You’ll find just one post about St. Patrick’s Day in this round up of links. Do I not like the holiday? Eh, I don’t mind wearing green or having an Irish coffee. But beer I find to be just so-so. Also, I’m a little upset that the Irish and English genes are more prevalent than my Portuguese ones. So as I dream of tans and boozy coffee, please peruse some Internet tidbits.
- Feeling Thirsty? A Champagne cooler is probably one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Right? (Via Wine Harlots, who has a source list that reads like a chapter in the Old Testament where so and so begat so and so and it was apparently created on a random Tumblr…)
- Funfetti: I was realizing that my table cloths were kinda ho-hum. I know, #firstworldproblems. I think that this DIY Confetti Table Cloth by Oh Happy Day will solve my boring table cloth issue, and possibly could kickoff world peace. It’s just that cute.
- Banana-Pana-Rama: No, this isn’t about a wide-angled view of bananas. Tina of Carrots n Cake recently posted a pancake recipe that I’m dying to try. It’s ingredients? Bananas, eggs, almond butter, almond flour, baking powder and vanilla extract. Sounds a lot healthier than what I’m used to making!
- Say Goodbye to Pesky Pinchers: You’ll avoid a pinch on St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday with these cute outfits: emerald blouse, soft green cropped skinnies, pleated dress, bright blazer.
- Bringing It Full Circle: Someone needs to invite me to a party where there’s a mimosa bar. Sure, I could host it, but where’s the fun in that?
Every year we try something new for St. Patrick’s Day. As I mentioned yesterday, we have done green beer and Guinness floats in the past. I cannot remember what else we have done, but I’m pretty sure it involved other types of beer! This year, however, we wanted to go on the sweeter side. But you can’t forget the beer! (Are you sensing a theme here?)
Chocolate Stout Ice Cream
adapted from We Are Not Martha
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups half and half
- 12 oz. stout (minus one sip — for tasting purposes!)
Whisk together eggs for a few minutes. Then slowly whisk in the sugars and cocoa powder, followed by the milk, cream, and stout. Chill for five plus hours before freezing in your ice cream maker (I chilled overnight before churning).
The original recipe didn’t get very hard, but mine seemed as hard as any homemade ice cream that I make. Matthew and I both loved this ice cream. It is definitely different than anything we have had before — like chocolate with a stout aftertaste.
Have you ever made ice cream with alcohol?
During my freshman year of college, I connected with my Irish roots (my mom’s maiden name is McNely) and got really into St. Patrick’s Day! A few years ago, we started celebrating the green and gold holiday with a couple of our close friends.
Our first year celebrating with our green beer (this was a week after we returned from our honeymoon).
We like to try new things each year. As you can see above, we made green beer for our first celebration. You just need a light beer (like Coors or Hangar 24 Orange Wheat) and food coloring. Drop a few drops of blue food coloring (since the beer is yellowish already) and see how the color changes, add some green if necessary. The next year, we made Guinness floats – like a root beer float, but with Guinness. Place a couple scoops of french vanilla ice cream in a pint glass, add Guinness and enjoy! This wasn’t the best tasting treat, but it was different.
Just some straight Guinness -- notice the cat & our dysfunctional family picture!
This year we plan to try something entirely different — chocolate stout ice cream! Hopefully it goes well, but either way — I will share the recipe with you tomorrow! What have you done to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?