Prepping a huge spread for Easter Sunday? Here's my go-to website for recipes of any kind, and this link goes directly to their Easter section: http://allrecipes.com/features/holidays/easter/default.aspx The best thing about allrecipes.com is that all of the recipes are rated by users, so you can skip right to the highest rated dishes if desired.
There are some cool object lessons using food that you may want to use to help teach your children the true Christain meaning of Easter. The first is called "Resurrection Rolls". The second is Here is the recipe, as presented at the website http://www.cookingcache.com/resurrectionrolls.shtml?rdid=rc1
Resurrection Rolls Recipe
(each item represents how Jesus' body was prepared for burial)
Can of Crescent Rolls
1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. The rolls represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.
2. Dip and roll one marshmallow (representing Jesus' body) into melted butter The butter represents the oils used in anointing the dead body.
3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The mixture represents the spices used in burials.
4. Place the marshmallow in the center of the crescent triangle. Fold and pinch the edges tight. Put each crescent-wrapped marshmallow on a slightly greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake the rolls as directed on he package. The oven represents the tomb.
When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent roll.
This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the tomb were the linen wrappings.
These are surprisingly tasty. ENJOY!!! Jesus loves you!
The second cool object-lesson recipe is for "Resurrection Cookies". I found this version of the recipe at http://realfoodliving.com/recipes/resurrection-cookies
•1 cup whole pecans (we use almonds)
•1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
•3 egg whites
•1 cup organic sugar
•Wooden spoon, rolling pin
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (Do this before doing anything else.)
•Place nuts in baggie and beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested and He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3
•Open the vinegar and let everyone smell it. Put 1 teaspoon into the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, all He was given to drink was vinegar. Read John 19:28-30
•Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
•Sprinkle a little salt into each person’s hand. Let them taste it, then 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. Sprinkle a little sugar into each person’s hand. Let them taste it, then brush the rest into the bowl. 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 Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
•Beat with mixer on high speed for 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents our purity in God’s eyes because our sins are cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18
•Fold in nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 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 shut. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66
•You’re done! Explain that you cannot eat the cookies tonight, but that you have to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. That might not make anyone too happy. Explain that Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22
•The next morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the third day, Jesus followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9
•Enjoy the cookies and relate to life’s daily blessings through G-d’s love and grace – noted especially on this holiest of days!
And now, after all of this goodness and light, it's time to take you over to the dark side with this recipe for Deep Fried Cadbury Eggs. This one's from http://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/118858/deep_fried_cadbury_eggs_should
•Cadbury Creme Eggs
•1 cup flour
•1 cup milk
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
•1 teaspoon salt
•Oil for deep frying
Chill eggs in fridge. Whisk together next 6 ingredients to create a creamy batter. Heat oil to around 350-375 degrees. Coat eggs in batter. Carefully lower eggs into batter and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.