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The Mike Cook home, at 3240 17 Mile, Solon Township, sports a sea of pastel colors at Easter time each year. The Cooks have been decorating their yard with these colorful eggs for the past nine years. Take a drive by and see for yourself!

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Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Drake Nemecek’s winning entry

Drake Nemecek’s winning entry

Congratulations to 4-year-old Drake Nemecek, of Sparta, whose entry was chosen as a finalist and ultimately was drawn as the winning entry of our 2015 Easter Coloring Contest.

Three finalists were selected from three different age groups, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. Then the names of the nine “finalists” were numbered and then using random.org one was selected as our winner, and two were selected as runners up, see below.

Winner and runner-ups may pick up their prizes on Monday, April 6th at The Post, located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Thanks for entering our coloring contest.

Runner-up: Olivia Ellick, age 10, of Cedar Springs

Runner-up: Olivia Ellick, age 10, of Cedar Springs

Runner-up: Kaylee McGrath, age 7, of Cedar Springs

Runner-up: Kaylee McGrath, age 7, of Cedar Springs

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Every Bunny Loves Easter

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Basket goodies and more for your celebrations

(Family Features) With Easter just around the corner, everyone is hopping to the candy aisle to pick up tasty treats. Celebrate the fun of the season with special sweets that everyone will enjoy.

With the never-ending selection of Easter candies to fill your baskets and dessert spreads, picking the best can be difficult. In fact, the National Confectioners Association ranks this springtime celebration as the nation’s second top-selling candy holiday.

A new addition to the candy aisle this spring includes a Nestlé Crunch candy line inspired by Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy. These whimsical products join Nestlé’s existing collection of chocolate and sugar favorites that are sure to inspire creativity with gift baskets, egg hunts and sweet treats.

Also new this year, candy lovers can feel better about the chocolate they’re choosing. Nestlé Confections & Snacks has announced the purchase of certified, sustainable cocoa equal to the amount needed to produce the entire Easter chocolate collection for the season through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, Nestlé’s global commitment to sustainable cocoa.  For the first time, U.S. consumers can purchase any products from Nestlé’s chocolate Easter collection and know that their purchase supports Nestlé’s commitment to better cocoa farming practices, improving social conditions and ethical sourcing.  All of Nestlé’s Easter chocolate collection will feature a Nestlé Cocoa Plan logo on-pack to help you make a choice this Easter that is delicious and sustainable.

EAS-Every-bunny2Do you have an Easter gathering to host or attend? Hop into the kitchen and whip up this simple recipe for Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests. Featuring Nestlé NestEggs, the bite sized NestEggs are available in a variety of flavors including Nestlé Crunch, Crunch Creamy Caramel, Crunch Peanut Butter and Butterfinger, providing plenty of options to please every palate.

For more Easter inspiration visit www.Facebook.com/NestleCrunch or www.Facebook.com/Butterfinger.

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 21 minutes

Servings: 30

Wax paper

1 2/3 to 2 cups (11 to 12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Butterscotch or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cans (5 ounces each) chow mein noodles

30-60 Nestlé NestEggs, any flavor

Line trays with wax paper.

Microwave morsels in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70 percent) power for 1 minute; stir. The morsels may retain some original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in peanut butter until well blended.

Add chow mein noodles to morsel mixture; toss until coated. Using ice cream scoop that measures about 2 rounded tablespoons, scoop and drop onto prepared trays then immediately shape into nests. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, place 1 or 2 candy eggs in each nest. Store prepared nests in covered container for up to 1 day.

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Easter services 2015

EasterBasketGod wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!

CEDAR SPRINGS

Community Good Friday Service 

April 3: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. Children’s programming provided through 4th grade. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Resurrection Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Please join us as we celebrate our Lord’s life, death and resurrection.

March 29: Palm Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

April 2: Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion and Tenebrae worship service at 7:00 p.m.

