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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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Easter care packages for the troops


Don’t let our troops be forgotten! With Easter on its way, we must remind our troops in Afghanistan that we still remember why they are there and everything they are doing for our nation!

As you plan your Easter egg hunts and Easter brunch feasts with your families, American troops are thousands of miles away from their loved ones and fighting for our country.  Every year our troops fighting the War on Terror spend the holidays in Afghanistan, fighting to keep America safe. They are going to be missing their families on Easter Sunday, March 31!

Just think of all your family’s beloved Easter traditions: boiling and coloring Easter eggs, going to church together on Easter Sunday and coming home to enjoy a special Easter feast with dear family and friends, putting on Easter egg hunts and giving baskets full of candy to the kids. Our troops will be missing all of that.

To help our troops this important Easter holiday we’ve made Easter Care Packages for the Troops available for you to sponsor. Give our troops some much-deserved support and offer a message of gratitude.

Your personal message will be sent in a care package packed by our volunteers and sent along with a box full of goodies including special Easter treats. The Easter Holiday is coming up quickly, so get your orders in now!

Soldier Registration is easy. If you have the address of someone on active military duty, such as a spouse, child or sibling, you can click here for our Soldier Sign Up to register each one with the program, or copy this link: www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/

Email it to them so they can register themselves. Once registered, they will be eligible to receive a package and messages of support from caring fellow Americans.

You can donate for a care package at moveamericaforward.org.

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Easter services 2013

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 – We shall overcome

March 29: You are invited to join together in worship with The Church of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service titled “We shall overcome,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. Nursery is provided for children ages 3 and under, and kids church will be provided for ages 4 years through 4th grade. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.


The Springs

135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs

March 29: Community Good Friday Service 7 p.m.

March 31: Easter Worship Celebration, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

Are you burned out striving for the good life? Jesus offers more than just the good life. He came so that we can have the better life. In this series starting on Easter Sunday, Pastor Barry will teach about the better life that Jesus offers—a life filled with meaning, freed by grace, and full of energy. Please join us as we live life to the fullest this Easter at The Springs! Kids up to 6th grade will have a rockin’ good time in kids church, with lots of fun-filled activities. Nursery available for ages 0 to 3. For more information visit our website at www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970.


Solon Center Wesleyan

15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs

March 30: Easter Egg-Stravaganza  (for kids up to 10 yrs.) 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 31:  Please join us for our Resurrection Celebration Service at 11 a.m.


Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 

140 South Main St., Cedar Springs

March 28: Holy Thursday potluck meal at 6:00 p.m. and worship at 7:00 p.m. March 29: Prayer stations in our sanctuary from noon to 6 p.m. Community Good Friday worship at 7 p.m. at The Springs Church.

March 30: Holy Saturday Prayer stations in our sanctuary from noon to 7 p.m.

March 31: Easter Sunday Worship on our front lawn at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast served in fellowship hall 8-8:45 a.m. (free will donation). Worship service at 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.


Calvary Assembly of God 

810 17 Mile, Cedar Springs


March 31: We will be presenting a free Easter breakfast drama called “Conspiracy!” at 9am and 11am. Tickets are free, but should be reserved ahead of time.


Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

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

March 28: Maundy Thursday 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

March 30: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 31: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.


First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

March 29: Good Friday Service  6:30 p.m.

March 31: Easter Sonrise Service 8:30 a.m. Easter breakfast following service. Easter Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.


Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

March 31: Sunrise service – 8:30 a.m. with Easter breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Resurrection Service – 10:30


Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Drive, Belmont


March 28: Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. The Last Supper and stripping of the altar

March 29: Good Friday 7:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross

March 30: Holy Saturday 7:00 pm – Easter Vigil and lighting the new fire

March 31: Easter Sunday 8:30 am – Breakfast, Easter Eucharist 10:00 am


North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta

March 31: Easter Sunrise Breakfast at 9 a.m.

Easter Service 10 a.m. “The Resurrection Power – in us!”

Questions? Call Pastor Craig Carter 616.550.6398.


Resurrection Lutheran

180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake

March 29: Good Friday service 7 p.m.

March 31: Easter breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Easter Sunday worship service 9:30 a.m.


Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3110 17 Mile, Cedar Springs (1 block west of US131)

March 28: Thursday, at 7 p.m. A showing of the “Passion of the Christ” movie.

March 31: Easter Breakfast at 9-10:15 a.m. Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.


Sand Lake and South Ensley United Methodist Churches

Sand Lake UMC, 65 W. Maple, Sand Lake

South Ensley UMC, 13600 Cypress, Ensley Township

March 28: Maundy (Holy) Thursday 6:30 p.m. at South Ensley

March 29: Good Friday 7:00 p.m. at Sand Lake

March 31: Easter Sonrise 8:00 a.m. at Sand Lake. Those who are able will gather in the fellowship hall to begin the service. Breakfast to follow service.

Easter Sunday service 11:00am at South Ensley

April 7: Don’t forget Holy Humor Sunday!

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