Bits of Sweetness: St. Patrick's Day fun + some yummy recipes!

St. Patrick's Day fun + some yummy recipes!

Normally, I don't do a lot for the smaller holidays, but I thought about that and wondered- why? Why not do something extra? Why not make more great memories for Andrew! This year I went all out for St. Patrick's Day, and you know what? It was completely worth it for the fun that was had.

First we started with some green dinner the night before St. Patrick's Day- all in one casserole, green applesauce, and green milk. I honestly hadn't planned on doing anything green yet but Andrew loved the idea so green it was!
{All in One Casserole}
Brown 1 lb hamburger. Mix with 1 can undiluted tomato soup, 1 can green beans, salt and pepper,  & Italian seasoning. Make 1 package instant mashed potatoes (we love the Betty Crocker kind. It has more flavor than potato buds). Add 1 c. grated cheddar cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top!
Mexican variation: use corn and taco seasoning instead!

Andrew was dancing with excitement at the St Patrick's Day party the next morning, and could hardly get to sleep, but sleep finally came!

The next morning we had Lucky Charms and green milk with a silly straw.

Then it was time for the party!
We had a hunt for Leprechaun gold

We had fun with friends
We played with their cute babies
We all smiled

We had rainbow jello with our lunch
Inspired by Pinterest
{I highly recommend not doing it the night before so you have time to let each layer set before you add the next layer ;-) It is still yummy though! }
We had fun pots of gold(sandwiches) to eat for lunch too, but I forgot to take a picture. You use a circle cookie cutter to make the pot and then make a small moon with the same cookie cutter for the handle. For the gold you cut off the ends of cheddar string cheese. You can make fun pb&j by coloring apricot/pineapple jelly green. We had green yogurt, green milk & rainbow goldfish too!

We played with green playdough!
{Pinned to Pinterest}
To make:
1 c. flour
2 TBS salt
2 TBS cream of tartar
2 TBS cooking oil
1 c. warm water
1 large package of jello
Add all ingredients to medium saucepan.
Stir continuously on medium-low heat.
Cook until it is thickened.
*Be sure not to over-cook or you'll end up with tough playdough
or with brown spots on it!*
Empty onto wax paper and allow to cool.
Knead some more flour in if needed.
Stir in an air-tight container.

We chased bubbles with friends
We did a train puzzle with daddy

We danced Irish jigs

And today, I ventured and made home made onion rings.
They're baked and absolutely delicious!

{Pinned to Pinterest}
Home-Made Onion Rings
5 large onions
1 c. flour
1 c. milk
2-3 c. Italian bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Slice onions, separate rings, and dredge in flour. Place on greased cookie sheet and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Dredge rings (individually) in milk, then completely coat in bread crumbs. Arrange back on the cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. They are done when they are a golden brown. Keep an eye on them because they don't taste quite as good when they get dark brown on the edges. Serve with dipping sauce of choice (ranch, ketchup, honey mustard, etc). We did home made fry sauce. Mix 1/2 c. ketcup, 1/2 c. mayo, and 1/4 c. ranch dressing with 1/2 tsp worchestershire sauce. Enjoy! 

Happy weekend!

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  1. love this - thanks for sharing! hopping over from PInterest Monday!

  2. I must be emotional today the song on your playlist made me cry while reading this post. You got some good shots of the kids so cute!


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