Sunday, April 8, 2012

Some of the Most Beautiful Words I know....

For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NIV)

He has risen…
 just as
He said.

Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

Those are some of the most beautiful words I know!  
The thought of how much He loves us brings tears of joy to my eyes!

I've posted some of the Easter images caught around my house for this Easter Celebration! I didn't get to do as much decorating this year as I had wanted, but I thought I'd share the little that I did get to do. I've also posted some recipes! I hope you enjoy them! 

5 Cup Easter Salad
Mix one cup of each ingredient and then chill in your frig. Super easy breezy! 
Shredded coconut, mini marshmallows, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, sour cream.
Hint: I have found that it is better to add the marshmallows about 15 minutes before serving so that they don't get soggy.

Macaroni Salad
16oz of macaroni ( cook as directed on package)
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (sharp)
2 1/4 cups of mayo
1 1/2 cups of sliced green onions (with tops)
1 cup sweet pickle relish
1 jar (5 3/4 oz) of green olives (don't drain)
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Mix all ingredients adding the macaroni last. Chill at least 4 hrs.

Deviled Eggs
6 hard boiled eggs
2 T. mayo
1/8 t salt
2 t sweet pickle relish
2 t. prepared mustard
1 t. sugar

Mix egg yolks with other ingredients. I use my mini food processor for mixing so that the mixture is smooth. Pipe into eggs and then sprinkle with paprika. Yummy! I love these eggs! They go fast around our house!

Sugar Cookies
(I got this recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook ~ My kiddos love them)

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter, softened (don't use margarine)
1 t. real vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
1 egg 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
Mix powered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about 3hrs. I usually keep mine in the frig for about 30 minutes. If you used margarine it will need to stay in the frig for the 3 hrs.
Heat oven to 375. Divide dough in half. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Bake about 7-8 minutes. 
I then use Cookie Glaze to top off cookie. Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 T. warm water, and 1 t. light corn syrup. If needed add 1t. at a time of warm water until it is the desired consistency.
I then take each cookie and lay it face down in the icing. Gently lift and place back on the cookie sheet. This makes the icing on the top of each cookie to be perfectly smooth. It gives the cookies a bakery look! Make sure that the icing is completely dry before you layer them on your platter.

I can tell my kiddos have gotten older when I look up in the cabinet and realize that my jello jiggler Easter egg mold has not been touched! How sad! It used to be one of the first things I did! 

Speckled Easter Eggs

I've learned over the years not to spend a bunch of money on 
Easter baskets because they end up torn up and tossed away! 
These came from the Dollar Tree!
 I spent $3 and I think they are pretty cute!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!




Toqua's Crafts said...

Love the Bible verse... AMEN!!

We had breakfast at church, went upstairs for the service and then my hubby and I went to a baseball game. It was over 90 degrees here!

Paint by Josie said...

WOWzy!! That's a hot Easter!