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So what does it mean when we say, “Jesus is our Messiah?” This video does a great job explaining why Jesus had to come into the world to reconcile us to God. 

 

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“The full force of the storm of God’s

fierce anger at sin was coming down. 

On his own son.

Instead of his people.

It was the only way God could destroy sin, and not

destroy his children whose hearts were full of sin.”

—The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones

 

On Good Friday, we observe the day that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Let me be a little more specific. For my sins. For your sins. If you were the only person in the world, Jesus would have died just for you.

To remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice, my kids and I make nail prints on our hands with our name written over the red mark.

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Throughout the weekend, the permanent marker fades, but we can still see the marks that remind, “Jesus died for ME.”

For me.

Because of me.

For my sins.

Because he loved me.

almondcoconutmacaroons

Around this time of year, coconut seems to move to the front of my baking supplies. Well, these coconut-almond macaroons are another perfect Easter recipe. They are great for Passover, too. I especially love making these for my friends who eat gluten-free. The recipe is simple. I’ve decided and that egg whites and sugar when correctly combined are magical!

Almond-Coconut Macaroons
A perfect gluten-free Easter treat.
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 2 large egg whites
  3. 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (sometimes I use the extra fine or sometimes the larger shreds or sometimes a mixture of the two)
  4. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  5. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  6. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Whisk together sugar and egg while in large bowl.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. There are two ways to form the macaroons: 1.) Free form into 12 2-tablespoon mounds and drop each onto sheet, 2 inches apart. OR 2.) For a more uniform look, spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray and then pack the tin. Then, turn over the muffin tin onto the sheet and you have perfect little mounds.
  5. Bake macaroons until golden brown on the bottoms and edges, about 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely.
Notes
  1. Macaroons will keep, covered, for up to 2 weeks.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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My childhood is full of holiday memories that include my Grandma Doerman’s custard lime Easter jello recipe. But, I remember it especially on Easter with ham and homemade rolls. I’ve carried on the tradition, serving it on Easter at our house each year. But, really, it’s fabulous anytime. Even for breakfast. The morning after. 

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Check me out rocking that awesome denim jumper next to Grandma D. This was on the Sunday I was baptised.

Grandma Doerman’s Custard Lime Jello

  • 1 large box lime jello
  • 1/2 can crushed pineapple (drain and reserve juice)

Mix jello according to box. Add crushed pineapple and poured into a 9/13 pan. Chill until firm.

  • 1 package of Dream Whip (found near the jello section in the supermarket)
  • 1 box of cream cheese

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Beat Dream Whip according to package directions. Add cream cheese. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the firmed jello.

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  • Combine pineapple juice and water to make 1 cup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbls. flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbls. lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Make custard on the same day the jello is served. Mix the above ingredients and and cook over medium heat until thick. Cool and spread over the cream cheese layer.

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Custard Lime Jello
Yields 12
Lime jello with pineapple, topped with a sweet custard.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large box lime jello
  2. 1/2 can crushed pineapple (drain and reserve juice)
  3. 1 package of Dream Whip (found near the jello section in the supermarket)
  4. 1 box of cream cheese
  5. 1 cup reserved pineapple juice, add water if needed
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 Tbls. flour
  8. 1 1/2 Tbls. lemon juice
  9. 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix jello according to box. Add drained crushed pineapple and poured into a 9/13 pan. Chill until firm.
  2. Beat Dream Whip according to package directions. Add cream cheese.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the firmed jello.
  4. Make custard on the same day the jello is served. Mix pineapple juice, eggs, flour, lemon juice and sugar,and cook over medium heat until thick. Cool and spread over the cream cheese layer.
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Just a reminder that there will be no VESSELS tonight. Everyone enjoy your spring break. We’ll meet next Wednesday, March 30. See you then. 

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Do you know the legend of the robin’s red breast? It has to do with Easter. Get your hands on this wonderful book. We read it around Easter time when we make our chocolate nests–a fun craft and recipe.

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The book tells the legend of why the robin’s breast is red…

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I love this part… “I know this man, thought the robin. All earth’s creatures, except humans, recognized Jesus–the Creator-God come to earth.”

