Shamrock Shortbread

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Seriously, why did I make these?  I think I have single handedly eat ALL of these Shamrock Shortbread. They're buttery, tender cookies, dotted with milk and mint chocolate chips.  

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Shamrock Shortbread
1 cup butter (room temp)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used a milk/mint chocolate mix)
 
Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer.  Add the salt, vanilla and egg yolks and beat until smooth.  Add the flour and mix till dough comes together.  Add the choc chips. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4" thick and cut out your shamrocks.  Bake at 325 F for about 12-15 mins or just until the edges of the cookie start to turn golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.
 
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Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm
 

Shamrock Floats

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St. Patrick's Day is just days away. I've started to decorate and I'm hunting down cute party supplies.  I have a yummy minty green drink for you to serve. This frosty treat is so simple, it only has two ingredients (a carton of Lime Sherbet, and a 2 liter bottle of Sprite).  Scoop the sherbet into a pitcher, punch bowl or individual glasses and then top with Sprite. I served my minty green drinks with some yummy minty green Pistachio Wedding Cookies.  The recipe is from the gorgeous food blog Mother Thyme.

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I dressed up my milk bottles with little gold shamrocks.  These were so easy to make.  I used gold heart stickers from We Love Citrus and a tiny strip of gold washi tape (I use Minted's).  I also dressed up my paper straws with a little more gold washi tape. If you are looking to host a party, visit We Love Citrus. This San Diego based shop, has unique party supplies to make your party treats extra special. 

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I'm also reusing the Pom Pom bunting I made for Olivia's first birthday party

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Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm

St. Patrick’s Day Garland

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With St. Patrick's Day only a week away, I wanted to make a little something to celebrate and came up with this simple garland.

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For the past several years we have had my sister and brother-in-law over for a meal of corned beef and potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. It would typically involve a fun tablescape – here's last year's table and the year before. But now that we're in San Antonio and they're in Chicago, it won't be quite the same. In case we don't get around to having a special meal, this garland is may be it this year!

I've gotten in the habit of hanging holiday garlands under the bar in our kitchen. It seems like a little less formal spot than the mantel. I did the same at Valentine's Day and Christmas

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I made this garland in a little over an hour while watching TV. It consists of a pack of glittery shamrocks I got at the dollar store and some green pom-poms. Here's what you need.

Supplies for Shamrock Garland

  • Green yarn
  • Foam shamrocks (I got a pack of 12 for $1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Bakers twine or jute twine

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How to Make Shamrock Garland

1. Make as many pom-poms as you want. Here's a full tutorial for making pom-poms (they're easy!). For these particular pom-poms, I wrapped the yarn around 3 fingers about 85 times. Make sure to leave the two loose ends when trimming your pom-pom. You will need these to tie them to the garland.

2. Use a hole punch to punch two holes at the top of each shamrock.

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3. Unwind a length of twine (as long as you think you'll want your garland). Thread the twine through the holes on a shamrock, sliding it down to the start of the length of twine. Then tie on two pom-poms. Once they are tied on you can slide them around and reposition them as needed. Thread on another shamrock and repeat until you have the garland as long as you want it.

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4. Slide around the pom-poms and shamrocks to space them out evenly and then trim the long ends on the pom-poms. Hang your garland!

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Giant Geometric Wall Shamrock

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Well, I had to do it.  Here's the St. Patrick's Day version of my Giant Geometric Wall Heart that I made for Valentine's Day.  Green is my favorite color, so I think this guy is going to stay on my dining room wall for quite a while.  Plus, it should bring me some good luck to have a giant shamrock in my home, right?

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For this shamrock, you'll need 10 pieces of scrapbook paper.  I used mint, forest green and metallic gold.  You simply cut each piece of paper into 6" squares and then cut those squares diagonally to make triangles.  Each piece of 12" scrapbook paper will give you 8 triangles.  To make the shamrock shape, you will be making 3 hearts (like my giant geometric heart) and then adding a stem that is 3" wide.  I attached the triangle to the wall using glue dots.  I tried double stick tape, but with the texture of my walls, it didn't want to hold well.

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It goes perfectly with my Green and Gold Geometric Pillow.  I am really loving this mint and gold combo for St. Patrick's Day.

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What do you think about my "go big or go home" holiday decorations?  I'm having fun with it, would you put up something this big on your wall?  If you do decorate for St. Patrick's day, what does it look like?

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