Friday, March 13, 2015

Faith & Chocolate~ Goodies to Fill Those Easter Baskets! 7QTs/ #OpenBook

Halfway through Lent .....are you planning for Easter morning, Easter dinner or brunch...or maybe creating some decorating and table setting plans? I'll bet you are! The Easter Bunny has long been filling all our baskets with symbols, treats and gifts of the season........I'd love to share the books and goodies that have been are staples.....and a few that...I hear tell, some kids around here may be receiving this very Easter morn!
Here's a shot of our Faith Book Basket, which contains a few of these titles, and which we switch up to include new ones as we enter various liturgical seasons......I'm sure you have many of the same around your house as well! Enjoy ~

Imitiation of Christ
This is a pic of the Imitation that my Dad gave his sister, my aunt,  for Christmas of 1938. Yes, that's right! Look at the shape it's in, especially when you consider that Aunt Betty gave it back to Dad to carry with him when he shipped out in Feb 1942 ..
It traveled to the  occupied Philippines where he spent most of WWII, in the Pacific Theater. It's special to all of us, as you can imagine, not  simply for its content, but its history. 

Rosary Comic Book

Even though my kids are older now, we *still* use this as our main source for the order within each mystery.
 (Ya think we'd have it all down by now wouldja? Nope.)
Plus the whimsical drawings are clever.

Catholic Youth Bible
My favorite Bible....and we've tried on a lot. Guidance and "real life" applications of scripture after each Book. Awesome.

Crossing the Threshold of Hope
I bought this book for my Dad for Father's Day back when........
He read it that day and recommended it to everyone he knew, even passing acquanintances. We all know JPII had an amazing talent for writing and theater arts. But do we have his books on our shelves accessible for our kids? I realized my Dad never got his copy back from ??? and we needed a replacement! I just ordered this one for our Faith baskets!


This appeared in my kids' Easter baskets two years ago. Since then they've become intrigue even more with saints' young lives. I think the fave for each of my boys was St Dominic Savio. But there are about a dozen stories within and they are all gripping.

Paul: Tarsus to Redemption
For any kids into graphic novels/anime, this is IT.
My boys loved this and wanted more more more .....anything about St Paul would do. Gret springboard for study of saints' lives.

                           Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate !
One of our many molds
Russell Stover's bunnies and Cadbury's creme eggs 
epitomize Easter, but you can make your own candies, adding some personalized
and home-y touches too! Plus, the Easter Bunny will probably appreciate our
assistance...he's got a lot of stops to make on Easter Eve!
I've bought Wilton candy melts in dark chocolate, of course, but 
pastel chocolates make that first peek into the baskets on Easter morn
even more festive!

Just for fun~
Here's an ollllld pic of the boys' baskets:
Easter morn 2007
Some bunny paint by numbers, treats and Bible DVDs

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  1. Lent just seems to be flying by. Thanks for the great suggestions!

    1. Thank you so much Leslie, for stopping by!!!

      So good of you to say HI too~

  2. Oh Chris! I love this post, both for its beautiful history with the Imitation of Christ book (amazing and so special!) and your fab suggestions! I admit I haven't even thought of Easter gifts and baskets! Ugggh, but the Teen Saint book might just be found in a basket this year! That ks for sharing this so wonderful post! :)

    1. Thank s Tra, for visiting!! We do love that book,'s perfect for our kids'ages....

      Thanks for the kind words too;;;xoxoxoxo

  3. Oh my, I haven't even thought about the Easter baskets yet. I guess I need to get on that since Lent seems to be passing by so quickly. Thanks for all the great recommendations.

    1. It does seem to be passing by quickly, doesn't it!? Halfway I guess?

      Thanks for visiting, Monique...always great to see you here!!

  4. Lovely post Chris, how quickly is Easter coming around this year ? :) thanks for linking up #CreativeMondays

    1. Isn't Lent flying, Claire!? Thanks for stopping by, my friend!!

  5. What an amazing keepsake of your dad's, Chris! How incredible that it travelled with him during the war. Wow! I have my husband's dad's Bible on our mantle. I like being able to see it everyday instead of tucking it away in a drawer for safe keeping :). I love the Easter goodies you shared here. I told my kids we weren't doing baskets this year since they are 21 and almost 13. They didn't like that very much so I guess I'll put something together. Thanks for reminding me to include plenty of Him!

    1. Wow, sounds as if you have a similar sentimental faith book then!
      Lovely idea!!

      Thanks for the kind comments, candace!

      And I guess the kids are too old for Easter AM goodies!!

      xoxoxo Love your visit!

  6. Just ordered the saint book! I am always having to borrow and look up on line when my kids are choosing saint costumes for All Saints Day. I am hoping they get some inspiration from this book for next year!

    1. Great idea, Crystal, to plan ahead and get some ideas throughout the year for All Saints!! I do think you'll enjoy the book!!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  7. I love all these suggestions for the Easter baskets this year. It has been a while since I did something beyond a new movie for the family or candy for the kids.

    And, thank you for sharing it on the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme.

    1. Thanks Laura~ And hey, I'm sure the kids appreciate your movie and chocolate each year too! What could be better?? :)

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  8. Hello Chris -- How in the world are you?! Your title drew me in from Holley's linkup. CHOCOLATE anything...Anyway, blessings and more blessings for a wonder-filled Easter and beyond.

    1. Sheila~ Thank you my friend for stopping over!

      Another chocolate fan, huh?! LOL

      Happy Easter to you as well, Sheila, and to your family!

  9. Hi Chris
    I love your book choices. My little man is 3 and I haven't gotten his basket yet. It's on my weekend shopping list. Any recommendations of books for a 3 year old? Thanks for sharing your blog and life at my party.
    Easter Blessings to you,

    1. Hi there Angel~
      I have a couple of titles that you might enjoy perusing for him...thanks for asking! I'll stop over to your blog and leave them in a comment..

      Angel thanks so much for visiting!

  10. Hi! I'm your 'neighbor' at Holly Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart. Loved your suggestions for books, great add in to our ever present and appreciated chocolate. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Sandra!!

      I appreciate your visit~~Happy easter!

  11. I'm ordering at least three of your book recs. I can't resist a Catholic comic book!

    1. Well, I know you'll love the Rosary Comic!!

      And thank you for visiting, Jessica~~!

  12. You've got some great items here! How special to have the copy of The Imitation of Christ handed down. I just bought a gift version of that Youth Bible for my son for confirmation, but now I have my eye on Ablaze. That looks great! Thanks for linking up!


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