Showing posts with label St. Patrick's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Patrick's Day. Show all posts

Monday, March 5, 2012

Heritage Blocks

 I seen these beautiful Heritage Blocks ON THIS BLOG called "Heritage Unwrapped", and loved the idea. In honor of my Irish Great - Great Grandparents - I made these heritage blocks for a St. Patrick's Day display. 
I got some 2x4 scraps - sanded them and painted them.
I laser printed my great,great grandparents pictures, with other information, and cut it out to fit the blocks. I needed this laser printed so I could mod podge the paper on the blocks - printer ink runs.
I cut out scrapbook paper that I liked to fill in areas of the block.
On the front I pasted the big picture, with the surname initial. On one of the sides I pasted who my great, great grandfather married, with the date and her picture. On the other side of the block, I have the names of their children. I pasted scrapbook paper on the top of the block and the bottom of the block.
After pasting everything on - I covered the whole block with mod podge. 
I love these blocks. 
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Turn Your Family Into Leprechauns

We had some little leprechauns invade our mantel the other day. This little project is good for some laughs. I printed out the graphics I needed (pictures, body, hat). I found the leprechaun body on a blog called The First Grade Parade. I found the hat on a website called Sweet Clip Art. After printing all the graphics, I cut out all the pieces and glued them accordingly.  I made sure the pictures were head on shots. 
I cut a slit between the legs and slipped a piece of paper in so the leprechaun could stand.

....and I made the whole family into leprechauns.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Lucky Us - St. Patrick's Day Sign


I love this piece of wood I have. I have changed this sign up three times now for different seasons (click here to see the Valentine sign). Here is the St. Patrick's Day version. I printed out two dictionary pages that I got from the Graphics Fairy on card stock with the word "lucky" using the font "Hobo" size 500 in a light color. I outlined the letters with a sharpie to get a hand drawn look - then I cut the letters out leaving a border around them. Then I hot glued the letters on the wood. I also hot glued shamrocks that I made last year - CLICK HERE for the tutorial. I hot glued the letters for the Valentine version of the sign and I was surprised how well they came off. I am guessing it is because the wood is not painted. Now for an idea for Easter????


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Dinner Ideas


Are you wondering what to serve on St. Patrick's Day? I did my dinner early, as I won't have time on the 17th for anything special - so maybe what we had for St. Patty's Day dinner will give you a few ideas.


"Pot of Gold" Pinto beans.
Get the recipe by clicking HERE.
Cook up a batch of rice to pour the beans over.


Shamrock Dinner Rolls.
Get the "how to" by clicking HERE.


A "Green" Salad
Get the recipe by clicking HERE.


And don't forget about dessert.
Get the recipe by clicking HERE.

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Nanaimo Bars Recipe


Have you heard of Nanaimo bars?  I have had quite a quite a few guests from the U.S. that have mentioned they have never had them before. These are a big deal in Canada. Make them and you will find out why.

Here is a little history lesson on the Nanaimo Bar (courtesy of Wikipedia)...

The Nanaimo bar is a dessert of Canadian origin popular across North America. The Nanaimo bar is a bar cookie which requires no baking, and is named after the West-Coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer, topped by a layer of light vanilla or custard flavoured butter icing, which is covered in chocolate made from melted chocolate squares. Many varieties are possible by using different types of crumb, flavours of icing (e.g. mint, peanut butter), and types of chocolate. Two popular variations on the traditional Nanaimo bar involve mint flavoured icing or mocha flavoured icing.

If you have never had a Nanaimo bar - this is a recipe you have got to try. Only try this recipe if you love chocolate, love sweet things, and if you don't mind NOT turning your oven on. I got this recipe from my sister - which is weird - because she doesn't bake. I think she got this recipe from my Aunt. The Nanaimo bar pictured here has a green center - but the center is usually creamy yellow(custard). You can make a mint Nanaimo bar - but I prefer the custard center - so I just added food coloring to go with our St. Patrick's Day meal. 

Here is the recipe for the custard center Nanaimo Bar....

Nanaimo Bars

Base:  Melt together 1/2 cup margarine, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, 2 cups graham wafer crumbs and 1 cup coconut. Mix thoroughly and press into greased 8x8 inch pan. Cool.
Filling:  Mix together 1/4 cup softened margarine, 3 tablespoons cream, 2 tablespoons custard powder and 2 cups icing sugar. Mix thoroughly and spread over cooled base.                                        
Topping:  Melt 3 squared semi-sweet chocolate and 1 tablespoon margarine. Spread over filling and refrigerate. Cut into squares.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Buns Tutorial


Want some cute dinner buns to go along with your St.Patrick's Day meal? These were a big hit at my house and I bet they will be at your house too! 

You will need to prepare the dough using my "Easiest Homemade Buns From Scratch" recipe. 
You can find that recipe by clicking HERE!
I cut my recipe in half and it made 14 good sized buns. 

When the dough has risen and you have kneaded it four times and let it sit for ten minutes - you are ready to shape them into shamrocks.

