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BEST Ever St. Patrick's Day FUN Foods

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Fun Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day. Showing here are a green smoothie, a sandwich with bright green bread from the local bakery, pancakes colored green with food dye, and green eggs and ham with shredded cheese. Tons of ideas for the day to celebrate with the Leprechaun!

All the best in fun foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day for St. Patrick’s!


I am excited to share the BEST Ever St. Patrick’s Day FUN Foods with you!
I don’t think there is a lick of Irish in our family line, but this is one of our family’s favorite holidays.
If you are looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner food ideas for kids along with party ideas, I have it here for you.
Celebrating with green food, desserts, Leprechaun tricks and healthy food as well as treats, that are easy, simple and quick; will fill St. Paddy’s with family fun memories.
 




BEST Ever St. Patrick’s Day FUN Foods
 
St. Patrick’s Day is a day I tried to make special – just because!
When the kids were young they made Leprechaun traps that were silly, but serious business to them.
The ‘Leprechaun’ was always prepared with a treat and a note of Sorry, they didn’t catch him this year and better luck next time.
It was MUST that there is a Treasure Hunt such as this:

  •       It was low key with Leprechaun footprints to lead to the prize when the kids were young.
  •      As they got older I had treasure hunt clues leading to places around the house.
  •      When a bit older (yes as teens and even young adults they wanted it), I contacted neighbors for their permission to leave clues in their mailbox, on their porch, or a chair in their yard; with a clue for the hunt.

Green candy, gold chocolate coins were a constant prize of the treasure.  
Food for the day was a celebration and was based on how busy I was, and their time due to sports and extracurricular activities

  •  Breakfast menu options:

                    Green pancakes – HERE is my Grandma’s recipe
OR use a packaged product to make it easier.
Either way, simply add in green food coloring. St Patrick's Pancakes
And cook as directed.
St Patrick's Pancakes 1Perfectly green Pancakes!    

Fun Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day. Showing here are a green smoothie, a sandwich with bright green bread from the local bakery, pancakes colored green with food dye, and green eggs and ham with shredded cheese. Tons of ideas for the day to celebrate with the Leprechaun!

All the best in fun foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day for St. Patrick’s!


      


Green Scrambled Eggs – Green Eggs & Ham

Add in green food coloring,St Patricks Green Eggs & Ham!
Pieces of ham and serve alone, or inside a spinach tortilla or alongside green toast.
St Patricks Green Eggs & Ham 1 And there you have Amazing Green Eggs & Ham!

Fun Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day. Showing here are a green smoothie, a sandwich with bright green bread from the local bakery, pancakes colored green with food dye, and green eggs and ham with shredded cheese. Tons of ideas for the day to celebrate with the Leprechaun!

All the best in fun foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day for St. Patrick’s!






Green Banana smoothie
Directions:
In a blender, mix:
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1-2 frozen banana(s),
1/4 cup milk and green food coloring
Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth; serve immediately.
 

YUMMY & Healthy Green Smoothie!

Fun Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day. Showing here are a green smoothie, a sandwich with bright green bread from the local bakery, pancakes colored green with food dye, and green eggs and ham with shredded cheese. Tons of ideas for the day to celebrate with the Leprechaun!

All the best in fun foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day for St. Patrick’s!


 
Other fun food ideas: 

  • Breakfast: Lucky Charm Cereal and green toast  

 

  • Lunch:  (kids took homemade that day for sure):
  • Bright Green Bread Sandwich  & Guacamole Chips – ask your local bakery if they will make this bread for you. 
  • Always a highlight and hit with the other kids at lunch
  • Pickles
  • Green punch or green colored beverage container
  • Pistachio pudding
  • Green jello
  • Clover cookies
  • Green tinted cupcakes, etc.  
Green Food

Fun Food for St. Patrick’s Day






A family favorite every year are these easy dishes to make.  I have a step-by-step tutorials so you can make any, or all of them too.
Corned Beef & Cabbage: Click HERE for my recipe for Corned Beef & Vegetables 
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Irish Soda Bread: Click HERE for my recipe for Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread
 
              
 
 
 
Of course GREEN desserts and treats are in order, these are what I have lined up for you:  
Key Lime Bars: Click HERE for Key Lime Bars

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Key Lime Poke Cake: Click HERE for Key Lime Poke Cake
Key Lime Poke Cake
 
 
 
 
 
Pistachio & Cranberry Cookie: Pistachio and Cranberry Cookies HERE 
Pistachio Cookie
 
 
 
 
 
Green Granny Corn:  Click HERE for Green Granny PopCorn (aka Mother Goose Popcorn)
St. Patrick's PopCorn        

 

 
 
ENJOY the FUN!!!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014
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2nd Sunday Open House Dinner

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This 2nd Sunday was a bit of a challenge with my granddaughter having problems and in the NICU. Luckily Stan and Dallin were a tremendous help with the grandkids, deep cleaning the house, shopping and cooking.

