St. Patrick’s Day {2016}

We are not Irish, so we don’t “celebrate” St. Patrick’s Day, but we do like to get festive.

We started our morning off with errands and a visit to the local doughnut shop for a special green doughnut.IMG_5466

Sarah picked a pink doughnut with green sprinkles.IMG_5467

Later in the day we headed to the community center for the annual Lucky Gold Hunt Festival with our friends (see last years event here).IMG_547910356186_10153624064117515_3052366712230115340_n IMG_5471 IMG_5472 IMG_5496IMG_5513  Side note: Sarah didn’t get a single coin last year so she was determined to get as many coins as possible. Thanks to my friends for capturing these competitive moments. IMG_5497   IMG_5514

After the festival we walked over to the park for some fun on the grass. IMG_5503

Jakey got to get out and explore too. Thanks Stacee for the cute pic!IMG_5502

It was fun hanging out with our friends. However it was busy and at times chaotic. I go to these type of festive events for my kids. They are simple memories that Sarah will talk about for weeks after.

I knew it would be a busy day, so I prepped the crock pot earlier in the day. This way when we got home we had something warm and hearty to eat after our sugary day.

For dinner, I made beef stew with carrots and potatoes. I also made roasted cabbage as a side.IMG_5511The recipe was yummy I thought I’d share it.

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

Crock Pot Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes
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  1. 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  2. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  5. 15 oz can Guinness beer (optional)
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  11. 3 potatoes, diced
  12. 4 carrots, sliced
  1. Place meat in slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture.
  4. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, broth, potatoes, and carrots.
  5. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  1. Roasted Cabbage: Cut a head of cabbage into thick slices. Set on lightly sprayed baking sheet. Season with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Turn half way for even crispiness.
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