He is Risen!

As Easter approaches, I’m reminded to reflect on what I seek to celebrate every day: God’s own Son has came to earth, lived a perfect life, died for sins he didn’t commit, and rose from the dead, defeating the power of death for us.

And I’m compelled to ask my friends, family, and awesome RSD customers: Do you know Jesus? Do you love him more than everything? Do you know the peace of having your sins forgiven, and are you being made more like him?

If you go to church just on the big holidays, ask your pastor about making it a year-round thing. My family loves Easter, but it’s also an everyday thing for us as Christians. He died and rose again, and he is to be glorified with every moment!

Our Easter celebration includes the Good Friday service, and we have caramel rolls (recipe at the bottom!) on Easter morning after watching the sunrise. We aren’t really into the Easter bunny, but we hide candy and eggs, which is always fun for the kids!

My other favorite part of Easter are the hymns. My aunt Jill hits a high F, and it’s epic! My mom and her four sisters singing together is a taste of heaven for me, and I always love getting together.

This year we are also doing something new. We have been watching The Chosen as a family to prepare our hearts and minds — check it out!

So, I invite you to thank him and praise him everyday, and make this Easter a special season of remembering.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

For his glory,

Grandma Christie’s Overnight Caramel Roll Recipe:

2 pkg. Yeast in ½ c. warm water

Scald:  2 c. milk (1 ½ min. in the microwave)

Add to Milk:
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. vegetable oil or shortening (I use vegetable oil)
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
5-6 cups flour.

(Add yeast mixture after adding 1 cup flour)

Beat until smooth.  Add more flour if needed.  Knead for 5 minutes.  Let rise 1 hour.

Divide dough in half.  Roll out as for cinnamon rolls.  Spread with butter, a little brown sugar and cinnamon.  Roll up and cut into 12 pieces.  Place in 9 x 13 cake pan that has caramel in bottom.   Do the same with other half of dough.

Caramel Recipe:  2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup butter and 1 T. water.  Melt butter in microwave for 30 sec., Add Br. Sugar and water, cook for 1 min.  Pour in bottom of cake pan.

Place pans in refrigerator overnight.  Bake next morning at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.  Can cover tightly and put in a 2 gallon freezer bag and freeze for at least 1 week.  Then just place rolls on counter top overnight and bake as usual.

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