Last Supper Meal

It’s Maundy Thursday, the day that Jesus sat with his disciples and shared the Last Supper.

This year I decided that I would make a Last Supper to share with my family as a way of connecting with our faith and exploring what happened during Easter week. In a way it was like a reenactment as we discussed what was in the scripture and what happened during the Last Supper. This was on a basic level as my daughter is 3 so was aimed at her level of understanding.

For the meal, I researched what sort of foods would have been eaten in Israel during Jesus’ time and tried to create dishes that reflected that.

We didn’t drink wine but did have red juice and also red grapes as part of our meal instead.

For the bread, which had to be unleavened, I made some simple wholemeal flat breads.

The main component of the meal was couscous with lentils and red peppers. This was garnished with parsley and lemon zest and a scattering of pomegranate seeds.

I bought some smoked mackerel for the fish part of the meal and then I created a board of fruits, olives and tomatoes to serve with the fish and mackerel.

I chose dates, figs, grapes and pomegranate seeds and also bought some mixed olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

Whilst some of the food wasn’t to everybody’s tastes, it was a really great experience and was lovely to try different foods and connect with what Jesus would have been eating at the Last Supper. Obviously nobody knows exactly what would have been eaten but I tried to serve foods that may have been eaten during those times.

It was a lovely time of reflection about how the events of Easter unfolded. I found this a really family friendly activity to help learn about the story of Easter together.

I wish you a happy and blessed Easter weekend.

Katie

Easter Activities for Children

Easter is a lovely time of year with so many things to celebrate. While Easter is traditionally a Christian festival many people also use the time to enjoy family meals, celebrate spring, have egg hunts and eat chocolate!

All of these things are wonderful and I hope to incorporate them all into our Easter celebrations this year.

I have a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son so want to do crafts and activities that are suitable to their ages.

Here are some ideas of Easter activities to do with children.

Make Easter cards
Card making is fun and easy to do with young children and a whole range of different craft supplies could be used. I have some stick on Easter shapes and ribbons that can be used. Also hand print flowers or sponge stamps to create bunnies, chicks, flowers etc. These would all make lovely cards to send out to loved ones.

Easter Baking
There is a whole range of Easter baking that could be done. The most obvious one for young children is to make bird nests out of cereal and melted chocolate. These are normally filled with mini chocolate eggs. I will be making these soon but have chosen to use Jelly Babies Chicks to put in the nests as these are more suitable for young children. (Not that I give my children sweets frequently) Mini eggs can be a choking hazard, so it is best to avoid these when making with young children.Cereals that could be used to make the nests are rice cereal, cornflakes, shredded wheat or even oats.

Easter shaped cookies are also good for young children to help make and decorate.

Have a Last Supper Meal
This is something we are planning on doing as a family on Maundy Thursday. There will definitely be red grape juice and flatbread. I am still researching what other foods we could eat that would be similar to what Jesus would have eaten. If anybody has any ideas or suggestions I would be grateful. We wanted to have this meal as a chance to connect with our faith and explore the Easter story in more depth.

-Make Easter Bonnets
I always remember making Easter Bonnets when I was a child and really enjoyed the activity. I have a distinct memory of making a green dome shaped hat which was a hill and then I added 3 crosses to it. I was about 7 years old when I made it and was very proud of it! For my daughter I have bought a pink hat from a craft shop and then together we have stuck on bunnies, chicks, bees and ribbon. If you have several children you could have an Easter bonnet parade where they parade their handmade/ hand decorated Easter hats.

Make Easter Decorations
It’s lovely to decorate the home for different festivals and Easter should be no exception. In lots of craft shops you can buy eggs for decorating. These are great for hanging on houseplants or if you have an Easter tree. I am thinking about different decorations we can be making over the next few days and hope to share them with you. In the past I have made daffodils from card and used cuttings from card egg boxes to be the centre of the daffodil.

-Have an Easter Egg Hunt
This is one of the most traditional things to do with children at Easter. For this I will be hiding small foil wrapped eggs around the home for my children to find and collect.

Make an Easter Play scene
If you read my last post… Easter Story Play Scene, You will see our playset involving some paper mache pieces. Paper mache is a great craft to do with children. I chose to make a play scene of the Easter story but you could make other play scenes based on spring time, eggs and the Easter bunny. Imagination is key and lots of different things can be made from paper mache.

Enjoy a Springtime Walk
This time of year spring flowers are emerging and it’s lovely to see them growing. Perhaps you could make a checklist of different flowers and have a walk around your local area and see if you can spot them growing in gardens and parks. Also if you live near the countryside it’s a lovely time to see lambs in the fields. Ducks and other waterfowl may also be nesting soon, so if you live near a pond you could look out for that.

I have so many ideas but if I shared them all it would be such a long blog post! Perhaps if I have any more Easter ideas I will write another blog post!

As we move forward towards Easter we will be reading the Easter story more and also learning about spring time and baby animals.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and that I have given you some inspiration! I really enjoyed writing this post to share with you.

Katie

Easter Story Play Scene

In the lead up to Easter I am wanting to do different activities with my 3 year old. This will include different things such as baking, crafts, reading the Easter story and learning the Easter story through play.

