Posts tagged St. Patrick's Day
irish cocoa | spiked for st. patrick's day
Ali Hedin | Irish Cocoa

As long as it's St. Patrick's Day and it's on a Saturday, why not start the day with a little 'Irish Cocoa?' There is nothing more dreamy than real homemade hot cocoa and when you pop in a little Frangelico and a few lucky charm marshmallows on top.  Dreamy.  Lucky.

Top of the mornin' to you!

Ali Hedin | Irish Cocoa

lucky rainbows | simple DIY st. patrick's day shirts
Ali Hedin | DIY Rainbow Lucky Shirts for St. Patrick's Day

Lucky you! I started making shirts for my kids years ago before Target was flooded with a t-shirt for every holiday.  It's become a bit of a tradition.  Mainly just for Valentine's and St. Patricks at this point, but that doesn't mean I won't take full advantage of some silly reason to make custom t-shirts for the the gang.  

Mostly I make them because I luurrvvee when we match.  It's my favorite!  When we can all line up and wear the same shirt - it's so stinking cute! It's like a Hanna Anderson ad, but for t-shirts.  Since Target has yet to see my vision, I make them myself.  

Ali Hedin | DIY Rainbow Lucky Shirts for St. Patrick's Day

The most challenging part of these is cutting out the template.  I use freezer paper for the template because it cuts out really easily and you can iron it on to the shirt so it sticks and forms a perfect template.  You can use sticker paper or stencil paper too - freezer paper is a cheap and easy option!  

Ali Hedin | DIY Rainbow Lucky Shirts for St. Patrick's Day

May these shirts bring you and your little leprechauns much luck!

Ali Hedin | St. Patrick's Day Shirts

fast st. patrick's dinner | you just got lucky.
Ali Hedin | 10 minute Reuben Sandwich for St. Patrick's Day

A Reuben sandwich is possibly my favorite sandwich of all the sandwiches.  Seriously, could anything be better?  Any time they are on a menu, that's my order.  My mouth is watering right now just looking at the pictures.  I really really want a reuben right now.  

Good news.  They take 10 minutes to make - so I can have one right now and so can you.  It's the perfect "oops I forgot St. Patrick's Day" dinner or the "I was busy all day and didn't spend hours cooking corned beef" dinner.  Or, the "I love a reuben dinner." 

Ali Hedin | 10 minute Reuben Sandwich for St. Patrick's Day


serves 4


Combine together mayonnaise, ketchup, and lemon juice.  Let rest.



Butter one side of each piece of bread.  Spread the other side with Dijon mustard. 



Layer a slice of cheese on top of four slices of bread (on top of the Dijon).  Add pastrami equally divided amongst sandwiches.



Top pastrami with sauerkraut and another slice of cheese. 



Top cheese with remaining slices of bread and toast the sandwiches over medium heat in a skillet. 



Slice and serve with homemade Thousand Island dipping sauce.

1 lb sliced pastrami

8 slices rye bread

2 tbs butter

2 tbs Dijon mustard

1 cup Sauerkraut

8 slices Swiss cheese

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup ketchup

2 tbs lemon juice

Ali Hedin | 10 minute Reuben Sandwich for St. Patrick's Day
Ali Hedin | 10 minute Reuben Sandwich for St. Patrick's Day
Ali Hedin | Reuben Sandwich

St. Patrick's Inspiration {+ Lucky Charm Treats recipe}

I dig St. Patrick's Day.  It's such a fun and quirky day of the year to dye random things green and eat corned beef.  Plus it's the only time of year I buy Lucky Charms cereal.  My kids have eaten their weight in it already, so I almost didn't get to make these Lucky Charms Treats.  But I whisked away the box in time to rescue enough ingredients for a batch.  

If this is your first time making these, they are super easy.  I have tried them a variety of ways and have learned the best way to make them is with a combination of Rice Krispie cereal and Lucky Charms cereal.  Sadly, to get the best ratio of tiny charms marshmallows to cereal you have to rob most of the box of Lucky Charms which leaves cereal behind with no fun marshmallows.  My children were not humored.

Oh well.  


Grease the bottom of a 9x13 pan and set aside.  Mix together cereals + Lucky Charms marshmallows in a bowl.  In a 4 quart sauce pan over low heat, melt together butter and marshmallows, stirring often, until everything is melted.  Pour in cereal mixture and stir very gently until all of the cereal is coated in marshmallow.  Spread mixture into prepared pan and do not pat down.  Grease the tips of your fingers with butter and gently pat mixture into the corners. 

Let sit at least one hour.  Cut into squares and serve.  Delish.

3 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

3 cups Lucky Charms Cereal (marshmallows removed)

1 ½ cups Lucky Charms Marshmallows (cereal removed)

40 regular sized marshmallows (about 10 ounces)

¼ cup butter