Fáilte

(That’s Irish for”Welcome”)

Fáilte
(That’s Irish for”Welcome“)

March 14, 2021

IMG_7877My new shamrock-festooned decoration for St. Patrick’s Day!  :o)


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

                                                                Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
 Do you decorate your front door with the change of seasons and holidays?  
I “get a kick” out of hanging a season-appropriate decoration near my own front door.  
 Unfortunately, after last St. Patrick’s Day, it became apparent that my years-old, glittering, pressed-board shamrock, had lost its luster, and shape (becoming swollen from years of being exposed to the elements). Let me introduce you to its replacement; this cheerful shamrock-festooned, “Welcome” sign! (seen above) :o)
You can find it, here.

Celebrating the Day

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I am enjoying this shamrock plant gracing my kitchen counter.

What are the things that you enjoy about St. Patrick’s Day?    

Here are a few things on my own St. Patrick’s Day happy list…

Wearing green    

Shamrock shapes everywhere

 Watching wonderful Irish movies and TV shows, such as The Quiet Man.
(The Quiet Man is currently showing on Amazon Prime
 and will air on Turner Classic Movies on March 17 at 8 pm EST.)
Find more St. Patrick’s Day movie/tv suggestions, here.

Tasty St. Patrick’s Day dishes, such as Irish StewShepherd’s Pie,
Chocolate Mint Dessert, and others, along with other 
St. Patrick’s Day snacks.

Please, continue reading to find Irish recipes and treats, below, plus more.  :o)

 
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A commemorative print from the beautifully scenic Quiet Man tour,
that I enjoyed in Ireland,
in September 2013.

Read about that tour here and here, plus more can be found below in the 
Take a Look At The Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day-Related Blog Posts section,
toward the bottom of this post.

Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie has always been a favorite with my family. In fact, it was my daughter’s favorite when she was growing up.  Even before that, my mom served up this recipe at
the dinner table of my youth. This dish falls into my “comfort food” category. These days,
I often change out the ground beef with ground chicken, and add a little (2%-lower fat) cheese on top for a bit of added flavor.  Also, I normally use prepared mashed potatoes, taking less time and making less mess, without much sacrifice in flavor. If you are looking for a tummy-hugging mix of flavors for this March 17, I suggest that you give this recipe a try!

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My version of Shepherd’s Pie, after my photo malfunction.  (See below for explanation)

A Shepherd’s Pie Photo Malfunction!

I’ll bet you didn’t know that blogging can pose some unexpected perils!  For instance,
while preparing Shepherd’s Pie for this blog post photo, there was a Shepherd’s Pie photo 
malfunction!  My plan was to slightly tilt the perfectly browned dish, fresh from the oven, toward the camera for a taste-tantalizing picture, but, instead, I accidentally over-tipped the casserole, sending the potatoes careening from the hot Corning Ware! You can see that occurring, along with the surprised look on my face, from the photo below!  Fortunately, I spotted the potential fiasco just in the nick of time, halting the contents from pouring out. The Shepherd’s Pie was saved, although it was no longer as pretty, as it had been. :o)

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A Shepherd’s Pie malfunction!

Making Shepherd’s Pie

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Ingredients needed for Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef, or ground chicken

Onion-optional
(I often leave this out.)

2 ½ cups, or ½ lb. cooked green beans

2 cans (10 ½ oz.) cream of mushroom soup

1-32 ounce, or more, container pre-made mashed potatoes (like Bob Evans)
(I usually use the pre-made mashed potatoes in this recipe.)
or
5 medium potatoes peeled and cooked with salt
½ cup warm milk
2 Tbsp.- ¼ cup butter

Cheddar cheese, shredded-optional
(I usually use this, using 2% low-fat cheese)

salt, pepper, paprika

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook meat (with onion, if desired) until done.  Season with salt and pepper.

Add the cans of soup to the cooked and drained green beans.  Add salt and pepper.
Pour into greased 2 qt. casserole.

Spoon potatoes over the meat mixture, giving the mashed potatoes peaks, 
using photo, above, as a guide.
(If making from scratch, mash the potatoes.  Add milk and butter, salt, pepper to taste.)

Evenly sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese over the top.

 Sprinkle top lightly with Paprika.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until warm, and potato peaks are browned.

Annette’s notes-I have also added cooked corn, and/or cooked mixed vegetables, at times.

4-5 Servings

 Chocolate Mint Dessert

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Chocolate Mint Dessert, with its creamy green center,
is a natural choice for St. Patrick’s Day.  

Chocolate Mint Dessert, with its creamy green center, is a natural choice for St. Patrick’s Day, or for Christmas.  This once traditional Christmas dessert at my house, was another favorite of my daughter’s.  A suggestion, I recommend NOT using a glass pan for this one.  One year, this beautiful dessert fell out of my refrigerator and broke onto the floor, with all of our chocolatey dessert with it.  :o(

Making Chocolate Mint Dessert

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Gather the ingredients for Chocolate Mint Dessert.

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The smooth chocolate topping makes for a pretty presentation.  

 

Chocolate Mint Dessert

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INGREDIENTS

Cake Layer

1 cup flour

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

4 eggs

1+1/2 cups/16 oz. Hershey Syrup

MInt Cream

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 Tbsp. green crème de menthe
(or 1 Tbsp. water, ½-3/4 tea. mint extract, 3 drops green food coloring)

2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Topping

6 Tbsp. butter

1 cup chocolate chips (I use the 60% Ghirardelli)

Garnish

Andes Mints, or Dove Chocolate & Mint Swirl candies-optional
(Garnish may be applied to individual pieces, or  to brownie before cutting.)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Cake layer

Combine flour, granulated sugar, eggs, and syrup in large mixing bowl.
Beat till smooth.  Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched in the center. 
Cool completely.

