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Last minute ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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last minute St. Paddy's day ideas by dennasideas.com

pull out all your sprinkles!

It’s almost Spring!!  Pull out some rainbows and bright green clover!  Here are a few last minute ideas to do today.  As I’m working on these photos, I’m listening to a dramatization of the life of St. Patrick here (link only good for this week! Or you can buy the 2 episodes about St. Patrick here, so worth it!)  Celebrating a man with a Heart Afire, a slave boy who changed an entire nation!

To do a bit of fun decorating/eating, I just pulled out some things I had around here, green jello, green tea, green towel, mixed up a batch of lemon buttermilk pound cake and tinted it green,  we’ll eat some “Irish” food, Irish soda bread and a few treats (chocolates!) while we listen to the story of St. Patrick.  Check out my other St. Paddy’s Day posts! 😉

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make some green cake….

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I found a 5 leaf clover pressed in my cookbook yesterday!!!! funny….

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hang a green kitchen towel

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a green box of Belgian chocolates, available at Costco right now.

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FAIR TRADE chocolates! yay Costco.

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whip up some green jello (jello fruit salad?)

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pull out the green scrapbook paper (mostly from Christmas), punch a few hearts and make them into shamrocks…

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brew some fruity minty flavored tea….

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how about some green tea iced tea? (add a few drops of green food coloring!) I think I’ll go for the mint….

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some green lemon/lime pound cake….using my new mini bundts!

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gotta love that green cake batter!!

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green mini bundt cake molds

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green mini bundt cakes for St. Patrick’s Day, add a little rainbow and a chocolate coin!

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quickly decorate the mini green bundt cake with some white candy melts, rainbow sprinkles and shamrock sprinkles (and a chocolate coin!)

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I love to look at another sign of spring, the kids’ snow pea seedlings!

So, here’s wishing the top o’ the morning to ya!  I’ll leave you with an old Irish blessing:  “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”

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Quick and easy bread: delicious Irish soda bread

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Quick and easy bread: delicious Irish soda bread

This bread is easy enough and delicious enough to make and eat every day!!  I know you won’t, and I won’t even go there either, but really it’s a great recipe to have on hand to round out a hot meal.  It takes just minutes to throw together, about 45 minutes in the oven and a little rest while you are finishing the rest of the meal.  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water….homemade bread in all it’s lovely whiteness (more about that later)…

I made this recipe for Irish soda bread for our St. Patrick’s Day meal, fitting, eh? I found the recipe in my rusty trusty Fannie Farmer Baking Book (the one I was going to throw out when somehow it made it’s way into my house, but then I decided to use it to press flowers in, then finally when I actually started cooking and baking, realized that it contained some great recipes and instructions!  Now it’s my go-to for baking.  Funny how things work out….)  Here are the photos, then I’ll add the recipe.Quick and easy Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day or really just for any day! Delicious and easy, recipe posted by dennasideas.com

It’s such a gorgeously rustic looking bread!  I love the texture, color and the big cross in the center.  Oh, and the smell while it bakes, and did I mention that it was easy?  And only takes 4 ingredients!  F.O.U.R.  Having said that, I didn’t actually have all of the ingredients on hand….Quick and easy Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day or really just for any day! Delicious and easy, recipe posted by dennasideas.com

I had spent my time working on roasted cabbage and an “Irish” stew variation (made with what I had on hand: sausage, potatoes, onions and carrots…but I guess that that’s fairly authentic anyways).  So I go to bake up some Irish soda bread, like I did last year.  I measured out the dry ingredients and opened the fridge.  I knew that I didn’t have buttermilk, so I would just use milk and vinegar or lime juice….but no milk!!!  I dashed to the computer and typed in “substitutions for buttermilk” and found a great link here, so I found out that I could use yogurt as a substitute!  Yay, I had lots of greek yogurt!

Here’s a close-up of the texture (I was eating the leftover bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a snack…sooooo good!)  Remember, this was made with yogurt, and no extra fat!  A very white color and great taste, and it must have a lot of protein with 2 cups of greek yogurt!!  Now on to the recipe….

