Hello Dears! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Tomorrow’s Friday, so I guess the week’s almost over. Can you believe it? With all the Easter fun we’ve been having this week, time is really flying for us! And we’re looking forward to the weekend. We don’t have specific plans yet but you can be sure the weekend will include more spring fun and Easter activities!
My sweetheart was off yesterday, so we spent the time out and about together running errands and picking up the last of the Easter items we needed. Mostly, I got to do my favorite thing, which is walk around the craft store, ha! It was a pretty nice day! And we stopped for lunch at Whole Foods: spring rolls and sushi, my favorite healthy lunch!
I also discovered yesterday, it seems I’m the last one to know, that the new library is being built right here in our very own neighborhood! So exciting!!! We simply ADORE our local library. I can’t believe that soon I’ll be able to walk to the library with my little ones everyday if we want, which we probably will. I know we’ll be going to a lot more story times and library events now. Plus, we usually just make a big loop around our neighborhood for walks but now we’ll have an amazing place to walk to! I may need to invest in a rolling bag or something for all the books we’ll be bringing home. Or maybe we can use our wagon when it’s clean, just like Matilda!
Speaking of libraries and books, I finished the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel earlier this week. I’d like to post more about it here soon because I thought it was a great read. I’m fairly diligent about keeping a decent bedtime and it’s been a while since a book kept me up late into the night. But I literally couldn’t put this book down. I’d love to hear any of your thoughts or insights about Station Eleven. The new book I picked up this week is Jane Steele. I’m only a couple chapters in and it’s wonderful so far. I’m a huge Jane Eyre fan so this was an easy choice. If what I’ve read so far is indicative, I believe I’m going to love this one too!
Now on to the real purpose for this post… I’ve been wanting to share how we started our Easter grass earlier this week.
Growing your own Easter grass is super easy and we’ve done it for years! You can use your grass in place of that plastic grass you see in Easter baskets and then wash it for juicing or putting in smoothies! Or you can use it as a simple centerpiece, adorded with Easter eggs.
We picked up the hard red winter wheat to start our wheat grass from the bulk bins section last week. In preparation, I sprouted the wheat in a bowl of water overnight. Just before ‘planting’, I drained and rinsed the seeds. Next, I filled our planter with damp soil (not overwatered).
Then, I scattered the sprouted seeds evenly over the soil, spritzed them lightly with a water bottle, and covered the container with plastic wrap.
Keep your growing grass in the sunlight as much as possible and spritz it with a mister bottle as needed, keeping your container covered with plastic wrap until the sprouts are too high. With a little patience, you’ll soon have beautiful Easter grass!
On to the overnight oatmeal alternative that’s been tantalizing our taste buds all week long…
Carrot Cake Oatmeal:
Everyone in our family loves carrot cake. So it’s probably no surprise that it’s always on the menu for Easter.
I’ve been trying to find other ways to get more carrot cake into our lives, in a healthy way. So, I’ve been brainstorming some healthy carrot cake inspired alternatives, until we get to indulge in the real thing on Easter day! So far, I’ve found a yummy carrot cake no bake cookie recipe that I can’t wait to try with the boys. They just love rolling those little messy balls! I’m also working on putting together a healthy carrot cake smoothie recipe.
This week we’ve been enjoying carrot cake oatmeal!
I must admit that while I enjoy most of the recipes I’ve come across, I know I’m in the minority by not being a huge fan of overnight oatmeal. I mostly use old fashioned rolled oats and they are just way too soggy for my tastes when left overnight. So what I like to do is prep all of my jars with the dry ingredients for the week and store them in the pantry. Then, I combine enough of the wet ingredients to last several days and store them in the fridge. In the morning, I just take a scoop of the wet mixture for on top of the dry ingredients and pour enough boiling water over them to get the consistency I prefer.
For the carrot cake topping I combined about 1/3 cup of shredded carrots, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, a couple tablespoons each of raisins and unsweetened shredded coconut, a dash of cinnamon and sea salt, and a handful of chopped pecans! If your a fan of oatmeal and carrot cake, it’s a delicious combination that you really must try!
Obviously, I prefer my oatmeal pretty dry-ha!
Well, that pretty much sums up our week so far… exciting library news, new books, lots of Easter fun, and dreaming about carrot cake!
What’s been keeping you busy this week? What are you doing to prepare for Easter?
Do you have any favorite oatmeal recipes for spring? If so, we’d love to hear!
And as always, if you’ve read any good books lately, I’m all ears!
Happy Easter & XOXO