Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

03/31/10
Amy

(Cooking) Resurrection Rolls


Resurrection Rolls are a fun and easy way to incorporate the real meaning of Easter into the holiday, while simultaneously introducing an easy and yummy family tradition. These sweet rolls begin by wrapping a dipped marshmallow in biscuit dough. When they bake, the biscuit holds it’s shape, but the marshmallow disappears leaving an empty “tomb”.

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1 can refrigerated biscuit dough (10 biscuits)
10 large marshmallows
4 T butter
4 T sugar
1 1/2 t cinnamon

1. Melt butter in a small bowl. Mix cinnamon and sugar in another small bowl. Set aside.

2. Pat each biscuit into a flat circle.

3. Roll a marshmallow in the melted butter and then roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mix. Set dipped marshmallow in the center of the flattened biscuit and wrap it by pulling the edges of the biscuit all towards the top. Thoroughly pinch closed and place seam side down in a paper lined muffin cup. Repeat with all marshmallows.

4. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

*Optional – Top with a small amount of a powdered sugar glaze.

*Tip - Be sure to use fresh marshmallows. If the marshmallows are older and have started to harden, they will not fully melt.

03/30/10
Amy
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(Family Activities) Easter Scavenger Hunt


You could just hand your kids their Easter baskets….or you could send them on a scavenger hunt for them!

Write clues on a small slip of paper and put them into plastic Easter eggs. The difficulty of this activity can be tailored to kids of all ages. For really small kids, you might tell them exactly where to look next (i.e. “Under the couch”) whereas you might make it a more challenging for the older kids (i.e. “Look under a place where you sit.”). If you are the creative type, then you might have fun making them into a poem format. Each clue should give them a hint on where to find the next clue, until they reach the final “prize”.

There are a couple of optional twists you can put on the activity:

First of all, you can give them an empty Easter basket at the beginning of the hunt and each clue can lead them to a treat that they can add to their basket.

A second idea is to have an Easter Bible verse on each clue. As they work their way through the clues, they will read the whole Easter story. The “Resurrection Rolls” can be the treasure at the of the hunt, thus making the empty tomb the final celebration point!

03/29/10
Amy
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(Money-Saving Tips) Easter Baskets on a Budget


You think of the cost of filling Easter baskets as minor. Afterall, the baskets are small and you are filling it with small items….right? These small items can add up, though, especially if you are filling multiple baskets.

Before you spend too much, try visiting your local dollar store. Their Easter section will supply you with everything from Easter baskets to grass filling and plastic Easter eggs to candy. Then browse their isles for non-candy basket fillers. They have small real tools (a little boy’s dream!), hair bows and clips, coloring books, flash cards, pencils, calculators, little handbags, stickers, etc. You’ll be surprised at what you can buy for a dollar! And before you know it, you will have filled your baskets without breaking the budget.

12/12/09
Amy

(Parenting) Dollar Store Treasures


The joy found in giving is a life lesson that we all desire to impart to our kids and there is no substitute for first-hand experience. Christmas provides many teaching opportunities, one of which is right under your own Christmas tree.

The joy of giving comes to life in a child’s heart when they are able to give a family member a gift that is from them. One that they picked out, that they wrapped, that they were excited about giving, and that they handed to the eager recipient.

It can be hard, though, on our already tight Christmas budgets to add in another level of gift-giver funding, and depending on the age of the child, unrealistic to expect them to foot the bill. Younger children can also become frustrated by their lack of understanding the impact of price tags in a large store.

Take your child on their own little shopping spree…to the dollar store! Here everything is within budget. Your child can browse the aisles and find gifts for everybody on their list. With the ability to choose anything in the store, they are freed from restrictions and given lease for creativity. It is absolutely wonderful to watch them get excited as they find items that they believe fits what the recipient loves and then eagerly anticipate the giving of the gift. It is a simple opportunity that can bring the joy of giving to life for a child.

Tip: Be sure to choose a dollar store where everything truly is one dollar.