St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day ideas that I have seen on Pinterest and from my friends.  There are so many amazing ideas out there.  There is something here for everyone.  Do you have any fun traditions for St. Patrick’s Day? I would love to hear about them!

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McDonald's Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe for St. Patrick's Day. LivingLocurto.com

Shamrock Shake by Living Locurto

Green Velvet Cheesecake {Recipe Girl}

St. Patrick’s Day Coasters {Twig & Thistle}

St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Dipped Oreos

St. Paddy’s Chocolate Covered Oreos from Your Homebased Mom

St. Patrick’s Day Shirts {The Crafted Sparrow}

St. Patrick’s Day Hurricanes {Two Twenty One}

Mint Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies: easy cookies with mint buttercream filling!

Mint Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies by Shugary Sweets

Lucky to Have You Printable {The Crafting Chicks}

Leprechaun Dressup {Paging Supermom}

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center

Irish Cream Coconut Chocolate Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life

Shamrock Milkshake Cupcakes {BHG}

Lucky Chocolate Covered Oreos {See Vanessa Craft}

Shamrock Lime Sherbet Punch from The Crafted Sparrow

St. Patrick’s Day Rag Wreath {The Magic of Ordinary Things}

Framed Luck Tags {Organize and Decorate Everything}

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Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes from The Idea Room (me!)

Keep Calm and Pinch On Printable {The Hands-On Housewife}

St. Patty’s Day Cupcake Wrappers {Penny Candy Studios}

DIY shazamrock pops for St. Patrick's Day - NoBiggie.net

Shamzamrock Pops from No Biggie

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers {HGTV via TomKat Studio}

Green Ribbon-Wrapped Candles {BHG}

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Roll-O Gold Treats from The Idea Room

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies & Tutorial {Sweetopia}

St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art {Eighteen 25}

St. Patrick's Day Free Printable the36thavenue.com

St. Patrick’s Day Printables

Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage {Mom Endeavors}

Straw Flags and More {Somewhat Simple}

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows by Our Best Bites

Rainbow Waffles {Gimmesomeoven}

Lucky To Know You Printables {36th Avenue}

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St. Patrick’s Day Gifts from The Idea Room

Kiss Me I’m Irish Printable Toppers {Homemaking Hacks}

Glitter Shamrock Banner  {Lolly Jane}

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Leprechaun Bottle Toppers from The Idea Room

St. Patrick’s Day Banner {Landeelu}

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes Toppers with Rainbow Wrappers  {Skip to my Lou}

Cupcake Toppers from Craftaholics Anonymous

Pinched Printable Kit {I Should Be Mopping the Floor}

St. Patrick’s Day Printables {Anna and Blue Paperie}

Cute and Easy St. Patrick's Day Gift idea with free print { lilluna.com }

St. Patrick’s Day Gift Idea from Lil Luna

St. Patrick’s Day Notecards {74 Lime Lane}

Lucky Button Rainbow Print {Funky Polkadot Giraffe}

Simple St. Patrick's Day Printable Bracelets ---  www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

Pinch Proof Bracelets from Thirty Handmade Days

Printable Banner {HGTV via TomKat Studio}

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt {The Crafting Chicks}

Anti-Pinch Polish from Eighteen25



St. Patrick’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for a fun and clever St. Patrick’s Day Gift idea? Look no further.

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But I know a lot of people are last minute-ers…so hopefully a few of you will be able to use these this year or save them for next year.  I wanted to make a St. Patrick’s Day Candy Bar Wrapper like these Father Day Candy Bar Wrappers and wanted the gold foil wrappers.  I thought about doing the Symphony Candy Bars, but then my eyes spied the Rolo’s and I knew that I would be making the wrapper for them.

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To make a Roll ‘o Gold simply print out the label I am providing you and glue it on the Rolo’s in place of the regular wrapper.  Viola!  Instant gift!

You will need to go through my FB page to gain access to them.  If you are not a fan of The Idea Room, you will need to like the page first and then click on {Previous Downloads} to gain access to the printables.

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*Click to print here:

Roll ‘O Gold Rolo Wrappers

 


Rainbow Fruit Pizza–St Patricks Day Recipes

Take a little twist on the sugar cookie fruit pizza for one of your St Patricks Day recipes this year.  A little healthier way to cure your sweet tooth.

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Sugar Cookie Fruit pizza is a great and tasty treat for a party or a shower.  They are also easy to serve.  You can also let your guests decorate their own with the fruit of their choice.

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Simply take your favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe and add a nice light and fluffy frosting. Then pull out your favorite fresh fruit.

