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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to think about festive recipes, decorations, and crafts for the special day. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

1.) Recipesrainbow-cupcakes

Let your inner leprechaun out by creating some of these fun recipes. If you’re looking for a festive recipe to make with your kids, consider Rainbow Cupcakes. First, make a white cake mix according to package instructions. Then divide the cake batter between five bowls. Put a different color of food coloring into each bowl of batter. Spoon some of each colored batter into cupcake tins. Bake according to package directions. After the cupcakes have finished baking, they will look like the colors of the rainbow. Frost them with blue frosting. Pipe white frosting on top for clouds. Decorate them with Airhead Extremes Sour Belts for rainbows and Rolos for gold coins. Kids will love these colorful and creative cupcakes! If you want more fun recipes to make with your kids, subscribe to Yum for Kids. For a classic corned beef and cabbage dinner, combine 4 cups of water and 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (most grocery stores carry the brisket around St. Patrick’s Day) in a pressure cooker. Close cover tightly. Turn regulator knob to pressure and select high pressure. Cook for 45 minutes. Next, cut a head of cabbage into 8 wedges. Combine the cabbage with 2 chopped red potatoes and 1 can of chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 4 chopped carrots and 1 chopped onion. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender; drain. Release pressure cooker according to manual instructions. Remove beef to a serving platter. Discard cooking liquid. Serve beef with cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onion. This recipe serves around 4-6. You can find more classic, traditional recipes like this one from Taste of Home.


2.) Decorationsst. patrick's day jars

Trying to add some Irish flare to your home? For an easy-to-make decoration sure to add extra St. Patrick’s day charm to your household, use puffy paint to draw shamrocks and write sayings on Mason jars. Next, spray paint the jars green. Fill them with flowers or other decorations. You can also spray paint wooden blocks and stencil Irish sayings onto them. If you’re hosting a party at your house, consider making a green yarn wreath to stick on the front door. You could also hang a horseshoe on the door. For more simple ideas like this one, consider a subscription to Real Simple. The magazine is filled with easy decorating, craft, and recipe ideas designed to simplify life for today’s busy women.


3.) Craftsst. patrick's crafts

If you have young children, make finger paint rainbows with them! To complete the craft, you will need white and black construction paper, rainbow paints, glue, scissors, and gold glitter glue. Start by cutting a black “pot of gold” out of the black construction paper. Glue it onto the bottom corner of a piece of white construction paper. Then, have your child dip their pointer finger into one of the paints. Starting at the pot, make an arch across the rest of the page. Continue making arches with different colors, wiping off their finger before switching to a new color. After you’ve finished the rainbow, use the gold glitter glue to decorate the “pot of gold.” For a fun craft to give their teachers or friends, put a layer of gold-foil wrapped chocolate coins on the bottom of a Mason jar. Top the coins with a row of blue skittles, then a row of green skittles, then a row of yellow skittles, then a row of orange skittles, then a row of red skittles. Put some miniature marshmallows on top for clouds. Tie a gold ribbon around the lid. This is a cute, creative, and simple craft idea! For more details like this one, subscribe to Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!


What to See and Do in Savannah—and Why You Should Come Back

Spanish-moss-draped oaks are everywhere in Savannah.

Beneath the Spanish-moss-draped oaks and behind the Southern drawls, resident Michelle Ryan says Savannah’s got can’t-miss dining, shopping and historical attractions.

Savannah always seems to be getting some sort of stamp of approval as a top destination. Most recently, Travel + Leisure magazine tapped it as one of the Top 10 Best Cities in the U.S. and Canada. Just a few months ago, it made travel planning site TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Travelers’ Choice U.S. Destinations.

No wonder a steady stream of visitors pass through its uniquely laid out downtown on foot, on trolley tours and on horse-drawn carriages. There’s more to Savannah than Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Paula Deen—though those are big reasons that get visitors in the city limits to start.

Below those Spanish-moss-draped oaks and behind those Southern drawls, there’s a wealth of good eating, shopping, sightseeing and merriment to enjoy. Here’s the can’t-miss guide on what to see, eat and do if you visit Savannah. (Note: Falling under its charming spell is not optional.)

Great Food

Just the fact that Savannah is a coastal Southern city ought to give this one away. But you’ll find a lot more than great fried chicken (and all the fixin’s) and seafood here. So much so that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few places, but this is at least a delicious start.

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room: With National Geographic and Taste of the South magazines’ blessing, you can’t go wrong here. Fried chicken, corn, Savannah red rice, cornbread and more is served community style. Better get there early. The line starts forming at 10:30 a.m. for lunch.

Vic’s on the River: For a great view of the Savannah River—and the occasional cargo ship passing by—treat yourself to a fried shrimp po-boy (with a side of Old Bay-seasoned fries). It may be the best you’ll eat this far east of New Orleans.

The Olde Pink House: Some of the best food in town is served in this old (and, yes, pink) home. Don’t miss the BLT Salad, which made Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” cut. For added ambiance and entertainment, head down to the tavern area for a drink or dinner. The wait is worth it.

