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How to Grow Easter Grass in 6 Days

By on March 19, 2018

Growing Easter grass inside is super easy – seriously, I kill EVERY plant and this stuff survived. It’s also a great way to bring a little green inside as we move into spring and a fun way to decorate for Easter, if you celebrate. And if you have kids you can use this as a project to learn about the growth of a plant (which I admittedly don’t know much about, see above). In any case, it only takes a few days to get full grown grass and I’ll admit that even as an adult it’s pretty cool to watch.

Easter Grass

I struggled with the title of this post because unless you’re using this grass to fill the bottom of an Easter basket then it isn’t technically Easter grass, it’s just grass. Well, to be specific it’s wheat grass but we aren’t growing it to use in smoothies we’re just growing it because it’s fun and green. Whatever, it’s grass that happens to be of the wheat variety that we’re growing around the time of Easter. See what I mean? Doesn’t make a good title, does it?

Anyhoo, this ish is easy. It’s super forgiving, once you awaken those little wheat berries they will pretty much grow under any conditions. You can start day or night, there are only a few steps (and a few days) before you get tall bright green grass.

First you grab some wheat berries from the bulk section of your local grocery store. Mine were Hard Red Winter Wheat Berries that I picked up at Whole Foods. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or there are too many varieties, then just ask an employee which ones will work best for sprouting.

Easter Grass Sprouting

To start the sprouting process, rinse your wheat berries off in a sieve or cheesecloth/paper towel lined colander under cool water for just a minute. Then transfer them to a bowl or jar where the berries only fill about 1/4-1/2 of the container. Fill your bowl or jar up with water and cover loosely with a dishcloth and let sit for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Drain and rinse the berries and return to bowl then cover with water again. You may have to do 2-4 soaks depending on the total time and what your berries are up to. Once they start to sprout then you can get to planting them!

For planting you’ll need a small container, plastic to line the container, and potting soil. A spray bottle is also helpful. Really any container will due, preferably something at least 2 inches deep to allow for some soil but drainage isn’t a huge deal so you don’t have to use an actual planter. Even a teacup or bowl from your kitchen will do.

Easter Grass Mise en Place

Mise en place not necessary unless you have a little helper like I did, in which case you’ll probably want everything lined up and ready for them to make a mess…I mean help.

Once you’ve planted your sprouted wheat berries you’ll want to keep them loosely covered with plastic wrap, or a wet towel until they root just to make sure they don’t dry out. Once rooted you can place the container in a sunny spot and watch those guys grow! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to water occasionally.

Easter Grass Planting

This really is a great project for the littles to help out with. It’s simple, hard to mess up, there’s dirt -and spray bottles- involved so I mean, who wouldn’t want to help? My kiddo was excited to plant our grass and kept saying “we’re gonna watch it groooooow” with such enthusiasm you would have thought we were growing chocolate.

Easter Grass in 6 Days

Below is list of what you need and day-by-day breakdown of how to grow Easter grass, so get to it!

What you need:
Wheat Berries
Sieve or lined colander
Cloth or paper towel
Bowl or Jar
Container for planting
Plastic Lining (optional)
Potting Soil
Spray bottle

Day 0 night: Before bed, rinse your wheat berries under cool water in a sieve or cheese cloth/paper towel lined colander. Then transfer them to a large bowl or jar where the wheat berries only fill about 1/4-1/3 of the container, then fill the rest of the way with water. Cover loosely with a cloth.
Day 1 morning: Drain and rinse your berries under cool water as you did the day before. Transfer them back into your bowl or jar and fill with water. Cover loosely with cloth.
Day 1 night: Repeat the drain/rinse/return to bowl process one last time unless your berries are sprouting really well then feel free to jump ahead to day 2.
Day 2: Drain & rinse your berries and check them for sprouting. They should be really starting to bud which means they are reading for planting! Take whatever container you plan on planting in and line it with plastic (unless it’s an actual planter), then fill with soil stopping about 1-2 inches below the top of the container. Lightly water your soil, and adding more if it packs down significantly once wet. Then spread your sprouted wheat berries on the top of the soil. Aiming for a packed, single layer. Spray your berries with water and then cover the container loosely with a plastic wrap or a wet towel. Check occasionally to make sure your berries aren’t drying out, and spray with water as needed. Note: by tonight you’ll probably see big changes in your sprouts!
Day 3: Continue to spray with water as needed, also check that your berries aren’t getting moldy (the sprouts/roots will start too look fuzzy). Air them out in a bright spot. Give them a good spray/water before going to bed.
Day 4: This is when the action starts. Your berries should have rooted by now and really started to shoot up! Put the container in a sunny spot and water occasionally.
Day 5: It’s real, it’s grass. Keep up the good work!
Day 6: Your grass should be looking tall and glorious today. Keep watering occasionally (it doesn’t take much), and feel free to give your grass a little trim with scissors when it starts to get out of control.

You did it! Your grew Easter grass. See? Easy and cute. Once you have that beautiful grass growing, post your photos and don’t forget to tag me on IG @agirlcalledcarolblog

Easter Grass

Check out my Easter gift guides for more inspiration, and this recipe makes a quick snack or breakfast for anyone with littles (or if you just like carrot cake, or muffins).

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Carrot Cake Muffins

By on March 16, 2018

It’s one of my favorite seasons – carrot cake season! That’s a thing, right? My favorite carrot cake recipe is from the Silver Palate Cookbook, the use of pureed carrots and crushed pineapple really takes it to the next level. I used this recipe as inspiration since I’ve been on a muffin kick lately as a great way to use up a few ingredients and make a homemade snack even my toddler enjoys. Muffins are really just less-sugary versions of cake, and after a few trials I ended up with this delicious carrot cake muffin recipe that is both adult and kid approved – no frosting necessary!

