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st. patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day Treats & Green Buttercream.


I’m still eeking this one out on St. Patrick’s Day, but only because PST and Hawaii have the grace to be so many hours behind me. 😉

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friends!

Tatted Clover.
This shamrock was my first piece in my return to tatting back in 2007. I was surprised I could even remember how to hold a shuttle, as I hadn’t made lace in over 10 years!)

My mom is a beautiful redhead with pale, creamy, lightly-freckled skin, but alas, I don’t have the Irish look about me. In fact, the one (and only!) time I ever dyed my hair, my BFF and husband teamed up together to choose the most garish shade of red. There are no pictures of this day because – TRUST ME – it was not a moment to be remembered. I simply have to be content having a gorgeous, Julie-Andrews-look-a-like for a mom, and allow her to sport the brilliant red tresses for our family. ♥

I’ll just make the green sweets instead. 😉 Like these cookies, for example:

St. Patrick's Day Cookies.

These were made for a handful of my most special “Sugar Sisters,” as my offering in our St. Paddy’s Day Cookie Swap. I used Georganne’s famous fancy square cutter as my starting point, and I kept things very simple. I made my first “real” royal icing transfers (I’d done small dots once before, but nothing of any true size), and in the process, I developed an even greater awe of Paula’s skill, as she works with RI transfers to a means I cannot ever comprehend!

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Never-On-Time Series: Featuring “On Time” Lucky Mint Cheesecake


Here’s the benefit to being “never on time,” folks: you can still be punctual every once in a while!

I made this dreamy, creamy Lucky Mint Cheesecake last year for dessert to our Irish fare, and I never, ever posted about it. Oh sure, I meant to – I really did! I thought it would be a nice touch even around the holidays (where instead, I made a different version of cheesecake – a pepperminty one), but I didn’t post this one then…

After all, it has shamrocks. 🙂

But trust me when I tell you that this cheesecake… it’s better than so many things. It’s better than a Peppermint Patty straight from the fridge (with or without the Charlie Brown) and chased by a glass of milk. It’s better than a stick of Doublemint gum with a dollop of cottage cheese at the same time.

Wait. That last one might not actually be any good at all… *shakes head*

This is heaven. Sweetened cheesecake, lightly minted, resting on a rich layer of cold ganache, and wrapped in a chocolate cookie crust. I’m pretty sure that IS in the Bible somewhere, right?

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