Good Evening Friends!
Around our house, beyond Christmas Day, St. Patrick’s Day is the holiday that we count down to every single year. Last year we made a beautiful Guinness Cake complete with the Irish flag.
This year, being couped up in the house and having a gentle layer of stress in the air, we decided to change things up a bit. My daughter came to me last night and snuggled up close. “Mama” she said, “will we still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?”. I kissed the top of her head. “You can count on it” I said. In truth, things have been a wee bit stressful in this pandemic, but I wanted to find a reason to celebrate. I am proudly Irish and have always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day since I was a little girl. I didn’t want this year to be much different. While we couldn’t go to a local parade… or eat out at a restaurant… we could still celebrate our Irish Pride all day long right here at home.
This is what we did today. 🙂
We began the day by dressing up in green. My little one yanked on her green Irish cap and shirt. I pulled on my Ireland hoodie feeling festive and happy. We turned on my Irish playlist (which I honestly play year-round) and enjoyed listening to reels while I whipped up breakfast. For breakfast we began the day with simple, homemade biscuits and “green” eggs. My daughter had just finished watching the new “Green Eggs and Ham” on Netflix, so I thought this dish would be a perfect fit. She squealed with delight, and breakfast tasted wonderful!
Easy Mayonnaise Biscuits
Makes: 6 biscuits
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F)/ 190 degrees (C).
- Combine everything into a bowl and mix well to combine.
- Spray a muffin tin and scoop in the batter equally among the 6 muffin cups.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!
- 6 eggs, whisked
- 2 tablespoons jarred pesto
- 2 tablespoons butter
- In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter to coat the pan.
- Whisk the eggs and pesto together in a mixing bowl until the mixture looks green-ish.
- Turn the heat on the stove to medium and pour in the eggs.
- Use a rubber tipped spatula to scramble the eggs until they are fully cooked. (About 5 minutes). Serve hot and enjoy!
With full bellies we relaxed into the morning and rocked out to music. As per tradition, we curled up as a family and watched, “Leap Year” as our favorite Irish movie (and love story). If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you renting it. It’s so worth it! Here’s the trailer:
Then it was lunch time!! Back into the kitchen we marched to make a simple grilled cheese sandwiches, only this time we added fresh greens from the garden here on the farm. It gave a delicious crunch to the gooey, melted Cheddar cheese. The family devoured every bite.
As the afternoon melted away and my daughter and I curled up playing app games on my phone, dinner time was approaching. “Let’s keep things light tonight” I suggested, and thankfully everyone agreed. With just a few ingredients we whipped up an Irish tea cake that was absolutely heavenly.
Irish Tea Cake
Courtesy of: Allrecipes
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F)/ 175 degrees (C).
- Grease a 9 inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated; stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. If the batter is too stiff, a tablespoon or two of milk may be added. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack, then turn out onto a serving plate. Dust with confectioners’ sugar right before serving.
Alright my friends, whether you’re Irish or not, today (and everyday) I hope you feel lucky and blessed. I hope that you smile and remember to dance. I hope you find rainbows in the dark times, and laugh with the ones you love. Have a wonderful night and I will see you back here next time!