Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter -- Of Peeps, Egg Hunts, and What We Believe

recipe at Eclectic Recipes

We love Peeps in this house.  I love them fresh and I savor the crunch of the sugar.  My husband, for some reason, likes them when they're a little dry and stale.  Either way, I think melted over chocolate sounds great.  And Rick got the new chocolate dipped Peeps this year in his Easter basket.

Zack loves Easter egg hunts.  And at some point, I'm so exhausted that I sit on the porch stoop and chuck the eggs as far as I can throw them into the yard.  Zack thinks this is hilarious and the game is to see how fast he can grab these easy-to-see eggs.

Occasionally, one goes missing, like last year, when we found one months later in the flower bed.

I had to explain really really fast to Zack why three-month-old candy that had been exposed to the elements was not a good food group choice.

I love making Easter baskets for Zack.  It doesn't hurt that I love giving presents anyway -- holidays just give me an excuse to do more!  Interestingly, Zack isn't a huge candy eater, although I introduced him to the joys of the Godiva chocolate store at the mall, and every few months or so, we make a trip and he gets to pick one out.  I have to remember my camera on Monday because I think we're going to be making a trip.

Yes, I love making up Easter baskets full of Matchbox cars and Pokemon cards and random treasures, but Easter takes me back to a wounded place in my heart some eleven, twelve years ago.

When I lived in Charlottesville, VA, I blundered into an Episcopal church quite by accident, on the very first day of Holy Week.  In the midst of my loneliness and pain, I found myself loving the tradition and the quiet and the calm and the candlelight of that evening, and regardless of my beliefs or my place in the world at the time, it was exactly where I needed to be right then -- sitting in a corner of a back pew, watching.  I've never felt that sense of being alone yet belonging since.

Church ruins about 15 miles from where I live.

I hesitated to write about that experience because religion is such a polarizing issue, but really, I think what we believe and the way we believe is so personal that lumping a group of people into ANY one group would be kind of tough.  There are nuances of a theme, things that make any single person believe more of this and less than that.  With the way the world is right now, I'd be happier if there was less debate over who has it right and who has it wrong, and we'd just concentrate on being kind.  I feel pretty confident that kindness is universally accepted as a Good Thing.

Zack, age two, and a friend.

So love and hugs to all of you -- have some chocolate, enjoy your friends and family, hunt eggs, and thanks for visiting me today.  Happy Easter.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  


  1. Anonymous9:01 AM

    I hope you all have a wonderful wonderful Easter!
    Beautiful post... and I hope you are feeling better!

  2. Happy Easter to YOU Lori!
    You chunking eggs into the yard CRACKS ME UP!! That's a great idea. My nieces and cousins will be at my mom's house today as my hubs and I hide eggs. In the past, we've hidden up to 175 eggs in my mom's tiny, little yard. We've asked them to cut back this year! Of course, we always count the eggs before we hide them and after they are found to make sure they're all picked up and not left for the bugs and elements. Just an idea. . .

  3. Happy Easter to you and your family Lori. Thanks for sharing that heaertfelt moment in time with us today. I for one don't eat peeps but I will if they're rock hard stale!

  4. Sounds like you are having a good Easter, Lori.I am not sure what peeps are? Biscuits?
    Hope your Easter time is filled with the love of family and friends. It is definitely a time of reflection and thanks.

  5. I hope you have a lovely Easter too Lori. My daughter and two of the grandchildren are coming over this morning to cook us pancakes and bacon for breakfast - what a great treat. Oops, I had better go and get the table cleared off.

  6. Anonymous10:13 AM

    Thanks Lori! Beautiful photos. Happy Easter to you and your family!

    Those dark chocolate dipped Peeps ae to die for. But you failed to list the allure of the stale Peep. Yummy!

  7. Hannah10:31 AM

    A happy Easter to you too!

