Here are five cake recipes to choose from that will be a hit on Easter Sunday! Growing up we always had cake for Easter dessert. Sometimes it was a layer cake and other times it was a bunny cake.
1) Easter Bunny Cake
This is a favorite of mine and is easy to make. It is definitely a topic of conversation at the dinner table. It also makes a great centerpiece!
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2) Easy-to-make Bunny Cake!
Two layer cake rounds and a little cutting and shaping will make a Bunny Cake in no time!
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3) Easter Egg Layered Cake
This is such a pretty cake and is easy to make. Kids love the various colors of the layers and Mom’s love the simple, easy recipe.
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4) Peeps® Easter Garden Cake
What a fun cake for all ages…bunnies in the garden!
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5) Tiramisu Layer Cake
If you want a more traditional cake dessert, this easy version of the wonderful Tiramisu is a perfect choice for Easter dinner.
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Enjoy Making and Eating these Cakes for Easter!
Healthier Banana Bread
Now, doesn’t this banana bread look scrumptious? And, the recipe has been modified to make it healthier.
The amount of sugar has been reduced and applesauce has been used to replace some of the oil. Personally, I would use coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil. It is healthier!
You can use coconut sugar in place of some of the brown sugar.
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It’s time to decorate your front door for spring and the upcoming Easter celebrations with this easy, creative umbrella door decoration.
By using spring colors and items associated with springtime, you will have a great addition to your front door.
* A bouquet of pink tulips, along with greenery and dyed eggshells filled with daffodils. They are tucked neatly into an umbrella for a unique Easter door decoration.
* To make, tie a pretty pink ribbon halfway up a closed umbrella to create a makeshift vase for your arrangement.
* Create pockets between front ribs and tuck in tissue paper to support a crafts-store bird’s nest. Use blown-out dyed Easter eggs, fresh flowers, and greenery such as ferns and moss.
* When you’re finished, wire the arrangement to a hook to hang on your front door.
* You now have a door umbrella decoration that is just right for spring and Easter!
To keep flowers fresh, put the stems in water vials or heavy plastic bags filled with floral foam powder which is available at floral supply stores.
With the recent State of Emergency declaration to combat COVID-19’s spread in Colorado, we are dedicating our outreach to support the health, safety and economic prosperity of small businesses across the State. The State of Emergency declaration is an important step to access key resources to protect Coloradans and our economy.
Our commitment is to share the most timely information, processes and resources available.
The first phase of the State’s response must be containment and that includes information sharing, preventative actions and resources to help.
What you should know:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the State’s multi-agency crisis response. We encourage you and all of your partners to stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information through CDPHE’s website: colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus and the Center for Disease Control .
Additional sources of information:
To limit virus transmission, meetings should be conducted via telephone or video conferences whenever possible.
Telecommuting: Where viable, the role of telecommuting should be discussed as a tool to maintain business continuity.
To best protect public health, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is recommending that Coloradans follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released today (March 16, 2020). The guidance states that the CDC “recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus:
Please note that although there is a “How To Apply” button on the SBA link, it may not be activated yet for this situation, because the disaster declaration process isn’t completed yet. Again, we will communicate better information when available.
From our experience with the 2013 Northern Colorado flood, we do recommend you gather key financial documents, if you think you might need to apply for a loan:
· Last three years of federal tax returns for your business.
· Last three years of personal federal tax returns.
· A Personal Financial Statement.
· Articles of Incorporation.
· A Business Plan with Financial Projections might be helpful, but probably not required.
We are here to support our local businesses and entrepreneurs during these very challenging times. We will do our best to communicate useful business resources, and provide support, to mitigate the impacts of this health situation.
SBDC Centers Operation:
As there continues to be new restrictions and recommendations on travel, conferences, work from home policies, and social distancing in order to minimize the spread of the virus, we at the SBDC will continue to embrace these recommendations to help keep our clients, staff, and community healthy. As such, many face to face client meetings may be moved to a phone call or video chat, and trainings will move to online webinar formats.
The Colorado SBDC has compiled the appropriate resources for your business on our Disaster Preparedness and Continuity Page. We will continue to provide updates as they come in.
Today, the President of the United States declared a health emergency. The text from the White House press release is as follows:
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare that the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States constitutes a national emergency. This declaration invokes section 1135 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320b–5, to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to exercise the authority under that section to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the public health emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
I am enclosing a copy of the proclamation I have issued.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 13, 2020.
Now... what does that mean to us Over 50? Well, it means more resources from local, state and federal sources are on the way. Check out these points of resources for more information. There will be more information coming out when the federal declaration is reviewed by state and local health officials.
Reliable sources of information
What you should know
Video: COVID-19 Tips from Public Health
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Market fluctuations are enough to give anyone the jitters. But that doesn’t mean market volatility should be a reason to panic. Here are 5 tips to help you from
1. Keep your long-term plan in mind
Review your investment strategy to ensure it’s aligned with your long-term goals, and then stay the course.
