Category Archives: Holiday Fun

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins. These plans could change in Ireland and around the world because of the Coronavirus.

In the United States the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and 2021 would have been its 259th year.  Unfortunately last year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) they cancelled the parade.  Check your local listings and keep and eye out for the New York parade to see if there are going to be any this year.

You can still celebrate at home…

Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe with 3 ways to cook the corned beef and step by step instructions.  

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Valentines Day Recipes – DIY Cards and Crafts

Get creative idea’s for Valentines’ Day with this collection of links that has cards, craft gift idea’s and recipes to help you celebrate!

Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Classroom Cards – Bunnycakes.com – cute cards with messages like QT pie, Ur Cute etc.

Gift Tags Made With Love  – Eighteen25.com – Gift tags for homemade cookies or other gifts you want to give in a jar.

Bingo Valentine Cards – SimplyFreshDesigns.com – Six 5×7 Valentine’s printable cards and game piece sheet you can download in a PDF file.

Lollipop Flower Valentine – SkipToMyLou.com – Easy to make from card stock your Valentines favorite lollipop. Download PDF, print and cut out.

Valentine’s Day Party Hats – MrPrintables.com – Red and White heart patterns make these easy to make hats perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Love Me Tender Valentine Print Trio – SweetRoseStudio.com – 5×7 printable to put into picture frames for home decor

Valentine’s Day DIY Gifts – Pizzazzerie.com – Great ideas for DIY

Check out our 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes on Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Super Bowl – Yummy Recipe Picks For Appetizers Dips Wings Sandwiches and more

On Sunday, February 7th, 2021 is  Super Bowl LV the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s will be playing the  Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Fl. This year will be the first time a winner of the playoffs, Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s, will be playing in their home stadium (Raymond James Stadium) for Super Bowl.

If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on CBS and see other options here for streaming and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.

Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl LV (55) we have searched for the delicious appetizers, desserts and yummy dishes you can conger up and enjoy. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…

Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.

and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…

Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy to make and a favorite!) also see her two other ideas for pizza dip and spicy chicken dip.

Buffalo Chicken BitesSweetPeasKitchen.com

Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!

Sweet Hot Baby Back Ribs

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Asian Slaw Dogs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Game Day Chili – Sunny Anderson Food Network

Dessert is always welcome!

Butterfinger Rice Krispie TreatsRecipeGirl.com

Football Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

Touchdown Brownies

Football Puppy Chow

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Monster Dip 

Southern Sweet Tea

Enjoy the Super Bowl :}

 

Photo Courtesy of mrpizzamandc at Pixabay.com

 

 

 

Goodbye 2020 Happy New Year 2021 Inspire Your Goals

It’s that time of year again, when we reflect on the past year and what we want to change in this brand new year coming up. While 2020 offered many challenges and Covid-19 a new year is welcome.

How many New Years Resolutions do you want to set and how many do you intend on achieving? New goals, can help make this year better like focusing on eating healthier, losing weight, getting more organized or trying something new.

Put yourself to the challenge, don’t give up so easily in the second week of January, because the diet you started on New Years day has gotten old or cleaning out the garage is not quite finished. From being more organized, trying a new craft to saving for those pair of shoes you thought you could only dream of wearing, every day of 2021 can be a day closer to the goals you set for the new year and maybe a few you want to add on to your list.

We have put a board with ten pins to start with on Pinterest to help us visualize our goals called Inspiration for 2021.  There is plenty of inspiration at Pinterest… redecorating, recipes, crafts, travel, reading a new book, hair styles, and so much more.

We find this easier than following a list and checking things off. The photos do the talking.  Take a look at the board and maybe do one of your own. You can make your board private or share it with the world, who knows maybe one of your goals will inspire someone else and make their life better.

 

Happy New Year :}

 

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe For the Holidays

Betty Crocker has a great idea for serving hot chocolate  this Christmas. Pull out the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot and you are on your way to easy yummy hot chocolate with treats to go in the drink and on top.

The cocoa recipe has delicious semi sweet chocolate chips, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla and more to make an amazing hot chocolate drink. Add crushed peppermint candies, marshmallows, toffee bits or whatever you prefer on the side for everyone.

Get the Recipe Here

Merry Christmas :}

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of jill111 at Pixabay.com

The Reason for the Season – Merry Christmas From Budget Bi Rite Insurance

The Reason for the Season, the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Share the joy of the birth of our savior! A King is born…

Luke 2: 11-14

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

The story of Jesus Birth in the Bible

The story of Jesus Birth for Children

Merry Christmas and many blessings this holiday season!

Beautiful Fall Foliage Scenery on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad | Gorge Steam Train Ride (Video)

Take a break from your day and enjoy a virtual train ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Gorge Steam Train Ride offering beautiful Fall Foliage.

 

Happy Fall! Cooler weather In Florida means robust Fall recipes!

Happy Fall!
While we do not have the changing colors of leaves here in Florida, the cool weather is always a welcome sign that Fall is here and Hurricane season will soon be over.

We look forward to the up coming holidays, and while they may be different this year, with so many changes brought on by Covid-19, we will be in the kitchen preparing our favorite dishes none the less.

There is just something about the aroma of Beef Stew, Chicken and Dumplings, Chili and Pumpkin butter with other wonderful recipes we tend to forgo during the hot summers that are now already on our minds.

Check out our boards on Pinterest for Fall Recipes!

Crockpot Fall Recipes
Instant Pot Fall Recipes
Fall Oven Baked and Roasted Recipes

Wishing everyone a very happy Fall.

 

 

Photo courtesy of JillWellington at Pixabay.com

4th of July – Treats – Barbecue and Desserts

244 years ago America declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Picnics, Party’s and heading to the beach will be on the agenda for some and for others because of the Covid-19, the celebration of Independence Day will be different this year.

Even if your staying at home why not bring out the yummy 4th of July Barbecue, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts and decorations adorned in red white and blue to celebrate.

Check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board. We have delicious recipes for Bar B Que, Desserts, Side Dishes, Decoration’s and more fun.

Have a great 4th of July and remember to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or let someone you know!

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of JillWellington at Pixabay.com

For Last Minute Christmas Gifts Try These Easy DIY Homemade Gifts In a Jar

jam-428094_640Hopefully you are about finished your Christmas shopping or are to the bottom of your list. But what about an unexpected guest arriving for your holiday fare and you have no gift. Or a neighbor or co worker brings you a little something, you will want to return the kindness. Be prepared ahead of time…

A homemade food gift with the recipe makes a thoughtful gift with a personal touch. . Add a few decorations to a mason jar with your famous holiday cookies inside or a mixture for a special hot chocolate with a hand written recipe attached with some ribbon makes it special. Know someone who loves to bake? Give them a jar with a scrumptious brownie mix inside. Make these up ahead of time and you will be ready for the unexpected…

Delish.com has over 22 recipes in a jar from MM Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix, Granola, Pancakes, Hot Cocoa, bread muffins and more. Check out their slide show with links to mixes in a jar recipes Here.

Here are some idea’s from MixesInaJar.com

Brownie Mix In A Jar

Cappucino Mix in a Jar

Chinese Barbeque Sauce

Know someone who would love something other then food?

Candy Cane Bath Salts

Egyptian Facial Mask

There are over 250 gift jar idea’s to choose from including breads and muffins , coffee and teas, breads and soups and more.

Merry Christmas :]

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Jarmoluk at Pixabay.com