Foody Friday

With Easter coming up in a little over a week, I thought I would share a fun Easter recipe with all of you.  One of my blog followers, Kyleigh, reminded me of this recipe.  Luke and I have made these a few years now and it is an interesting way for kids to learn the Easter story.  Oh and by the way, these are gluten free!
Resurrection Cookies
What a wonderful way to explore and share
the true meaning of Easter.

It is great fun for all the family and the cookies really are delicious.

Read the whole recipe before beginning…
try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Ingredients: 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

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 to them

 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 ! ! ! ! !

Thrifty Thursday

As you can see by the date of this post, it is actually Friday.  I just didn’t get a chance to post last night so I will post twice today.

When I was a senior in high school, I some how ended up with a leg injury.  It was very painful and I ended going to physical therapy and have ultrasound therapy on the injury.  I learned of an exercise called Pilates and started taking classes that summer.  It made a huge difference in healing the injury.  Again after Luke was born, I took a Pilates class at NDSU and really loved it.  Unfortunately, life got in the way and I didn’t continue taking classes, but have continued using the methods I learned in classes at home while exercising.

Fast forward to this past Tuesday…I was looking at the classifieds section on the Minot Public Schools website and came across a Pilates reformer for sale.  I have pined for one of these for years, but could never bring myself to spend the $400-500 to buy one.  Why, because I am too thrifty!  When I saw the one for sale for $100, I just knew it was meant to be.  I messaged the lady and went to pick it up on Wednesday night.  Can I just tell you, I am in love with this thing!

Pilates Reformer

The Pilates Method was created by Joseph Pilates.  The method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does this using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body.  Joseph Pilates developed this method in the early 1900’s, but was truly perfected in the 1920s.  One of the things that make Pilates so great is that the movements and exercises you do seek to give you strength and flexibility, but not to build any serious amount of bulk to your frame.  Pilates is not about building muscle, it is about working with your body and not against it. You need to be able to take what you have been given and make that work for you before attempting anything else and that is the philosophy that Pilates was founded on.

Now as long as I don’t allow my new piece of equipment to collect dust, I should be in good shape!  Another thrifty find…I always figure if I wait long enough, I can always find a deal on what I am looking for.  Sure enough, that was again the case!