Together myself and my daughter made a paper mache tomb and stone and also made a hill and crosses.

With the help of Playmobil, I made the rest of the Easter Story. I really love Playmobil – it’s great for imagination and so many different stories and characters can be made from them. A bit of imagination is needed here as we have tried to make the Playmobil figures into disciples, Jesus, Roman soldiers and various other people.

They don’t have costumes and always have fixed smiles so this is where the imagination is needed as we have firefighter disciples, female disciples and so on. The angel is a fairy and the Roman soldiers are 2 Playmobil women who look nothing like soldiers!! Also the wine is not red and the bread is cheese!

However, we have managed to find enough figures to create the scenes from the Easter story and I would like to share with you our Easter Story Playset, with the help of Playmobil.

I actually find some of this photos quite moving and I am quite pleased with how the scenes turned out. I will keep these pieces out until Easter for my daughter to be able to play with. She knows the story quite well and it will be lovely to see her acting it out with figures.

The Last Supper
Praying in the garden of Gethsemane
Judas and Roman Soldiers arrive
Judas betrays Jesus
Jesus is crucified
Jesus’ body is placed in a tomb
Soldiers guarded the tomb
An angel rolled the stone away
Jesus has risen

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I have created an Easter Story scenes for my 3 year old.

Maybe you will be inspired to create something similar?

Katie

5 Personal Goals

This year I want to try to be a more productive and better version of myself. To achieve this I have set out a few goals.

1. Go out for a walk every day, rain or shine
It’s early days but I have been out every day so far and have felt much better for getting fresh air and excercise on a daily basis. It’s a change of scenery and is now part of my daily routine. I feel so refreshed when so get home from a walk and it’s also lovely scenery and the seascape looks different every day.

2. Use a Planner
As mentioned in a previous post, I bought myself a planner. It has calendar pages, weekly view pages, plenty of space for writing in and focusses on goals, achievements and personal growth. At the moment there aren’t many dates for my diary due to the pandemic but I am enjoying using it to plan daily tasks and think about personal goals.

3. Make time to do the things I enjoy
I am guilty of just sitting and watching telly most evenings and not using my time wisely. After a long day with two young children it’s definitely the easy option. There is nothing wrong with relaxing and resting but I realised how much of my time could be spent better. Last week I spent one evening painting a beach picture and this week I have started a small cross stitch(this one can be done whilst watching telly)! It is lovely getting back to the hobbies I enjoy.

4. Daily Bible Reading
I recently downloaded The Bible YouVersion app. I have a few plans on there that I try to do daily so that I can understand and find out more about God and the scripture. When my husband and I lived in our first house we became members of the Church there and it was a really great community, our daughter had a blessing there and myself so my husband went on to be baptised. After a few moves and now a pandemic, I am missing going to Church and really hope to get back into that when we are able to. My daughter is really interested in her children’s Bible so we read that a lot together. It is lovely for us to grow in faith as a family.

5. Keep Blogging
The last post I wrote was my 100th post. I actually started this blog in 2016 so 100 posts doesn’t seem like a lot! I took quite a big break from blogging when I had my daughter in October 2017 and only properly started blogging again in October 2020! My blog started out as the life as a housewife blog which documented my daily life – cleaning, cooking and home renovations. Things have changed a little since then but I am still happily married and I am now a stay at home Mum to my daughter and son. This blog covers a bit of all sorts really – food, home life, crafts, family, thoughts, personal interests. I enjoy blogging, it’s lovely to share things with others and great to know that other people enjoy the content of my blog posts.

Thanks for reading.

Katie

Rainbow

I wanted to share this lovely rainbow with you. It’s our first day of lockdown 3 and seeing this beautiful rainbow in the sky gave me a vision of hope.

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 9:13 NIVUK

I am hoping to do more Bible study this year, firstly starting out with reading a passage from the Bible each day and following a few plans on the Bible app. Seeing the rainbow today was a true reminder of the beauty of God’s creation.

I have made it my goal to get out every day for a walk. I sometimes struggle with motivation especially during the winter when it is cold and wet and often dull outside. However, I have been enjoying my walks with my two children, my daughter often goes on her scooter and my son is nice and cosy in his puschair! I often take photos of the view over the sea as it looks different each day. It is so lovely to be able to go for walks along the seafront.

That’s all from me today, hope you are keeping safe and well. I shall leave you with a few more rainbow photos.

Katie

Thoughts on Christmas 2020

It was my first Christmas as a family of 4. My 9 month old got to experience Christmas for the first time and my 3 year old daughter enjoyed her 4th Christmas.

The highlights for the day were spending time together in our family unit, enjoying good food and seeing the children open their presents.

We didn’t go overboard on gifts – ‘Father Christmas’ brought some practical items such as soap, toothpaste, plasters and baby grows! He also brought some small toys, games and books. The children had a gift under the tree from us and then several other gifts from family members. It is very kind of people to give gifts no matter how big or small and whether they are handmade or shop bought.

It is nice to give gifts but I think too much focus is about presents at Christmas. It is definitely exciting for children to get presents. However, I realised today that I perhaps need to change the way I get across the message of Christmas to my children.

