Recently I read an article, Suburbia R.I.P, written by Michael Cannell, leaving me with a feeling that living in the suburbs is a dying dream….” In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment”. There might be some truth to this statement, since the downturn in our economy affects everyone, including the suburbs. The new home constructions did slow down considerably, but I have yet to see “half built” abandoned subdivisions, or totally abandoned suburbs.
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were decorated by my Great-Aunt and her children, in Queens, New York, over 80 years ago. The “sticks” displayed in front of the platter, are home made styluses, used for drawing the outlines for the design on these eggs. The stylus handles were made from tree twigs, and the metal funnels were made from a metal can cut out…..such was life 70 years ago.
Our family celebrates spring with preparations for Easter Sunday Holiday and decorating of Easter Eggs. There are many ways to decorate eggs, such us coloring them with edible dyes in all different pastel colors, placing colorful stickers, beads, ribbons, etc. on eggs, drawing designs with markers, etc. There is also a very intricate egg decorating style, which I will introduce you to, and that is the Ukrainian Easter Egg, Pysanka, design.
My parents were my first mentors, and story tellers, about this old tradition, which was very popular in their native countries, Ukraine and Poland, and continues to thrive in the Diaspora
This recipe is very special, yet simple, since all the necessary ingredients are always on hand, and ready to use, but the preparation time takes 365 days, and a suggested time to start is on Valentine’s Day.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is no better time than now to think about friendships, relationships, love, and marriage. Of course everyone wants to be loved and appreciated all the time, but Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to express it in a very special way.
I came across this article a very long time ago, saved it, and decided to post it at this special time of the year, when so much love is in the air. I don’t know who the author is, or even where I originally got it from, but would love to share it with all my readers, especially my children, nieces, and nephews, and their loved ones.