Easter is just around the corner and yesterday I found out my daughter is coming home to visit. She is 29 and a vegan, so I was perplexed about what to put in her Easter Basket. I know she likes vintage and antique things so I went to Mullica Hill to solve my dilemma of what to put in an Easter basket when you can't use chocolate or dairy. The first shop I stopped in had the perfect solution, lovely, shaped, perfumcd soaps, one of which was a large molded white cat "The Sophisticat" which takes the place of the white chocolate bunny of my daughter's childhood. Next, I crossed the street to the Red Mill Antiques and right inside the door I found a charming basket with a large cranberry colored sash on the wooden lid! Next I found an adorable old tin with rabbits on it and some tiny china rabbits to put in it with Easter grass and I was all set.
Mulica Hill will host an Antique Street Fair from 10 - 5 on April 27th with the 28th as a rain date. www.mullicahill.com and 856-881-6800 for questions or to reserve a table.
Still, I have other relatives who do eat chocolate, in particular a nephew, so on the day of the big snow, Monday 3/24/13, I took advantage of the bad weather to go to Duffy's Chocolates in Gloucester City, on Broadway. Generally at Easter there will be a line stretching to the door, but since the weather was so forbidding, I was only the second customer in line. Duffy's has been in business most of the 20th century and now the 21st. It is a tradition for many who live within the area to buy great chocolate there as well as Irish potatoes. It is a family owned business and the chocolates are handmade. It isn't too late - if you need something special for a hostess gift or to put in that Easter basket, head over to Duffy's and enjoy the fragrance as you walk in the door!
A tv note: It is nice when what you read and what you watch on tv get in sync with the holidays. I've enjoyed The Bible on History Channel ( a little hokey but perfect to get in the mind set of the season) and The Vikings, too. Also, there was an excellent documentary on Jamestown which teams up nicely with a wonderful book I'm reading by Bernard Bailyn, The Barbarous Years, which deals with that same period in Colonial American History 1600-1675. I plan to get one or two of his other books and will do a book review column as soon as I finish this one.
Happy Easter and Happy Spring (if it ever arrives).