Tag: St. Patrick’s

Lucky St. Patrick’s Hoosier Cabinet

It’s very true in our 950 square foot cottage that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s central location means that we walk through here approximately eleventy-billion times a day. The Hoosier stands right in that passage, so when we’re not using it for food storage, I like to gussy it up for seasons and holidays.

I decided to pull together my meager collection of St. Pat’s decor along with all things ROYGBIV and see if I had enough to fill the Hoosier. Surely, my Fiestaware will do the job, right? Jerome the alpaca, and his rainbow unicorn girlfriend Celeste are both gifts from our niece, Mary. They’ll be our tour guides.

I pulled dishes, books and linens in every color of the rainbow and strung some fun miniature sphere lights. The lights are battery operated and have a 6 hour timer feature.

One year my sister and I swapped refrigerator boxes at Christmas. So funny!

My Hoosier Grandma’s vintage orange Fiestaware.

While we’re celebrating leprechauns, we might as well sneak some gilded unicorns in there too. This salt and pepper set was a gift from my cousin, Ruby. She gets me.

Since I wrote the post about removing rust from cast iron, Pa Kettle has snapped it up whenever he sees it at the flea market. I’ve got rusty cast iron stacked to the ceiling in the basement! He brought me this little cauldron and my initial thought was to tuck it away for Halloween, but I think it’s perfectly cute as a pot of gold.

Mr. Arthur was particularly interested in this addition to the Hoosier. He ate about 2/3 of these milk chocolate coins before I could photograph them! The leprechauns aren’t the only ones up to shenanigans around here.

The sparkle of the lights makes the Hoosier particularly magical at night.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour for St. Pat’s. I’ll leave you with the inscriptions from my collection of thrifted shamrock mugs.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Real Food Mint Shake

I’ve got a fun recipe for you, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! This one is quick and easy enough for the kiddos to help prepare.

You know that green shake a certain fast “food” company rolls out for St. Patrick’s Day? Yep, that one. (It’s trademarked, so I can’t name it here.) I was shocked to discover it contains 27 ingredients! A chemistry degree will be helpful when perusing that list.

That tally is especially surprising when you consider that only seven of those ingredients meet my decidedly unscientific definition of real food: made in nature, not in a factory. If you exclude the water, and eliminate the two sugars, you’re left with milk and cream.

The good news is that you can make a delicious, minty shake at home in minutes, using just a few simple ingredients. As an added bonus, you’re likely familiar with these ingredients and may have them in your kitchen right now. You can feel good about serving this to your family, but you don’t have to tell them it’s good for them. It’ll be our little secret.

Real Food Mint Shake

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Made without food dyes, this refreshing shake is gluten free, dairy free and delicious! The avocado adds a creamy richness to the shake; the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 2 c. ice
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large handful fresh mint leaves, or to taste (can substitute 1 tsp peppermint extract)
  • 1 T. honey, or to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional garnishes:
  • mint leaves
  • dark chocolate shavings

Directions


Remove the mint leaves from the stems. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the seed. Scoop the avocado flesh into a blender. Add all remaining ingredients to the blender and process until smooth. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.
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If you’ve got a patch of mint growing in your garden, this is a great way to use some of that bounty.

Enjoy!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Rainbow Pickety Bits

Now that March is here, it’s time for all things Irish, rainbow and leprechauns! (I’d throw unicorns and mermaids in there too, if I thought I could get away with it.) The first few weeks of March are filled with the promise of spring, the beginning of daylight saving time (for those of us who participate) and the anticipation of a few St. Pat’s shenanigans. Why shouldn’t your menu reflect that same sense of fun?

A rainbow pickety bits platter is an easy dinner, game night, or party option, and so simple to create. Use an assortment of your favorite nibbles from the following categories:

Fruits, fresh and dried
Veggies, including pickled
Olives
Nuts
Deli Meats
Cheeses
Dips and Spreads
Crackers and Chips
Chocolates

Foods to try:

Red – Apples, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Raspberries, Beets, Radishes, Cherries

Orange – Apricots, Nectarines, Oranges, Cuties, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Peaches, Cheese Crackers, Red Pepper Hummus

Yellow – Apples, Pears, Pineapple, Bell Peppers, Cheese

Green – Kiwi, Broccoli, Grapes, Olives, Pickles, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumber, Celery

Blue and Purple – Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Carrots, Purple Cauliflower, Grapes, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Figs, Olives

This is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen. They’re more likely to sample new foods when they’ve helped prepare them.

Place dry foods like crackers, in small bowls or ramekins. Do the same for dips, pickles and any foods in juices or brine.