Quick and easy Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day or really just for any day! Delicious and easy, recipe posted by dennasideas.com

Irish Soda Bread

(an authentic recipe from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book by Marion Cunningham, 1984)

4 cups all purpose flour

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups buttermilk (or 2 tbsp. vinegar in milk to make 2 cups OR 2 cups of plain greek yogurt)

Preheat your oven to 3750 F.  Grease a baking sheet or an 8-inch round pan…I used baking parchment on a cookie sheet.  Add all the dry ingredients into a large bowl (flour, salt, baking soda) and mix them around.  Add buttermilk and stir it up with a fork until it holds together in a rough mass.  Since I was using thick yogurt, I actually had to add just a bit of water to the dough to make it mixable.  Knead the dough a few times (I did this right in the bowl) then pat into about an 8 inch round mound on the sheet (or in the round pan). Using a sharp knife, slash a large X into the top of the dough, about 1/4 of an inch deep.

Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, until it is nicely browned and the X has spread open.  Transfer to a rack to cool for awhile, then wrap it in a slightly damp tea towel and let it rest, on the rack for about 8 hours.  This recipe makes one round loaf, and it should be completely cool when you serve it.  The rest time in a damp towel helps the crust to nicely soften up.  We didn’t wait 8 hours, obviously, or it wouldn’t be such a quick bread!!

If you can whip this up right before you prepare the meal, bake it, then let it sit in the damp towel while you make the rest of the meal, it should be ready to be served when the meal is ready.  Using the towel is a good way to store leftovers.  This bread also makes great toast!  I love it with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or just plain with butter.  This loaf was enough to go with 2 meals for the six of us!  So thankful for our blessings!Quick and easy Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day or really just for any day! Delicious and easy, recipe posted by dennasideas.com

(now I am craving some yummy bread….!)

St. Paddy’s Day Green Mason Jar Desserts

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A sweet little green dessert packed in serving-sized mason jars!  For half of the winter I’ve been looking forward to celebrating the green…the green of spring.  There is no green around here.  Amazingly, the snow has started melting a lot and we can see grass, it’s just not green yet.  Seriously, it’s been about 12 years since we’ve had nice weather to be outdoors for my daughter’s bday next week.  It has always been winter weather, usually snowing.  So bring on some shamrocks, rainbows and a whole huge pot of gold!  Spring is in the air!
St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com Extra bonus for you: 5 minute shamrocks:  use a heart punch.  punch. glue together, or not.  There you go.St Paddy's Day easy to DIY shamrocks  dennasideas.com Enough with the decorating, back to the desserts…St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com

My Mom gave me a flat of little mason jars, I’ve had so much fun with them!  They are the perfect size for individual desserts.  So instead of making a big trifle with the pound cake I baked the other day, I made these jar desserts for each of us.  It wasn’t very difficult to fill the jars.  All you need is cake, whipped cream, jello and some fruit slices.  The other day I baked up a vanilla pound cake, the old fashioned kind, and tinted it green.  (any kind of cake should work).  I sliced the pound cake up then cut out circles with a cookie cutter.  Mix up some green gelatin/jelly jello, I used lime flavor.  Use a tiny bit less water than called for, and do the ice cube method to cool it off faster.  Add a few spoonfuls of jello to each jar, then let it set up (I stuck them into the freezer for a bit) while you are cutting the cake into circles and whipping the cream (or Cool Whip will work).  The rest of the jello went into the fridge to start setting up.

St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com So, jello, a round of cake, a squeeze of whip cream.  Then slice up some kiwis and chop each slice in half.  Set them in the jars against the side (so you can see them!), then fill up the hollow with some jello when it is half-set, so it is still kind of blobby and pourable.  Then another layer of cake and some whipped cream.  Let them sit for as long as possible in the fridge (overnight is best. Especially if the cake was a little stale!)  When I open them up, I’ll add another slice of kiwi on top.  I love that these jars have lids, so easy to pop into the refrigerator.  They would be great to take on a picnic (if the weather was nice enough!), or even for the kids’ lunches (if I was nice enough!)St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com My favorite Irish band has a new release today! yay! And here’s a great watch for today:

St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Fruit Rainbow Pancakes

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St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Fruit Rainbow Pancakes

There’s still a bit of time to make something yummy for tomorrow!  Well, ok, time is rather ticking away, but there’s still time to rush out and buy some fruit and whipped cream!  And then tomorrow you could mix up a batch of pancakes….layer them up and there you go, a fruit rainbow for St. Paddy’s day!  I saw this idea on Pinterest, but then when I started putting it together I realized that whatever was used in the photo was not pancakes (cookies I think).  (P.S. I just found out that the idea was from i am baker! Yes, cookies, with an awesome cream cheese frosting!)  So my pancakes were a bit floppy and the stack was leaning a bit….solved that with a straw right down the middle of the pile!  The “fun” part is to layer your fruit in the order of the rainbow.  If you don’t remember that order, watch the fun little video at the end of this rainbow post, then you’ll never forget again!healthy fruit rainbow pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com

