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Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Age Group: 3-4 yrs

 

Morgan Sanders age 3 of Cedar Springs

Morgan Sanders
age 3 of Cedar Springs

 

Age Group: 5-7 yrs

Hannah Rae Dempsey age 6 of Cedar Springs

Hannah Rae Dempsey
age 6 of Cedar Springs

 

Age Group: 8-10 yrs

Ryan Hebert age 9 of Cedar Springs

Ryan Hebert
age 9 of Cedar Springs

 

Winners may pick up their prize Easter Baskets at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs 10 am to 5pm Mon.-Fri. Or call The POST at 616-696-3655 to make pick up arrangements.

 

 

 

 

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Winning treats to please kids and adults this Easter

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When you think of Easter goodies there’s a good chance the flavorful jelly bean comes to mind – a big hit with kids young and old. But, because flavor preferences change with age, it stands to reason that not all Easter gifts are created equal.

So, how do you navigate the taste bud temperament of loved ones so everyone will receive special Easter treats they love? With more than 100 flavors of jelly beans under their belts, Jelly Belly Candy Company has an idea of what types of flavors will be more popular with both kids and grownups.

“When we talked to kids, we learned that the more complex or exotic the flavor, the less likely they were to enjoy it,” said Lisa Brasher, executive vice chairman and a fifth generation candy maker for company.

As a renowned candy expert and author of “Candy: The Sweet History,” Beth Kimmerle added, “Classic flavors like apples and berries are typically the most popular with the younger crowd. Adults crave the more adventurous flavors.”

Understanding age and preferences

Flavor innovation keeps a company like Jelly Belly on its toes. As people age, their taste buds mature and become more open to those complex flavor profiles children shy away from. The coconut flavor is a great example of this.

“Although our panel of kids gave coconut low scores, when you look at adults who purchase our jelly beans, it’s is a very popular one,” explained Brasher.

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By taking the feedback from children of all ages into consideration, the jelly bean company assembled its youthful Kids Mix, a collection of 20 flavors kids love. The mix makes it easier for anyone to pick winning flavors like cotton candy, berry blue and watermelon for Easter treats. More adult-friendly flavors like licorice, cinnamon and buttered popcorn are purposefully absent from the mix.

According to Brasher, there was one surprise among the company’s findings, “We were shocked when caramel corn didn’t crack the top twenty flavors with the kids,” she said.

One sweet agreement

Despite their palate differences, kids and adults can agree on one thing—very cherry is their top pick. It’s the most popular Jelly Belly bean flavor in America, placing among the top two since its debut almost 40 years ago. For a brief period, it was upset by buttered popcorn and fell to the number two position, but it’s been consistently the winning flavor since.

“I don’t see that changing any time soon,” said Brasher.

Treat tips

When it comes to giving the best Easter treats, keep these tips in mind:

For the little ones: Give them what they want. Stick to tried and true fruity flavors and other kid-friendly tastes like cotton candy and toasted marshmallow.

For the grownups: Go with complex flavors and new flavor experiences, such as the unique offerings of chili mango, draft beer and cappuccino.

Save and celebrate: Be sure to hold onto your favorite jelly bean flavors to enjoy on National Jelly Bean Day. This year, it’s just two days after Easter on April 22nd.

Use these gift tips and you’ll see many smiles on Easter morning. For other flavorful ideas, visit www.jellybelly.com.

 

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Easter services 2014

 

God 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!

 

Community Good Friday Service

April 18: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. Childcare will be provided. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

 

Resurrection Celebration

Cedar Springs High School – 204 E. Muskegon, Cedar Springs

April 19: Would you like a new way to celebrate Easter this year? Or, are you wondering how Easter is even relevant to life today? Either way, you won’t want to miss Resurrection Celebration, coming to Cedar Springs High School on Saturday, April 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. This community production is a musical drama highlighting the birth, life, death and struggles of Jesus Christ. Bring your friends and family to see this exciting event. Admission is free, but tickets are encouraged. Pick up tickets at The Springs Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and at The Cedar Springs Post, Cedar Springs Public Library, Main Street Restaurant, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, and Perry’s Place, all in downtown Cedar Springs.

