Today has been one of those days. Know the ones I'm talking about? The ones where you have a laundry list of to do's and high hopes of being incredibly productive but the world rallies against you and every little thing that could possibly go wrong does? Yeah... I hate those days! But... I finally made it here to my blog (better late than never?) and I swear that I'm going to turn my day around and finish on top!
I had plans to actually celebrate St. Pat's this year - get a few friends together and head to the bar for a customary green beer (okay... I wouldn't have actually had a beer, since I'm not a fan, but I would wildly support the others who did have one... and get some green girly drink instead!) and some silliness.
Then I realized that St. Pat's is on a Wednesday this year. And on Wednesday nights I have class - an hour and a half commute away from my home. Shoot!
So hubs I and I decided rather last minute (last night!) that we would have an impromptu St. Pat's celebration this evening. A celebration of food, that is! Hubs got up early to put the corned beef in the slow cooker and I'll be adding the cabbage a little later this afternoon. In the meantime... I whipped up a couple of additions to our feast...
This soda bread was my very first bread-baking experience. And I tell you what - it was soooo easy! I got the recipe here but added a little extra buttermilk (about a tablespoon) to the batter because it was a little too dry looking. I haven't tasted it yet... but it smelled delicious while baking!
For these little shamrock sugar cookies I cheated twice over. I used store bought dough (gasp!) and made the cookies per the package directions, then grabbed a Wilton ready to use decorating gel in green instead of making my own frosting (double gasp!), and free-handed the shamrock designs.
Steps to pipe an (almost) perfect shamrock? Start with a heart shape...
Then flank it with two other hearts...
Fill in and add a stem!
These cookies would be quick and easy to do with kids, and the tubes of gel make it not too messy. I made both the bread and the cookies in about an hour... and they were the easiest things I've done all day! I hope that you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, and be sure to pop in for our weekly guest post... I am so excited!