Good Morning Foodies!
So how are we doing with our LENTEN LISTS, as we soon close in on the end of the LENTEN SEASON.
Like I said before, don’t be too hard on yourself if you fell off the rails—just get back up and try again. We all know too well we can be our own worst enemies! I was reading one of my motivational books and came across this passage written by MAYA ANGELOU! It sort of put me back on track and yet, and made me feel okay about myself!
She said, “I have learned that whenever I decide something with an OPEN HEART, I usually make the RIGHT DECISION. I have learned that even when I have PAINS, I don’t have TO BE ONE. I have learned that every day you should REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE. People love a WARM HUG, or just a FRIENDLY PAT ON THE BACK. I have learned that I still have a LOT TO LEARN. I have learned that people will FORGET WHAT YOU SAID, people will FORGET WHAT YOU DID, but people will NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL!”
I always try to remember that the MEANING OF LIFE is to FIND YOUR GIFT and the PURPOSE OF LIFE is to SHARE OR GIVE IT AWAY!
My grandfather loved the word-“HUMANKIND”—he said to me, BE BOTH! Get it! It took me a while but I finally saw the light!
You know when you THROW IN THE TOWEL, you are just creating MORE LAUNDRY!
Well, the countdown begins for Holy Week. Got to go get those eggs to boil, so the younger GRAND PEEPS, can dye them and themselves. I always try to set them up outside on the grass and put old T-shirts on them and let them have at it. Always a fun time! You are never too old to join in this little project. I love to take pictures, of them doing this, along with the egg hunts! I don’t know about you, but my kids always made faces and still do, when I gather them for pics. The thing that I am trying to imprint in their minds is that, PICTURES ARE NOT NECESSARILY FOR TODAY BUT FOR TOMORROW! As of today, the new GRAND PEEP’S MOMMY, is begging for pics of her to compare their looks. SEE I TOLD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to share with you the following recipe which is such a wonderful thing to do at Easter. The COOKIES teach a great lesson!
The Evening Before Easter, Gather the Following:
1 c. whole pecans
1 t. vinegar
3 egg whites, pinch of salt
1 c. sugar
Preheat oven to 300. THIS IS IMPORTANT—DO NOT WAIT UNTIL LATER TO HEAT OVEN!
Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let children beat with wooden spoon and break into small pieces. EXPLAIN THAT AFTER JESUS WAS ARRESTED, HE WAS BEATEN BY THE ROMAN SOLDIERS!
Read: John 19:1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 t. of vinegar into a 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 c. 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 Psalms: 34:8 and John 3:16
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 SINS THAT 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 sheet.
EXPLAIN THAT EACH MOUND REPRESENTS THE ROCK TOMB WHERE JESUS’ BODY WAS LAID.
Read: 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
NOW 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 Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
EXPLAIN ON THE FIRST EASTER, JESUS’ FOLLOWERS WERE AMAZED TO FIND THE TOMB OPEN AND EMPTY!
Read Matthew 28: 1-9
KITCHEN WILL BE CLOSED FROM MARCH 31-APRIL 11TH.
WISHING ALL YOU FOODIES A HOPPING GRAND EASTER! GEAUX POCK SOME EGGS!