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Easter Recipes + Delirium Discussion

Happy hump day! The weekend is on the horizon and I've been brainstomring what to make for Easter Sunday. We will begin the day with church with Shaun's parents and then back to their house for some breakfast. I'm thinking a little baked oatmeal will be in order...

In the afternoon, we will head to my aunt's house and I'm thinking of bringing some cupcakes! I have these adorable cupcake liners that just need to be used. I also used them in last year's malted chocolate cupakes. So cute. I think that a nice chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream is the ticket...

I also have a number of other Easter recipes that I'm contemplating, but those two are leading the pack. If you're on the hunt of some other Easter recipes, here are some more ideas:

Chocolate cookie peepza pie. So cute and fun and can be whipped up in a snap.

Jelly bean brown sugar cookies. Ah I love these. They are so cute and fun. The jelly beans look like little jewels and keeps the cookie nice and chewy!

Chocolate peanut butter eggs. I mean...what more can I say? They are super easy and cute.

Chick cake pops. I haven't tried making these, but someone who is better at dessert decorating than I am should.

White chocolate pretzel Easter bark...in case you missed it yesterday, this bark is sweet, salty and festive.

So there you go. Some fun recipes for you!

What are your plans for Easter or Passover?


On another note...let's talk about Delirium!

Did you read it? (And if you didn't...read no further!)


I really, really loved this book. I was immediately sucked into this world where love is a disease and members of society have 'the procedure' when they turn 18 in order to prevent them from feeling love.

Of course, our heroin, Lena, who is completely for the procedure, ends up meeting Alex...and falls in love just weeks before her scheduled procedure.

Ah Alex.


I started thinking about this concept of not feeling love...and what a scary concept that is! Can you imagine that? What is life worth living without love for parents, siblings, children, husbands, wives...even pets?! No world I want to live in, that is for certain.

For me, the ending happened as expected, but I didn't mind. I thought it was exciting and a fun, easy read. I love getting sucked into books like this!

So here are some questions to get the discussion going. Also, please note that this is JUST for Delirium...if you've already read Pandemonium (the second book), please do NOT post any spoilers for Pandemonium...mmm k?


How do you think this idea of 'no love' came about in this world?

Did you identify with Lena before her 'deliria'? Her desire to follow the government and do what she is told, since it 'must be in her best interest'?

Why do you think that cameras were suddenly installed at the house?

And as for the ending...what do you think Alex's fate might be?

I hope that some of you read this book and join in the discussion! I'll post my thoughts in the comments!

Reader Comments (7)

i like the idea of baked oatmeal. I have never tried that before! Headed to check out that recipe!

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Belleicious

I didn't realize it was Easter this weekend until Monday night! I'm thinking a hike in Malibu and then brunch at home?

Ok I will get the Delirium discussion going!

I love trying to picture what the world looked like when the 'deliria' started...who decided that it was a disease? How did they eradicate it? They don't really touch on this much in the book (that I can recall?) but it's fun to imagine. Or scary...depending on how you look at it.

I definitely identified with Lena. Though I wanted to shake her and say 'wake up girl!' through the entire first half of the book, I absolutely understood her desire to believe that her best intentions were in mind and that whole 'trying to be perfect' thing.

And regarding Alex...oh Alex. For some reason, I don't believe that this is the last we'll see of him but have no idea how that will transpire...what do you think?

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Ah I just finished reading the second Delirium book and now I don't know what to do until the 3rd one come out! They were the only books that got me through my Hunger Games mourning process.

I think it's such a scary concept because if you do think about it, love is such a crazy disease. I feel like it really does turn people into something they never were before, whether that be good or bad. It's something we never think about, but the idea of cleansing the world of love was extremely intriguing to me.

Oh Alex, how I love thee. He is someone every girl could ever want. It's very curious reading the second book because how much Lena has changed throughout this whole ordeal.

It's hard for me to not put any spoilers in here because so many of my feelings have changed since reading the second book.

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I wish you were my easter bunny - I bet you could whip up gluten-free goodies with the best of them! I haven't read this book, but I think I want to now! Thank you for the review!

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ LauraLivesLife

i haven't read Delirium so I can't chime in about that. i can tell you our easter plans, though! i think we're going to the in-laws for a big family dinner, menu still to be decided. i'm hoping to make angel food cupcakes + homemade peeps, among other things!

I just got the email that Delirium is at the library waiting for me! It's been on hold for a long time. I'll get it tomorrow and start reading it in a few days, I'm almost done with my current book. I just finished ROOM the other week and enjoyed that. Maze Runner and the sequel I finished as well. I'm always looking for suggestions if you have any!

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