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St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick died on March 17, 461. But did you know that he wasn’t even Irish?  Yeah, me either.  Patrick with kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland. He became a bishop and after his death was named Ireland’s patron saint.

Fun facts:

  • According to the legend, St. Patrick used the three leaf clover to explain the Trinity
  • Corn beef and cabbage is actually an Irish American dish.
  • “Erin go Bragh” means “Ireland Forever”
  • The dyeing the river green originated in Chicago in 1962.  City officials decided to dye the Chicago River green.
  • St. Patricks Day was a dry Holiday till about 1970
  • In traditional Irish tales, there are NO female leprechauns.  What the hell?

We obvi celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at our house.  Decorations are up and green outfits are picked.  Today I’m going to share some of my St. Patty’s day crafts + recipes to get you pumped for this Holiday 🙂

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First up – Bailey and I made this cute banner last weekend.  Super easy and you can get the free printable here.   We also have this banner here, that we made a few years ago.  Another super cute + easy option.

Each St. Patrick’s Day morning I give Bailey a “So Lucky You’re Mine” basket full of her favorite green goodies.  Artichokes + onion pringles + thin mints + snapea crisps + gum 🙂  She’s always pumped to see what festive snacks I can come up with each year.

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Click here for the “So Lucky You’re Mine” free printable.

How cute is this Anti Pinch nail polish.  Click here for free printable and DIY.

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I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine loves coloring sheets.  Coloring is so “in” right now too.  Grab a box of crayolas and print out this cute sheet.

An Irish Blessing:

“May all your days be sunny

May you laugh and sing and dance

May you never find a frog

Inside your underpants”

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Irish Blessing coloring sheet printable 

Next up – You’ve got to make a festive dinner.  Come on, get in the spirit.

I have two recipes that we’ve enjoyed.  They are both healthy options too….Whoop Whoop!

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Skinny Taste Corned Beef + Cabbage Soup

Fun healthy twist on a classic Irish dish.

281 calories – 5 1 3/4 cup servings (not bad, right)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 leeks, chopped (whites and light green only)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb lean corned beef brisket
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • salt + pepper

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Saute leeks until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic + carrots + pepper, saute 3 minutes longer.

Add corned beef, seasoning packet (comes with corned beef) + bay leaves + parsley + water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Simmer covered on low for 3 hours, until meat becomes tender.

Remove corned beef from pot and shred with a fork.  Return to the pot and add cabbage + potatoes + salt + pepper.

Cook until potatoes and cabbage are tender, about 45 minutes.  Enjoy this festive dish with your favorite red heads 🙂

Something a little less corned beefy – I tried this Gimme Some Oven Guinness Pulled Pork recipe this week and it was delish.  Still a festive dish with a stout Irish brew, but a little more kid friendly.  Or adult too.  Believe it or not, this Holiday whore isn’t a huge corned beef fan.  Crazy, huh?!?!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 lb. bonless pork butt, shoulder or loin (they all do the trick)
  • 1 (11.2) bottle Guinness beer
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon course black pepper

In a small bowl, mix paprika + salt + crushed red pepper + garlic powder + pepper.

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Rub mixture all over pork until completely covered.

Spread sliced onions over the bottom of the slow cooker

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Place pork on top

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Then pour the Guinness on top.

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Cover and cook on low for 10 hours.  The fork will fall apart on your fork 🙂

Add your favorite bbq sauce and serve on slider rolls.

I only added bbq sauce to 1/2 of the pork.  I used the leftovers for salads + even tacos through out the week.  I love a versatile recipe that I can cook once and incorporate in lunches and dinner for the week.  This gets an A+ from me!!

I do love cabbage.  And found the most amazing recipe, once again, thanks for my homegirl Ree.

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Pioneer women Cabbage with a Balsamic Reduction.  OMG.  Do it.  You will thank me.

 

Last, but not least, dessert.  I linked some sweets that look absolutely amazing.

 

Brownie Trifle // Guinness Cupcakes With Bailey’s Frosting  // Mint Oreo Bark

Just typing this is making me hungry…..

I hope you get your St. Patrick’s Day on.  You know our house will Ω

xoxo stacyb

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