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Here's a very cool Easter cookies recipe that someone sent on the Holy Family Homeschooler's email list:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300*FBegin on Easter Saturday.
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 the Roman soldiers beat him. *Read John 19: 1-3.*
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into the 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 to the bowl. 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 sheets. 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*.
*Read John 16: 20 and 22.*
Time to 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.
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 morning, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. *Read Matt. 28:1-9*
HE IS RISEN!!!
I'm very excited to be taking a class called "Protecting Goals: The Science of Achievement". I am hoping this will help me clarify and purposefully continue my personal and career goals!
One of our first activities is to use 5 words describe ourselves. They recommended also getting input from friends, colleagues, etc. So I'd like to invite you to participate, just fill out your five words below and they will be anonymously sent to me! Please feel free to use words to describe positive and negative traits, I'm praying I have the humility to grow from the feedback! Thanks in advance for your participation!
So I decided to take today off to relax a little before my two orchestra concerts, the four day conference in San Antonio next week, and also to prepare for family coming into town. Wasn't quite as relaxing as I thought, and Michael came home early at noon, right after the dishes, laundry, vacuuming, mopping, bedmaking, and bathroom-cleaning was done. To his credit he did make lunch :)
Now he's studying and I finally have some time to work on a few things on my list (yes, I have a list, several of them in ranging order of priority actually - the planner list is always first, followed by the "to do" table board, followed by the gmail todo list). I've also been catching up with some of the blogs I follow, my favorite has been this post (see picture right), we're definitely going to try it once there is some spare wood available from one of the houses being built in our neighborhood.
Just had a briliant idea and needed to document it since there's a million other things going on in my head.
For all those prayer cards that we have and want to pray but can't every day, and also can't glue to anything because we need to be able to see the front and the back - just create a photo album prayer card holder! Several stores sell those flexible photo books that hold 25-30 photos. One card can be included in each page so we can flip through and see the front and back of each! Brilliant!
Tomorrow is our 2 year anniversary! It feels like we've been married a long time and a short time! Long because several of our friends are just getting or have just got married, and short because 2 years seems like nothing compared to most married couples!!
We just finished decorating our living room, which has taken a lot of the marriage prep tools to work on - communication, negotiation, team building (to put together and hang things), and interpreting what we think the other wants. Wrapping that feels like a nice bookend to our first two years - which put us in the category of "oldlyweds" I suppose.
This has been such a fun time and it feels like things are only getting started and going to get better. Luckily the newlywed feeling doesn't seem to be leaving, and it seems like there's always new things we are still learning about each other. Before this gets too sappy and any readers risk the return of their last meal, I just have to say that there's nothing more truly humbling and exhilarating about learning to love and serve someone who is just as excited about loving and serving you. (Even though I did almost die laughing at the last wedding we were at, in which the reading on wives submitting to their husbands, and Michael gives me the "I got my eyes on you" hand gesture....)