Holiday-St.Paddy’s

“pain is good” thousand island salad dressing

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We love Thousand Island dressing! This year when I made the dressing to go with our annual St. Patrick’s Day Reuben sandwiches, I decided to use this spicy relish instead of the usual sweet pepper relish. It’s made by a company called Original Juan, and it’s awesome. It’s creamy, spicy and the perfect accompaniment to…

the ultimate thin mint fudge brownies

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These amazing brownies (inspired by my daughter Gracie’s creation) are absolutely the fudgiest brownies on the planet. They have this irresistible, crunchy outside and a gooey, fudge filling. If you serve them when they’re still warm they taste like molten chocolate lava cake. I decided to make up a batch for St. Patrick’s Day and…

lucky charms treats

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I love cooking special treats for holidays. St. Patrick’s Day is an especially fun, whimsical theme. I used the some of the marshmallows from a box of Lucky Charms Cereal as a garnish for my Tipsy Shamrock Shakes yesterday, so I decided to use the rest of the box to make a pan of Lucky…

tipsy shamrock shakes

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Looking for a creamy, minty, sweet libation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? When I was little I always loved going to McDonald’s to get a Shamrock Shake on St. Pat’s. This is that same, nostalgic drink… all grown up. Serve these without the Bailey’s and Jameson for the kiddos, and for teetotalers. They’re delicious either…

blarney stones

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“The Blarney Stone is a block of carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab.” ~Wikipedia Top of the afternoon to ya! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just finished making up a batch of these…

the sassy rachel

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I took this photo today while watching Breaking Dawn Part 2 (again), and sipping my Whispering Pines Apple Cinnamon Oolong. I was sitting at the table I moved into the living room, right in front of the TV. I had the house to myself. When that happens I do what I want. I stay in…

stout floats

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Blizzard here in Minnesota today! Just when I thought we’d seen the last of the dreaded snow. School was cut short, kids came home early, the kitties are sitting in the bay window watching it fall, and I’m writing to you fine people ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and we indulged in some of…

reubens

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~ reubens ~ This classic sandwich is our “go-to” St. Patrick’s Day meal. Piles of flavorful corned beef, Polish-style sauerkraut, gooey swiss cheese, buttery toasted marble rye and plenty of creamy thousand island dressing for dipping. It has it all! To make them, just line up the slices of bread the way you would for…

irish potato bake

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~ irish potato bake ~ There are little green sprigs of grass sprouting in my yard. It’s a St. Patrick’s miracle! This almost never happens this early in Minnesota. The tender buds on my shrubs, the crocuses in the front bulb garden, Shamrock shakes, Penelope….all of these things are making me want to celebrate this…