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Friday, April 18, 2014

Open the Wonder of the Easter Story

We have enjoyed doing the Resurrection Egg Hunt with our boys for several years now. Each year it is exciting because we forget what is in each egg. Donkey, Coins, Cup, Crown...Empty! It is a great way to celebrate Easter.

Open the Wonder of the Easter Story

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Cookies
Read the entire recipe before beginning. Try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday morning.

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let the children beat them with a 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 children smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp 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 a bit of 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. 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 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high for 11 - 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 and John 3 1:3

Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a waxed-paper covered sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Mark 15:46

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' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66

Go to bed! Explain to your children 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

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 day, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28:1-9

He Has Risen!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Banana Strawberry Tortilla

Banana Strawberry Tortilla

 Would you like to try something new for breakfast?
How about a Banana Strawberry Tortilla.

Easy and yummy. You can not go wrong.

Heat your oven to 250 degrees
Butter your tortilla and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and sugar on.
Bake just a bit or little longer, depending on if you want it warm or crispy.

Spread strawberry jam on to the tortilla and add some bananas.
Roll up and sprinkle some more cinnamon and sugar on.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thoughts on Saturday

"You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God."


Friday, April 11, 2014

On the Road Friday ~ Boston, Massachusetts

Today, we are on the road to Boston, Massachusetts.
We visited Boston in 2008. We had a wonderful tour.
I would love to go back. So much to do and see.

 Grap a cup of tea and off we go to Boston.

The Freedom Trail

 The Old North Church

 Paul Revere House

 Boston Beauty

 Paul Revere

 Charles River
Boston at Night

 Pure Boston

Thank you for coming along with me today.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, April 7, 2014

I come in the little things,

I come in the little things,
Saith the Lord:
Yea, on the glancing wing
Of eager birds, the softly pattering feet
Of furred and gentle beasts.

I come in the little things,
Saith the Lord:
Not borne on the morning's wings
Of majesty, but I have set My feet 
Amidst the delicate and bladed wheat.

I come in the little things,
Saith the Lord. Amen.

Evelyn Underhill

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fun Photo Cards to Wish a Happy Easter

Fun Photo Cards to Wish a Happy Easter


 Happy Easter
you silly Wabbit!

Spring has sprung!
Hope yours is a happy one.

 For a Blessed Easter...
May He who gave us Easter - time
 bless those you love, and you.
Happy Easter

 Happy Spring
May the little delights of springtime 
put a big bounce in your step!

Easter Greetings
And best wishes for a bright and delightful spring.

Friday, April 4, 2014

On the Road Friday ~ Maine, United States of America

We are on the road today to Maine.

 We did not actually go to Maine. Our friend Marv did. Our friend Marv is 85 years old. He takes two road trips each year. Texas my post about Marv's trip to Texas and frozen grapefruit  and Maine. Marv departs Wisconsin heading east for Maine in late September and comes back to Wisconsin in late October. 
He loves to tease us about ALL the yummy lobster he eats. The beautiful colors of the trees and spotting moose.
He always brings us back a treat. Grapes and grape juice from the vineyards in New York.
And a little treat for the boys, taffy.

I always tell Marv I am going to hide in the back of his truck and go along.
Maine is one of the many states I would like to visit.

How about you, have you been to Maine?
If you could pick any state to visit, which would you pick and why?

Fun Facts about Maine

Maine is the Pine Tree State.
Capital - Augusta
Motto - "Dirigo"
Flower - White pine cone and tassel
Animal - Moose
Cat - Maine Coon Cat
Insect - Honeybee
Bird - Chickadee
Fish - Landlocked Salmon
Tree - Eastern White Pine
Mineral - Tourmaline
Population - 1,200,000 estimated

The magnificent Maine coastline is thirty five hundred miles long. Two thousand islands and sixty three lighthouses reside on the Maine coast.
Maine's coast is internationally renowned for it's shellfish harvest, in which over 30 million pounds of lobster are harvested annually. Live lobster are a dark brownish green color and turn red when cooked. The cooking heat masks the other pigments in the shell, leaving only the red background color.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Worms in my Oatmeal

April Fools Day brought worms in my boys oatmeal.
They loved the trick and thought the worms tasted delicious.
Atticus asked me where I got the worms.
I told him I found one area in the yard not piled up with snow and dug down deep to find just the right worms to add to his oatmeal.

Oatmeal Bake
Oatmeal Bake
In a large bowl stir together oil, sugar, eggs, oatmeal, baking powder and salt.
Add milk to mixture and mix well.
Pour mixture into greased 9 by 9 inch glass pan.
Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups dry oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk


We add fruit to our oatmeal bake. One of our favorite fruit topping are sliced peaches.

Or Worms!
Happy April Fools Day to You!
Did you play a trick or did you get a trick played on you?

Monday, March 31, 2014


Many of you know, my grandma died in January.
Our family helped with the cleaning of her apartment.

This was not much fun. It bought back a lot of memories and made me feel so sad inside. Yet, God had a surprise for me.

I gave her this pattern as a gift for her birthday in late August.
As we cleaned her sewing area, there is was on top, all done and waiting for me to see. My grandma loved to embroider. She was very talented at it.
It was a special surprise.

"Of course, countless numbers of things can be bought in stores, but somehow, store bought presents do not always convey the warmth we hope will accompany the gifts. When people take the time and care to make the presents they give, they put into the gifts not only the materials needed, but also a part of themselves."
Tasha Tudor

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