 

Rainbow Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Combine soda and sour cream in mixer.
  2. Then add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  4. Roll out dough till it is about 1/4 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface and cut out with cookie cutters into desired shapes.
  5. I cut out circles that were 4 inches in size. This is be better if you are making rainbows.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees or until lightly browned.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/03/rainbow-fruit-pizza.html

Amazing Whipped Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tsp. Milk
  • 1 16 oz. tub of Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Use room temperature butter (otherwise you will get chunks of butter in your frosting), place it into mixer and whip together until nice and smooth.
  2. Then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Gradually add about 3-4 cups of powdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar).
  4. It will be a bit chunky and not very smooth.
  5. Gradually add 1 teaspoon of milk while mixing frosting.
  6. If it is still not the consistency you desire, add another teaspoon of milk until you get a nice thick frosting that is smooth.
  7. Then fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip.
  8. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator before serving.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/03/rainbow-fruit-pizza.html

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In this case I wanted fruit that was the color of the rainbow.  I used Raspberries, oranges chopped, crushed pineapple, kiwi, and blueberries.

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These got pretty rave reviews from my built-in taste testers.  But unfortunately these fall in the category of things I can no longer eat….but that is okay…I was happy just eating the rest of this colorful plate of fruit for my dessert.  Everyone was happy and you can’ t beat that…and you have another addition to your simple St Patricks Day recipes.

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Leprechaun Gift

As promised, I have another St. Patrick’s Day gift idea to share with you today.  These are pretty simple and make a easy gift to give to brighten someone’s day.  These are a spin off of my Father’s Day Soda Bottle Covers I shared a couple of years ago.  Do any of you remember those?

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I simply took a bottle of Sprite and made this little Leprechaun Bottle cover to attach to the bottle.

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Since I didn’t want to be able to see the Sprite Label on the top of the bottle, I simply cut out a piece of scrapbook paper and wrapped it around the top and glued it into place.

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Then I decided to wrap a strip of white cardstock around the middle of the bottle and add one of the labels from the Rainbow in a Jar gifts that I shared the other day.

I also came up with a printable label for the Leprechaun Sprite bottle if you would like to use those to give with your little gift bottle.

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You could also use the Leprechaun heads for the Rainbow in a Jar gifts as well.  Simply adjust the white head band smaller or cut it out larger depending on the size of the jar you are using.

Or….wrap them around your glasses or napkins on your St. Patrick’s Day table. That is what I will be doing for our dinner table this coming Sunday. It adds just a simple festive touch to your St. Patrick’s Day dinner table.

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I will be providing you with the free downloads of the St. Patrick’s Day printables for a few days before I move them over to my store.  So be sure to grab them if you want to use them.

You will need to go through my FB page to gain access to them.  If you are not a fan of The Idea Room, you will need to like the page first and then click on {Previous Downloads} to gain access to the printables.

Click here for the printables: 

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Heads and Sprite Printables

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How will you use the Leprechaun Head?  That sounds creepy…but you know what I mean…right?!

St. Patricks Day Gifts

You guys…I am obsessed with these bottles (recycled Starbucks Frappucino).  So I apologize in advance for this project.  But I just could not help myself!  I realized that I hardly have any St. Patrick’s Day Gifts or décor ideas on The Idea Room.  I decided that I needed to fix that.  So be prepared for a few simple and easy ideas in the coming week.

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I LOVE rainbows so it was the first thing I thought of.  This is definitely not a new idea and I have seen it all over, but I thought I would put my own little spin on it.  The spin will come in the next post…but here is the first version for you if you would like to duplicate it for your own use.

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I like both of these fun containers.  The tall skinny test tube container was picked up from Michaels and is perfect to give a small little treat to a neighbor or friend.

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Or give a bit more candy to one of your favorite teachers for a little pick me up this St. Patrick’s Day.

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I will be providing you with the free downloads of the St. Patrick’s Day printables for a few days before I move them over to my store.  So be sure to grab them if you want to use them.

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You will need to go through my FB page to gain access to them.  If you are not a fan of The Idea Room, you will need to like the page first and then click on {Previous Downloads} to gain access to the printables.

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The files for the “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Labels measure 3 x 2.5 inches.  The round “I Am Lucky” Tags print out at 3 inches.  You can use them as labels at this size.  If you want the round tag to fit the top of the Starbucks Bottles you will need to be sure and print the labels at 50% of the original size so that they will measure 1.5 inches and they will fit perfectly on the top of the lid.

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Click here for the printables:  St. Patrick’s Day Gift Labels and Tags

Do you give out gifts for St. Patrick’s Day?



Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  And while we don’t celebrate this holiday as much as we do the other holidays in our home, I still like to do something a little different so the day does not feel like every other day.  In my home growing up, my mom always made us a green breakfast and I find myself inclined to do the same for my children.

