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Update, Holy Week & a Recycle

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{warning… really long post!}

Hello, Doctors! I used to call y’all stalkers, then I called you rovers, and now I think I’m going to call you DOCTORS because you are a wealth of knowledge and beneficial to my health and well being! Thanks for your help with my craters. I don’t have any stitches and I believe this is because my teeth were all in and had been in for 7+ years. So they were yanked out and there was nothing to sew shut. I’m still feeling good. A little tender but NO dry sockets and it was so much easier than I thought it would be. My only real pains are HUNGER pains.  🙂 Which is why I see fit to talk about food today.

Every Monday night we host our small group which affords me the opportunity to try new desserts weekly. I’ve been meaning to tell y’all for months now that I was the proud recipient of a fabulous Christmas present {thank you & HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!, Mimi} a PERFECT BROWNIE PAN. You may have seen the infomercials? Well, let me tell you, it’s just as revolutionary as they say it is. It makes PERFECT brownies and it makes PERFECT rice crispies and it makes PERFECT bars.  I don’t want to sound like an infomercial but I do feel obligated to let y’all know it’s as wonderful as they make it sound. If you’ve ever cut bars of any kind, you know it’s the same ordeal… they crumble, they stick to the knife… over and over. Well this thing is magic. Yesterday I made PW’s Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares that she posted last week and used my perfect pan and let me tell you, it’s the perfect combination for crumb squares that don’t crumble into 1,938 pieces… and after making these I don’t think I’ll ever make lemon bars again!

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Ok, now for the even better stuff… my parents are here! We are so thrilled to have them. We usually only get to host them at our house a couple times a year. Of course, we decided to take on a MAJOR project… have you ever had the pleasure of assembling a swing set? This one came in two boxes and has approximately 30,000 parts, nuts, & bolts. And could drive a person to drink. We called it a day after working for 6 hours and only made it about 1/2 way. But I know when it’s done it will be worth the sweat equity.

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And… I’ve saved the best for last… Happy HOLY WEEK. As you may or may not know, this is Holy Week, which gives us great reason to celebrate and reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The week was kicked off when the children graced us with their presence at church waving palm branches.

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Look Laura, there are your parents.

And in light of it being Holy Week I am reposting a post from last Spring, I know a lot of you have already seen this… but for the readers who weren’t around last year this time, this wonderful recipe/project you can do with your children to teach them more about the events that unfolded long ago. We did it last year and hope to do it again before the week’s end. The girls loved it last year and it was a powerful way to bring the death & resurrection to life. I have turned the entire recipe/project into a PDF so you can easily print it off. Click HERE for the printable version. All the scriptures are included on the document so you don’t even have to have a Bible.

Easter Story Cookies::

You’ll need: Bible, 1 c pecans, 1 tsp. vinegar, 3 egg whites, pinch of salt, 1 c granulated sugar, 1 qt. or gal. size zipper bag, wooden spoon, tape

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Before we started we preheated the oven to 300 and lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper {although the recipe called for wax}.

First, have your helpers crush, smash, and beat the pecans and while they do it share with them that this is what the Roman soldiers did to Jesus’ body. Read John 19:1-3.

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Morgan has heard the story before but last night she seemed shocked that this is what happened to Jesus.

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Before you add the vinegar to the mixing bowl let the children smell the vinegar. Explain to them that this is what Jesus was offered to drink. Read Read John 19:28-30.

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To the vinegar, add egg whites. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each childs hand and let them taste it. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sins. Read Luke 23:27. Morgan wasn’t fond of the salt.

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Next, the story turns sweet. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

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Add the sugar.

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The sugar was so good… they didn’t want to let it go.

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Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 & John 3:1-3.

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Fold in the broken nuts. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper {I used parchment}. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

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Place the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

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GO TO BED. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20.
The next morning…
open the oven and remove the cookies. Notice – the cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

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Try it! Your kids/grandkids, nieces, nephews, husbands, friends will all love it!

Happy Holy Week!

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  • Jessica
    March 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    That’s so funny! I was just on here earlier today and searched for the Resurrection Easter cookies…I’m going to try to make them with Adriana this week – I know she would love it!! Thanks for re-posting them 🙂

    I’m glad your mouth is feeling better! I had mine out a few years ago…not fun but thankful that I didn’t get dry socket! The mouth heals pretty quickly. I can’t wait to see the swingset!!! We’re hoping to get a nice wooden one someday – once we fix our yard up! Happy Holy week to you too! 🙂

  • Jessica
    March 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    oh. and those creamy lemon crumb squares look soooooo good. I’ve seen the infomercials, but wasn’t too sure about it. Now I just may invest in one! I do always try to eat all of the corner brownies…there would be a lot more of them for me to eat. 🙂

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    March 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Glad you’re doing so well and that it wasn’t as bad as you thought! I’ve contemplated getting one of those brownie pans. It’s a definite now…if Darby says it’s worth it, it’s worth it! Love those resurrection cookies too! Happy Easter!

