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Shamrock & Roll garland

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, so I bring you a few more ways to decorate your home or office. Today’s file is a set of shamrocks that you can use for garland. The first page has the shamrocks connected in rows; print and cut, then connect each row with your favorite adhesive. The second page of the PDF has the second image, just shamrocks on a page. Print and cut, then use them with your own paper or string for garland, or use them in any other fashion you can think up! The third page of the PDF has a bunch of rows of green strips, just in case you don’t have green paper on hand (and want it.) More »

DIY St. Patrick’s Day badge & free printable

I wrote a while back about Wanda’s Birthday Club and the badges I made for everyone to wear. I’m following up today with a printable St. Patrick’s Day badge and some quick instructions.

If you don’t want to go through all the steps to add fringe and a pin back, I bet the rounds would fit nicely into the tops of mason jars. I’m sure you all could think of a lot of other uses, too!

 

DIY St. Patricks Day badges

 

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Irish Love – March 2

For day 2 of Irish Love, I wanted to share a favorite little snack with you. We all know about the Girl Scout Cookies that have invaded America in the past month or so, and this treat is inspired by those girls in green.

Make your own thin mint-y cookies with a few simple ingredients.

You will need:

  • Approx 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 box of Ritz Crackers or similar
  • 1 package of melting chocolate- I used the small discs from Michael’s but I’ve also made it with a big brick of chocolate bark. I always choose milk chocolate, but I’ve been told many times that it’s better with dark (I just don’t prefer it.)

Supplies:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooling rack or wax paper
  • Bowl for the chocolate
  • Spatula
  • Fork
Melt your chocolate as directed. Usually in the microwave for short intervals. If you’ve never used the little discs before, make sure you stir the bowl rigorously after each time- they tend to melt from the inside out, and the heat of the semi-melted discs is usually enough to melt the whole bowl. If you burn the chocolate it will get clumpy and won’t work.
Do a practice run of your dipping technique, because once you add the peppermint the chocolate will start to lose its softness. Start by dipping one Ritz Cracker into the bowl, covering it completely, and shaking the excess chocolate off of it before placing it on your cookie sheet.
Once you feel you have the hang of the dipping part, add a few drops of the peppermint extract to your bowl a little at a time and stir. Taste after each time, and continue adding small drops one at a time until you reach the flavor balance you desire. Be careful during this part- too much peppermint will render the cookies inedible.
Continue with your dipping technique until you run out of cookies, chocolate or both. Let them harden on a sheet of wax paper or a cooling rack. I will try the wax paper next time because it won’t leave the cookies with peaks on the bottom.
There you have it and there you are. Enjoy!

And for those of you who might fancy using my Irish Love graphic, here’s a simplified version to grab:

Irish Love – March 1

Happy March, the month to celebrate my favorite lady, good ole Eire. (That’s Ireland to most of the world.) Most people don’t realize my love, or near-obsession, with the country until they bring up something Irish or I mention it in one of my many ramblings about how awesome the Irish and Ireland truly are.

For as long as I can remember, at least since elementary school, I have felt Ireland calling to me. I dreamed of visiting and partaking in some true Irish customs, meeting my people, and experiencing the vast green of the land. To further this pursuit, I started learning Irish (Gaeilge) a few years ago and although it’s a difficult and tricky language to learn, I’ve been loving it so far. (If you visit Ireland, you’ll get by just fine with English- it’s the predominant language of the land.)

In 2011, my dreams finally came true- I got to visit The Republic of Ireland. JW and I spent three days in the lovely land of leprechauns and literally drove across the entire country twice. It was quite an adventure but one I’d love to repeat in the near future.

Ring of Kerry- June 1, 2011

It was truly a humbling and amazing experience and I can’t believe how utterly perfect the weather was for us. However, I digress. The point of this long, gushing post is to share that during the entire first half of March, I’ll be featuring some excellent ways to celebrate/spend St. Patrick’s Day mostly from amazing pins on Pinterest. I’ve gathered some really fun ideas and resources for you and I can’t wait to share them!

To get you started, here are a few images from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin:

This is me in front of the Cathedral in June 2011, sick with my 101 degree fever, to boot!

 

While we were there on this beautiful day, the church bells started playing:

Enjoy and I’ll be back soon with the first bit of inspiration!