 

Blessed John Paul II Catholic Parish

3110 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs

April 17: Holy Thursday. Lamb dinner and potluck starting at 5:30, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM

April 18: Good Friday. 12:00 PM The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, individual Confession at 1:30 PM

April 19: Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 PM

April 20: Easter Sunday: 10:00 Am Mass and 5:00 PM Mass

 

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Parish

1 W. Maple Street, Sand Lake

April 18: Good Friday: 8:00 AM Morning Prayer, 6:30 PM Stations of the Cross

April 20: Easter Sunday: 8:00 AM Mass, 9:30 AM Mass

 

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Road (1.5 miles west of Algoma Avenue)

April 20: Easter morning service at 10:30am

Get all the details at http://cscalvary.org

 

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave.., Cedar Springs  (just N. of 19 Mile Rd.)

April 19: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

April 20: Easter morning worship services at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

 

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives)

April 13:  Palm Sunday, 10 a.m.

April 17:  Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.

April 18:  Good Friday, 7 p.m.

April 19:  Easter Saturday, 7 p.m.

April 20:  Easter Sunday breakfast at 8:30 a.m, followed by worship service at 10 am.

 

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

April 18: Good Friday Service at 6:30 PM

April 20: Sonrise Service at 8:30 AM

April 20: Easter Family Breakfast at 9:30 AM

April 20: Easter Worship at 10:45 AM, NO PM Service

 

Resurrection Lutheran Church

616-636-5502

180 Northland Dr. Sand Lake, MI. (just north of Sand Lake)

April 13: Palm Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. (with egg hunt to follow)

April 18: Good Friday Service, 7:30 p.m.

April 20: Easter Breakfast, 8:15 a.m.

April 20: Easter Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

 

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs

April 20: Easter Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m. with brunch following

 

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd., Rockford • www.gracerockford.com

April 19: Family Easter Carnival 10:30-12:00.  Easter egg hunt will start right at 10:30 with indoor carnival games to follow.

April 20: Sunrise Service – 8:30, Morning Worship – 10:45

 

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (just north of 12 Mile)

April 17: Maundy Thursday 9:30 a.m., breakfast and communion

April 19: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

April 20: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m., breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.

 

The Springs

135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs

April 20: Easter Worship Celebration 9:45 & 11:15 a.m.

This Easter, when the eggs are found and the baskets are unwrapped, will you feel satisfied or still searching? Join us at The Springs Church for a celebration full of joy and meaning, not empty ritual. Your whole family will enjoy the great music, fun for the kids, and a message that will bring direction and encouragement to your faith journey. Come find what’s missing in your Easter! We’ll be looking for you. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We hope to see you at The Springs this Easter!

 

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 Fourteen Mile Road, Rockford

April 17: Maundy Thursday service 7:00 p.m.

April 20: Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

 

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta

April 20: Easter Morning Worship at 10 a.m.

 

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St. in downtown Cedar Springs

Make plans to worship during holy week:

April 13: Palm Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

April 17: Holy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.

April 18: Good Friday Prayer stations in the sanctuary until 10:00 p.m.

April 20: Easter Sunday 7:30 a.m. Sunrise service on front lawn, 8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast in Fellowship Hall (free-will offering), 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Christian Education for all ages

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Fun Easter activities for kids

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The Cedar Springs Post will not be holding an Easter Egg hunt this year, but watch for the community Easter egg hunt to be back next year, possibly with a new host. For this year, you can find plenty of Easter fun at the hunts below!

 

Easter bunny at the library

April 11: The Easter Bunny will stop by the Cedar Springs Public Library on Friday, April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. He will bring along some small bunnies and lambs from Double K Farms for children to pet. Come and enjoy stories and a craft, too.

 

Easter egg hunt at nature center

April 12:  The Howard Christensen Nature Center is having its 3rd annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, rain, shine or snow. Hunts starts promptly at 10 a.m. for ages 3 and under; 10:45 a.m. for ages 4 to 7; and 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 11. Bring a basket, or they will have extras. They will have over 1,500 eggs this year, prizes, and lots of candy! Golden and silver eggs are special. Meet at the Interpretive Center, event takes place in their prairie area just north of the Interpretive Center, beyond the parking lot. Visit www.lilysfrogpad.com for more details.

 

Easter bunny at Sand Lake

April 12: The Easter Bunny will visit the Sand Lake VFW on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and say hello!

 

Easter egg hunt at Resurrection Lutheran

April 13: On your mark get set go! Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, will hold their Easter egg hunt on April 13 immediately following 9:30 a.m. service. Games and crafts, too. This event is open to the public and we welcome seekers of all ages. Please come join us. We love meeting new friends and please feel free to invite others!

 

Easter egg hunt at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

April 19: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 19. They are located 10295 Myers Lake Avenue, Rockford, between 12 and 13 Mile.