Carrot Cake Muffin

Carrot cake is supposed to be dense and bursting with flavor. I’ve never really cared for carrot cakes that have shredded carrot, I find that you don’t get the full carrot flavor, instead you end up with dried out carrot pieces throughout your cake.

Cooking and pureeing the carrots might seem like an unnecessary step but believe me, it’s key. To take some of the day-of work out, feel free to cook, puree, and the freeze your carrots beforehand. I keep ice cube sized chunks of pureed carrot in the freezer to add to the kiddo’s smoothies, so I just pull a few of those out and left them defrost in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight before making these muffins (or carrot cake). Then it’s just a matter of throwing the ingredients together, which is easy as pie… errr, cake… or in this case, muffins!

Carrot Cake Muffins

You don’t even need a mixer to throw these little guys together just a plain old bowl and spoon, although you do have to dirty your blender to make sure the carrots and pineapple are nice and smooth. Repeat after me: it’s worth it. When you pull these bad boys out of the oven you are going to thank me.

Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffin Photoshoot


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Ingredients:
3/4 c carrots, cooked
1/2 c crushed pineapple, drained
2 tbsp juice from pineapple can
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)

Directions:
Steam carrots until fork tender, drain and cool. Add carrots, pineapple, pineapple juice, and applesauce to food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with liners.

In small bowl combine all purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl (or stand mixer) mix together brown sugar and butter. Add in egg and mix on low to medium speed until fully incorporated, stir in vanilla. Pour in carrot, pineapple, & applesauce mixture and continue to mix on low to medium (if using, add in coconut). Mix in dry ingredients on low just until combined.

Fill each muffin liner 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven for 17-20 minutes for standard sized muffins and 20-25 minutes for larger muffins, or until tester comes out clean. Cool in muffin pan for 5 minutes then remove to rack. Once completely cool, store in airtight container.


 

Thinking about Easter and how to celebrate with the little ones? Here are some Easter basket and egg ideas, and if you’re in need of something to put those goodies in, this is a great roundup of adorable Easter baskets.

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4 Easter Basket Gift Guides + Egg Filler Ideas

By on March 11, 2018

Easter baskets are one of my favorite things. I can’t even explain why, I think maybe it’s the idea that spring is finally here, and summer is just around the corner, or fond memories from my childhood or something like that; in any case they’re fun. Fun to put together, fun to watch those little eyes light up with they spot a basket filled with goodies just for them. What’s not fun is combing through the holiday aisles trying to decide if you really need another stuffed animal or if you really want to give you kid loads of candy. Instead, I like to come up with things that they might actually need or enjoy that don’t qualify as clutter. Below you’ll find 4 gift guides to fill up your little one’s Easter basket, plus some bonus links for those of us that like to add a DIY touch, and some candy-free things you can stuff in eggs for the great hunt!

1. Think Summer: Kids grow fast, and since warm weather will be here before we know it, why not use their Easter basket to stock up on some summer essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, swimwear, and outdoor toys?

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2. Play Inside: Maybe you’re already full up on summer stuff, or maybe you have weeks of rain to get through enjoy, so fill that basket up with some cozy afternoon or lazy Saturday favorites. I am dying over how sweet that little matching/memory game is!Indoor Fun Easter Basket Gift Guide

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3. For the Creative Kid: What kid doesn’t need a few art supplies? I love that they’re consumable (therefore make great clutter free gifts!) but that means they often need replacing. Let your child’s creativity flow with a few things from this arts and crafts Easter basket.Arts + Crafts Easter Basket Gift Guide

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4. Let the Adventure Begin: Planning a road trip, a big vacation, or a backyard campout this summer? Get your kid geared up for travel with some cozy adorable headphones or their very own headlamp. I want one of those personalized travel shirts for myself!Little Traveler Easter Basket Gift Guide

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To avoid some of the inevitable sugar rush that seems to surround every holiday, here are some candy-free Easter Egg Fillers. Cute socks are one of my favorite things to squish into Easter eggs because they’re unexpected. Also, don’t forget Annies makes a few different yummy things that are shaped like bunnies – it’s like they were made for Easter eggs.Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

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Bonus: DIY Easter Basket Gifts
I love me some DIY. When I had more time on my hands ::cough:: pre-parenthood ::cough:: I used to love to make gifts for the littles in my life. There’s something special about giving a gift that is entirely unique and made with love.

I’ve made this adorable bunny pouch and filled it with these cute little animal finger puppets. Neither of those projects require much time or skill and will still turn out amazing!

Crayon roll-ups are also an easy sewing project for any beginner, add a cute notepad and it makes a great travel activity. Want to keep your crayons at home, or prefer working with wood than sewing?

You can make this crayon/pencil/marker holder – all you really need is a drill and some scrap wood.

Want a little stuffed animal made just for your little one? Crocheted animals are much easier than they look! Here’s a great list of crocheted bunnies!

While you can always buy play-doh, it’s quick to make and then you have a bunch! My two favorite recipes for homemade play dough are this Jell-O Playdough and this Soft Classic Playdough  (tip: keep these in an air tight container in the fridge to prolong their life).

What about DIY accessories? Apparently you can make a gorgeous headband out of an old t-shirt, scissors, and a glue gun.

Phew. That was a long list! Now I have to go figure out exactly what to put in our Easter baskets this year..

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