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The Post travels to Traverse City 


The Post went on a wine tasting tour in Traverse City over Mother’s Day weekend. Judy Reed, of Cedar Springs, was treated to the weekend as a Mother’s Day present from her children, Rachel Hunt, Jessica Williams, and Steven Reed. The four visited several wineries on both the Old Mission Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsula, tasted all things cherry at Cherry Republic, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery surrounding Traverse City and the bay.

Thanks to the Reed family for taking us with you!

If you are going on a trip, take a Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us, along with some info about your trip. Be sure to include your contact info in case we have a question. Send your Post travels stories and photos to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Mother’s Day Tea this Sunday

Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host, at last year's Mother's Day Tea event.

Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host, at last year’s Mother’s Day Tea event.

Meet Catherine Berendt, host of “My West Michigan”

Animal Junction 4H Club invites everyone to the 4H Mother’s Day Tea this Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. Host of WZZM’s “My West Michigan” TV show, Catherine Berendt, is the special guest. Come on out to the Montcalm County Fairgrounds Ash Building, 8784 Peck Rd., Greenville, to meet Catherine and enjoy beverages and desserts, free admission.

From left to right: Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host; Cynthia Karafa/Animal Junction 4-H Administrative Leader; Karen Marsman/Executive Director Alpha Family Center, Greenville.

From left to right: Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host; Cynthia Karafa/Animal Junction 4-H Administrative Leader; Karen Marsman/Executive Director Alpha Family Center, Greenville.

Proceeds from the benefit will assist Alpha Family Center in Greenville and 4-H youth programs.

There will also be a Spring Hat Show, hosted by Animal Junction 4H Club. Hats made by 4H members will be modeled and auctioned off.

For more information contact Cynthia Karafa of Animal Junction 616-696-2604 or the Montcalm County MSU Extenstion Office at 989-831-7500.

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Tips to save on Mother’s Day flowers 


1. Buy early. Offers.com recommends placing your flower order on or before Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in order to take advantage of the early bird discounts many flower retailers are offering. You can find discounts as much as 30% off.

2. Choose a different delivery day. Instead of having your flowers delivered to your the special mother in your life on Mother’s Day, have them delivered the day or two before and hand deliver them in person. Not only will this save you a few bucks but you’ll be able to see the excitement of the recipients face when you hand them off.

3. Shop online. Don’t have the time to price check every local florist near you, or see if they can deliver in your area? Online retailers like 1800Flowers, FTD, and ProFlowers give you the chance to shop and compare bouquets, prices and a variety of different types of flowers.

4. Skip the vase. Many florists, both online and instore, will try and upcharge you the price of a vase to include in your flower delivery. Vases can cost as much as $20 or more and chances are good that you have a vase or spare mason jar lying around the house that will show off your floral arrangement just as good as the red heart vase they are trying to sell you.

5. Use a coupon. It may be more difficult to find a coupon or deal when shopping local, but if you’re shopping online coupons are plentiful. Score 20% off with an FTD coupon, a ProFlowers Coupon, or 25% off early Valentine’s Day orders from 1800Flowers.com.

6. Shop local. Local florists may have a different selection of flowers than what you can find online depending on their location. You can score a great deal on flowers that are considered to be in season in the region.

7. Skip roadside stands.  These stands seem to pop up out of thin air once the month of May hits our calendar. Avoid buying at these stands as their flowers are known to be of poorer quality and quick to die. “If the product is outside of a cold chamber, which is 32 to 36 degrees, they lose life for every minute they’re outside that cold,” says Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the Association of Floral Importers (AFIF).

8. Florist add ons. As with the vase, skip buying add ons like teddy bears, chocolates, or chocolate covered strawberries. The florist addons are often sub par to retailers who specialize in these types of things. Try out Shari’s Berries if you want to treat her to succulent berries dipped in high quality milk, white, and dark chocolate. There is even a coupon for those too!

9. Ask for replacements. You wouldn’t go to a deli and be satisfied with leaving with bad cuts of meat. If you are unsatisfied with the quality of the bouquet, or even a single flower within the arrangement, say something. It is your right as the consumer to be pleased with your purchase. If you don’t want a replacement, opt to ask for a discount.

10. Paper Bouquet.  Is your mother allergic to flowers, crafty or otherwise despises real flowers? Creating a custom paper bouquet for your mom is a great way to show that you put effort into your Mother’s Day gift. This is also a great way to get the kids involved in the gift.

11. Mix it up. Bouquets made from the same flower, in the same color, are seen as more traditional gifts and thus more popular. To pinch a few pennies, opt for a mixed bouquet of different flowers and different colors.

