Chocolate Éclair Dessert

As my friend Gwen once said, "The best recipes are cold and chocolate."  This one certainly fits the bill.  If we make a meal for a family who just had a baby or we go to a potluck dinner, this is our first choice.  Simple, easy, and very yummy!

Chocolate Éclair Dessert

Ingredients:

1              box of graham crackers 3c.          cold milk 2              4-serving instant vanilla pudding mix 16oz.     Cool Whip 1              container of chocolate icing

Preparation:

      Break graham crackers in half.
      Mix milk and pudding mix.
      Fold in Cool Whip.
      Layer in 9x13 dish: graham crackers, ½ pudding mix, graham crackers, ½ pudding mix, graham crackers
      Melt icing in microwave until spreadable.
      Pour icing on top of last layer of graham crackers.
      Refrigerate for four hours or overnight. (Overnight is best.)

Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad

This is one of our favorite recipes for summer.  Most of the girls don’t like cabbage, but this tastes nothing like cabbage.  If you anticipate leftovers, serve the topping separately and store it in the pantry.  If you mix the topping with the salad and refrigerate, the crunchy topping becomes soggy. Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad Ingredients for dressing: 2 T.     olive oil 2 lg.     cloves of garlic 2 T.     soy sauce 1          bunch chopped onions 9 T.     rice vinegar 1          seasoning packet from Ramen Chicken Noodles 2 T.     sugar

Ingredients for salad: 6          chicken breasts ½         head of cabbage torn into bite-size pieces (or shredded coleslaw mix)

Ingredients for topping: ¼ c.     slivered almonds 1          pkg. dry Ramen Noodles 4 T.     sesame seeds

Preparation:

  1. Boil chicken for about 15 minutes.  Cool and shred.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, combine all dressing ingredients.
  3. Marinade chicken in 1/3 of dressing.  Refrigerate for four hours.
  4. Prepare topping by preheating oven to 250 degrees.
  5. Combine all topping ingredients and place on cookie sheet or 9x9 baking dish.
  6. While topping is toasting, prepare salad
  7. Before serving, mix salad, chicken, and topping.
  8. Serve with extra dressing.

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry season is here!  Our family loves to pick strawberries at a local farm.  Last year we picked about 40 lbs. of strawberries for frozen jam and shortcake.  Here is our recipe for strawberry shortcake (more like a shortbread) with real whipped cream. Strawberry Shortcake From the kitchen of: Joy Moore Serves: 8 Preparation Time: 30 mins. Cooking Time: 15 mins.

Ingredients for sauce: 1 qt.     fresh strawberries, sliced ¼ c.     granulated sugar

Ingredients for shortcake: 2 c.      all purpose flour ¼ c.     salted butter 4 t.       baking powder 1          egg 6 T.     sugar ¼ c.     milk

Ingredients for topping: 1 c.      heavy whipping cream 2 T.     powdered sugar

Preparation: 1. For sauce: combine strawberries and sugar, and set aside. 2. Preheat oven to 425. 3. Grease round pan. 4. For cake: mix flour, baking powder, sugar and butter.  Batter will be like small peas. 5. With fork, add egg and milk. 6. Put into round pan. 7. Bake at 425 for 15 mins. 8. For topping:  Beat the cream, gradually adding the sugar.

Resurrection Cookies

You will need:1c. whole pecans 1 tsp. vinegar 3 egg whitespinch salt 1 c. sugar zipper baggie wooden spoon mixing bowl waxed paper cookie sheet tape Bible

Preheat oven to 300 F.   Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat.    Then with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.

Explain that after Jesus was arrested the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put the 1 tsp of vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 c. 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.

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

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.    Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.    Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put 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 Matt. 27:65-66.

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 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.           Read Matt. 28:1-9.

