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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Weekend & Spring Break Week

Before this week ever rolled around I had declared it a No-, um, make that Low-work Fun Week!  Because, let's be honest, there's really no way to do no work.  But my time with my babies is ticking by and I wanted to spend this spring break making memories.

Yesterday was spent playing baby dolls, taking a loooooong bubble bath, reading books, and flying kites, with a few other things sprinkled in.  Today, I'm a bit sad to let them go but...they are going to their Nana's because their cousin is in town and those girls love each other.  But, there are many things on our to-do list this week...

Making Resurrection Cookies...
Making an Empty Tomb Cake...
Baking in their Easy-Bake oven...
Making more Cloud Dough...
Playing outside...
Reading, reading, reading...
A trip to the Children's Museum...
And whatever else we can get into!

A few items on the above list are repeats from this past weekend.  Here's why:

When we were at my mom's last weekend, she made Cloud Dough using flour and baby oil (at an 8:1 ratio).  The girls had fun making it and playing with it.  I can only imagine how much more fun they could have with a huge container of the dough and various tools for shaping it.  We are going to make a lot more to keep in an airtight container and take out to on the deck for a good we-can-be-outside-while-mom-cooks activity.  I've recently moved their wooden table up on the deck so they can do more activities outside even if I'm inside.  (Not to worry, friends, my kitchen door and windows open to the deck.  We can be chatting while they play ten feet away.)

Also, while we were there, my oldest sister brought a basket-full of ingredients over to make Resurrection Cookies.  Unfortunately, my momma's hand-held mixer got hot, and we had to cut the required mixing time in half; so, the cookies didn't turn out.  The girls want to give it another go.  (The recipe is at the bottom if you'd like it.)

And, lastly, we will be doing a repeat of the Empty Tomb cake because...well, just because we want more chocolate cake!  The chocolate fast is over and I, unlike Jaime Nato, was happy to reintroduce the sugary treat into my diet.  I think the girls were happy that I welcomed chocolate back into my world, too, since they have asked if we can make this cake again.  We each got one piece and that just wasn't quite enough to satisfy our prolonged cravings.

Bake a chocolate bundt cake.  (I used a box mix.)  Cut it in two pieces, one half slightly larger than the other half.  Place on their ends (cut sides down) and put the flat sides (what is usually the bottom of the bundt cake) back-to-back to create a hill.  Spread choc icing over all.  Cover the hole with a York peppermint patty.  The recipe calls for sprinkling green colored coconut around the bottom for grass, but I used crushed Oreos for dirt because I'm not a fan of dried coconut.

Here's my big girl "rolling away the stone," to discover the linens (paper towel shreds) in the empty tomb.

Thanks to my friend, Jennifer, for the Empty Tomb cake recipe!

Resurrection Cookie recipe:

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.
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.
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 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.

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