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“The thorn gave way. And as it came out a drop of Jesus’ blood fell onto the robin’s breast, staining it red from that day to this.”

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To make the chocolate nests, start by gathering your ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I prefer unsweetened.)
  • shredded wheat (six large “loaves”)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (also a great opportunity to melt down leftover chocolate Easter bunnies)
  • wax paper or cooking spray
  • cookie sheet or muffin tin
  • Cadbury mini eggs or jelly beans (for eggs)
  • Recipe yields 12-15 mini nests

Step 1: Put six “loaves” of shredded wheat into a large bowl and crunch them up into little tiny pieces.

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Step 2: Add 1 cup of coconut to the shredded wheat, toss until mixed well.

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Step 3: Okay, here is where you get a couple of options. We tried two different methods of how to form the nests: 1.) Using a cookie sheet/metal tray covered with wax paper or 2.) Using a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray. Both worked great. However, I think the muffin tin method worked best to shape the nests. You choose. So for step 3, prep your pan of choice.

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Step 4: Use a double boiler (or a heat-safe bowl set over pot of bowling water) to melt 2 cups of chocolate chips.

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Step 5: Pour melted chocolate over wheat mixture and mix up until the chocolate evenly coats.

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Step 6: Form the chocolate nests, either in the muffin tins or on the tray. Make sure to make a little center for your eggs.

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OR…..

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Step 7: Put in your eggs and put in the fridge to harden. If you used a muffin tin, use a knife to “pop” out the chocolate nests after they’ve hardened.

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The muffin tray-method yields a more-shaped looking nest:

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The tray method is a little more free form.

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Chocolate Robin's Nests
Yields 12
An Easter snack that reminds up how the robin got it's red breast that first Easter.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shredded coconut (I prefer unsweetened.)
  2. shredded wheat (six large "loaves")
  3. 2 cups milk chocolate chips (also a great opportunity to melt down leftover chocolate Easter bunnies)
  4. wax paper or cooking spray
  5. cookie sheet or muffin tin
  6. Cadbury mini eggs or jelly beans (for eggs)
Instructions
  1. Put six "loaves" of shredded wheat into a large bowl and crunch them up into little tiny pieces.
  2. Add 1 cup of coconut to the shredded wheat, toss until mixed well.
  3. 1.) Using a cookie sheet/metal tray covered with wax paper or 2.) Using a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray. Both worked great. However, I think the muffin tin method worked best to shape the nests. You choose.
  4. Use a double boiler (or a heat-safe bowl set over pot of bowling water) to melt 2 cups of chocolate chips.
  5. Pour melted chocolate over wheat mixture and mix up until the chocolate evenly coats.
  6. Form the nests, either in the muffin tins or on the tray. Make sure to make a little center for your eggs.
  7. Put in your eggs and put in the fridge to harden. If you used a muffin tin, use a knife to "pop" out the chocolate nest after it's hardened.
Notes
  1. Be sure to read The Legend of the Easter Robin, by Dandi Daley Mackall.
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Scrapbookpapercrosses

Most people have some scrapbook paper in their crafting stash…Use some of it to make this darling Easter decoration for your room. You can even make some for gifts. 

Scrapbook paper crosses

MATERIALS:

  • a wooden cross
  • piece of scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge or plain white glue
  • sandpaper or nail file
  • hot glue gun
  • misc. ribbons and trip (optional)
  • nail (optional)
  • letter stamps (optional)

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1. Trace the shape of the cross using a pencil.

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2. Cut around the lines you have just drawn. Important! Do not cut ON the line. You want a little extra all the way around the cross outline.

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3. Brush a very thin and every layer of Mod Podge onto the cross. Make sure to cover the entire surface.

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4. Smooth on the paper cross.

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5. Let it dry completely and then fold/crease the extra paper over the edges of the cross.

6. Take a piece of sand paper or a nail file and sand off the extra paper.

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This will leave a perfectly flush edge on the cross. If a little bit tears off…no worries. Make it look intentional and rustic. Also you may need to touch up some of the edges with a bit of Mod Podge if the paper comes a little loose.

