Thursday, February 19

I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover (Art Mooney)

Plan a Saint Patrick's Day party as part of your home school!  Here are some crafts to decorate, and a traditional Irish meal that the kids can help make.

Traditional Irish Meal

corned beef
Crockpot Corned Beef Brisket
  • 1 onion
  • carrots (chopped)
  • potatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic clove
  • bay leaf
  • cabbage (chopped)

  1. Place cut vegetables on bottom of crock pot. 
  2. Place corned beef brisket on the top. 
  3. In mixing bowl combine broth and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over top of brisket. 
  4. Add garlic clove and bay leaf. Cook on low 6-8 hours. 
  5. Add cabbage to top of pot half way through cooking time.

Irish Soda Bread
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ¾ cup raisins
  1. In mixing bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt and sugar. 
  2. In separate bowl combine eggs and buttermilk. 
  3. Pour into dry ingredients and blend slightly, you just want the dough moistened so don't beat to long. Stir in raisins. 
  4. On a floured surface knead dough several minutes. 
  5. Place in a round cake pan. With a knife slice an X on the top of the loaf. 
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until golden.

Crockpot Irish Stew

  • 2-4 lbs. cubed chicken or beef
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 qt broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • carrots (chopped)
  • potatoes (chopped)
  • onions (sliced)
  1. Add ingredients to crock pot or large soup pan making sure liquid covers all meat and vegetables. 
  2. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Fruit Loops Rainbow

This simple idea for preschoolers and toddlers comes from One Artsy Mama.  Let the kids sort the different colors and glue them to a piece of paper to create their own rainbow.  Using cotton balls, build 'clouds' to hold it up!

Funny Leprechaun

  1. Paint a paper plate peach and let it dry.
  2. Cut out strips of orange paper and glue them all the way around the plate, as the hair and beard.
  3. Cut out two orange eyebrows and glue them on.  Paint or draw the face.
  4. Cut out a little hat from green construction paper.  Add a black hat band and golden buckle, then glue onto the head at an angle.
  5. Leave it to try, punch a hold at the top, and hang up for St. Paddy's Day!

St. Patrick's Day learning unit :
Join us on March 9th as we hop across the pond to visit family in Ireland!!   


Natasha Jane said...

I LOVE Corned Beef but I've never known how to make it! Hope to try out this recipe so my kids can experience it's deliciousness! haha!

Yvie Field said...

Aha! It worked! (took off G+) Hope they enjoy the feast!

Corrinna said...

I love the fruit loop rainbow craft! My daughter made a similar one in playschool and when she got home, she picked off the fruit loops and ate them, glue and all :)

Yvie Field said...

LOL I guess they needed to have snack time! Good thing school glue is non-toxic.

Amanda Simkin said...

That leprechaun craft is adorable...can't wait to try it with my boys!


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Mother of 3 said...

We made Fruit Loop rainbows one year; they are so cute! And we always celebrate with corned beef (though I like mine with a mustard glaze that's finished of in the oven after boiling it). Thanks so much for sharing these fun ideas and recipes with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. I can not wait to try that Irish stew. Pinned.

Gale said...

Looks delicious! Pinning this for later!

Kippi O'Hern said...

Yum, getting hungry looking at your fantastic recipes. They are the ultimate comfort food. Happy Valentine's Day, Kippi #kippiathome