 

Family Easter carnival and egg hunt at Grace Evangelical

April 19: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 13 Mile Road, Rockford, will hold a Family Easter Carnival on Saturday, April 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Easter egg hunt will start right at 10:30 a.m., with indoor carnival games to follow.

 

Easter egg-stravaganza at Solon Center Wesleyan

April 19: An Easter egg-stravaganza, a celebration for children, will be held on Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile. All children 10 years old and under are invited to attend. There will be games, candy, prizes, a special Easter presentation, and two bikes will be given away as grand prizes. For more info call the church at 696-3229 or go to scwchurch.org.

 

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Real bunnies and chicks grow into rabbits and chickens

Think twice about giving them to children for Easter

Dyeing Easter Eggs or going on Easter Egg Hunts are a part of the holiday tradition for many families. But there is another tradition that families should consider long and hard before making a commitment: buying live bunnies and chicks.

The Kent County Health Department recommends giving children toy stuffed animals instead. Adults should consider the longevity, as well as health and safety issues, of giving bunnies or chicks to children for Easter.

Rabbits can live seven to ten years, while chickens can live into their teens. “The Kent County Animal Shelter received nearly a hundred unwanted rabbits and chickens last year,” according to Adam London, Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors. While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled.” Releasing a house-raised rabbit into the wild leaves the animal vulnerable to predators.

Raising chicks and other poultry has become popular, but it has also led to an increase in Salmonella outbreaks in humans. Salmonella is common in baby poultry and spreads from contact with the birds or their environments. Birds with Salmonella may appear healthy, but in humans, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever, and dehydration. Illness can last for up to a week and can be serious in young children, older adults, or those with weakened immune systems.

Children under the age of five should have adult supervision when handling chicks or chickens. “Be sure to wash your hands and your child’s hands thoroughly after handling chicks or chickens,” London says. “Don’t let children snuggle or kiss chicks. And never allow chicks or chickens into bathrooms, kitchens, or areas where food is prepared, stored, or eaten.”

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2013/dpk-live-poultry-salmonella.html.

If giving or receiving plants for the holiday, make sure they stay out of the reach of any pets. Some items, such as lilies and daisies, can be toxic to pets. For a complete list, check out: www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

 

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Winners at the Post Community Easter Egg Hunt

The following kids won baskets at the Post Easter Egg Hunt. Due to a glitch, we had 18 winners this year:

2-3 year olds

#1 Jaelyn Closser. 3, Cedar Springs

#2 Dalton Skelonc, 3, Solon Township

#3 Miah Siefken, 2, Coopersville

#4 Nicholas Julien, 3, Oakfield Township

4-5 year olds

#5 Raymond Grate, 4, Solon Township

#6 Luka Ivanov, 5, Cedar Springs

#7 Collin McDonald, 5, Cedar Springs

#8 Wyatt Vint, 4, Cedar Springs

6-7 year olds

#9 Jayda Aho-Melle, 7, Nelson Township

#10 Ashley Hansen, 6, Grand Rapids

#11 Kayden Black, 7, Sand Lake

#12 Trevor Castle, 6, Nelson Township

8-10 year olds

#13 Carley Shears, 9, Nelson Township

#14 Dylan Heiss, 9, Cedar Springs

#15 Jordan Victorson, 9, Courtland

#16 Ryleigh Fillion, 10, Belding

#17 Ashleigh Cervantes-Tanis, 8, Cedar Springs

#18 Kyle Wise, 10, Cedar Springs

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Bunnies, chicks grow into rabbits and chickens

Think twice about giving them to children for Easter

Spring is approaching, and many parents are shopping for Easter gifts for their little ones.  Some will shop for baby bunnies and little chicks to give as gifts. There are several responsibilities that come with these animals, as they will grow into adults. Rabbits can live 7 to 10 years, while chickens can live into their teens.  The Kent County Health Department encourages adults to consider the longevity, as well as health and safety issues, if giving bunnies or chicks to children for Easter.

“After the Easter holiday is over, the Kent County Animal Shelter receives dozens of unwanted domesticated rabbits and several chickens,” according to Adam London, acting Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Adults need to recognize that adopting or buying these cute little pets typically means a long-term commitment.” Pet rabbits have specific dietary needs and must live indoors.  They can learn to be very social pets with routine handling and care.

