I LOVE EASTER. Food, family and friends, Easter bonnets and children tumbling along the lawn in search . . . and a visit to my friend Jane Myers
Perrine’s small town tales of Butternut Creek.
Jane’s (an ordained minister, btw) books are getting rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, who proclaimed her series funny, romantic, and honest, and as a small-town Texas girl, I can tell you, PW got it right! You’ll giggle and cheer for Perrine’s well-meaning, match-making “Widows,” (the Queen Bees of the town’s little congregation) as the crafty pair set their sites on both the new bachelor minister and a wounded Iraqi war vet (who stole my heart).
So, without further ado, welcome to Easter on Butternut Creek!
Easter starts early in Butternut Creek. At least, that’s what Rev. Adam Jordan thinks because he has to preach at the sunrise service which begins at six o’clock.
He actually did get to see the sunrise earlier as he set up chairs in front of the porch of the Victorian parsonage.
Only a small crowd of hardy folks shows up that early. As he begins the short meditation from the steps of the porch, he counts eighteen people. Miss Birdie, the pillar of the Christian Church, is there. A sprinkling of Episcopalians, Methodists and Presbyterians fill the other folding chairs. After that, they head off to their churches and Adam will join his kids for breakfast.
Hector and Bobby set up the big wooden cross in front of the sanctuary. Before the ten-forty-five service starts, the members of the congregations will cover it with flowers. Behind the communion table, hangs a new banner which proclaims, “Hallelujah.”
Mercedes Rivera will host her family for lunch after the service, all her brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces as well as her children and their kids. And while everyone attends an Easter service, Ouida Kowalski, Adam’s neighbor, frosts the cake shed made the day before and covers the top with chocolate chips and bright yellow peeps. George and her daughters will love it and she’ll take half to Adam.
By afternoon, everyone will be sleeping off their dinners. After that, some will join in a game of basketball at the park while others sit on the porch and wave at friends who stroll by.
Easter in Butternut Creek. Always the same and always special.
Jane Myers Perrine
Tales from Butternut Creek from FaithWords/Center Street
The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek April, 2012
The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek Fall, 2012
The Wedding Planners of Butternut Creek 2013
Easter Sunday Potluck Peep Cake at Butternut Creek!
- 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
- 19 yellow chick Peeps candies
- 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; carefully remove waxed paper.
- Level tops of cakes.
- Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
- Without separating Peeps and curving slightly to fit, arrange chicks around edge of cake for sunflower petals.
- For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake.
TIP: Take pictures of this cute cake, ’cause it’s not gonna last long!