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Leave out some treats for the Leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day…

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Time to start looking for something green to wear so you don’t get pinched, right? While my pet unicorn and I do wear green on St. Paddy’s day, we have a little more fun than that. You see, as I have mentioned in previous posts, The Cotton Candy Kingdom (where my pet unicorn is from), is a huge vacation spot for all mythical creatures and holiday icons. That being said, over the years we have developed a pretty good relationship with the St. Paddy’s Day Leprechaun and his whole family. While he isn’t able to visit every single home individually like Santa (he doesn’t have a magical sleigh and reindeer), he does make a pit stop at our house every year… and boy is it fun! I have put together a list of our St. Patrick’s traditions that we have with the Leprechaun and step by step ways for you too to create a little Irish magic in your home.

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Lucky Pancakes

Every St. Paddy’s morning when we wake up and find this beautifully green breakfast waiting for us from the Leprechaun. Did I mention that Lucky (the Lucky Charms leprechaun) is his cousin? He always has a great supply of Luck Charms marshmallows on hand.

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Pancake Recipe: 

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter,

1 large egg

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

green food coloring

1/2 cup of Lucky Charms marshmallows

(Note: If you are in a big hurry you can just use a box pancake mix and add some green food coloring.)

Let’s get started:

1.) In a small bowl, whisk together flour, Lucky Charms marshmallows, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), egg, and green food coloring. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened.

3.) Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick.

4.) For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet, using the back of the spoon to spread batter into a circle.

5.) Once your pancakes are done, place them in a small stack on a plate and using your whip cream, form a “cloud” on the top of your pancake stack. Sprinkle with a few extra Lucky Charms marshmallows and viola! Delicious pancakes that your little Leprechauns are sure to love.

{Note: I know that these are sugary, but I like to try and use all natural food coloring for food recipes. You can find India Tree & Color Garden food coloring at most Whole Foods or you can find a recipe to make your whole plant based colors.}

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Leprechaun Donuts

This is just the same concept as leaving out milk and cookies for Santa, but it could be such a fun little tradition to start with your kiddos. It is super simple and lets be honest…. all tiny things are adorable.

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What you will need:

– Cheerios

– Icing

– Green sprinkles

– Make a tiny paper plate or use a bottle top

1.) Make you donuts by icing and sprinkling your cherries.

2.) Arrange them on you “leprechaun plate”.

3.) Have your kids leave out their donuts on the window still for the leprechaun. After they go to bed, make little foot prints (I used clover stickers) and remove the donuts from their tiny plate.

4.) Leave a message on the window in green window markers to your children from the Leprechaun and leave a pile of chocolate gold coins in the place of the donuts. You will love watching the excitement this simple activity will bring to your kids.

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Leprechauns on the Loose

This is essentially just like elf on the shelf but for leprechauns. If thou are already an “Elf on the Shelf Family”, I totally understand if taking on leprechauns and coming up ideas to prove they were running around you house in the night is just too much. I know parent who want to loose their minds trying to out doing their Elf ideas each year. But, if you are not in into Elf or you are just that creative that you can handle both here are a couple little ideas.

(Don’t waste your all natural food coloring for the toilet… it’s expensive! Ha!)

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY 

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