Raising chicks and other poultry has become popular, but it has also led to an increase in Salmonella outbreaks in humans. Last year, there were eight outbreaks connected to live poultry in the U.S.  Salmonella is common in baby poultry, and spreads from contact with the birds or their environments. Birds with Salmonella may appear healthy, but in humans, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever and dehydration. Illness can last for up to a week, and can be serious in young children, older adults or those with weakened immune systems.

“If you handle a chick, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when finished,” London says. “Don’t let children under the age of five handle chicks, or let kids snuggle or kiss chicks.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2013/dpk-live-poultry-salmonella.html.

The Kent County Health Department suggests giving children toy stuffed animals this Easter.  Also, if giving or receiving plants for the holiday, make sure they stay out of the reach of any pets.  Some items, such as lilies, can be toxic to pets.

For a list, check out:  http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

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Easter Coloring Contest 2013

And the winners are…

Crayon coloring talent in Cedar Springs

As usual, judging for the Cedar Springs Post Easter Coloring Contest was very difficult indeed. All of our entries were really great making it extremely hard to decide the winners. The judges could not agree. Things got heated, and a fight broke out. Someone called the cops. People went to jail. So here are the winners for this year.

Basket winners may pick up their prize on Monday, April 1.

See you next year!

 

Age Group: 4 and under Autumn Passage of Sand Lake • Age 3

Age Group: 4 and under
Autumn Passage
of Sand Lake • Age 3

Age Group: 5-7 Mackenzie Brouwer of Cedar Springs • Age 5

Age Group: 5-7
Mackenzie Brouwer
of Cedar Springs • Age 5

Age Group: 8-10 Emily Anielski of Cedar Springs• age 8

Age Group: 8-10
Emily Anielski
of Cedar Springs• age 8

 

 

 

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Easy Easter Brunch with a Pantry Punch

Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

(Family Features) The ingredients for an easy weekend breakfast or a special Easter brunch may be in your pantry right now. Holidays are the perfect time to sprinkle additional creativity or fresh new thinking into meals for family and friends and — by using staples like pancake mix, syrup and instant mashed potatoes in unexpected ways — you can craft new and delicious dishes sure to make everyone smile.

Try these recipes from Hungry Jack® using simple pantry staples, and turn them into what will become new brunch favorites:

—Put a unique spin on brunch food with a savory Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza.

—DIY Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches: You can assemble them for your guests, or get everyone involved by letting them build their own and add some custom touches like eggs, cheese or bacon.

—Combine sweet, spicy and smoky flavors for Spicy Candied Bacon, a definite crowd pleaser.

—Set out some flavored or Greek yogurt and a bowl of Good Morning Granola so guests can create their own breakfast parfaits.

For more creative recipes and ideas, visit www.hungryjack.com.

 

 

Spicy Candied Bacon

Yield: 6 slices

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

1/2 pound extra-thick cut bacon, about 6 slices

1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Line 15 x 10-inch baking pan with foil. Lay bacon slices on foil.

2. BAKE 18 to 20 minutes or until bacon edges begin to curl. Remove from oven. Tilt pan to drain. Pat bacon with paper towel. Combine syrup, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and pepper in small bowl. Drizzle evenly over bacon slices.

3. BAKE 5 minutes or until evenly browned. Remove to wire rack. Cool 5 minutes.

Serving suggestion: Candied Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: Layer fried egg on English muffin. Top with shredded cheese, Spicy Candied Bacon and a dash of hot sauce or ketchup. Top with other half of English muffin.

 

 

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Pancakes:

Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

3/4 cup Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 3-inch round sausage patties*

Eggs:

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup diced red pepper

4 large eggs

1/8 teaspoon salt

For pancakes:

1. COAT griddle or skillet with no-stick cooking spray. Heat griddle or skillet on medium heat (350°F).

2. WHISK pancake mix, water and syrup in medium bowl. Stir in cheese, potatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook sausage patties as directed on package.

3. POUR 2 tablespoons batter on griddle, spreading batter to make a 3-inch circle or by using 3-inch pancake molds, coated with no-stick cooking spray. Repeat to make 7 more pancakes. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn. Cook second side 2 minutes.

For eggs:

1. MELT butter in large skillet. Add red pepper. Cook and stir about 1 minute. Whisk eggs and salt in small bowl. Pour into skillet with peppers. Cook slightly, then shape into four 3-inch circles about the same size as the pancakes and sausage.

2. PLACE one pancake on plate. Top with cooked sausage patty, egg and another pancake to make breakfast sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 3 more sandwiches.

*TIP: If using pre-made sausage patties, flatten slightly into 3-inch rounds, if necessary.

