Ok here is the Easter project I was talking about in my last post. They are called Resurrection Cookies. Many of you have probably already heard of them. I got them in an email about 5 years ago (or more), and we have done them every year since. BUT in case you haven't heard of them, or forgot about them, or forgot where your recipe is *smiles...like any of us would ever do that?!* I am posting it here for you :)...It is a great object lesson for your kids, and a way to focus on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us...my kids are 13, 9.5, and 3.5 yrs old and they all enjoy (and learn) from making these...
1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
1 c. sugar
You will also need:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
- Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
- Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life so that we could have life. Read John 10:10-11.
- Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers. Read Luke 23:27.
- So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
- Beat with a mixer on high speed for several minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
- Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
- GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20-22.
- On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! Explain how the tomb was empty on the first Easter because Christ had risen from the dead! Read Matthew 28:1-9.
Of course you can go into as much or as little detail about the parts as you want. If your kids are like mine, this opens up a huge arena for discussion and questions...."do you think the vinegar helped Jesus not be thirsty?" (me) "no i think he probably puked! i might!" (elijah)....."how big was the tomb?" (elijah...yes he is my questioner) "it was big, like a small cave, big enough to put Jesus' body in at least" (me, i need to research BEFORE we make cookies) "really?....that must have taken a LOT of tape to hold that big rock in place" (elijah after we "sealed" our cookies in).....
Granted those are examples of my Elijah's questions, but Lane (and elijah from time to time) really have asked some hard questions and made some heart wrenching observations during our cookie time too...."I bet his mom just wanted to climb up there and take him down and hold him...i bet that is what you would do huh mom?" (lane) "yeah and give the soldiers a knuckle sandwich for lunch when they gave him vinegar to drink when he was thirsty! you woulda given them a fat lip for bein a knothead" (yep, elijah)......."how could he forgive them mom? i don't think i could, shoot i can't forgive eli sometimes and he just breaks my toys!" (lane).....
Well you get the idea.....We will be out of town this weekend so please be praying for us. We are going to celebrate my great-aunt's 70th birthday (she won't be 70 until next month, but we are having the party this month)...she is like a surrogate Mamaw to me since my Mamaw passed away...she is who one of Tink's middle names comes from (JoEtta) she is my great-Aunt Joan Etta...she is a true and faithful servant if there ever was one ;) and I feel so blessed to get to spend any time with her that I can :)....please pray for traveling grace and mercy for us :)
Ok, like you guys aren't sick of my multi-photo/multi-layout posts, but I can't help myself, I just adore my young'uns and my hubby and my nephews and my siblings and my parents...need i go on? Anyway here are my 3 newest layouts :)
my sweet li'l tink at 4 days old :)
(credits: monica larsen's Strawberry Dreams kit, font- Darcy Baldwin's Emilys)
This was another for the ADSR3 and I really really like it :)...the kit completely rocks and was the PERFECT shade/colors to go with Lumpy....the challenge was to interview an inanimate object (as in a car, key, phone, shoe....not as in "your race partner's youth" or "your once pierced tongue"....um not like I would ever think of interviewing those things for a race layout...i mean i am just guessing those might be ideas...yeah...um..that's my story and I'm sticking to it). ANYWAY....we had to interview them with at least 4 questions with answers...needless to say I was running short on ideas :)....but Lumpy has scared away plenty of "spookables" and been dragged through it all from dirt to mud to syrup to honey to mashed potatoes....he is one of Tink's most beloved friends....here is the journaling/interview....
"So Lumpy, I just want to thank you for taking time out of your schedule to be here"....
"No problem, you don't happen to have any snicker-doodles do you? I love snicker-doodles."...
"*sigh* I am sorry hun, I don't. Is there anything else you would like? Some honey perhaps?"...
No...No thank you...I don't like honey so much...last time Tink gave me honey, you threw me in that washer-go-round...ugh, talk about the room spinning"...
"Ah yes...I forgot that Tink got honey all over your trunk...speaking of Tink, I want to know how you do it?! I mean, it must be hard being the best friend to such a diva! What keeps you going?"
"The smiles...& the snuggles, she is, like you said, my best pal, so it all evens out..."
"Do you think you will ever tire of being the most favored Lumpy of her collection?"
You wanna run to the school to get her? Preschool is letting out for the day..."
**and I just remembered as I was reading the journaling, Lumpy like RUMPLE-doodles...sigh...will this momma ever get it right?! I should have asked Tink....**
(credits: This kit is so freakin' awesome...it is by Carla Phillips click HERE for it...or you can find it at gottapixel.net...it is called "Li'l Miss Jas" and it is just fabulous!.....and the fonts are my faves...they are by Darcy Baldwin...Emilys and Lorraine)
and finally a new fave of mine..this layout took 30 min start to finish....that is how awesome this kit is....it practically DID the layout for me!
(credits: Joanne Bain/Doin' It Digi Designs Forest Garden kit available at TreasuresToScrap.com)