Shamrock shakes are a big deal this time of year. Who doesn’t love a cold, minty green milk shake? I’m kind of loving all of these fun green foods and St. Patrick’s Day treats. Last week we shared with you how to make tasty Leprechaun Bait (a great craft for the kids) and our Rainbow jars are the perfect gift to put anyone in the St. Patrick’s Day mood.
This morning I woke up and it was freezing outside, okay maybe no quite freezing it was 34 degrees. If you are a native Texas girl that is cold enough for you to exaggerate the temperature.
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ cup oil
- 2 medium mashed ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1 ¾ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 340 degrees.
- Prepare your loaf pan by greasing and flouring the sides of the pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs.
- Pour milk into a measuring cup, add lemon juice to the milk to let sit for 2 minutes.
- Add oil to eggs and beat again. Add milk and vanilla and beat again.
- Mash bananas thoroughly and add to eggs, oil and milk.
- In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly stir into wet ingredients.
- Add in optional walnuts and/or chocolate chips.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
Years ago I purchased baby gifts off of registries or gifted something handmade. Now that I’m a mom I feel like I have a better grasp on what you really need for that little one I like to be more practical than the adorable jammies. I have put together a sweet gift basket that is my go to for baby shower gifts.
These are a few of my favorite products as a new mom.
Handmade Burp Cloth or one from a fab shop like Dilly Dally Boutique.
Initial Note Cards- Perfect for the little ones first thank you notes.
Aveeno Baby Wash & Lotion- The calming lavender is my favorite.
Clip and Blue Paci Clip- The leather pacifier clip is stylish and helps avoid pacifiers on the floor.
Pearhead Handprint Keepsake- A friend did this with Baby D when he was 6 months old for Christmas. I love it!
Little Sapling Wooden Teether- They come in a variety of adorable shapes, We love our cell phone teether.
Dr. Smith’s Diaper Spray- This stuff is amazing, not only does it have a non-medicine smell, but it doesn’t drip or run AND you don’t have to rub it in. So your hands stay clean of diaper cream while changing the diaper.
I stocked up on these adorable wire market baskets from the Target Dollar Spot, only $3 each! I will be using them a ton for various projects and gifts. After you have delivered your baby shower gift basket and its been unwrapped, the basket is perfect for a diaper station too. We have this basket on the bottom of our coffee table downstairs. Everything we need to get the job done without having to head to the nursery.
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What are a few of your favorite items to gift at baby showers? Do you follow the registry?
There really is no reason that you should get to decorate every aspect of your St. Patrick’s Day Party. While the kids are enjoying their green sherbet punch, lots of adults will stick with water (hey, this is a day time party and there are kids present, Green Adult beverages are for later). Complete your party table with these simple DIY water bottle labels.
I used green glitter scrap booking paper cut in strips to cover the packaging label, taped into place. For the gold label I used metallic gold streamers found in the party section at Target.
I dressed them up with shamrock glitter scrap booking stickers and dug out gold washi tape to use for attaching the paper straws.
Are you hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party? What is your favorite green food?
Check out our other St. Patrick’s Day crafts
Looking for an easy way to brighten someones day? How about a Rainbow Jar? As you know I love pretty much any craft that can be put into a mason jar. This one is no different. The hardest part about this project was trying not to eat all of the Skittles while sorting them by colors. for this project I chose to use a larger jar so that I could make my color layers thick and really stand out.
Start with your gold at the end of your rainbow, I used gold wrapped Rolos, but gold chocolate coins from the Dollar Spot @ Target would work great too.
Layer your Skittles by color and top off your rainbow with a layer of clouds, delicious mini marshmallows.
Of course you are going to need an adorable tag to put on your rainbow jar.
Click below for your free printable tags.
Time to dig through your closet and find your green. St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon and you don’t want to be the only one getting pinched all day. I’m not a big fan of green clothes, in case you missed it, I’m pretty fair skinned and have strawberry blonde hair. Throw in a green shirt and I might as well look like a leprechaun. Don’t think for a second this stopped me from buying my little leprechaun the cutest St. Patty’s outfit, lots of green. We’ll be a pair, I promise there will be pictures. I’ve been filling my Pinterest board full of adorable ideas.
