The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at Home

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at Home

My hubs and I visit Europe for one month each year.  Generally when we visit we pick one country, as I call it the “jump off” place.  In 2012 the spot was Ireland.   Because Ireland was not our main vacation we only chose to spend 4 days there.  We landed in Dublin and caught a cab to our Bed & Breakfast, Number 31 and the first thing we noticed was how friendly our cab driver was.  He talked our ear off all the way to our B & B.  When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised at how nice and accommodating everyone was. Noel our host welcomed us with breakfast (and it was excellent) and helped us to our room.  Noel was friendly, helpful and extremely nice.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeWe immediately knew that our decision to stay in Ireland for only 4 days was a mistake – it was just not enough time.  During our short stay we managed to pack in several things but one of the best experiences we had was “An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies” at The Brazen Head Inn one of the oldest pubs in Ireland.  The evening began by our host Ollie taking us back in time to the fascinating world of Ireland long ago when the culture was one of the mind, spirit and the imagination.  Ollie recounted the magical tales they told as they gathered around the fire at night.  We were treated to a traditional Irish dinner and Ollie entertained us with traditional Irish music and ballads.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at Home

We loved Ireland so much we are headed back this June and this time we are spending one week so we can enjoy more of what Ireland has to offer.

One of the times I would love to visit Ireland is on St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is a National Holiday and parades and festivals that celebrate Irish culture are held.

Each year on March 17th, the whole world becomes Irish and celebrates with food, drink and all things green.  If you cannot get to Ireland right now we have some fun recipes and a sore foot remedy to get you prepared with your celebrating.

Whenever my husband and I are on vacation we spend a lot of time walking and sometimes my feet get really sore.  Of course I don’t want to get sore feet which could cause me to ruin my vacation so I try to treat my feet well at the end of a travel day.  Some of my tips on how to prevent sore aching feet are: don’t walk barefoot, use cream to keep your feet soft, wear a comfortable shoes with support and soak feet nightly.  I have included below one of my favorite recipes to pamper my feet on vacation. The Mint Sugar Scrub below is easy to make and the mint provides a cooling sensation to leave feet feeling refreshed.  This stuff is amazing! Enjoy!

Mint Sugar Scrub

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeMaterials:

Scant 1 cup sugar
Method Marine Naturals Refreshing Body Wash, Refresh Mint
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
4oz canning jar

Directions:

Add about a 1/4 inch of soap to the bottom of the jar and pour the sugar in.  Stir in a little bit more soap until the sugar is completely incorporated and the mixture is a nice consistency – not too thick, and not runny.

Add a pretty ribbon or piece of Washi tape to decorate the jar.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at Home

Directions for use: Massage the scrub over damp skin to exfoliate. Rinse with warm water.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at Home

Sugar Cookie Truffles for St. Patrick’s Day

Once your feet are feeling nice and pampered you might want to try some of the yummy St. Patrick’s Day recipes below.  First up is a great recipe which will bring that wee little Irish out of you.  Okay, it is not exactly an Irish recipe but an Americanized version, with an Irish theme.  These “Sugar Cookie Truffles” can be made any time of the year but we decorated them with a bit of the green to give them a St. Paddy’s day look.  They are moist and delectable and sure to please your taste buds.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeIngredients:

1 bag Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
2 teaspoons milk
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
2 bags green Wilton Candy Melts
Wilton Cookie Icing, White

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat together the butter, milk and cookie mix until a dough forms.  Roll the mixture 1-inch balls.

Working in batches, heat the chocolate per the instructions on the bag.  Dip the balls into the chocolate and lightly tap off the excess chocolate. Set the truffle onto the parchment paper.

Drizzle the cookie icing in a criss cross pattern across the top of the truffles.

Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour until firm.  Serve chilled.  Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Feeling Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

If truffles are not your cup of tea and you are feeling lucky check out the delicious St. Patrick’s Day cupcake recipe below.  The recipe is so moist and delicious you will love them.  My daughter said “Mommy, this is the best cake you’ve ever made” so, it was a huge hit at my house and I am sure it will be a huge hit at yours.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeFrench Vanilla Cupcakes

1 white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker, Super Moist White Cake)
3 eggs
1 T Vanilla
1/3 cup oil
1 Cup water
3/4 Cup milk
3.4 oz vanilla pudding dry mix (I used Jello, instant)
Combine all ingredients with electric mixer on low for 1 minutes, then on med-high speed for 2 minutes.

Pour mix into cupcake tins and Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes (Times may vary, I use a convection oven)

Light Green Vanilla Icing

2 sticks (1 C.) real unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (beat the butter with a mixer for a couple minutes until creamy)
3 C. Sifted confectioners sugar (slowly add to butter until the mix appears to be small pebble size bits)
1 T Vanilla Extract (add to mixture)
3 T. French Vanilla Creamer (add to mixture)  For stiffer icing, use less creamer.
Green food coloring until your desired hue is obtained. Add only a drop or 2 at a time, then blend well to identify your favorite shade of green.

