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CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Crave Guinness

10 Aug

This week I’m craving a fresh glass of Guinness, like this one I had from Bewley’s in Dublin last week:

or this pint from Buggle’s in Kilrush:

Did you know that the black brew is actually the lightest non-light beer?  At just over 200 calories a pint, and with tried and tested medicinal properties (like warding off bubonic plague and fortifying pregnant women), you owe yourself a swig of this stout!  As they say, “Guinness is Good for You.”



CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Crave Les Macarons Laduree

6 Apr

This week I’m craving these colorful macaroons from Laduree:

On a recent trip to the States, Hubby’s sister gifted us a lovely assortment of the most delightful, airy macaroons from the French establishment’s Dublin shop . . .

. . .  all I have left is an empty box of crumbs to remind me of heaven.  Our summer trip to Ireland can’t come soon enough!

Psst . . . Laduree is not just a patisserie, check out their Collection Beaute and their Collection de Bougies!  (Images from Laduree).

La Fheile Padraig Duit: Shamrock Rice Krispies Treats

18 Mar

Okay, so even though Hubby “Bah Humbug’d” St. Patrick’s Day, he was very happy to come home to these delicious, green Rice Krispies treats in cute little shamrock shapes:

Little Birdie Secrets inspired this fun St. Patrick’s Day activity that Jane and Sam enjoyed making and eating!

*Photo note:  We made these in the twilight hours between me coming home from work and the kids’ bedtime, so the photos are a little dark since I’m trying to learn how to use my camera without the flash – thanks for bearing with my experiment!


  • 3 tablespoons butter

Kerrygold, of course!

  • 4 cups of mini-marshmallows (one 10.5 oz bag) or 40 regular-sized marshmallows (one 10 oz bag)
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

First, melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.

Then, stir in the marshmallows and melt completely.

Jane "cooking" in her own pot

Just before the marshmallows have melted, add green food coloring (I used the tiniest smidgen of my trusty Wilton Icing Colors in Kelly Green for a light, lovely tint).

Once the tinted marshmallows are smooth and melted, remove them from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.

Then, smooth out the mixture into a baking sheet or pan with a buttered or cooking oil-sprayed spoon or spatula.  If you don’t butter your smoothing device (even if it’s just your fingers), the mixture will clump up and refuse to lie down flat.  Don’t forget to use parchment paper or butter/cooking oil spray to line your pan, too!

We used a baking sheet instead of a pan so our shamrocks would be nice and thin.

Even Sam (9-months here) loved this activity!

Wait for the mixture to cool before cutting.

An alternative to waiting for the mixture to cool: Roll it!

Rolling: Step Two

Rolling: Step Three

Finally, use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out 3 or 4 hearts per shamrock.  For the stem, you can either make one out of the Rice Krispies treats or you can insert a wooden stick into the finished shamrocks.  (We used chopsticks).

*Tip, the smaller the cookie cutter, the more likely it will look better with just 3 hearts than 4.

This St. Patrick’s Day activity was sticky sweet fun and our next Rice Krispies Treat baking project will definitely incorporate Jane’s innovative  rolling technique!

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Bah Humbug to St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

We’re standing in the kitchen, this fine St. Patrick’s Day morning and I turn to Hubby, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

His response can only be described as a physical gesture of “Bah Humbug!” and some grumbling about how he doesn’t like this day of green celebration.

Every year Hubby’s response is the same.  I’ve never figured out why and he’ll never give me any logical explanation.  We get a St. Patrick’s Day card every year from his parents in his Ireland, so what is his deal?

Seriously, “Why don’t you like it?” I ask for the hundredth time.

Hubby, “I don’t like it because . . .

Then it hit me.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this reason before.

I cut him off and sarcastically mock, “I don’t like St. Patrick’s Day because it’s not an accurate reflection of Irishmen.”

My lucky stars!  That’s it!

Hubby reveals:

“Exactly.  It’s a day when Americans put on green plastic hats and get stupidly drunk.  Drinking is the only thing that Ireland could export about its culture to America?  It’s not an accurate reflection about the country.”

Wow, not what I expected to hear, but a reasonable explanation nonetheless.

Still, come on, this coming from the father who’s been documented in his hometown pub with his 7-month old and his favorite Irish brew:


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