2. Consider consulting with a professional before reacting
The value of your investment will fluctuate over time. When the market falls, any losses in your portfolio are only realized if you sell your holdings.
3. Consider buying when the market is down
Think of it as a sale with prices discounted from the recent market peak. Yes, prices always could fall further, but if you’re invested for the long haul, you may want to consider if this is a good time to add to your investment portfolio.
4. Seek out guidance
If you’re not sleeping at night, or your risk tolerance has changed, it’s a good time to talk with your financial professional.
5. Diversify Your Stocks and Bonds
Stocks and bonds seldom move in step with each other, so losses in one asset class may be offset by gains (or less-severe losses) in the other.
For additional information, download this free e-book “Market Volatility: 4 Ways to Protect Your Money.”
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Are you looking for last minute St. Patrick’s Day food ideas? Well, we have just what you need.
These are easy to make and will be enjoyed by young and old alike!
Olives, blueberries, green grapes, pineapple, orange slices, strawberries, small marshmallows and gold foil wrapped candy.
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Green Frosting and Gold Foil Wrapped Coins
This is an easy way to make any cupcakes into St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Chocolate and white cake mixes or recipes work well with the green frosting.
Shamrock Smoothie w/ Gold Coins
Cut up bananas for the “gold coins” or use gold foil wrapped coins for accents!
St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – Make it a Fun and Memorable Irish Day!
Design Your life – Healthy living for Grandparents
Looking into the mirror at your grayed out hair and wrinkled skin, you probably reminisce about those blissful moments when you held your bundle of joy in your arms for the first time. Now, a couple of decades later, your bundle(s) of joy have flown the nest and you are back to thinking about what makes your life worth living. It is just a matter of time before you receive an answer to that question.
Grandkids not only let you relive your life’s greatest moments but also make it much more fun to do so! Somehow looking after grandchildren is a lot more enjoyable and much less demanding affair. But to keep pace with those young and energetic hearts and to maximize your fun quotient, it is necessary to build up your strength and sustain it. Healthy living is not a fad that is meant for the younger generation.
As archaic as it sounds, life definitely starts after 40 and it is in your hands to make it worthwhile. Here are a few pointers for you to become the healthiest and the most involved grandparents ever.
Keep close tabs on your health
The best way to keep your body healthy is to know what you are up against. Keep close tabs on your health by drafting regular check-up plans and sticking to it diligently. Getting screened for ailments that are common after the 50 age mark, everything from diabetes to heart, kidney ailments and cancer, should be in your top priority list every few months. Identifying your problems on time helps greatly with the treatment and its success.
Watch what you put into your mouth
Age transforms the way you and your body look at food. From changes in metabolism to modifications in taste buds, you need to adapt your lifestyle to suit your body and its demands. While minimizing sodium and sugar intake, it is necessary to maximize intake of fruits, vegetables, fibers, lean protein etc, Ensure that you always stay hydrated with water and other fluids. Cooking and eating need not be a lonely affair. Socialize and get more involved with people around you to make it more interesting.
Bring in that zing
Age is all the more reason to stay lively and active. Add some physical and mental activity into your daily routine. Take an hour of your time to invigorate your body through simple workouts like walking, jogging, yoga and fight your heart and bone ailments much more effectively. It is best to consult your physician and health advisor before starting any physical activity. As you age your mental acumen declines and that is not a secret but there are ways to reduce its effect. From books, simple puzzles, crosswords and small games to hobbies that motivate you, spare some time to bring back the zing in your routine.
Get some shut-eye
Sleep issues like insomnia are some of the major causes of physical ailments in older people. Though your sleep patterns might undergo changes as you age, simple practices like transforming your bedroom to look and feel more dark and comfortable, changing your bedtime, taking a bath before bed, avoiding television etc, can significantly boost the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
You are the one person in this world to know what brings you happiness. Be it long forgotten hobbies or contributing for worthy causes or participating in community development programs, be it socializing and finding new friends and connecting with your family or bonding with pets, pick your source of joy and work on it to peel away any discontent and depression from your life.
By choosing to be healthy and happy you are transforming yourself into fantastic role models for your grandkids to follow. As much as grandchildren would like to hear stories from you, you should remember that the greatest story that you share with them will be that of your life.
For More: Healthy Living Tips for Grandparents
A Neat & Tidy Post: A Less-Cluttered Bedroom
Healthy Living for Grandparents – A Must to Age Well and Enjoy Life!
Tiramisu Layer Cake
Italian dessert recipes aren’t that hard to make and especially this one.
This is an easy version of the wonderful Tiramisu that is a favorite dessert for many.
Using a box cake mix as a base makes it a real time saver and you still get the fancy taste without all the work!
Let us know how you like this yummy Italian dessert!
Yield: 1 – 3 layer 9 inch cake
Enjoy this Delicious Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe!
Colorado Springs Over 50
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