Spread on mint cream (recipe below).
Cover and refrigerate.

Pour chocolate glaze (recipe below) over chilled dessert.
Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to serving.

Garnish with Andes mints, or Dove chocolates, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate left over dessert.
This also freezes well.

Mint Cream

Combine ½ cup butter, and cream de menthe in medium mixing bowl.  Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth.

Chocolate Glaze

Melt 6 Tbsp. butter and 1 cup chocolate chips on low heat.  Remove from heat, stir until smooth. Cool slightly. 

 Serves 10-12

Annette’s notes-This freezes well.

                                                             Cooking with Gammy

 

St. Patrick’s Day
(It is “Luck of the Gammy” to have wonderful grandchildren!)

It is ALWAYS a lucky day for Gammy when the grands (grandchildren) come for a visit! :o)

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Our leprechaun craft was a hit!

Irish Gold

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Find the recipe for these tasty peanut butter and butterscotch morsels, here.

Leprechaun Hats

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These Leprechaun Hats can be made a couple of different ways.(See below)
In the past, we have also made them when “studying” Abraham Lincoln (minus the green m&m’s), then referring to them, as Lincoln Stovepipe Hats, rather than Leprechaun Hats.  :o)

Leprechaun Hats

Ingredients

Keebler Fudge Stripes Cookies
(see photo below)

Large marshmallows,
or Hostess Ho Ho’s cut in two
(If you use Ho Ho’s, these do not need to be coated in chocolate.)

Chocolate chips
(I use Ghirardelli, 60%.)

Green m & m’s

Directions

Carefully melt chocolate in microwave, in 30 second intervals.
Dip cookie into the melted chocolate.
Use a fork, or spoon, to coat cookie completely.
 Place the cookie on wax paper.

 Using a shish kabob skewer inserted into marshmallow, dip into chocolate,
coating it completely.  Allow excess chocolate to drip off, and then place coated marshmallow over the center of the cookie.
(If using Ho Ho’s, just adhere cut side onto cookie with melted chocolate.)

Decorate with green m&m’s.

Place in refrigerator until set.

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The Leprechaun Hats use Keebler Fudge Stripes Cookies as their base.
For a different kind of Leprechaun hat snack, go here.

Wizard of Oz

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“The house fell on the Wicked Witch of the East” craft.

Witch’s Hats

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Using Keebler’s Fudge Stripe Cookies, a little frosting (in the tube) for “glue”, and
a candy kiss, an edible Wicked Witch of the West’s hat was created.

Witch’s Brooms

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These yummy witch’s brooms take just a small Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup and a pretzel stick.

Munchkin Mix

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Our Munchkin Mix consisted of Mother’s Animal Crackers, Teddy Grahams,
Fruit Snacks, m&m’s, small marshmallows, and pretzels.

Sock Monkeys

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Sock Monkey Crescents

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Our Sock Monkey Crescents used Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, filled with a little sugar and sprinkle of cinnamon, a little bit of butter on top, and either a few raisins, or chocolate chips, and then baked per package directions.

Frozen Bananas

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Frozen Bananas were made by using a shish kabob skewer to dip half bananas into melted chocolate chips, and then sprinkled with crushed Oreos.
 Placed on wax paper, they were frozen until hardened.

 

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently.

Chalk on the Driveway

Warmer spring-like weather in March means breaking out the sidewalk chalk for my  grandchildren to enjoy.  Below are three portraits that my grandchildren did of me!  :o)
I am honored!

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(While writing the heading above, “Chalk on the Driveway”, it reminds me of
Annette Funicello’s 1959 rock and roll
hit, “Tall Paul”.  To hear this pop classic, click here.)   

The Weather!

Aren’t you loving the warmer weather? Spring is on its way!  The increase in temperatures means being able to, once again, spend some walking time (following social distance) with
a friend in the great outdoors! 

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Puppy Gazes 

  Isn’t this sweet?  I found this photo of my son’s dog, the other day. :o)

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Take a Look At These Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day-Related Blog Posts

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Irish Gold, Part 2, October 2013, here.
Includes a recipe for Irish Gold

Irish Gold, Part 1, October 2013, here.
Includes the recipe from Ashford Castle for Tea Sandwiches

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 1, October 2013, here.
Includes locations from the classic film, 
The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or A Day Fit for a Quiet Man Crazy, here.
More locations from, the classic film, The Quiet Man

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya, February 2014, here.
Includes locations from the classic film, The Quiet Man,
plus other St. Patrick’s Day movie and tv show suggestions,
and a recipe for Easy Artichoke Dip.

Don’t Pinch Me, I’m Wearing Green Underwear!, March 2018,here.
Includes recipes for Irish Gold, and Irish Stew

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, March 2019, here.
Includes instructions for no-bake Leprechaun Hats

A Bit o’ Green to Chase Those (Coronavirus) Blues Away, March 2020, here.
Includes recipe for no-bake Shamrock Pretzels

Thank you for reading!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m Annette Stuff

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I found this sign humorous, while visiting Cong in Ireland. :o)
September 2013.

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8 Responses to Fáilte

  1. Donna and Tony says:

    You are so creative. I’m sure the grandkids love spending time with you.

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  2. larry westphal says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too. Enjoyed your blog….so much info. And your new sign is cute, it should stand the weather just fine! LOVE YOUR SURPRISED FACE…..oooops!

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  3. marjorie mattson says:

    Great Blog. Food looks very good. Maybe you should do a recipe blog.

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  4. A nice collection of recipes!

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