Monday, June 24, 2013

St. John the Baptist's Locusts and Honey on a Log

Happy Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist! The Bible gives us quite the image of this holy man;

 "John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey." (Mark 1:6)

 For a St. John the Baptist snack I've taken the popular kids' treat ants on a log and added a little honey and changed the name. A sweet and simple way to help remember today's saint!

Locusts and Honey on Log
My variation: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter with Dried Blueberries.
celery sticks
peanut butter

- Spread some peanut butter on a celery stick, drizzle with honey, and add raisins. That's the classic version. Today I did a little variation and used dark chocolate peanut butter and dried blueberries.  I think that cinnamon peanut butter with dried cranberries would  be another great combo, maybe with a little maple syrup? There are lots of great ways to mix up this classic snack! If your kids need a little convincing to eat celery, like mine, you could also put this on top of a graham cracker.

And since today is about St. John the Baptist's birthday, its a great day to read the story of his birth, which can be found in Luke 1:57-66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.

When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.

Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?”

For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

Learn more about St. John the Baptist here.

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