First let me give you the background story.
About, oh 12 or 15 years ago my entire mom's side of the family had come in town for Christmas. As usual, we were all gathered around the kitchen island filling our plates high with Christmas feast. All of a sudden we heard a crash boom bang! My "Grampi" had been juggling the salt and pepper shaker and the pepper shaker just didn't make it. RIP No, he wasn't actually juggling but you get the picture. Since this event we have NOT let it go in our household. We will always joke around and tell him that he has to use the plastic salt and pepper shaker when he is over at our house. It's good fun...until someone else breaks the pepper shaker.
Yes, you guessed right. I broke my brand new and super cute fiesta pepper shaker from the wedding. I was devastated to say the least. I didn't know that a pepper shaker could hold that much pepper. It was a mess. I ended up just laughing out loud because I thought of my Grampi and how I was now going to be on his side when razzed about the pepper shaker. Oh it's those little things in life that bring a smile to my face...no, not spilled pepper, but great memories with my family.
This Easter will be the first holiday spent away from family. Growing up in our household we had family traditions for everything. Easter traditions were filled with visits from the bunny, but the most memorable tradition and the one I cherish the most are our "Tomb Cookies".
This is a wonderful recipe to share the Easter story with anyone. Each step in the recipe is connected with a verse or story in the bible relating to Jesus' resurrection. The reason they are called tomb cookies is because after the are done baking, overnight, the cookies are hollow. This resembles the empty tomb that had been found the first Easter morning.
Here is the recipe that we use every year. I am excited to continue this tradition in our new household but, it's bittersweet because I won't be spending Easter with my family at home. Joe and I are starting a new tradition of our own this Easter which we will let you in on next week. Can't wait to share!
Empty Tomb Cookies
Make these on Easter Eve, right before bedtime for the kiddies. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees — this is VERY important. Read the corresponding Bible passage while adding the necessary ingredients. Serves 12, yields 1-2 dozen.
1 cup whole pecans, in a plastic bag
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch salt
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Also, gather a cooking mallet, kitchen mixer, masking tape and Bible.
Read John 19:1-3 — Jesus was beaten for our sins; beat the nuts with a cooking mallet; set aside.
Read John 19:28-30 — Jesus drank something like vinegar (gall), sniff the fragrance, dip finger in and taste, too; place the vinegar in a mixing bowl.
Read John 10:10-11 — Egg whites symbolize Jesus' holy, innocent life; add whites to the bowl with the vinegar.
Read Luke 23:27 — The bitter tears of the women; taste a few grains of salt, remember your own sins; add the salt to the bowl.
Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16 — Sweet salvation! Taste the sugar; add to the bowl.
Crank up the mixer and let it go while you read from Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3; let the mixer go for about 12-15 minutes; this needs to be very stiff.
Read Matthew 27:57-60 — Fold the nuts into the egg-sugar mixture; this symbolizes the rocks in the garden. Using a scoop or knife and spoon, drop by spoon into mounds (to resemble a rocky tomb); put into the oven and turn it off.
Read Matthew 27:65-66 — The tomb is sealed; use two pieces of tape (5-6 inches long) to "seal" the door edges (symbolically).
Read John 16:20 and 22 - Consider these passages, then go to bed.
NEXT MORNING: Read Matthew 28:1-9 — Jesus is risen! Behold — the empty tomb! Unseal the oven door, take out the cookies, break or bite one in half — it should be hollow inside — empty — just like the Tomb! He is risen!
From our kitchen to yours,
Tell me about your Easter traditions! Any new ones you will be sharing with your loved ones this year?