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Seder Meal ~ 2015

 

 

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Passover is upon us! Technically it didn’t start until today and goes through next Saturday. However, we always like to celebrate the week of Holy Week. It is a good reminder of God’s provisions to the Israelites’ and how his covenant carries through to us today. His love NEVER fails!

We are not Jewish in faith, but we are Christian and our heritage as adopted sons and daughters of Christ is rich. Jesus himself celebrated Passover on what we now call Holy Thursday. This is the last supper in the upper room where he instituted the Eucharist. There is such beauty and prophecy in the Seder meal. It not only walks us through His redemption of the Israelites’ through the Exodus from Egypt,  but also brings us through the ultimate redemption of man kind through His sacrifice of His one and only son the Perfect Passover Lamb.

It should also be a time of sorrow or Christians. A time to remember that there are still those who are hurting and fail to recognize Jesus as that sacrifice. They either reject His teaching to go their own way or just don’t see the true Messiah who came to save us. Some are still waiting for His first coming just as we are waiting for His triumphal return in his second. I pray that they may see His truth through this Passover season.

Here is how we celebrated…

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The Seder Table

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Seder Plate

The Menu… (see recipes below)

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Honey Glazed Carrots

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Butter and Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash

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Cinnamon Pecan Charoset

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Rosemary, Garlic, and Lemon Lamb Chops

Honey Glazed Carrots

Peel and chop carrots. Stem until tender in sauce pan with just enough water to cover half and a pinch of salt. Drain. Add in butter and honey and continue to cook a few more minutes until they are lightly caramelized and gooey!

Butter and Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash

Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and poke rind side with a fork. Place meat side down in a baking tray. Add water to about half way up the sides. Place in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until tender.

Let cool until you can handle. Scoop out meat of the squash into a bowl and add in butter, salt, pepper, and brown sugar to taste.

Charoset

2 tart apples
1/2 c. pecans
1/4 t. cinnamon
1 t. honey
1 T. sweet Passover wine
Combine all in food processor and chop until desired texture and thickness.
Rosemary, Garlic, and Lemon Lamb Chops
Purchase good quality lamb from trusted breeds like The Crockett Clan Farm!
Mix marinade of 1/2 c. olive oil, zest and juice of 1 lemon, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 T rosemary, salt, and pepper.
Pour marinade over Lamb Chops and place in refrigerator for 8 hrs.
Heat skillet and place in chops to cook until center temp is 140 degrees. Let rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egglo Entertainment Review

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I know it isn’t quite Easter yet, however, it IS time to start planning. I got a jump on it this year thanks to Egglo Entertainment!

Here is what I was sent…

The Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum

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This included Egglo Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs, The Egg-celent Easter Adventure Book, The Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum, Egglo Bible Verse Stickers, and Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls.

Egglo takes a unique approach to teaching children about Easter through their story book and glow in the dark egg hunt.

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book is an interactive story that helps children learn the true meaning of Easter. The glowing egg in the story is a symbol of Jesus. The glow in the dark eggs then help children connect that Jesus is the light of the world.

The light shines in the dark and the darkness has not overcome it! ~ John 1:5

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While waiting for the Easter hunt, three children discover a special treasure chest containing a glowing egg. As the children travel searching for the “glowing eggs” they are transported through time collecting clues to the true meaning of Easter. The children learn valuable life lessons about how to work together and treat each other as Jesus would have them. Children learn these lessons through the scripture portions of the book. One learns about being humble, the second about having courage and trusting God, and the third child learns that he must put his ways aside and follow those that God directs him too.

We really enjoyed the story and the characters. It was fun using the Scripture Scrolls to help the children interact with the story. It was also nice that each of my children’s personalities had similar traits as the children in the story. Each one could identify with a character and learn from their journey. It was a fabulous book and I highly recommend it!

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After reading the story the children can then participate in their own glowing egg hunt with the Egglo Glow in the Dark Eggs. The eggs will need “charged” prior to the hunt. Their are several ways that this can work including sunlight, incandescent light, and/or black light. I recommend keeping them under the light until ready for the hunt.

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I charged ours using sunlight/incandescent lighting. They did glow, however, not enough to do an outdoor hunt. It was hard to find them with the moonlight reflecting off of the leaves and grass. I recommend adding in glow stick if using outdoors. Indoors may be easier to find them since you can eliminate excess lighting by shutting blinds and turning off lights.  I really like the idea of a glow hunt and would do it again with some tweeks. It just didn’t work as well the way we choose to do it. Indoors would have made for a better hunt. However, the story lesson still comes through! We still had a great time and made it a GLOW NIGHT!!!!!!

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We filled our eggs with small treats and the scroll scripture stickers! The eggs are made from a durable plastic and snap together nicely without easily breaking open.

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The curriculum guide is filled with fun snack ideas, decorating ideas, and coloring pages. It includes lots of printables that are ready to use. This would make a easy to put together and fun children’s ministry or Sunday school  program. It could easily be adapted to fit preschool through elementary aged children. Their are several craft ideas and games using the Egglo eggs also listed.

Overall, I really liked the story and the concept of the program. The kids had a fun time reading the story, playing with the eggs, and most importantly learning about Jesus! The Egglo program is a creative and fun way to help children prepare their hearts and minds for the TRUE reason for Easter!

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5 Finger Prayer

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We have had a busy Lent so far. We started out with a bang and then fizzled off a little during spring break. But, this week we are trying to get back in full swing. We are focusing on prayer!

It is super important to help kids foster a personal prayer time at an early age. Giving them all the tools possible to go to God with anything that they need to. Teaching them this at an early age means that when they are older they will have formed it as a habit. How good that will make my heart fell when they are troubled and run to God and not the world!

One way to teach children to have a healthy prayer life is to teach them how to pray. Jesus did that for us in the Lord’s prayer! Another is to teach them that prayer isn’t always about themselves. We use the 5 finger prayer to remember that.

Here is how it goes…

1. Your Thumb: The thumb is the closest finger to you so we use it to remind us to pray for those closest to us. People that are the easiest to remember.

2. Index Finger: It reminds us to pray for those who teach us, instruct us and heal us. They need support and wisdom to show direction to others.

3. Middle Finger: This finger is the tallest. We can use it to remind us to pray for those in leadership. Pray for the leaders of the church, our state and our country.

4. Ring Finger: This finger is the weakest so we should now remember those who are sick, oppressed or suffering.

5. Pinky Finger: The smallest finger of all reminds us to pray for ourselves. When we are done praying for others we will be able to see our own needs in the proper perspective. It also reminds us that prayer isn’t all about us but about God!

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To remind my kids of this simple prayer pattern we made a craft!

Trace your child hand and have them design it. Then write each category on the correct finger. Hang it in a quiet place where they can go and spend time in prayer!