their pregnancy!!! Yep, that’s right, the Hudson & Heart family is still growing!

Hike on McCullough Gulch Trail in Breckendridge, CO

Hike on McCullough Gulch Trail in Breckendridge, CO

Hike on McCullough Gulch Trail in Breckendridge, CO

Hike on McCullough Gulch Trail in Breckendridge, CO

Life on Hudson Street baby announcement on McCullough Gulch Trail in Breckendridge, CO

Finally, it was the Fourth of July!  This will have been our 5th year to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado as a family! Breckenridge sure knows how to make the celebration fun! The day started off on Main Street where they have bike races that are followed by a huge town parade! With music, an air show, skits, floats, water fights and candy. It is always such a wonderful time for the entire family! Once the parade was done everyone raced over to the River Walk Center to attend the concert put on by Funkiphino! What a talented band!! The kids had such a fun time dancing and a few of them even got up on stage!  The day ended with the most beautiful fireworks that lit up the whole town of Breckenridge! What a perfect end to a perfect day!

Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

Breckenridge 4th of July ParadeBreckenridge 4th of July Parade

Breckenridge 4th of July Concert Funkiphino

Breckenridge 4th of July Concert Funkiphino

Breckenridge 4th of July Concert Funkiphino

On our last day in Breckenridge, we decided to have a day for the kids! We took a gondola ride to Peak 8 to the Summer Fun Park! The kids enjoyed playing mini golf, rides down the Gold Runner Coaster, finding their way through a maze and jumping on the power trampolines!  What a neat place to visit! There are seriously so many activities for the kids to do. It would be so easy to spend an entire day there, but we ended up leaving for lunch! If you haven’t been to the Breckenridge Tap House to eat you are missing out for sure! Their tacos are the best and they have margaritas called the Farmers Market that are to die for! After lunch, we headed down main street to shop for a bit! Main street is seriously the cutest and they have so many adorable stores!  We ended the day with dinner at Michael’s Italian Restaurant with family from Chicago! It was so wonderful getting to spend time with them!

Breckenridge gondola ride to Peak 8

Peak 8 at Breckenridge

Breckenridge Gondola Ride

Peak 8 Mini Golf at Breckenridge

Peak 8 Bungee Trampoline in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Tap House Farmer's Market blueberry moonshine drink

Breckenridge Tap House

Shopping in Breckenridge, Colorado

Michael’s Italian Restaurant in Breckenridge, CO

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end! We headed back to Oklahoma, but we made sure to stop in Manitou Springs for a delicious Greek lunch and spent some time at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs where we got to see a momma bear and her cubs! I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end the trip! 

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, COGarden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Bear at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO