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Easter Sweets

Easter weekend is almost upon us and we are all about some spring sweets. We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network and found some of our favorite sweet treats that the whole family is sure to enjoy.


Viv’s No-Bake Easter Egg Cheesecakes

This is a fun way to celebrate not only the Easter holiday, but play on April Fools a little as well. These cheesecakes are simple to make without any baking needed and will be sure to entertain with their cheeky presentation.


How to Decorate Little Lamb and Chick Cupcakes

Talk about a fun activity for the kids this weekend! Prep the candies and bake the cupcakes ahead of time and let their creativity shine with these cute creations.


Springtime Strawberry Cobbler

Many of us travel during the Easter holiday weekend, visiting family and gathering around the table. This Springtime Strawberry Cobbler is not only delicious but very simple to make ahead of time. Not a strawberry fan? Feel free to get creative with the fruit choice, maybe even mix a couple together!


Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter weekend!

A Twist on Easter Classics with Food Network and HGTV

Easter is this weekend, and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite twists to some of the classic holiday traditions. To start, our cable channel, HGTV has provided a fun step-by-step guide to creating unique galaxy decorated ceramic eggs; eliminating the risk of unfound eggs becoming your home’s air freshener the week to follow. Then Food Network has some colorful and yummy deviled eggs that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Lastly, we wanted to make sure your dinner table is as beautiful as your food is delicious, with this Vintage-Meets-Modern Spring Table Setting by HGTV.


DIY Galaxy Easter Eggs – HGTV


How to Make Colorful Deviled Eggs – Food Network


Vintage-Meets-Modern Spring Table Setting – HGTV


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Easter Recipes from Food Network!


Spring is finally here and Easter weekend is quickly approaching. Have the eggs all been dyed and the Easter baskets assembled? Are you making the traditional ham this year or looking for a recipe to mix things up? With the help from our cable channel, Food Network, Great Plains Communications has included some recipes to keep in mind as you are creating your delicious Easter menu.


Southern Strawberry Salad – Trisha Yearwood

Want something light to start off the meal? Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Strawberry Salad brings natural sweetness with the strawberries and a nice crunch from the nuts and ramen noodles. With most of the ingredients pantry staples, this salad is a quick and fresh starter to the meal.


Company Crown Roast of Lamb – Alton Brown

If you want a show-stopping dish that is more than the ham you buy each year and looks much harder than it actually is, consider cooking Alton Brown’s Company Crown Roast of Lamb. Just make sure you have kitchen twine and a Bundt pan, and you are well on your way to an impressive new main course.


Orange Baked Ham – Ina Garten

There is nothing wrong with the traditional spiral-cut ham, but maybe you are looking to jazz up the glaze instead of using the one in the accompanying packet. If so, try Ina Garten’s Orange Baked Ham with the sweetness of orange marmalade and brown sugar, balanced with the tang of Dijon mustard and freshly squeezed orange juice, this glaze is sure to add a new flare to the classic ham Easter dinner.


Giada’s Easter Pie – Giada De Laurentiis

There are many different Easter desserts you could do to please a crowd, but don’t forget about Giada’s Easter Pie. It has layer upon layer of flaky phyllo dough as a crust and a moist vanilla ricotta filling littered with crunchy pine nuts.

Throwback Thursday: Forgotten Easter Television Specials

1. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)

Leave it to Charlie Brown and friends to take part in the colorful traditions of Easter, such as painting Easter eggs and having an egg hunt. In case you forgot, Linus is determined to believe in the Easter beagle, as Snoopy tries to fill the role for him.

2. The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ to Town (1977)

Continuing the love for Fred Astaire’s Claymation mail-carrier character from Santa Clause Is Comin’ to Town, this movie provided answers to the many letters sent in to the Easter Bunny. From there the story begins, and you are later left with the warm nostalgic feeling as the ending song starts and the mail-carrier’s train rides through the town.

3. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)

Seymour S. Sassafrass starts the movie showing his unique personality and telling of his business. He then goes on to tell the story of Peter Cottontail, a young Easter Bunny, and his adventures in April Valley.

4. Yogi the Easter Bear (1994)

“When there’s candy in the air, you’ll find—who else? Yogi Bear!” The story starts with Yogi as his cheerfully oblivious self, but later finds himself in search of the kidnapped Easter Bunny in hopes of taking him back to Jellystone.

Great Plains Communications hopes you enjoyed the throwback to Easter specials from younger years. No matter if you find yourself coloring eggs, eating delicious food or just talking with friends and family, we hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Easter Crafts by Disney

No matter if Easter is a celebration of your religious beliefs, or simply a time filled with sunshine, family and pastel colored eggs, it is quickly approaching. Has your Easter dress been bought? Have the eggs been dyed? Is the Easter menu planned? Great Plains Communications has teamed up with Disney to provide two fun Easter crafts the kids can keep busy with this week.

 Snow White’s Diamond Easter Eggs

With faux gems and shimmering “diamond dust”, these eggs are sure to look just like ones the seven dwarfs left Snow White in her Easter basket. All you need to make these dazzling eggs are:

–          Scissors

–          Pencil

–          Scrapbook paper or other colored paper

–          Glue stick

–          Clear faux gem stickers and/or glitter glue

You can find the rest of the instructions on Disney’s website.

 Cinderella’s Tabletop Easter Chicks

Soft felt and fuzzy pipe cleaners are just two of the items needed to make these adorable Easter chicks. Let the kids write their names on small pieces of paper and attach them around one of the chick’s legs to create fun customized place cards around the dinner table. All you will need to make Cinderella’s Tabletop Easter Chicks are:

–          Scissors

–          Straight pins

–          Felt (yellow and orange)

–          Orange pipe cleaners

–          Hot glue gun

–          Googly eyes

You can find the rest of the instructions on Disney’s website.

 Woody Easter Egg

A little more advanced than the other crafts, this Woody egg will be one the kids will be proud to show off to the family. From his colored in face and red neckerchief, the beloved pull-string cowboy will find a place with your family this Easter. For a full listing of needed supplies and instructions, check out Disney’s website.