Tag: St. Patrick’s Day

From Pinterest Mom to a Do Less Mom

My New Year’s resolution this year was to DO LESS.

I pretty much felt overwhelmed every holiday, even small ones to make sure I was doing “enough.”

Enough crafts.

Enough themed meals.

Outfits.

Hair bows.

It was too much and I doubted that it was any fun at all for my girls. It also stressed me out.

So, instead of stressing out making sure I “did it all,” I just stopped doing it all.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I still go to Pinterest for ideas. But I don’t overload myself thinking we have to do them ALL.

For Valentine’s Day, I still kind of went all out. We did A LOT.

But for Dr. Seuss Day? We skipped school and went to Sea World.

I still packed some Swedish Fish and Goldish (One Fish Two Fish).

I even made Green Eggs and Ham candies with green M&Ms and pretzels.

The next day, they wore their Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts, which we already had from our cruise. But that was it.

For St. Patrick’s Day? Emma didn’t even have a shirt. She wore a green horse one she already had and Addie wore a hand-me-down. They had headbands from last year.

We went canoeing.

I packed Lucky Charms as a snack.

Made Froot Loop necklaces.

Made a snack mix with some pre-made Muddy Buddies, green M&Ms and pretzel sticks.

And the girls painted rainbows that morning while I was packing.

We went to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s for dinner.

And that was it. And that was one of the best days we’ve had recently.

They didn’t need 20 different crafts. Or a Leprachaun trap. Or little footprints on the toilet.

They just needed us. As a family. Doing something fun.

 

Venison and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

So, for St. Patrick’s Day, I had planned for us to have this Venison Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, but plans changed and the girls and I ended up staying the night at my mom’s house.

We rescheduled our St. Patrick’s Day dinner for tonight and it DID NOT disappoint.

I don’t think we’ve made a bad venison recipe since Eric brought that deer home!

Any who, I found this recipe on Cook like a Cavewoman. We tweaked it a little bit because we don’t have coconut amigos, beef broth or tomato paste.

 

Ingredients:

For the sweet potato mash:

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the filling:
1½ lb ground venison
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
5 baby carrots, sliced
1 cup small cauliflower florets
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1  cup veggie broth
1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
2 shakes of ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
Ground paprika (for garnish only)

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Food Ideas & More

I’m a day (or two) late and a dollar short, but we just finished all of our St. Patrick’s Day activities!

We started out with a very green breakfast. These are Mini De Wafelbakkers Frozen Pancakes I got from the frozen food aisle at Publix. I microwaved them for about 30 seconds, topped with whipped cream and Airhead Xtremes Rainbow. I had to cut the Airhead a little to get it to bend correctly.

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Then, we had some Lucky Charms (my husband was more excited than the kids!) and some green milk I dyed with green food coloring.

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