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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Kid's Easter Baskets Done Fair: Wholly Goodness with more than a Touch of Sweetness

Easter conjures up images of spring and new life.  Life.  Abundant Life. Life that is like a river that flows out of me. . .



This kind of celebration begs us to celebrate in a way that is truly life-giving.

Life-giving . . . meaning that it is giving to more than just me, giving more than than to just  my family; it is life-giving to a community that extends to the farmer in a far away land, to the artisan across the seas, and my local Canadian neighbour a province away.

Choose this handmade Easter card made with indigneous fibres to bring joyous Easter greetings.


This Easter I decided to rethink Easter baskets in a "neighbourly" fashion. Rather than do what is "cheapest for me, " we came up with some Easter ideas that spread some Easter joy beyond our family. These baskets are rooted in a joy of community-orientation.


We included items from our three core tenets

1) local,

2) fair-trade, and

3) used  . . .

(Click here for a post on Why this matters)


 

 

 

Okay, let's get on with the Easter hunt!


 

 The above Easter basket includes:

  • Good News Easter basket: Just the thing for Easter morning egg hunts. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making. This innovative use of an unconventional material fits the “trash to treasure” trend and creates a unique pattern with a distinct finished look.
  • Good News Easter Egg (seen at the back): Skip the plastic eggs and fill up this egg-shaped box with trinkets and treats on Easter morning for an egg hunt to remember. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making.
  • Duck Finger Puppet: A cheery spring character for loads of creative fun. And made fairly {grin}
  • Nuster Chocolate Treats: A sweet fair-trade treat: a creamy strawberry Greek yogurt filling surrounds a dry roasted whole almond and is coated in a crisp rice and cocoa wafer shell. Fair trade chocolate and GMO-free ingredients.
  • Pecking Chicks Toy: A wooden classic toy for all ages to enjoy. . .and fair-trade of course!
  • Handmade Chocolate pop on a stick made with fair-trade chocolate. Click here for recipe.

 

 

 The above Easter basket includes:

  • Good News Easter basket: Just the thing for Easter morning egg hunts. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making. This innovative use of an unconventional material fits the “trash to treasure” trend and creates a unique pattern with a distinct finished look.
  • Good News Easter Egg (seen near the front): Skip the plastic eggs and fill up this egg-shaped box with trinkets and treats on Easter morning for an egg hunt to remember. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making.
  • Puppy Coin Purse: My little guy needs a little coin wallet to carry his Sunday morning offering money to Sunday School safely {grin}
  • Rabbit Finger Puppet: A spring-y character for loads of creative fun. And made fairly {grin}
  • Handmade Chocolate pop on a stick made with fair-trade chocolate. Click here for recipe.

 

fair-trade finger puppets

And of course it gave us great joy to add a used item to beef up the sustainability aspect of this basket. And what could be better than the classic "Chicken Little" book? This used copy brings back many childhood memories. I know the characters from this book will bring much amusement to our home. I mean who cannot enjoy reading about Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, and Turkey Lurkey?



And finally we added a Canadian-made Easter bunny that hopped here from Saskatoon, SK. . . . lovingly made by Mary Grishchenko of Mashenka Rose. Check out her whimsy and adorable creations for your loved ones!

 


I actually went with my two little guys to Ten Thousand Villages (one toddling beside the other seated in the stroller) and we picked out the fair-trade treats together. At their age a bit of knowledge of Easter treats only heightens the anticipation . . . so I figured it was okay to make it a fun outing of it. My three year old is still talking about the giraffes he saw at the Ten Thousand Villages store. It was so lovely to connect with Lisa, the assistant manager at the Winnipeg retail location. When she started talking to my little guys I knew she had to be a fellow mama:)



Looking to make some of your own fair-trade chocolate treats? Check out our fair-trade Camino recipe here:


 

What are your Easter treat plans? Leave a note and tell us! Whatever they are I hope you take a page from "Chicken Little". . .



". . . She pecked and pecked at it until it was all gone."



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Lesson in a Kernel of Wheat: Death Precedes Life

While growing up in my home, my parents had a tradition of planting some wheat before Easter--and as children we enjoyed watching it grow. This family tradition became synonymous with the Easter season.  Now, it's such a joy to continue this tradition.

 

No need to buy grass seed; I simply used the wheat kernels that I mill in my on-the-counter grain mill. We used local organic wheat purchased at Prairie Foods in MB.


 


As I was doing this activity with my little guy I was once again reminded that death precedes life; I explained  that the kernel of wheat needs to die (to itself) in order to give life.  (This object lesson is great because it allows the little ones to get their hands dirty!)


 

Death precedes life. Such an incredible thought. Most of us seek fullfillment, and have this notion that true joyous life will follow our fullfillment or self-actualization. But actually nature teaches us quite the opposite; the kernel of wheat dies to itself in order to produce more life.


A kernel of wheat is a great Easter lesson.


Check out the fair-trade bashful bunny purchased from Ten Thousand Villages


In what ways do you need to engage in self-denial? In what ways to you need to love your neighbour, and even love your enemy in order to truly live?

 

A fair-trade Easter basket we made up. . .read more about it here


One of the ways we try to do this is make accomodation within our tight budget and buy local & fair-trade products (generally they cost a bit more) when we can; this essentially means less disposable income for us, and more for someone else (e.g. the farmer, the artisan, the textile worker across the seas) Click here for a post on why local & fair-trade matters.


 


Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)


Eugene Peterson in his paraphase beautifully says: “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal."

 

Drinking kombucha made with Camino fair-trade sugar from Ten Thousand Villages

After this "dirty" work we refreshed ourselves with a tall glass of homemade strawberry kombucha (cultured tea), which also happens to be so incredible for your health!  (A healthy gut belongs to a healthy person, which is why you want to get a healthy gut!) Kombucha makes for a fabulous spring-time drink, and its natural effervescence makes it a great soda-pop replacement.  


Looking to spring into some health this season? Shed some toxins? Interested in making your own kombucha? Kombucha cultures can be purchased here. And this spring we are offering an exciting Winnipeg-based cultured drink course.


 

Pictured above. . .a few wheat seedlings poking through the dirt--three days later.

 

 

 


We planted our wheat on Holy Week Tuesday, and it started poking through the ground on Good Friday. So beautifully poignant.


Looking for some quick & easy DIY Easter chocoalte ideas? Look no further! We've got a tasty fair-trade recipe awaiting you!

 

Make sure to check out all our Easter posts. . .

fair-trade finger puppets


  Check out this Canadian-made Easter bunny that hopped here from Saskatoon, SK. . . . lovingly made by Mary Grishchenko of Mashenka Rose.


Happy Easter!

 

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