Rainbow Marshmallow Treats

Last month I shared how I’ve been developing my own curriculum when it comes to holiday themed school units for my preschoolers (with a lot of help from Pinterest).

It’s time now for me to share something from our St. Patrick’s Day “studies.”

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St. Patrick’s Day was only a big holiday for me when we lived in the FL panhandle because my best friend was (I mean, she still is) Irish and we celebrated 4 SPDs together in a row. Quite fun.

I admit I know nothing really about the holiday. Yes, I could go google that right now, but I’m not going to; let’s be real.

But hey. I ordered two books to fit the holiday off Amazon (funnily enough the library didn’t have materials left for me to check out!) and we’ve read them 8 times today (aka yesterday). Guess they’re a hit: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! and Ten Lucky Leprechauns. (Personally, I prefer the latter.)

Firecracker absolutely loves rainbows so I knew we’d have to focus on the “pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow” idea of the holiday. He doesn’t get it. (Hey, I don’t either, kid.) But a rainbow activity and craft – he’s all for it.

We made rainbow paper chains and learned about how staplers work – quite an interesting machine! “I’m very curious about the stapler.” These cute crafts act as my prop for the star of the show – the Rainbow Marshmallow Treats.

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Think Rice Krispie Treat made with Trix cereal.

I know marshmallow treats made with Lucky Charms are incredibly popular this time of year, and rightfully so, but I wanted to go a slightly different route this week. They’re definitely fun, festive, and applicable more than once a year – they’d be great for birthday parties!

Rainbow Marshmallow Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 box Trix cereal

Steps:

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows in a large pot over medium heat. Stir until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and fold in the cereal, mixing until cereal is fully coated.
  3. Press into a greased casserole dish and let set before cutting into squares.

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Leprechaun Lunch Bag Puppet

I’m just popping in today to share a super quick and adorable St. Patrick’s Day craft you can do with you little ones. (If your kids are older than mine, they might actually make a Leprechaun with the crafting supplies.)

I had saved a few ideas on Pinterest and showed them to Firecracker to pick a craft to do and he immediately chose this Lepruchaun Lunch Bag Puppet. A trip to the Dollar Tree shortly followed for some large googly eyes and brown lunch bags – we already had everything else we’d need.

Here’s what you need: brown paper lunch bags, construction paper (green, black, yellow, orange), large googly eyes, marker, buttons.

Firecracker had been looking forward to crafting all week long and the first thing he wanted to do Friday morning was make our craft. Turns out those brief moments were the best of the day, as a trip to the doctor’s office shortly followed to discover that between my two boys, they had 3 ear infections.

With Treat having just woken up as well, he got to join in the crafting fun. For him, that meant pulling all of the buttons and googly eyes off of the paper bag, but he seemed to enjoy himself. IMG_2712

Firecracker just wanted to glue a bunch of googly eyes on his Leprechaun[‘s hat] and a few buttons. He had no interest in creating the orange beard.

The night before crafting day, I cut out the paper hats, buckles, and strips for the beard. I then glued it together to ensure that my trusty liquid Elmer’s glue would work. Spoiler alert: it works perfectly.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Turnovers

I have a funny story regarding corned beef that is probably really one of those “you had to be there” stories to find amusing, but I’m going to tell it anyway.

Have you ever played Taboo? It’s a fun game in which players try to describe a word without using certain “taboo” words or phrases. It was hugely popular amongst our families when we were in college.

Stuart and I each had a game set, but they were manufactured in different years and therefore the cards are different.

Corned beef hash is on one of the cards in the older deck. It’s a dish that, at the time, none of us younger players had ever heard of. With no way to describe it, a point was given to the opposing team and play moved on. Since that point, if there’s ever a pause in clue giving or zero idea on the guessers part, we automatically guess “corned beef hash!” (We’re never right.)

So what is corned beef?

Corned beef is salt-cured beef which became popular during wartime when fresh meat had to be rationed. Its most common uses are for sandwiches or hash.

One of these days I’ll actually make corned beef hash.

We’ve enjoyed corned beef in my Irish Bread Braid and in these turnovers. Makes me wonder why I only cook with it in March.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Turnovers

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 C diced yellow onion
  • 4 C coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 lb corned beef, finely chopped
  • 1 box of 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, whisked with a little water

Steps:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent and tender. Add the coleslaw, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes. Stir in corned beef and season to taste with S+P. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the puff pastry and seal the seams. Cut out 9 squares from one sheet. Put 1-2 tbsp of filling onto each square.
  4. Roll out the second sheet of puff pastry and cut out 9 more squares. Stretch the squares to fit over the filling and use a fork to seal the edges of the turnovers. Using a paring knife, cut a small slit in the tops of the turnovers.
  5. Place turnovers onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg wash.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

*This recipe is adapted from Lori at http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/03/14/corned-beef-cabbage-turnovers/*

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Parmesan Crusted Potato Wedges

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, you’ll see the price of potatoes dropping. While colcannon, mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage, is the popular side dish associated with the holiday, I have another suggestion for you.

Parmesan Crusted Potato Wedges.

