In my family St. Patrick’s Day is considered a BIG DEAL in our home! Ever since I have known my husband and his family , well the Irish side anyways, celebrating and giving tribute to St. Patty’s Day is an every year tradition. This year is a little bit different as our responsibilities have changed from being newlyweds, to last year being pregnant( didn’t affect my husband as much) to this year becoming parents of an almost 1 year old. So on that note, I have decided to make it a little extra special for my husband and rather then focusing on the drinking side of the holiday I’m focusing on the food & festivities.
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For starters I ordered him personalized green & white M & M’s that will be great for those late night study sessions and then will make him corn beef & cabbage, a specialty of my mother-in-law. The recipe I follow is below. If there is one thing I have realized since becoming a wife and now mother, is that carrying on family traditions is REALLY important. Well, this tradition is my in-laws “thing” and hey who am I to say no to celebrating for whatever the reason may be. To get our home St. Patrick’s Day ready, a simple floral arrangement in the green, cream and yellow/green color scheme is PERFECT for any home( look at the photo above). Then depending on how “Irish” you want to become you can always welcome the “luck of the Irish” into your home with a simple decoration for your front door, or just about anywhere in your home. Celebrating ANY holiday is something that you personally have to decide how far you want to go, but for us keeping it simple looks nice and doesn’t seem to overwhelm anyone coming into our home, including ourselves.
As for our daughter in order to get her into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day she has this cute top from Carters and a simple pair of Gap jeans.
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So hopefully if you enjoy St. Patty’s day as much as we do you are going to not only drink green beer, but make the evening that much more fun with some delicious food and sweets. Listed below are two VERY simple recipes that can make your day/night that much more festive. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’s Day from our family/home to yours.
Corn Beef & Cabbage ( Prep 10 mins; Cook 2 hrs 25 mins)
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2 1/2 lbs Corned Beef Brisket w/ spice packet
8 small red potatoes
4 carrots, peeled & cut into 3 inch pieces
3/4 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges
Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender. Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
Irish Shamrock Cookies
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(makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 ( 3 oz) package instant pistachio pudding mix
1 1/3 cups baking mix
1 tbsp white sugar
Cream together the butter or margarine and the pudding mix. Blend in the baking mix, egg and sugar and mix well. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to 3/8 inch thickness and cut into cookies with a shamrock cookie cutter. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 9 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cookies cool on rack. Frost with green colored icing if desired.