A Healthy Pancake Recipe for Easter

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Little Peanut Magazine for Building Blocks.

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We couldn’t be more excited for Easter to come this year! Between dying eggs, eating festive treats and celebrating with egg hunts, one of the traditions we have every year is celebrating the holiday with a big Easter brunch. The whole family comes together to celebrate and lucky for you we are sharing our favorite carrot pancake recipe! We promise this will become an instant favorite and we know your little peanuts will absolutely love them. Did we mention they are healthy too?! Winning all around!

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Check out how we styled our kids Easter brunch party with Pottery Barn Kids’ darling tabletop essentials and learn how to re-create our fresh floral installation with DIY instructions.

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Healthy Carrot Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

Pancakes

  • 1/4 cup Plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt (or plain vanilla yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Coconut or Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2-4 tbs honey or agave syrup (or sweetener of choice to taste)
  • 3/4 cup Carrots, finely grated
  • Optional: 2 tbs walnuts, chopped, 2 tbs golden raisins

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (4oz) Low fat cream cheese, softened in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • 1/4 cup Low sugar or sugar free maple syrup
  • Dash Cinnamon and honey (or to taste)

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend the pancake ingredients together.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick griddle (or large nonstick skillet) coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto griddle. Turn pancakes over when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.
  3. To make the cream cheese frosting, whisk together the softened cream cheese, syrup, cinnamon and stevia in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over pancakes while warm if desired! Enjoy!

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Floral Design: Allison Baddley | La Fete Floral & Events
Photography: Becky Kimball | Becky Kimball Photography 

 

A Lucky Shamrock Trifle Recipe

By PBK Editors

Written by Leslie Marshall of Camp Makery for Building Blocks.

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There are so many great ways to create healthy, whole food snacks for family and friends to make for their children and their classrooms — especially when it comes to holidays. For any mint and chocolate lovers, this green St. Patrick’s Day treat will surely be a hit; however, if you have picky eaters, feel free to substitute another flavor like coconut or vanilla! These lucky green treats are dairy free and use whole grains — healthy and delicious!

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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Trifle

Ingredients:

For the Pudding

  • 14 oz Can Whole Fat Coconut Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Arrow Root Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • All-Natural Green Food Coloring

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1 Can Whole Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar

For the Chocolate Crumbs

  • 1 Box Annie’s Chocolate Bunnies (or any natural, whole grain chocolate cookie), crushed

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Directions

For the pudding:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine coconut milk and coconut sugar and bring to a simmer over a low-medium heat stirring constantly. Raise the heat slowly so you do not scorch the milk.
  2. While your milk is heating, whisk eggs and arrowroot powder in a separate bowl. Once your milk starts to bubble, take a ladel-full of the milk and whisk it into the eggs. This tempers the eggs so they don’t scramble when you add them to the milk.
  3. Add the rest of the egg mix to the milk and whisk continuously over a medium heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding.
  4. Remove from the heat then add coconut oil and your vanilla and peppermint extracts. Add in 2 drops of your green food coloring and stir until your color is well incorporated. Let it cool for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator or overnight. Make sure you keep it covered while it cools.

For the Whipped Cream

  1. Place your can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Once it is completely chilled, turn the can upside down, and pour off the liquid (don’t throw it away though, this is full of nutrients!)
  3. Scoop out the solid cream, place in a mixing bowl. Add coconut sugar and vanilla extract and whip the cream until it comes to stiff peaks.

To Assemble the Trifle:

  1. In tumbler cups layer the crushed chocolate bunnies, then add the pudding and whipped cream. If your cups are large enough, add another layer.

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NOTE: You could always just make one large trifle, especially if you want to make this for a dinner party or something special for your family dinner!

  1. Optional: Top with Sprinkles and these adorable plastic gold doublooms I found at my local craft store. I also added a cute St. Patrick’s Day paper straw, wrapped the cups in cellophane and tied them with an adorable St. Patty’s ribbon.

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A Fresh Floral Installation for Easter

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Little Peanut Magazine for Building Blocks.

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Easter is always such an exciting holiday because it welcomes spring and warmer weather! For our Easter Brunch party we really wanted to bring those elements to the table design and create something whimsical and unexpected – different than just the usual table arrangement or centerpiece. That’s how we came across the idea for a fresh floral installation (that also smells amazing)!

