Monday, March 29, 2010

Resurrection Time!

Do you have any Easter traditions? Here's a couple of recipes you can use to start something cool with your kiddos. It’s fun to put these together on Friday or Saturday night and eat them for breakfast Easter Morning.

Resurrection Buns
Grands size Biscuits
Cinnamon & Sugar

Roll the biscuit out until it’s about 5 inches across. Spread the butter on top with a pastry brush, and sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar. The spices represent the spices used to anoint Jesus’ body before His burial. Place Jesus (the marshmallow) on the biscuit. White represents purity and the sinless life that Jesus led.

Fold the sides of the biscuit up around the marshmallow and close it up on top to make the tomb. You may need to place a little water on the edges as you close them to get a good seal. Put more butter, sugar and cinnamon on top.
Place on a baking sheet with a lip, because the marshmallows will seep out.
Bake according to the biscuit packages instructions.
Here's another recipe and story to help explain things to the kiddos.

Resurrection Story Cookies

What a wonderful recipe to share with the children. These cookies are made the evening before celebrating the Resurrection, and are cooked in a warm oven overnight so they will be ready on Easter morning.

You need to preheat the oven to 300 degrees (this is important--don't wait until you are half done with the recipe!)

3 egg whites
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. Vinegar
A pinch salt
1 cup sugar
A zipper baggie
A wooden spoon

Place pecans in zipper baggie 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 tsp. 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 1cup 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. 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 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 Resurrection morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

Read Matt. 28:1-9

When your children eat them they will find the tomb is empty! Jesus has risen! Happy Easter. Do you have any traditional Easter recipes?
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