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The Sweet Truth

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The Easter season is in full swing. For those of you reading this in the Midwest, the flowers are starting to bloom and the temperature is more often 50 degrees than 20 degrees. What's great about spring is that the sidewalks are full of families, runners, and walkers, all taking time to enjoy the new season. With spring coming back it also beckons a new season of food! 

It seems that holiday's here in America consistently have food at the center of them. Maybe you enjoy a traditional turkey for Thanksgiving or a Christmas Ham on Christmas Eve. Easter also involves food and has a special bunny that brings eggs full of some pretty great goodies!

Easter baskets full of treats were always a family tradition for me growing up. We also had our annual family Easter egg hunt and afterwards, we had the chance to dive into our Easter baskets. In general, I am a huge fan of candy and for Easter I have my favorites.

First off, when I am hoping to go more traditional, I love Peeps. Peeps are such a unique marshmallow candy and they are the true definition of Easter candy to me. My rule is: if you are going to enjoy Peeps, they must be the chicken shape (not the bunnies or any other variations).

My other Easter candy preferences are Cadberry Eggs. These are a solid choice if you are seeking out some chocolate during this season! My next choice is the Starburst Jelly Beans.These are a more recent release with that great Starburst flavor packed into small jelly beans! These are a tasty take on the traditional jelly bean.

I hope you've enjoyed some of my favorite Easter candy! Let us know what your favorite tradition is when it comes to your candy of choice. What do you enjoy stuffing in your Easter eggs? What are you eating way too much of this Easter season? Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for even more blogs this Easter season to help you have the best Easter yet!



Family Easter Story Cookies

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Easter Story Cookies (To be made the night before Easter)

Items Needed:

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zipper baggie
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tape
  • Bible
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let 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
  3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
  4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
  5. 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
  6. 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 and John 3:16
  7. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 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
  8. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.

Read Matthew 27:57-60

  1. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close 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

  1. Time for 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

  1. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9

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