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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Luck of the four leaf clover – Is it just a Myth?
Great Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day!
Corned Beef and Cabbage, Courtesy: http://www.marthastewart.com
Our recent Food Mingle Blog Poll asked about your favorite traditional Irish food. With over 46% of the votes, THE WINNER IS: Corned Beef and Cabbage!
Many Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes call for a long and tedious brining process. This recipes uses a spice paste in place of a longer brine. Now you can make this traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal any day of the year, without worrying about planning ahead for three days!
I am not a corned beef lover, but it is nice to have this dish once a year to celebrate the “wearin’-o-the green.”
Thanks to everyone who voted. You can see the final poll results here. If you aren’t happy with the winning Irish food, then perhaps you should have voted (or told your friends to vote). 🙂 You”ll have an opportunity to vote in more Food Mingle Blog Polls…
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Very cute idea! These look so easy, quick and fun. The kids would love helping to decorate these. Great idea!
I could totally see myself taking these to the next level and making them all green, because I am crazy like that. But, what a cute idea for getting the shamrock shape in a pretzel pop and you gotta love the sweet and salty together!
It will soon be St. Patrick’s Day, and I couldn’t let it pass without making a fun treat. These Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops are about as easy and cute as it comes. I simply placed three mini pretzels and a cookie pop stick on a piece of parchment paper, spooned about a teaspoon of melted chocolate in the center, and placed a green Mint Dark Chocolate M&M in the center. Let it cool/dry for about 5-10 minutes, and voila – a fun St. Patrick’s day treat.
I originally saw a photo of what I thought was the same thing here created by Amy @ MomAdvice. (Amy has an awesome blog, Pinterest boards, and Instagram BTW!) But then I realized, after actually going back to find the post to give credit, that Amy actually used Rolo candies in the center of hers! How yummy does that sound?! SCORE! …
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Oh my goodness, I have got to try these! I bet these would be yummy with a hot cup of coffee!
Today I baked for the first time this week! I am recovering from a kidney infection which has caused a flare up in my arthritis symptoms. I have struggled to think about cakes and definitely haven’t had the energy to stand in the kitchen baking. My appetite has been poor and my diet has been mainly toast!
This morning I was feeling less sickly and could face looking at recipes again. I spotted one for Dulce de Leche cakes and really wanted one. Pleased that my appetite was returning I put a can of condensed milk in a pan of boiling water and left it for 1 and a half hours.
Then I made some chocolate cupcakes and some Dulce de Leche buttercream. When the cakes had cooled I cut a hole in the top and filled the cake with a teaspoon of Dulce de Leche then piped the buttercream…
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Full of great ideas!
From the food to the décor, planning the perfect event requires care attention to detail. All of the odds and ends can certainly be stressful, here are some creative party planning tips for creating a wow-worthy event without the unnecessary fuss.
Simple Party Planning Decorating Tips
Pick a Theme
Whether it be a movie, sports, or just a color, picking a theme makes it easier to choose decorations that work well together.
Use Found Items
Use items you already have on hand to save money and time! Empty vases filled with toys, fruits, or candies make for a great conversation starter, as do funny framed photos. Themed memorabilia and paraphernalia spread around the room kicks the décor up…
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Between prepping the home for visiting family, spending hours in the kitchen perfecting the Easter brunch menu, and organizing the yearly Easter Egg hunt, there’s hardly time to decorate for the holiday! With a few simple ideas, you can give your home an Easter makeover that will surely wow guests.
The best (and simplest) way to create a perfectly put-together look for Easter is to choose a color theme or one reoccuring element such as bunnies or chicks and use it throughout the room. Set up one or two conversation starters that will be the focal point of the Easter decorations, and you’re sure to wow! Here are some creative and fun ideas for Easter decorations you’ll want to try.
The simplest way to decorate for Easter is to choose foods that double as decorations like the adorable Cheryl’s Cookie Flower Pots. Set up as a…
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Can you say yum!
Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat MORE CAKE!
IT’S TRUE! I made 75 of these cupcakes as well as a matching cake for a birthday last week! Nutella is always a popular pick, so i was happy to experiment and design some cakes incorporating the beloved spread. I was more than happy with how all the cakes turned out, each one was different and apparently “These taste like watching the finales of all your favourite TV shows at once.” These cupcakes are actually really easy, so luckily i am willing to share these tasty and groovy cakes with you!
Chocolate cupcakes: Makes 12
From Donna Hay: Simple essentials – chocolate
– 125g unsalted butter, softened
– 165g caster sugar
– 2 eggs
– 190g plain flour, sifted
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
– 1/2c milk
– 100g dark chocolate, melted
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People always talk about shedding pounds after the holidays. Unfortunately in this household, the holiday weight gain period extends through to the Super Bowl. It’s flattering to hear that there are people who look forward to the get-together at our house every year, so I must be doing something right, right? Or is it the guilty pleasure of devouring a 7-layer dip and fried buffalo chicken balls that brings everyone back? Whatever it is, I don’t care. Unlike the orchestrated Thanksgiving or Easter meals, the Super Bowl is a nosh-worthy event. I throw everything onto a table and I sit back and enjoy the game, (or in this year’s case, not enjoy the game so much, but more so my friends and David Beckham). So this time, I made a concerted effort to try to incorporate some healthier dishes without going all vegan on my guests (not that there is…
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