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You Can Be One Reason Mom Feels Loved

Make the day special.

Make the day special.

(NAPS)—From the big milestones to the everyday moments, chances are, you knew Mom would be there for you. So on her special day, you want to find exactly the right way to let her know how much she continues to inspire and encourage you.

A Beautiful Breakfast

To help, you can now start Mother’s Day morning with a wonderful gift from Wolferman’s specialty foods brand. The Mother’s Day Tote is filled with their famous English muffins, decadent pastries and Earl Grey tea, along with clover honey sticks to complete the luxurious breakfast gift. Afterward, the tote can be reused and act as a brilliant reminder of your thoughtfulness. For additional information, visit www.Wolfermans.com.

MOTH-You-can-be-one-reason2Clever Cookies

You can also sweeten her day with decadent gifts from Cheryl’s. The gourmet cookie brand’s Long Stemmed Cookie Flowers is a delicious bouquet of 12 long- stemmed, buttercream-frosted cutout cookies and hand-decorated crunchy sugar cookies. Delivered in a real florist box, this unique and memorable gift can really show you care. Available at www.Cheryls.com.

MOTH-You-can-be-one-reason3A Blooming Good Idea

The Mom’s Tea Party arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com serves up plenty as a two-in-one gift with a lovely selection of pastel roses, carnations and white daisies, beautifully hand designed inside a reusable floral teapot. For more details, visit www.1800flowers.com.

For this Mother’s Day, send her a breakfast to remember, something to satisfy her sweet tooth and a truly original arrangement that she’ll treasure. That can help her know she’s loved, not just on Mother’s Day but every day.

Learn More

For more gift ideas to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day, visit www.1800Flowers.com and www.Wolfermans.com.

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Top tips for a perfect Mother’s Day

Make Mother's Day special

Make Mother’s Day special

(BPT) – She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.

Plan a day together. Set aside all other plans and treat your mom to a day filled with her favorite people, places and things. Whether it’s a day spent indoors playing games or reminiscing, or grabbing the extended family and heading to her favorite park, lake or ocean for a picnic, simply sharing in these moments is sure to bring your mom joy and delight.

Host an afternoon tea. While breakfast in bed may have been your Mother’s Day tradition growing up, perhaps it’s time for something new. This year, treat mom to a relaxing and indulgent afternoon tea filled with delicious treats like these Lavender Buttermilk Scones.


8 ounces self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus extra for greasing

3 ounces lavender-flavored sugar, sifted if preferred (see Cook’s Tip below)

1 pint buttermilk, plus extra for brushing


Your choice of Bonne Maman Preserves


Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in the lavender sugar (sifted if preferred) and a pinch of salt and make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and mix to combine, making a soft dough.

Briefly knead the dough on a floured surface, then lightly roll out to about 3/4-inch thick. Cut scones with a 2-inch pastry cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.

Brush the top of each scone with a little extra buttermilk and bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned on the top. Cool on a wire rack, dust lightly with flour and serve with your favorite choice of Bonne Maman preserves.

Cook’s tips:

  • To make lavender-flavored sugar, push 2-3 small washed and dried sprigs of fresh lavender into a jar of caster sugar. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.
  • Brushing the scones with beaten egg before baking will give them a shiny golden top.

Give Mom a well deserved day off. Even after a perfect day spent with loved ones, sometimes all mom really wants is a day to herself doing whatever she pleases. While you may not be able to give her just that, Bonne Maman, maker of 100 percent natural preserves and jellies, is here to help through the Share The Love national sweepstakes. Mom can enter for a chance to win a $4,500 day off to spend doing whatever she’d like, plus she can download a $2 off coupon for her next Bonne Maman purchase. For more information and to enter, visit www.BonneMaman.us.

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Mother’s Day Tea and Silent Auction

The Tri County Jr. Eagles #4467 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Sand Lake, Michigan are hosting a Mother’s Day Tea and Silent Auction on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sand Lake VFW.

This is a fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan.

At the current time there are approximately 15 children in our community and neighboring communities on their waiting list to grant these children, who have life threatening illnesses, wishes. The funds raised at this event will help assist in granting these children their wishes.

Our goal is to raise $2,000.00. At this time the Jr. Eagles have raised over $650 towards this goal.

The event will include a guest speaker from the Make A Wish organizaiton, lunch, door prizes, flowers for all the mothers who attend, entertainment, and the silent auction.

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by helping these chidren in making their wishes come true.

