I was greeted yesterday morning by the news of the bombings in Brussels, Belgium and found myself praying on and off throughout the day. I never turned on the news because I didn’t need to see the images or know every gory detail in order to lift both those directly impacted and our fallen, broken world to the Father.
I chose instead to do something fun and remind myself of the reasons I have to be joyful in spite of it all. Certainly the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reason to have joy, right? So I decided that yesterday would be the day that I set aside my paperwork and made candy for Resurrection Sunday.
My first task was to mold candy lambs. Lambs are a better representation of Christ’s sacrifice, in my opinion, than other traditional Easter mascots. I keep both chocolate and vanilla flavored candy coating in my pantry, so I just pulled out the molds and got started. My final flock included a dozen little lambs, six each of chocolate and vanilla. (I purchased my lamb mold at a local shop, but it’s similar to this one.)
While I had the mess all over the counter I went ahead and dipped some Peeps pops. For those not familiar with Peeps, it seems most people either love them or hate them. I can handle them in small doses but I like them better dipped in chocolate. Then again, I like most things better dipped in chocolate!
I had already purchased a small package of Peeps at the dollar store, so I just had to grab the lollipop sticks from the pantry and I was ready to go. I dipped the end of a stick in the chocolate candy coating and then inserted it into the Peep. (Next time I’ll shove it in farther to prevent wobbly Peeps.)
When all of the Peeps were stuck on sticks, I arranged them on a plate and put them in the freezer for a few minutes so the candy could harden. Then I dipped them, one at a time, into the candy coating. It took a lot of tapping and rotating to get the coating fairly even. Just look at the first one I dipped, the poor, ugly, little thing!
Once the candy was barely starting to set I put a mini marshmallow on the bunny’s backside for a tail. It stuck to the still-soft candy coating just fine. Then I stuck the stick in a still-wrapped (remember the shedding foam from the candy bouquets?) block of floral foam I had left in my craft supplies and let the candy coating harden.
I wrapped the finished Peeps pops in plastic wrap and added a curl of ribbon.
Since I had melted too much candy coating I decided to do some marshmallow pops, too. I pulled out the skewers (also left over from the candy bouquets) and dipped the ends to attach them to the marshmallows the same way I did the Peeps. After I gave them a brief rest to harden I dipped the marshmallows in the chocolate coating and added them to the floral foam to finish setting.
Seeing all of those candy pops in the floral foam gave me an idea, so once all of the candy coating had fully set I removed all of the pops from the foam, wrapped each individual piece, and then rearranged the pops to make a fun centerpiece. The foam is resting on an oval platter that I covered with green tissue paper. I stuffed green tissue paper around the sticks as well and then arranged the lambs around the base.
It’s not elegant, but I thought it was a cute way to store the pops and admire them before we eat them. My husband and daughter just wanted to know when we could start eating. Since my son and his buddy won’t arrive from university until tomorrow evening, I told them they should wait. (You’re welcome, Son!) But please don’t feel too sorry for my daughter. After making a dozen marshmallow pops I dipped a few more marshmallows in the last bit of chocolate candy coating and she & I shared them as a snack.
I also packaged up a few pops like a little bouquet and tucked them in a tissue-lined box with a couple of lambs to deliver as an Easter gift.
Our world continues to spiral downward. We can see why God hates sin because we see the pain sin causes. We can also choose to focus on the hope we have in Christ’s Resurrection and to celebrate in the midst of troubling times. Please continue to pray for those impacted by the recent terror attacks and that those who caused the attacks may have their hearts transformed by the saving Gospel of Jesus.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
– James 1:12 (NIV)
What are you doing to celebrate Resurrection Sunday/Easter?
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