your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:24:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Resurrection Cookies & Easter Scripture Eggs}Activity Day Idea http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/resurrection-cookies-easter-scripture-eggsactivity-day-idea/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/resurrection-cookies-easter-scripture-eggsactivity-day-idea/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29960 Resurrection Cookies  I realize Easter is just a few days away and this post may be a little late for some of you but maybe you can pin it for next year! This activity would be a fun thing to do as a family this weekend, Saturday night, the night before Easter.  We did it with our Activity Day girls this week and they really enjoyed it.  Especially eating the cookies. The process of making Resurrection cookies is a wonderful way to share the Easter story.  Each step and ingredient of [Continue Reading...]

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Resurrection CookiesI realize Easter is just a few days away and this post may be a little late for some of you but maybe you can pin it for next year!

This activity would be a fun thing to do as a family this weekend, Saturday night, the night before Easter.  We did it with our Activity Day girls this week and they really enjoyed it.  Especially eating the cookies.

The process of making Resurrection cookies is a wonderful way to share the Easter story.  Each step and ingredient of the recipe represents a part of the story.  The final product, the cookie, is a representation of the empty tomb that was found on Easter morning.  The meringues cook so that the middle of the cookie is hallow.

I found the recipe over at The Idea Room and you can visit Amy to get a printout of the scriptures and directions.

resurrection cookiesThe ingredients are simple – pecans, egg whites, white vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt.  We chose to use half nuts and half chocolate chips in our cookies.  Good choice!  Preheat oven to 300 degrees before you start.

The night before:

Step one:  Beating the nuts with a wooden spoon represents that Jesus was arrested and beaten by Roman soldiers

Step two: We had the girls smell the vinegar and talked about how Jesus was forced to drink it when he was thirty on the cross. It is added to the bowl.

Step three:  Egg whites are added.  Eggs represent life and that by giving His life, Jesus gave us eternal life.

Step four:  Each girl was given a little salt in their hand and encouraged to taste it.  The salt represents the salty tears that were shed by Jesus’ followers and the bitterness of our sin. A pinch of salt is added to the bowl.

Step five:  Sugar was added to show that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.

Step six:  The egg whites are beat to form peaks and the white color represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Christ.

Step seven: Fold in the nuts and  drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was placed.

Step eight:  We used masking tape to seal the oven just as the tomb was sealed.  I told the girls that this was purely symbolic and the cookies would bake fine without the tape.  The oven is immediately turned off when the cookies are placed inside (300 degrees)

The next step is to go to bed and then on Easter morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie.  As they take a bite they will discover that the cookies are hollow.  Just as on the first Easter morning Jesus’ followers discovered the empty tomb.

Resurrection Cookies

It is a simple and fun way to share the Easter story with your family.  And it is yummy too!

How grateful I am for the Easter story and that I know that my Savior lives and that He died so that I may, each day, have the opportunity to begin again.  To repent of my sins, to be better, to do better.  I love this short video about Starting Today.

Resurrection Cookies

After our cookies were made we then put together a set of Easter Scripture Eggs for each of the girl.  Another wonderful way to share the Easter story.  I encouraged the girls to use the eggs with their family at their Easter dinner or brunch.  Each egg contains a part of the Easter story in scripture and an object that represents that scripture.  I have shared this idea with you before and you can find all the details for Easter Scripture Eggs here.


Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Cookies

I hope that each of the girl’s left with a better understanding of the real reason we celebrate Easter and with the ability to share that with their family!

Resurrection Cookies

1 C whole pecans (or 1/2 C pecans, 1/2 chocolate chips)

1 tsp. vinegar

3 egg whites

pinch of salt

1 C sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Place pecans in bag and use a wooden soon to break into pieces.

Add vinegar, egg whites, salt and sugar to bowl.

Beat until stiff peaks form – 5-10 minutes depending on mixer.

Fold in nuts

Cover cookie sheet in parchment paper or brown paper bag.

Place in oven and TURN OFF oven.  Keep oven shut and allow to sit overnight.

 

Place meringue by spoonful onto sheet

 

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lemon barsYou may have noticed a bit of a lemon theme these week.  I hope you non lemon lovers will bear with me.