  • jenn
    March 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    OH Darby, we put that swing set together when I was 38 weeks preggers with #3…literally, we finished it on June 21st and she arrived on the 26th. I wrapped ice in kitchen towels and safety pinned them around my neck because it was SOOoooo hot! We worked sun up to sun down for three days. It was so worth it. The kids have logged hundreds of hours out there. From 12:30-6:30 every day…it’s wonderful! Y’all will LOVE it!

  • Melise
    March 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Oh I absolutely LOVE that! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough to understand and I can do that! And yes, I’ve put together a swing set like that with a friend for their kids. I swear when I comes time to do it for ours….I’m paying the extra $100 for the Toys R Us folk to come assemble. That was harder than my Auburn education could muster up! 🙂

  • Heather M in AL
    March 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Darby, we put together that same swingset and it took three days. About half way through, I got the brilliant idea to number all the wooden parts with a piece of chalk – went much faster after that! You will love it — the best investment (besides the pediatrician endorsed trampoline) we’ve ever made!

  • Tara
    March 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    gonna get one of those brownie pans…..

    definitely gonna make those Easter cookies….

    oh, we’ve put together one of those swing sets before when we lived in AL….then, when we moved to GA, we took it apart and rebuilt it…this process helped in our sanctification. 🙂

    glad you are feeling okay…

    love, love, love this post!

  • Ashley Williams
    March 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    i love you and i love your heart!!! good luck with the swingset! it WILL all be worth it! I’m glad to know about the brownie pan too. It would be a great gift for my MIL too! Thanks, D!

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    March 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    oh, that is fabulous in every way. on good friday i always make hot cross buns. i will have to add this to my to-do list this week as well. i also saw a recipe for resurrection rolls that was pretty neat too: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2010/03/easter-funresurrection-rolls.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SmashedPeasAndCarrots+%28Smashed+Peas+and+Carrots%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
    happy easter to you and yours!

  • Sara
    March 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Can’t wait to make the cookies with the kids! Thanks!

  • Angela
    March 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I LOVE this recipe and message. I’ll have to remember this. What a simple and unique way to explain the meaning of salvation to children.

  • Ariel
    March 30, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Darby,
    I started reading your blog last year because of a google search for the Easter project! Thank you for re-posting it. I’m going to try it with my kids this year. Also, I believe that we have the same swing set you just purchased. It does take FOREVER to put together but it is well worth it!
    Happy Easter!!
    Ariel

  • Lindsey
    March 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    well, you just sealed the deal. i have wanted one of those brownie pans FOREVER! can’t wait to see the playground! how fun!

  • Hannah
    March 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I loved this post. I can’t wait until my kiddo is big enough to make those cookies with. I loved how Morgan is grasping what Jesus went through for her…it is precious to see children understanding the Lord.
    Love reading this blog…you have a fantastic family!

  • Ashley
    March 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Love the cookies! I do something similar but with marshmallows and crescent rolls…just posted the recipe on my blog yesterday!
    And I’m thinking I need to get one of those brownie pans…genius!

  • Brandi
    March 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I love this post, and I love you.. and your family. I love that you share God’s love with others and teach us of our Lord and Savior. Your a blessing to many. An inspiration to other mother’s like me. God bless you and your family and keep the Word coming. It’s so good.

    Happy Holy Week!

  • rachel
    March 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Good luck with the swingset! My friend’s dad tells of the time he tried to put together a swingset. It took him several days, and when he got finished he still had a few parts left over and he didn’t know what to do with them. So, he just walked to the drainage ditch behind their house and threw the “extra” parts right on in! We’re all in our 30’s now and the swingset still stands, so I guess the extras weren’t too important!

  • Dianne
    March 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I am definitely going to be making those cookies this weekend! What fun!

  • Jamie
    March 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I love this cookie activity 🙂 SO cute!

  • Sara
    March 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    So happy to hear you are on the mend – wisdom teeth surgery is the WORST (I had mine done about 4 years too late, all of them were impacted, and they had to shave my jaw bone to get to the bottom 2 – yuck!). Good luck with that swingset and enjoy the visit with your parents. And thanks for the rave review on the perfect brownie pan….I saw this at Target the other day and am still kicking myself for not buying it after I was mesmerized by the infomercial (so sad, I know!).

