Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good Shepherd's Garden Party :: Week Three


Week 3

"The Heaven's Tell God's Glory"

This Week’s Good Shepherd’s Garden Party Menu

Sun Cupcakes
Whipped Creamy Clouds
Talking Rain Sparkling Ice
Thunder and Lightning
Windy Cakes
Rainbow Kabobs
Crushed Ice


Decorating Ideas

Lightning Bolt Straws
Pinwheels

By Jessica at Shower of Roses and Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda
*Please feel free to modify and be creative with these plans to suit your family!


Recipes and Suggestions

15. The Sun

Sun Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 box cake mix + ingredients listed on box
White or Lemon frosting (tinted yellow with food coloring)
Yellow Sugar Sprinkles (optional)
Candy Corn & 2 Chocolate Chips per cupcake
Red Licorice or Red Writing Icing (or a few more chocolate chips)

Directions:
Bake cupcakes according to directions on package, cool and then frost.
Tint icing yellow and frost cupcake. Sprinkle with yellow sugar.
Arrange candy corn, pointy end out, around edge of cupcake.
Place 2 chocolate chips for eyes and add a licorice smile.

Photo Credit: Shower of Roses

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and there is nothing hid from its heat.” Psalm 19: 1-6


16. The Cloud

You can either use the recipe below, or just serve each child a big dollop of Whipped Cream.

Whipped Creamy Clouds

1 container Non-dairy Whipped Topping

Provide each child with a piece of waxed paper and a spoon. To make a treat, a child scoops a large spoonful of nondairy whipped topping onto their waxed paper. Then the child uses their spoon to create a cloud shape. Freeze each child's cloud; then serve.


“And all the men of Israel assembled to King Solomon at the feast in the month Eth'anim, which is the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. And they brought up the ark of the LORD, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside; and they are there to this day. There was nothing in the ark except the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.” 1 Kings 8: 2-11


17. The Rain

If you do not have drinks made by Talking Rain available (I buy ours at Costco), any sparkling flavored water would work just as well.

Talking Rain’s Sparkling Ice

1 Bottle of Talking Rain’s Sparkling Ice per person

Photo Credit: Shower of Roses

“You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5: 43-48


18. The Lightning

Charlotte has created lightning bolts, which you can print, cut out and attach to straws for the “Rain” drinks.  It can be downloaded here.

Photo Credit: Waltzing Matilda

Here is a recipe for Thunder and Lightning Pasta as well, in case you’d like to include a main dish:

Thunder and Lightning

Ingredients:
  • 1-16 oz can Chick Peas, drained
  • 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • Olive Oil for drizzling

Directions:

1. Cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling water, lightly salted for 10 minutes, or until just resistant to the bite. Drain.

2. Sauté the garlic in a large skillet in olive oil for a few minutes. Add drained chick peas & macaroni. Mix in the basil & parsley. Cook over a very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are absorbed & the mixture is heated through. Season with salt & pepper & serve hot.

Photo Credit: Shower of Roses

"Whence then comes wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? It is hid from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air. Abaddon and Death say, `We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.' "God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. When he gave to the wind its weight, and meted out the waters by measure; when he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder." Job 28:20-26


19. The Hail

Crushed Ice

Provide a bowl of crushed ice to be served with the drinks.

"Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen." Job 38: 28-30


20. The Wind

You can either purchase a box of Hostess Cupcakes, or decorate half of the cupcakes you made for the sun with “wind”.

Windy Cupcakes

1 box of Hostess Cup Cakes

Photo Credit: Hostess

"So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And as I looked, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host." Ezekiel 37: 7-10


21. The Rainbow

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Various Fruit in the Colors Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple

We used: Strawberries, Raspberries, Oranges, Pineapple, Green Grapes, Blueberries and Purple Grapes

Photo Credit: Shower of Roses

“And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” Genesis 9: 12-15


Shopping List

Fresh Produce:
Garlic (2 cloves)
Various Fruits in the Colors of the Rainbow (ie: Strawberries, Raspberries, Oranges, Pineapple, Green Grapes, Blueberries, and Purple Grapes)

Freezer:
Non-Dairy Whipped Topping

Canned & Dry Goods:
1 lb Elbow Macaroni
1-16 oz can Chick Peas

Spices:
Basil
Parsley

Condiments:
Olive Oil

Baking Supplies:
1 box of cake mix + ingredients listed
1 can white or lemon frosting
Yellow Food Coloring
Yellow Sugar Sprinkles (optional)
Candy Corn
Chocolate Chips (a handful or so)
Red Licorice or Red Writing Icing

Snacks:
Hostess Cup Cakes

Beverages:
Talking Rain Sparkling Ice
(Or Flavored Water of Your Choice)

Other:
Straws
Pinwheels


You can download this post in a printable form here.

A Mr. Linky will be posted at Catholic Cuisine on Monday April 26th, for anyone who would like to share the pictures from your own Good Shepherd’s Garden Party!