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NEW! Resurrection cookie recipe

A few posts ago, I talked about making resurrection cookies as a part of our family traditions around Easter time.  Well, every year that we’ve made them so far (3) they’ve turned out kinda flat and just not quite as yummy as my meringues usually turn out.  They still taste yummy, but not quite as yummy as they could be.  So, this year, I’ve tweaked the resurrection cookie recipe that you’ll find on most websites to result in, hopefully, wonderful airy, firm, crispy yummy meringues.  

Remember to separate your egg whites from the yolk while the egg is still cold from the fridge (easier to separate) - then let your whites stand for at least 1/2 hour at room temp before beating (beats quicker with more volume).  Have all your ingredients ready – meringues interrupted make for a flop!  I think the trick is simply to make sure that you beat the egg white to soft peaks first – then add sugar and only after that add the vinegar (the traditional recipe has vinegar first).  Also remember – the more humid your environment the less success you will have.  Meringues are best made in a dry environment. 

So, bear with the long post – here is the recipe: ingredients, method and bible readings

Resurrection Story Cookies

These cookies are made the evening before celebrating the Resurrection, and are cooked in a warm oven overnight so they will be ready on Easter morning.You need to preheat the oven to max degrees (this is important–don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe!)Ingredients: 3 egg whites; 1 cup whole pecans/peanuts; 1 tsp. vinegar; A pinch salt; 1 cup sugar; 2 tsp cornflour; A zipper baggie; A wooden spoon; tape; Bible

Place pecans (I use peanuts because they’re less bitter than pecans when cooked) 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

Beat egg whites to soft peaks. 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 1cup 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 Ps. 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. Read Isaiah 1: 18 and John 3: 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. (add two teaspoons of cornflour at this stage – whisk until just combined). Read John 19: 28-30

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. (leave large spaces between because they e-x-p-a-n-d!) Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.Read 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. 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, 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, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9

Read more about our Easter traditions here: Easter Traditions

It’s a …

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Baby

between the legs 

Boy!

Limb measurements were a little off dates (later EDD) but head circumference was spot on expected due date and overall the EDD is still 9th Sept.  Which, considering that our kiddies so far are of the shorter-limbed variety, would be just about right!

We are thrilled that Sam will have a brother to gang up against the girls with and the girls will have another boy to dote on.  Katie is a bit put out that she will still be the youngest girl (she was hoping for a girl) but Kiera is over-the-moon and is already picking out names.  Sam – well, Sam couldn’t care less at this stage, although I think I’m in for some major jealousy on his part because he is VERY protective of the space on my lap and will howl the second any other child occupies it, sibling or not!   

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WWH – the cons

So what are the cons of homeschooling? 

If my kids were all at school, I could…

  • enjoy coffee “dates” with friends in the morning
  • actually shop for clothes
  • do a grocery shop in less than an hour
  • be involved in morning bible studies on a regular basis
  • have some peace and quiet for a few hours each day
  • have longer showers, longer adult conversations, longer quiet times, longer naps (okay, naps full stop!)
  • do part time study; read more and even pursue my dream of writing Christian children’s books
  • clean my home myself and better
  • not have to be a teacher-mom (aka dragon lady) and deal with those difficult moments of unwilling learners

What my kids miss out on includes:

  • the “all-in-one” package deal that schools offer: academics, arts and culture groups, extra murals, sports.
  • report cards.
  • uniforms.
  • civvies days.
  • prearranged outings with school rates at museums etc.
  • school backpacks and back-to-school stationery shopping.
  • school concerts.
  • swimming galas and athletics days.

There are more things to add to these lists I am sure.  To be fair, some of the things listed in what my kids miss out on are things replicated in the homeschooling community.  We have the opportunity to join a local school in their galas and athletics days and the homeschooling community hosts market days, extra murals, outings etc too.  But, I realise it’s not quite the same package deal that school offers.

Are these cons worth it?  I think so.  And when I get down on myself for any of the above reasons, it helps to come back here and re-read about the great moments and the reason we do this in the first place.

WWH = Why We Homeschool.  This post is part of an on-going series looking into the myriad reasons we’ve decided to homeschool our children.  Please read this disclaimer before continuing to read this post.

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