Lee Mathis
INSANELEE DECADENT
Grand Junction Free Press Food Columnist

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March 29, 2012
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FOOD: Hop on over to Palisade for Springfest

Yeah, I know that springtime weather has been around now for a few weeks, but at least officially it is now spring! Let's just hope that there is not a late freeze as I, for one, am really looking forward to this spring and summer's bounty of fruits and vegetables from western Colorado.

One of the first events of the spring is the Palisade Springfest. Palisade will show its spring finest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, with music in the plaza, vendors, an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and face painting. From gardening tips to an Easter bonnet contest at noon, the Palisade Springfest is truly a great event for the entire family, so come out to the "Quiet End of The Valley."

Easter this year falls on Sunday, April 8. Keep your eyes open for other Easter-themed events; from Fruita to Grand Junction and Palisade, there will be events and celebrations for all.

Now, having grown up in a different era and maybe I am jaded because of that, besides the religious implications, Easter has always been a time to shake off the winter doldrums. In Atlantic City, one of the first Easter parades was held in 1876 on, yes, the first Boardwalk built! In the 1920s, crowds for the Easter parade swelled to over 200,000 people, all decked out in their Easter finest. This was the time to say goodbye to ol' man winter and look forward to the upcoming summer season.

Let's all use this time of the year to not look back, but rather look forward to the future and all of the possibilities it holds. We cannot change the past, but we can do the utmost to shape the future.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

In honor of the upcoming Easter holiday, this one comes from Disney's Family Fun. It contains a whole lot of Easter recipes and crafts for both kids and adults! My "Recipe of the Week," not really a recipe, more like a craft, is from the same website.

http://familyfun.go.com/easter/easter-recipes/

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Lee is the founder and owner of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes and Catering. Reach him at decadencecheesecakes@mindspring.com, via the website at www.decadencecheesecakes.com, or by calling 970-256-4688. Follow the adventures of Decadence on Facebook and on Twitter.

With this project, kids blow an egg, then turn it into a flying wonder. All you need is a raw egg, paint, craft supplies, and fishing line for hanging the egg. The best part? This blown-egg creature will keep indefinitely.

Want to make the entire flock of flying eggheads? Find instructions for the rest of the crew at our Easter egg decorating party.

MATERIALS

eggs

newsprint

egg dye

paper towels

birthday candles or crayons

red and black acrylic or tempera paint

brushes

white tissue

glue

1. Blow the egg: Wash and dry the raw egg. Cover your table with newsprint and set out bowls, pushpins, and paper towels. Shake the egg to break the yolk. Next, pierce the top and bottom with a pushpin, making the hole on the wider end a bit larger. Position the egg over the bowl and blow through the small hole, allowing the inside of the egg to seep into the bowl. Set the empty egg, with the large hole down, in an egg carton to dry. Be sure children wash their hands after handling raw egg.

2. Degg-orate the egg: Let the kids paint half of the egg, stand it atop a bottle cap to dry (use a hair dryer to speed things up), then paint the other half. Centering the face on either hole, paint on features with contrasting colors. Paint your bee bright yellow, then paint on a red smile, black eyes, and black stripes. Glue on white tissue paper wings.

3. Take flight: Tape a long length of fishing line to the end of an unfolded paper clip. Starting at the small hole, thread the line through the decorated egg and out the large hole. To keep your flying critter upright, tape the fishing line just above the hole in the critter's back. Hang it from the ceiling or an egg tree.


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