Sweet Treats

What’s lunch or dinner without dessert? If you’re craving sugar after a meal or just because, you’ll be glad to know Savannah’s got a sweet tooth too.

Leopold’s Ice Cream: Cool off with a scoop (or two) in this family-owned ice cream shop decorated with movie posters and Hollywood props. Tutti-Frutti is a signature flavor, but since The Toronto Sun put Leopold’s in among the top 10 ice cream shops in the world, any flavor should be pretty good.

Savannah Candy Kitchen: During a stroll along River Street, stop in for pralines, peanut brittle, divinity or fudge. Be sure to get extra. That sugar high will wear off and you’ll want more later.

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar: You can even have your chocolate with an array of from-scratch desserts and drink it too with a wide selection of candy- and dessert-inspired martinis.

Shopping Sprees

After all that eating (and eating), you’ll need to walk off the calories, and there’s no better way than exploring what the downtown shops have to offer. The presence of the Savannah College of Art and Design means there’s shops that cater to both the fashionista and the art lover.

Striking out on your own is part of the fun there, but specifically, don’t miss:

Nourish: Find all-natural soaps, moisturizers and more for you and your pet in this corner store. It’s worth a walk-through for the aromatherapy alone.

For a unique lunch experience, sign up for a Kitchens on the Square cooking class.

Kitchens on the Square: Need a useful—or just a fun—kitchen gadget? This place is full of ‘em! For a unique experience, register for one of the store’s cooking classes. The lesson ends with a yummy lunch.

Rich History

There’s a lot of stories to be told in Savannah—if only the walls could talk! As “America’s Most Haunted City,” it wouldn’t be a surprise if they do. Whether you’re a ghost hunter or a history buff, you won’t want to miss:

Fort Pulaski: Notable for the warfare innovations tested here by the Union Army during the Civil War, this site was one of many—and also the most Southern point—on the Underground Railroad.

First Headquarters Museum: Girl Scouting is special to Savannah in that Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization here more than 100 years ago. In addition to her birthplace and adult home, this museum contains scouting memorabilia on the site where some of the first meetings were held.

Guided Tours: Get an overview of the city’s past (haunted or not) on one of the many trolley tours, carriage rides, hearses or pub crawls.

Unique Events

You can take in any of the hot spots on this list year-round, but you’ll want to plan ahead—or keep coming back—to enjoy two of Savannah’s most unique attractions.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Everyone is Irish at least for the day during Savannah’s largest annual event—and the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration and parade in the U.S. Even the fountains go green!

Savannah Film Festival: Held annually in the fall, this week-long event features work from award-winning and up-and-coming student filmmakers. You never know what stars you’ll see in Savannah!

For even more visuals or to create a travel board for your trip to Savannah, check out our latest Pinterest board featuring Michelle’s picks!

Everyday Food magazine March 2012

Easy and Traditional Ways to Prepare a Festive St. Patrick’s Day Party Menu

Everyday Food magazine March 2012If you’re donning green this St. Patrick’s Day, get even more festive with these party planning menu ideas.

Whether you live in a city that shuts down when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around or you just want an excuse to throw a party, you can do more than wear something green to properly mark March 17. The wearing of the green is important to be sure, but to really get Irish eyes smiling, your menu must reflect the hue of the day as well.

Few March food and cooking magazines went all out in providing ideas for green grub, but what you will find ranges from fairly fast to very traditional—meaning you still have time to pull together your own lucky celebration.

Everyday Food magazine’s suggestions are perfect for last-minute party planning with two quick and easy recipes. Serving Irish bucks—a blend of ice, Irish whiskey, lime juice and ginger ale—will help get guests into the spirit. And for even more touches of green, garnish with lime wedges.

Though Everyday Food’s leek-and-cheddar dip won’t match the color of the day, it does at least incorporate Ireland’s favorite brew—Guiness—in its creamy, cheesy mix. The magazine suggests it’s best served with mini toast or crackers.

Better Homes & Gardens offers more kid-friendly ideas if you’ve got little ones on the guest list as well. For a non-alcoholic punch, simply combine lime sherbet and ginger ale in individual glasses and serve with shamrock-shaped sugar cookies for dunking.

For something a little more filling, cut spinach tortillas into shamrocks using a cookie cutter. Toast at 350 degrees for five minutes, then serve with a festive salsa verde, salsa or cheese dip.

Heartier options for the whole family include making shamrock-shaped toasts topped with pesto that are served with potato soup or spaghetti. Or Better Homes & Gardens’ very green pasta that incorporates spinach, basil and pistachios tossed with–what else?–spinach pasta that’s seasoned with cheese and red pepper.

To really up the ante on your celebration, go very traditional with Cook’s Country magazine’s corned beef and cabbage, the meal commonly served in St. Patrick’s honor. The magazine’s test kitchen went through quite the trial and error process to develop a recipe that would yield a moist—but not too salty—brisket, complemented with tender vegetables.

And if you’re not feeling leftovers on the day after, Cook’s Country’s creamed chipped beef on toast repurposes the holiday meal to make something a little different.