Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Our new favorite game is Owen writes the letters we tell him with chalk on the  patio.  He is always excited to find out what he has written and it is great practice for him with his letters and sounding words out.  

Leprechaun tuxedo!  So cute!

Like we needed an invitation!  Owen could barely interrupt his yard work for a picture :o)

Epic Pinterest fail!  I'm not sure how I messed this up, but the chocolate just didn't melt.  The kisses got very gloppy and when we tried to put the M & M's on (in the shape of a shamrock!)  They all cracked.  They tasted fine, but were super ugly!  I put the pretzels and kisses in the oven at 200 degrees and kept checking them.  Then, I tried some in the microwave to see if that worked better, but it really didn't.  Maybe I just overcooked them???  What did I mess up?  If you have made these before, please chime in!  I'd appreciate it for next time!  By the way, we had to eat a lot of M & M's to get that many greens!  It was quite an effort on everyone's part!  

We also made our traditional Walsh Family Crock Pot Corned Beef Dinner, accompanied by Irish Soda bread from Great Harvest.  Here is the recipe, if you are interested...

1 1/2lb small red potatoes
4 garlic cloves peeled
1 4lb corned beef brisket with seasoning packet, rinsed and trimmed
2 whole cloves
1 sm onion
24 baby carrots
1 sm white cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
Arrange potatoes and garlic in bottom of slow cooker.  Place corned beef on top of vegetables and sprinkle with seasoning packet.  Push cloves into onion and add to cooker.  Add enough water to just cover meat; cover and cook on low until tender (6.5-8 hrs.)  Transfer meat to cutting board and cover with foil to keep warm.  Add carrots and cabbage to cooker, turn to high, cover and cook until just tender, about 30 min.  Slice beef across grain and serve with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. 
*Note- I usually just throw the carrots and cabbage in at the beginning, too, if there is enough room in the crock pot.  They are still pretty crunchy if you watch until 30 min before serving.  At the least, I would turn the crock pot up to high and cook for an hour.  


Laura said...

I made them before and I had the same problem. The kisses kind of crumbled when I put the m&m on there. Not sure what to do different...temperature setting maybe?

Katie said...

oh that crock pot recipe sounds good! might have to try...:)

thewalshfam said...

Yes- that is exactly what happened, Laura! Big bummer! At least they tasted good!

MissKeWalsh said...

I tried to make something similar at Christmas ....it worked one day but not the next. Someone at school told me that the sun needs to be shining for the chocolate to work right. Hmm have you ever heard that?
A Walsh from Wichita KS