Back on track, St. Patrick’s Day, green clothes, green food and leprechauns. Time to get in the kitchen and make some St. Patrick’s Day treats, also known as Leprechaun Bait. We put a fun spin on a traditional recipe to make it a little more festive and green of course.
- 9 c. Rice Squares cereal
- 1.5 c. Chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1.5 c. Powdered sugar
- 1 c. mint M&Ms
- Place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl, heat in 30 second incriments until no lumps present.
- After completely melted, add in vanilla extract and stir.
- Pour melted mixture over mixing bowl containing cereal. mix until all cereal coated.
- Place powdered sugar in large gallon food storage bag.
- Add coated cereal to bag of powdered sugar.
- Shake until all cereal coated in sugar.
- Place on cookie sheet to cool.
- Once cooled add M&Ms to mix and package.
Love that adorable Irish Blessing in our pictures? It’s available as a free printable!
There are a few staples in our house, you know the items you pick up every week at the grocery store without adding them to your list. Taco seasoning mix is a must have in our house. Tacos are an easy go to meal, when I haven’t put a lot of thought into dinner, or just didn’t have to prepare something fancier. I use the same taco seasoning in my stove top traditional turkey tacos as I do in my slow cooker chicken soft tacos. Since I use so much of it, I decided that I could probably save a few pennies and make my own in bulk (idea inspired by craft day at MOPS).
So I add the bare ingredients to my grocery list and made my way to the bulk bins at Whole Foods. I love the bulk section of Whole Foods because I get to try new things with out spending an arm and a leg on a bottle of spices. For this project you are going to need the following.
1 Tbsp. Ground Cummin
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder ( I use the New Mexico Chili, it has a darker color)
1/2 tsp. Red Chili flakes
These proportions will make you about two servings of homemade taco seasoning mix. However, since I don’t want to mix this up all the time, I bought a cute jar at Target and did about 3 times the measurements to fill my jar. Now I have a months worth of taco seasoning mix made and I spent a fraction of what I would have on prepackaged seasoning.
Total spent out of the bulk bins for 6 servings was $1.89
1 Prepackaged Taco Seasoning is $1.67
I’m thinking that homemade seasonings would make a great gift for neighbors or friends.
Do you make your own seasonings? How do you save pennies on the home front?
We love cereal at our house. We eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the occasional before bed snack. The one common trend is that it’s always healthy. There are two schools of thought when it comes to cereal at our house. Mine that says eat it the way it comes, whether out of a box with milk or from a packet warmed. Then there is The Mister’s school of thought, it goes a little something like this… add cereal to bowl (hot or cold), add any fruit in the house to the bowl, next search the pantry for any type of nuts and throw those in too. Lastly add in either some honey or a big spoon of peanut butter and enjoy. By the time he’s finished you can’t even see the cereal under all the add ins. Now, I’m not saying it isn’t delicious, it is. It just doesn’t look anything like my sad bowl of cereal and milk.
I decided that I would make up a nice big jar of healthy instant oatmeal, perfect to have on hand for a sick day or a morning when you just want to stay in your pjs and stay warm.
The make my healthy instant oatmeal I gathered the following:
I added everything into a pretty jar and its the perfect amount for two heaping bowls of delicious health instant oatmeal.
What would you include in your health instant oatmeal?
Only 5 days left until the Day of Love, Valentine’s Day. Plenty of time to put together this fun Valentines Day game for the kiddos, Be Mine Bingo. We used these adorable cherry flavored heart shaped candies as out Bingo markers and the Love themed Bingo cards from Jenni Bowlin Scrapbooking. We packaged it all up in a few goodies from the Target dollar spot and these adorable packages are ready to go. How cute would these be at the table on Valentine’s Day when the kiddos wake up? A fun game of Bingo before breakfast starts.