If you would like more information to help sponsor this event or to purchase tickets for this event (tickets are $5.00 each), contact Lynn Rapson at 616-240-3871.

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Creative Mother’s Day Crafts

MOTH-Mothers-day-blackboard-pots(Family Features) For Mother’s Day, celebrate the nurturing nature of mom with a specially painted flower pot that holds her favorite herbs or flowers.

The Chalkboard Herb Pot and Mommy’s Favorite Flower Pot projects from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores don’t require any special skills, so anyone can make a customized gift for mom, grandma, or any other special mom in their life.

Tips for Using Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint comes in classic black, but also comes in other colors as well.

Make sure it’s completely dry before trying to write on it.

Some chalkboard paints require you to condition the paint with chalk before using it. Read label instructions carefully.

Tips for Decorating 

Using spray paint and hot glue guns may require adult supervision.

Give the kids creative control – it may not turn out perfectly neat, but it will be perfect for mom.

Not sure what to paint on the flower pot? Let the kids dip a hand or foot into the paint and put prints onto the pot. Or, cut fun shapes out of sponges or potatoes and let them stamp around the pot.

You can find more ideas, project guides and supplies at www.joann.com.

Chalkboard Herb Pot

No experience necessary

Crafting Time: 3 to 5 hours

Supplies and Tools:

1 Ceramo red clay flower pot

Saucer to match pot, if desired

Blackboard spray paint

White paint pen or chalk

Ribbon – width to match the size of the pot rim

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Potting soil

Plant of your choice


1. Wipe pot and saucer clean to remove all dust.
2. Spray pot and saucer with chalkboard spray paint – no need to paint the interior of the pot if using for planting.
3. Allow paint to fully dry – approximately 3 to 4 hours.
4. Attach ribbon around rim of pot using hot glue.
5. Fill the pot with a potting soil mix.
6. Transplant your favorite herbs or flowers into the pot.
7. Write the name of the herb or flower on the outside of the pot using paint pen for a permanent finish or chalk for changeable finish.


MOTH-Mommys-favorite-flower-potMommy’s Favorite Flower Pot

Crafting Time: 3 to 5 hours

Skill Level: No experience necessary


Supplies and Tools:

1 Ceramo red clay flower pot

Gesso spray paint

Non-toxic poster paint

Small paintbrush

Spray fixative

Potting soil

Plant of your choice


1. Wipe pot clean – remove all dust.
2. Spray pot with gesso spray paint – no need to paint the interior of the pot if using for planting.
3. Allow paint to fully dry – approximately 3 to 4 hours.
4. Paint the rim of the pot with the poster paint color of choice using paintbrush.
5. Allow rim to dry to the touch.
6. Decorate the body of the pot with poster paints.
7. Allow pot to fully dry.
8. Spray decorated area of the pot with a coat of fixative.
9. Fill the pot with a potting soil mix.
10. Transplant your favorite herbs or flowers into the pot.

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Joan C. Reed

August 7, 1931—May 13, 2004


Happy Mother’s Day!

We love and miss you mom!


Love your family

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Finding the right Mother’s Day gift

With a little thought and foresight, you can get your mother a gift she’ll treasure for years. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Getty Images

(StatePoint) No two moms are alike. Whatever her interests, finding a gift that fits mom just right shows you’ve put thought into it, rather than simply choosing something off the shelf.
This Mother’s Day, why not thank Mom for everything she does, with a gift that celebrates her one-of-a-kind personality?
“Most moms don’t pamper themselves a lot, so customizing a gift that speaks to her hobbies and personal style will feel like a real indulgence,” says Amy Myers, vice president of creative services for Things Remembered.
Here are some ideas to help you find the perfect gift:
*Mom that Needs Me Time: When Mom needs to recharge her batteries between play dates and grocery trips, she’ll appreciate a gift that helps her unwind. A gift certificate to her favorite place to relax—a spa, coffee shop or even a bookstore—can be just want she wanted. Or you can hire a cleaning service and babysitter for the day.
*Techie Mom: Maybe she has her own blog, or she’s always first in line to buy the latest tech gadget. If so, look for techie gifts with a personal touch. Nameplates are now available on everything from iPad cases to laptops. And by adding a simple engraving, like “Chief Executive Mother,” you can make the gift more meaningful.
Alternatively, you can look for portable gifts that make her life easier. For example, Things Remembered offers a USB photo keychain that lets Mom keep her loved ones—and her work—with her at all times.
*Matriarch Moms: Proud moms and grandmas love to brag about their families. Between smart phones and computers, photo sharing has never been easier. Grandmothers, however, are often left out in this digital age. Consider researching the family genealogy online and create a family tree. Or you can give a traditional gift a twist by engraving a personalized message on a picture frame or photo album. Some retailers even offer multiple birthstone jewelry as a way to cherish each child.
*On-The-Go Mom: After having kids, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day. For the mom who makes the most out of every second, opt for a practical and portable gift. Tote bags make a stylish gift and are great for pool days or shopping trips, especially when monogrammed with her initials.
Or, to help mom freshen up on the way to her next event, consider getting her a perfume atomizer and matching compact. When engraved with a special message, her one-minute makeover will remind her how beautiful and loved she is.
For more personalized gift ideas, visit www.ThingsRemembered.com.