On a large tray or platter, arrange foods in ROYGBIV order, tucking the ramekins in tightly as you work. Add pickle forks, small tongs and cheese knives if needed for serving.

Since I didn’t have a pot of gold for the end of my rainbow, I figure a bowl of chocolate is a suitable substitute.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own celebrations. Such a fun way to get all those fruits and veggies in, and eat the rainbow!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Meal Prep for the week of 3.10.2019

We’re sticking to a mostly Irish/St. Paddy’s theme with our menu planning this week. I’m also trying something new. I’m posting the recipe link in the menu so that you don’t wear out your scrolling finger! Here’s the menu:

Breakfast:
PBJ Overnight Oats – we tried these for the first time a few weeks back and they were a hit! https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-pb-j-overnight-oats/

Lunch:
Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-stuffed-bell-pepper-soup/
Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins https://kirbiecravings.com/cheesy-cauliflower-muffins/

Dinner:
Teriyaki Salmon with Broccoli and Carrots – I use gluten free tamari instead of the soy sauce. https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-teriyaki-salmon-meal-prep/

Balsamic Beef Roast – I’m making enough of this roast to use the beef in Shepherd’s Pie the following day. https://www.5dollardinners.com/balsamic-beef-roast/

Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie – https://www.noshtastic.com/easy-shepherds-pie/
Take a little help from the grocery store if you don’t want to make mashed potatoes. Bob Evans All Natural Homestyle Classic Mashed Potatoes are made with the same ingredients you would use at home.
https://www.bobevansgrocery.com/products/bob-evans-natural-homestyle-classic-mashed-potatoes/


Shepherd’s Pie won’t win any beauty contests, but it’s so tasty!

Clean convenience food. This is the package you are looking for.
Make sure that it says All Natural, not Original.
Made with: Potatoes, Milk, Butter and Salt.

Sliced Steak Tagliata with Sweet Potato Wedges and Warm Tomatoes in Vinaigrette – This dish sounds fancier than it is and comes together very quickly.
https://www.hellofresh.com/recipes/sliced-steak-tagliata-5a4e74c4c2880042c2002211

Steak Tagliata

Rainbow Cobb Salad: This one is more assembly than a recipe. Layer your favorite lettuce in the bottom of a large serving dish and then working in rows, place your other ingredients in rainbow order like the photo below. We served this salad when we had family visiting and it is great for parties because your guests can pick and choose what they want.

Lettuce layer: Use any lettuce that you enjoy. We like romaine and baby spinach.
Red (and pink): Do you like how I’ve added pink to the rainbow?
Beets, Cubed Ham, Bacon crumbles, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers
Orange: Carrots, Sweet Bell Peppers
Yellow: Sweet Bell Peppers, Quartered Hard Boiled Eggs, Corn
Green: Cucumbers, Broccoli, Bell Peppers
Blue: Hmm. There aren’t too many blue veggies out there, so let’s skip right to purple. We layered in pepper jack cheese. Use any cheese you like.
Purple: Red Onions, Purple Broccoli (if you can find it), Shredded Red Cabbage
Serve with your favorite dressing.

Snacks:
Apples and peanut butter, Veggies and homemade dill dip, Bananas, Oranges, Pineapple and Cantaloupe

Treat:
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies/

Let me know if you try these recipes. I hope your week is filled with St. Paddy’s fun and shenanigans!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Style Your Books for St. Paddy’s

March means rainbows and shamrocks at Arthurized Home and while we don’t go all out with an Irish theme, we add a few touches here and there. Here are some ways to bring the St. Paddy’s love with your books.

Rainbows: Gather up books with attractive spines and arrange them in rainbow order. The subjects don’t matter, you’re just looking for bright, eye-catching color.

Neutral with a touch of green: Maybe bright colors are not your thing. Grab a stack of books with a neutral look, stack them and add a nod to the holiday. I found these tea cups years ago at a thrift shop. These well-loved books belonged to my Hoosier Grandma, the Grand Dame of Irishwomen.

If you don’t have something similar, you could use a green tea cup or a small, potted shamrock. Shamrocks (oxalis) are cheap as chips in the grocery stores right now. Maybe tie a pale green ribbon around the books, or place a small bowl of gold foil-wrapped chocolates on top?

All green: This couldn’t be more simple. Stack books with green spines in an ombre gradient. Add a decorative item on top. Try a small gold candle, an air plant or a bowl of brightly colored candies.

This decor idea can be used with any holiday, red and green books at Christmas, Fall colors for September through November, etc. Have fun playing with it!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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