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Paddy’s Day Party!

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This year’s St.Patrick’s Day feast week ended with a casual pub-style party. ¬†We had Guinness and Irish Mules, corned beef, potato chips, Celtic music on the ghetto blaster (how retro!), all things green and so much more! ¬†Here’s some of the fun things I tried out this year!

For the first time I made my own corned beef. ¬†I ended up using a sirloin tip roast (brisket is harder for me to get my hands on) and I tested out two different recipes. ¬†One with mortons tender quick and the other with sea salt and beet juice (which was supposed to turn the meat pink…it did not!)

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Both were tasty although the general consensus was that the pinker corned beef was the favorite. (Made with the mortons salt). I found both varieties to be salty even after boiling for 3 hrs, next year I’d boil it longer!

It’s not a true party without goodie bags so I hit up the dollar store and picked up some cheap and fun items…green play-dough, Irish spring soap, green shamrock socks, green beaded necklaces, glow sticks, shamrock tattoos and button pins, some cute leprechaun hats, and I filled up some small bottles with Jameson whiskey!

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I also picked up some shamrock garland and a variety of st. Patrick’s day paper plates and napkins! Cheap and easy!

Our bar “Murphy’s” (named lovingly after Murphy’s law!) was open and stocked with Guinness, Jameson and fun Jell-O shots we made! ¬†Our signature drink for the night was an Irish Mule: Jameson, ginger-ale, club soda, lime and mint! ¬†Very refreshingly themed!!

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We had a buffet bar set-up for easily nibbling, sort of like a ploughmans lunch; cheeses, olives, mustards, sauerkraut, corned beef & sausage, homemade pumpernickel & crackers, green veggies & dip, potato chips and cheesy Guinness, bacon dip.  Later through the night I set out beef sliders with Jameson whiskey BBQ sauce smothered onions (and the option to add the cheesy Guinness, bacon dip to them too!)

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I know the green beer shenanigans will continue all weekend for most, and why not?! ¬†It IS the most wonderful time of the year after all! ¬†So until next year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Slainte everyone!

May love and laughter light your days,

And warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,

Wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world,

With joy that long endures.

May all life’s passing seasons,

Bring the best to you and yours.

(An Old Irish Blessing)

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