The days are getting longer. The snow is melting. Our goats are feeling more playful, and our chickens are laying more eggs. Signs of spring are everywhere at Enchanted Acres!
There are so many reasons to enjoy the change of seasons here in the Midwest. It feels good to get outside after spending so much time either inside or bundled up beyond recognition for the past three months. Our spirits are also lifted by all of the vibrant spring colors.
When I think of vibrant colors, I immediately think of rainbows. Rainbows make me think of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and a pot of gold makes me think of a leprechaun. Leprechauns and rainbows can be both enchanting and magical. They also can spark our imaginations.
Reading books is another great way to spark children’s imaginations. One of the books that I enjoyed reading to my young children was What Makes a Rainbow? (The Easter bunny left this in my daughter’s basket one year, and she learned to love “reading” it to me.) My son loved hearing about the adventures Ms. Frizz and her class took on The Magic School Bus. More suggested books about rainbows for children ages 0 to 8 are available by clicking here.
Create a little magic at home as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and/or the beginning of spring next week. You could tip a trip to the library for some rainbow-related books and enjoy Rainbow Cupcakes as a snack. What other ideas do you have for celebrating spring? I hope you’ll share them with me!
White cake mix
Food coloring (red, blue, green & yellow)
1 can of white frosting
Prepare the cake mix and divide the batter evenly between SIX, small bowls.
Following the directions below, dye each batter a different color:
Purple: 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue: 12 drops
Green: 12 drops
Yellow: 12 drops
Orange: 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red: 18 drops
Line the muffin pan wells with baking cups.
Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups (approximately a heaping half-teaspoon of each), then the blue, and so on, following the order above. (Remember "ROY G. BIV" from your grade school days? That's how I still remember all of the colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet.)
As you go, gently spread each layer of the batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath. But be careful not to mix the colors!
Bake the cupcakes according to the cake directions. Once the cupcakes have cooled, remove the paper wrapping to show the colors.
Top each cupcake with a "frosting cloud." For added effect, find small gold-wrapped chocolates to add for the "gold at the end of the rainbow."