Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We've had a lot of fun at our house celebrating this special
Irish day!  
Everyone is wearing green to avoid little pinchers!  
We made green shamrock cookies yesterday... much sugar and!
We've also enjoyed trying a new-to-us Irish dish:  Shepherd's Pie!  
It got a raving two thumbs up and requests for more from the boys!
(Cloe got to go on a special lunch date with Cody.
They caught part of the St. Patty's Day Parade and enjoyed fish and chips downtown!) 

We made a sugar cookie recipe called  
One Hundred Sugar Cookies.  
The recipe does not lie...we've still got dough left to prove it!  
Thankfully, Cloe is home on spring break and masterfully took over the shamrock cookie making!

One Hundred Sugar Cookies

1 c. butter
1 c. oil
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter, sugar, oil, and vanilla.  Add eggs.  Sift flour, soda, and cream of tartar together and add to sugar mixture.  Roll dough into small balls, dip in sugar and flatten tops slightly.  Bake at 375 degrees until slightly golden (about 8-10 minutes).

St. Patrick originally used the shamrock to teach about the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Shepherd's Pie

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 c. sliced carrots
1 c. peas
1 c. corn
2 c. beef stock
1 tsp. thyme
1 small sprig rosemary (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 T. cornstarch + milk
8-10 small to medium size potatoes + milk

Peel potatoes and place in boiling water.
In another pan, brown ground beef and drain any fat.  Add beef stock, carrots, and seasoning.  Simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain potatoes, add milk.
Mash potatoes.

To meat mixture, add corn and peas.  Mix cornstarch and milk in a small cup.  Add to meat mixture, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken.

Pour meat mixture into bottom of a large deep dish pie plate.  Top with mashed potatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

How did you celebrate?


Nikkers said...

Sounds like you guys had fun. We had every intention making green cupcakes, decorating shamrocks, and printing off color sheets. But instead we had to clean our house for a showing. But when we left we went and had shamrock shakes at McDonalds.

Debbi said...

What a fun mommy you are!

I can't wait until my boys will appreciate my efforts to celebrate holidays by turning food into various unnatural colors!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jessica said...

I made green pancakes for the boys this morning, and yesterday we made (your) shamrock sugar cookies! Yum!

FilledToTheBrim - Kate said...

Yum! I should've done something fun like that with my girls...matbe next year :).

une autre mère said...

Very cute green kiddos you got there!

I'm a terrible mother - I completely forgot it was St. Patty's day until about 10:30 pm! So I guess we "celebrated" by Chad working in the basement all day and me running to Target with Tate and stocking up on 75% off party supplies. Fun, fun! :)

peter marie said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun!! We did nothing and after i got everyone dressed i realized we all wore blue. Is there a day for that?