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Saturday, December 29, 2012

St. Stephen ~ Rock Candy


I know this is a bit late for St. Stephen's feast day, but kids don't care if you are a little late (or early)! So feel free to celebrate his feast day this week!
St. Stephen was a great preacher who spoke strong words for Jesus. His words angered many people, and so they drug him out of the city and stoned him to death. St. Stephen's was the very first martyr and so he was blessed to have his feast day on the day after Christmas.(Dec. 26) You can read his story is in the Bible in the Book of Acts 6 - 7. So look it up and have a read! Or click here to see it on-line.
We also read the story in our Picture Book of Saints

For St. Stephen's feast day we made rock candy.
Why rock candy?
The stones that killed St. Stephen were hard, sharp, and painful, but they brought St. Stephen to a sweet life in heaven! 
Our rock candy is hard and sharp, but it's also sweet. Many saints have shown us that a life lived for Jesus is a hard life, but it's a sweet end, and this candy is much the same!
So remember that through hardship and pain we can reach the sweet life in heaven!

Quick and Easy Rock Candy Recipe 
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract (for better taste)
  • red food coloring

Instructions:
  1. Mix the sugar and water together in a sauce pan. Heat it on high until the sugar dissolves and begins to boil.
  2. After it has come to a boil, continue to let it boil for about 3 minutes. 
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the vanilla extract and food coloring.
  4. Poor it onto a large foiled jellyroll pan and let it sit until it crystallize.  In will take about 10 minutes to start to become solid. Once it's to a point where it will keep its shape, scoop it out of the pan and place the chunks into another pan to finish cooling. (It's easier to break it up when it's still a little soft than to wait till it's totally cool.)
     
    This rock candy can be used for other Saints feast day's as well - Barnabas and Philip were also stoned to death. 

    Enjoy! :-)
    Blessings,
    ~Jennifer
    St. Stephen, pray for us!

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1 comments:

  1. Great idea, thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a Happy New Year

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