A Basketful of Traditions

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A Basketful of Traditions

By Julia Sayers

Easter is just around the corner, and with this holiday comes some of my favorite Easter traditions: dying Easter eggs and receiving special Easter baskets. Each year, my family and I come up with the most creative ways to dye our Easter eggs. Forget the traditional dip-dyed eggs—we make glitter, marbled, and decoupage eggs that are absolutely beautiful. As you can imagine, these eggs do not get used for our annual egg hunt, but they do make a great centerpiece for our Easter lunch.

To this day, my mom still creates Easter baskets for all of my siblings and me (even if she has to ship them across states to us). She fills them with chocolates, candies, fun knick-knacks, and whatever new flavor of Peeps she can find. When I was little, the “Easter Bunny” would hide the baskets around the house, and we would have so much fun searching for them. Today, I still get the same joy when I receive my more grown-up basket.

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Creating Easter baskets is also one of Paula’s favorite traditions. She goes all out for her grandkids, filling the baskets with stuffed animals, toys, and colorful candies. She also loves to gather her girl friends and spend a day making decorative Easter baskets to place around the house at Easter time. Paula enjoys doing craft projects, and this is an easy and original way to add some spring cheer to the house.

In addition to chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, Paula likes to slip some homemade treats into the baskets she makes for her family and friends, like cute pink marshmallow bunnies and Easter bonnet cookies. It adds a personal touch and allows Paula to combine two of her favorite activities. You can find the recipes for these treats and more here.

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For most people, a leisurely Easter lunch is also a tradition, as it is for both my family and Paula’s family. In the March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, Paula shares the recipes she serves for a classic Easter dinner. No Easter meal would be complete without a cake, so Paula made a delicious Lemon-Thyme Basket Cake that looks like a gorgeous Easter basket filled with colorful eggs. You can find the cake recipe here or pick up a copy of the March/April issue on newsstands for the full story.

What are your family’s special Easter traditions? Feel free to share in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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Reader Comments:

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Where do I buy these magazines

By Anonymous on April 19, 2014

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I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!

By TAMMY L LEVAN on April 19, 2014

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Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!

By Sharon Cason-Card on April 18, 2014

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Paula Dean, you are an inspiration to us all. Very talented and I love your smile. Barbara Parmer, Austin, Texas I enjoy your recipes.

By Anonymous on April 18, 2014

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do you Crochet? I love your stuff.

By teresa riley on April 18, 2014

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When will you be back on tv. We miss you. Love you Paula. ♡

By jodyleblanc on April 18, 2014

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Have a Happy Easter ! Love you

By Connie Woodruff on April 18, 2014

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I have missed you Paula. You were my favorite cooking host to watch on Foodnetwork. Are you doing any other TV shows that maybe I have not connected with? I love to watch the boys when I can catch them on TV also. You and your family are such a blessing and a highlight to my days. I hope that someday my husband will bring me to Savannna and maybe I could get a chance to see you and the boys/family. Love you and your cheery personality. You lite up my days Yvette

By Yvette on April 17, 2014

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