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Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 04.02.2015   

            
     
   

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Happy Thursday before Easter

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Happy Passover beginning tomorrow evening for our Jewish friends. 

Boy oh boy, as the holidays of Easter and Passover approach...you gotta love the surprises of nature. Just over a week ago you heard whispers that spring had forgotten to check in on our Treasure Coast as we were thrown into near 90 degree temperatures. Then this week we were remembered and spring made a U-turn to treat us to some cooler temperatures and beautiful blue skies! I have thoroughly enjoyed our cooler days and have taken full advantage by getting out and working on my new year's resolution to turn my yard into a beautiful garden. It's coming along quite nicely and I should have some pictures to share with you soon. 

 

Spring always ushers in Easter and Easter begins the end of our 'season.' I am beginning to feel the wind-down. I have to admit I like it when things slow down a bit and the days are not quite so crazy. I love trying to cover everything that goes on here during the winter, but when things begin to slow down and traffic is a little lighter, I want to cheer and say, "Yippee! I finished the marathon!" It's only then that I feel I get to catch my breath and relax just a little. It's those slower moments that allot me the time to tweak and implement some of the new ideas I have for FALSH. 

 

This recurring cycle does serve to remind me that extremes are a very good thing. It makes us appreciate the other. We wouldn't appreciate the good times if we didn't have to endure some more difficult ones. We wouldn't appreciate springtime as much without the preceding winter months... Laughter without having shed a few tears... Friends without tolerating adversaries...sun without rain...and so on and on. Sort of an interesting reality isn't it? One that might hopefully employ all of us to appreciate ALL that life offers....The good and the bad. 

 

One last thought...As spring remembered us this past week, I encourage you to remember someone that you perhaps haven't touched base with in a while.  You'll make their day and in the process make yours a bit more enjoyable as well! :)

 

Enjoy! Find the good!

Valerie Watkins

Publisher


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SEBASTIAN INLET STATE PARK TO HOST 
NIGHT SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES.
 APRIL 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Featuring 'Remember When'
bringing you the oldies but goodies 

Cost: Free with regular park admission
Location: The pavilions on Coconut Point, 
located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. 
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 IT'S SPRING AND SPRING = COLOR
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Have a moment? Take this fun quiz to find out what color soul you have. I know you have always pondered that question.
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                                      Passover Quote

 

A Jewish mother explains the history of bland Passover food: "Everything tastes good when you're hungry and have been wandering in the desert for 40  years!"  

Easter Chuckle

NIGHT-TIME EGG HUNT PARTY
Here is an incredibly fun idea that offers a twist on that 'regular' morning egg hunt. It is an idea that is enjoyed by all ages, young and old. It is even enjoyed by teens which can be a difficult age to entertain. So, start  planning now and invite your friends and your children's friends over for a night-time egg hunt. Hide filled eggs outside and tell your guests to bring flashlights. Then  turn them loose on an unforgettable egg hunt. You can of course hide a golden egg and have a special prize for the person who finds it.  Our Flash family has done this and it's a lot of fun for kids and their parents! 


NCAA BASKETBALL 'FINAL FOUR' TV SCHEDULE

 Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana)

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH

6:09 p.m. on TBS: Final Four Semifinal No. 1 
(South vs. East)

Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

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Approx. 8:49 p.m. on TBS: Final Four Semifinal No. 2

(Midwest vs. West)

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers 

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MONDAY, APRIL 6TH 

9:10 p.m. on CBS: National Championship 



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WEEKEND PROJECT
AN EASY PROJECT FOR YOUR EASTER TABLE
Hopefully, you will be too busy enjoying family and friends this weekend to take on a major project, but here's a quick and easy way to decorate your table. Buy  miniature birds' nests at the craft store and put a few candy eggs in each one. Put one by each place setting as a favor.
 
                                                                                    OR...
You can make the entire nest edible by mixing those crispy Chinese Noodles that come in a can with melted chocolate. Make individual mounds on wax paper then press a spoon in the middle to create a 'nest'. Put in a few candy eggs and for fun, perch a marshmallow 'peep' on the side if you wish! 

DID YOU KNOW? 

WHAT FOOD DO EASTER AND PASSOVER HAVE IN COMMON?

The answer is the egg. A roasted egg is placed on the Seder Plate for Passover, just as the hard boiled egg is placed in Easter Baskets. As we learn more about each other's traditions, the more we seem to have in common. Couldn't Jewish children enjoy the fun of a 'Passover Egg hunt? Maybe so :)! To learn more about other symbolic foods for Seder, Click here.

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This is fantastic.  If you have ever roller skated you will find this impossible to believe.  Gene Kelly is probably best known for his dancing in the rain in the movie Singin' in the Rain.  There's no rain in this movie from 1955 titled It's Always Fair Weather, but his dancing on roller skates is even more challenging!

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  RECIPE OF THE WEEK

 

 

  CLASSIC EASTER MEAL

As a side for this meal form Williams-Sonoma featuring lamb, the potatoes are served on skewers from the twigs of a fresh rosemary plant.  (A rosemary bush is easy to grow in Vero, - or maybe you have a friend who has one!) This technique infuses the potatoes with a delicate herbal flavor. Ask your butcher to butterfly a boneless leg of lamb. 
Ingredients:

3 Tbs. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

2 Tbs. minced garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 butterflied leg of lamb, 2 1/2 to 3 lb.

4 lb. fingerling or small new potatoes

10 rosemary sprigs, each about 8 inches long, leaves removed except at tips

 
 Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together 2 Tbs. of the salt, the red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp. of the black pepper, the chopped rosemary, thyme, garlic, 1/4 cup of the olive oil and the mustard. Coat the lamb on both sides with the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours.

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the potatoes until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and let cool. Skewer the potatoes onto the rosemary sprigs. Rub the potatoes with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with the remaining 1 Tbs. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper.

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a grill.

Place the lamb on the center of the grill rack, close the lid and grill for 10 minutes. Turn the lamb over and arrange the potato skewers on the grill. Close the lid and cook, turning the potatoes occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the lamb registers 130 to 135F for medium-rare to medium, 10 to 15 minutes more.

Transfer the lamb to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Place the potato skewers on a warmed platter. Cut the lamb into thin slices and arrange on the platter alongside the potatoes.

Serves 6.
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Vero Beach Power Squadron (VBPS) Provides the Beef

VBPS Executive Officer, Mary Wohlstein is proud to announce that VBPS provided support during the ELC EcoFest event on March 1st. VBPS volunteers grilled, sold and served food and all proceeds were donated to ELC at the end of the day. This year VBPS will be presenting ELC with a check for  $780. 
Vero Beach Power Squadron (VBPS) provides community support to various organizations in and around Vero Beach, especially to organizations that deal with youth and the marine environment.
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