This is the day…

ThisDay Enjoy this Psalm 118:24 free printable by visiting Darlene at Time-Warp Wife

He Has Risen free printable

He-has-risen

Holy Week is upon us and I am thinking of different ways to make it special for our family- especially in these two days before my oldest leaves for Hatteras with Grandpa.  I absolutely love this He Has Risen free printable from Desiree and thought you would as well.  The only trouble is that you have to pick a color and all three are pretty awesome!  My home loves red and turquoise decor, so it was fairly easy for me.  Enjoy!

Teaching Kids in the Kitchen at Easter: Resurrection Rolls

Easter resurrection rolls

Resurrection Rolls have been around for a while, but we just started making them a few years ago and this tradition is a keeper!  Just what are Resurrection Rolls?  Very easy to make as a matter of fact- and a teaching tool, as well.

Quite simply, crescent rolls are wrapped around large marshmallows, and, as they bake, the rolls become hollow.   When you peer inside and break them open you will find that they are empty inside to represent the tomb of Jesus on Easter morning.  This makes such an impression on my children- they are always amazed and they excitedly tell everyone they see that day!

Easter Resurrection Roll Recipe

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly
Occasion Easter
Resurrection Rolls are easy to make and a teaching tool, as well. As they bake, the rolls become hollow to represent the empty tomb of Jesus on Easter morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 tube refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (10 oz)
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons white or brown sugar

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and lightly grease baking sheet.
Step 2
Unroll and tear crescent rolls into triangles.
Step 3
In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar.
Step 4
Dip a marshmallow in melted butter, roll in sugar mixture, and place in the center of a dough piece, with marshmallow aligned along one edge of dough (front of the “cave”.)
Step 5
Wrap dough around the marshmallow and pinch seams together to seal. Place on a baking sheet and repeat for all marshmallows and dough triangles.
Step 6
Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Reveal in the empty tomb and enjoy!

For more values-based holiday ideas, check out In the Way They Should Go…Teaching Kids Values.

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New life

birds Matthew 6:25

We have new life on “the farm”.  Chicks have been hatching over the past week and, five made it, but over the course of the 21 days and the hatching process, sadly, six did not.   My son and I walked almost 26 miles in Washington, DC… and the morning of the last day, I was struck with a flu-like virus that my family at home was weathering!  My only thought as I climbed the bus was, “I will live” (later, I lay in the first-aid room at Mt. Vernon, missing all the lovely gardens.)

I must share more from our quite adorable chick photo shoot, with the disclaimer that we separated them from the mother since she led them to a death-defying fall outdoors and I do not profess to being a good new baby chick groomer…

counting chicks

chick in violets

chicks in a basket

chick with girl

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?…Matthew 6:25-26

5 Ways We Saved This Week: thrift stores, travel foods, and more

5 Ways We Saved

1.  Made my own makeup remover using this easy recipe to refill the container from what is likely the last store-bought remover.

2.  Shopped Goodwill (but we call it “the boutique“) for leather Nike cleats, a new roll of Scotch brown kraft paper, and craft leaflets to group with others on ebay.

3.  Filled the gas tank at a service station that gives out free car wash tokens and used free two tokens to do a hand-washed number on our ever-salt-encrusted vehicle.

4.  Made, bagged, and froze homemade snacks and purchased some dollar store pre-packaged snacks for a trip with my son (we’re all over Washington D.C.!)  These will also help the rest of the family left at home easily get their own [cheap] snacks and breakfasts.  My husband gets home late most nights, so I also froze a meal and organized a section of the freezer with previously frozen meals for their dinners while I am away.

5.  Splurged on a dozen clear shoeboxes from the dollar store.  The common rule I was trying to follow- to not buy more organizational products- no longer applied, as our craft closet avalanche was not going anywhere.  The labeled shoeboxes uniformly stack on the shelves and hold exactly the right amounts of organized glue/tape, thread, paints, etc.  Right away, we set out using our craft materials instead of wondering where they were in the mess (and heaven forbid, buying more of what we already have.)  We make a lot of cards and gifts to save money.

Please do share all the ways- big and small- you saved this week!

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