3 Easy Healthy Recipes for a Great Easter Party!

Easter is right around the corner and with these delish treats will prepare you to have the yummiest Easter Party out there! For me I always loved coming home after the church service on Easter and making lots of food for my friends and family to have! If that is already a tradition in your house then why not add some of these tasty foods to your menu, and even if it’s not a yearly thing in your house…why not make it one!? So let’s get cooking!

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Easter Egg strawberry’s

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries, washed and patted dry
  • 1 lb. of white melting chocolate
  • food coloring

Instructions

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  1. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place melting chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Stir and place back in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until chocolate is smooth.
  3. Separate melted chocolate into 4 bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl in the colors you would like. (I did pastel yellow, pastel green, pastel blue, and pastel pink)
  4. Dunk the strawberries in the desired chocolate color and place on lined baking sheet to hardened.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours and serve!

http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/easter-egg-chocolate-covered-strawberries-recipe/#_a5y_p=3578498

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Recipe:
2 ½ cups rolled oats
3 tbsps. pb2 (or any powdered peanut butter)
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
5 tbsps. almond milk
1 tbsp. peanut butter
¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Sprinkles for decoration
Plastic eggs
Recipe Directions: In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl add maple syrup, vanilla, milk and peanut butter. Stir until mixture has been combined, add the dry ingredient to the large bowl and mix with hands.  Once combined add chocolate chips and sprinkles. Place in plastic eggs and let set in the fridge for 1 hour. Once done, gently open them from the plastic eggs and decorate with sprinkles.

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  • Hard boil eggs and peel
  • Here’s a “Make Life Special” Extra:  If you would like to have the chicks differentcolors, dip the peeled eggs into a mixture of 1/2 cup water and some  food coloring.  Immerse the eggs, one at a time, into the dye mixture for a few seconds or until the desired color is reached. Dry each colored egg on a paper towel.
  • If you want the chicks to stand alone on a plate, cut a thin straight slice from the wider bottom end of each egg so the egg will stand straight.  You don’t have to do this step if you want to nestle the chicks on a plate with “grass” made from shredded lettuce or spinach as shown in the photo.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the top third off each egg and remove the yolk.  Mash the yolks in a bowl and make your favorite deviled egg recipe.
  • Refill the larger bottom portion of each egg ( using a small spoon or a small zip lock bag with a corner snipped off).  Mound the the  top of  the filling and cap with the top egg portions.
  • Add a tiny triangle of carrot to each egg for the beak.  Use bits of black olives or capers for the eyes.
  • You can also insert a sprig of fresh dill into the top cap for a tuft of feathers, if desired.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.  

These are absolutely adorable deviled eggs….Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends….Enjoy!”

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To the Christian Who is Always Strong, It’s Time to Admit You are Weak.

People send me letters and messages from all over the world, saying how strong I am and how I have inspired them to be strong too. Although I am flattered by their words, I don’t see it that way. If you only knew that every leap of faith I take has the gift of fear waiting at my door, or that the fight you see me never lose is running off of fumes, you would see that I am really…weak.

When you are a Christian and the world is really a war in disguise, I think we sometimes put this unbearable weight upon our shoulders thinking we have to keep lifting it in order to keep going. Like this boulder is the source of our energy, or the fuel that drives us. That boulder represents all the heart ache, and suffering we go through. As time goes on this weight seems to become heavier and heavier and soon, it will crush you.

My friend there is hope though do not worry! I have found the secret! Here it is….

DON’T CARRY THE BOULDER!!

Now before you leave and think to yourself This girl is utterly stupid;  let me explain. Life can really hard, God never promised it would be easy, so instead of putting all this garbage on yourself, give it to Jesus. I mean the man carried a cross for God’s sake! Jesus was crucified on a cross for you, so he could take away all your pain. Don’t let that be for nothing! Giving all your worries and cares to him is not easy though, trust me I would know. For someone who is used to doing everything on her own trusting that Jesus will take care of me is a struggle. But if you don’t trust him, you will slowly die, maybe not physically (although in some cases yes), but mentally you sure will.