This is a recipe that I have had for a really long time. The recipe originally came from a childhood friend’s mother in Wisconsin.  This recipe has been in my family for about 50 years.  That is no indication of how old I am!

lemon bars

It is the lemon bar my mother always made and it is the one I always make.    I am pretty picky about my lemon bars.  A lemon bar needs to have the right texture.  Not too gooey, not too dry.  It also has to have the right amount of lemon.  Not too sweet and not to tart.  For me this lemon bar is perfect.  Have you ever bitten into a lemon bar, full of anticipation, only to be sorely disappointed in the lack of lovely lemon flavor!??  So disappointing but I promise these won’t disappoint!

lemon bars

The only down side to this recipe is it only makes an 8 x 8 pan full!  The process is pretty easy though.  It starts with a shortbread/cookie like crust that is baked.  Then you add on a mixture of eggs, sugar and lemon and bake some more.  The final touch is a drizzle of a lemon glaze.

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Lemon bars are one of my favorites.  They are perfect for any occasion and I especially love them at Easter time.

lemon barsBake up a batch, take a bite and enjoy!

lemon barsFor other Lovely Lemon recipes try these:

Lemon Angel PieLemon Cheesecake BarsLemon Cream Cake

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The Best Lemon Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar
  • lemon juice to make soft glaze

Instructions

  • Mix together butter, flour and powdered sugar and press into 8 x 8 pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Mix together sugar, flour and baking powder
  • Add in eggs, lemon juice and lemon rind
  • Pour this mixture over baked crust and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until edges are golden brown and mixture is set.
  • Mix together powdered sugar with enough lemon juice to make glaze soft enough to drizzle over lemon bars while they are still warm.
  • Cool and cut.

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Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-herb-roasted-potatoes/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-herb-roasted-potatoes/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29912 lemon roasted potatoesThis Sunday is Easter and many of you may have ham on the menu.  We’re having pork tenderloin at our house, a little non traditional.   Traditionally people serve their ham with potatoes, usually scalloped potatoes or as we like to call them at our house “funeral potatoes.”   I plan on being non traditional in the potato department too because I am serving these yummy lemon herb roasted potatoes!  Lemon is traditional when it comes to Easter after all. As many of you know I am not a huge [Continue Reading...]

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This Sunday is Easter and many of you may have ham on the menu.  We’re having pork tenderloin at our house, a little non traditional.   Traditionally people serve their ham with potatoes, usually scalloped potatoes or as we like to call them at our house “funeral potatoes.”   I plan on being non traditional in the potato department too because I am serving these yummy lemon herb roasted potatoes!  Lemon is traditional when it comes to Easter after all.

lemon roasted potatoesAs many of you know I am not a huge potato fan but these babies were good!  I used red potatoes and cut them up to bite size pieces.  They are then placed in a bath of chicken broth, lemon juice, garlic and Oregano.  It may look like a lot of liquid but it will be o.k., I promise.

lemon roasted potatoesI cooked mine in a glass 9 x 13 but next time I would use a disposable aluminum foil pan because your dish ends up getting pretty dark and black!  Clean up is much easier when you can just throw the pan away.  I only used 2.5 pounds of potatoes since it was just Jim and I.  Using 5 lbs. would feed 4-6 people.

lemon roasted potatoesThe potatoes bake for about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours and need to be stirred every 20 minutes.  The liquid will evaporate and you will end up with a nice browned, delicious potato.

lemon roasted potatoesI garnished mine with some fresh parsley for added flavor and prettiness!  The flavor is amazing.

lemon roasted potatoes

For other yummy potato ideas try these:

Roasted Bacon Cheesy Potatoes - Parmesan Roasted PotatoesFresno Potatoes

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Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. red potatoes, cut in half or quartered depending on size
  • 3 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 3 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Place cubed potatoes in 9 x 13 pan (foil pan recommended)
  • Mix together chicken broth, lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, pepper and garlic.
  • Pour over potatoes.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours stirring every 20 minutes as they bake.
  • Add more liquid if needed ( I didn't have to)
  • Liquid will evaporate the final 20 minutes or so.
  • Be sure to stir so they don't burn.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.

 

 

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Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-roasted-brussels-sprouts/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-roasted-brussels-sprouts/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29447 Lemon Roasted Brussels SproutsSo I think I may have just begun a love affair with brussels sprouts.  I know, weird, but true. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally give them a try.  My first try at brussels sprouts was this recipe for Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts which is delicious!!  Truly amazing.  I think Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts would make the perfect vegetable for your Easter dinner.  I know asparagus is more traditional but these are so good!  I promise! If you are a non believer when it [Continue Reading...]

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So I think I may have just begun a love affair with brussels sprouts.  I know, weird, but true. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally give them a try.  My first try at brussels sprouts was this recipe for Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts which is delicious!!  Truly amazing.  I think Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts would make the perfect vegetable for your Easter dinner.  I know asparagus is more traditional but these are so good!  I promise!

