Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How To Make An Easter Bunny Cake

Okay, I’ll admit—I’m not crafty. My cakes don’t typically look like ones you’d find in a nice bakery. So I was excited years ago when I learned how to make this Easter bunny cake. Whether or not your Easter celebration includes non-religious items such as Easter eggs, bunny cakes, or jelly beans, this is a great family dessert your kids will love. Mine were always greatly impressed with the Easter bunny cake, no matter how it turned out. Even more convenient is that you probably have ingredients in your pantry and fridge to make even a basic one like I made back in 2004 (pictured on the left). If you want to create something fancier, google “Easter bunny cakes” and scroll through all the elaborate cakes people have decorated for more ideas.

Yellow or white cake mix and ingredients to make it.
White icing (buttercream works best)
Food coloring
Jelly beans
Small tubes of colored icing for decorating
Cut cake layer into three parts
for bunny's ears
and bowtie

Mix and bake cake in two nine-inch round cake pans. After the cakes have cooled, remove from pans. Leave one whole for the bunny’s face. The second one, use the edge of your knife and sketch the two ears and bowtie. Once you’re sure of the spacing, cut the cake into the appropriate pieces.

Use a cookie sheet or something similar in size for the base of the cake. You can make a base with a piece of sturdy cardboard and aluminum foil, as well. Arrange the bunny to your satisfaction on the base. Frost with a white icing of your choice and then sprinkle coconut over cake. Save some coconut for accenting.

Separate extra coconut into bowls, add food coloring, and toss to blend. Use this for the interior of the ears and bowtie. Use jelly beans for the eyes, nose, and to line the bowtie. Use colored icing tubes to draw whiskers and a mouth. If your family does not like coconut, save some of the icing and mix that with red food coloring to line the bunny’s ears.  

The neat thing about this cake is you really can’t mess it up. As long as the bunny has eyes, a nose, and a mouth, your kids will recognize it and be impressed. The adults will enjoy eating it after Easter dinner with a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Have a blessed Easter,

Laura Hodges Poole is a freelance writer with dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories in publication. Her novella, "A Christmas Chance," and devotional, "While I'm Waiting," are available on Amazon. She is a 2014 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist and a 2012 RWA Emily finalist in Christian fiction. Laura is also a non-fiction ghostwriter/collaborator. Her passion is encouraging others in their Christian walk through her blog, "A Word of Encouragement."

Twitter @ Laura_Poole

“Bible and the Heavens” image courtesy of Gualberto107/

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Books Go To War

In 1940, the U.S. began to mobilize large numbers of armed forces. Officials knew from their experience during WWI that a good way to improve morale was to make reading material, especially books, available to the troops. With assistance from librarians around the country, the military initiated the National Defense Book Campaign. (Eventually renamed the Victory Book Campaign).

The good news? There was an overwhelming response. Thousands upon thousands of books were brought to collection centers. Thousands of people banded together to plan, publicize, sort, store and distribute the books. Financial support also poured in.

The bad news? The quantity of the donated materials outweighed the quality. Nearly half of the more than ten million books contributed were discarded as unacceptable because of poor, unreadable condition or inappropriate subject matter.

Other drawbacks to the Victory Book Campaign included inefficiencies in the process, the slowing down of donations, and the weight and size of the books that made them expensive to ship and heavy for the men to carry. In late 1942, the Army’s Special Services Division stepped in to remedy the situation by working in partnership with the Council on Books in Wartime, a non-governmental, non-profit organization comprised of booksellers, publishers, librarians, authors and others. The Council was formed to contribute “to the war effort of the United Peoples” and viewed books as “weapons in the war of ideas.”

During the spring of 1943, the Council launched the effort for which it would become best known, the Armed Services Edition. These small books were specifically produced to fit into a cargo pocket of a uniform making them convenient for soldiers.

ASEs were incredibly popular and included fiction (contemporary and classics) and nonfiction (biographies, religious, science and self-help) titles. They were shared, re-read and ripped into sections so they could accommodate two or more readers at the same time. Two of the more sought after titles were Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Rosemary Taylor’s Chicken Every Sunday. Years later, many soldiers said that ASES were the first books they had picked up since high school. Others indicated the ASEs gave them the confidence to enter college after the war.

By the time the program ended in 1947, it had printed 122,951,031 copies of 1,322 books-more than ten times the number of books destroyed by the Nazis.

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win Anita Higman's A Question of Destiny. 

A freelance writer for over ten years, Linda Matchett also writes historical fiction. She is currently seeking a publisher for her series about war correspondent Ruth Brown. Visit her at



Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Windup: Giveaway, Winners, and more!

Congratulations to Deanne (Artist Librarian) who was the winner of Saturday's surprise ebook giveaway of All the Right Ingredients by Nancy Bolton!

If you are a winner, please contact us here with your address to claim your prize. 

Congratulations to Stitches Author, Shirley Raye Redmond who's novel Prudence Pursued was the 1st place winner of the Judge a Book By Its Cover award in the Inspirational Category!


Leave a comment congratulating Shirley Raye, and we'll open the Stitches Thru Time prize vault for one random commenter to win a MYSTERY giveaway!

This Week's Giveaway is:

Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars.
Multi-millionaire, Ian Chalmers, has decided to give a portion of his wealth to Lucy because of her courageous and self-sacrificing lifestyle. With these sudden riches, Lucy is given a chance to rise above her meagre income and enter a whirling and glittering world of comfort and privilege. Since Ian is concerned that Lucy may struggle with this unexpected change in fortune, he hires his assistant—the solitary and stony Andrew Whitfield—to watch over Lucy as she adapts to her new way of life.
Will this windfall be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within Houston’s high society and choose to be a nobler version of herself? And will Andrew Whitfield cause her to close the door on her dreams, or is he the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

This giveaway runs through April 5th. Comment on any post between now and then to enter, and remember, the more comments you make, the more entries you earn!

    Winners will be announced in the Weekly Wind-up.

Coming Up This Week:

Monday: Devotion: Two are Better Than One, by Jodie Wolfe
Tuesday: Books Go to War, by Linda Matchett
Wednesday: Laura Hodges Poole Shares a Recipe
Thursday: Book Review-Son of Truth, by Linda Yezak
Friday: Guest Post by Cathy Elliott
Saturday: Carole Brown Interviews Dawn Crandall

We look forward to hanging out with you this week!

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