Sunday, March 16, 2008


Easter has caught me by surprise. I've been lulled into a dreamy laziness by the fact that chocolate chicks and bunnies have been out since the Valentine's candy was clearanced. We belong to a small congregation that doesn't follow many of the traditions of the liturgical calendar and there have been no seasonal hymns or palm branches to snap me into reality. So when my husband asked what I was cooking for dinner next weekend, it was a total shock! I need to get moving!

At our house Resurrection Day is a big deal. We have fancy clothes. We have lots of good food. We have presents. We have even begun the tradition of celebrating the Passover Seder (thankfully I've got a few more weeks on that one!). Yes, Jesus became man at Christmas (well, we celebrate it then), but on Easter He reconciled me to God. What could be more worthy of celebration?

One of my kids favorite Easter traditions is making Resurrection Rolls. We usually make them for dessert on Saturday night before Resurrection morning. That much sugar on Sunday morning before church would never do!

Resurrection Rolls

1 tube Refrigerated Crescent Rolls, separated into triangles
Large Marshmallows
Melted Butter
Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

Roll 1 large marshmallow in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar. (This symbolizes Jesus' body being anointed for burial after the crucifixion.) Place the prepared marshmallow in the center of a crescent roll triangle. Bring up the dough all around the marshmallow. Squeeze dough to seal well. (This symbolizes the clean linen cloths wrapped around the body of Christ.) Place on a cookie sheet and bake according to the directions on the crescent roll tube, adding 3 or 4 minutes, until deeply golden. (You have now sealed the body inside the tomb.) As the rolls bake, have your children "guard the tomb" (oven) while reading them John 19:17-42. Allow the rolls to cool, then open them up. The marshmallow will be gone. Shout "Jesus is alive!" and read John 20:1-8.


A Dusty Frame said...

We're going to try this this year.

I even remembered the marshmallows at the grocery store!;0

You gave me some more ideas though--the dough representing the linen and to have them guard the door;)!

eureka said...

How fun and what a neat way to get kids involved and thinking. Cool tradition.

So I can't help it, but a pun has come to mind... If you have leftovers and reheat them, will they rise again?

anika said...

I am happy to say, we have been doing this fun tradition since the children were toddlers. I remember one year at cubbies the recipe we were to do was so complicated I shared this family favorite, and it was a hit! It is so yummy, so easy, and is jam packed with JESUS and the truth of His resurrection in a way Ben should really grasp this year, if not next.
Where ever I am, know that I will be doing this one with the kids too!
i miss you!

Monica said...

I highlighted you over at my blog today. I love reading your insights and thoughts. Thanks for sharing your life and faith.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

We always make these as well. A couple years ago, as I'm making the big spiritual emphasis, my youngest daughter shouted, "Jesus melted!!"