In the lead up to Christmas we listened to carols, read Bible stories and acted out the Nativity. I felt that when it got to Christmas day that the true meaning was lost underneath all of the presents. Next year we hope to be able to go to Church on Christmas morning.

Next Christmas I hope to focus more on the Christmas story and the true meaning of Christmas. I am also not going to ask my children what they want for Christmas and try not to focus so much on presents and whether there is enough etc. Often less is more and I would like my children to appreciate that and learn to be grateful for what they do have. I am not against giving gifts at all, I just don’t want it to be the main thing at Christmas!

Food was one of the main aspects of today. We enjoyed roast duck, vegetables, roast potatoes and parsnips, chestnuts, stuffing and pigs in blankets. Dessert was a chocolate sponge and thick cream. I didn’t make anything from scratch today as I didn’t want to be in the kitchen all day and wanted to spend time with my husband and children. As my children get older I do want to make more Christmas foods from scratch such as Christmas pudding, cake and other festive foods.

Today was spent relaxing with my family and I really enjoyed having a quiet Christmas. We watched some telly, played with toys and games, had video calls and phone calls with family members and ate lovely food.

I enjoyed being surrounded by handmade decorations and liked the minimal effect of having few decorations.

Overall I think it is lovely being able to celebrate Christmas. I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was definitely a thought provoking one which has made me think about Christmases to come.

This Year’s Christmas Decorations

This year there is quite a homemade theme for the Christmas decorations. There are lots of handmade crafts on display.

Last year I made a Nativity set from some air dry clay and then painted it with acrylic paints. I made them up myself and wanted them to have a fun and child friendly appealing look to them. I created Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, 3 wise men, 2 shepherds and a sheep. I have displayed these on some crocheted mats which I inherited – they were made by my Grandma.

The Christmas cards are displayed on the sideboard behind the Nativity and also on the bookcase. It is lovely being able to display cards from family and friends.

The Christmas tree, which I have previously written about is a real potted tree on a small table which has been decorated with handmade baubles and also a few special baubles that we have collected or been gifted.

I hope you enjoy looking through the photos of my modest Christmas decorations and handmade creations.

This Week in Photos and Thoughts

I have been struggling this week to come up with a good blog post. I have lots of ideas but somehow can’t seem to materialise them into something worth reading!

After a restless night with my 8 month old, I began Monday morning with comforting bowls of cinnamon, sultana and banana porridge. Just what we needed to set us up for the day ahead.

Monday was quite a breezy day, we took a walk to the seafront and spent a little time on the beach.

I didn’t get any baking done this week as I had run out of sugar and had no alternatives such as honey! I did however cook some nice meals including, bolognaise, sausage and chickpea casserole, swede and potato pasties and cheese and vegetable pie. (My son no longer has his dairy allergy so we are able to eat cow’s milk products again). The pie was particularly stay, I used a pinch of curry powder in the pastry that gave it extra flavour dimension.

As you know I like to take photos of food, so here is one of our lunches from the week and also one of our fruit and yoghurt breakfasts! I try to provide fruit or veg with each meal.

Today we took a walk in one of the local parks, we had a lovely stroll amongst the fallen leaves and enjoyed looking at the trees and seeing the ducks and birds on the lake.

I have been trying to get back into Bible study and feel that I am needing more guidance in my life at the moment. I really want to find out God’s plan for me and find out where he is guiding me. I have installed a Bible app and have several daily readings set up relating to different aspects in life that I feel will help me. I am really excited about getting back on track with my faith and becoming a better Christian.

I have been acting out the Nativity with my daughter and she enjoys dressing up as Mary whilst I narrate. We have also had trips to the park and lots of playing with Playmobil!

Yesterday afternoon we had a little hot chocolate break. My daughter loves marshmallows so I made us both a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. Of course they were all eaten up first!

Thank you for reading all of my ramblings! Hope you have all had a good week.

Marriage

Today our local Church had a special service about marriage as it is National Marriage Week. We were invited to go along to it and also to write about what marriage and married life means to us.
We decided to write a poem and I will share it at the end of this post. Our poem was read out during the service along with other words written by other married couples.

We took along our wedding candle and lit it and went over the vows that we have made together. 

It really was a lovely church service, we sang several hymns and listened to a sermon about clothing ourselves for marriage this included compassion, humility, kindness, meekness, patience, gentleness and love. This was based on a reading from the Bible (Colossians 3 12:17) this was the reading that we had at our wedding.

We have been married for 6 months now and it has been wonderful, it is lovely to take time to truly reflect on our marriage and vows made for for each other.

Our poem;

Marriage is sharing our life together

A union, a bond to last forever

It is providing for one another

And taking care of each other

Feelings of joy and happiness

Looking forward to a wedded life of bliss

There will be times of sadness in our life

But we will support each other as man and wife

Marriage is loving each other every day

And knowing that those feelings won’t go away

We have rather a traditional way of life,

He goes to work and I am a housewife

We support each other in our roles

And together we try to achieve our goals

Our marriage is blessed by God above

Who gives us everlasting love