Thursday, March 24, 2016

resurrection eggs

Since Easter is approaching, I thought I would share a great idea to do with kids to teach them the real meaning of Easter.
We do Easter baskets in Easter, but we focus on that it is the day that Christ rose and we celebrate that.  The eggs are numbered for 12 days , so 12 days before Easter we begin the story. 
 Egg carton
Plastic eggs
Items for the eggs
You can buy supplies here

1. Donkey :Jesus rode in a donkey to Jerusalem 
2.coins: judas was paid to help capture Jesus. 
3.cup: Jesus and his disciples
4. Pray hands : Jesus prayed to God in the garden 
5.sword: Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus and cut off a soldiers eat
6. Crown of thorns: placed it on Jesus 
head to mock him "King" of the Jews
7.Cross: Where they hung Jesus to die
8.Nails : Jesus was nailed to the cross one in each hand and his feet
9. Sponge: people not being nice offered  Jesus a sponge soaked in vinegar to drink
10.Linen: Jesus was wrapped in linen after his death
11. Stone: Jesus body was placed in a tomb and a large stone sealed his body inside 
12. Empty: on Easter Sunday Jesus was alive, he had risen from the dead. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Homemade crunchy granola

I have been having some stomach issues and finally fingered out that I have trouble digesting gluten, so going gluten free was the only option I could think of.
I began looking for easy recipes that are gluten free. Let me tell you, it's not as easy as everybody may think it is. 
When I was grocery shopping, I began to get overwhelmed because the prices were not budget friendly.
I knew that making things myself were the cheapest way to go.
Now, I do not make ALL the things. I still will buy things, but if I can make it I will. 

                     {source}gluten-free on a shoestring by Nicole Hunn
I came across this recipe when I browsing through some cookbooks.

                   4 tablespoons canola oil
                  8 tablespoons honey( I used agave)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups old fashioned certified gluten-free rolled oats. (Not all oats are gluten free)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries(or fruit of your preference) 
1/2 cup of raisins

1. Preheat your oven to 350• line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the oil, honey, and salt, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted and the mixture is warmed throughout.(3-5 mins)
3. While the honey and oil are warming , in a separate large bowl,add the oats and almonds and stir until well combined. When the honey mixture is ready, pour it over the oat mixture and stir with wet spatula (so honey does not clump )together until the honey mixture has costed the oat  mixture completely.
Scrape the he mixture into the prepared and baking sheet and spread it out in single . the baking sheet in the center rack  and bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. To ensure even baking, rotate the baking sheet once and stir  the granola once along the way.
Remove the baking sheet from he oven and reduce the heat to 309.
Allow granola to cool for about 10 mins on the baking sheet and them return it to the large bowl, add the cranberries and raisins and stir until they are evenly distributed throughout the granola.
Spread the granola our in a single layer on the baking sheet.
5. Return the baking sheet to oven and bake for another 5 to 10 mins,until the granola is a pale golden brown. Cool the granola completely on the baking sheet. It can be stored in a airtight container at room temperature for at least 2 weeks. 

It is so yummy and inexpensive.