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

So how can you give all your heavy, dirty, weight to Jesus? Why not try these tips:

  1. Find Scripture to encourage you, such as these verses here:

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  1. Spend time with Jesus

 I don’t know about you, but I can’t trust someone I do not know. What I have learned in the past is that getting to know Jesus makes me trust him a whole lot more; so read your bible, preferably the new testament, strengthen your prayer life, and serve.

  1. Recognize the things that you struggle with

Give those things to Jesus right when you see them. Take a deep breath, and ask Jesus to take all the pain from you, and let go….make sure to never latch back onto it.

  1. Find someone to encourage you

Encouragement is powerful, find someone who knows what you are going through, maybe someone that has gone through it in the past and overcome it. Ask them to pray over you and encourage you in this situation. You would be surprised how much it helps.

  1. Worship your King

Lastly, find how you worship. It could be through music, reading your Bible, prayer, whatever! Make that a priority in your life. For me its music,  when I am sitting there worshipping God the enemy has no power over me, Jesus has his arms wrapped tightly around me protecting me from everything this world tries to throw at me. I like to think of it as a spiritual force field.

It’s time for you to admit you are weak and need Jesus. Don’t let pride overtake your judgement, He is waiting to take away all your garbage. No fee required. So LET HIM. I hope this article has helped you in some way. You are not alone my friend! I understand what it is like to carry such burdens!

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Because Every Life Matters

 

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By: Isabella Morganthal (19)

Have you noticed lately how self-centered the world has become? All about me, me, me. We fight for things when we want them and we fight for our rights.

Maybe that’s why it’s not that big of a surprise that the focus behind those who are pro-choice is the woman’s right to choose. It’s all about her. Her body. Her choice.

But the lie behind that?

It’s not actually her body. And in all actuality, it’s not her choice either.

If each one of us has the right to live however we want and we have the right to live life, than this choice is actually the unborn child’s choice. It is the unborn child’s life. Life begins at conception, so therefore this baby is a living human being who deserves the same rights as you and I.

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Yet the world has created lies to cover up their selfishness. In order to continue living for themselves and being saturated in the “me culture,” they have created lies such as: “It’s only mass. It’s not a baby,” “It doesn’t feel pain,” “It is your body and you can do whatever you want.”

But those are lies.

The reason why I’m pro-life is simple.

Because every life matters.

If a baby came out of the womb and their heart was not beating, would the doctors and nurses not do everything in their power to get that life-holding organ to beat again? So why is it okay for them to stop the beating of a child’s heart in the womb? Even in the womb, that baby’s heart is beating. So what makes stopping that heart any different than stopping the heart of a child outside of the womb?

If you believe that your life matters, or your parent’s life matters, or your best friend’s life matters, then you must also believe that all life matters. For we are all humans and we are all created in the image of God, for Him and by Him. If every life matters, then the life of the unborn child should be held in just as high a regard as you think of your own life or the life of the one closest to you. And if we believe that life matters, then we must believe it is precious and deserves to be protected.

How do you protect life? Even the life of the unborn child?

There are so many ways you can be pro-life today. Spread the word about abortion. Tell others the facts, the problem, and how they can help be a part of the solution. Let others know that abortion is not a choice. Abortion is murdering a life that is very much living and can very much feel pain.

Educate yourself. Learn more about the facts so that you can defend pro-life and explain the horrors of abortion.

Get involved with organizations working to fight abortion and spreading the word about pro-life! Some great ones are: Save the Storks (www.savethestorks.com), National Right to Life (www.nrlc.org), Abort73 (www.abort73.com), and Rock for Life (www.rockforlife.org).

Support pregnant moms! Let them know they don’t have to face this alone. Throw baby showers for single moms-to-be, give them support, get them connected to help. Be there for them. By doing so, you could save a life.

We must not remain silent while a whole generation of children is dying in front of us. Let’s rise up and be their voice and defend them. Because life deserves to be defended and protected.

Because every life matters.

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Isabella Morganthal is a 19 year old gem that is passionate about Jesus! She is a new edition to Christ Centered Girls writing team! So give her a good welcome! You can also check her out on her blog here: www.Jesusisworthitall.weebly.com