Sunday, February 28, 2010

Easter 2010 Cards

Easter 2010 Cards
Easter 2010 Cards

Easter fills us with hope, joy and warmth. It is a time to get together with friends, family and loved ones and celebrate this joyful time.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Easter 2010 Quotes

Jesus Christ is risen today,
Our triumphant holy day;
Who did once upon the cross
Suffer to redeem our loss

- From a Latin hymn of the fifteenth century

Friday, February 26, 2010

Easter Food: Biscuits

Special Easter 2010 Food - Biscuits

Easter Biscuits

The Ingredients you will need to make this are:

  • 90 grams butter
  • 1 egg separated
  • pinch salt
  • 20 grams mixed peel
  • extra castor sugar
  • 90 grams castor sugar
  • 180 grams self-raising flour
  • 40 grams currants
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or brand

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk.
  2. Sift flour and salt.
  3. Fold into creamed mixture.
  4. Add fruit, mix well.
  5. Add enough milk/brandy to make a soft dough.
  6. Knead lightly. Roll out on a floured to 5 mm thick.
  7. Cut with a fluted cutter 6cms in width and make a small hole to one side of each biscuit.
  8. Place on greased baking tray. Bake on top shelf for 10 minutes in a moderate oven. Remove from oven, brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for a further 10 minutes.

source: easterbunnys .net

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Easter Chocolate

Special Easter 2010 Chocolate

Chocolate Easter

The Ingredients you will need to make these are:

  • Marzipan
  • Silver or gold confectionary beads
  1. Roll a round lump of marzipan for the body and stick on a smaller lump for the head.
  2. Roll out two little sausage-shaped pieces, flatten them for ears, and place them on the head. Add a small round nose to the face and a little lump to the back of the body to make a tail.
  3. Use the confectionary beads for the eyes.
source: easterbunnys .net
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Easter Recipes: Hot Cross Buns

Easter Recipes - Hot Cross Buns

The Ingredients you will need to make this are:

  • 30 grams yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1 egg, neaten
  • 5 cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 60 grams sultanas
  • 60 grams currants
  • 30 grams mixed peel

  1. Mix all dry ingredients with half the flour in a large bowl.
  2. Heat butter, milk and beaten egg until lukewarm.
  3. Add liquids to dry mixture and beat 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in remainder of flour until soft.
  5. Knead on slightly floured board.
  6. Cover dough in bowl with cloth and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Punch dough down and divide into 24 buns and place on greased tray and allow to rise again.
  8. Bake in moderate oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Put on wire rack to cool.
  10. Mix a little milk with 1/2 cup icing sugar, then brush on buns to make crosses.

source: easterbunnys .net

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Easter History: Easter Eggs

Of all the symbols associated with Easter the egg, the symbol of fertility and new life, is the most identifiable. The customs and traditions of using eggs have been associated with Easter for centuries.

Originally Easter eggs were painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring and were used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts. After they were colored and etched with various designs the eggs were exchanged by lovers and romantic admirers, much the same as valentines. In medieval time eggs were traditionally given at Easter to the servants. In Germany eggs were given to children along with other Easter gifts.

Different cultures have developed their own ways of decorating Easter eggs. Crimson eggs, to honor the blood of Christ, are exchanged in Greece. In parts of Germany and Austria green eggs are used on Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday). Slavic peoples decorate their eggs in special patterns of gold and silver.

Pysanki eggs are a masterpiece of skill and workmanship. Melted beeswax is applied to the fresh white egg. It is then dipped in successive baths of dye. After each dip wax is painted over the area where the preceding color is to remain. Eventually a complex pattern of lines and colors emerges into a work of art.

In Germany and other countries eggs used for cooking where not broken, but the contents were removed by piercing the end of each egg with a needle and blowing the contents into a bowl. The hollow eggs were died and hung from shrubs and trees during the Easter Week. The Armenians would decorate hollow eggs with pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and other religious designs.

For thousands of years, people thought of eggs as the symbols of new life. People also thought that the Earth itself hatched from a huge egg. So that is why the egg was chosen as the symbol of the resurrection.

Long before Jesus, people used to give each other eggs as presents. These eggs were dyed or painted in fancy colours and designs. Some of the most elaborate and beautifully designed eggs came from countries such as the Ukraine. The tool used by the Ukrainians was called a Kistka. It's a brass cone mounted on a stick. The artist filled this with wax and heats it so that the wax melts, the artist then draws patterns on the melted wax. All the designs used have a religious meaning.

Every country has its own customs. In the Northern counties of England the children go around begging for eggs and other presents and acting out the Pace egg Play, this was known as "Pace egging".

"Pace eggs" comes from the Hebrew word Pesach (Passover). In Scotland the word also appears as Peace or Paiss.

In Poland girls used to send eggs to their favorite boyfriends. Finnish children would beat the grown-ups with birch twigs until they were given eggs for ransom.

source: easterbunnys .net

Monday, February 22, 2010

Easter 2010: Easter Days

Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday also referred to as Maundy Thursday. In Europe the Christian monarchs used to wash the feet of poor people on the Thursday before Easter in memory of Jesus's Act.

Also on this day Jesus ate and drank with his followers. This meal became known as the Last Supper, because Jesus died soon after.

Good Friday
Good Friday is the commemoration of the Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus. In some countries the bells are tolled while in other countries they are silenced until Sunday. A custom also is the eating of Hot Cross Buns. Many superstitions go with hot cross buns such as they are a charm against evil and to keep indefinitely.

Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is part of the period mourning which begins on Good Friday. For Christians in countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Poland, Hoy Saturday is a day of cooking, ready for the feasting the following day to celebrate the Resurrection.

Easter Day
Easter day is the Commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus, with its promise of eternal life. A symbol of the Resurrection is the egg out of which a bird hatches.

It is an ancient tradition in Britain to climb the nearest hill to see the sunrise. In America they hold outdoor services at dawn in such places as the Hollywood Bowl. On this day it is also tradition to wear new clothes which has been carried on to the modern "Easter Parade".

There is always a Feast with various foods in different countries such as hot cross buns in Australia; simnel cake in Britain; pacoca in Brazil; Easter cakes in Finland and Italy; turkey or chicken in Lebanon; and pasenbrood in the Netherlands.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is day of sports and games o various kinds. In Britain Football is the game played. Also the game of egg shackling in which you hold a hard-boiled egg firmly in your hand and hit against another opponents. Another is Ducking Monday.

Other Easter Days
Eastertide goes on until Whit Sunday, fifty days after Easter day. The day is also known as Pentecost. Several other days during Eastertide are; the first Sunday after Easter is known as Low Sunday. In England the Monday and Tuesday following Low Sunday are called Hocktide. Hocktide Monday is were the women bind and gag them until they pay a ransom, then on Tuesday it's the men's turn to do the same in kind to the women. This tradition is at least a thousand years old.

Easter 2010 Song: Traditional Jewish Easter Song

Jewish Easter Song

How does this night differ from all
other nights?

On all other nights we may eat
leavened and unleavened bread , and on
this night only unleavened.

On all other nights we are permitted to
eat any kind of herbs, and this night
better herbs.

On all other nights we are not required
to dig even once, and on this night we
are required to do so twice.

On all other nights we eat either sitting
upright or leaning, on this night we all

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Easter Bunny Song - Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Easter's on its way

Bringin' ev'ry girl and boy
A basketful of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter
Bright and gay

He's got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There's an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too. Oh!

Easter 2010 Bunny Song

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Easter 2010 Song: Christ is Risen

Christ is Risen

Christ has risen from death
Through death he defended death
And he gave life
to the dead in the graves.