We really look forward to 2nd Sundays. It is a day we open our home to the neighbors to come, bring friends and eat great food. We never know who will come, or how many will drop in, so it is an exciting adventure every month. Stan and I are always amazed and thrilled at the experience we have in our home because of this event.

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My challenge is making food that is delish, affordable and easily done mostly ahead of time. This month I served:

  • Sloppy Joes*
  • Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing and Olives
  • Spinach Salad with homemade dressing, mandarin oranges and fresh strawberries
  • Pickles
  • Chips

 Dessert:

  • Homemade Oreo Cookies*
  • Peanut Butter Bars*
  • Key Lime Poke Cake

*These recipes are in my cookbook, Carrie’s Cooking For Keeps

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

2nd Sunday

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Another terrific 2nd Sunday with some familiar and some new friends.

It was a busy week added to the schedule, I spent two days scrubbing the house (things that I don’t normally do during the week, like dusting the ceiling, cleaning the fridge and freezer).

I had meetings, cub scouts and obligations, so Stan was an angel and went shopping for me with the list I made for the food I was making for Sunday. He even price-matched and used the coupons I sent him with – awesome guy!

 

Saturday was the major cooking day this month. I prepared and began cooking while Stan did the ‘usual Saturday activity’, which is that he, our sons and grandkids go to Sam’s Club for the hot dog or pizza combo, then onto the best part – the samples, heehee.

Our youngest grandson cannot say grandpa or grandma, but when it’s Saturday and time for the Sam’s Club outing, he will not leave without grandpa and repeats, “hot dog” over and over again.

When Stan returned home he stepped into his terrific sous chef

role and chopped 10 lbs. of carrots for the dinner,

along with a few other jobs I delegated to him.

 

The menu for Sunday’s dinner included:

Meatloaf (recipe posted)

Two Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Carrots with butter

Garlic Bread

Salad with tomatoes and dressing

 

Dessert – Quickie Tres Leche Cake (recipe posted)

& Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

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2nd Sunday Dinner

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It was another GREAT 2nd Sunday dinner!

DSC_2024This is the time we open our home to friends and neighbors to join us for food and good company. DSC_2025The menu this month included: Sloppy joes, tortilla chips and nacho sauce, my homemade creamy potato salad and my festive baby green salad with amazing homemade cranberry dressing. For dessert, it was apple pie. Recipes follow. DSC_2029Thanks to all who came and visited.  It was a wonderful evening. DSC_2023I know of TWO other families who are now doing a Sunday dinner/open house after seeing how we do it at my house. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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A calzone or pizza formed like a snake for Halloween fun food

Boazone The Snake Calzone

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A calzone or pizza formed like a snake for Halloween fun food

A stuffed pizza dough in the form of a snake

Boazone the Snake Calzone  is a delicious Pizza Serpent!

You start with canned pizza dough, the usual pizza ingredients, roll it up and I’ll show you how to make this slitherly snake for your Halloween party or family dinner.  It’s a fun Halloween food.   

Bozazone would be a terrific appetizer, main dish or treat because it’s a savory dish to balance out all the sweets, and can be served in slices set out for people to help them self.  

Boazone The Snake Calzone will make your Halloween fun food top list!




Boazone The Snake Calzone 

Ingredients:

13-14 oz. refrigerated pizza dough

1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1-2 tsp. Italian seasoning

30-40 pepperoni slices

3-4 Tbl. melted butter or garlic butter

Green food coloring

1 egg yolk, stirred well

2 manzanilla olives

1 pepperoni for the tongue





 

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil OR use parchment paper.

Coat the foil with spray release

Lightly dust work area or cutting board with flour.

Unroll dough and roll or flatten to a rectangle, approximately 17 x 10 inches or so.

Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over pizza dough and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. 

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

TIP:  leave one edge uncovered with cheese about 3 inches for space when you roll it up.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Cover the pizza with pepperoni slices, still keeping the one edge open and empty of toppings.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone





Roll in jelly roll fashion, but starting at one side and rolling the dough

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Continue to roll up, keeping semi-tight, but try not to tear the dough

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Continue to roll up both ends to the other side.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

After rolling dough all the way to the other side, place the ‘snake’ so that the seam is down and does not show.

Pinch one end to make the tail .

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

And tuck in the other end to form the head.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone



My very handsome sous-chef (my hubby Stan) brushed the snake with the melted garlic butter and decorated the boazone by…

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Dropping green food coloring randomly on the snake,

Use a paint brush to take it down the sides. 

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

With the egg yolk, brush it sporadically around the green streaks.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone





After the snake is baked and cooked through, take a piece of pepperoni and cut off two sides.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Then snip towards the middle in two places to form a tongue.

