A Most Dangerous Dessert

I got this recipe recently through an e-mail and tried it today. It’s perfect for two people to share or 1 person that really has a chocolate craving. We put whipped cream on top of ours, and they were very good.

Cake in a Cup  
Or

5-Minute Cake

Ingredients:

4 T. flour
4 T. sugar
2 T. cocoa
1 egg
3 T. milk
3 T. oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (microwavable)

 
Directions:

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired, or just add cool whip or frosting and eat out of the cup.

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any
time of the day or night

Another Great Easter Lesson/Recipe For Kids

Resurrection Rolls

 

Each item represents how Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.

Ingredients:

Large Marshmallows

Melted Butter

Sugar/Cinnamon mixture

Cans of Crescent Rolls

1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. The rolls

represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.

2. Dip and roll one marshmallow – representing Jesus’ body – into melted

butter. The butter represents the oils used in anointing the dead body.

3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The mixture

represents the spices used in burials.

4. Place the marshmallow in the center of the crescent triangle. Fold and

pinch the edges tight. Put each crescent-wrapped marshmallow on a

slightly greased cookie sheet. To make clean-up easier, line cookie sheet

with aluminum foil before slightly greasing.

5. Bake the rolls as directed on the package. The oven represents the

tomb.

When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent

roll.

This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the

empty tomb were the linen wrappings.

Home Is Where The Hearts Are

img_4764

Don’t have a lot of dough to buy Valentine gifts?  Me neither. Here’s an easy cookie recipe that requires only a few common ingredients.  I hope all of you will have a wonderful Valentine’s Day by letting your family and friends know that you love and appreciate them.

Valentine Cutouts

 

1 cup sugar

¾ cup shortening (part margarine or butter softened)

2 eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla or ½ tsp. Lemon extract

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Salt

 

Mix sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.  Heat oven to 400.   Roll out dough about 1/8 inch thick and cut into assorted shapes with heart shaped cookie cutters.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake until light brown, 6 to 8 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheet; cool.  Decorate with creamy frosting.

 

Creamy Frosting

 

1 cup powdered sugar

½ tsp. Vanilla

¼ tsp. Salt

About 1 tbsp. Water or 1 to 2 tbsps. Half and half

Assorted food colors

 

Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and salt.  Beat in water until smooth and of spreading consistency.  Tint frosting with red food coloring as desired.  Decorate even more with colored sugars, sprinkles and cinnamon candies if desired.

How We’re Getting Our Fill Of Sugar For The Holidays

img_4402

This is a picture of a gingerbread train that we decorated with our homeschool group. Each family decorated either a train or a gingerbread tree.  I must confess to consuming 2 of the boxcars. (not all in one sitting, fortunately) They were yummy!

img_4414

Here’s another train that another family made. You can get quite creative when you have a wide variety of candy to work with as we did.

peanut-blossoms

I made some Peanut Blossoms this week too. Our family really enjoys this cookie.  I lost count of how many I ate.

img_4529

This tray of cookies is going to church tomorrow so that the kids can have their quota of sugar after the children’s Christmas program.

img_4530

This tray will go to church too.

img_4531

We have to have some sweet bread for the holidays too.  Of course, all of this stuff was sampled to make sure it was okay.  Did I mention that I like sugar?

Breaking Bread Together

I was looking through some files and found this recipe, which I think is a great idea. I wish all my family and friends a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. 

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is “Breaking Bread Together.”  Thanks to Family Fun Magazine . . . we have shared a simply meaningful tradition for several years.

 

You need:

  • Several Cans of (Pilsbury) Cresent Rolls
  • 1/2″ Strips of Paper cut from Index Cards
  • Pencils

 

Have each Thanksgiving guest write down on the strip of paper what they are thankful for this year and sign their name.

 

Have the guests roll their paper into a cresent roll and place on the pan to bake.

