Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and if that isn’t your thing then Happy Monday to you!
Today’s post is crammed full of Green goodies!! Two recipes and a tutorial!!
For lunch we went healthy but still stayed green! I made Chicken Avocado salad wraps. They are super easy.
All you need is:
Diced cooked chicken- I grabbed a whole rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and that cuts down on me having to cook any chicken!
Avocados – 2-3, or if you want extra flavor pick up a tub of guacamole
Chopped green onions
Chopped red onions
Butter leaf lettuce
Combine chicken, avocado, and onions into a bowl. Mix well and then spoon into lettuce cups and eat! Told you it was simple!
Next Mr. M and I baked some Lucky Leprechaun Peppermint Canes!
Here is what you need:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. peppermint extract
2 1/4 cup flour
green food coloring
9 oz. white baking chocolate
2 tsp. shortening
1.Beat butter on med for 30 seconds with a stand mixer or hand mixer, add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well combined, scraping the sides as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Once well combined pour in flour and beat until doughy.
2.Divide dough in half. Leave one portion plain vanilla and the other you will stir in the peppermint and green food coloring. Beat until combined. You will want to cover each half of dough and chill for at least an hour. Mine was still pretty sticky so I left mine overnight.
3.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On waxed paper roll out plain dough, then repeat processes with mint dough. Place mint dough on top of plain dough, and with the wax paper roll up your dough into a swirled log. I flattened mine slightly in the hopes of being able to cut out “cane/walking stick” type cookies.
Mine came out looking a little bit more like caterpillars, even when baked, but hey it’s all good!
4.Bake about 8 minutes and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
5.Once mostly cooled you will want to heat up your chocolate and shortening in a saucepan.
When good and melted you can either dip half of the cookie into the chocolate or spoon the chocolate onto the cookies. Place on wax paper and decorate. I told my handy little helper here we had to wear green while making our cookies, so he found his green shirt and his green dino cape! And yes, he isn’t wearing pants because, and I quote “I don’t have green pants so I guess I can’t have any pants today mommy!”
6.You can then let the cookies set on the counter or chill them to harden the chocolate!
Tonight our Grandma is taking us all out for our annual St. Patty’s day dinner at a local restaurant in the next town over! We are all prepared to be decked out in our green outfits, and then I realized Princess B doesn’t have a green headband!!! The horror I know! I didn’t necessarily want something that was a very literal St. Patty’s day headband that she could only wear once, so I set out to make a couple cute flower/clover green headbands!
Clover style Headband
You can do this with any type of fabric in any color. You will need to trace out a petal shape onto your fabric.
Normally I cut out 10 petals, but because I wanted it to resemble a 4 leaf clover I did two sets of 8.
With right sides together you will sew around the rounded edge, leaving the bottom open. You can hand stitch it or use your machine.
Trim all your loose strings once you have tied them off. You will want to tie them off…. ask me how I know this is a necessity! hahaha
You can either cut notches around the rounded parts or take your pinking shears and cut around. It will make them look more rounded once turned.
Now turn them right side out.
You will then need to use a hand needle with some thread and sew threw the bottoms of all of them in a straight line. You will pull that thread like you would when you are trying to ruffle something, and it will bring them all in!
Tie off your thread. Don’t worry if your tread shows and it looks wonky, we will cover it up on both sides.
For the back you will cut a small piece of felt out into a circle and hot glue it to the back.
For the front of the flower you can embellish it however you please. With a matching cloth button, a contrasting button, any jewels you may have, etc.
I glued a light green jewel into a dark green button and then glued that to the “clover”.
You can now add this to any headband or clip you have. Because Princess B’s hair is still very fine and she doesn’t have a lot, I still use elastic headbands. I picked up some stretch lace for her headbands.
I measured out 14″ which is the standard 6-12 month headband size.
Attach your flower/clover and voila… finished!!
I also made this green zipper flower for her too!!
Now I just have to decide which one I like best with her outfit for tonight’s dinner!! I will make sure to post pictures of her outfit and which one I picked over on our facebook page!!