Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St Patrick’s Day Foods and Fun

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I love St Patrick’s Day.  Any reason to celebrate is a great thing, in my book.  My Mom always instilled this in us.  For St Patrick’s Day she always makes our whole meal green.  My Dad would get disgusted by green mashed potatoes (I think some of the new spouses may also be wigged out by this tradition of green foods in our family).  However, I love it so much that I now do this with my own family. We do get quite elaborate (we’re having a delicious green layered jello, lots of green veggies, green chocolate covered pretzel shamrocks, and many other green foods), but you can go quick and easy and still have that wow factor.
So, I thought I would share a few quick and easy ways to make some fun St Patrick’s Day Foods, using just one tool! 
I am going to show you how a shamrock shaped cookie cutter is all you need to make every day lunch, dinner, and dessert into St. Patrick’s Day Foods. 
I’m not showing breakfast because we always have Lucky Charms for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day!  Oh it’s so yummy.  It was my favorite cereal growing up.  I only buy it once a year and this is it!   (Oh but don’t forget to also use the Lucky Charms for an activity).
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First up is my Son’s favorite lunch, Cheese Quesadillas.
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I melted the cheese in the microwave, then cut them using my oversized shamrock cookie cutter.  st patricks day cookie cutter d
Then, I finished cooking these on my skillet because we like them crunchy and if I tried to cut them after this step, they would fall apart. (At least I think they would)
Another easy lunch would be a shamrock sandwich.  Meat or cheese platter would be cute in shamrock shapes.  Of course if you had a mini cookie cutter you could cut out most of your fruits in shamrocks too.
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For dinner, how about Pizza?  Yum-O.  I cheated on this and made it with premade pizza dough.
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Dessert…my favorite!
How about actually using your cookie cutter for cookies?
I’ve actually baked these cookies up already and will be leaving the frosting for my children to do.  I have the frosting already tinted green and the sprinkles are ready to go!
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There is another fun part to my cookie cutter menu.  I made that cookie cutter myself.  No kidding.  Come back Thursday and I will show you how easy this is to do.  Now I can make any shaped foods that I want! 
Other uses for cookie cutters;
Pancakes, Eggs, stencil for cakes or other desserts, shapes to trace for coloring and other craft projects, hang as decorations, playdough, melted crayons, stamps, soap, polymer clay and so much more.
What projects/Foods have you used cookie cutters on? 


PS Don’t forget to set your traps tonight!  At our house we always find green glitter trails left by the Leprechauns.  Our traps get quite elaborate and my kids each make their own now.  However, we have yet to catch a Leprechaun, though last year the Leprechaun’s hat got caught in the trap and my daughter still has it.  We heard from my Nephews that leaving potatoes helps to lure the Leprechauns in.  We’ve tried that and we can attest that Leprechaun’s do love potatoes, as we had tiny nibbles in ours, the next morning.
And don’t forget to watch out for those Leprechauns’ as they can be quite naughty and leave some destruction throughout your house. ;)

We're joining the fun at the following parties; A Soft Place To Land, , My Frugal Family, Sumo's Sweet Stuff,


Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Our traps are already made! I love your food!

LollyChops said...

How fun you guys! I wonder if RonChops would go for some shamrock pancakes... hmmm... that sounds so good!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oooh I love the cheese quesadilla. I'll be linking.

Kitschalicious said...

OMG! We're having chicken quesadillas for supper tonight. I didn't even think of cutting them into shamrock shapes! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Tara said...

Oh, I can't wait to see how to make this cookie cutter. And I love the traps. What a neat tradition!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Cheese quesadilla as a shamrock! What a great idea!

MrsJenB said...

How cute! I love the quesadilla in the shape of a shamrock. As for the cookies...*stomach growling*...'nuff said, I think!

Lynn said...

What a cute post, and so many fun St. Patrick's Day ideas. It sounds like you grew up in a creative home and have done a great job of carrying on the creative traditions :)

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