Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Story Cookies

I set about yesterday thinking and wondering what I had to blog about….NOTHING.
I had nothing. Holly even asked me…Mama, when are you going to write another post? I told her I didn’t have anything worth writing or telling. I'm boring! Nobody cares that we worked in the yards, transplanted some daffodil bulbs, got stung by yellow jackets, saw two more snakes, cut a few limbs, rescued a turtle, watched birds build in one of our boxes, and weed eated…(now that just sounds funny –weed eated!) We worked till our backs and legs were aching. The only thing interesting was my Monday morning visitors. Slowly waltzing around in my front yard were two miniature donkeys. They were enjoying my daisies among other small tasty flowers. They belong to my neighbor who was not at home at the time. Now what was I to do? Long story short which involves them running scared from a golf cart and being a little stubborn; my neighbor finally came home, called them and they went running to her!! Now they are safe, back home…on their side of the fence! By the way…they are so stinking cute!

This morning Easter comes to mind with its special story. It is not one filled with eggs and Easter bonnets, pastel colored candies, chicks, and cute hopping bunnies.

 It is one of love, forgiveness and promises. I wanted to share a special Easter Story recipe with you that I had found and saved from another blogger last year. This is not only perfect for small children to get involved in the making of but also a perfect way to share the true Easter story for anyone of any age. I can’t think of a better way to illustrate this heartfelt moment in time.

Easter Story Cookies

Ingredients/Items needed:
1 c whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 c granulated sugar
1 qt. or gal. size zipper bag
wooden spoon

These cookies are meant to be made the night before Easter.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place pecans in ziploc bag and let kids 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 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.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Add teaspoon of 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...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.

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 comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest. "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."

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 sins. Read Luke 23:27 A large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of 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 Psalm 34:8--Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him - and John 3:16--"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

Beat 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 of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18--"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." And John 3:1-3 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."

Fold in broken nuts.
Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60 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 clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Place 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 "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 a guard.

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 "I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy." And John 16:22 "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."

On Easter morning, open the oven and remove the cookies. Take a bite. Notice - the
cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9 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 worshipped Him.
Hallelujah He is risen!!

Oh I almost forgot…I won a give away!! Yay! From Trish at Notes of Sincerity.
A bag of fabric scraps…beautiful colors and patterns, perfect for those small things that I like to sew. And to my surprise Trish included one of her cute little tissue holders. See how cute:
You can go to her Etsy shop for this and much more. She does beautiful work.

click here

I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend with much happiness,
 fun family time, chocolate and a heart filled with Jesus.


Char said...

i sent that to my sister in law to share with my nieces. what a great way to share the love.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thank you I will have to do this with my youngest this year, his heart is so tender and taking in everything we teach him. This year for me it was seeing the scriptures were Jesus and the disciples sang at the end of their Passover meal...it was an Awe moment...His word is alive and there is always something new for Him to teach us.

Happy Easter

Rachel said...

I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing it with us, so glad you did! My boys would absolutely love it, they like baking with me... :)

Hope you and yours have a blessed Easter as well!

Faith said...

Nothing boring going on here...lovely post, thank you for sharing...blessings this Holy Week for you and your family.

Christine said...

How wonderful, Cora! Thanks so much for sharing this - I can't wait to do this with my kids this weekend!
Hallelujah He is risen indeed!
God bless

Christina said...

i adore this recipe! it brought tears to my eyes.

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

cora! i love the donkey story... have a beautiful easter! your photos are so so so pretty!

Julie Harward said...

I loved hearing about your ordinary day...I could just see it all. The donkeys sound cute, I love the mini-animals. Love the cookie idea too, fun for kids! You have a great Easter my friend! :D

Anonymous said...

you have lots to share -- and very interesting too -- even if you are having a weeding day... wink!
never heard this story before until now.. sweet
Thanks for sharing.. hugs

Anonymous said...

Always love to read your blog !! This would be a great thing to do with the Grans. Start of a tradition they love to bake cookies and to share the story of " JESUS " and the reason for Easter with them ...Thank- You so much . ( ~.~ )

Connie Willingham

mollydianeh said...

I enjoyed reading your blog, found it indirectly through Vintage Chic's blog! Did you take pictures of the minature donkeys? Happy Easter to you too!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

This post is beautiful. What a great way to share the resurrection story. Have a wonderful Easter celebration.

Karen said...

Cora.. its a great post.. and thank you for sharing that recipe and story.. have a blessed easter with your family and loved ones..
God Bless

Sares said...

What a beautiful idea! I have been hearing about these Easter story cookies but hadn't read the story behind it. Thanks for sharing.

I have been having trouble finding things to post about too. 3 years ago when I first started blogging I did a new post every day before Easter revolving around Easter themes things. Now I'm just too lazy!
Your donkey interlude sounds exciting!
Have a blessed Easter Cora, I know you will celebrate the true meaning and all it entails!

Kathleen Grace said...

I sure wish I had seen this recipe when my girls were little, they would have loved this! Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter Cora:>) Congratulations on your win, Trish is such a doll and she really does make lovely things!

Mama Holli said...

Have a blessed Easter Day my friend!
Mama Holli

Bonjour said...

You inspire me daily...just thought I would share that with you : )