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The Last Supper

As mentioned in a previous post, we have included celebrating the Last Supper as a part of our family traditions around this Easter period.  We celebrated this year down in Hermanus with my parents.  They were supposed to be in Israel already visiting my sister and her family, but had to put the trip off by a week because of my mom’s kidney problems (more on that in another post). 

Our Passover seder … the table prepared.  I’ve found that because kids get really antsy, adding some colouring activities to the games we play (like I spy) makes for a smoother, more enjoyable evening for the kids.

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Some essential aspects of the evening include the unleavened bread (matza); shofar (ram’s horn); charoset (mortar); the Haggadah (order of instructions) and the menorah candles to be lit by the honoured woman.

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The shofar is blown at the beginning of the evening as a traditional call to worship – everyone had a turn; overall the kids did better than the adults!

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The seder plate – which includes the shankbone; karpas (green veg); charoset (apple and cinnamon "mortar"); morar (bitter herbs – horseradish).  This is mom’s seder plate with each setting written in Hebrew – I’ve no idea if I placed everything in the right place, cos I can’t read Hebrew!  Kelly, you’ll have to correct me sometime!

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Craig explains the significance of the charoset.

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Kiera eats her charoset and matza sandwhich bravely.

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Katie, who was sitting at the end, got to drink the last of each cup of sanctification, thanksgiving, redemption and praise – so she ended up drinking a LOT of grape juice – thank goodness it wasn’t wine!

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Main meal time!  We had a yummy meal of tender lamb, roast potatoes and roast veggies.  Thanks mom for preparing it all in the end.  I was faffing with the seder table preparations, kids and another project I have on the go at the moment.

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Here is one son-in-law who is happy with his meal
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After the meal it is traditional for the youngest child/ren to search for the Afikomen – the broken piece of matza from the middle of the ya’chatz pile.  This represents the mediating priest – which we know to be Jesus – the one who mediates on our behalf.  Interestingly, the tradition is for this piece to be placed in the middle of the 3 pieces of matza and broken – just like Jesus who mediates between us and God, whose body was broken for us.  The Afikomen means "the one to come" or "He came" – we know that Jesus was the one to come, the Messiah, and that He DID come to save us.  Here Kiera and Katie search for the Afikomen that grandpa Peter hid earlier.

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Sam,who was not impressed to be left out of the activities by going to bed at his usual hour, screamed himself into a sweat until we, uncharacteristically, relented and let him join us for the meal.  Here is the sweaty boy with hair all mussed up by dad.

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He finally went to sleep after I sang Thula, thula, baba; Amazing Grace and In Christ Alone – my usual lullaby repertoire which for some crazy reason calms my kids (hey, even Jesse would demand "Thula!" from me when we babysat him every Wednesday night in 2006 – he was 2 then). 

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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