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Some Bunny Loves You

It is taking just about every fiber of my being to refrain from sharing the endless number of Easter puns I have in my little head.  I'm sure you are just "dyeing" to hear a few of my egg "yolks".  Trust me they would simply "crack" you up.  However,I will resist the temptation of humiliating my peeps and "eggs-it" this post with some dignity.  Besides, those puns are hare today and gone tomorrow.  Okay--I'm done, I promise.

Turn a little water into wine at your own house, grab some napkins, ribbon or rubberbands and make these adorable napkins.  They are quick and easy. The pictures are a better guide than my written description--ergo the phrase, "a picture paints a thousand words".

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Step 1:  Lay a napkin flat.  You could cloth or a quality disposable napkin like Chinet

Step 2: Fold the bottom of the napkin up by 1/4th. Fold it again by the same measurement and then bring the top of the napkin down to meet the bottom so you have a nice rectangular looking napkin.

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Step 3:  Take the end of the napkin and fold it at an angle upward on both sides to create a what looks like a large arrow.  You can iron as you go along--or not.

Step 4:  Fold the top outside corners to center of the napkin until it resembles a large diamond. 

Step 5:  Just like a paper airplane, fold each side toward the center on both sides.  (I am holding down one side with scissors to take the picture---both sides need to get folded in this manner).

BUNNY NAPKIN2

 

Step 6:  Roll the widest edge of the napkin--(which is just below the halfway point) towards the center.  The first frame shows how I rolled one side.  The next frame shows both sides rolled in.  Rubber band or ribbon this napkin to hold this together.

Step 7:  Flip the napkin over and roll the bottom point up like uyou are cuffing a sleeve.  You can prop it upright and spread the bunny ears for one look (picture below) or keep it laying down and add some candy or a colored egg for another look. 

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Embarking on this post I decided to uncover the meaning behind all of the symbols we asssociate with Easter and what they represent.  Of course, I got distracted and couldn't get off the fascination of the Marshmallow Peep.  Those sugar and marshmallow concoctions that fall in that love/hate category.   People either love 'em or hate 'em.  Me---I harbor no ill-will to the Peep, but not a huge fan.  I'm AMAZED by the Peep.  Truth be told--I feel the area of study regarding the Marshmallow Peep is poorly represented.  You know---those little resilient birds that are conjoined at birth.  What is the most humane method to surgically separate these quinteplets?  A quick pull (risking disfiguration) or a sharp knife to sever them? What's with the beady black eyes that are both adorable and frightening?  Are the yellow Peeps racist toward the blue or pink ones? Most importantly---how soluble are these little suckers?  Using the chemicals I had on hand I decided to test the durability of the Marshmallow Peep.  Here are my very unscientific test results (please don't try this at home):

  • Neither cold nor extremely hot water phased these babies the slightest.  
  • Nail polish remover did remove the color---which, I suppose is the intent of acetone---but, didn't melt my little fowl friend.  
  • Hydrogen peroxide couldn't break this bird down.  
  • The Peep scoffed at bleach.  
  • Memory foam pillows don't hold a candle to these babies---a hammer might bring them down for a minute---but, just like Jesus---they resurrected.
  • Unwavering in my commitment to uncover something---anything that would cause the Peep to meet his final resolve I sprayed it with Chloreseptic (yes---that numbing throat spray).  Voila---the Peep completely dissolved---but, at the very bottom of the Pyrex glass I saw something that will haunt me for quite some time.  Those 2 little beady black eyes staring back up at me.

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Love these centerpieces using the Marshmallow Peep 

Easy and Cheap to assemble

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I love a beautifully crafted egg as much as the next egghead---but, let's keep it simple.  Glue and a small paint brush along with sprinkles, pasta noodles and glitter will give your table a new, clever look.  

 

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Come on!!  Grab some bright spring wrapping paper and make a festive centerpiece look!

 

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You're gonna be cracking eggs for something---use them as little vases for small buds!

 

Thank you: huffingtonpost.com (peeps in mason jar);mildirectory.com (peeps in vases);southfloridafoodandwine.com (peep topiary);boredpanda.com (sprinkle and pasta eggs); glitterpopupparties.com (glitter eggs); bhg.com (wrapping paper vases and egg carton vases); @hopefloats (lemon mason jars)

 

 

Patty O'Furniture

Every single St. Patrick's Day I say the same thing to my kids in the morning---fortunately for me I have kid's with poor memories and enough of them to continually reuse my material.  BTW---this is not my proudest moment, but I swear on the souls of me mates it is a tale told yearly.