Romantic Restaurants Across the United States
Want to find a great place to take your Valentine this holiday? Look no further! Members of Social Fabric have found places all across the United States that are romantic and perfect for a lovely date night! Just find your local area below and see what fabulous places it has to offer. You can make it a night to remember! #Dinner4Valentines
Eastampton, New Jersey – Dawn from A New Dawnn
Jersey City, New Jersey – May from La Vie En May
New Rochelle, New York – Jason from The Social Media Samurai
New York, New York – Ginnie from Hello Little Home
Unadilla, New York – Miranda from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Reading, Pennsylvania – Betsy from Heavens to Betsy
York, Pennsylvania – Sarah from How I Pinch A Penny
East Greenwich, Rhode Island – Kristin from Mama Luvs Books
Newport, Rhode Island – Stephanie from Mammamoiselle
Providence, Rhode Island – Mary from Tall Mom Tiny Baby
Barrington, Illinois – Teresa from Tiaras & Tantrums
Chicago Area, Illinois – Michelle from Honest and Truly
Chicago, Illinois – Kelly from Kelly’s Lucky You
Chicago, Illinois – Jen from Fashionably Employed
Miami County, Ohio – Linette from The Home and Garden Cafe
Columbus, Ohio – Abbey from The Cards We Drew
Columbus, Ohio – Carissa from All in All
Troy, Ohio – Kendra from A Proverbs 31 Wife
Omaha, Nebraska – Mary from Living A Sunshine Life
Omaha, Nebraska – Lisa from Mom on the Side
Box Elder, South Dakota – Melissa from Kids Are Grown
Madison, Wisconsin – Jessica from All She Cooks
Birmingham, Alabama – Jennifer from Simple Hacks Living
Northwest Arkansas, Arkansas – Jamie from Jamie’s Thots
Pea Ridge, Arkansas – Robyn from Create it. Go!
Boca Raton, Florida – Shaina from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Bradenton, Florida – Kelly from Virtually Yours
Lee County, Florida – Krystal from Krystal’s Kitsch
Mount Dora, Florida – Sherry from Family Love and Other Stuff
Pensacola Beach, Florida – April from Frugally Green Mom
South Florida, Florida – Melissa Ann from The Eyes of a Boy
Tampa Bay, Florida – Lauren from Lauren Paints
Tampa, Florida – C. Lee from Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad
Augusta, Georgia – Candy from Candypolooza
Annapolis, Maryland – Ashley from Momma Rambles
Frederick, Maryland – Terri from Housewives of Frederick County
Durham, North Carolina – Jen from Jael Custom Designs
Memphis, Tennessee – Pamela from Still Dating My Spouse
Arlington/Ft. Worth, Texas – Danita from O Taste and See
Austin, Texas – Lani from Life Anchored
Dallas, Texas – Heather from Dallas Single Mom
Dallas, Texas – Emily from Fortuitous Foodies
Denton, Texas – Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy
Fort Worth, Texas – Julie from Julie is Coco and Cocoa
Houston, Texas – Christine from Xtine Danielle
Houston, Texas – Kelli from Eat, Pray, Read, Love
San Antonio, Texas – Sara from Sensibly Sara
Richmond, Virginia – Jen from JVKom Chronicles
Anchorage, Alaska – Laura from Day by Day in Our World
Chandler, Arizona – JoAnn from A Whimsicle Life
Phoenix, Arizona – Michelle from Fun on a Dime
Los Angeles, California – Stacy from Fancy Shanty
Rohnert Park, California – Jamie from Minnesota Girl in the World
Sacramento, California – Brandy from Gluesticks
Santa Clarita, California – Carolyn from This Talk Ain’t Cheap
Temecula, California – Kara from Ramblings of a Marine Wife
Victorville, California – Holly from Our Holly Days
Denver, Colorado – Callie from A Sweet Potato Pie
Missoula, Montana – Patty from Broken Teepee
Orem, Utah – Kristie from Beneficial Bento
Salt Lake City to Provo, Utah – Marissa from Raegun Ramblings
St. George, Utah – Kendra from The Things I Love Most