April 3-4: A time for individual prayer 9:30 a.m.a to 5: 30 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

April 5: Easter Sunday Sunrise service 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Fellowship Hall (free-will offering) at 8:30 a.m. Easter worship with communion at 10 a.m. One service only. Call 696-11-40 for more info.

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024-18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Easter Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m. w/ Easter Brunch following.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 3: Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m.

April 5: Easter Sonrise Service at 8:30 p.m.

Easter Service at 10:45 a.m.

Maranatha Baptist Church

12786 Algoma Ave. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Sunrise Service at 8:00 a.m, Easter Breakfast at 8:45, and Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Pioneer CRC

3592 17 Mile RD NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

April 4: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, egg hunt and more 1 – 2:30 p.m.

April 5: Easter morning Worship Services at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic Church 

3110 17 Mile Road NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

www.jp2-mqa.org

April 2: Mass of the Lord’s Supper Holy Thursday: Mass at 7p.m.

April 3: Good Friday: The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord 12 Noon

April 4: Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.

April 5: Easter Sunday: Mass at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5 p.m.

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 3:  Community Good Friday Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.

April 5:  Easter Sunday Morning Services at 9:45a.m. & 11:15a.m.

Have you heard about NBC’s new A.D. TV series? Jesus’ death and resurrection changed the world—but it’s just the beginning of the story!  Learn more as we dive deeper into the stories from A.D. with inspiring messages and video clips from the TV series. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We are located at 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. We hope to see you at The Springs this Easter!”

ROCKFORD

Community Good Friday Service 

April 3: The community is invited to worship together on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford. The theme is “The Seven Last Words of the Cross.” Sponsored by the Rockford Ministerial Association.

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford, MI 49341

April 2: Maundy Thursday 10:00 a.m. breakfast

April 4: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza – Egg Hunt Noon-12:30; Games, Crafts & Hot Dog Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.

April 5: Easter morning worship at 10:00 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

Saturday, April 4: Free Family Easter Carnival 10am -11:30am (Egg Hunt to follow @ 11:30am)

Sunday, April 5: Easter Services- 10:45am

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Drive, Belmont

April 2:  Maundy Thursday 7:00 pm – The Last Supper and Stripping of the Altar

April 3:  Good Friday 7:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

April 4:  Holy Saturday 7:00 pm – The Vigil of Easter with Champagne Reception

April 5:  Easter Sunday 9:00 Breakfast;

10:00 am – Easter Resurrection Worship

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 Fourteen Mile Rd, NE; Rockford, MI  49341

April 2:  Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m.

April 5:  Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

SAND LAKE

Good Friday Walk and Remember

April 3: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village churches and listen to the thoughts of characters who experienced the crucifixion first hand. From noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Begin at the Catholic Church (1 W. Maple), then visit the Full Gospel and Resurrection Lutheran Churches, and end at Sand Lake United Methodist, with light refreshments after. Families and children encouraged to come.

Church of the Full Gospel

180 E. Lake St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

April 5: Easter Service 11:00 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles

One W. Maple, Sand Lake, MI  49343

April 1:  Wednesday of Holy Week Stations of the Cross 7 pm

April 3:  Good Friday Service 3 pm

April 5:  Easter Sunday  7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (Easter Egg Hunt following the 9:30 am Mass)

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S. 3rd St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

(616) 636-5502

March 29: Palm Sunday Service 9:30 Am ~Easter Egg Hunt following the Worship Hour.

April 3: Good Friday Worship Service 7:00 PM

April 5: Easter Morning Breakfast 8:30 AM

April 5: Easter Morning Worship Celebration 9:30 AM

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W. Maple Street, Sand Lake, MI

April 5: Easter SONrise Service 8:00 a.m. Breakfast to follow around 8:45 am.

South Ensley United Methodist

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake, MI 49343

April 5: Easter Worship and communion 10:55 a.m.

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We have a winner!

