This year was no different...except for the fact, that all of our cherished extended family unexpectedly came down with illness the morning of our planned brunch. So, our table wasn't quite as filled as we had hoped it would be.
This year's brunch activities were a mixture of some treasured family favorites and some new...but INSTANT...classics.
I've always enjoyed the Scriptural lessons brought forth by baking resurrection cookies together, but wanted a new spin on an old favorite. So this year, we made resurrection buns.
To make Resurrection Buns, you will need:
- biscuit dough (homemade or store bought)
- melted butter
- cinnamon and sugar
- large marshmallows
Spread on melted butter. (Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus anointed Jesus with oils of myrrh and aloe before burial.)
Sprinkle a light layer of cinnamon and sugar over the butter. (The two men sprinkled spices between the layers of cloth.)
During the baking process the biscuits will crack and the marshmallow will leak out leaving behind an empty cavern in the middle of the biscuit. (When the women went to the tomb early Sunday morning, the tomb WAS EMPTY!! Hallelujah!)
In addition to the resurrection buns, we also ate a very simple egg casserole, some spiced breakfast potatoes, and strawberry yogurt parfaits with homemade granola.
Resurrection EggsWe have two different homemade sets of Resurrection Eggs and try to rotate them each year. Since we did our main set last year, I put out our alternate set this year. (As a homeschool mom, it was a treat to have one more reader at the table this year than last.)
"Marbled" Easter eggsI never like to decorate Easter eggs the same way each year. So as usual, we tried something new.
To make "marbled" Easter eggs, you will need:
- hard-boiled eggs
- a can of shaving cream
- food coloring
- shallow plastic containers and spoons
Woolie Bear "Caterpillars"
This simple spring craft brightens any window sill and is easy for little hands.
To make a woolie bear "caterpillar", you will need:
- an egg carton
- potting soil
- grass seeds
- googly craft eyes
- hot glue gun
Cut the egg carton into sections so that every child has a 3-cup section of egg carton. Glue two googly craft eyes onto the front of one of the cups.
Fill each cup half-full with potting soil and sprinkle a generous amount of grass seeds on top. Complete by covering the seeds with more soil. Water and place in a sunny spot.
Easter Basket Scavenger HuntJust as I don't like to decorate Easter eggs in the same way each year, I also don't like to reveal my children's Easter baskets in the same way. This year, I put the Hubs in charge of creating a scavenger hunt complete with clues for each of the kids to follow in order to find their baskets.
So that's what we were up to the morning before Resurrection Sunday.
Did you have any special plans to mark the weekend of our Lord's death, burial, and RESURRECTION? I'd love to hear about them!