The fruits I used were red grapes, frozen blueberries (fresh ones would have looked more blue), kiwi, banana, orange and strawberries.  So easy!healthy fruit rainbow pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com

And then it was sliced up into four awesome slices….healthy Rainbow fruit pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com healthy Rainbow fruit pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com

Add each fruit in a blanket of whipped cream between layers of pancakes.  Like I said, it was quite easy…..or would have been if this hadn’t happened….Rainbow pancakes by dennasideas.com - Page 001

My mixer went crazy while I was getting a pancake out of the pan…when I looked over at it, a ring of cream was blobbing out of the bowl.  What a goopy mess!  But it didn’t actually surprise me….that’s how I usually cook….messy…. 😉

Anyways, to cheer myself up, I love to watch this video for St. Patrick’s Day!  An 8 minute account of St. Patrick’s life for the kids….even with flannel boards!

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows

Top of the Mornin’ to ya!!  It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and we do have a few rainbows around here on this cold and frosty and blizzardy day!  Like I mentioned before, I feel the need for rainbows!  Especially since it’s been snowing for a few days and my son is feeling discouraged that the walks that he has shoveled keep filling in!  Every morning it looks as though the walkway was never shoveled at all.  At least we’ve had a bit of sun, in between the snowy clouds.  But we need some cheering up, an assurance that spring really is around the corner!

 So indoors is where we must fabricate our own rainbows….
denna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas Leprechaun Hatsdenna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day CookiesWee little Leprechaun hat pops!!  I found them and a tutorial on how to make them here.  I made my own cookies with holes in the middles to help out when dipping them in chocolate, and in order to have the hats on sticks so I could call them Pops.  Leprechaun Hat Pops.denna's ideas: making leprechaun hat popsdenna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas Leprechaun Hat PopsI made a few more St. Paddy’s Day cookies and my daughter and I were trying to take some different photos of them for LilaLoa’s cookie photo contest where she’s challenging us to change up our cookie photography.  It’s very hard to photograph in our weak winter kitchen light, but we did our best.  Lyra took some shots that are a bit different than I usually get….  🙂  Shamrocks and Rainbows!denna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas Shamrock Cookies denna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas Shamrock Cookies denna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas denna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas Rainbow Cookies denna's ideas: St. Patrick's Day Ideas Lucky Rainbow Cookies

I keep forgetting the order of the rainbow so I found this fun little video to help me remember….I watched it before I iced the cookies (I know I have different colors on my rainbows, but that’s all I had at 10pm last night!!)

Hope you have a fun Rainbow Sunday!!!  😉

St. Patricks food and crafts: in progress…

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St. Patricks food and crafts: in progress…

I feel like getting into the festive mood for tomorrow.  Yesterday I posted a bit about what we’ve done for St. Patrick’s Day before, today I’m trying to get a couple things ready for tomorrow.  I’m thinking a lot about food, too because my nephew and my daughter’s bdays are right about St. Paddy’s day!!  Clicking around on Pinterest, I saw lots of fun ideas, and since I love rainbows so very much right now, I thought I’d try rainbow jello parfaits…you know, as in the “end of the rainbow” that’s where you find the pot of gold! 😉  So I’m working on that right now…it’s time consuming and mine is not turning out professional looking like the blog where I found it here: http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2012/03/lucky-rainbow-jello.html, but I guess Glory has made them a few times, and has all the “bugs” worked out!!  Here’s what they look like so far:

As I work on the layers and layers of jello, I thought of “encouraging” my daughter to make something to “recycle” the jello boxes.  She didn’t want to at first, but I threatened her, and that worked fine!  So now she’s busy making something cool out of them…

Another little “green” craft is a frog out of pop bottles.  Of course I found this idea on Pinterest…Cut the bottoms out of two 2 -litre green pop bottles (I’m Canadian, ok?!eh?!), for the head and body.  Then with your handy dandy glue gun, glue strips of felt around the sharp edges, and a small rectangle at the back for a hinge on froggy’s mouth.  Glue on the 2 pop tops as eyeballs, then add details with the glue gun: lips, freckles, cheeks, and around the  eyeballs.  A just-for-fun craft!  We have been using it to store our ABC flashcards that we made the other day…more on that later.  Here’s froggy:  (this was actually our Leap Year craft, heh, heh)

I’ve also printed out some St. Patrick’s Day old-fashioned greeting cards from the Lucky digital kit from my previous post.  Haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do with them, but will make some sort of decoration.

