Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Have you seen those bumper stickers? The one I love the most is the one that said "I brake for boiled peanuts". But back to St. Patrick's Day, we love this holiday around here. We love St. Patrick and admire immensely his willingness to follow the life God had planned for him once he radically entered into a relationship with the God who not only wanted to change Patrick's entire life, but the entire the nation of Ireland through Patrick. We admire Patrick so much that we named our 2nd son after him.

So yeah, St. Patrick's Day is a big deal around here. We usually start the day with green oatmeal, listen to lots of Irish music, have family devotion time that includes quotes/readings from St. Patrick, eat a big supper that HAS to include corned beef, and green clothes! Our family shows no mercy where pinching is concerned if you dare appear around them without displaying any green on your person.

In light of this, I thought I'd take a break from our auction posts and share a fun and easy St. Patrick's Day recipe given to me by one of my Five-in-a-Row mommy pals. My friend Mare lives in a big city up north where St. Patrick's Day is a big deal. One of their favorite family traditions is to make IRISH POTATOES, but believe me, these Irish potatoes are probably different from any potato you've ever had.


Mare says:

Here are two variations of the Irish Potato Candy. The recipes will make a few dozen pieces. I've cut the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.

The first one is the one that we made growing up. I think the box is equal to 4 cups of sugar and 14 oz. of coconut is equal to 3.5 cups. You may want to use less sugar and thus less milk.



1 lb. box of confectioners sugar (10X)
1 14 oz. bag of coconut
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
8 tsp. milk


Mix all ingredients except the cinnamon. Shape into 1 in. round balls. Roll in cinnamon. Shake off the excess cinnamon.

This next one is richer. It has the cream cheese but no coconut for those who don't like it. Again, you may want to adjust the sugar amount.



4 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 lb butter -- softened
4 cups of confectioners' sugar


Blend cream cheese and butter together well. Stir in confectioner's sugar. Roll into potato shape. Then roll thoroughly in cinnamon. May keep chilled until ready to serve.


Don't those sound easy and simply yummy? I think this is going to become one of those traditions that my kids are going to ask for every year.

If you are looking for other ideas of celebrating St. Patrick's Day, you might want to check out some of my blog posts from St. Patrick's Day past:

So what ways will you be especially Irish on March 17?

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