We found the boa looked much better if waiting until the snake was cooked to add the tongue and the eyes.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Taking a knife, cut circles and place the olives inside for the eyes.

Boazone The Snake Calzone

Boazone The Snake Calzone

 Carrie’s recipe and idea.  Stan did the actual putting of Bozazone together, so all credit goes to him:)

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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A calzone or pizza formed like a snake for Halloween fun food

A stuffed pizza dough in the form of a snake




Halloween themed food

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

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Halloween themed food

Pudding cups that have a Frankenstein face painted with chocolate on the cup!

 

 

FRANKEN Pudding Cups  Great make ahead family friendly Halloween treat.  And so good too!




 

FRANKIN  Pudding Cups

Ingredients:

Pistachio pudding prepared according to directions

OR

Vanilla pudding prepared according to directions with green food coloring added to make it goulish.

Chocolate animal cookie-crackers

 Melting chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

Paint brush

Clear cups, 5-8 oz is preferred

 

Directions:

Crush chocolate animal cookies, chocolate teddy grahams or any chocolate cookie

Prepare pudding

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

Melt chocolate in a microwavable bowl, stirring till melted, but do not burn. 



With the paint brush draw a face inside the cup with the chocolate.

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

Do not have the face come up higher than 1/3 from the top to allow room for the pudding to cover the face which will make it stand out more.

Allow the chocolate face to harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes, then pour in the prepared pudding

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

Pour crushed cookies on top about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recipe by Carrie Groneman, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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Satisfying Minestrone Soup

Satisfying Minestrone Soup

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Satisfying Minestrone Soup

Satisfying Minestrone Soup

Fall is making its mark with shorter days and cooler nights. This is a great recipe which can  easily be made gluten free or vegetarian, with a few simple changes.   Bursting with flavor and  economical it all adds up to a dinnertime hit.




HOMEMADE MINESTRONE SOUP

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil

1 chopped onions

5-6 stalks celery, chopped

2 Tbl. garlic, minced

1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

6 cups water

2 Knorr chicken or vegetable bouillon or 3-4 tsp. bouillon

3 cups vegetable cocktail (V-8 juice)

1 lb. chopped carrots

1/2 of 1 small cabbage, chopped

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 ½ cups frozen corn OR 1 can corn, drained

1 tbsp. dried parsley

2 bay leaf

2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp. sugar

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning

1 cup small pasta, uncooked


Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Cook and stir for 8 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften a bit.Satisfying Minestrone Soup1

Add all remaining ingredients except the pasta and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Add in the pasta and simmer, covered for approximately 30 minutes, or until the vegetables and pasta a tender but not mushy or too soft.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator. When warming up, more broth, water or vegetable juice may be needed.

Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Thai Wrap and Dipping Sauce

Thai Wrap & Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Thai Wrap and Dipping Sauce

Thai Wrap with Homemade Peanut Dipping Sauce


My sister Jody brought me a wrap from a local restaurant, and  I just had to re-create it, so here you have my version. 
Oh, and the sauce…..just plan on getting out a spoon and dipping into this, with or without the wrap!




Thai Wrap & Peanut Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:
Spinach tortilla wrap (if available, plain if not)
Cooked rice (I prefer Jasmine rice)
Packaged coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw
Package of matchstick carrots
Fresh Thai basil leaves or any fresh basil, chopped and sprinkled on wrap (dried basil works in a pinch)

Diced English or Italian cucumber OR regular cucumbers with the seeds removed (or it becomes soggy from the moisture from the seeds if they are left in) & diced

Thin sliced turkey or chicken

Peanut Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp. chicken bouillon
3 tbsp grape jelly
5 Tbl. creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp grated lemon zest*
1 tsp. sesame oil (use any brand, I only have a bottle there to show a type of sesame oil)
1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

First zest the lemon –

To ‘zest’, using a grater, just take off the top yellow part. If you go into the white layer, it is bitter instead of the fragrant lemon taste.

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Prepare dipping sauce first, allowing time for flavors to “marry”.
Combine all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend for a few minutes to completely mix.
Pour mixture into a serving bowl and allow it to sit while making wraps; give time for the flavors to blend and marry.
If using later, refrigerate.
When ready to use, bring to room temperature or warm slowly in small saucepan. Thai Wrap & Peanut Dipping Sauce 2
Next to prepare the Thai Wrap –
Lay out a tortilla.
Spread on a layer of rice; pressing it down firmly, but not tearing the tortilla.Thai Wrap & Peanut Dipping Sauce 3In a single layer, layer on coleslaw or broccoli slaw mix, matchstick carrots , basil, cucumber and meat.Thai Wrap & Peanut Dipping Sauce 4Roll tightly in a burrito wrap, wrap securely in saran wrap and place in fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
Serve with a side of “Peanut Dipping Sauce” to dip in as you eat.
Recipe by Carrie Groneman, copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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