If your answer to the question "What comes after Easter?" is "pea soup," you undoubtedly are planning ham for Easter dinner. Or, perhaps, United States Senate Bean Soup will be the fitting end for that hambone. Either way, nothing is more delicious than a pot of homemade soup.
Pork and lamb are two of the most popular meats for the holiday meal. The pig is considered a symbol of good fortune and bounty in many places around the world. Lamb is the meat of choice in Eastern European cultures, and is said to represent Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Another food associated with Easter is the egg, symbol of birth or renewed life. Len likes his Easter eggs chopped and mixed with salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar -- the only time of year he eats them that way.
If you get carried away in coloring eggs, here is a good way to use up the excess for a delicious brunch or luncheon dish.
Lorrie's Eggs Newport
8 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 can mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1/2 pound sliced and sautéed mushrooms, or 1 small can mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2-3 slices cooked bacon
Mix soup and milk, stir until blended. Add remaining ingredients, pour over chopped eggs in a baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes in a pre-heated 350-degree oven. Remove from oven, crumble crisp bacon, or bacon substitute, on top. Serve over hot biscuits or lightly toasted English muffins or, for real elegance, as a filling in puff pastries just out of the oven.
Payson Senior Center
The Thrift Store is in need of donations of used furniture in good, resalable condition. Pickup of large items can be arranged and, upon request, a receipt will be given for tax purposes. For more information, call 474-3205.
A new spiritual adventure begins from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the center. Persons interested in attending may call 474-5890 for more information.
Payson Regional Senior Circle Association
A limited number of tickets are still available for the Circle's Fourth Anniversary Celebration to be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 18 at the Mazatzal Casino. Dinner will be served, and there will be live music, dancing, raffles and door prizes, and more. Tickets are $7 for members, $10 for non-members, and must be purchased in advance.
A new series of women's self-defense classes, open to people 12 years or older, is being offered at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, at the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Cost for the eight-week, 1-1/2 hour course is $12 for members, $24 for non-members.
A one-hour Mother and Daughter Belly Dancing Class is held at 7:15 Thursday evenings. There is a $1.50 charge per class to participants. Daughters must be 12 years of age or older.
There are openings for six more participants in the Arthritis Aquatic Classes which are held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Day's Inn pool. There are no-impact classes designed to relieve joint inflammation, give balance and improve stretching ability. Cost is $24 for members, $34 for non-members.
A Volunteer Training Program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 25 for persons interested in becoming volunteers at the Circle. A number of opportunities are available, including Medical Supply Closet, front desk, helping set up for special events, Sunshine Circle and more.
The Cancer Support Group will meet from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at the Circle. Alternative therapies will be discussed, and there will be a light dinner. Cost is $2 for members, $3 for non-members.
It's not too early to sign up for the Women's Wellness Forum to be held Saturday, May 17. Only 300 participants will be admitted to the day-long event, which begins with an optional Healthy Woman's Walk at 6:30 a.m. and features informative discussions, health screenings and exploring women's health issues. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no charge for any of the activities.
To learn more about any of the above activities, call 468-1012.
American Legion Auxiliary Thrift Store
The store at 709 E. Highway 260 has a selection of prom dresses, priced very reasonably, and also a wedding gown in excellent condition.
Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 474-1675.
Pine Senior Center
A potluck dinner will be served at 5 p.m. April 19 in the Center, Highway 87 in downtown Pine. Call 476-2151 for information.
Both the Senior Center and the Thrift Store will be open Good Friday, April 18.