If you are a non believer when it comes to Brussels Sprouts I just have one thing to say to you – try it!  Seriously, they have a totally bad rap.  Undeserved in my book.  So they may look a little strange the way they grow and they may look like little baby cabbages but when they are prepared the right way they are yummy! I think they are totally cute. In fact I just bought some seeds so I can grow my own  this summer.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

For today’s recipe  I cut them in half and then coated them in some olive oil, salt and sugar.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Then place them on a baking sheet and bake them for about 10 minutes and turn and then add in some lemon slices and roast for another 5 minutes or so until they are fork tender.  Time will vary depending on the size of your brussels sprouts.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After you remove them from the oven drizzle a mixture of lemon rind, butter and pepper over the roasted sprouts.
Lemon Roasted Brussels SproutsSprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Yum!!

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I think Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts would be a perfect side dish for Easter dinner or brunch.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recipe slightly adapted from Some the Wiser.

For some other delicious veggie recipes try these:

Teriyaki Glaze Brussels Sprouts -  Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Pine Nuts - Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

veggies

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 lemon, cut into rounds
  • 1 tsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl combine sprouts, olive oil, sugar and salt and toss to coat.
  • Pour onto baking sheet and spread evenly.
  • Roast for 10 minutes and then turn sprouts and add lemon slices.
  • Roast for an additional 10 minutes or until sprouts are golden and tender.
  • In a small bowl combine melted butter, pepper and lemon rind.
  • Drizzle over roasted sprouts.
  • Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Enjoy!

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29834 _DSC0887For Activity Day Girls this week we dyed Easter eggs except we didn’t use store bought dye.  A few years ago I experimented with natural dyes using fruits, vegetables and spices.  I loved the results and the beautiful muted colors you got.  I decided it would be a fun science experiment for the girls to do it too.  It was so fun to see what colors certain fruits and vegetables would result in. The prep work for this is a little bit more intense than picking up a pack of [Continue Reading...]

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For Activity Day Girls this week we dyed Easter eggs except we didn’t use store bought dye.  A few years ago I experimented with natural dyes using fruits, vegetables and spices.  I loved the results and the beautiful muted colors you got.  I decided it would be a fun science experiment for the girls to do it too.  It was so fun to see what colors certain fruits and vegetables would result in.

The prep work for this is a little bit more intense than picking up a pack of Paas Easter Egg dye at the grocery store but it was a really fun activity.

I prepared the dyes ahead of time because of the time involved.  I used red cabbage, red onion, yellow onion, blueberries, paprika, tumeric.  A few things I tried that didn’t work were carrot tops and spinach.  I couldn’t figure out a way to get a decent green color. Surprisingly red onion gives you somewhat of a green color!

naturally dyed easter egg collage

To prepare the dye I used the following:

2 C chopped purple cabbage

1 chopped beet

2 C red onion skins

2 C yellow onions skins  (look through the boxes of onions at the store and you will find lots of loose skins at the bottom of the box.)

2 Tbsp of paprika

2 Tbsp of tumeric  ( found this in the bulk section of the store.

1 C blueberries

Place each of these things into 2 C of water along with 1 tsp salt and boil for about 10-15 minutes.

Strain the water and place in a jar or bowl and add 1 Tbsp white vinegar to each dye.

Allow them to cool before using.

Of course you will also need hard boiled eggs.  We did enough so that each girl would have 6-7 eggs to dye.

I placed all the dyes into small plastic cups and the girls used plastic spoons to place the eggs in and out of the cups.

naturally dyed easter eggs

I wrote the name of what each was on the plastic cups as well as on the table.

You will want to cover your table with plastic and or paper because this can get a bit messy!

naturally dyed easter eggs

 

naturally dyed easter eggs

The girls loved watching to see what colors they got with each of the dyes.  Natural dyes do not dye as quickly or as strongly as store bought dye so you need to have patience if you want brighter colors.  I personally love the softer more muted colors you get.

naturally dyed easter eggs

For really bright colors you may need to leave it in the dye for an hour or more.  Most of ours were only left in for 5 minutes or so.

naturally dyed easter eggs

I think the colors are gorgeous!

naturally dyed easter eggs

 

The blues we got from the blueberries was my favorite I think.

naturally dyed easter eggsI loved dressing mine up a bit in a vintage muffin tin with some paper grass.

naturally dyed easter eggsI think it would make a lovely Easter brunch table decor.  I love decor you can eat!

naturally dyed easter eggs

While some of the eggs were resting in the dye we went outside and planted Easter grass.  For more details on how to do that go here.
PicMonkey CollageFor other fun Easter fun go here:

Peeps on a Stick - Chocolate Covered PeepsMake Your Own Easter Baskets

easter fun

 

 Enjoy!
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