I wanted to call this post “The Lazy, Non-Creative Mom’s Way to Half-Ass St. Patrick’s Day”, but I thought that was a little too long.

Seriously, this is the easiest, most stress-free way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.  And the best news is that it’s easiest enough to switch it up for any holiday.

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Don’t let my Pinterest boards fool you – I don’t typically make a big deal about minor holidays.  Honestly, I just don’t have the time or energy, but I sometimes feel a pang of guilt for not doing anything.  And I’m not desperate enough to just dye the milk.

Are you ready?  Let’s get to it.  Fair warning: The images in this post are completely unnecessary.  This is so ridiculously easy, the pictures are basically just for fun.


We start with God’s gift to mom’s who don’t bake, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and the St. Patty’s day magic, green food coloring.  Don’t care about St. Patrick’s Day?  Make it red for Valentine’s Day, orange for Halloween, or pink for Easter.  You get the idea!

Bake the cinnamon rolls as directed.


Pour the icing into a small glass bowl.  You’ll probably need to warm it up, 5-10 seconds in the microwave or let it sit on top of your oven’s heat vent as the cinnamon rolls bake.  Stir in some food coloring.  I use AmeriColor because I read that it’s what the Pioneer Woman uses and I bought a set in a fit of self-delusion.


You’ll end up with a lovely green icing, ready to use with minimal effort.  Side note: If you use the spreading knife to stir you’ll lose less icing from the transfer.


Even better, this treat is hands on for kids.  Miss O had a great time putting her own icing on her roll.  She was very particular about covering every square inch of it.


I can’t decide if it’s pretty or just odd, but it was super yummy and easy.  And I can check St. Patrick’s Day off the list!


Miss O approved!

What are your quick and easy ways to celebrate holidays?  Share in the comments.

Cinnamon Rolls