  • Megan
    March 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Hi! Love the cookie recipe! I am definitely doing it with my daughter tomorrow night! As for the play set…my thoughts are with you! We got one for our daughter last summer and it was pure torture for a good 24 hours. I have no clue why they can’t just mark the pieces! I read somewhere online to set out all of your wood pieces and mark their corresponding numbers in the instructions with chalk so that they are easy to identify and count! This worked wonders for us! Good luck!

  • Montye
    March 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    What a great way to explain to little ones the true meaning of Easter. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenn
    March 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Your posts never cease to brighten my day and make me smile. I especially liked the cookie recipe in this post. It’s so helpful to have these kind of things shared. I also really like it because it reminds me of how the Israelites were to teach their children on holidays with meaningful, creative, experiential ways. Love it!

  • Dianne
    March 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I always leave your blog with a smile on my face. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Easter. Thank you for the prayers. Hubby is out of the hospital and we are optimistic.
    xoxo

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    March 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Ok those crumbly squares look A-Mazing. And would it be weird if I made the holy week cookies and read the psalms to my fiance (who by the way is hardcore catholic and def knows it by heart)? I hope Pete’s family (who we are celebrating Easter with) want to get chubbs for Holy Week as I will be making both of these treats for them!

  • sarah
    March 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    ten years of parochial school (preschool to grade 8) and i’ve never heard of those cookies! what a GREAT way to teach children the easter story! thanks for sharing!

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    March 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I know you’re glad to have your folks there. I’m going to have to check into getting one of those pans. It’s a pain trying to cut little squares! Happy Easter and glad you’re feeling better.

  • Kristen
    March 31, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Ooh, really like your pictures of the lemon bars, and that cake stand is awesome! So pretty. I’ve never heard of the Easter cookies before (and I swore I stalked all your archives when I first discovered your blog!) What a neat idea, seems like such a cool way to engage kids and tell them the story of what Easter is really all about. I’ll have to file this one away for 10 years or so when I have kids, haha 🙂

  • Megan
    March 31, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration, Darby. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the few minutes each week I spend reading your blog. You have quite a ministry going on! Happy Easter!

  • Brittaney
    March 31, 2010 at 7:14 am

    LOVE the idea of the Easter Story Cookies! And the lemon bars look divine!

  • Denise
    March 31, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Good morning Darby,
    LOVE to read you blogs each day! I know you are so happy to have your parents visiting. My Mother gave my little granddaughter(her great) a swing set for Easter and we are starting tomorrow putting it together. Keep us in your prayers. I LOVE the idea of the cookies…this is something Mary Margaret and I will have to do next year(she is 15 mos now). I am so glad you are feeling better! Hope you and your family have a wonderful EASTER!
    PS. I am ordering me one of the pans…my bars always crumble. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rachel
    March 31, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I love this cookie idea and even though we don’t have kids yet, I’m going to save that PDF for when we do. Thank you so much!

  • Kim
    March 31, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Precious pictures!

  • Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss
    March 31, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Your bars look like they are from a bakery. I may have to invest in a pan.

    Praise for Holy Week!

  • Lisa @ lists in my pocket
    March 31, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Wow, I saw your Easter post last year, which means I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now! Time flies. Thanks for sharing again. 🙂 You may have sold me on the perfect pan. Can you post the recipe for your bars?

  • Linley
    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I can’t wait to try these cookies this year with my boys! It is such a great way to give kids an understanding of what Easter really means. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Shannon
    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am

    You are making me hungry. I’m definitely going to make the resurrection cookies this year (I have a 4 year old boy that loves helping mama in the kitchen and I think he’ll love the Easter story tie in). Also, I saw this Easter Egg Bread being made on The Cake Boss and googled a recipe http://italiandish.squarespace.com/imported-20090913150324/2008/3/19/italian-easter-bread.html. I think they look so festive and fun, plus always looking for a way to get rid of all those dyed eggs. Just thought I’d share, will let you know how it turns out.

  • Donna
    March 31, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for sharing…love her face as you are telling the story! We do “resurrection rolls”…I posted the recipe over on my blog – my kids love this and we fix them all the time!!! Happy Wednesday!

  • Cath
    March 31, 2010 at 9:16 am

    What a lovely way to keep the spirit alive in children. I want to share this with the little crunchers in my life. Thanks!

