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Last minute ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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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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and the winner is…

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Here’s the layout for the “winner” of my little bonus challenge the other day (was that the next to last post?).  I was just wondering if someone would notice that all the St. Patrick’s day digital scrapbook layouts that I posted had the same journaling, but this smart lady guessed that there are coins in the layouts and the word coincidence….get it….”coin” cidence?  That was pretty good!! (and she was the first one to message me back!)  so here’s her “lucky” layout!!

The layout is made with Paula Kesselring’s digital kit called “Lucky”. You can scroll back through my St. Paddy’s day posts if you want to find the link to buy it in her shop! 😉 Top O’ the Morning to ya (ok, evening…..)

our St. Paddy’s feast: improvisation is the name of the game

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our St. Paddy’s feast: improvisation is the name of the game

Ok, it started out as a sleep-in pajama day, and ended up as a let’s-clean-up-the-house day, but in between that, we had our great St. Patrick’s Day feast and a Star Wars movie marathon.  I did most of the prep for all this food yesterday (while the Star Wars marathon was just beginning).  I made the pasta salad, baked the green cakes, and spent all yesterday afternoon making the jello parfaits.  First of all, I tried a “lucky quiche”, that looked so cute, instructions here: http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2011/03/lucky-spinach-quiche.html  (I actually did this last night).  It was a lot of work, and the dough was tricky (use plastic when called for to roll it out, nOT wax paper!)  I was despairing that the quiches were even going to turn out, but they did….and boy, were they delicious!  I had never made my own crust for quiche, wow does it make all the difference!  Definitely a recipe to keep!  (there’s a tutorial on the blog to get the shamrock shape 🙂 ) I didn’t have all the ingredients for the filling, so just improvised a bit with what I had on hand (no frozen spinach or parmesan cheese).

I saw the cutest leprechaun lunch here:  http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2011/03/fun-food-friday-lucky-lunch.html and so decided to copy it.  I threw carrots in the coarse grater of the food processor, and the rest was easy to assemble.  I didn’t have any green apples, so used cucumbers for the green hats.  They turned out super cute and totally worth the effort!!

Ham sandwich face, cucumber hat, grated carrot hair and beard, M&M rainbow, M&M eyes, cucumber mouth, banana coins, shamrock salad.  Then we had root beer floats for dessert!

(Pasta salad with green onions, cucumbers, dill and parsely, yum yummy)

Grab a few fairy toys and  gold coins, throw them on the table.  Stick a few lollipops in a jar of buttons, and my good ol’ green $1 Ikea table runner (which has been used for everything, every party, forever!) and handy dandy green Ikea napkins, and there you go: St. Paddy’s day lunch!

It really didn’t take that long to make, and was so worth it to see the kids’ reactions! (I mentioned it was pj day, right?)

 While we ate, we had a good chat about St. Patrick (yesterday we listened to his story on Adventures in Odyssey).  I must admit, I love doing all this fancy food stuff, but can’t seem to get it together enough to get it ALL done, as in, clean up things enough to actually invite someone over to eat with us.  I do all this cool stuff, take photos of it, then we sit down and eat it, and I like to post photos of it….but can’t get things together enough…y’know….to do it “right”…..so here’s a photo of what things really looked like, aside from the fancy table, just to keep it real:

That’s my big weakness, I love to get all creative, but then I make a huge mess…and I’m usually a mess, the counter, the floor, ugh, everything…but I make some cute stuff.  Don’t ask me if it’s worth it…the answer will depend on the moment.

I spent all yesterday afternoon making the jello parfaits from this blog: http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2012/03/lucky-rainbow-jello.html  improvised with goblets instead of juice glasses.  I just kept the goblets in their box while I poured in layer after layer of jello, it made it easier to whip them in and out of the fridge.

Ok, they turned out better than I thought they were going to.  I made the mistake of starting with whipped cream instead of a layer of jello, but i did it because I wrapped a penny in plastic wrap and plopped it in the bottom of the goblet…get it? the “gold” at the bottom of the rainbow!! 😉 I wanted to put a looney in (a Canadian $1 coin, because they look kinda goldish) but I didn’t have any!! I had to raid the kids’ piggy banks to get the pennies as it was…

So while everyone kept on with the Star Wars movie marathon, I started on the cake, which is kind of St. Paddy’s, but mostly for my daughter’s birthday.  This was the first time I tried an “ombre” cake.  (a cake in varying shades of the same color).  I used a white cake mix and added root beer instead of water, but think I would make a homemade cake next time.

It’s easy, bake several layers, tinting the batter for each layer successively darker and darker.  I used an 8 inch pan (only one, so had to wash it btwn layers).  Trim the layers

get the brown crumbs off

start with the darkest layer, rim with icing, then fill incontinue stacking them up!then finish icing and decorate!! I didn’t know what to do, and just felt too tired to roll out fondant, so I just iced it all white, then decorated the top with candy (while I was listening to Star Wars and trying to figure out what was going on in the story.  I never ever felt the desire to watch them, but the things we do for our kids, I tell ya….oh well, I liked the ending of movie #6 🙂

 Ta da! what a wow when you (very carefully) slice it!!!

next time, I’m trying the famous RAINBOW layer cake, haha!!! this was good practice 😉

And just so nothing goes to waste…use those leftover green crumbs to make some…..you got it….cake pops!!

Guess I should go dip those things in white chocolate now…..sigh, I think I’ve had enought foody creativity for today (this week, this month?)  Oh wait, a birthday is coming up!!!

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!)