Friday, March 16, 2018

Irish Potatoes - Coconut/Cream Cheese Candy

Want a super simple treat that's a big hit for St. Patrick's Day? How about a cream cheese and coconut candy called Irish Potatoes! I've been making these for years and remember buying them as a kid. You can find these little confections everywhere from supermarkets to gas stations around Philadelphia for the holiday. They're called potatoes because they get rolled in cinnamon (traditionally) or cocoa powder and kinda resemble potatoes.
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Irish Potatoes - half batch in italics
1/4 C butter, softened - 2 Tblsp 
4 oz cream cheese, softened - 2 oz
1 tsp vanilla - 1/2 tsp
16 oz powdered sugar - 1 1/2 C + 1/4 C + 1/8 C... um, 1 1/2 C is plenty sweet!
*7 oz coconut - 1 1/4 C
Cinnamon and/or cocoa powder for rolling (approx 2 Tblsp, start with less, you can always add more)
  1. With mixer, cream butter and cream cheese well.
  2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, mix well-start out s-l-o-w:@)
  3. *Add coconut, mix well.
  4. Chill for an hour, roll into 3/4"-ish balls and roll in cinnamon and/or cocoa.
  5. Place on wax paper/parchment/silicone lined cookie sheet and chill one hour.
  6. Store in airtight container in fridge.
  • Recipe easily halved or doubled, one batch as written will make about 60 potatoes.
  • *I do suggest measuring the coconut and then running it through the food processor or chopping it with a knife. This helps break up the long strings.
  • Vary the size of the potatoes a bit. It's visually more appealing and folks that just want a taste, or are on a diet will be able to enjoy them too.
  • I mixed mine at night, covered them and put in fridge, then rolled them in the morning.
  • This is another messy, sticky, great project to do with the kids.
  • If they get too sticky to roll, put mixture back in fridge to firm up.
  • You'll find that these are very rich, a little goes a long way!
  • PS-Just so the pic/size isn't deceiving, this little Fenton dish is actually a saucer for a tea cup.

Don't forget to wear your green and have a happy day:@)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Tree 2018

I decided to use my new 4' Tinsel Tree for St. Patrick's Day this year. That was ~a lot of tree~ to fill with green, but this nice full garland from Christmas sure helped! The ceramic Belleek wanna-be style ornament looks great up top and Dollar Tree gold and green glitter balls add a little sparkle. One thing noticeably missing from this year's tree... The snowflake ornaments... Yea, I'm sooooo over that:@)

 A happy little guy... We'd be happy too with a pot of gold:@)
I'd like to add more rainbows to the tree next year, the pop of color is fun.

A round-up of links to handmade ornaments can be found HERE.

 Full shot...

The thrifted orange tabby did find a spot right up front:@)

 St. Patrick's Day is a Saturday this year... 
Yep, I'm sure one or two of these will be poured!

Remember to wear your green and have a happy day:@)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Italian Sausage and Two Bean Soup

Even though I'm sure we're all ready for spring, the days can still be cold and bitter... This Italian Sausage and Two Bean Soup is a remarkably tasty meal for how easily it comes together folks! It freezes well and has quickly become a staple for my lunches. If you choose to, you can cut back on the amount of sausage too, I like to eat beans in lieu of meat. These days I just make it with two links of sausage, 3/4 lb is generally around 4 links. I've sent this recipe to both boys, Ma and a Bloggy Buddy or two... It truly is one worth trying:@)

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup-from Taste of Home
3/4 lb mild Italian Sausage-I remove the casings if using links
1/2 C onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
16 oz can butter beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tblsp minced fresh basil -or- 1 tsp dried crushed basil-I use the dried
14.5 oz can reduced sodium beef broth-I fill the tomato can with water and 2 tsp Beef Better Than Bullion
2 Tblsp shredded Parmesan-I've never added this
  1. In 3 qt soup pot, start to cook and crumble sausage, drain some grease if desired.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook until sausage is no longer pink.
  3. Add everything except cheese, heat through for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with cheese if desired.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Snippets St. Pat's Day- Green Barbie Braids, Irish Flag Pizzelles and Planting Peas

St. Patrick's Day is next Saturday and our local parade is today. And since nobody wants to get pinched... This is a super simple/quick project that will yield at least two, and depending upon your creativity, up to four St. Patrick's Day Hair Pieces for Barbie. I picked up the hair clips below at Walmart as soon as I saw them and love the green braids:@)

The 97¢ hair clips for this project. I cut the metal comb of the braided set in half. Haven't done anything with the light green... yet.

