March 1: Sign Up for White House Egg Roll, VBS

It’s a busy day this first day of March!  Three fun things you may want to be aware of:

  • The White House Easter Egg Roll lottery goes live at 10 am.
  • Vacation bible school (VBS) registration season starts:
    • Pender UMC (Fairfax, VA) is starting earlier than usual this year, registration is now open. Suggested donation is $20 per camper,  July 9-13, 9 am – noon. (Note, their Music Camp registration will be later.)
    • Floris UMC (Herndon, VA) has also opened registration, $40 per camper, June 25-29).  They also have other camps such as a preschool camp, drama camp and service camp.

And in case you don’t know it — tomorrow is Dr. Seuss’s birthday… break out your favorites for some breakfast reading tomorrow!


Easter Treats: Resurrection Rolls and Cookies

Not only are these treats yummy, but they are a great hands-on way way to drive home the story of Easter. Each treat ends up hollow, representing the discovery of the empty tomb — younger children will be amazed by the transformation. I do not know the original sources of the recipes, not even where I received them as I just had them as files on my computer.  UPDATED May 30, 2014: An alert reader informed me she’s learned that this recipe was first published by Wanda Long in Home Life magazine. After some research, I found this link from a blogger who says she is Ms. Long’s daughter. Although recipes are technically not able to be copyrighted, I always try to give credit where it is due, and wanted to provide the most complete info I know how to. THANK YOU to my reader for alerting me to this info!

Resurrection rolls - ready to go in the oven.

Resurrection rolls – ready to go in the oven.

Resurrection Rolls
Each item represents how Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.

·     Large marshmallows

·     Melted butter

·     Sugar/cinnamon mixture

·     Can of crescent rolls

  1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. The rolls represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.
  2. Dip and roll one marshmallow (representing Jesus’ body) into melted butter. The butter represents the oils used in anointing the dead body.
  3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The mixture represents the spices used in burials.
  4. Place the marshmallow in the center of the crescent triangle. Fold and pinch the edges tight. Put each crescent-wrapped marshmallow on a slightly greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake the rolls as directed on the package. The oven represents the tomb.

When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent roll.   This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the tomb were the linen wrappings.

My family thinks these are the most amazingly tasty treats!  Absolutely sugary and something you can only eat in moderation, but incredible!

Fresh from the oven -- you can see one of the hollow tombs.

Fresh from the oven — you can see one of the hollow tombs.

Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection cookies, ready to go in the oven.

Resurrection cookies, ready to go in the oven.

These are basically meringue cookies, which the original set of instructions did not explain so I did not know until I saw the final result!  I recommend pre-reading the passages in case you decide you need to edit some for the age of your audience and you may decide to read from a children’s bible instead.  You may also want to mark the pages of a bible ahead of time and nominate someone to be the bible reader or maybe take turns reading from the bible.  This is a great activity for Saturday night before Easter.

You need:

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • Mixing bowl
  • 3 egg whites
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Bible
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • Zipper baggy
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Tape

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place pecans in the baggy and let the 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 child 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 the vinegar.
Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life for our life.
Read John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand let them taste it then brush the rest into the bowl.
Explain that 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 this 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 mixer on high speed 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 broken nuts.
Drop by tsp.onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid.

Read Matt. 27:65-66

Put cookies sheet in the oven.
Close door and turn oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the 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 Day Jesus followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9

He Has Risen!  Hallelujah!

(Unfortunately I do not have an “after” photo of the cookies — I guess we ate them too quickly!)



The horror, the horror

Okay, I jest.  I need a little levity these days.  But have you SEEN them?  It is just wrong, so wrong, I nearly had to shield my young children’s eyes when we saw them as we turned the corner.

Orange PEEPS.  What is this world coming to?

You know, there was a time when PEEPS were just yellow.  And the world was good.  And we were happy with our yellow PEEPS.  Apparently they were also pink and white — but I was a deprived child who didn’t know this at the time.

Then came purple, and I raised an eyebrow.  And then blue.  Really, this is all too much.  I love my PEEPS in their bright yellow sugar coats, with their beady little brown eyes. Looking so perky.  Nothing like opening that package, eating a few of them, all fresh and squishy, then letting the rest of them reach just the proper amount of staleness so they are crunchy on the outside, but still gooey on the inside.  Granted, once you start biting their little heads off, they all taste the same, but to me, the yellow ones are still the best.  And then maybe pink.

I just won’t even discuss the bunnies.

When they came out with PEEPS for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day part of me thought, “Hooray, I can enjoy them other times of the year” and another part of me thought, “How dare they?!  They have defiled my favorite Easter candy!”  (Notice that I never said I refused to EAT them.)

But there’s just something wrong with orange.  I mean is orange really even a spring color?  Perhaps I’m overly suspicious of orange, living with a Florida Gator — those Gators try to sneak blue and orange into everything.  I get the pinks, blues and purples, but ORANGE?!?!  That’s just wrong, plain wrong. 

Now that chocolate mousse flavored PEEPS bunny… that’s another story.  Mr. Easter Bunny, you can feel free to bring me some of those — just for the sake of research, of course.

Sorry for the long absences — launching a web site for work — which should be launched  just before Easter, so SEND PEEPS!  Then I can blog with abandon in a sugar-fueled frenzy (unless of course,  you send the sugar-free ones — who knew?!  There are so many things I didn’ t know about PEEPS — until I went to their site.)  I have so much to blog about… so little time to blog.  But I’ll be back to regular blogging soon!!

PEEPS are a registered trademark of the Just Born Company.