Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Love Easter

Have I mentioned that I love Easter? We made the Resurrection eggs and we planted the table garden. We've talked about Jesus coming into Jerusalem as the people waved palm branches. I'm excited about all that is coming for us to learn and do together as a family. We want to celebrate our Risen Savior!
Here is another great recipe for Easter time that has the entire story in the ingredients!
At some point in my past I signed up for Sunday School lesson ideas from Mary Kate Warner. This one came the other day, and I think it would be a great activity for my kids. They love to help out in the kitchen, and what better way to learn than by tasting, seeing, touching, hearing, and smelling!

Ingredients:
one cup of whole pecans
one teaspoon of vinegar,
three egg whites
a pinch of salt
one cup of sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit.

Place the pecans into the zip lock baggies, and break them into smaller pieces with the wooden spoon. Explain how Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers after he was arrested, and read John 19:1-3.

Next, add the vinegar to the mixing bowl and tell your kids that Jesus was given vinegar to drink while he was on the cross. Read John 19:28-30. Add the egg whites to the bowl, explaining that eggs represent life and how Jesus gave his life to us by reading John 10:10-11.

Now add a pinch of salt to the bowl to represent the tears shed by Jesus' disciples and followers
after his death. Read Luke 23:27.

The next step is to add the sugar while telling the children how the sweetest part of Jesus' story
is that he died because he loves us. To reinforce this notion, read Psalm 34:8 or John 3:16. Let them taste a bit of sugar as well.

Beat the mixture with the mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes. Have your kids take turns beating the mixture until stiff peaks are formed. Next, fold in the pecans and drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets covered with wax paper. Read Matthew 27:57-60 to explain how each cookie represents the tomb where Jesus' body was laid to rest.

Put the cookies in the oven and close the oven door. Turn the oven off and seal it with tape to
represent the way that Jesus' tomb was sealed off. Read Matthew 27:65-66. Read John
16:20 and 22
to learn about how Jesus' disciples and followers were saddened by the sealing of
his tomb.

The cookies should bake for about 10 minutes. They can stay in the turned off oven for up
to 15 minutes, then should be taken out to cool after that.

As you eat the cookies, which are hollow on the inside to represent the empty tomb after Jesus rose read Matthew 28:1-9. This speaks of Jesus rising from the dead.

Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful idea I can't wait to do this with my kids ages 5 and 4. THanks for passing this along.

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  2. I was hoping to do this with my kid this year. Thanks for the recipe! Now I won't have to look it up.

    PS I love Easter, too!

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  3. Wow, I haven't heard of this idea before and it is awesome! I am going to print this out and save for when my kiddos are a bit older. We are just now starting to look at churches to attend, which we haven't before. I realized we needed to start going and form a good Christian basis for our household when my almost-3-year-old daughter said that God was "Fairy Godmother."
    P.S. Thanks for the tip on the Aldi green beans - I'm definitely getting them on my next trip!

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  4. What a great post! I put together a post for tomorrow on my blog about various Easter resources I have found- just a few craft ones. Love this, tho, as it has been on my mind!

    Thanks for your visit!

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  5. I've done this before, but the recipe I have says to do it Saturday night before Easter. You bake the cookie 10 min, then just turn the oven off and leave them all night. The next morning, you open the oven and the cookies to see the hollow part.

    I love Easter, too; it's sort of a "spiritual new year" for me... gets me thinking about God's hand in our life over the previous year and what He might be leading us to do in the following year.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. I've seen the recipe before, but never made it. My little guy is only 3, so I'm not sure if he would get it? I am definitely going to save this to try next year. So simple, yet powerful!

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