Saturday, April 11, 2009

Warning this post is loooooong and full of sweet goodness –

everyday goodness for Easter –
My grandmother always made a multi-colored Easter Cake every year and since being out on my own, I’ve sort of claimed this tradition as my own. Nothing hard about this one – simply buy a white cake mix [or two, depending on how BIG you actually want your cake to be], some food coloring, and a couple of tubs of chocolate frosting. Mix the cake according to directions, divide batter into fourths and color each one differently [pink, yellow, blue, and green], bake according to directions. Cool and frost… how springy – and delicious does this look?
[and btw - this is the mini version for the kids coming in tonight -]

And this? Cake Ball Cupcakes?
Well, many of us have been hearing about these luscious cake balls for a while now
[we first tasted them during the holidays of 2007.]
So when I saw this adorable take on the idea over at Pioneer Woman – I just HAD to give it a go – and go they did! At first I was thinking – this may be a once-every-few-years kind of thing – but as I got a process down, things went really quick and easy.
Go on over and check out the details on how to make them yourself – but hide some if you want them to last for more than a day – they’re yummy!

And lastly – my cookie of the month
– Resurrection Cookies –
– love these and the teaching idea behind them! Enjoy!
– ~Also known as Easter Story Cookies~
This is a great recipe to teach your Children the REAL story of Easter.
That the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior is not dead but has Risen.
We serve a Risen Savior......
You will need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape
These are to be made the evening before Easter. Preheat oven to 300F.
*** (this is very important --- don't wait until you are half done with the recipe).
Place pecans in zipper baggy 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 teaspoon 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 to give us 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, and the bitterness of our own sin.
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 12 to 15 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 teaspoon onto waxed 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
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 Resurrection Sunday (Easter) morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read: Matthew 28:1-9

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I plan on making the cake, the snowball cupcakes AND the sweet is that! And my DH loved the Easter Lab photo - he says he likes your kind of "sickness"....Happy Easter!

Bless you,