ME:  I love St. Patrick's Day---it always reminds me of that nice girl I went to high school with---for the blarney life of me I can't remember her name.  I know it started with "O" something.  Not O'Malley, not O'Brien---oh yes---it was O'Furniture.  Patty----such a nice girl---she liked to sit around on her deck all day---Patty O'Furniture.

MY CHILDREN:  Please tell me that humor skips a generation.

Feel free to use that one----if not, then maybe these ideas will help make your St. Patrick's Day event memorable---(after a couple of these drinks it may be a lot less memorable).  Remember---bad luck may come your way if you fail to bring a hostess gift in form of drink or food!!

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Everyone drinks a wee-bit on St. Patty's Day and some drink a wee-bit more.  Why not go Shamrock-hard with Irish selections across the board.  Here are some selections that have been deemed some of the best in their respective categories:

Irish-Beersirish car bombs

 

Grab a pint or 2 of one of these!

 Irish Lagers:  (Lagers are stored for several months at near freezing temperatures)

Guiness Black Lager and HARP

Irish Stouts:  (Dark beer using roasted balts and roasted barley---originated in Ireland)

Porterhouse Oyster Stout, Guiness Draught, O'Haras Celtic, Murphy's Irish Stout

Cream Ales/Ales:  (Malted barley---these possess a sweeter, fruitier taste)

Kilkenny, Murphy's Irish Red, O'Haras Irish wheat, Smithwicks Irish Ale

Irish Car Bombs require a good Irish Cream Liquor

Baileys, Mollys, Saint Brendans, Carolan's, Bushmill's and Ryan's----great in coffee, too

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Grapes of O'Wrath: (Ireland does make some fine wines and they pair well with some Irish cheese selections)

Concannon, Chateau Lynch Bagas, Jim Barry Armagh Shiraz, Owen Roe, Rotherford Hill

Irish Whiskeys: (Wouldn't be a party without at least one of these)

Jameson, Old Bushmills, Red Breast, Michael Collins, Greenspot, Knappogue Castle

Foods/Appetizers and Leftover Ideas


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Corned Beef Tacos:

Corned Beef shredded (prepared at home or from the deli counter)

Coleslaw (buy the mix at the store-use about 2 cups)

1/4 cup mayo

2 Tablespoons brown mustard

1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

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Jalapeno-optional

Dipping Sauce:

Equal parts of 1000 Island dressing, mayo and horseradish

Mix the coleslaw with the mayo, brown mustard and cider vinegar.  Place the shredded corned beef on a tortilla, top with the coleslaw mix and jalapeno if you desire.  Serve with dipping sauce.

Reuben Dip: (This is ridiculously good)

1/2 pound of chopped or shredded corned beef

8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces sauerkraut (well-drained and squeezed of fluid)

8 ounces sour cream

8 ounces swiss cheese

1/4 cup 1000 island dressing

Rye bread cut or torn into pieces

Mix all ingredients (except rye bread) in a crock pot or oven-safe dish.  Allow crock pot to melt the ingredients together---stirring periodically or bake in an oven at 300 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until all ingredients are melted together.  Serve hot with rye bread.

Irish Nachos:

Kettle cooked potato chips-plain

1 cup of shredded corned beef

8 ounces of shredded Irish cheddar or swiss if you prefer

Toppings:  green onions, shredded cabbage, jalapenos, purple onion

Mound or spread the potato chips on a oven safe platter.  Top with the corned beef and cheese and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted.  Remove from oven and top with any or all of the toppings and serve immediately.

Corned Beef Quesadillas:

1 pound of corned beef sliced

8 swiss cheese slices

1 cup of well-drained and squeezed sauerkraut

8 large tortilla shells

melted butter

Dipping sauce Ideas:  1000 island dressing, brown mustard or horseradish

Butter both sides of a tortilla shell and place in a large fry pan.  On one side of the shell place a layer of corned beef, then swiss cheese and lastly the sauerkraut.  Fold the empty side over on top of the layers.  Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side.  Slice into easy to hold pie shaped slices and serve with dipping sauces.

Thank you:  nj1015.com (beer pic); huffington post (Irish car bomb pic); vindulgeblog.com (cheese and wine pic); drinkseriouseats.com (Irish whiskey pic).