Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Forgotten Cookies

I found this great recipe for Easter Forgotten Cookies, along with a great story about Jesus to share with your kids and help explain the real reason behind Easter. Thought I would share! I'll post pics when we've made them.

Easter Forgotten Cookies

These cookies are called "Forgotten Cookies" because you leave them in the oven overnight...forgotten. You can use chocolate chips in addition to nuts. The cookies are yummy.

You need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
Preheat oven to 300

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. 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 child's hand. Let them taste it and 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.

Add 1 cup sugar. 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 Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts.

Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 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. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.

You can add the chocolate chips, and explained to the kids that Jesus always gives us more than we ask for, so we're going to add in something extra yummy & sweet.

Thanks, Grits with Cheese

Friday, March 19, 2010

Can Colander/Strainer

Do you have one of these handy dandy can colander/strainer?? I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3.99....what a great little gadget! Every kitchen needs one :) It comes in handy for draining syrup from cans of fruit, juice from vegetables for recipes without the juice, etc.

While searching for a picture of the item to put on the blog, I found another use for it....TUNA PRESS!
With this handy little tuna press, you'll stop smooshing the sharp-edged lid down on the tuna and tilting the can to drain. Remove the lid, place the tuna press over the can, and push down. The liquid will rise to the surface and you can dispose of it easily. How great is this!!

I found it on Amazon listed for $2.99 here. I bought it at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $3.99, but couldn't find it listed on their website. Pampered chef also has a version here, listed for $4.50.

Happy cooking,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Zaxby's Clubs

Join the Zax Kidz Club! They will mail you a free cookie card just for joining. Then, a free kidz meal card will be mailed to your child every birthday. Kidz must be 10 and younger to enter. Go to the Zaxby's site to join OR email ALL children's names, mailing address and dates of birth, including year, to

They have a club for us adults too! For joining the Zax Mail Club they will mail you a coupon for a free meal deal. Who doesn't want to go to Zaxby's for a free meal! Join here.

Happy eating!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Beach: Sand and Shell Frame

I want to share this with you guys BEFORE everyone goes on their beach trip this year. So tell me, pretty much everyone goes on some sort of beach trip in the summer, right? Ok, if not every summer, at some point in your life you will go to the beach!! Family trips, honeymoon, etc. Well, I have a neat inexpensive souvineor!

While at the beach this summer, all week long I collected shells. Pretty shells: different sizes, shapes, textures....ones with character. I also collected some sand from the beach. My use the sand and shells to create a frame for my mom for christmas. Upon arriving home, I went to Michael's (one of my 3 fav stores along with Joann's and Hobby Lobby). I bought one of the unfininshed square wooden frames for about $1.00. Other supplies I used were Mod Podge and craft paint. I painted one coat of blue paint on the frame. Then, I painted Mod Podge on top. While it was still wet, I sprinkled sand all over the frame. This created a great beach feel. I had also purchased a pre-painted beach umbrella for the side of the frame. After the mod podge and sand dried. I hot glued the umbrella cut out and all of my collected shells around the painted frame. And voilĂ ! See my masterpiece below! Of course, I couldn't just make one for my mom....I wanted one too!! The picture below is of mine. My mom's frame had a big group picture of the entire family. Now, you will have something to do with all those shells you collect at the beach ;-) Think Mother's Day or Christmas present.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Click other sites to give too!

So, my post yesterday was about The Breast Cancer Site. Once you are on that site, look at the top tabs. There are also sites for Hunger, Child Health, Literacy, Rainforest and Animal Rescue. They all also have click to give buttons. If you are taking the time to click to give mammograms, take a few extra seconds and click on all those tabs as well....

You will...

Help pay for cups of food...

Help pay for child healthcare...

Help pay for books...

Help pay to protect endangered habitat...

Help pay for food and care for animals...

Now, wouldn't you like to help others.....I know I would love to give to charities, but the funds just aren't available right now, so I feel that I am helping in a small way by clicking...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Who will you CLICK for??

I was forwarded an email a couple of weeks ago asking me to take a minute to go to The Breast Cancer Site and "click" to give a free mammogram. I followed the link and found a great site. The Breast Cancer Site
Words from the site: "Your click on the "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation."
WOW, what a great way to help and support this cause.....and it's FREE for you to click. You can go back daily and give one everyday. To make it easier, they have made a "reminder" email sent out to you everyday so you don't forget. I signed up for this email and I know that without a reminder everyday I would forget. It is usually in my inbox when I wake up in the morning, so as I'm checking emails, I follow the link and click away.
Click here to sign up for the reminder emails (for signing up you get a free pink ribbon pin....doesn't include the cost of shipping)
1. You click daily. 2. Sponsors pay for mammograms. 3. Shop the store and give more. 100% of the sponsor money goes to charity.
Your clicks count!! In 2009, visitor clicks funded 2,808 mammograms. Purchases at The Breast Cancer Site Store funded an additional 4,178.
I am clicking for my Mawmaw (Willie Beatrice Lusk-passed away when I was 1 year old) and for my Grandmama (Carolyn Isabelle Robinson - currently fighting the battle)

Who will you click for??

Monday, February 22, 2010

Another Freebie :) Busy Mom's Bible

This is a great freebie!! The first 5,000 people to register will get a free copy of The Busy Mom’s Bible. It will ask for your mailing address and for you to upload a picture of your family to qualify. After you receive your Bible you can come back and write a review for them and win more prizes.

The first time I tried to sign up I got an error message, but the 2nd time I tried, it confirmed I did sign up. I got the message that once my information is verified, they will mail my free copy of "the Busy Mom’s Bible". Once I spend some time with it, they ask you to be sure to submit a link to your online review by March 26, 2010 and be entered to win a personal assistant’s service compliments of Zondervan.

Now, I know I would love a personal assitant!! Wouldn't you ;-)

(Thanks Southern Savers!)