We talked about Jesus body being beaten for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. And the kids beat wildly on this pecans to make them crushed for the cookies.
The finished nuts
We put in the bowl a little vinegar. I told the kids about when Jesus was on the cross and asked for a drink they would hold a sponge soaked in vinegar up for him to drink. Then we added salt which was to represent the salty tears that the people watching the Crucifixion shed. Then the egg white which were for life. The life Jesus was giving up so that we may have life! I asked the kids if it seemed like yummy cookies, of course they got to taste the salt and the vinegar. They all said no!
So then I told them about the sweetest part, that through Jesus death we had the gift of eternal life. we read John 3:16 and a couple more about God's love for us. And then added the sugar.
what a handsome boy!
The stiff peaks
Cookies on the sheet. I think that they were supposed to be a little taller but that is okay
Putting them in the stove. We told the kids about how Christ was taken down off the cross and was placed in the tomb.
Then we explained to the kids that the rock was rolled in front of the tomb and it was sealed so we sealed the oven, with tape. I told the kids that we couldn't eat the cookies till the morning and that even though it is hard to wait it was a reminder of how all the people who loved Jesus felt when he went in the tomb. we talked about them grieving. Then we left the oven.
The kids went to bed with hopeful anticipation of seeing their cookies in the morning. Went and cleaned up and headed to bed. First thing in the morning they came down and asked about the cookies. They took the tape off to unseal the oven and I took the cookies out.
So the idea was that when they bite into the cookies, the cookies are hollow and then we tell them about how when the people came to the tomb to see Jesus, it was EMPTY! Yes, he was risen!
The cookies were so yummy. Not as hollow as I would have liked. I believe that if I beat them longer they would have been taller and more hollow, but we got the point across and it was a lot of fun. Especially having my nephews here to share in the excitement!
A typical Joel face.
Handing out cups for the collecting
A little of the action
Each kid got one of these that were hidden in the trees
Enjoying a "little" chocolate!
Sorting like always
And a little of the sugar kicking in! ha ha
Then, low and behold, a truck comes in and parks and it is my bro in law's brother and girlfriend! My nephews haven't seen them since they left Ft SJ about a month ago and were so excited to visit!
Annabelle sucking on chocolate
Mark and Eric