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My Town: Sixth grade students face off in Cupcake War

My Town: Sixth grade students face off in Cupcake War

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The baking battle is over, and the winner is West Michigan charities.

Wednesday, sixth grade students from Blandford School, Zoo School and CA Frost Environmental Science Academy competed in their own Cupcake War to raise money for local charities.  The students worked in teams of four to create a cupcake that would take top ratings in theme, appearance, design and taste.  They also had to incorporate a special ingredient.

The Best of Show award went to Blandford School.  Zoo School sold the highest percentage of their cupcakes, and CA Frost Environmental Science Academy sold the most cupcakes.  Altogether, the schools raised $656 selling their cupcakes, which will go to the schools’ charity of their choice.

In the Kitchen with Kal: Pastry Cream - the versatile dessert

In the Kitchen with Kal: Pastry Cream - the versatile dessert

If you are looking for something unique for a dessert during the holidays, here is a versatile dish. I had a basic recipe for this pastry cream, but tweaked it to my liking. I think it is a fairly easy recipe. I certainly recommend using a double boiler when making a filling like this.

This cream would really look nice in a pretty stemware glass with fresh berries on it along with the other suggestions I have at the bottom of this recipe.

PASTRY CREAM                        Makes enough for a deep dish pie crust

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

As promised, I am posting a recipe for some of the most delicious bars I have ever had. I play dominos once a month with a group of gals; we meet for lunch at each others' homes and then play for the afternoon and end with dessert and coffee and this is the dessert my friend Sandy Gensen served this past Wednesday.

She said it took some work but it sure was well worth it according to all who ate them. I hope all of you will try it as well. We have such an abundance of apples here in Michigan, so take advantage as they are coming off the trees.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.

 

St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.

 

The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.

 

“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A life-saving donation could get you a new look.

The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sport Clips to provide coupons for free haircuts to those who sign up to donate blood at participating drives and blood donation centers.  The campaign, called “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good”, runs through the month of September at the Sports Clips locations at Knapps Corner, Shops at Plaza on the East Beltline, in Grandville and the Kenowa Center.

For more information and to find a participating blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

WALKER, Mich.-- Celebrate the final days of school break with the "Lazy Blue Tunas" during the Standale Summer Concert Series' last free concert of the season Aug. 28.

Bring your family and lawn chairs or blankets to the Walker Community Park located at 700 Cummings Ave. for this family-friendly, alcohol-free evening. From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, any cancellations will be posted on www.ci.walker.mi.us/business/dda .For more information, call (616) 453-6311.