Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Easter! April- Baby Shower, and more


Happy Easter RECIPE

Resurrection Story Cookies - to make the night before Easter to
celebrate the glories of the Resurrection. Making these cookies with
your children or grand-children is a wonderful way to teach that our
Savior was resurrected and that He still lives and loves us.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees - VERY important to do this right away.
Read the scriptures as you go along.
3 egg whites
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. Vinegar
A pinch salt
1 cup sugar
A zipper baggie
A wooden spoon
tape
Bible
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.
( John 19:1-3.)
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.
(John 19:28-30).

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
(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.
(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.
(Psalm. 34:8 and John 3:16).

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.
(Isaiah. 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 rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
(Matt. 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.
(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.
(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! On the
first Resurrection, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

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We just finished shaving our dog Boots and she was not happy! I have doggie hair all over me-- on my lips, my face, my shirt----ahhhhhhhhhh!! It took 5 of us to hold her down and shave her. WOW! I am wiped out. Guess that's all the exercise I need for today!

I hope Easter Sunday is a beautiful day for all of you. I know it will be here. Our eldest son is flying in late tonight with his fiance and I cannot wait to meet her. Tomorrow, egg hunt in the early AM, then Church... I get to teach a beautiful lesson on prayer and I just feel so glad I get to do that. Our Heavenly Father loves us dearly and just wants us to talk to Him, in the name of His Son.

I am very grateful for the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us, individually.
Not only on the cross but in the Garden of Gethsemane. The infinite Atonement so we can go back to live with Him and our Heavenly Father someday, in a beautiful, resurrected body. Could we ever ask for more? I love my Savior. He is my very best friend and I am thankful for the joy He brings to me through each day, if I allow Him. I am so eternally thankful that He loves us a much as He does, that He can care about someone so filled with imperfections as I am. It's beyond my comprehension but I love Him for it.


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I have decided to have my own 'APRIL BABY SHOWER' and make lots of booties, hats, and preemie items to donate to both LDS Humanitarian and UMC hospital. Not sure how many I will make, but I want to do one of those blitzes I think they call them and just see how many items I can make.

For my Bears and Blanket group and the Challenge 2007 group this month was designated for making preemie items if members want to, so I decided to just do this personal 'BABY SHOWER' too. I will take photos as I get things made.

Definitely will be making more loomed booties to take to WOMEN'S CONFERENCE! and some preemie items.
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I know I have already posted some info on this remarkable fireside, but I have a graphic now so will repeat some of the info. =) I just cannot wait to get my CD!

"Of One Fold and One Shepherd"
For those of you who have seen and loved "The Testaments" movie -- a fireside is now available -- given by the man who played the role of the Savior in the film -- Tomas Kofod and his wife Ane Marie.

Both Tomas and Ane Marie share part of their conversion stories and some experiences during the filming. Tomas also talks about some of the ways the Lord prepared and qualified him to play the role.

The fireside is so powerful and uplifting. You will feel
the spirit strongly -- and it is a good reminder that the Lord truly is involved in our lives.

The fireside is a great companion and powerful testimony about how much the Lord knows each of us individually. It's a powerful addition to the film which is now available on DVD.


You can download the audio through LDS Audio here, or you can go there to hear a sample of the fireside:
http://ldsaudio.directtrack.com/z/1424/CD118/&l=413

If you are interested in an actual CD -- it is available for pre-order through
http://www.latterdaylightbooks.com/catalog.php?Iit=753&Ict=15

Thanks RoMay for this information!

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PATTERNS - now this is just plain fun for everyone!

Oreo Cookie Magnet
Approximate 2" circle
Scraps brown 4 ply worsted weight yarn
Scrap of white 4 ply worsted weight yarn
Size H crochet hook
Ch 5, join with a sl st
Using brown, Ch 3 (makes first dc), now make 19 more dc inside the hole. End off and tuck in end.
Make another in the same color, and one in white.
Place the white circle in between the browns to make a "sandwich". Using brown, stitch a few securing sts through all 3 layers.
Add magnets to the back.

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Hug the ones you love, and brighten the lives of all you see with your smile.

Bev


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