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But instead of just coloring the same old pancakes green, I thought we would give Mint Chocolate Chip pancakes a try.  And of course I used my family as my taste testers.  They were a hit for all…and if you have kids, you know that is saying something!

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We modified a Buttermilk Pancake recipe and added some mint flavoring.  The first batch came out a little TOO minty, but the second try we seem to have gotten the right mix.  I am hoping to figure out how to make these gluten and dairy free for me and have been doing some research on alternative ingredients!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

about 12 pancakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • 3 to 4 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips, with a few for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, butter, extracts, and food coloring (if using) in a small bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir until mixed well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Pour about 14 cup of pancake batter onto skillet for each pancake.. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until bottom is golden brown and edges begin to bubble, then carefully flip and cook on the other side for 1 to 2 more minutes.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/03/mint-chocolate-chip-pancakes.html

I think these will be our new St. Patrick’s Day tradition.  The sure did disappear fast enough the first time.  You can even make them ahead and then pop them into the toaster or microwave to heat them up if you are short of time on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day….or any day for that matter.  You could also whip some of these up and serve them as a dessert by adding a scoop of vanilla icecream and covering with some creamy hot fudge!

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Do you do anything special to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Mint chocolate Chip cookies

We took a little break from the painting and home remodeling to whip up some of these tasty Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.  With St. Patrick’s Day looming in the near future I decided to give these cookies a try.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 8-10 drops of green food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup creme de menthe baking chips 
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

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    Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, mint, food coloring and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chunks and baking chips.  Roll dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let cool.

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And…they tasted pretty darn good.  My son LOVED them…but he is also a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  He has declared them one of his favorite cookies!

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Either way, they would be fun to serve up for St. Patrick’s Day or make some and give them away!

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Have you ever made Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies?

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Rainbow Cupcakes

  The leprechauns came to our house yesterday. They left us some rainbow cupcakes {some of them even had bites taken out of them} and a pot of gold!

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Wasn’t that nice of them? We didn’t manage to capture any. We consumed way too much green food coloring…more than any one person should be allowed in a years time…

You can make these simple Rainbow Cupcakes by simply making a white cake from scratch or out of a box.  Then separate the batter into 5 different bowl evenly.  Color each of the batter in the bowls a different color of the rainbow.  Then layer the colors into your cupcake wrapper one at a time.  Bake as normal for cupcakes according to the directions on your recipe or the box, which is usually 350 degrees for about 18 minutes.

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And these cute cupcake toppers? Found them over at TomKat Studios here. Head on over and get some of your very own.

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Happy St. Patricks Day!

Well, the Leprechauns somehow managed to escape the trap we set for capturing them last night. And the pot we had left for them had disappeared. When the kids get home from school, I imagine that the first clue to it’s whereabouts will magically appear, allowing the kids to begin the treasure hunt to find the “pot of gold”. Were any of you sucessful in capturing a leprechaun?

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After a futile attempt to find the pot on our own (without any clues), We started off the day with some green pancakes and milk. This year I am going to serve some Irish Soda Bread with our dinner. I found a recipe that looks easy and yummy. Then for some dessert, how about some mint chocolate chip milkshakes. We had to test one out this morning to make sure they would be good enough. By the way if you are interested, I found 8 matching milkshake glasses at the DI (Deseret Industries Thrift Store) for 50 cents each a couple of years ago).

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St. Patrick’s Day– Leprechaun Trap

Have you ever caught a Leprechaun? No? Well we have not either…but we sure do try every St. Patrick’s Day.  The kids love to set a Leprechaun Trap for a little St. Patrick’s Day Fun.  Today we’d like to teach you how to trap a leprechaun.

We have never caught one of those sneaky little Leprechauns.  The Leprechauns come in the middle of the night and snatch our little black pot, without setting off the trap, and leave a trail of little green footprints to a hidden clue. This clue leads to another and so on, sending the kids on a “treasure hunt”. After following the trail of clues, the kids are eventually led to the “end of the rainbow” where they find a “pot of gold!”

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The Leprechauns usually leave us some Rolo candies, peppermint patties, and Hershey’s kisses and Pot of Gold candy. (Basically anything the “Momma Leprechauns” can find that has a silver or gold wrapper). We painted a “pot” black (a terracotta plant from any craft store).

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Each St. Patrick’s eve, in anticipation of the Leprechauns arrival we set out the pot underneath a trap (a laundry basket held up by a stick that has a notch on the end). For bait, we put some broccoli into the pot because everybody knows that Leprechauns love broccoli (hence their greenish skin color). pot of gold leprechaun wm Every year the trap goes untouched, the broccoli is missing and the pot has been hidden for us to seek and discover. What does your family do for your St. Patrick’s Day Traditions? Pin It

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