Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Last night while I was surfing through blogger-land I ran across this recipe which I found on What are JJJ and B up to? Surprisingly, I had all the ingredients and so, since we decided not to dye eggs, we found ourselves having some Bible the kitchen! Here's the recipe that I copied directly from Jennifer's blog along with pictures of our night.
Resurrection Cookies
1 c whole pecans
1 t vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 c sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place pecans in a zipper bag and let children beat them with a 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 (we let them taste) the vinegar. Put 1 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.

Add 1 c 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 Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. (I couldn't blend for 15 minutes because the children were kinda going crazy, and from this point forward you will see that things didn't go as hoped.) Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound (we didn't have "mounds"...we had more like "puddles") represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matt. 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 Matt. 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 and 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. (This is where I won't show you how flat my cookies turned out. But I'm HAPPY to show you how cute my kiddos turned out!) :)
Read Matt. 28:1-9.

HE HAS RISEN! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter!


Becky Lollar said...

What a great idea!! Your kiddos are just the CUTEST!! Happy Easter my dear friend!! :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to teach the real meaning of Easter. I am so proud of how you & David are raising your family.

As Dylan would say, everyone looks really sharp in their Easter frocks.


*sara* said...

Look how cute they look! :)

Amanda said...

That was a great idea to use for teaching about Easter. I will have to use that next year. They are just too cute in the pictures. I love the girls' matching dresses!

Eva Nichole said...

Looks like great time was had making cookies and how handsome and beauitful do your kids look!!
Crystal and Eva

Shanda said...

I am just in awe of what a good job you do as a mommy! I am super impressed (as always) of how you guys spend such great quality family time. What an inventive way to teach them that Easter is way more than egg hunts and candy. Those kids look precious!

Grandmommy said...

Everyone looked so nice at church Sunday (includes you & David & Grandpa). Grandmother used to call that recipe "Forgotten Cookies". Very clever how a recipe can be adapted to tell about God's love for us.