The Luck of the Irish to ya!!!

I have been sporting green all week!!  I was asked yesterday why I was wearing green when  St. Pat’s day was not until Sunday.   Well, basically I like to drag out holidays and give them the celebration they deserve. No crime in that! Actually green is a color that has never been a big player in my wardrobe. But a couple of years ago it starting calling my name!!  I am now able to do an entire week of green!

Tonight we had a St. Paddy’s  Eve dinner……….corned beef, cabbage and my all time favorite Guinness Beer Bread!  I always do our corned beef in a crock pot. It’s too easy and always tastes yummy.

Our favorite way to do cabbage is to roast it.  A little olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and fennel seeds. Or caraway seeds if you are not a fan of the licorice flavor of the fennel seeds. Either way – it is Oh so delish!!

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But, the Guinness Bread is really good!! Really dense. Really hardy.  Stick to your ribs bread!

 Guinness Bread

1-cup regular oatmeal – not quick

2 cups whole-wheat flour

½ c. packed brown sugar

2 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

¼ cup butter, melted

1-cup buttermilk

2 t. vanilla

12 oz Guinness Beer

Heat over to 425. Grease cast iron skillet.

Combine first 6 ingredients in bow.  Stir in butter, mixing well.  Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.  Gently stir in Guinness, do not beat.

Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with oats.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Reduce temp to 400 and bake additional 30 minutes.

Turn off oven and allow the bread to cool slowly with the door open for 30 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack.  Serve warm with butter and honey.

 Anything is better with butter and honey in my humble opinion!  But we now use Agave Nectar instead of honey in our house.

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I love the platter I found at Marshall’s several years ago – and look how cute my lil Leprechauns are. They’re bobble heads – give them a little tap and they dance a little jiggity jig. The sign pointing to Dublin is a gift from our youngest son when he was on his way to do his 2nd deployment in Iraq. They had a stop over in Ireland and he bought this for his mama!! How sweet is that!! He always asked if I know if the sign is really pointing towards Dublin. Son, I have not a clue. Hope that is ok with you!

 

 

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I hope you do something fun for St. Paddy’s Day!! Wear your green!

 

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