St. Paddy’s Day 2015!

*While typing up a post about our recent trip to Amarillo, I realized that I never published this post…better late than never!*

Top o’ the evening to you! And Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day is hands down one of my favorite holidays, because it’s so silly! Who doesn’t want to wear green, look for leprechauns and search for rainbows?

We kicked off the week with some yummy Shepard’s Pie on Sunday night, courtesy of Tom’s delicious recipe. Monday morning, we dressed Norah in one of her finest Irish outfits and headed to school.  I LOVE getting to play fun themed games with the kiddos during speech therapy, and we spent the beginning of the week making leprechaun traps, reading Green Shamrocks, and eating Skittles for oral motor work.

Monday night Norah and I got dinner ready for St. Patrick’s Day! We made slow cooker corned beef and cabbage and put it in the fridge so that everything was ready to start cooking Tuesday morning.

First we layered potatoes and cabbage:

Norah was very particular about separating all of the cabbage.

Then we dumped carrots in the pot before adding the corned beef!

We rubbed garlic, honey, and mustard on the beef before topping with whole cloves, all spice, peppercorns and onions. The last step was pouring two cans of beer and broth into the pot!

I put it in the slow cooker around 7 am, and it cooked on low until 6 pm, when we added two chopped Granny Smith apples (not traditional, but so good!)

Breakfast for St. Paddy’s Day was toast, hard boiled eggs and asparagus, with leftover Shepard’s Pie for lunch.

Work was really fun, because all of the kids and teachers get so into it. We made leprechaun traps after reading The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day and ate Lucky Charms for snack. I picked Norah up early from Ladybugs for a doctor’s appointment, and then we headed home to get dinner ready.

We had an appetizer of Irish cheddar cheese and soda bread, with some Beer for the adults:

Then we sat down to dinner with our special guest, Oma! My mom got into town Tuesday night and we had so much fun eating and spending the evening together. Check out our big girl eating her corned beef and cabbage this year compared to last year:

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Such a cutie!

After Norah went to bed, we hung out with my mom for awhile before going to bed. It was a great St. Patricks’s Day and now we are so excited to depart for our big trip to Mexico!

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