Now for some food planning for tomorrow….what to do?  I’ve made a pasta salad with lots of green bits in: cucumber, green onion, parsely.  A few years ago I actually made green bread!  Doesn’t look like I’ll get that done!  I was thinking we’d drink Root Beer Floats!  I know the kids will like that!  And yesterday I found this cool idea for a shamrock quiche on Pinterest, here’s the step by step instructions:   http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2011/03/lucky-spinach-quiche.html I want to try it out!!

Are you planning any special food for tomorrow?  Just wondering….how about a lovely green sauce for your chicken??  green salad? green bread?  I’m not Irish, so I really don’t have too many ‘authentic’ ideas! 😉  We’ll see what I actually get done…..

here comes St. Paddy’s Day…

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here comes St. Paddy’s Day…

I admit it, I didn’t give my kids Valentines this year…not because I don’t, just because I was so tired…and made so many Valentines for school… I just didn’t get any made up for my darlings!  So, on the spur of the moment, I made up these St. Patrick’s day “cards” for them.  I’ll print them up and they can put the page into their scrapbook (I am not the type of mom who makes a scrapbook up for each of my children, beginning from their birth, and going through their school years. It’s a nice idea, but one that I won’t do for two reasons: I know I could never get it done and I wouldn’t want to give the book to them, I’d rather keep it myself! So instead of that, I sporadically make digital things, and am working on giving each of my children a digital book of random pages. Later on, I can save up $, then print out one for myself to keep. That’s the beauty of digital: you can make as many copies as you want! So worth it. I have given, well, or will eventually give, each kid an empty album where they can put these random pages that I print out for them, usually from their birthday wall-display.)  (Ha ha, I didn’t mean to brag about “spur-of-the-moment…with the digital kit I used, there were lots of pre-done elements which made it super easy and fun, see below)

We didn’t grow up celebrating St. Patrick’s day, we just wore green so we wouldn’t get pinched at school.  And growing up in Guatemala, Central America, it wasn’t a big deal, not very many Irish down there! 😉  But in the last few years, I’ve gotten into it.  And this year, I feel obsessed with rainbows, so I really feel like making decorations and food and stuff!!  I have appreciated getting to know the story of St. Patrick.  First from watching a great animated video made by VeggieTales about the life of St. Patrick.  I love it! Super cute and informative and well-done, great for young children (can watch it here: http://ministry-to-children.com/veggie-tales-saint-patrick-video/)  You should watch it if you can!!! 🙂  And in the last few weeks, I heard the audio story of St. Patrick done by Adventures in Odyssey, really really interesting and well done (this one is more for older kids and adults).  I missed a bit of it, but am hoping it will be aired on their podcast again soon! You can find the live podcast here: http://www.whitsend.org/ look at the bottom of the page where it says “listen live now!” for 24/7 great stories!! I’m sure you could buy the download of the specific St. Patrick story, but am not sure what the name of that series is.

Here is what I made today, for my kids.  Then I did a bit of research about an Irish ring which intrigued me, and lastly, a fun digital kit for St. Paddy’s day!

Photos of my kids by April Scott  http://www.aprilscottphotography.com/ (I added this so that maybe she’ll feel like taking some more up-to-date photos of the kids sometime, heh heh!!)  I love these photos of them, even though they aren’t super recent. 😉

And here’s the bit about the ring:

All the images I have used come from Paula Kesselring’s digital kit called “Lucky” the preview is below, and you can find it in the Catscrap shop here: http://www.catscrap.com/shoppe/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=66 scroll down about 4 rows  on the page to see the “Lucky” kit (it’s on sale right now), and beside it is a free desktop wallpaper with a calendar and St. Paddy’s stuff, cute!  Paula has some really really cute digital kits, I like her stuff!!! 🙂 also, more freebies on her facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/#!/paulakesselringdesigns

Bonus: The first person who notices “something in particular” about the journalling on my layouts, message me and I will make a Lucky layout just for you!! 🙂  (I just wondered who actually read down to the bottom of the post!! hee hee!)