Our Own Pot of Gold

100 Happy Days #22

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Playing store with the girlie is our own version of a good way to spend St. Patrick’s Day. I bought every single thing in my bedroom at least twice. Luckily, most if it cost about “twenty-three cents plus a dime and four.” And she gives back reaaaaly good change. Totally worth it.

We were both wearing green shirts the whole time…

in case you wondered.

Happy Green Day to you too.

:}

 

Greenery Then and Now

St. Patrick’s day always has us all thinking, and wearing and tasting and seeing green–positively everywhere. Since Jillian is the only one of us that has actually been to Ireland–she let me borrow one of her incredible pictures to celebrate the day. Seriously–do we even have that color green here?

I carried my little leprechaun with me all day–out of the bottle of course. He’s happier that way.

Dusted off my shamrock earrings–the kids LOVED them.  :}

Been saving the perfect socks for this day as well.

Three years ago, Baby Chomp had her own way of spending the day.

Now, she’s much more rainbows than just the color green–which of course, is perfect!

So you know, we did make Miss Chompy’s green jello, marshmallow…umm…thing. Not sure if you’ll be seeing that one or not. Still pondering whether or not it’s edible.

Speaking of edible–my adorable niece Emily, brought over dinner to celebrate the new little soul in our world and St. Patrick’s Day too. Incredible corn beef and asparagus, carrots, cabbage, mashed potatoes and gravy, fruit salad and rolls. We were in heaven I tell you…heaven.

Found this little four leaf clover glass pebble a while back, so yeah…I carry that around too.

Remember this silly guy modeling my Leprechaun hat and beard? One of these days I’ll figure out the pattern for that. Pretty dang funny.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was lovely too and filled with magic.

As it should be.

The Missing Leprechaun

Sure am missing this particular not so “little person.” Feeling rather lucky to have him in our lives.  :]

I’ve been asked by several people about the Crocheted Leprechaun Hat and Beard–from last year— so I thought I’d give you a close-up.

I’m working on the pattern–which is an profound struggle for me–but it’s coming along.

Thanks for your patience my friends.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. Go eat some Lucky Charms…or corned beef…or green eggs and ham. Whatever…

Lucky Mint Pinwheels

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Everybody knows that St.Patrick’s Day isn’t only about corned beef and cabbage. At our house, it’s about anything…green. Salad, asparagus, apples–why, even the milk and mashed potatoes aren’t safe. So, for dessert, aren’t these the sweetest little butter cookies—with just a hint of mint? Trust me–your little leprechaun’s will love them.

Lucky Mint Pinwheels

(Original recipe from Taste of Home)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

1-1/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup corn syrup

1 Tbsp vanilla

3 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Green food coloring

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. To one portion, add peppermint extract and food coloring. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a rectangle. Remove waxed paper. Place plain rectangle over green rectangle. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.

Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices.

Dip tops in sugar.

Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Makes about 4-1/2 dozen soft, minty butter cookies. You’ll be glad you made these–I promise!

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Lucky Mint Pinwheels
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. Divide dough in half.
  6. To one portion, add peppermint extract and food coloring.
  7. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  8. Roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a rectangle.
  9. Remove waxed paper.
  10. Place plain rectangle over green rectangle.
  11. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.
  12. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  13. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  14. Unwrap and cut into ¼-in. slices.
  15. Dip tops in sugar.
  16. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  17. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set.
  18. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Shamrocks and Clover

I found these sweet little Shamrocks over at Skip To My Lou and couldn’t resist–being the crochet fiend that I am. They were so easy and fun that before I knew what was happening…

I had little piles of 3 leaf shamrocks and 4 leaf clovers all over the place.  I couldn’t seem to stop myself. At first I thought I’d turn them all into sweet little pins and force my family to wear them out into the world to keep from getting pinched.

But then…

the bigger the pile grew, the more I loved the idea of hanging a garland around the house to welcome the little people and their pots of gold…

especially their pots of gold…heh, heh.

If you’d like to whip up a few yourself, and you have a G crochet hook and some yarn then you can try your luck at luring a Leprechaun over to your place too.

Shamrock

Chain 4, join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.

Leaf (make 3 for a shamrock or 4 for a clover): Chain 3, trc, dc, trc, ch 3, slip stitch in ring.

Stem: Chain 6, sc in 2nd chain from hook, and slip stitch in remaining four chains. Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

To join into garland:

Chain 40.

Sc in the top of right side of shamrock petal, chain 2, sc on the left side of top of shamrock petal. I actually staggered my connection stitches so that the shamrocks and clovers tilted different ways along the chain–some to the left, some to the right, and some straight up and down—but you can do it however you’d like.

Ch 20, sc in the top of right side of shamrock petal, chain 2, sc on the left side of top of shamrock petal, chain 20, continue until all shamrocks are joined.

Ch 40, fasten off.

Hang this pretty thing on your hearth, banister or door for maximum Leprechaun capturing effect. Good luck!

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