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



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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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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