HE HAS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandma's Chicken Corn Soup

Nothing says lovin’ like my Grandma Ebersole’s Chicken Corn Soup.  It’s the ultimate in comfort food for me.  The soup is delicious, but the story behind it is even better.  I met my grandma when I was just about to turn five.  (My biological father had died when I was three and my mother was engaged to marry a wonderful man whose wife had died of cancer.)   After traveling about an hour we arrived at a big, white farmhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  There was a barn nearby and cows in the field, as I remember.  I was a city girl and this was all new territory.  My grandparents’ house was bustling with several sets of aunts, uncles, and cousins who were yet unknown to me.  The women dressed in simple dresses with white net caps on their heads which I later learned was part of their Mennonite tradition. After proper introductions, I followed my new-found cousins out to the barn and watched as an uncle chopped off the head of a chicken.  (I’m thinking there were two chickens, but I’m a little fuzzy on that.) As I watched it run around, I felt badly for the chicken so I went inside.  Shortly after my arrival, the chicken joined me in the kitchen.  My grandma and her four daughters set into motion preparing what I now know to be “Chicken Corn Soup.”  They began to pick the feathers off the chicken, picking it until it was nearly clean.  I had never seen anything like it.  Then came the corn cut off the cob.  It had never occurred to me that the kernels I ate were the same, ones that had been connected to a cob!  These ladies worked together like well-oiled machinery, each one doing their job effortlessly.  The last element of our meal was the homemade mint iced tea made from the mint leaves I helped gather from the front yard.  This remains one of the freshest meals I’ve ever eaten!

My memories of the soup are precious to me, but the most powerful emotion comes when I remember the kind, gentle woman who warmly welcomed me into her family.  To me, every bite of this soup says, “love” and “acceptance.”   I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as the Moore family does!

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The Moore Family Birthday Cake

My mom made some amazing birthday cakes:  a race track with matchbox cards for each guest, a swimming pool with miniature, swimming baby dolls, an 18-wheeler, a book, an ice skate, a cat, and so many more.  I tried that tradition when the girls were small but found that it was difficult to make an elaborate cake and plan a party at the same time—and maintain my sanity!  I looked for an alternative. I wanted the cake to match the party theme, so I took an extra party invitation, cut out the main design, and laminated it.  That way, when I put it on the cake, it wouldn’t soak up the oil in the icing.  I also used icing or candies to write names and/or ages.  And don’t forget the candles!

The best part is the cake itself.  It’s a deliciously-moist, homemade chocolate cake with fudge-like icing from a recipe given to our family more than ten years ago.  It’s not a fancy cake, but because we only make this recipe for birthdays it has become something special that we all look forward to.

Enjoy this cake for yourself!  .::Cocoa Delight::.

Birthday Cake for Jesus

(Scripture references from the International Children’s Version) The cake should be round to represent the world.  It should be chocolate to show the sins of the world. Romans 3:23  All people have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory. Genesis 6:5  The Lord saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked.  He also saw that their thoughts were only about evil all the time.

The icing should be white to show Jesus’ purity covering our sins. I John 1:7  God is the light.  We should live in the light, too.  If we live in the light, we share fellowship with each other.  And when we live in the light, the blood of the death of Jesus, God’s Son, is making us clean from every sin. Psalm 51:7  Take away my sin and I will be clean.  Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

An angel should adorn the cake as the first bearer of the Good News. Luke 2:10-11  The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, because I am bringing you some good news.  It will be a joy to all the people.  Today your Savior was born in David’s town.  He is Christ the Lord.

Add a star as the bearer of glad tidings. Matthew 12:9b-10  The wise men heard the king and then left.  They saw the same star they had seen in the east.  It went before them until it stopped about the place where the child was.  When the wisemen saw the star, they were filled with joy.

Twelve red candles show Jesus’ blood covering us all the time, twelve months of the year Ephesians 1:7  In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death.  And so we have forgiveness of sins because of God’s rich grace.

Evergreens should surround the cake to represent everlasting life. Isaiah 9:6  A child will be born to us.  God will give a son to us.  He will be responsible for leading the people.  His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. John 3:36  He who believes the Son has eternal life.  But he who does not obey the Son will never have that life, God’s anger stays with him.

Light the candles to show that Jesus is the light of the world. John 8:12  Later, Jesus talked to the people again.  He said, “I am the light of the world.  The person who follows me will never live in darkness.  He will have the light that gives life.” Ephesians 5:8  In the past you were full of light in the Lord.  So live like children who belong to the light.

Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and blow out the candles!