 

Bake the rolls as directed . . . watching so any paper sticking out the ends doesn’t burn.  (Hint: Baking stones work wonderfully and prevent burning)

 

Place the rolls in a basket lined with a linen towel.

 

At the beginning of the Thanksgiving meal, pass the rolls around and have everyone take one, break open and share with everyone what the other person has to be thankful for.

 

Most often, the strip of paper isn’t big enough to hold all our Thankfulness!

 

Little Can Be Much When God Is In It

french-bread.jpg

When Less Was More 

We were broke, and I was trying to make the best of it.  I prayed and asked God for help.  The thought came to my mind that it would be nice to have some bread in the house.  I had never made sandwich bread from scratch before and decided to look through some cookbooks.  I came across a recipe that required few ingredients, and upon searching our cupboards, I was happy to find I had everything I needed.  It took about 3 hours from start to finish to  make the bread.  The results were wonderful!  My family enjoyed the homemade French bread much more than any bread I had bought from the store.  Since that time, I have made my French bread during times of prosperity and poverty.  I have received many compliments on it when serving it to company.  Sometimes I think back to the first time I made that bread, and I am reminded once again that when we pray, God can take and use what little we have and make it a blessing.

Easter Story Cookies

I found this wonderful recipe/object lesson in a devotional I am reading and wanted to share it.  This is a very creative way to teach children the Easter story.  May all of you have a blessed Easter!

Easter Story Cookies 

1 cup whole pecans                                         1 teaspoon vinegar

3 egg whites(room temperature)                     pinch salt

1 cup sugar                                                      plastic-zipper baggie

wooden spoon                                                 wax paper

tape                                                                 cookie sheet

mixer                                                               mixing bowl

Bible

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

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

            Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put vinegar into 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 eternal life.  Read John 10:10-11.

             Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand.  Let each one taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  Explain this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.  Read Luke 23:27.

            Add sugar.  Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died, because of His great love for us.  He wants us to know and belong to Him.  Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.

            Beat ingredients with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes till stiff peaks form.  The white represnts the purity, in God’s eyes, of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.  Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

            Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb, where Jesus’ body was laid.  Read Matthew 27:57-60.

            Put cookie sheet in oven and turn oven OFF.  Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door, as the Roman soldiers sealed Jesus’ tomb.  Read Matthew 27:65-66.

            GO TO BED!  Explain that they may feel sad leaving the cookies 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 Matthew 28:1-9, and have a blessed Easter!!!!!

 

Theresa Schaad in An Oasis Moment(Spirit filled thoughts for each day of the year)

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things….

at Christmastime that is.

candy-cane-lane-lg1.jpg

This is a very hard to find, but delightful tea.  I think I only have about 10 of the tea bags left, and I’m hoping that Santa Claus or some kind soul will put some in my Christmas stocking.

Luk 2:7-11 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (portion of the Christmas story)

I’ve read the Christmas story out of the Bible for many years, and I never grow tired of it.  Every time I read it the wonder of God robing Himself in flesh and coming to earth just fills me with awe! It’s still the greatest story ever told. 

christmas-carol.jpg

I love listening to Focus On The Family Radio Theatre’s version of A Christmas Carol.  I’ve heard several versions of this story, but this is by far the best.  The acting and sound effects are superb.

candy-cane-cookies.jpg

Candy Cane Cookies – I have a love/hate relationship with these cookies.  I really don’t enjoy making these, because it is time consuming twisting these into shape, and the dough is never easy to work with.(pardon the preposition on the end of this sentence) However, my family and I both really like the taste of these, so tonight, I made a batch of them.

I hope all who read this will take time to enjoy family, friends and some of your favorite things this Chrismas.

Bird’s Nest?

birds-nest.jpg

Is it a miniature bird’s nest?  No.  These are thumbprint cookies just out of the oven.  After they cool, I spinkle them with powdered sugar and add either mint jelly or red currant jelly to the center to give it the holiday touch.  This is just another cookie I like to make during this wonderful time of the year.

thumbprint-cookies.jpg