08 April 2007

An Easter Basket

Among the old things I cherish is my father's childhood Easter basket, above.

I usually keep it filled with small terra cotta pots, but at Easter I use it for chocolate eggs. We're foregoing the chocolate this year (oh, the pain of it all), but I wanted to share the basket with you today.

We are not religious in any traditional way at our house, but I like to think we are deeply spiritual.

It is important to us to respect and honor other people's differences, whatever they might be.

Really, that's all I wanted to say. I hope those sentiments are one of the threads that run through this blog.

On the subject of my father, I have enjoyed making recipes from the "Ships of the Great Lakes Cookbook," provided to me for review by Creative Characters Publishing. Although the recipes were not from any of the ships he sailed on, I felt his spirit guide me as I chopped and sliced and baked and braised. I will feature another recipe in a day or so.

For links to other bloggers who participated in the cookbook review, please visit The Sour Dough and Weekend Cookbook Challenge.

17 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

It's that thread that keeps me coming back Mimi!
I don't have my father's Easter basket but I have my own from childhood.

Mimi said...

I don't have my own, darn it! Being the oldest, I guess I lost minie to younger sibs.

But we have some of my husband's and my dear friend gave me a great one yesterday, filled with goodies, all in shades of green.

Not that I have a basket shortage...

Kalyn said...

I absolutely think it comes through loud and clear that you're all about respecting and valuing other people! Hope you're having a nice day!

Mimi said...

I hope not too loud, Kalyn. I hope I do not preach too much.

I think I might.

Terri said...

Happy Easter to you, Mimi.
OH, you're so fortunate to have that basket of your dad's. I just love it. What a great keepsake.

FarmgirlCyn said...

What you DO preach is kindness, being fair, respecting others, etc.....all things we were supposed to learn in kindergarten!!! And that, dear friend, is what comes thru loud and clear!!!

Mimi said...

Thanks, Cyn; you are a dear. I think it my line of work, you just get exposed to a lot of intolerance for other people's points of view and it really gets to me some times.

Terri, it is a very well-made basket, but I am betting it cost very little in 1930. It is a treasure!

Lydia said...

Mimi, I love that your writing always brings us back to what is important: memory, family, traditions. And food! Love your Easter basket, by the way. We are an Easter-Passover household, and we've been enjoying this weekend very much. Hope you are having a lovely weekend, too.

Mimi said...

I like that idea, Lydia. My father grew up in such a neighborhood, where 1/2 the homes celebrated Easter and the other1/2 marked Passover.

Jann said...

Enjoyed reading your post today...have a wonderful celebration.I managed to tuck away a few tradition items for us while we are away....I have enjoyed observing some of the holiday traditions on several trips and you are correct,respecting others and what is vital to them...Cheers! From, n.z. still here!!

Mimi said...

Jann, we miss you!

Thanks for popping in. I have not checked your site in a few days. But I hope youa re having fun!

Jilly said...

After all the chocolate eggs for Easter, this came as a beautiful nature surprise, in a lovely basket.

Thanks for passing Menton Daily Photo blog. If you visit France this year, visit Monte Carlo too - lots of great choccie shops there.

Jilly x

Katie said...

Morning Mimi,
I always enjoy reading your thought-provoking posts...
I have awarded/tagged you with 'Thinking Blogger'.
If there are 5 blogs that make you think please, pass it on...
Happy Monday! (Is that an oxymoron?)

Mimi said...

Thanks, Jilly, I am going to put a link to Menton Daily Photo on my list.

Thanks, Katie. I will do that. Gotta think about it!

breadchick said...

Mimi thank you SO much for joining us for the Cookbook Spotlight on SGLCB. I love that you include your family in everything you do in the kitchen and your stories about your father are some of my favourite posts!

Again, thanks for joining us for Cookbook Spotlight

Mimi said...

Thank you, BC, for including me in this project. I love the cookbook, and willl continue to feature it here from time to time.

Kristen said...

Oh Mimi... I just love you and your love of "old" things. I bet your home is amazing.
Another treasure...