 

 

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Crust: 

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

1 3/4 cups Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Olive Oil

Filling:

3 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill weed or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese

1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion

4 ounces thinly sliced deli-styled baked ham, coarsely chopped

Fresh dill sprigs (optional)

For crust:

1. HEAT oven to 425°F. Coat 12-inch pizza pan with no-stick cooking spray. Combine pancake mix, Parmesan cheese, dry mustard and onion powder in medium bowl, stirring until blended. Stir in water and olive oil until dough forms.

2. PRESS dough onto bottom of prepared pan to form a crust, building up outside edge to form a rim. Bake 7 minutes.

For filling:

1. WHISK eggs, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill and salt in medium bowl. Stir in cheese and green onions. Pour over hot crust, spreading evenly. Toss ham to separate pieces. Sprinkle evenly over egg mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until egg mixture is set in center. Cool 5 minutes before cutting. Garnish with fresh dill, if desired.

 

 

Good Morning Granola

Good Morning Granola

Good Morning Granola

Yield: 5 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut (optional)

2 tablespoons wheat germ

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil

1/2 cup Hungry Jack Sugar Free Breakfast Syrup

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, golden raisins, cherries or cranberries

1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

2. COMBINE oats, almonds, coconut, wheat germ, salt and cinnamon in large bowl. Combine oil, syrup and brown sugar in another bowl. Pour over oat mixture. Toss until well coated. Spread evenly in 13 x 9-inch pan.

3. BAKE 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Cool completely. Stir in dried fruit. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

 

 

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Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Good Morning Granola

 

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Pack Your Easter Basket Full of Sweet Treats

EAS-Sweet-Treats(Family Features) Spring into action and surprise guests at your Easter gathering with eggcellent desserts and treats. From pastel-colored cakes to homemade kid-friendly candies, Wilton has simple ideas to brighten any holiday table and help you make delicious sweet treats that will have your guests hunting for more.

“Holiday get-togethers are the perfect time to try new recipes, have fun in the kitchen and showcase your baking skills,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Get the kids involved with candy molds and Easter-themed cupcake kits, or add an element of surprise with a festive cake that reveals its pastel perfection when sliced.”

Try these tips from Wilton to make your desserts hop off the table:

• Celebrate Spring Fashion: Play up seasonal pastel colors by using an ombre technique. Fade through shades of rose, aqua or mint to add personality and chic spring flare to your cake.

• Some ‘Bunny’ Special: Involve kids in the process; let them put their creativity to work by adding finishing touches like seasonal nonpareils, bunny with jelly bean icing decorations and sprinkles.

• Lollipop, Lollipop: Impress guests by creating your own candy lollipops with Wilton’s Easter Candy Making Kit Mega Pack. From Easter eggs to butterflies, there are fun and tasty shapes to tempt guests of all ages.

• Basketful of Fun: Display your Easter candies and sweets in spring floral themed baking cups, and send guests home with leftovers in bunny treat bags and boxes for a festive touch.

For more Easter recipe ideas, baking tips and inspiration, visit www.wilton.com.

 

Spring Ombre Layer Cake

4-1/2 cups sifted cake flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

2-1/4 cups granulated sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract

1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract

6 egg whites

1-1/3 cups milk

Rose Icing Color

Homemade Marshmallow Icing

Bunnies with Jelly Beans Icing Decorations

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 9 inch round pans with vegetable pan spray.

In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy; add extracts and beat well. Add egg whites, 2 at a time, mixing until well blended. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three additions alternately with milk, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl as needed.

Divide batter into 4 equal portions (about 1-2/3 cups batter each). Add a small amount of icing color to one portion of batter. Add increasing amounts of color to each additional portion of batter to create shades of increasingly darker rose. Fill pans with batter.

Bake 17-19 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack; remove and cool completely. Wash and dry pans completely. Bake remaining batter as directed above.

To decorate, stack layers on cake board or serving platter, filling between layers with marshmallow icing.  Spoon ice cake; press icing decorations around cake into icing.

 

Homemade Marshmallow Icing

3 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1/2 cup cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup light corn syrup

 

In large bowl, whip meringue powder and 1/2 cup cold water with electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes.

In medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1/3 cup water and corn syrup to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Stir constantly while sugar boils rapidly for 4 minutes. With mixer on high speed, slowly pour syrup down the side of the bowl into meringue, being careful not to let syrup hit the whip or meringue mixture. Continue beating on high speed for 4 minutes. Use immediately to fill and ice cake.

Makes about 16 servings.

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