Guest Post: How to Make an Easter Resurrection Cake

Editor’s Note: This yummy-looking guest-recipe from Alvina Lopez is a re-publish from a couple years ago. At the time, I didn’t get the recipe published in time for Easter so I am re-posting it today, several days before Easter for those who missed it. 🙂

Easter is this Sunday, and what better way to help celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ then by preparing a resurrection cake in His honor? This delicious cake, which is appropriately in the shape of a cross, is fairly easily to make. If you’re pressed for time, substitute the homemade cake batter and frosting we have listed below for a box cake mix and store bought icing. If you don’t have steady hands, you may also opt to use a cross cake mold instead.

You will need: 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan, toothpicks, spatula, electric mixer, 2 mixing bowls, and food coloring: red, yellow, blue and orange.

Cake Batter Ingredients:

• 1 cup butter
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 4 cups sifted cake flour
• 4 tsp baking powder
• 1 1/3 cups milk

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until it is softened. Slowly add in sugar, and continue to beat until creamy mixture develops. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the vanilla extract and salt, continuing to beat the mixture. Mix-in flour and baking powder. Add milk. Continuing beating until the batter is creamy. Immediately pour batter into your greased baking pan. Spread evenly to edges. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for about 5 to 10 minutes before turning it over onto a rack to cool completely. Once cooled, cut the cake into a cross shape: cut out 3 inch squares from the top two corners of the cake, and then cut out 6 x 2 inch squares from the bottom corners of the cake.

Butter Cream Frosting Ingredients:

• 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 cup butter
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp whipping cream

Directions: In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter together on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and whipping cream, continuing to beat on medium for an additional one minute. Add one drop of each food coloring and stir. Frosting should now be brown.

Frost the cake with a crumb coat first—This is a thin layer of frosting that helps capture loose cake crumbs. Then frost the cake in its entirety. Using a tooth pick (or fork), make vertical lines in the frosting to mimic grain lines—this will make the cake look like it’s made of real wood.

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Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.

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Guest Post: How to Encourage Your Husband to be the Leader of the Family

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from freelance writer, Debra Johnson.

There has been a shift in the mindset of women over the years that have begun to steadily push the wife to step into a position of authority. As women strive to gain independence and a strong sense of self, they have also begun to allow this mindset to overtake the husband’s position as the leader of the household. However as wives we are called to submit to our husbands and to lift them up as the leaders of our homes and families, and we need to channel that strength and independence to help our husbands take their rightful place.

1.      Let go of the need to control – Women instinctively want to control everything, from situations to people. In our effort to be successful we try to bend people into becoming who we want them to be. However to let our husbands walk into their rightful role as leader we have to let go of the need to control them and let them step up to the plate.

2.      Be mindful of when constructive criticism turns into full blow life-critiquing – We need to be supportive of our husbands if we want them to lead our families. This means we need to be willing to give our opinion and to give constructive criticism to help figure out problems, but we have to reign in the desire to fall into all-out criticizing. Criticism is a slippery slope because once you start it can be hard to stop criticizing even the smallest and most trivial of things. There is a big difference between constructive criticism and being overly criticizing.

3.      Tell him what you need and then step back – While it’s true that our husbands need to fulfill our needs, they weren’t born knowing everything. You can’t be afraid to open up and explain your needs to them, but you have to be willing to step back and let them fulfill them once you’ve told them what they are. Nagging them constantly will only put up walls in your relationship and cause them to instinctively take a step back instead of taking a step forward.

4.      Don’t be afraid to submit – The Bible clearly tells women that they need to submit to their husbands, however this is something that many women really struggle with. Let your husband be the decision maker so that he can fulfill his rightful role in the home. If you are constantly second-guessing his decisions or questioning his authority you will never find balance.

5.      Turn to God for fulfillment – A lot of finding peace in allowing your husband to be the leader of the household rests in you having a fulfilling relationship with God. You have to be willing to rely on God fully to fulfill all of your needs before you will be able to submit to your husband and help him be the leader he is supposed to be. Make time every day for cultivating a relationship with God.

In theory, submitting to your husband so that he can be the leader of the household sounds like it should be easy. However it can be hard to relinquish our need to control and our impulse to nag and it requires a lot of strength on our part and a solid relationship with God to step back and let our husbands step up. The power of prayer is an amazing thing, so pray about it and pray for your husband.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger, editor & a knowledge gainer of  being full time nanny.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.

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How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet

In my Ten Ideas for Hostess Gifts post a while ago, I mentioned that a great gift would be to make a spiritual bouquet. A spiritual bouquet is very easy and fun to make. You can make a spiritual bouquet for lots of occasions besides hostess gifts, such as birthdays, get well, holidays, feast days or for no occasion at all. 🙂  The effort and thought that goes into creating a spiritual bouquet is always appreciated by the recipient!

What is a spiritual bouquet?

A spiritual bouquet is nothing more than a card with a list of prayers and/or spiritual devotions that were (or will be) offered for a particular person. You can – if pressed for time – buy a ready-made card and just list the prayers you will pray (or have prayed). But, usually, the card for a spiritual bouquet is hand-made. The card can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

To illustrate how to make a spiritual bouquet, here’s a simple one that Andrew (with a bit of help from mama) made recently for a friend’s mother who was in the hospital:

First you need supplies, such as stickers, glue, pens, crayons, straight edge, etc.

Spiritual bouquet supplies

You also need card stock (Andrew insisted on using orange!), heavy construction paper or even poster board.

Spiritual bouquet card stock

Decorate the front of the card as you see fit. Be creative! Andrew just wanted flowers on the front of this card:

Spiritual bouquet front sample

Decorate the inside of the card, write a message and include a list of the prayers, devotions or alms that will be (or have been) offered up.

Spiritual bouquet inside

You don’t have to decorate the back of the card unless you want to. Andrew insisted that I show off the prayer card he glued and the pictures he drew in the back. (That stack of circles is supposed to be a layer cake, NOT a bug – like I thought it was!)

Spiritual Bouquet back

If you don’t want to make a card, you can make a spiritual bouquet collage by cutting out or printing out pictures, holy cards or scripture verses and gluing them to poster board. With a little creativity, you can make a spiritual bouquet anyway you wish!

You can even get several people involved in making a spiritual bouquet for someone, as well. A while ago, an expecting mom from a mother’s group I used to belong to miscarried. One of the other moms collected promises of prayers from all of us and created a large spiritual bouquet to present to the grieving mom. It’s was a wonderful way of letting her know how much we cared and were praying for her.

That’s it! Easy peasy. 🙂 If you’ve made a spiritual bouquet or two. I’d love to see it! Post a link to the image of the bouquet in the comments. Thanks!

P.S. You can download the free ebook, How to Make A Spiritual Bouquet, which gives more detailed instructions and examples here, no opt-in required: How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet