St Patty’s Revisit

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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For you Pintrest fans out there, if you are loving what you see, click the link below to pin your favorite project(s):

 
Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

St Patty’s Day Dinner – Crock Pot Beer Corned Beef

With St Patrick’s day coming up this weekend, the Irish are a-buzz with how they will make their evening feast.  You could certainly go traditional with a corned beef and cabbage meal, or go to McDonald’s.  It’s totally up to you.

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I thought I would share my St Patty’s Day meal from last year.  I never got around to posting it, and have therefore been saving it for the last 363 days so I could share it with you now.  I took the traditional meal, and un-traditionalized it.

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If you go to your grocery stores now, there will be tons of cuts of corned beef at great prices.  I say stock up if you’ve got the room, and toss some of those in your freezer for later.  You’re going to want them after trying this recipe.

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When I got my corned beef last year, I pulled out the seasoning packet that came with it, opened it, went “Eww!”, and threw it away.  Okay, new plan…Let’s make the corned beef like I make my beer brats:  in the crock pot, covered with beer, and cooked on low for 8 delicious smelling hours.

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Good. Decision.

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Moist, tender, no seasoning needed meat.  I didn’t take a picture while it was in the crock pot, because it looked really nasty.  But don’t let that scare you.  It’s worth it.  I ditched the traditional side dishes and went with a simple cheesy mashed potato and edamame.  I know edamame isn’t even close to irish, but when your kid requests a vegetable, you just go with it.

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Yum Yum Yum!

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And for those of you that hang out here for our Gluten Free tips, I haven’t forgotten about you!  Check out the packaging for the corned beef, or ask the butcher, to make sure you have a gluten free cut.  I know you can’t have regular beer, but did you know that there are lots of Gluten Free beers out there?  Check out your local liquor store, and enjoy the feast with everyone else.

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So tell me…. What are you planning to make for Saturday?  Are you sticking with tradition? Bending the rules? Going to McDonalds?  Tell me all about it!  Feel free to share a link if you have one.

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Tá súil agam go bhfuil lá breá agat!!! (That’s Gaelic for - I’m hoping you will have a fine day)

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Lizz

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers

This past weekend, Skylar and I were invited to a St Patrick’s Day party.  We love a good themed party, and we were really excited to join in the festivites.  When I asked what dish I could bring, I was given instructions to bring whatever.  Oh, the possibilites are endless!

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I knew there would be a lot of kids at this party, so I opted to make something on the healthy (and gluten free) side that everyone would enjoy.  And, of course, it must have a St Patty’s theme!  Enter Rainbow Fruit Skewers…

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Don’t those just make you feel like there’s a pot of gold somewhere close?!

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After choosing our fruits of many colors, I cut them into similarly sized pieces, then laid everything out for a bit so it wasn’t super super moist.

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I put them onto the skewers, and Voila!  A beautiful rainbow of a healthy treat!

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Stay tuned for more St Patty’s Day fun!!  If you want to see the fun things we came up with last year for this jolly green holiday, Click Herefor all of our St Patty’s Day posts.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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Leprechaun Trap

Skylar asked me a few days ago if we could make a leprechaun trap.  I was tickled that she even knew what that was!  So of course I agreed, and told her that we would set it up Wednesday night when all the St Patrick’s Day leprechauns come out to play.  (I know this might be a little late to post this, but if you like this, and you can pull it together, you could still do it tonight with your kids.) (Or husbands.)  Anyways, here’s what we came up with:

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I found a hat and a package that included shamrock stickers, a pencil, and a notebook at our local party store.  I already had some gold coins left over from our last Muffin Tin Meal, so this whole thing cost me less than $2.  (You could also use an empty shoe box, and cover it with green paper, or paint it)  I used a marshmallow as a base for the thick pretzel stick that would hold up our “trap”

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Skylar decorated the hat with the stickers, and helped me set out the gold coins to lure the leprechaun in.  She wasn’t so sure that we were going to catch anything, but I assured her that our trap was really well made.

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ZZZzzzz……

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Look what happened!

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Looks like our leprechaun friend showed up after all!  And left a huge mess!!  I wonder if we caught him in our trap?!?!

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Oh No!  Looks like he found the pencil and notebook (wink!) and left us a little note.  We didn’t catch him, but there’s always next year!

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I hope you all have a great St Patrick’s Day!  Since Thursdays are a really bad day for us, schedule wise, we’re celebrating a little late and doing our Irish dinner on Friday instead.  Check back because, surprise surprise, I’m trying something new!

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Have a great rest of the week!

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Lizz

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I am submitting this fun little project to a few linky parties:

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Tip Junkie handmade projects
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Leprechaun Ice Cream Sundae

If you were reading our little blog yesterday, you probably read *This Post* for Muffin Tin Monday.  Our St Patty’s Day theme was really fun to work with, and I promised to detail how I made the Leprechaun Ice Cream Sundae.  This is really one of the cutest foods I’ve made in a while.  I wish I could say that the idea was born in my head, but the credit definitely goes to Sun Scholars (which is quickly becoming a sight I’m lovin’!).

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So here’s the handsome wee man:

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And here’s what you’ll need to make him:

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  • vanilla ice cream
  • green ice cream cone, or regular ice cream cone and green candy melt
  • white or yellow square piece of gum
  • orange frosting
  • black frosting
  • chocolate chips (or brown sprinkles)
  • maraschino cherry
  • shamrock candy (cake decoration)

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First, if you don’t have a green ice cream cone, you will need to cover a regular one with green candy melt (melted in the microwave according to the directions on the package).  I did this in a baking dish over wax paper.  I moved it over before everything dried, so there wasn’t extra candy melt at the bottom.

