Resurrection Cookies

Last year, I posted recipes for two types of Resurrection Cookies and how to teach your children the resurrection story through baking. You can read that post here. This year we are only going to make the following recipe which is the less complicated of the two types. This is a great & unique way to teach your children about the resurrection!

RESURRECTION COOKIES

Ingredients:

Large Marshmallows

Crescent Rolls (uncooked)

Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture

1. Wrap an uncooked crescent roll  around most of the marshmallow–leaving one side of the marshmallow exposed.

~~The crescent roll represents the tomb and the marshmallow shows that the tomb is not empty.

2. Roll the crescent roll/marshmallow tomb in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

3. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake according to crescent roll directions.

~~Read the resurrection story (using a Children’s Bible or book on your child’s level).

5. As they bake; the marshmallow will melt. Remove them from the oven according to directions.

~~You will have an empty tomb!

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Drink Green!

If you are a vegetarian or totally into healthy eating you may have heard of drinking a green smoothie. To someone (like me) who is not a vegetarian and does not eat particularly healthy; this may be a totally new concept.

Last week, I decided that I was going to start eating a healthy diet. Not because I need to loose weight but because I want to be a good example for my girls. I pulled out my old “boot camp” (an intensive 12 week exercise & nutrition program)* diet from 2 1/2 years ago and started buying things that were on the list. I had forgotten how expensive it is to buy healthy food! Anyway, I did not follow the diet exactly but was using it as a guideline for portions and daily intake of certain foods. Since I don’t eat six meals a day (as the boot camp diet plan suggests); I made smoothies to help get my fruit and vegetables down in a shorter amount of time.

Later in the week, a friend was drinking a tall glass of bright green juice when I arrived at her house for a play-date. A few of us moms were curious as to what exactly she was drinking 🙂 To our surprise she said that she had put fresh spinach in her smoothie! In my mind, that was going too far to achieve making a healthy smoothie. My friend insisted that you can’t taste the spinach if you also put a banana in it. I was still not convinced but when I walked through the grocery store today I decided to pick up a bag of spinach.

Gather your ingredients!

There are many recipes on the internet for smoothies using greens. Based on what I had available in my kitchen; I used the following:

1 Cup Fruit Juice, 1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt, 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, 1 Banana, Approximately 2 Cups Fresh Spinach, & 5 Ice Cubes.

Generally, I keep some or all of my fruit frozen so that I don’t have to use ice cubes. Since this was a spur of the moment experiment; I did not have time to freeze the fruit this time.

Put ingredients in blender!

I put all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, in the blender and blended until smooth. Then, I added, crushed, and blended the ice cubes to get the cold smoothie effect.

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

My verdict?

I love it!

I really could not taste the spinach. In fact; I think it is one of my better smoothie concoctions. Although my 3 year old daughter would not taste it; my 1 year old daughter liked it enough to have a cup of her own. I had my husband close his eyes (before seeing the color) and taste it. He said that he liked it but then looked shocked after I showed him the color and told him there was spinach in it.

I plan to continue being more conscious of what I eat. I don’t think I can stick to a strict diet with nothing bad in it because I love food too much. I am watching my portions though. I think the key is moderation of the not so good stuff and an increase of the healthy stuff. Ask me in a few weeks or months if I’m sticking with it. I hope I am!

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*[In case anyone was wondering; I did the 12 week-daily boot camp program several months after having my first daughter. I reached my goal of getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Except for the occasional walk; I have not exercised since (even since having my second daughter). I think the boot camp scared me for life. I hate exercising!]

Mmmm Strawberries…10 Steps To Dessert!

I very rarely buy strawberries here in Okinawa. Unfortunately, they are just too expensive. For the price I generally pay here; I would guess that I could get two to three times as many strawberries in the states. Yesterday, I noticed that they were a lot cheaper than they normally are. So, I bought a pound of them!

I like to eat sugared strawberries over angel food cake but this time I tried something a little different. Here are step by step directions for preparing a easy and yummy dessert!