  8. PEEPS YAY, Lara loves them and her friend sends boxes of them over the pond there are some on their way right now!
    Religion is always a tricky subject there are more rows over it than almost anything but I do agree with you and a little more love and understanding in the world wouldn't hurt. Our beliefs are very personal, for some often difficult to define.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Love Jackie

  9. Happy Easter Lori! I hope Zack has a lot of fun finding those eggs. At least you are nicer than my cousins when they hide the eggs from the kids - they put them in trees, the roof the shed and some other really funky places. I do have to say it is a lot of fun to help the littles find them all.
    I hope you are feeling better and you guys have a wonderful Sunday!
    Peace and happy thoughts your way!
    Beth and Evie

  10. Happy Easter! Thanks for sharing a little more of who you are! I agree, whether or not you believe in God, and that Jesus died for our sins, there's no room for hatin! Love and kindness should abound. So love and kindness to you and yours!

  11. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Happy Easter to you and your family - I love Godiva chocolate, too. Yummy...Have a wonderful time

  12. wishing you a happy Easter Lori. You are so right about the religion thing. It should not be about what is right or wrong, the greatest message that He gave us is that God is within all of us, it is what we do in life that counts, kindness and generosity of spirit is the greatest power we possess, and sharing it is the key to a happy heart.

  13. oh my gosh! the peep somore's. Those are so cute, and they combine two childhood food memories! That is fantastic. I have to show my family those pics, they will get a kick out it. Happy Easter! Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. i just showed my mom the pic..she said...." takes the cake!"

  15. Happy Easter Lori!

  16. I love your open honesty. Happy Easter and keep filling those baskets with love...including one for YOU!

  17. I love Peeps! If you roast them lightly, like marshmallows...the sugar melts and turns into a crunchy, caramel-y coating, and the inside is all gooey. YUM!

  18. Happy Easter to you too.
    I have found in my life that every time I needed to refuge in God's arms He is always there.
    Love the idea of flying eggs!

  19. Happy Easter to you, too, Lori! We're just home from putting our daughter, SIL and 18-month old amazing grandgirl on the plane. Oh, I miss them already. Daughter's getting very crafty now and had me showing her how to sew while she was here. It was so fun. The little one was astounding in many ways: her vocabulary, ability to count & do the alphabet and do sign language. Amazing really is the right word. It was fun watching her find easter eggs (which were low down and in plain sight). Thank heavens for Skype! We'll have breakfast with them tomorrow online.
    And I agree that not matter what a person's religion, the golden rule always applies!

  20. I hated peeps because I just couldn't bear to eat it looking so cute. However, if it was done smore style, I might have gobbled (heh) it up!

    Oh, love that last pic and your sentiment!

    Happy Easter!

  21. I JUST had this exact conversation with another friend regarding religion. I'd love it if more people recognized the things we have in common, more than the things that we don't.

    Happy Easter to you!!

  22. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Lori! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Easter! I have to admit that I cracked up when I read about you throwing the eggs!! Sounds like the start of a new Easter tradition!

    P.S. Peeps, love them stale!! :)

  23. Love Hugs and Peeps - it's all you really need!

    When my friend and I were buying the Easter candy for our kids this year we each got 1 chocolate covered Peep. They were freaking delicious!!!!! They use a really nice dark chocolate - I thinks it's my new favorite thing.
    religion is a very hard subject for me too. I find it hard to believe people will be punished because they are not one religion or another.
    I think we all need to stretch and be the best we can be and the rest will take care of itself!

    Happy Easter Lori!

  24. Lori Im so pooped out now the day flew by! I hope you are resting as Im about to as well.
    Happy Easter! Mmmm choc covered peeps YUM.

  25. I love your peeps! I had one this morning at a Church breakfast with my inlaws - AFTER my hubby had the great pleasure of stabbing it with his fork :P

  26. The children surprised the grown ups by breaking confetti filled eggs on our heads. What fun...what a mess.

    Hope you had a great Easter, thanks for the great post.

  27. While I'm not religious I do believe in basic kindness and gentle goodness. You show them both.

    Your writings and your jewelry are inspirational.

    Thank you,

  28. I'm licking the peeps sugar coating off my lips. I love the little things. But fresh and soft for sure.

    Zack sounds like quite the fun kid. And you the fun mom.

    I'm with you on forget about being right and wrong. Lets ALL d the best we can for each other.

  29. It is about love and peace in your heart.... and it is that simple! Love the Godiva chocolate too... can leave the peeps alone though! You make me laugh! Thanks!

  30. Love the peeps, my boys thought that was just the neatest thing. I think more the idea of squishing the peeks is what they found neat :)


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