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Set those aside, or in the fridge, to set.  In the meantime, create a ball of vanilla ice cream for the head.  (Sorry no pictures…I needed both hands)  This needs to be done quickly, because as the ice cream warms up, it gets very difficult to work with.  Since I couldn’t find my ice cream scoop, I used a large plastic serving spoon, and another smaller spoon to make my spheres.  Once done, put them into the dish you will be using, and put it in the freezer to get cold again.

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While the ice cream firms back up, add the details to the hat.  I put some black frosting into a ziplock bag with the tip cut off (if you have pastry tips that would work too).  Pipe a black line around the hat.

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Stick the gum to the front, right onto the black frosting (it will act like glue).  Add a small line of black frosting onto the gum to make it look like a buckle.

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Pop the hat onto the ice cream ball.

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Use orange frosting, again in a ziplock bag with the tip cut off, to add a squiggly beard and eyebrows.

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Now add the rest of the facial details.  Cut a cherry in half, and dry it completely with a paper towel.  Use a little frosting to add it to the face.  I used chocolate chips for the eyes, and black frosting to make a little half-smile.  If you choose, you can add a candy shamrock to finish it off.

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And there you have an adorable little leprechaun ice cream sundae that your kids are sure to love!  Mine sure did!

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Enjoy!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – St Patty’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this week, and being part Irish and all, this week’s theme just felt pretty natural.  We had a lot of fun with this one…

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Top Row (left to right):  Chocolate Gold Coins, Fruit by the Foot Rainbow, Leprechaun Ice Cream Sundae

Bottom Row: Steamed Carrots, Corned Beef Sandwich (open faced), Roasted Dill Red Potatoes

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This dinner tin was a little unusual in that after we took pictures, it was deconstructed a bit.  I put the ice cream back into the freezer for later (thus the reason it’s in a separate bowl), and I only let her have 1 gold coin.  This tin was a little heavy on the sweets, but I just couldn’t help creating some really fun St Patty’s day treats!

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The Leprechaun Ice Cream Sundae was really fun to make.  I found it over at Sun Scholars, and squealed at it’s utter cuteness.  I only made a few very minor adjustments.  I will be posting a tutorial for this tomorrow, but if you can’t wait to see how it’s done, please check out Sun Scholars *Here*.

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I found rainbow colored mini (half-sized) Fruit Roll Ups at the grocery store, and I thought they were perfect for this tin to create an interesting rainbow.

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I tried to create a traditional Irish dinner for Skylar.  My suggestions of corned beef and cabbage was quickly shot down, but the idea of a sandwich was accepted.  Good enough for me!  (little does she know that’s exactly what she’s getting on Thursday!)  The potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes to make.  I will be posting that tutorial later in the week, so be sure to check back!

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If you want to see some of the other great muffin tin meals that were created this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Hope you all have a great week!

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Lizz

Make a Shamrock T-shirt

I’ve been wanting to try a few techniques I’ve been seeing for creating shirt stencils.  I figured St Patty’s Day is a great reason to give it a try!  Here’s what we did…

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First, collect the things you are going to need:

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  • T-shirt in the color of your choice
  • Freezer paper
  • A printed version of your design
  • X-acto knife
  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Fabric glitter

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First, you will need to choose a design that you like.  I just made mine on my computer, using a celtic type of font, and a graphic of a shamrock.  When looking for fonts and graphics, remember that you will be cutting them out, so it doesn’t matter what it looks like really, just look at the shape on the outside.

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Next, cut out a piece of the freezer paper that is at least as big as your design paper.  If you’ve never used freezer paper before (this was my first time!), it can be found in your local grocery store with all the tin foil and ziplock bags.  If has 2 distinct sides.  One looks like normal paper, and the other side is wax-coated and very shiny.

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Now, put your freezer paper over the design paper, with the shiny wax side down.  I used a little bit of double-sided tape in the corners to keep them together.

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Next, use your x-acto knife to cut out the design.

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Because I went with a long word, and a somewhat complicated font, this took quite a bit of time to cut out.  It was worth it to me in the end, but it’s something to consider.

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You will end up with a stencil like this:

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If you look carefully, I left the center pieces in the a’s and g by leaving a little tiny connection.  You can cut them out completely, but you will need to add them back in later, so don’t throw them out.

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Now the fun part!  You will iron this stencil to the shirt (wax side down still).  There’s really no trick to this, you will just need to eyeball lining up the stencil onto the shirt.  Iron on medium heat for about 30 seconds

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Check to make sure all the edges are sealed.  Slip a piece of cardboard under the shirt to protect the backside from the paint.

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Then it’s time to paint!  I used a paint brush to apply the paint, but you could use a sponge too.

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And you’ll end up with this…

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For the shamrock, I wanted to do it in glitter.  I used fabric adhesive on a sponge, and spread it all over the shamrock area.

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Then cover the entire area with fabric glitter, and I used my finger to make sure the whole thing was covered completely.  (side note: using fabric glue and fabric glitter is recommended, because it’s washable and should hold up pretty well)

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Leprechaun Finger!

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Shake off the excess glitter.  And now…. The moment of truth…

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Voila!

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I think it turned out great!  And of course this project isn’t final until there’s a cute little blond inside it…

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I will be submitting this project to a number of linky parties (I will continue to add them here as I link them).  Click the images below to see the other great projects submitted this week:

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Tip Junkie handmade projects

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Have a great day!

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Lizz