Winner of the Best Lips Contest 2015 is #7 Smurky: Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs

Winner of the Best Lips Contest 2015 is #7 Smurky: Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs

This year’s Best Lips contest was the most controversal yet—due to a technical glitch that made it appear that votes were not being counted.  When we set up the poll at polldaddy.com it had 3 choices for repeat voters 1. Don’t block repeat voting, 2. Block by cookie (safest), and 3. Block by cookie and IP address. We chose #3 to keep someone from voting several times a day from the same home using different accounts, which is how we set it up every year. This caused quite the controversy when voters tried to vote from the same IP address. We were accused of rigging the contest, which we find funny because if we wanted to rig it we’d go back to the old way where WE chose the winners.

We started putting the lips contest online for YOU, the readers, to vote on in 2012. It started out a little slow we only had  282 votes that first year. But it caught on with a vengence the following year with 5,702 votes — we’re still not sure if that was accurate or a glitch. Then last year we had 614 votes but had a problem with the contest not shutting down at 5pm.  This year we had 549 votes but had several people report that it wasn’t counting their votes. We changed the repeat voters setting from #3 to #2, which seemed to fix the problem.

Results from polldaddy.com

Results from polldaddy.com

But with all the controversy, is it time to retire the Best Lips contest? Let us know how you feel by commenting below, or contacting us  by email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or comment on our facebook page and we will determine if it needs to be laid to rest for next year.

Our grand prize winner was #7 Smurky aka Lynn Marion, of Cedar Springs, with 127 votes. She won a $50 gift visa gift card, flowers and candy, compliments of The Cedar Springs POST.

Coming in second was #3-Dainty aka Chorissa Misner, of Cedar Springs with 116 votes.

Coming in third was #2-Sassy aka Brendalynn Eustice, of Byron Center, with 98 votes.

A big thank you to all who participated—those who sent in their lips, and those who voted! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our grand prize winner may pick up her prizes at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs on Friday, February 13 between 10am-5pm. Please call 616-696-3655 if you need to make special arrangements for pick up.

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Show off your sweet side this Valentine’s Day

Stackable Ombre Heart Cookies

Stackable Ombre Heart Cookies

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Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love this Valentine’s Day by making easy and impressive cookies. Start with your favorite roll-out cookie recipe or simply dress up store-bought ones by adding some simple details with icing.

From the cupids at Wilton, here are three ways to leave them smitten with sweets this Valentine’s Day:

Desserts with dimension. Triple your treats by stacking three decorated cookies in different sizes together and attach them with icing.

Complement with color. A simple piping technique looks stunning when piped in different colors on your cookies.

Get to gifting. Wrap your finished treats in a Valentine’s Day treat bag or box.

For more fun and delicious Valentine’s Day recipes, baking tips and inspiration, visit www.wilton.com.

Stackable Ombre Heart Cookies

Each stacked cookie serves 1.

Favorite roll-out cookie recipe

Royal icing (recipe on wilton.com)

Rose Icing Color

Heart Micro Mini Icing Decorations

Prepare and roll out cookie dough following recipe directions. Use 3 smallest cutters from 4-piece heart nesting cookie cutter set to cut out shapes. Bake and cool cookies.

Divide royal icing into three equal portions, and tint 3 shades of rose. Thin a portion of each shade following recipe directions. Use tip 3 and full-strength tinted icing to outline cookies. Use thinned tinted icing in cut decorating bag to fill in cookies; gently tap to smooth icing. Let dry overnight.

Use icing to attach cookies, stacking largest to smallest; place icing decoration on top.

Scalloped Heart Cookies

Scalloped Heart Cookies

Scalloped Heart Cookies

Each cookie serves 1.

Favorite roll-out cookie recipe

Ready-To-Use White Creamy Decorator Icing

Icing Colors: Burgundy, Red-Red and Christmas Red

Prepare and roll out dough following recipe directions. Use largest cutter from the 4-piece heart nesting cookie cutter set to cut out shape. Bake and cool cookies.