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7. Now embellish your cross. Enter glue gun (as for adults help). We used some vintage lace and ribbon from my stash. And a rusty old nail. And then I stamped Anne’s name on it. A reminder that Jesus died for her.

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6a00e554ba6033883401a511af0e49970cThese are my very favorite sugar cookies. The almond extract makes them extra delicious. You can roll them out on a cookie sheet to make cookie bars, or you can use cookie cutters to make festive shapes. 

We like them with colored sugar sprinkled on top or with frosting. Either way, they are going to fly off the plate.

Go here to find out how to make your own colored sugar (much cheaper than buying it at the store.)

 

 

 

 

 

Best Sugar Cookies
Perfect sugar cookies for making bars or cutting out festive shapes.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 1⁄2 cup sugar
  3. 2eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 tsp almond extract (or lemon)
  6. 3⁄4 tsp baking powder
  7. 4 (or 4 1/2) cups flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, almond extract. Mix well.
  4. Add baking powder and sugar and mix again.
  5. Add flour 1 cup at a time. If you are making immediately, use 4 1⁄2 
cups of flour. 
If you are waiting to make the cookies later, put the dough in a ziplock and refrigerate/freeze.
  6. Roll out to 3/8” thick and cut shapes.
  7. Bake for 7 mins. Be careful that they do not get too brown.
Adapted from www.lilaloa.com
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Sugar Cookie Frosting
A smooth, glossy frosting for sugar cookies.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1⁄4 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  3. 1 1⁄2 Tbls. milk
  4. 1⁄4 tsp lemon or almond flavor
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients with a wire whisk until it is smooth.
 It will take a bit, but be patient.
  2. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting on the cookie or pipe on with a pastry.
  3. The frosting will “settle” and smooth into a shiny surfaces.
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Why is Easter such a big deal? Here’s why:

For many–and likely most of us–Easter involves one day, perhaps one weekend if you are traveling and dying eggs on Saturday night. Yet, Easter is the foundation of our Christian faith.

Consider: We take a whole month to celebrate Christmas. Advent calendar, anyone?  It involves gifts, decorations, books, movies, songs, activities, parties. You name it, and at Christmas time, we do it.

What about Easter? We get the Easter bunny, egg hunts, chocolate (a very key factor), church on Sunday morning, family dinner after. 
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas. I am all about God sending Baby Jesus down and giving us such a precious gift. But if Jesus just came and lived and that was it, our faith would be empty–really nothing. What sets Jesus apart is that he not only came, but that he lived a sinless life, died a horrible and shameful death on the cross for our sins (not his own)… Then, rose again on the third day–not only conquering our sin, but death itself.

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Can I get an “AMEN!”

Without Easter—without the resurrection of Christ—there would be no Christian faith. Christ’s resurrection is the proof of his divinity.

So come, on girls, let’s make a BIG deal about Easter. I know many of you have this next week off of school so you might have some extra time to cook, bake, read, craft, etc. I’ll be posting ideas all week but in the meanwhile, here are things you can do to make Easter a little more special this year.

 

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  • Take your family to see the Easter drama at Faith Bible Chapel. His Story: Our Story is completely free. Showtimes: 

    Wednesday, March 23 // 7:00 PM

    Thursday, March 24 // 7:00 PM

    Friday, March 25 // 5:30 & 8:00 PM

    Saturday, March 26 // 2:00 & 5:00 PM

 

 

 

Ricepillow

We know Dorcas used her sewing skills to serve others and show God’s love. Here is a simple sewing project you can make for others. Rice pillows are perfect for those who may be sick, have sore muscles or maybe just need some warm comfort after a hard day at work. 

Let’s be like Dorcas and use sewing to bless someone. 

Be sure to print out the card below to attach to the pillow. Right click and select save. The card will print on an 8.5 x 11 sheet. Fold it in half and then half again and trim the edges. Ricepillowcard

For other beginner sewing ideas, check out our sewing Pinterest board.