Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Celebration....Let's Celebrate!

I know that I'm a little late for an Easter post....things have been a bit hectic around here the last few days.

This year, Easter had a different feel for me....yes, I am so very very thankful for Christ taking my punishment, paying my price...bridging my gap......but this year felt so much more celebratory for me.   It has dawned on me how much we have to look forward to, not here, not now....but in heaven!  

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life...no one comes to the Father except through him!  He has gone to prepare a place for us in his Father's house...a house with many rooms!   

On Easter morning, Corey's favorite song played on the radio---it's a big big house, with lots and lots of rooms..a big big table, with lots and lots of food...a big big yard where we can play football!  

Come and go with me to my Father's house, there's room for all....He has prepared a place for you, the door is open, the Way has been provided!!!!

Thank you Jesus for Loving us so much that even while we were still sinners, you died for us!   And that's not all, not only did he redeem us from slavery, but we've been adopted into His family...sons and daughters to the King!  How awesome is that!!!

Our celebration this year needed a bit of prep work...

First up was trying my hand at making peeps!  Marshmallows taste so much better when they're homemade :)  Instead of dusting the pan with powder sugar/corn starch mixture, I used sanding sugar (or..do as I did and make your own using sugar and a bit of food dye in a baggie and shake until colored!)  I also used a jelly roll pan instead of 9x13 because I wanted them to be thinner.
Dust the tops with the sanding sugar.

Use little cookie cutters dipped in powdered sugar to cut out your shapes....see that cute little bunny?
Well....he ended up looking more like a dog bone!  Oh well, live and learn...the more simple the shape the better ;)  
Saturday night had me making egg casserole (I'll try and remember to post a recipe later) and Our Best Bites glass block jello.  I didn't get a pic of the batch that I made, but it is really a pretty jello, perfect for celebrating our new life in Christ!

Easter morning, I whipped up these rolls...also from Our Best Bites....hands down the best rolls I've ever made!!!!!
Now onto my Favorite new tradition!!!  Cascarones!   They are confetti filled egg shells that in Hispanic tradition are broke over peoples' heads to bring good luck....but we just shouted Happy Easter or He is Risen!   These were so much fun!  I think we might be making more soon..maybe for Cinco de Mayo or Mother's Day or who knows, but they'll be making an appearance again!

Carefully break the end off of your eggs (and make an egg casserole!).   Wash the shells and let them air dry.   Fill each shell with confetti.
Use tissue paper to cover the holes.
Happy Easter Corey!!!!!
Isn't that the prettiest driveway you've ever seen!?!
Egg hunts followed....there is no lack of candy in our house this week!
The boys had never jumped rope before...this is going to take a bit of practice!
All in all, I think we all had a very good afternoon celebrating!   
Poor Jim had to work....but they had an out of town near by so on their way back, him and his partner for the day grabbed a plate of leftovers :)

We cut the day short so that my parents and grandparents could go help serve dinner at the local homeless shelter (they have an age limit so the boys couldn't help out...otherwise we all would have been there!).   What an amazing way to celebrate the life we have in Christ...picking up the serving towel and helping those in need!

We all hope that you had a wonderful weekend...that you were able to reflect on all that Christ has done for you!


Debbie said...

Bless your heart! And poor Jim working! Your little peeps are so sweet and loved the egg confettis. But hands down, I'm a hotroll lover and bread is my weakness. I think I could have eaten all of those! :D

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am SO impressed by that Easter fun you created! What a great day--I felt blessed when I reflected on all that cross means, too.