Divide icing into four equal portions. Tint one of each portion light burgundy, dark burgundy and combination of red-red/Christmas red. Reserve last portion white.

Starting from top edge of heart, use tip 102 and icing in dark burgundy, light burgundy, red and white to pipe V-shaped groups of two petals, one piped from left and one from right, to create row of petals in alternating colors. Repeat with second row between petals in first row. Continue to repeat pattern until cookies are covered.

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Time to Vote for Best Lips!

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lip

It’s time to VOTE for the Best Lips in Cedar Springs!

You be the judge – Vote for your favorite lips below!

The entries are in! Now, it’s your turn to be the Judge! Vote for your favorite below. The entries have been numbered and nicknamed so every entry has a fair chance to win – this is no popularity contest! Voting starts at 5pm on Thursday, February 5. You can vote once per day. Contest closes Tuesday, February 10th, at 5pm. The person with the most votes at that time will be the grand prize winner. 

 

 

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What’s your Valentine’s Day personality? 

 

How anyone can make the day special

VAL-Valentines-Day-personality-web(BPT) – Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or you don’t believe in Cupid at all, everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day in their own special way. From a fancy date or a girls’ night in, to a festive class party with the kids, there are activities, and treats, to suit every type of Valentine’s personality out there. Which one are you?

The hopeless romantic

Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Do you look forward to Valentine’s Day every year as a time to celebrate the people you love? Then you are a hopeless romantic and you embrace everything that Valentine’s Day stands for. For you, the day should be filled with thoughtful gestures that come from the heart.

Start by sending messages to the special people in your life. For a significant other, you might text famous romantic quotes throughout the day to show your love. Then, skip the expensive flowers and get crafty by making Sweetheart Roses with Hershey’s Kisses chocolates, which come in special pink and red foils for the holiday. Simply wrap two Kisses chocolates in cellophane or plastic wrap to create a rosebud shape and then attach your creation to florist wire and wrap it in green florist tape. Add a little note saying how much you care. This gift is a sweet treat and you won’t have to worry about it wilting.

The last-minute cupid

If you are the person who waits until the commute home to swing by the store for your sweetie’s gift, you are a last-minute cupid. You like Valentine’s Day, but you are not known to plan ahead. Fortunately, there’s no need to worry. Here are a few quick and impressive ideas for special gifts.

To start, a handwritten card is always appreciated. Simply say what’s in your heart; you don’t have to be Shakespeare. When the words are your own, your loved one will know you genuinely care. Next, attach a gift that signifies all the sweet things in life, like the Hershey’s Kisses Heart Shaped Tin, packed with Kisses milk chocolates, which is guaranteed to make her swoon. For more quick and fun Valentine Day’s ideas, visit www.CelebrateWithHersheys.com.

The class parent

In classrooms across the country, Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate friendship at school. If you’re the class mom or dad, you know the class will be counting on you to help the kids get ready for this special day and prepare all the cards and goodies.

Help students celebrate their friends by having them make their own cards. Use construction paper, ribbon, glitter and stickers to help your kids make customized cards for classmates, then add a sweet treat.

Parents can also start a new family tradition at home and show their kids how much they care by giving them Valentine’s Day baskets.

The playful platonic

If you think that Valentine’s Day is more fun spent with friends, then you have a playful platonic personality. You don’t need all the mushy over-the-top romanticism; you know the true loves of your life are your friends and you want to use this day to celebrate everything they mean to you.

For example, you might meet with your favorite buds for happy hour or spend the evening at home swapping manis and pedis with your best girlfriends. This is the perfect time to flip through some pictures and take a trip down memory lane. Make your home a festive oasis by filling a candy dish throughout the night.

No matter your Valentine’s Day personality, there are simple ways to make the day extra special. From yummy treats to sweet gestures, you’ll show the loved ones in your life you care—today and every day of the year.

