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Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Give each child a triangle of cresent rolls. The cresent roll represents the the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Give each child a marshmallow, this represents Jesus.
Have him dip the marshmallow in melted butter, which represents the oils of embalming.
Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to annoint the Body.
Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the cresent roll (not like a typical cresent roll up ... but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside. This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes (The oven represents the tomb pretend it was three days!).
When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!
(The marshmallow melts and the cresent roll is puffed up, but empty).
EASTER STORY COOKIES
(credit to Wanda Long, Home Life Magazine?)
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|Bible||1 c. sugar|
|1 c. whole pecans||zipper baggie|
|1 tsp. vinegar||wooden spoon|
|3 egg whites||tape|
Preheat oven to 300° F.
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.
|Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote Him with their hands. 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.
|After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. 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.
|The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. 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.
|And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. Luke 23:27|
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. 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 we belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. Psalm 34:8
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 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 Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 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 Matthew 27:57-60.
|When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 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.
|Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 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 16:20-22.
|Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 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. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
|In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment white as snow: And for fear of Him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Matthew 28:1-9|
HE HAS RISEN!
Making Hard-Boiled Eggs
Cover the eggs with cold water, bring them to a boil, remove the pan from the burner and let the eggs sit, covered, for fifteen minutes,
Question: Do you put a lid on the pan?
Answer: Not while bringing the eggs to a boil, but do remove the eggs from the burner.
Question: Do you keep the water simmering or boiling? I have even heard that you can take it off the heat, cover it and they will be perfect after 20 minutes!
Answer: Use the latter method as the eggs turn out much better. Bring the water all the way to a boil, not a simmer, then remove, cover and let sit.
Question: Do you have to use a special pot (not aluminum)?
Answer: A stainless steel pot with a heavy base works best.
Question: Do you start with cold eggs? or room temperature?
Answer: With this method you may pull your eggs straight out of the 'fridge.
Question: Are the eggs supposed to be fresh or not? Does it matter?
Answer: The fresher the eggs are, the harder they are to peel (more white will pull off). Buy eggs for deviling about four or five days before you plan to boil them.
Question: Is there anything different I need to know when making hard-boiled eggs for deviled eggs?
Answer: Before peeling the eggs, let them sit in cold water for a bit replacing the water as it warms with fresh cold water. After the eggs have cooled a bit, drain all the water off, replace the lid and gently shake the pot back and forth (like you do if you fix pop corn the old fashioned way!). This loosens the peels right off the egg.
Ideas for Hard-Boiled Eggs
(aka Fritzed Eggs)
Deviled Eggs (Also called Fritzed Eggs)
Mash the yellow yolks until smooth. Add fat-free mayo and a little mustard, salt, pepper, and dill pickle relish (Vlassic makes one without sugar). Put your filling in a zip-loc bag and cut a corner off. Just sqeeze the bag a little bit and pipe the filling right into the egg white. Sprinkle either dill weed, parsley or paprika on top of your deviled eggs to give the flavor a new twist.
Deviled Eggs (Fritzed Eggs) Alternative:
Use softened cream cheese (and a little water) instead of mayo. This fits in well with Somersizing.
Try adding a bit of finely crumbled bacon into it along with some garlic powder, chives and paprika.
Leftover Deviled (Fritzed Eggs) Eggs
Pour Welsh Rabbit on top of leftover sliced boiled eggs or leftover deviled (fritzed) eggs.
Melt butter; add whole wheat flour and blend. Add milk and cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add cheese and stir over low heat until melted. Add seasonings.
Fritzed Egg Name Meaning:
There are two stories behind the Fritzd Egg. Fritzed is a slang word meaning mixed up or jumbled. This is one reason for the name since you mix or jumbled the ingredients. The other story is that Fritz was a rather devilish young boy who would sneek into the henhouse and mix up the eggs. When the eggs finally hatched, the hen owner might get a chick that was a different color than the rest.
Chop up the hard-boiled eggs and mixed with a chopped celery. If you are doing the Somersizing or low-carbing and do not want to use in a sandwich, eat egg salad on a bed of spring mix salad greens.
Tossed Salad Topping
Chop up the hard-boiled eggs and top your favorite tossed salad.
Chop the eggs up and put them in salads and tuna salad sandwiches.
Mashed Eggs and Potatoes
For those that are not Somersizing or on a low-carb diet, try hot boiled eggs and potatoes. Mash the eggs up on a plate next to each other. Smear some butter on and add salt and pepper. It sounds awful, but it really is good.
Boil a bunch of eggs. Instead of cutting the eggs in half lengthwise like in deviled eggs, slice a thin piece off the bottom or wider end of the egg so it "sits" with the pointed end standing up.
Cut the top third or 4th off the top in a zig-zag fashion. Remove the yolks, add the little bit of white from slicing off the bottoms, and make your favorite filling (using cream cheese and parmesan cheese since the "stuffing" needs to be a wee bit stiffer than usual.)
Fill the eggs with the yolk filling, making sure that it "overflows" a little bit. Put your filling in a zip-loc bag and cut a corner off. Just sqeeze the bag a little bit and pipe the filling right into the egg white.
Lightly place the tops back on. Slice some green, pimento-stuffed olives and place 2 slices on the yellow part (between the "hat" and the "body) for eyes. Cut a piece of pimento or red pepper into little triangles and put between the "eyes" for the beak.
These are absolutely adorable! Chickie Eggs are a little bit more work, but they are a fun project for the kiddos. They are so cute.
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