Food for the Soul ~ I Peter 1:3-4

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-- kept in heaven for you..."
I Peter 1:3-4

May you know the depth of the Father's love for you today and always. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Resurrection Sunday and a Happy Easter! I hope you are spending this beautiful holiday with those you hold most dear! Blessings to you, sweet friends!

Resurrection Buns

Resurrection Buns by Posed Perfection #Easter #breakfast
These delicious Resurrection Buns have been our Easter morning tradition since our kids were really little. Since Easter morning is about the Risen Lord Jesus, these buns are the perfect visual cue for the kiddos to remember what Easter is all about. The best part is you can make these on Saturday night, put them in the refrigerator and bake them on Easter morning for a deliciously sweet breakfast treat.
Here's what you need to make them: jumbo biscuits, large marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
These are great to make with your kids as you describe some of the elements of the Easter story. Begin by lightly flouring your work surface. Then, using a rolling pin, roll out each biscuit to flatten.
With a pastry brush, spread some melted butter on top of the flattened biscuit.
Next, mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle some of the sugar and cinnamon mixture over the butter. (Here you can talk about how Jesus' body was to be anointed with spices for His burial.)
Place a marshmallow in the center of the biscuit (Describing that is is white and pure just like Jesus.) Bring up the sides of the biscuit around the marshmallow to create a "tomb".
Make sure your seams are pinched tight to keep the melted marshmallow from oozing out.
Dip the top in melted butter. Then dip it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Finally, place each roll, with the seams on the bottom, in a 13 x 9 pan lightly sprayed with oil.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or however long your package of biscuits indicates. Remove from oven and let them cool slightly.
Resurrection Buns

1 tube jumbo biscuits
8 large marshmallows
2-3 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour work surface and flatten biscuits with a rolling pin. With a pastry brush, spread some melted butter over the top of the biscuit. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle generously over the melted butter. Place a marshmallow in the center of the biscuit and bring the sides up and around to form a "tomb" around the marshmallow. Make sure to pinch all the seams so that the melted marshmallow stays inside the bun. Gently brush the flour off the top of the bun. Dip the bun into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place in lightly greased 13 x 9 pan and bake for time indicated on biscuit can (about 12-15 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. The melted marshmallows will be very hot.

What you should find when you bite into them is the same thing that the women found when they went to prepare Jesus' body with spices... an empty tomb! Your Resurrection Buns will be hollow in the center with a delicious gooey sauce in the bottom of the bun where the marshmallow has melted together with the spices. This is when you proclaim, "He is risen! He is risen, indeed!"

Not only are these Resurrection Buns delicious, but the meaning behind them will stick with your kids long after the stickiness of their hands is washed away. You can share with them that giving His life for us was the sweetest gift Jesus gave us.

I hope you have a wonderful a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating the Risen Lord with family and friends!
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Guest-Posting at The Frugal Girls ~ Springy Recycled Paper Tube Wreath

Hi friends! I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit! I'm actually guest-posting over at The Frugal Girls today. I'll be sharing how to make this Springy Recycled Paper Tube Wreath.
Springy Recycled Paper Tube Wreath  #PosedPerfection #Spring #Greencrafts
You know how I love toilet paper tubes. I've used them for napkin rings and even used the whole roll for my Fabulously Frugal Pumpkins. I just have the hardest time throwing them away and feel a compulsion to make something from them. I also love crafting with book pages, remember the Butterfly Garland and the Decoupage Eggs? When Heidi asked me if I'd like to guest post, I jumped at the opportunity and thought through what I could make that fit with the theme of her blog. What could be more frugal than crafting with TP tubes and book pages? I hope you'll stop by to see the Springy Wreath and all the great deals, fun recipes and crafts that Heidi posts about on her awesome blog. Have a fabulous day!

Small Celebration at BJ's Restaurant

On Saturday, my daughter's soccer team won their second game in a row. We were all pretty excited, and figured it was a good time for a small celebration. BJ's Restaurant was in the area and was the perfect choice. As soon as we walked in, it was clear that this was the place to be. They had a really fun atmosphere with TVs all around showing the sports channels. I was amazed at how busy it was at the time we went, but figured it must be that good. I was right.
We are big pizza eaters in our family and most of our dining experiences (few and far between) revolve around this magnificent Italian pie. We had never had BJ's Restaurant before and were so happy we tried it. They are running a fabulous special right now (3/18/13 - 4/29/13)...Party for Two for $19.95.
Hubby and I shared the Party for Two for $19.95 meal which included 2 soups or salads, a Medium BJ's Signature Pizza, and BJ's Famous Pizookie Dessert.
We chose a side salad to start with. I was expecting a small bowl and got this huge plate with the house salad and ranch dressing. My daughter was trying to sweet talk me into giving her some of it. Hubby ate his right up, presumably so he could get to the pizza faster.