1. On a well floured surface, roll dough with a rolling pin into approximately, a 10x12 rectangle.

2. Cut long strips, 1/2-3/4" wide.


3. Roll each individual strip on your floured surface so dough is rounded (this reminded me of my play dough days), and extended in length to be approximately 18 inches. This stage of the shamrock is in the bottom of the picture above. 

4. Take the rounded strip and make a loop leaving about 2 1/2 inches for your shamrock stem. (Pictured at the top of the above picture)


5. Make another loop. (Pictured above left).

6. Finish up your shamrock by looping the remaining dough and tucking the end in the back (pictured above right). Just to note - my first few looked scary, but I got the hang of it. 

7. Cover and let rise for about an hour. 

8. Make bun glaze: 1 egg and 1 T. milk stir well.
Use pastry brush to apply glaze.

9. Cook in 375 degree pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 


So cute and so yummy and not too complicated. Why don't you give it a try?

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

So Lucky - St.Patrick's Day Appreciation Card


This card is a spin off from a card I found in a Paper Crafts magazine. It wasn't a St. Patrick's Day card, it was a good luck card and it had cherries instead of shamrocks. As soon as I saw this I wanted to make it into an appreciation card to give to people around St. Patrick's Day. I printed out a clip art of a shamrock six times. I filled all of them in with green glitter. I cut out three of them in rectangles the same size and the other three I cut out singly to put on top of the others with a pop dot. I cut out half circles in different colors and glued them on the rectangles to give a slot machine look. The letters were cut with a Cricut and some letters I cut out twice and hot glued them together to give them a chipboard look.
I adhered a piece of ribbon on to the bottom of the card, and then I adhered the letters on the ribbon. I folded a piece of ribbon to make a loop and glued it under one of the rectangles. I adhered three sparkly dots to the left side.


Here is the inside. This one is a personalized message from me....


and this one is a message from my family. 

Hoping to spread some lucky love this St. Patrick's Day and hoping to inspire you to do the same.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Mantel

I wanted to get this mantel done by March 1st, BUT I guess March 5th isn't so bad. Thank goodness for Saturdays. Let me show you around my St. Patrick's Day Mantel.....


I love this little fence panel. I found it at a $ store. It is one of those lawn edging fences - so cute. I draped some ivy and daisies on it.


I found this candle stick at the $ store too. I had a little glass plate that I just placed on top of it because the top of the candle stick cups the plate perfectly. I added moss balls ($ store item again) a polished rock and pine cones. I was definitely going for the earthy look. The big seed pod was in a potpourri mix I have.


I put a paper shamrock in a picture frame that I bought at a discount store. It had a painting inside but I  painted over it as I didn't care for the picture but I loved the frame. Check out my paper shamrock tutorial to find out how I made it - CLICK HERE! I made seven shamrocks that I scattered around the mantel.

I put some old jars in behind to fill up a couple holes. I filled them with pine cones and wrapped the jar with burlap that I secured with jute. I had a couple of tin pots that I filled with greenery. My theme had to work around the family tree picture that basically has to stay put. It is too hard to take down the picture because it is heavy, high up and hard to find the nail holes - but one of these days I am going to make an insert for inside the picture frame, I just don't know how I am going to secure the insert yet. Any ideas??

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Friday, March 4, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Decor - Paper Shamrock Tutorial


I wanted to make some shamrocks to put on my St.Patrick's Day Mantel. I gathered up some green paper and ink and went to it. Here is how I made them:



1. Cut out three hearts per shamrock. You could do a fourth petal, but I thought they looked better with three. Three is a decorating rule you know.


2. Find a stamp you love and pick a green ink you love. I chose a flourish stamp. Stamp all three hearts. Fold in half. Ink crease and ink edges of heart.


3. Cut out a piece of green paper into a stem shape. Ink edges. Cut out or punch a circle. Place glue on the circle, place top of stem in the middle of the circle. Join the tips of the hearts together.


Here is a close up of what I mean "tips of the hearts" together. Wipe off glue that seeped through. Cut off circle bits that show.


4. Punch a hole in the middle of where the hearts join. I don't have the "proper" tool to do that so I use a push pin with an eraser behind. Insert desired brad.


And there you have it! I was going to make a banner BUT changed my mind. I am just placing the shamrocks I made here and there on my mantel.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Feel Lucky - St. Patrick's Day Card


This card is a spin off of a Valentine's Day card that was in a recent Paper Crafts magazine. As soon as I saw it I wanted to make a "green" version for my hubby for St. Patrick's Day. I printed out the saying on my computer and printed out a "man" clip art as well. Here is the clip art below.


I picked out a green background for my card and adhered it on to a white card. After cutting the saying out and pasting it to a black background, and adhering the saying to the card, I went over the "lucky" with green sparkly stickles. Inside the card I will write why I am lucky. I cut out the "man" that I printed out on card stock and adhered him to the card with pop dots.  I cut out a piece of the background patterned paper to make a matching tie for the man.
Pretty easy card - why don't you give it a try?

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