5 Days of Easter

IMG_0018Last year, I found 2 great blog posts with Christ centered Easter egg hunts at Prepared Not Scared and Times and Seasons. I combined them into what I thought was going to be a great Easter egg hunt/Family Home Evening. My girls, then 7 and 3, got bored about a fourth of the way through opening the 20 eggs and reading the scriptures inside. This year I’ve decided to split the eggs throughout the 5 days before Easter. Each night before bed I plan on hiding 4 eggs and having the girls find them. I think splitting the eggs up over several days will be more interesting for them. It will also give us more time to discuss the scriptures and what they mean.

I printed and cut out each scripture and put them in plastic Easter eggs with a small related item. I then had my oldest daughter label each egg with the corresponding number. All items I used were things that I already had around my house.

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Here is what I filled each plastic egg with and the corresponding scripture:

1: Leaf – “And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Mark 11:8-9)

2: Bottle of perfume – “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.” (Mark 14:3)

3: Nickel and quarter – “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.” (Matthew 26:14-16)

4: Bread – “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” (Matthew 26: 26)

5: Sacrament cup – “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26: 27-28)

6: Picture of Jesus – “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.” (Matthew 26:36-39, 42, 44)

7: Shoelace – “When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.” (Matthew 27:1-2)

8: Wet wipe – “And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” (Matthew 27:22-24)

9: Purple cloth – “And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Prætorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple.” (Mark 15: 16-17)

10: Thorn – “And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:29)

11: Cross – “And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” (Luke 23:26-28, 33)

12: Nail – “Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet.” (Doctrine & Covenants 6:37)

13: “King of the Jews” on a scrap of paper – “And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.” (John 19:19)

14: Dice – “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:34)

15: 2 Rocks – “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:50-51, 54)

16: Strips of white cloth – “When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” (Matthew 27:57-60)

17: Strong smelling spices (cinnamon, cloves, etc.) - “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.” (Mark 16:1-2)

18: Rock – “And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.” (Mark 16:3-4)

19: Empty – “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6)

20: Picture of the resurrected Savior- “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.” (Doctrine & Covenants 19:16-19)

Shamrock Pancakes

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For breakfast this morning, I thought it would be fun to make something festive for breakfast. I had seen several blogs with shamrock pancakes recipes, so I thought I’d try my hand at it. My girls were thrilled to have such fun, tasty panckes and ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No joke!

My Pancake Recipe:

3 C. flour
2 1/3 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
2 1/2 C. milk
2 eggs
1/3 C. butter
1 banana
1 tsp. vanilla
Several drops of green food coloring

Heat up electric skillet to 325 degrees. Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix in milk, eggs, butter, banana, and vanilla until smooth. Add in drops of green food coloring until you reach desired color. Spoon mix into squeeze bottle. You may need to make the hole of your bottle larger by cutting off the tip. Squeeze pancake mix onto skillet to make shamrock shape by making 3 connecting hearts and a stem. Let cook until the bubbles in the pancake pop and stay open. Flip the pancake and allow to cook for a few more minutes until golden.

Saint Patrick’s Day Hair Barrettes

Shamrock hair barrettes

My girls love holidays and all things girly, so I thought it would be fun to make them some simple hair barrettes for Saint Patrick’s Day. The best part is, I used things I already had around my house. Don’t worry if you don’t already have all of the supplies, buying them would be inexpensive.

Saint Patrick's Day hair barrette supplies

What you’ll need:

Self adhesive foam sheets in dark and light green
Hair barrette
Green tulle
Green glitter or nail polish
Scissors
Pencil
Shamrock printable coloring page, I used this one from Super Coloring

Steps:

First, resize the shamrock on the coloring page to 2 different sizes that will fit you hair barrette. Then print and cut them out.

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Next, trace the larger shamrock on to the backside of the dark green self adhesive foam sheet.

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Then cut out the foam shamrock.

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Repeat this process with the smaller shamrock on the light green foam sheet. Cut the green tulle into several small pieces. Remove the paper backing from the large shamrock and stick on the barrette. Bunch each piece of tulle slightly and stick them on the back of the large shamrock in a circle. You can stick the ends behind the barrette if you need to.

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This is how it will look when you flip it over.

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Stick the smaller shamrock to the front of the larger shamrock.

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At this point you can either trim the tulle so it is more uniform or just leave it wild. I did one of each.

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Finally, paint some glitter nail polish on the smaller shamrock and let it dry and you’re done!

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My girls loved them!

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