While many of the combinations they had on the menu were tempting, we went with a Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with Tomatoes and Meatballs. It was delicious and plenty big for the two of us. We ended up taking home a couple of slices too.
The kids enjoyed their kid's meal pizzas as well. My daughter insists it was the best pizza she has ever had. My son, well, he appreciates just about any meal that comes with free refills on the drinks ;-) For the record, he also thought the pizza was awesome.
Finally, we turned the Party for Two Pizookie dessert into a Party for Four. Let's just say, I'm glad our server brought out 4 spoons instead of forks. It was a feeding frenzy with spoons and elbows all over the place. Someone could have really gotten hurt with the forks. I think it was gone in less than 2 minutes. I only got 2 bites... probably because I was the one with the camera. Note to self...order at least 2 Pizookies when dining with 4 people. It's the responsible thing to do.
Here's another picture of the BJ's Restaurants Famous Pizookie Dessert, in case you missed it in the collage above. Actually, I just wanted another look at it. Isn't it beautiful? As pretty as it is, it tastes 100x better. Go see for yourself.  BJ's Restaurants frequently run specials much like the Party for Two. To keep up with all their great deals be sure to check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

BJ's Restaurant is running the Party for Two special at all their neighborhood locations, so you are bound to have one close by. Here in the DFW area, we have at least six. Their Party for Two is the perfect excuse to go have a date night with your sweetie, a fun girl's night, or just a small celebration for the little things that make life so wonderful. I'm pretty sure we'll be taking advantage of this special again before it goes away April 29th, so I can at least have another bite of Pizookie. ;-)

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #BJsrestaurants

Cinn-fully Good Mini Cinnis

Here's a recipe you will want to add to your "Quick and Easy" files....Cinn-fully Good Mini Cinnis. They are the cutest little miniature cinnamon rolls you've ever seen, but more importantly, they taste fantastic! Only 6 ingredients and you can have these little cuties on your breakfast or brunch table in a flash.
Here's what you need: crescent rolls, cinnamon, sugar, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
Start by cracking open the crescent roll and separating the dough out into 4 rectangles. Pinch the seams together to hold the rectangles' shapes.
Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the tops of the rectangles.
Starting on the long side of the rectangle, roll each rectangle into a log.
Cut 1 inch segments into each log, making 5-6 sections in each.
Place the mini cinnamon rolls in a round pan lightly sprayed with cooking oil.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until golden.
In the meantime, combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in small bowl.
Once the Mini Cinnis are out of the oven, drizzle the icing over the top.
Mini Cinnis ~ Mini Cinnamon Rolls

1 (8 oz.) can refrigerated crescent rolls
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Unroll crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles, pinching seams together to seal. Stir together sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over the crescent dough rectangles. Roll up, like a jelly roll, starting on the long side pressing edges to seal. Slice each log into 5-6 pieces, about every inch. Place in a lightly greased 8 inch round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Stir together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls.

We love cinnamon rolls in this family, but I rarely have the time to make them from scratch. These Cinn-fully Good Mini Cinnis have saved the day many a morning. I almost always have the ingredients on hand and can quickly make up a batch of these little gems. They put a smile on my sweeties' faces every time.  What's your family's favorite breakfast treat?
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Sweet Little Bird Nest Tutorial

In case you missed this tutorial I shared at Ang's Juggling Act Mama as a guest poster a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd show it to you today. When working with some twine and yarn on my Twine Wrapped Easter Eggs, I started formulating a plan to use my leftovers to make these Sweet Little Bird Nests.

Here's what you'll need to make them for yourself: yarn, jute, felt, small wreath, hot glue, and a feather.
I'll let the pictures do the talking...

There you have it, a sweet little bird's nest to add a touch of whimsy to your spring decor. 
I even thought it would make a cute topper for a gift with a little tag attached. This is one of those crafts that can easily be done with your kids too, as long as you're working with a low-temp glue gun. Are you still working on your Easter decorations? Or have you abandoned them to start working on the Easter dinner menu? Thanks so much for stopping by and spending part of your day with me! I love your visits. 
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Food for the Soul ~ Isaiah 52:7

Hi friends! I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday! This verse in Isaiah touched me today as I pondered the lives of so many people who have given their all to spreading the Gospel of Jesus, the Good News, to the lost in this world. These saints have given their comforts and securities over to the One who sustains them and supplies their every need. They are being the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth and I am inspired by their sacrifice.

As we enter this Holy Week, I thank God for His unmerited favor and mercy and how the two intermingled in the person of Jesus, especially when He died on the cross taking on my sins and yours. Sweet friends, I pray you know the peace that comes from accepting His gift of salvation. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Blessings to you this week!

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

 On Wednesday, we celebrated my sweet friend's birthday at our Women of Grace group with the third grade girls. Normally, Christe is the one to bring cupcakes to celebrate the birthday girl. Since she was the one celebrating, I asked her what her favorite cupcakes were and I would make them. She did not hesitate... Red Velvet/Cream Cheese or Vanilla/Vanilla. I went with these Classic Vanilla Cupcakes. They were the perfect choice.
Here's what you need: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, powdered sugar, food colors
Here's how you make them: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining muffin tins with baking liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.
Reduce speed and alternately add flour mixture and milk.
Pour into lined cups and bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
For the Vanilla Frosting, beat butter until fluffy in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on high for about 4 minutes.
Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined.
Add the milk and beat until fluffy. Then beat in vanilla extract.
Finally, finish off with your food color of choice to tint the frosting. I went with a robin's egg blue color.
Frost your cupcakes as desired.
Add some fun sprinkles too!
Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
(makes 18-21)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (I used regular salted butter)
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk

Vanilla Frosting

10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (I used regular salted butter)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
food colors

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18-21 muffin cups with baking liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, use an electric mixer to on high to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine. Reduce mixer speed to low, and alternately add flour mixture and milk. Pour batter into lined cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Meanwhile, make Vanilla Frosting. In a large bowl, with electric mixer on high, beat butter until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar until combined. Add milk and beat until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Tint to desired color with food colors. Frost cooled cupcakes.
I was really happy with how these turned out. I saw the recipe in February's Family Circle magazine and had wanted to try them out. A sweet friend's birthday was the perfect excuse.
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