  • Kasey
    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I can’t wait to do this with my kids. They are always eager to help out in the kitchen. What a great teaching moment for parents and children to learn about the gospel. Good luck with the swing set and have fun with your parents!!

  • Cat Moore
    March 31, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Wonderful! I was not around last Easter to read this. Great to do with the kids. Glad you’re feeling better! ~cat moore

  • Melanie Gore
    March 31, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Those babies are so cute and looked like they were having a good time making those cookies.

  • Laura
    March 31, 2010 at 9:56 am

    When I was reading the part about your parents being in town, I was so excited for you – I know that is so wonderful for you, and then was so happy and surprised to see my sweet parents in your picture of Palm Sunday! Brought tears to my eyes 🙂 thank you and Happy Easter!

  • Allison
    March 31, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Thank you for sharing! My nieces are coming into town and we plan to make these cookies! Love your blog!

  • Ajax Harington
    March 31, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I never knew the true significance of Jesus being offered vinegar on a sponge…

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  • stephanie
    March 31, 2010 at 11:37 am

    that is the best thing I have ever seen. you make me excited about motherhood!

  • Whitney
    March 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    This is the sweetest thing! Thank you for this! I can’t wait to find some kids to make cookies for since I don’t have any myself. Happy Easter!

  • Cousin
    March 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Mom LOVES calling everyone Doctors. However she means Doctor Goofy. Not sure where she got it, but your momma doesn’t like it much;)

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    March 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    LOVE my perfect brownie pan more than I should. will have to try the lemon bars!!
    I was just about to think, “Look! It’s the Whatleys” when I read it. 🙂
    And thanks for the re-post. I think my boys are old enough to get it this year and we’ll have to try it! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Terri
    March 31, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Love the cookies and Easter story. I sent it to my sisters, cousin and bff.

  • Cait
    March 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    amazing recipe!! what a wonderful idea! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Shannon
    March 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    What a precious idea. I’ll have to try it someday in the (distant) future when I have little ones of my own!

  • jess
    March 31, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    love, love, love the Easter Story Cookies…now a tradition in our house…thank you so much for sharing! we made them last year and it was a wonderful lesson for the kiddos.

  • kate
    March 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    THANK YOU for posting the Easter Cookies! Such a basic yet precious way to get the children to understand the meaning of Easter. My girls will be so happy to see these. And having given up sugar for all of Lent if you think I will not be devouring about 3/4’s of these come Easter morning..

  • Lindsey
    March 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hey Darby! I just found your blog and your family is just precious. I LOVE the Easter Cookie idea. My son is only 9 months but I can’t wait to do this when he is older. Thank you for sharing!

  • shannon
    March 31, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    LOVE the Easter cookie idea! How fun! May have to wait until my little monkeys are older to make them, but I LOVE the idea. And, your little Morgan’s expressions are PRICELESS. So dear! Happy Easter!

  • Stacy
    March 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I LOVE the idea of the Easter Cookies and can’t wait to try them. I just added pecans to my grocery list and plan to make them Saturday night! Thank you!!!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    March 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Have a Blessed Easter, Darby!

  • HappyCamper
    April 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

    War Eagle yes there are so many smiles one gets from reading your blog Darby– but If I was in the marketing department for a vinegar company I would rush to the defense of Vinegar. ( I do not, for the record, work in the marketing department of a vinegar company) Vinegar and olive oil are the ONLY thing I put on my salad –of course I add fresh cracked pepper and garlic Powder( cucumbers fresh spring mix lettuces, ,mushrooms, radish, green onion, carrots, celery, green pepper, smoked almonds, dried cherries (each item depending on availability) ) But, the health benefits of Vinegar — aiding the digestion and the absorption of nutrients … please revisit the vinegar and research the historical aspects of vinegar… if there was no vinegar there would be no pickles right? Or those vinegar and salt potato chips! vinegar is used to dye the eggs children color for Easter. I bring a salad to work each day and a young man, Incidentally –he grew up in Dothan Alabama(!!!!) he tells me how he loves vinegar and drinks it each day! He migrates to me and my Jethro Bodine sized salad bowl with the aroma of vinegar in the break room– and his face just lights up at the thought of drinking vinegar ( he tells me this often his he loves vinegar) . Honestly. Anyway– I shudder at the thought that vinegar has been portrayed in such a “negative light” also our taste buds are there but some people have taste buds more developed to sweet vs sour vs salty etc. etc. BRB I’m back right now I have in my cabinet raspberry balsamic vinega, apple cider vinegar, and red wine vinegar I should bu stock in a vinegar company I use it every day I guess those green onions that sink to the bottom of my salad bowl which have marinated in the vinegar are the yummiest for good reason!!! But it does beg the question— if Jesus turned water into wine and vinegar is wine that has turned into to vinegar is this in it self some symbolism from back then —–and now as one reads this the frames of reference are different was vinegar back then an Elixir perhaps??