These baked beauties are perfect for celebrating alongside an Irish dinner with a good beer. And will become a year round favorite, too.

Parmesan Crusted Potato Wedges

Ingredients:

  • 3 large Russet potatoes, sliced in wedges
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (or any blend of seasonings you prefer)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine the olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Rinse potato wedges and pat dry. Toss in the seasoned oil. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, or until fork tender.

*This recipe is adapted from Amy at http://theblondcook.com/baked-herb-parmesan-potato-wedges/*

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Recipes for a Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t one of the holidays I really celebrate.

Anymore.

I had 4 great years celebrating the holiday with my best friend while living in the Florida Panhandle. She is of Irish decent and we always had a fabulous and festive dinner. We’d take turns hosting each year. You can read about some of our celebrations here: Irish Bread Braid.

As I don’t have too many St. Patrick’s Day recipes on the blog, I turned to some of my blogging friends to share their favorite kid-friendly recipes. I’ve assembled some of them into this great round-up.

10 Recipes for a Kid-Friendly St. Patrick's Day

Here are some fabulously green foods that even kids will love!

And what kid can resist a rainbow treat?

#SRC: Pot o’ Gold Cookies

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Good morning and welcome to another edition of The Secret Recipe Club. For a little “behind the scenes” information, The Secret Recipe Club (SRC) is divided into four group. Each group posts on a different Monday of the month. I am in Group C and always post on the 3rd Monday of the month. Which meant that during those special months with five Mondays there’d be a week without any fun reveal day! So now, on the 5th Monday of the month there is a themed reveal and it’s a “free for all,” which means that there aren’t any group restrictions. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the other bloggers in the club.

Who would have thought that February would ever have 5 Mondays in it!? Happy Leap Day, everyone! As it’s the last day of February the Secret Recipe Club is looking into March for inspiration. Leprechauns and Bunnies was the assignment as St. Patrick’s Day has to share its month with Easter  this year.

I don’t think I could have asked for a better assignment this month! Making Memories with your Kids has an incredible index of holiday foods and crafts. Erin is a single mom to two kids who are most definitely making memories together through baking and crafting. Her blog is such a great resource of ideas!

Her sloppy Joe baskets would work for either holiday, really. Erin made them as “Easter baskets” but they could easily be a “pot of gold,” too.

While I don’t care much for St. Patrick’s Day (especially now that I don’t live near Kate anymore) I decided to make her Pot o’ Gold Cookies instead of her Chocolate Peep Sugar Cookies simply because the former were simple and used ingredients I already had. I did take some liberty in forming a few as Easter eggs and decorating with purple sprinkles, but you’ll notice they’re not photographed. They weren’t very pretty; to make them like Easter eggs definitely use white chocolate instead!

Forming Pot O' Gold Cookies with Grandma  Sew You Think You Can Cook

These shortbread cookies were a huge hit! My mother-in-law helped make them and showed Firecracker how to roll the dough into balls. He wasn’t particularly interested and instead preferred to “Hulk smash” the balls. Until he discovered the deliciousness of the dough! It’s egg-free so I had no problems with letting him try it, though once I realized he was eating it I had to clear most off of his table to prevent a sugar rush!

If I hadn’t put these cookies in a bag they wouldn’t have lasted through the evening. They’re addicting! Luckily the “impenetrable” barrier of a resealable bag (and a trip to Graeter’s ice cream) kept them safe so I could share them with friends.

Pot O’ Gold Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/4 C flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C milk chocolate chips
  • yellow or gold sprinkles

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar, and almond extract. Mix in the flour until it starts to combine. Turn dough out onto a flat surface and knead until smooth and combined.
  3. Roll dough into 1″ balls. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 11 minutes, until the edges are lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Spoon chocolate over the cookies and top with sprinkles. Allow chocolate to set before serving.

*This recipe is adapted from Erin at http://makingmemorieswithyourkids.com/2015/03/pot-of-gold-meltaway-cookies/*

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I didn’t wait for the chocolate to set before photographing… Firecracker doesn’t like sticky things, he wasn’t quite sure what to do!

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Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Yesterday I shared an alcohol free beverage option in my Pot ‘O Gold Punch. Today, it’s all about the adults.

Making Irish Cream Liquor at home is simple, quick, and easy. And better yet, actually tastes like the real thing. Although my mom thought it was a tad weaker than the stuff in the bottle.

You can enjoy this liquor straight out of a glass with ice, over ice cream, or use it in a new favorite dessert. The latter is a teaser for a recipe coming at you next week, so stay tuned!

This recipe makes 3 C and will keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Homemade Irish Cream Liquor

Ingredients:

  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C whiskey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk

Steps:

  1. Whisk together 1 tbsp heavy cream with the espresso and cocoa powders until smooth. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Store in an air tight container up to two weeks in the fridge.

*This recipe is adapted from Cory at http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/homemade-irish-cream*

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To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve assembled a round-up of some fun ways to use your homemade liquor:

Bailey’s Bundt Cake

Bailey’s Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse

Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding

Bailey’s Cocktail Poptails

Bailey’s Irish Coffee Caramels

Spiced Bailey’s Ice Cream Floats