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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites ... St. Patty's Edition

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I'm linking up with these Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites today. 

I know some people have a blast with this day and do tons of crazy-fun things...but we do just a few fun, simple things to celebrate. Mostly involving food. Of course!

Favorite #1
Festive food!
Our hands down, absolute favorite of all time has to be... these Whoopie Pies!
This recipe has REAL creme filling - no gross fluff!
For St. Patrick's Day, I add a little peppermint flavoring and green dye to the filling.
They are So Good.

You can omit the flavoring and dye and stick with rainbow sprinkles- don't they look so fantastic!?!
You can read the recipe HERE.

And you cannot go wrong with this gorgeous array of fruit!
Sometimes I put out some Rolos in a small bowl for the Pot o' Gold next to the "rainbow."
We've had a few Irish dinners in the past, but they weren't such big hits. And tonight is Burger Friday so the chances of my guys letting me make something else is pretty slim, ha!

Favorite #2
Spring flowers!
Even though we just got 18 new inches of snow dumped on us from the storm this week, I still decorated our front door and entry way with springy flowers and decorations and will wait not-so-patiently for warmer weather. I usually do this on or near St. Patrick's Day, depending on where Easter falls on the calendar. It's super late this year, so we may even have an actual chance of not wearing snow pants to church on Easter Sunday. #goals

I put on this adorable blue bow for my Baby Shower last year, but for St. Patty's Day, I obviously stick with green. Obvs. ;) Just can't find a pic with the green bow and it's so cold, I am not going out to snap a pic! I can't wait for sandals weather, sigh.
 Gosh, just looking at this has my spring fever skyrocketing. 
I hear we're getting more snow this weekend and throughout next week. Nooooooo.

This is also the time of year that I get daffodils!!
They're such a pretty reminder that Spring is on the way. I planted a few bulbs in the fall and am anxious to see how they do.

Favorite #3
When the older boys and Isabelle were small, of course they drank green milk and ate green pancakes and eggs, courtesy of a mischievous leprechaun that had visited.  As they've gotten older, we're all about Shamrock Shakes and coffee with non-alcoholic Bailey's, but the green pancakes still make an appearance.
Sometimes I got the kids plain white carnations and we put them in vases or cups filled with water the different colors of the rainbow- so fun to watch the petals transform and have your own rainbow bouquet! We've done just plain green, too. (I wish I could find a photo but I didn't used to label my pictures, and trying to find them years later is haaaaard, ha)
I thought we'd try something new this year, so when I read about these fun treats in this post , I knew Isabelle would just love to help me make them. We think they turned out so cute! Every ten or so minutes, I would hear Isabelle wondering aloud if they were ready to eat, going to check on them and announcing even louder that they looked about ready now.  ha ha ha   She wanted one soooo bad! I'm mean Mom, making her wait until tomorrow.

I've read about making treasure maps for your kids with little treats awaiting them at the end and that sounds like so much fun, but I've never done it. I think it's hilarious to put little green footprints on the toilet and turn the bowl water green, too! I'm going to have to do these for little Levi!

Favorite #4
This guy on the move!
Well, truth be told, now I don't have a nanosecond of peace throughout the day. But...he looks so cute with his little peg leg crawl that it totally makes up for it! Such joy he brings our family! Best surprise everrrrrrr.

Favorite #5
March Madness
I'm off to a pretty great start, too! Everyone in our family filled out a bracket and now It.Is.On!!!
We're having a lots of fun with this this year!

One last extra Favorite because Easter is right around the corner... this Eyelet Baby Bonnet!
 Isn't it the sweetest!
And this gingham seersucker bonnet? Can't even.  :)
 They're for sale in my shop, Rose & Ruffle, and there's still plenty of time to get an order in for Easter, but don't wait if you want one! They're selling out quickly!

These are my other favorites, so pretty and feminine
And they're reversible, so it's like getting two for the price of one!

Someone's Daddy might be very mad at me for possibly using our newborn son as a bonnet model, but I'm not admitting to anything ;)
This shows you the style and fit when worn, though it was a bigger size - this is my own design and I really love it.

And there you have it...can't wait to read about your favorites this week!
Thanks for reading! Have a fantastic weekend!

ps: I'd love to hear any thoughts or advice on getting our 11-month-old to sleep better...I wrote about it in  this post . It's beyond rough, it's brutal. I'm losing my mind! Thanks!!!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love all the traditions people have for their kids - I'd totally do those little things too! :) Those pretzels look SO good!

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Cat W said...

I love the bonnets! And I hope your babe sleeps better. That is rough not getting sleep :(

Tara Usher @ Mommy in a Nutshell said...

Oh my goodness! Those bonnets! So so so cute.

Erica @ Whimsical September said...

Those whoopie pies!! Oh my goodness! I just clicked the link to grab the recipe. They look so good! Thanks for sharing. :)

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