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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 »

Spring is here!

It’s officially spring now, right? Y to the AY. I love spring and fall; they’re the perfect warm ups to the heavy seasons.

I hope you enjoyed my Irish Love series on the blog the past few weeks. I had fun digging things up from dear old Pinterest, that’s for sure! If you didn’t catch all of the posts, or want to be able to root around them a bit, you can check out my entire board of St. Patrick’s Day ideas right here. URL: http://pinterest.com/jessamazing/st-patrick-s-day-ideas. I’m now officially removing the “Irish Love” shamrock link from the top left of the blog. If you decide you want to seek the posts out, you can always do a search from the sidebar or top of the blog.

In other news, I either caught another cold or reverted back to feeling really ill after a great Friday of feeling totally fine. I spent all of Sunday in bed and called in sick to work today. My head still hurts but the rest of me is starting to feel better. However, I don’t want to take any chances, so I have to take some action to stop this constant sickliness.

I chew my cuticles, touch my face, bite my nails, rub my chin and otherwise consume about a million germs a minute. I need to curb this habit because most of the time, I don’t even realize I’m doing it. That is the first rule of my “End Illness-catching 2k12” plan.

I started looking around Pinterest for some ideas- where else would I go? Why waste time on a basic Google search when I have millions upon millions of pinners to rely on?

I found this miracle drink, although it might take some courage to whip up and consume:

 

I’m also thinking of making some hot, hot water in my favorite coffee mug and then putting some Theraflu Powder in it to dissolve. Once that gets going, I like to put a towel over my head and keep my face directly above the mug to catch the fragrant and medicinal steam that comes from it. Once the steam quits fuming, the drink is cool enough to consume so then you get a double bonus because the medicine actually goes into your body. I love that stuff and will swear by all the Theraflu products until the end of time. Their warming nighttime cough syrup has gotten me through several severe colds and helped me actually sleep through the night on Saturday. Thanks chaps! You rule. 🙂

This one seems easy enough, too:

 

 

The common themes seem to be lemon, ginger and honey. I will have to keep that in mind.

I hope you manage to stay well and enjoy the spring! Hopefully the warm and lovely weather is here to stay!

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: