A Basket Full of Easter

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A Basket Full of Easter

By Paula Deen

I’m back in bunny basket business, y’all!  Because two of my precious grandbabies—Matthew and Henry—are celebrating their very first Easter this year, I just had to get back to my roots and put together some wonderful Easter baskets for them.  Besides, I just love doing it.  Putting them together is like an art form to me.  I like to select something special, like an adorable stuffed bunny to sit front and center, and then I tuck little treats and goodies in all around it.  I add some greenery and tie a big, bright bow around the basket.

Making a beautiful Easter basket is something that my dear Aunt Peggy taught me how to do years ago.  Back home she had the Toy House, and they ended up making a basket for nearly every child in town, so you could say she’s a bit of an expert.  I took a page out of her book this year and put together some wonderful things for my grandsons.  But the one I’m most proud of is the basket I made for Jack.  I went to Habersham Antiques here in Savannah and found him the neatest vintage rabbit to place in the center of his basket.  And the funny thing is, he won’t be impressed by it at all.  Y’all, the rabbit is brown and old and you know how kids like things bright and shiny.  But I have a plan; I think the bunny will be just spectacular in his daddy’s library.  Jamie’s library has so many interesting things in it—stuff he’s collected over the years.  So after Jack tosses that rabbit aside and digs into the chocolate bunnies, I’m going to suggest that Jamie put it in his library.

I used to do baskets all the time for Jamie and Bobby, even well after they were grown.  Regardless of how embarrassed they acted, I knew how much they loved them.  But once the grandchildren came along, you could say poor Jamie and Bobby fell to the wayside.  Not that they’re complaining.  I’m sure they’re happy that their momma isn’t embarrassing them by saying, “I think the bunny was here!” and going through the routine of having them search the house for their baskets.  I still try to find a way to make their Easter special, but now it’s through their stomachs.  After catching the beautiful sunrise service out at Tybee Island, I’ll serve everyone up a comforting dish of my fried green tomato and egg hollandaise that tastes like it was delivered straight from Heaven.  Then, for supper, the whole family will sit down to a big Easter feast.  Of course I’ll have to go all out with a cornbread stuffed crown roast of pork or a stunning minted lamb, both of which pair perfectly with a crustless spinach quiche. It’s what I call “celebration food.”

Y’all can’t go wrong with celebration food like this, so take some time to make something outstanding to warm the hearts and fill the tummies of your loved ones.  And for the little ones, well, you can delight them too—I just recommend doing it with a basket, a bunny and a bow. 

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Hi Paula, I made your Cotton-tail Cones and Hop-Along Marshmallow Bunnies for my grandchildren. They are so adorable and scrumptious! I used the remnants from the marshmallow bunnies and made little "alien" bite size treats by putting edible eyeballs on them! Wish I could send you a picture. I've always loved your programs and dishes, but more importantly your personality and family values. Keep doing what you're doing 'til you just can't do it no more! Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!

By Heidi Lund on April 18, 2014

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i look froward to my emails and facebook recieps i love the gooey butter cake it is awsome

By elizabeth rodgers on March 29, 2013

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Customer was in with your new Mar/Apr magazine, and wants to know if we can make the animal shaped topiaries found on page 80. This is "Showered with Love" in a Mother Goose setting. Was wondering where to get the shapes of the animals? We're thinking making it from scratch....with chicken wire?? and what is the stuffing made of? Any help as to where to start would be appreciated. Thanks, Jody Windsor Florist

By Jody Trabue on March 04, 2013

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I love ur cooking channel and ur cooking pans as well my daughter for my Christmas gift she gave me a set of them red ones and a set of knifes and a rolling pin with the bord to make pies they are awesome....

By Marie bella on April 07, 2012

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paula you look so cute in the Easter picture. your idea of a choc..cross on the hot cross buns is so funny and such a good idea!!! i love your new grandson's name Mathew James... how's every thing going with you.. loved your story in the new Prevention Magazine... Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter... you deserve it

By margaret aikens on April 06, 2012

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Gift baskets are a great idea. But eh, where is a cross ? Without Jesus EASTER would simply be a pagan festival of fertility (eggs and bunnies.) All fine & well, however, many of remember the true reason for Easter. Don't leave Jesus out, Paul.

By Sally Sally on April 05, 2012

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I just seen you on Fox news when that man said you caught diabetes. I've been Type 2 for 12 years. There is a tea you drink if your blood sugar is high. Its called Sugar Control Tea made by HealthKing. And if you want to drink ice tea, put stevia in it, either the liquid form or the leaves from the plant. Please let me know about your drug to cure it. Paula, i have your cookbooks and your shows all recorded. God Bless you and your family...And keep up the great shows, you're the best, and much loved. When my daughter watches your shows, she always calls me and she can talk just like you, its just so cute

By Laurie Maestas on April 04, 2012

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i love your bible, and i love southern cookin'. i know that you have been attacked lately, first with your rich butter dishes, and then with your disclosure of diabetes. can't people understand that moderation is the key??!!??? you never say to cook these recipes EVERY NIGHT!!!!! i watch the CHEW, and they...HELLO... Dr. Oz's daughter Daphne is on there with the real meat, cream, butter recipes!!!! MODERATION!!! my friends.

