“You’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk
A little something from Dirty Harry to tease you about what’s coming at the end of this post
… but you’ve got to wait for it …
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Indulge me for a few minutes and pretend to be interested in my most recent anecdote and compilation of pretty pictures
I promise. It won’t be too painful. You might even luck out and find some inspiration.
But no promises : ).
So for years now, I’ve thought I had a bit more luck than the person sitting next to me
. I was under the impression that because I had kissed a cold, clammy and very unsanitary rock (aka the Blarney Stone
) while dangling backwards off the ramparts of a 600 year old castle, that somehow I was justifiably blessed with extra Irish luck.
Um, apparently not
While prepping for this blog post I found out that according to legend what a person IS
bestowed with for their courageous act is … the gift of gab
Stop your snickering. I can hear it from here.
And yes, it does explain a lot.
This new information does give me some sense of pleasure
… in a sick sorta way … yeah, I should explain.
As a grown-up, and especially as a mother, I cringe to think that my parents not only allowed my 6 year old self to do this, but encouraged me unabashedly to do so. They said it was a once in a life time experience … well, yeah, but it could have been a very short lifetime if I had plummeted to the ground that day.
But I suppose I should put things in context. It was the 70’s after all. We drove without car seats and kids under three were allowed to play with toys that had small parts. It was a time of reckless abandon.
But I digress … back to that sick pleasure …
So basically with their blessing, I was, well, blessed with the gift of gab
. Ha! Which means that all those years later when my parents were silently pleading for my mouth to quit moving for even a nano-second, it was all on them! Ha! Ha! Ha! Sweet revenge. Can you smell it?
It’s called Eau de Just Rewards
But in reality, this new revelation doesn’t really change things. I still feel very lucky. Or blessed. Which really is the way I identify it. I feel very blessed
So with luck on my brain I compiled some St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you dear reader
. Some things you can either incorporate into a full blown party or into a quiet dinner with family and friends. Some things that have a more subtle Irish impact
. No leprechauns. No rainbows. No shiny shamrocks. Just quiet hints … um, quiet? From me? Yeah, well, we'll see … The Menu
Two words. Potato Potluck
Yep. I say have everyone bring a dish whose main ingredient is potatoes
. They are an integral part of Ireland’s history and heritage
after all. So go big! Do it all in that starchy goodness! (Click picture for link to recipe.) Baked Potato Soup
. Cream + Bacon = a whole lot of yummy in the tummy. This recipe from potatosoupreceipe.com
Here are two revved up variations on the otherwise boring mashed potato: Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
and Mashed Potato Puffs
from the Kitchen Project
Now, to add a little green to the table, try this Potato Broccoli Casserole
. Just so the other veggies don’t get jealous of all the potato love. Potato skins
. No need to say more.
Try one of these two colorful replacements for a generic potato salad: Sausage and Potato Salad
from Woman’s Day
or Greek Potato Salad
Who doesn’t love fries? Well, my friend Polley, but that’s only because she doesn’t have a gall bladder any more. I weep for her. And she weeps if she eats them. Anywhoo, these Oven Fries
sound like a better alternative to deep fried potatoes, and how cute is delish.com’s
presentation? I heart galvanized buckets. Heart. Them.
If you’re gonna have soup, you gotta have bread. It’s a given. So here is a Potato Bread
recipe from Laurie at Heaven is Chocolate, Cheese and Carbs
Now, were you worried I couldn’t find you anything sweet for your potato potluck? Never fear dear reader. I have desserts. Mashed Potato Doughnuts
. Oh. My. Just make ‘em. Thank me later.
How about some Mashed Potato Candy
? Yep. You read that right. Now, this is not a true Irish delicacy. It really comes from Philadelphia. It's potatoes and chocolate. Do we really care where it came from? Uh, no. We’re just glad it got here at all. Thanks Taste of Home
So now indulge me in a little divergence. You’ve already come to expect that from me right? Right! I hate to disappoint : ).
Look at these Lucky Charm Cupcakes
. Yeah baby. My favorite marshmallow cereal atop cake with icing. Whoa Nelly. Gotta make me some of these. Which you could also do from potatoes … I think I recall a potato cupcake recipe out there in cyber land somewhere … The Décor
Try to leave the over-the-top décor in the box. Look for things that are around your house that would evoke the feeling of Irish green
(and orange … must give my Protestant ancestors equal time) and use them in your décor. I found most of these items in the dollar section of my local crafts store. Sophisticated look for not a lot of green.
I ran the folded note card
through my printer to add the invitation sentiment to the front. A splash of orange ribbon to enliven the green and brown color scheme and the invite
was a quick project. I found the green potato peeler
at the dollar store. Thought it would be a fun party favor
so I printed an Irish blessing on the back of a pre-made tag and tied it to the peeler. Another favor idea would be a potato masher … but only if you could find ones that work in your color scheme : ). Go here
to find an appropriate Irish blessing.
Fill your table’s center with vintage green glass pieces
as seen here fromBHG
. Slip single flowers stems in them to make a bigger impact.
Tie one on … that is a four leaf clover … wrap hemp cording around a rustic napkin and embellish with a clover leaf
. More subtle sophistication from BHG
Still more from BHG
. Give a plain tablecloth some Celtic charm
by stenciling patterns onto the bottom edges. Love the tone-on-tone effect here.
And here's a use for those leftover or mis-matched green Christmas balls
. Stack them in clear vases for a very quick centerpiece
Well, I got two things for you. How about tuning into Celtic Radio
over the internet … it would be a lovely touch in the background.
OR, sit everyone down after dinner and watch the quintessential Irish movie “The Quiet Man”
If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. It’s a treat. And it’s even in color so your kids (and hubby) might even watch it.
Well, maybe. If you bribe them with enough potato candy
So there you go dear reader. A patty’s worth of inspiration that hopefully you’ll luck out and have a chance to use some or all of it in the coming weeks. The Pot of Gold
NOW … the moment you have all been reading for … the surprise
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Wow! That’s a lot of shamrock stickers!
I am soooo excited about this giveaway. It’s my first. I’m a giveaway “greeny”. So comment away!
AND, don’t forget to head over to the forum section of the site and try out this month’s challenge
hosted by the awesome Leslie. It’s all about being green.
Good luck dear readers! I can’t wait to hear from you!