Removed the comb and wrapped pipe cleaners around the ends of the braids so they wouldn't unravel.
Then trimmed the hair length to match the doll and hot glued it to a bottle ring forming a hair band. 
I really like this fun look:@)
Although I did end up taking the silly shamrock off of the top of her head...

For the other one: Glue the hair together forming a ring to go around her head and leave a long side braid-kinda hippie-ish?
Oh, and that strapless dress that's made from a 6" square of fabric... Tutorial HERE:@)

I made these Irish Flag Pizzelles HERE years ago and thought it might be fun to re-post them. 
Colorful and tasty, and disposable icing bags makes whipping up a batch a quick project.

St. Patrick's Day is also when we plant peas here in Philly. 
I'll tuck some snow peas into a planter so we can have a dinner of sweet and sour chicken or pork in June. 
It's tradition:@)

Dig out your green and have a happy day:@)

Friday, March 9, 2018


This has been a rough week folks... heavy ~heavy~ snow, no electric, trees and branches down everywhere...
But they still expect you to get to work...
And... Your electric is back on and you can finally take a hot shower:@)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Curried Pork and Orange Kabobs -George Foreman or Outdoor Grill

I saved this recipe for Curried Pork and Orange Kabobs as soon as I saw that they added chunks of orange to the skewers, loved that different idea! While it calls for a naval orange I used a clementine... Why? Say it with me now... Because that's what I had on hand-right. The directions really don't say what we're supposed to do with the orange once it's cooked, so I tried it three ways: I ate it whole with a piece of meat and that was good. I took a bite of the flesh of orange with some meat and that was messy but very good. And finally, I squeezed the orange juice over the meat and discarded the rest, that was very good too. This would be a fun recipe if you have an abundance of nice big colorful peppers:@)
I used my George Foreman Grill and that worked out fine. Substituting chicken for the pork would be a nice idea too. 
Leftovers? Serve over rice, just squeeze the OJ over everything. Or, wrap in a tortilla with a little sour cream and cheddar cheese.

Curried Pork and Orange Kabobs-from Taste of Home
1/2 C canola oil
2 Tblsp minced dry onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 Tblsp curry powder-I used 1 1/2
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp coriander powder-I didn't have this
1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 1" chunkss-I had boneless pork chops
1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 large orange or yellow sweet pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 small onion, cut into 1" pieces
1 naval orange, cut into 1" chuncks
  1. Mix oil, onion, garlic and spices in bowl, reserve half for basting later.
  2. Add meat, veggies and orange to oil mixture, let sit for a few minutes, then thread onto skewers.
  3. Grill kabobs, covered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through. Basting frequently with reserved oil mixture during the last 4 minutes of grilling.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, March 5, 2018

2 Ingredient Lemon Bark for Spring

This 2 Ingredient Lemon Bark is a perky little treat that's perfect for early spring! All it calls for is creamy white chocolate and sour lemon candies. You can add some green sprinkles for St. Patrick's Day or some fun pastel sprinkles for a little more Easter pizzazz. I found myself sneaking yummy little bits each time I passed the bowl... See that smile on the bunny's face? If you like a little lemony pucker power, this candy is dangerously good:@)

I put the lemon candies in a zip top freezer bag and hit each one with a hammer once.
Saved some of the bigger pieces for the top and mixed the dust and smaller pieces into the melted chocolate.

  This recipe is easily cut in half-
and the $1 box of Lemon Heads at Walmart or Dollar Tree will yield about 3/4 C crushed candy.

Lemon Bark-from Taste of Home
2 packages (10-12 oz each) white chocolate baking chips
1 C crushed hard lemon candies, divided-I used Lemon Heads
  1. Melt white chocolate in top of a double boiler, stir until smooth.
  2. Stir in 2/3 C lemon candy.
  3. Pour onto either parchment or silicone mat.
  4. Sprinkle top with remaining lemon candy.
  5. Allow to firm up and break into pieces. Store in air tight container.
Have a sticky sweet happy day:@)

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