Empty Tomb Buns

Happy Easter!

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Evie has been learning the true meaning of Easter since she started school.  She goes to Catholic school so those things are taught from the beginning.  I was a little concerned at first with the Easter story because of the crucifixion, it was violent and horrific, not that people are any less violent and horrific today, but this was my little 4 year old child.  I had nothing to fear, the teachers taught it very simply, cleaned up and scaled down.  That first Easter in school Evie came home one day saying “Mom, do you know that they killed Jesus on a cross and he died.”  I said yes I knew that and it was not nice just because he was different.  She replied, “Don’t worry Mom, he got up again!” Now at almost 8, she has been preparing for her first communion all winter, she knows the details and tells me things I didn’t know.

This was the perfect year to start a tradition with empty tomb buns.  These were quick and easy to put together on Easter morning with just 4 ingredients.

1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls

8 large marshmallows

1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (this is very expensive to buy. I use 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1-2 tsp cinnamon)

1/4 cup melted butter

Unroll the dough  and cut into 8 squares.

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Take a marshmallow, dip in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon sugar.

 

Wrap the dough around the marshmallow and pinch the seams to seal. This represents Jesus in the tomb.

Place seam side down in a greased muffin pan.  Bake at 375F for about 9 minutes. First when I looked in the oven there was marshmallow oozing out of a few and it looked a bit of a mess, but it was ok.  I let them cool a couple of minutes and gently lifted the buns out using a spoon, then let cool on a baking rack for about 10 minutes or until room temperature, there is hot melted sugar inside so make sure cool enough before giving to children. Break the first one open together to see the inside, they will be amazed!

Then once cooled we added little icing crosses to the top (just a small tube of bought icing from the baking aisle).

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When you break open the bun, the tomb is empty!…..and delicious.

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These will be an Easter morning tradition at our house every year.

Growing Crystals

Evie got this crystal growing kit in her stocking for Christmas.  I am usually skeptical about this sort of thing.  However, a work colleague told me about it after doing it and said that it worked really well and Evie may enjoy it.  I made a note and got one for Evie and my niece for Christmas.  We waited awhile to try it out and finally got around to getting it started.

I was really thinking I would be disappointed with it. I think my skepticism of such things started with Sea Monkeys! Remember those? I had dreams of a beautiful little world like the lost city of Atlantis that would be all mine.  I have to say that it was a rip off did not deliver.  I turned out to be a container of water with barely visible teeny tiny plankton like sea creatures.

I am happy to say that this particular crystal growing kit (3M brand) worked like a charm, it grew quite large and it very pretty.

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these are the contents of the box

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pick the colour of the crystal that you want to grow

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Mix the seeding solution into water

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stir until it is dissolved

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add the appropriate amount of colouring for the colour of crystal that you want

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this is the hard part, put the lid on and leave it undisturbed for at least 7 days.

Of course, we are not patient at all curious and had to investigate using a flashlight.

If you shine a flashlight through the jar you can see the crystal that is growing.  It was neat to watch the progress.

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This was about day 7,

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At the end of the process you carefully drain the solution, and gently rinse the crystal and place it back in the container for display ( I left it for a day with the lid off to make sure it was nice and dry).

Here is the finished crystal, as you can see it is a good size, and Evie was in complete awe and thought that it was totally amazing.  Of course this is only Evie and my opinions, we would do this again and it was worth the $10.  She has asked for another kit to try a different colour.  We will get another one to try in the summer, since crystal growing is affected by temperature I think it will be cool for her to compare her winter crystal to a summer crystal.

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