March 15, 2017

Pre-gaming for St. Patty's Day...


I remember the days when pre-gaming for St. Patrick's Day included Irish Car Bombs, green beer and Guinness...oh and Reuben sandwiches , but only to soak up the alcohol.  Man, college was fun.


Hubs and I have become quite a bit more responsible since our college days, thank goodness.  Pre-gaming for St. Patty's Day with two kids looks a little different than it did back then...and it includes a slow cooker...but it is way more fun and way less harmful than drinking pint after pint until you think you can talk with an Irish accent and dance like the people in Riverdance...


Basically...we pre-game with food instead of booze...unless you count the booze we cook with...



| I N G R E D I E N T S |

4-5 lb Corned Beef Brisket with seasoning packet
8 oz Brown Ale (I prefer Newcastle)




| M E T H O D |

Place brisket in slow cooker, fat side up. 

Sprinkle with seasoning packet 

Pour beer over the brisket.  

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours


I originally made this recipe with carrots, potatoes and onion underneath the brisket and completely forgot to add the cabbbage.  the problem is the veggies soaked up all the beer and tasted very strongly of it.  I love beer as much as the next person, but I do not enjoy beer flavored potatoes and carrots.  Hubs didn't mind them, but I strongly suggest cooking your vegetables separately.  The left over brisket will make amazing Reuben sandwiches later on this week.


The four-leafed clover on top is having your husband make some Lucky Charms treats to continue the pre-gaming, family style...He kinda loves us...and we really, really love him.




| I N G R E D I E N T S |

1 11.5oz box of Lucky Charms
8 Cups of mini marshmellows
1 stick of salted butter




| M E T H O D |

Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish

Melt butter on medium heat in a no-stick stock pot

Once butter is melted add marshmellows and stir until the marshmellows are melted and combined with the butter.

Stir in cereal until well combined, then pour in prepared baking dish and press in until surface is even

Let harden before serving



That is how you pre-game for St. Patty's Day when you have a family.  In college, I thought it couldn't get any more fun than drinking green beer at a bar with friends...I was so wrong.  I can, honestly say, there is absolutely nothing more fun than celebrating any old day with my oak tree of a husband and our two beautiful children. 

Happy Early St. Patrick's Day.  I wish y'all all the luck of the Irish!


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