Holiday--St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Crafts
"Crafting" is a well-used verb in our home. St.Patrick's Day gives us a great opportunity to bring out the creative materials.

Leprechaun beards and shamrock crowns for St. Pat's Day


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Rainbow Sticks
Materials
    Fruit in all colors of the rainbow. For example:
        Red: Strawberries, Cherries
        Orange: Mandarin Oranges, Cantaloupe
        Yellow: Pineapple
        Green: Kiwi, Green Grapes
        Blue: Blueberries
        Violet: Grapes, Plums
    Long Party Picks

Choose your favorite fruit to make Leprechaun Rainbow Snacks
This is a great way to "eat the rainbow" today!















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We had lots of fruit left over from the Rainbow Sticks. So..we made a plate full of rainbow!
Rainbow Plates
Materials
    The same fruit used for the Rainbow Sticks

This is a great way to eat your rainbow today!

1) arrange the fruit in a beautiful rainbow and snack on it throughout the day!



I love nutritious snacks

Shamrock Crowns
Materials
    Paper Plate
    Shamrock template
    Scissors
    Anything extra to decorate or color it

1) Fold the paper plate in half. Trace the template (alter it as you wish).
Trace the shamrock on the fold

2) Cut around the template. DO NOT cut the bottom the shamrock. Stop cutting at the outer ridged edge of the plate.

3) Fold up the shamrock at the base. Look at the picture of the girls wearing their crowns to see an example of how to fold it upward.

4) Now for the part that circles the head: Cut along the ridged edge of the plate (cut 2" in for a small head, cut 1/2" in for a larger head)

5) Decorate and wear!

Use the template to trace a half shamrock onto the plate




Leaving it folded, cut out the shamrock. Do NOT cut the bottom of the stem














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Shamrock Fruit Cookies

Materials
    Snickerdoodle cookie recipe
    Cream cheese "frosting" (recipe below)
    Assorted fruit cut into bite-sized pieces

Dont use full size cookie balls--otherwise the cookies will be huge!
1) Make the Snickerdoodle recipe as directed. Add drops of green food coloring during the final mixing. Roll into small balls--we used a small cookie/ice cream scoop AND cut those balls in half and rolled them in sugar.


2) Place the balls in a shamrock shape on the cookie sheet. Lightly "squish" them with a flat glass--so they begin to meld together.
Make shamrock shapes (and even some with four leaves) and lightly flatten 'em


3) Bake them according to the recipe you chose.

If you are preparing these for a party that's not until the next day--DON"T add the topping until a couple hours before (otherwise the cookies will get mushy). However, if they are for today, add the topping after the cookies have completely cooled.

4) Cream Cheese "Frosting"
    3 ounces cream cheese (I use Neufchatel), room temperature
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Thoroughly whip together all ingredients.
    Spread (or pipe) onto the top of the cookie

Add fresh fruit if you are serving the cookies that day
5) Add bite-sized fruit on top of the frosting. We use mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. Serve!




Refrigerate leftovers (they become soft if not eaten soon)

There they are--delicious treats to enjoy!

Snickerdoole Shamrock Fruit Cookies

Leprechaun Beard
Materials
    Heavy paper or cardboard (we used a cereal box)
    Orange construction paper--3 pages
    Long pencil (to curl the construction paper)
    Glue
    Stapler
    2 long rubber bands (one for each ear)

a cereal box makes a great beard foundation



1) A cereal box provides a nice foundation for the beard. Slightly bend it (without creasing it) and cut a triangle shape for the mouth opening.



Make a glue line at the bottom. Stick on the orange curls

2) Begin at the bottom with a line of glue. Cut construction paper into strips. Curl the strips around a pencil. Glue them in a row at the bottom.


Work your way up the beard. Adding glue lines as you go


3) Continue working your way up until you get to the very top.
 





4) Staple rubber bands on each top corner. Wrap rubber bands around ears.
Staple a rubber band at each top corner. Wrap a rubber band around each each

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Leprechaun Popcorn
This treat is always a hit!

Lightly Coated Leprechaun Popcorn
1 cup butter

½ cup sugar

1 (3-ounce) box flavored gelatin—for St.Patrick's Day, we used lime

3 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

10-15 cups of popcorn (If you want your popcorn more coated, use fewer cups)

 

Combine first 5 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Cook stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 255º. Note: I’ve burned the gelatin because my heat was too high. Keep a close eye on it. Also, sometimes I only go until 250º and that is fine too.

Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour hot mixture over popcorn, and stir until thoroughly coated. Spoon into a large roaster or baking pan. Note: I divide the popcorn into 2 bowls and dump half the mixture in one and stir. Then I dump it over the other and stir. This makes it easier to handle

Dump on two over-sized jellyroll pans.

Bake at 300º for 10-15 minutes (until crunchy), stirring twice. Transfer to lightly greased aluminum foil. Let cool and break into bit size pieces. Note: forget the greased foil; I pour mine right out on the Silestone counter and let it cool. It’s never stuck or burned.