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Mother son movie night and Wee Hawks basketball

Two programs put on by Cedar Springs Parks and Rec are underway in the next week.
The Wee Hawks Basketball Program begins this Saturday, April 30, from 9-10:30 am at the Cedar View Elementary Gym and runs four weeks. Cedar Springs High School basketball coaches work with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade to help them get a good fundamental start at the game. They will work on some basic ball handling skills and drills, dribbling and work on making a few shots. The program is held at Cedar View Elementary gymnasium and there are special baskets put up so that the youth do not have to shoot as high to get their two points. The participants will receive a basketball at the end of the camp that will allow them to keep practicing on their newfound talent over the summer. Registration forms can be found online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at the CS Public Schools District Office.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, there will be a mother-son movie night at the Cedar Springs Middle School on May 6, from 6-9 p.m. The event features the movie “Megamind,” while enjoying pizza and popcorn. It also includes fun activities that give the boys a chance to make a meaningful gift and card for the holiday, and a chance to go into the gym and play together or sit in the cafeteria and have a few moments away from television and distractions of home to play a game together. The night is filled with opportunities for the boys to play with their friends and spend time with their mothers. Tickets are on sale now during normal daytime office hours at Hilltop and Monday-Wednesday evenings at the Middle School from 6-9pm. Tickets in advance are $12 for two people, or $15 for three or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional fee, $15 for two people, or $20 for three or more.

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A Mother’s Day Sunrise Surprise

It’s true – the kitchen is the heart of the home. Ever notice how people always gather there? Whether baking treats, making dinner or spending time with family and friends, the kitchen is my favorite place to be. Since my day job is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens, you can bet I love to stir things up. This column lets me pass along to you some of my best recipes, tips and baking secrets.

(Family Features)
Start Mother’s Day off right with a beautiful breakfast in bed. A pretty tray set with some of the good dishes and real linens, a fresh flower, and some delicious food will put a smile on mom’s face that will last all day.

Golden Sunrise French Toast is made extra special with evaporated milk and a splash of vanilla extract. Make sure you use firm bread so the toast doesn’t end up soggy.

If she loves eggs, making Scrambled Eggs with a little evaporated milk gives them such a creamy texture that she’ll want to eat them this way all the time. Add one tablespoon of evaporated milk for each egg used.

Pour her a Mock Mimosa by mixing sparkling lime juice or ginger ale to orange juice. Garnish with a fresh strawberry on the rim of the glass.

For more delicious ways to surprise mom on her special day, visit www.TheCookingMilk.com.

Photo courtesy of Nestle

Golden Sunrise French Toast

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Makes 4 to 5 servings

2     large eggs
1    can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
2     teaspoons vanilla extract
2    tablespoons granulated sugar
1    tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/4     teaspoon salt
8 to 10 slices (3/4-inch-thick) firm, day-old French bread
Unsalted butter
Maple syrup
Fresh seasonal berries or sliced fruit

HEAT large skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
BEAT eggs in shallow pan or large pie plate; whisk in evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Whisk in sugar, flour and salt. Add several slices of bread; soak without over saturating.

SWIRL 1 tablespoon butter in hot skillet. Remove bread from batter, allowing excess batter to drip off; transfer prepared bread to skillet in single layer. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn over; cook for an additional 2 minutes or until golden. Serve immediately with syrup and berries. Continue with remaining bread slices, adding 1 tablespoon butter to skillet for each new batch.

Nutrition Information per serving: 450 calories; 120 calories from fat; 14g total fat; 7g saturated fat;  0g trans fat; 140mg cholesterol; 680mg sodium; 67g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 28g sugars; 15g protein; 15% DV vitamin A; 6% DV vitamin C; 30% DV calcium; 15% DV iron

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

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