I love St. Patrick’s day. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving…..no gifts needed. It involves a fun menu. But, there is not right or wrong way to celebrate. It also breaks up the long winter days that are slowly showing signs of spring.
I have a very Irish last name that I married into. My husband says he thinks they have Irish roots. So I go with what he says. Who wouldn’t want to be Irish? They have the most fun! My family background is pretty boring in my opinion so that is probably why the idea of being Irish or Italian always has seemed more appealing. I’m just German, English and maybe Dutch.
On both sides of my family there were a ton of women and men that loved to bake and had a major talent for it. Me? Not really. I get bored very quickly baking. I will get one batch of cookies out of the oven and then I’ll have lost interest getting to the next three trays. I’ll bake a cake and never frost it. Cupcakes? Oh please. I bake at Christmas with the kids because I want them to have that memory. I love baking with them. They spend forever picking a new cookie to try each year and we usually do it when it’s a night with nothing going on and it’s all cozy. It’s a nice memory. Baking is just not something that I love at this stage in my life I guess. I would rather make a seven course meal. I’m not kidding!
When it comes to St. Patrick’s day I do make the effort to bake! Weird right? I try to make sure the kids have Irish traditions to look back on. There is so much to bake too! Soda bread, cookies, even just a spin on a cake by adding Irish cream to it. And you can make everything green! It’s so fun.
Priss recently came home and had to write a story about traditions in our family. Have you ever had to stop and talk about your traditions? I had to stop and think…….not because we don’t have them. But, more so because it’s just second nature at this point. She wrote about the tradition of a beach trip. Which was sweet. But, I had a list of fifty other things I thought she could talk about. She also had to draw a picture to go with it. So I guess a plate of food as a drawing didn’t rate as high as talking about dinners out with Nana and Pop pop on vacation and a week at the beach. Whatever!
I actually have a list a mile long of things I try to make around St. Patricks. I’m just going to share a few!
I made this from The Baker Upstairs a few years ago for a dinner party. It was so good I made it again the next day for the family. It is to die for. The Baker Upstairs had me hooked after I read her review. I serve it warm and with fresh whipped cream. It’s divine.
I always always cook corned beef. We only eat it once a year and there is rarely even a bite left. I know it’s not very healthy. But, I put it in the pressure cooker and it is to die for. I can’t say I do anything special because this time of year all the grocery stores have corned beef and they always come with a seasoning packet. So we just go with that.
I make marshmallow type shamrocks….
Remember Cool Whip? So do I and now I can’t believe we ever liked it. Luckily everything is made better now and the organic version is called TruWhip. It’s so much better. I spread it on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Freeze, then cut out in any shape (shamrock for St. Patrick’s day.) This is a great thing to do at Valentine’s day with hearts, Christmas with Santa shapes. You can add dye to the Truwhip, mix then spread. I usually do green for St. Patrick’s day. The kids love them in milk, hot chocolate of course. Or just as a treat.
So I’ll admit the Irish are not a society over over seasoning cooks. But, Irish Soda bread is one of my favorites because it’s so dense. I found this recipe that takes the boring bread to a new level with cheddar and rosemary. I didn’t have the cheddar and did with parmesan and found it to be just as good. The rosemary makes this bread so yummy! And this is the only time of the year the kids get Irish butter.
Since everything is based on the Leprechaun…..I try to throw a rainbow in where I can
Hope you have a fun one! I wish we were going to be in Savannah this year for the parade. It’s so fun! I highly recommend going if you never have. One day I hope spring break works out so we can go.
Cheers..or as the Irish say….Slainte