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To recreate a hanging floral arrangement like this for your Easter table you will need the following supplies:

  • Chicken wire (available at home improvement stores)
  • Wood slats (available at home improvement stores)
  • Floral wire (available at floral supply or craft supply store)
  • Wire cutters
  • Fresh spring flowers (lilac, roses, stock, tulips, ranunculus and greens like Italian ruscus or eucalyptus- flowers can be from your garden)
  • Floral frogs and floral food (floral supply or local florist)

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  1. For this installation, make a wood frame to the desired size. We measured our frame to go above the entire kids table). Attach the chicken wire to the frame with a staple gun. Hang your frame from the ceiling.  You can also use a chandelier or wire wreaths as the main structure as well.
  1. Lay out flowers to be used. Fill floral frogs with water (preferably with floral food and place on the ends of stems like lilac or ranunculus (for flowers that tend to wilt easily)

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  1. Cut wire at different lengths depending on how low you want them to hang from the structure.
  1. Choose 1-3 flowers per wire. Wrap the end of the stem with wire then layer and wire with one or two more flowers as desired (then hide frogs with wiring on greenery)

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  1. Hang wired flowers from the chicken wire or chandelier – Flowers should be upside down.
  1. Repeat steps 4-5 until you have a desired amount of flowers hanging at varied lengths, spaced equally apart

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Note: If you choose, you can wire additional greens along the top if you need to hide the structure.

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Floral Design: Allison Baddley | La Fete Floral & Events | instagram @lafetefloral
Photography: Becky Kimball | Becky Kimball Photography | instagram @_beckykimball

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits!

By PBK Editors

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

Have you seen our new Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits online or in stores?! We’re so thrilled to announce this exciting new product launch with Rachel of Handmade Charlotte! Delight your little ones with easy crafts like a colorful lacing card, pom pom owl and make-your-own super hero masks!

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids! Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

The Hero Kit is perfect for letting your little ones transform into super heroes while letting their crafting skills take flight. The possibilities are endless between the multicolored felt and ribbons, plus this makes for a great party craft for your next crime-fighting celebration.

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids! Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

For little ones interested in sewing and creating art, our Lacing Girl and Lacing Boy cards are a fun activity. Our favorite part is that the finished cards make great gifts and charming pieces of framed art.

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

Kids love tactile crafts and this Pom Pom Kit is a real hoot. Colorful yarn and sweet button eyes are the elements that make up this colorful and plush new friend.

RSVP with your local Pottery Barn Kids store TODAY for a special DIY event tomorrow 3/7 at 11am inspired by these Handmade Charlotte crafts. Call your local store today. To see all of the Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits, visit potterybarnkids.com or check out the Handmade Charlotte website to get inspired by more of Rachel’s crafts.

Tips for a Perfect Easter Celebration with Kids

By PBK Editors

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Easter is one of our favorite springtime celebrations that gives little ones the chance to welcome the new season with bright, festive colors and classic activities like egg hunts. Whether you’re hosting a small backyard celebration or throwing a larger neighborhood party, here are our favorite tips for making Easter magical.

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Start off with a special basket. From a classic basket to a puffy treat bag or bucket, pick the perfect place for treats based on your little one’s interests and the theme of your celebration. For a more rustic Easter, opt for a natural woven basket with a linen liner and if your little one loves all things fanciful, try our ballerina-inspired Easter bucket.

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Make it personal. Fill each of the baskets based on their theme and color. Our favorite idea is to match your dyed eggs to each individual basket for a look that’s polished and clean. Add a few additional elements that work for each basket whether it’s a small plush toy or new book.

EasterDecor

Set a magical scene. Think outside the basket! From vine bunnies to crafty decor, fill the space with Easter decor that delights. Styling tip: Mix and match the scale of your decor pieces to add visual interest (and create more nooks for hiding eggs).

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Include sweet surprises with sophistication. For a colorful springtime celebration such as Easter, opt for sophisticated sweets and treats in a neutral color palette. One of our favorite recipes of the season are these simple yet striking Vanilla Easter Cupcakes.

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Dress the table. Create a destination for your celebration with a simply dressed table. Whether your Easter activities are large or small, a treat table is the perfect way to anchor your space. Styling tip: Think of your treat table from top to bottom and be sure you’ve added decor to the table as well as the wall and floor.

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Mix it up. If you’re going to be dying eggs with little ones during your celebration, consider adding a few new elements like stamps, gold leaf and stencils. Not only will this add an extra layer of fun to your activities, you can even leave out an empty basket to fill with the colorful assortment as a growing centerpiece with lots of color and texture.

For more great Easter ideas, visit Design Studio or shop our entire Easter collection online.

 

Behind The Scenes: Our New Beach Collection

By PBK Editors

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This season we headed out to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for our Spring catalog shoot. From our favorite super heroes to bright seaside icons, our beach towels and totes were the perfect essentials for little ones lounging by the water. See the full behind-the-scenes footage in the video above and shop a our new beach collection at potterybarnkids.com!