16 April 2014

Resurrection Rolls (printable recipe)

It's almost Easter and we are always on the lookout for a fun way to teach our kiddo about the real meaning of Easter. So, when my friend invited us over to make Resurrection Rolls, I was excited! There are many recipes floating around but regardless of which you use, they are super easy to make and leave a definite impression on kids. Here is the [printable recipe] and the ingredients you need to make them.

Four ingredients, could it be any easier? I think not. It's educational and yummy to boot! First, take one of the crescent rolls and lay it out. Share the truth of how Jesus was placed into the tomb (crescent rolls) after the crucifixion.

Dip the marshmallow in melted butter so all sides are coated. Explain how they prepared his body by putting oil and herbs on him. The melted butter represents the oil.

Next, roll the marshmallow in cinnamon sugar to coat. The cinnamon sugar represents the herbs.

Lay the marshmallow on the crescent roll dough at the bottom of the triangle. 

Roll the dough around the marshmallow making sure the seams are sealed and no marshmallow is exposed. As you wrap the marshmallow,explain how this represents the wrapping of Jesus’s body after His death.

Put them all in a muffin tin that has been greased (this pan had been used for a precious batch). Then, pop them in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Be careful. The marshmallow can spill out so protect your oven if you are so inclined.

Let them cool in the pan for a moment (they are like molten lava - super hot!) and then take them out. Finally, after waiting three long day (or about 12-15 minutes for a child), explain that death could not hold Him in the grave and He is alive. 

Try not to eat them all. Have one. Okay, maybe two.

The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll puffs up, BUT is empty!!

It brings up lots of interesting conversation from "Jesus is a marshmallow?" (symbolism is hard to grasp) to  my friend's little girl saying "Jesus's friends rubbed him with oil and spices and the put him in a liiiiitttle 'toon.' And then we put him in the oven and He rose. And we ate him." Haha, kids are cute. 

The tomb is empty! He is risen. Matthew 28:1-8

15 April 2014

Tax Day Deals and Freebies

Arby's - Free Snack Size Curly Fry

Bruegger's Bagels - From April 12 through 15, customers can get a bag of 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese in various flavors for $10.40.

Boston Market - On April 15, Boston Market is offering two half-chicken individual meals for $10.40. The meals include half a rotisserie chicken, a choice of two sides, and cornbread.

Papa Murphy's - You can get a large pepperoni pizza for just $5 and forget about rustling up dinner for the day.

Office Depot - Looking to shred all those important tax documents? Office Depot will shred up to five pounds of paper for free until April 29th if you bring in this coupon.

Pinkberry - From now until April 20, Pinkberry customers can bring in proof of purchase from the day before and get half-off an equivalent froyo.

McDonald's - In keeping with its Tax Day tradition, McDonald’s is offering free small coffee during breakfast hours on April 15.

Hard Rock Cafe - You can sing for supper at Hard Rock Café on Tax Day. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15, the restaurant chain will give away a free burger, sandwich or salad to anyone who will stand up and sing in front of the other diners in the restaurant.
Schlotzsky's - Get a free small Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz fountain drink and chips.

Great American Cookies - Stop by participating locations at Great American Cookies on April 15 for a free chocolate chip cookie!

California Tortilla: Get a free queso and chips by saying the password "Taxes Shmaxes" at checkout.

Sonic: Get 50% off all drinks and slushes

Mimi's Cafe: Buy any breakfast or dinner entrée, get a second entrée for free with THIS coupon.

Note: Make sure you check that your local store is honoring these deals. I've heard that not all locations do so.

14 April 2014

Amazon $50 Gift Card Giveaway (5 Winners!) - 5/5/14

Hosted by Momma Lew and Co-Hosted by Everything Mommyhood

In this day and age, when our children are exposed to media and technology at every moment, you want to make sure you make the best decisions in what they are exposed to.  Right now, over 3.5 million children around the globe are playing a Kid's Academy App!  My own children included!  

Some of our most favorite Kid's Academy apps are The 3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf123 Tracing and my personal favorite - the Montessori Workbook.  Your family can play the Montessori Workbook for FREE from iTunes
This great app has been in the TOP 10 of the most popular in the Education category for the U.S. market for the last 5 weeks! 
Kid's Academy apps are created with fun in mind!  They engage young minds with graphics, music and intriguing games!  Although this app is rate for ages 4+, my newly 3 year old plays it with no problems at all. Toddlers can start with the easier skills and then gradually build on their better developed skill levels.  Both of my children are able to work on this app at age appropriate levels, even though they are 2.5 years apart.
A few key points about the Montessori App: 
  • Basic reading, writing and math skills are worked on, 
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  • The curriculum your child will work on is developed by preschool education experts and is aligned to common core standards. 
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This giveaway is open worldwide to readers 18+ and ends on 5/5/14 at 11:59pm EST.  All entries will be verified, one entry per household.  Winners are emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner will be chosen. 
Good luck and thank you for entering! 

*Momma Lew's Blog received compensation for this post and all opinions expressed were not influenced in anyway.  Promoting Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Easy Homemade Apple Fritters (Printable Recipe)

[printable recipe]

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped apple

•2 cups powdered sugar
•1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon. Stir in milk and egg until just combined. Fold in apple. Pour oil into skillet so that it is approximately 1 1/2 deep. Heat oil on high. Oil is ready when a little dough thrown in floats to top. Carefully add dough to oil in heaping teaspoons. Cook until brown, about 2 minutes, then flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned. Transfer briefly to paper towels to absorb excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack. Make glaze by stirring milk and powdered sugar together in a small bowl. Drizzle over apple fritters. Wait approximately 3 minutes for glaze to harden, then flip fritters and drizzle glaze over the other side. Best served warm.
Note: I'm not sure where the original recipe came from so if you know, please share!

11 April 2014

How To Spend Smart

I think all of us can say we don't spend money the way we should. We want more and more things. I know I struggle with this. Below is a wonderful graphic to help give you tips on spending smart!

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