Keylime Chocolate Bark for St. Patrick’s Day

I love cupcakes but my hubs is a huge fan of chocolate so each St. Patrick’s Day I make him Chocolate Bark.  This year I am making them Keylime flavor and believe me it is so yummy it will certainly tempt your sweet tooth.  It is so quick and easy to make it will surprise you.

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeIngredients:

1 bag limited edition Wilton Keylime flavored candy melts
Shamrock sprinkles and/or other green candy decorations

Directions:

Spread a piece of parchment paper out on a cookie sheet.

Add the candy melts to a small bowl and microwave according to the instructions on the package.

Once the candy melts are smooth, spread it out on the parchment paper so that it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Add the decorations to the top of the chocolate.

Refrigerate until the chocolate is hard – at least 1 hour. Break the chocolate into pieces with your hands (some of the topping will fall off, but that’s OK). Package into festive containers or bags.

St. Patty’s Day Shake 

Once you are finished all the sweets and want something to wash them all down with have the perfect things.  This simple and easy recipe makes a yummy creamy mint shake.  Make up a batch for your St. Patrick’s Day party – it is decadently delicious!

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeIngredients:

¼ tsp green food coloring
3 tablespoons of sugar
¼ tsp pure peppermint extract
1.5 cups of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups vanilla ice cream

The Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at HomeThe Flavour of Ireland: Plan Your Vacation and Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes at Home

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency.

May add or subtract milk to reach desired thickness.

Use whipped topping and sprinkles for garnish if desired.

line with small dark green shamrocksEveryone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and for good reason.  The Irish have spread their great spirit all across the world and the perfect time to take in some of it is on St. Patrick’s Day. Let this holiday inspire you to visit The Emerald Isle – everyone deserves at least one great trip to Ireland and we recommend you plan yours soon.  Check out the posts on our last Irish vacation to get a sample of the great experiences in store for you.

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27 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    You have some great recipes here. I would love some of that Keylime Chocolate Bark!! It sounds amazing.

  2. Beth February 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    The mint sugar scrub looks really fun. I’d love to try that sometime.

  3. Sarah Bailey February 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Those sugar dough cookies sound amazing <3 and the scrub I could just imagine relaxing with that :) x

  4. Amanda Ripsam February 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I love those recipes you showed mostly love the mint sugar scrub. I am going to share these recipes with my friends.

  5. Terry February 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I do mint scrubs, but I use sea salt in mine in place ot the sugar.
    The St Paddys day shake looks delish!! I might just make it for my Daughter and Grandkids the next time them come.

  6. mel February 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Those are some great recipes. St. Patty’s is a fun holiday and I can’t wait to use some of these recipes.

  7. Le-an Lai Angeles Lacaba February 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    My mom is always looking for new scrubs, so thanks for this! We don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s here, but it looks like a great feast!

  8. BusyBee February 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Those truffles look like so much fun! I cannot wait to make this for my girl friends.

  9. Nikki February 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I would love to spend that evening in an authentic pub in Ireland and here the tales. It sounds like it was amazing!

  10. Robyn February 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I so want to make that drink. It looks delicious.

  11. MK February 24, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Oh gosh, is it almost St. Patrick’s day already? This year seems to be flying by!

  12. Pamela February 24, 2014 at 4:14 am - Reply

    You should visit the west cork/kerry area – it is beautiful.

  13. Onica {MommyFactor} February 24, 2014 at 4:46 am - Reply

    I’ve heard so many great things about visiting Ireland. One day I hope to visit. For now I’ll just enjoy one of those St. Patricks day yummy cupcakes!

  14. kay adeola February 24, 2014 at 6:22 am - Reply

    That scrub looks amazing just what i would enjoy :-)

  15. Allie February 24, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    All of those recipes look delicious and fun! Can’t wait to try them.

  16. Janelle February 24, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

    This year is flying by… it feels like it was just Christmas to me.

  17. Patricia February 24, 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Oh I am green with envy that you got to visit Ireland. I am Irish and some of my mom’s family came from Ireland. I was also born on St Patricks day. I would love to visit there someday.

  18. Ashley Gill February 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I would love to go to Ireland some day! My dad’s side of the family is Irish and I think I need to learn more about where I came from!

  19. becca February 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Yummy recipes and a great way to get kids involved with creating some wonderful At. Patrick day memories by making them together.

  20. Melanie February 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Oh cool! I like making scrubs, I’ll add this to my pinterest board and make it later. Truffles look great too, so tasty! Thanks for sharing

  21. Eliz Frank February 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Wonderful to see such a rich selection of all things green…. Ireland is such a pretty country… Now pass the treats! :-)

  22. DD February 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Those truffles looks really good. I think I may make these.

  23. DD February 25, 2014 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I think I would like to go to Ireland. My husband would be game.

  24. Janelle March 12, 2014 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I tried the mint sugar scrub, it was to die for

  25. Allie March 12, 2014 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I want to make that key lime chocolate bark

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