1. Rinse and core 1 pound of strawberries.

2. Slice the strawberries.

3. Gently mix 1/4 cup of sugar with the strawberries.

4. Cover and refrigerate for 2 or more hours.

5. Gather Strawberries, Snickerdoodles*, Vanilla Ice Cream, & Whipped Cream.

6. Scoop ice cream partially between two cookies.

7. Spoon strawberries on top of cookies and ice cream.

8. Top with whipped cream.

9. Place one slice of strawberry on top of the whipped cream.

10. Enjoy every bite!

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*I used store bought cookies. Next time I think I am going to try Sugar Cookies in place of the Snickerdoodles.

**In case you were wondering; my kitchen is made up of mostly Pampered Chef items. Here is a list of the items you see in my pictures:

  • Colander & Bowl Set
  • Core & More
  • Egg Slicer Plus
  • Ice Cream Dipper
  • Mix ‘N Scraper
  • 1-cup Prep Bowl
  • Small Square Plates

Teach Your Children About The Resurrection-Through Baking!

[Update: I did make both types of cookies last Easter weekend! I have posted a picture of each under each recipe listed below. Personally, I didn’t care for the taste of the Type 1 cookie and they were very fragile (they crumbled easily). Type 2 was a lot easier and much more yummy 🙂 Next year, I may try dipping the rolls into butter and brown sugar instead of the sugar/cinnamon mixture. I also think that the correlation to the resurrection was little above my daughter’s head (age 3). But, when a friend’s daughter (age 5) saw them; she was really excited about it!]

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Have you ever though about how to teach your children the Resurrection Story? I have! In fact, I have been thinking about it all week. My oldest daughter is to the age where I think she will be able to understand it but I have not really known the best way of teaching it to her.

This morning I received an e-mail from my friend Amber (Thanks Amber!); which included a recipe for Resurrection Cookies! I think that this would be a perfect way to teach Kendal this year (and years to come)! In this blog, I have included two types of Resurrection Cookies along with scripture that will help you explain the Resurrection story. The first type of cookie must be started the evening before Easter and finished on Easter morning. The second type of cookie is much more simple and can be made anytime. I have never made either type; so I don’t have any pictures (but you can find pictures online). These would make great family time activities!

Have you made either of these Resurrection Cookies before? Or are you going to try them this week? Be sure to comment and let us know your experiences with them and how your children reacted!

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RESURRECTION COOKIES (Type 1)

***To be made the Saturday evening before Easter***

Ingredients & Supplies:

1 Cup Whole Pecans

1 teaspoon Vinegar

3 Egg Whites

Pinch of Salt

1 Cup Sugar

Electric Mixer

Zipper Baggie

Wooden Spoon

Tape

Bible

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (This is IMPORTANT-don’t wait until you’re done with the recipe!)

2. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces.

***Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read:

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him in the face.” John 19:1-3

3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put vinegar into the mixing bowl.

***Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read:

“Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:28-30

4. Add egg whites to vinegar.

***Explain that the eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life in order to give us life. Read:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

5. 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:

“A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.” Luke 23:27

6. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add the sugar to the bowl.

***Explain that the sweetness part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him and belong to Him. Read:

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

7. Beat the ingredients in the bowl with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.

***Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes and those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read:

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:1-3

8. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto a wax covered cookie sheet.

***Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read

“As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” Matthew 27:57-60

9. Put 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’s tomb was sealed. Read:

“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.” Matthew 27:65-66

10. 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:

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:20-22

***EASTER MORNING***

Open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. THE COOKIES ARE HOLLOW!!!

***Explain that on the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read:

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.” Matthew 28:1-9

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RESURRECTION COOKIES (Type 2)

Ingredients:

Large Marshmallows

Crescent Rolls (uncooked)

Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture

1. Wrap an uncooked crescent roll  around most of the marshmallow–leaving one side of the marshmallow exposed.

***The crescent roll represents the tomb and the marshmallow shows that the tomb is not empty.

2. Roll the crescent roll/marshmallow tomb in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

3. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake according to crescent roll directions.

***Read the resurrection story (using the verses in the above recipe).

5. As they bake; the marshmallow will melt. Remove them from the oven according to directions.

***You will have an empty tomb!

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