  • Angela
    April 1, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Apparently Walgreens carries those baking pans. They did not get good reviews on Amazon!

    Happy Easter!

  • Susan
    April 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Good morning! I love the Easter cookies! I used to do that with my boys when they were younger….and you know what? I might just do it this Saturday night with them!! Love the expressions on their faces! Precious!

    I saw PW’s recipe for those bars…they did look really good. Guess I need one of those handy dandy brownie pans! Have you made her pound cake that uses the Sprite yet? It’s wonderful!!

    Enjoy your family and good luck on the swing set!Glad your mouth is feeling better. Bless your heart!
    Hugs!
    Susan

  • angela
    April 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I remember seeing this last year and said I was going to make these but I didn’t. THIS year, I am. Thanking you for sharing.

    Happy Easter!

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    April 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Those squares look delicious! Good luck with the swingset!

    Kelly

    p.s. Your girls’ aprons are adorable!

  • D
    April 1, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I am not a religious person, but I love this! You’re creating a wonderful tradition and teaching your children your beliefs in a way that they will remember for years to come.

  • Loren
    April 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I found your blog about two/three weeks ago and have absolutely fallen in L.O.V.E.! After reading this post,however, my heart melted! I have four little nephews that I know would soak every minute of this up, but I don’t get to see them as much as I would like (because I’m away at school). So, I blogged about YOUR blog in hopes that my sister (and others) would find your amazing activity to share with her boys! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Rhonda
    April 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Great post as always! And you will all be working on your santification with putting up the swing set, but it.will.be.worth.it! Especially with little Rover. who will undoubtly climb right to the top, and scare you right away.

    (but it will still be worth it)

    One cool tip: if you can rig up a pulley on the “fort” part of the swing set, the kiddos can rig up a small bucket to pull up and down with stuffed animals, etc in it. Its great for keeping them amused, plus they learn valuable science skills without even knowing it. Bet Daddyboy and Justin could figure out how to make it work.

  • Beki - TheRustedChain
    April 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    You are too cool.

    And I adore anything lemon so I have to try those bars!

  • Katie
    April 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Oh, I forgot all about those Easter cookies! I’m sure your babies loved that! Gosh, they are adorable! Too cute for words! Happy Easter!

  • Christy
    April 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, I’m a loyal blog stalker and had to comment today. First off I was eating one of PW’s lemon crumbles as I read the post…..they are AWESOME! But my real reason for commenting is that I love the cookie story and cannot wait until my little one is old enough to do this! THANKS and happy Easter

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  • Katie
    April 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Do you have another suggestion for the pecans in the Resurrection cookies? I have a little one allergic to nuts??

  • admin
    April 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Katie, If you want an alternative to nuts, I suggest roughly chopping chocolate chips! Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

    Darby

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    April 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Wonderful pictures for your girls to enjoy years from now!

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  • Ashley
    April 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I have been a blog stalker for awhile – I just love your example and perspective on family, etc. I’m due with my first at the end of June and I can’t wait til he’s old enough to do the easter cookie project with him. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sarah
    April 5, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Good luck with your swing set, that is quite a task.
    Your girls are so adorable especially helping you cook. My boys are the same way, so intrigued and filled with anticipation to devour the treats. BTW, wherever did you find those adorable personalized aprons? thanks.

  • Rachel Ridd
    April 5, 2010 at 8:56 am

    If I had kids, then I would totally do this. I need to store up all of your ideas for the day when I have a little one of my own.

  • Kelly
    April 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Darby thank you so much for sharing the lemon bar recipe by PW {she is so funny and I loved her Dominos pizza story} they are fantastic!
    ~Kelly

  • Els
    May 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Great post and adorable kids. Believe or not, it is really not pleasure to put thousands pieces together. Once we bought swing set from local lifespanfitness.com.au online shop for 2yo Kevin. My hubby spent 2 weeks (after day works) to assemble and failed. Finally it took us hundreds bucks to get handy men fixed. Good luck.

  • Amy @ Positively Splendid
    April 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I remembered this idea from last year, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing it tomorrow on my blog in a post about meaningful, edible Easter treats to share with children!

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