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Pop the cork at home this New Year’s Eve

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(Family Features) If you’ve thought staying home to celebrate New Year’s Eve sounded like a great idea, you’re not alone.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, this year, 61 percent of Americans who plan on celebrating New Year’s Eve plan on celebrating at home. To help make your night the most memorable celebration ever, here are some great ways to ring in 2015 from the comfort of your own home.

Girls just want to have fun

Ladies leave your man at home – tonight it’s all about you. Instead of waiting for a drink in that crowded party full of strangers, have a girls’ night in at your place. Of women surveyed, 67 percent said they would skip a New Year’s Eve party for a girls’ night in. So, pop open some bubbly and celebrate 2014 with your closest girlfriends. For more inspiration on what to serve, visit www.barefootwine.com.

Sing in the New Year

What’s the best part of celebrating at home? You can dance like no one’s watching. Make your New Year’s bash a dance party. Create a playlist with all of your favorite songs from 2014 and dance the night away.

Get your party poppin’

Pop some bubbly, pop some popcorn and pop in a movie. Waiting until midnight leaves plenty of time to throw on a good movie before the clock strikes. Continue celebrating the best of 2014 by watching this year’s biggest blockbuster movies. Need a little inspiration for what to watch? Try something starring Kate Upton or Bradley Cooper. According to the survey, when asked which celebrity women most want to have as their New Year’s kiss, Bradley tops the list, while the guys would go for Kate. If you want to serve your guests a signature drink while they enjoy the movie, try the Barefoot Bubbly New Year’s Rock.

Game on

Looking for a fun game to play? Have everyone write down a pop culture event or relevant celebrity from 2014 on a sticky note (for example, Pharrell’s crazy hat, Taylor Swift, Ellen’s award show selfie, the 2014 Sochi Olympics, George Clooney getting married), and give it to the person to your left without revealing what is written, and stick it to their forehead. The person will ask yes or no questions and attempt to guess what is written on the note.

With a few friends, yummy cocktails and fun games, you’ll have a memorable New Year’s celebration.

Pink In the New Year

1/2 ounce apricot brandy

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

3 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato

Mint sprig or lemon twist garnish

Place apricot brandy, lemon juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato. Garnish with mint sprig or lemon twist.

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Tips for families to get healthy this new year

This New Year, you can get the whole family together by committing to a healthier lifestyle as a team.

This New Year, you can get the whole family together by committing to a healthier lifestyle as a team.

 

(StatePoint) New Year’s resolutions often focus on personal improvement. This year experts are encouraging entire families to consider making a pledge to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Parents have more potential than anybody else to influence their children’s behavior — including their eating habits—according to a study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In fact, parents outrank sports celebrities as the people most children would most like to be, according to the survey.

“You are the most influential role model in your child’s life,” says Kim Larson, registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy spokesperson. “Modeling healthy eating behaviors encourages children to adopt and choose healthy behaviors that will benefit them for a lifetime.”

Setting realistic goals

Small steps add up, and Larson recommends making healthy lifestyle changes that are realistic and easy to stick with for the long-haul. Try adopting healthy changes for the entire family, such as:

• Make sure your kids know they are part of the team and that health and fitness are a family affair.

• Encourage children to help plan meals—from developing the menu to shopping to preparing and serving the meal.

• Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods.

• Eat breakfast daily.

• Enjoy family dinner together each night or as often as possible.

• At each meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

• Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains.

• Get active. Incorporate physical activity where you can in your day, whether taking a family walk after dinner or hitting the gym. Remember, children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, and adults should get two and a half hours per week.

Focus on overall health, not weight alone

According to the experts, good nutrition, health, and fitness fun should be the focus of your family’s goals, not calorie counting, food restriction or working out.

“You don’t want your kids to think that a healthy lifestyle is only about how much they weigh,” Larson says. “Concentrate on delicious nutrition and fun physical activities,” says Larson.

For a personalized plan tailored to your lifestyle, food preferences and the unique needs of your family, consider consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. You can find one in your area at www.EatRight.org.

 

 

 

 

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