Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Basket For Easter

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The tradition of making Easter baskets is something I wholeheartedly adopted when I moved to The United States. In England, the most popular symbol of Easter is the egg; real ones or chocolate, all are enthusiastically devoured on the day.

I spent this afternoon gathering up all the confectionery goodies I had purchased over the past month to nestle in Patience's Easter basket, which she will receive tomorrow, early on Easter morning.  As in years past, I am inspired by nature, in particular Spring's bright palette of greens and blues.

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Natural elements such as old-fashioned Forget-Me-Not flowers from the garden and vivid green moss form the basis of this year's Easter basket
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Deciding which ribbons to tie upon the handle of the wicker basket is all part of the fun
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Two blue chocolate rabbits keep their foil-wrapped companion company.  All three appear to be very much at home in their temporary surroundings which resemble a miniature woodland thanks to the Forget-Me-Nots and mossy bed they rest upon.

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Chocolate and foil-wrapped rabbits, bags of jelly beans, and sugar-coated chocolate eggs nestle within Patience's Easter basket
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The finished basket will be presented to our daughter early on Easter morning
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I do hope Patience is as beguiled by her charming Easter basket as I am.  I have a good hunch she will be.

Do the junior members of your family enjoy receiving Easter baskets and if so, what is it that you fill them with?

I wish you all a very Happy Easter.


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    1. Thank you, Stephanie Bell. A very Happy Easter to you also.

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  2. Beautiful basket! I love the woodland theme! My grown daughter and I just exchange a chocolate bunny each- one a Lindt, the other the cheapest cock-eyed hollow bunny , with extra points if it's holding something weird. We're quirky.

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    1. Hello Megs,

      I love the description you give to the hollow bunny "cock eyed". Just perfectly evocative of the little fellows.

      Happy Easter to you.

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  3. How very thoughtful. I'm sure your daughter will treasure these fond memories for many years to come, and if fate so chooses, pass them on to her own offspring.

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    1. Hello columnist,

      What a lovely thought, thank you. I've not thought that far ahead but I suppose, I could be a grandmother one of these days, yikes!

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  4. Lovely. The green and white ribbon is perfect, as is the blue and green color palette.

    I'd no idea that the Easter basket is an American concept. As with many holiday things, I assumed we got it from Victorian England.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter Day.

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    1. Hello Diogenes,

      What I understand about the Easter basket's origins is that it was the Germans who brought it to America. It is interesting to stop and ponder these things every now and then. I'm not sure that the Brits have caught on to the basket thing yet, but I think they should as they are a source of joy for the junior members of the family who celebrate Easter.

      I hope you too enjoyed a wonderful Easter. Ours was accompanied by rain, a first, I believe, since I moved to California.

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  5. Hello CD, I hope that Patience gets as much joy out of receiving her basket as you obviously had in preparing it.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim,

      Yes, she certainly did. It took everything in my power to pry it away from her after she'd scoffed down about a third of the basket's contents, all this before she had even eaten breakfast!

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  6. Christos anesti! They do easter hampers at Fortnums but I think that is the US influence of course. I bought dyed easter eggs from the greek shop to do that greek custom of butting eggs to see whose breaks! Your basket looks lovely and I hope you all enjoy it x

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    1. Hello Naomi,

      Christos anesti to you too! Why does it not surprise me that Fortnums would come up with an Easter hamper (I bet there are some delicious goodies tucked within each basket).

      I had no idea pre-dyed eggs were even available for sale. I wish there were some over here for I went shopping on Saturday, in vein, looking for egg dye, which had sold out.

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  7. Lucky Patience! When my nieces and nephews were younger, we'd also add jelly beans, Jordan almonds and marshmallow peeps to the the chocolate bunnies. I am not a fan, but I do have friends who enjoy those Cadbury Easter eggs.
    Happy Easter!
    KL Gaylin

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    1. Hello KL Gaylin,

      I've always had a love/hate relationship wth Cadbury's Cream Eggs. The chocolate always tasted delicious, but I just couldn't get my head around the cloying egg mess inside.

      Jordan Almonds are a nice addition to an Easter basket. I must remember that for next year.

      I hope you had a very Happy Easter with your family.

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  8. My daughter has told us she wants to limit the amount of sugar in our grandson's diet, so there will just be one Lindt chocolate bunny this year. The rest of the Easter basket is filled with school supplies like little spiral notebooks because he loves to play detective, a calulator (it was only $1.47), an old fashioned wooden ruler, glow in the dark silly putty and a picture book. I love your basket for Patience - what a lucky girl!

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    1. Hello slf,

      In today's overly-sugared world, it is not at all surprising that your daughter wants to put the breaks on sugar. You've found a clever solution, however, to your grandson's Easter basket. I'm sure he loved receiving it.

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  9. Of course, chocolate eggs; jelly beans and ONE chocolate rabbit was what was in our Easter basket and in our daughters. All from local chocolatier, Russell Stover (and a family friend). We'd put the Easter basket filled with the real eggs which we colored on Good Friday on a table in the living room. On Easter morning, the real colored eggs were gone and in it's place were the candy ones. The real ones were outside so while Mom fixed breakfast we hunted eggs (as did our Daughter). Sigh, nowadays so many churches feed congregants breakfast now on Easter morning, it's not really the same! I love your basket and your blue bunnies!

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    1. Hello Martha,

      That's a delightful story of how the real eggs appeared outside for your hunt. I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

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    1. Thank you, Karen of Fair Oaks. Patience really liked her basket.

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  11. What a beautiful basket. I hope you had a lovely Easter.

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    1. Hello Jen Lawrence,

      Thank you and yes, a lovely Easter was had by all.

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  12. I am sure your ears were burning on Friday night. I had dinner with Reggie and Boy and they were singing the praises of your marmalade! And of you!!! xoxo

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    1. Hello Meg,

      That must have been a very fun dinner! As for the marmie, all the credit goes to my husband, the Chief Marmalade Maker. I'm one lucky gal!

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  13. Easter baskets create fond memories. I'm sure you daughter loved hers!

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    1. Hello Kris Peterson,

      She sure loved her basket but I need to do a better job of teaching her to pace herself with the sweet treats that were tucked within it.

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  14. The basket has realized the amazing harmony. I feel as if I were invited to the wonderland guided by Alice. Happy days!

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    1. Thank you, roughterrain crane. I always find nature so inspiring. I'm glad you liked this year's Easter basket.

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    2. Hello Chronica Domus. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving an impressive comment. Let's enjoy days in this spring.

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  15. Your Easter basket is adorable. I love the combination of green & blue. You are most welcome to participate in my Floral Bliss. The link is weekly. Greetings from still a pretty chilly Finland!

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    1. Hello riitta k, and welcome!

      So pleased you liked the basket. It was a delight to put it all together.

      I shall indeed take a look at the Floral Bliss link and particupate. Thank you for the invite.

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