By carolyn morgan on April 03, 2012

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Hi Paula, Thank you for sharing your recipes and brilliant ideas with all of us. Happy Easter from Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. The Eggleton's

By Kendra Eggleton on April 03, 2012

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Loved the article about Easter baskets! I love making baskets for our (4) grandchildren. I, too, like to find things to put in the baskets beside candy. I still, however, still make baskets for our (3) grown children and their spouses. I have a feeling that they look forward to the baskets also. Love watching your shows, especially those with Jamie and Bobby. There's always a lot of love in the kitchen. Happy Easter!

By Mary Ann Naylor on April 03, 2012

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OH PAULA I DON;T THINK ONE EVER OUTGROWS EASTER BASKETS. EVEN MY ROY LOVES IT WHEN I FIX HIM UP A BASKET, I ALWAYS TRY TO FIND SOME CUTE THING THAT BRING LAUGHTER AND A SMILE TO HIS FACE. INSIDE EVERY MAN THERE IS STILL A LITTLE BOY LURKING. I RECALL SUNRISE SERVICES WHEN WE LIVED IN THE MIDWEST. THEY DON;T HAVE MANY HERE IN OUR NECK OF WOODS. USUALLY WE HAD DINNER AFTER CHURCH AND ALWAYS HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR ANYONE WHO DIDN;T KNOW ABOUT IT. WE ALWAYS HAD A HUNT AND EVEN THE OLDER ONES JOINED IN. THOSE DAYS ARE LONG GONE. MY TWO GIRLS STILL RECALL GOING THE DAY OR TWO BEFORE AND BUYING EASTER OUTFITS, HATS AND SHOES. WHILE THEY ARE GROWN NOW, MEMORIES FLOOD THEIR MINDS. GRANKIDS WHO LIVE AWAY GET A SPECIAL CARD AND MONEY FROM GRANDPA AND GRAM-MA-MA. MAY THIS EASTER FILL YOUR HOME AND YOUR HEARTS WITH JOY AND MEMORIES THAT NEVER LEAVE US. LOVE U SWEET LADY. ROSIE IN CT.

By ROSIE HERDMAN on April 03, 2012

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When are you going to come the Minnesota area. We get lucky and sometimes we get people in your area of expertise come into our area. I'd love to see you. I have been a fan of yours for many years and have several of your books. I have been lucky enough to get books signed out at the Mall of America in the past. My have gotten my daughters into watching you and purchasing books as well. I love to surprise people with new recipes. Thank for your time. Sincerely, Jan aka motormouthh

By Jan on April 02, 2012

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Paula I just loved what you wrote. It brought back so many memories for me when my kids were little. A special basket was waiting for all three of them when they got up on Easter morning. We always had my Mom over for dinner after church and a special picture was taken in front of the dogwood tree in our front yard. Thanks for always making me smile and I love all your yummy receipes. Charlene

By Charlene Blondino on April 01, 2012

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from my kitchen to hers --her recipes that i have made is awesome.and paula u an i can be twin sisters we look exactly alike i go to bingo on thursdays and i went up to order somoe food and the lady that was workig their said doesnt she look like paula dean and the gentleman that standing there said yes she does.and paula i ws married abut a year ago and the man i married even puts u in mind of michael i will send a pic of us to u if i had email or somethingto send it to u.you are a person i look up to.

By connie sullivan on April 01, 2012

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They will Love them..... What a Great Grandmother they have......Everything is better made with love.......

By Jeannette Quattlebaum on March 30, 2012

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I love the photo. Beautiful!

By Christine on March 30, 2012

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I still fill my 46 year old son's ORIGINAL and 42 year old daughter's ORIGINAL Easter Baskets. I now fill their's, my son-in-law's, both grandchildren's (13 and 12) and my husband's Baskets. And I hide them all over the house. I personalize each basket. Favorite gifts have been water pistol's for all and paddle balls. Still trying to decide what the toys will be this year.

By Suzanne Tuck on March 29, 2012

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I too Enjoy making Easter baskets. And I too made them for my kids when they are grown up. Isn't it just the best fun! At my house too, it was like Xmas in a Basket. They loved the toys and candy. Have a great Holiday. Love you Paula.

By lorraine staszek on March 29, 2012

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Paula, I did not find out until many many years later that Mother always made our Easter baskets. I wondered how the Easter Bunny knew all of my favorite candy and the special toy I always wanted. Precious memories for me. I am so blessed to have both my parents living (Daddy - 85 & Mother 82) with me. Easter is a special time for family.

By VMKuhn on March 29, 2012

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My son will be 16 in August and still looks for his Easter basket! This year I am putting in a new wallet and an I-tunes card for his Ipod! Of course there will also be chocolate!

By Cindy Campbell on March 29, 2012

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