Happy {Belated} St. Patrick’s Day

Happy {belated} St. Patrick’s Day to you all!  We had a great day yesterday enjoying our Irish heritage.  It finally thawed out enough here in Chicago for us to be able to go outside and explore the yard.

We went hunting for sticks and rocks around our yard and boy were there a lot!  We have tons of trees around us, so once the snow melts, there are plenty of great sticks to be found.

This was Miss Matilda’s main look the entire time we were outside.  She was in amazement of so many things – especially the wind-chime that we have hanging from a tree.  It is so amazing to see the world through your children’s eyes – it really made me appreciate all that we have and the area in which we live.

We went to look for our favorite ducks (we live right next to a very large river), but I don’t think it is quite warm enough for them to make their appearance yet.  They were probably staying on shore for the most part, but I bet in a couple weeks we will see them.  There’s a really cute male and female duck that walk around our neighborhood every year – they seem so in love – it is very sweet to see.

My mom made these sweet St. Patrick’s day dresses for the girls.  I love how they turned out with all the ruffled ribbon and grosgrain ribbon trim – too cute!

My husband made two loaves of his family recipe for Irish Soda bread.  It is delicious every single year!

Brett (The Cottage Papa) typically doesn’t get home from work until later, but for St. Patrick’s day he made a special effort to be home early so we could have a family dinner.  I was in charge of the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes and they turned out mighty good, if I do say so myself.  I make my corned beef in the crock-pot.  I just stick it in there with the seasonings – no water or anything and about 6-8 hours later, cooked on low it is ready.  I have this thought every year on St. Patrick’s day – Why we don’t eat corned beef more often? – it is so yummy.

So, that’s our St. Patrick’s Day recap.  It was a truly great one.  Did the girls really like their dinner?  Not really.  Did they even eat the soda bread?  No, they preferred the butter on top.  But it’s the tradition of it all that I hope we are instilling in our children.  Someday they’ll like it…….someday.  
It’s another sunny day here in Chicago and I can just feel spring approaching.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and TGIF!

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  1. Those dresses and your daughters are just adorable! Dinner looks delicious as well!

  2. The girls look so cute in their dresses! Love the teeny tiny ponytails too. 🙂

  3. That soda bread looks FANTASTIC!!! We’ve always made Irish Stew (besically stew, lol), but I’d be tempted to try Corned Beef. I’ve never had it before, so I guess I should try it at least once.

    CUUUUUTE dresses, btw. 🙂

  4. Please do share your slow cooker recipe for corned beef and cabbage! I didn’t get home til quite late and missed out on my traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare and would love to try it this weekend.

  5. Oh my gosh! Those dresses are just too darned cute. And yes!!! Wasn’t it awesome that we finally had such a beautiful day here in IL and really all this past week. From what I’ve seen of the forecast however, those warm days are gone again now for a little while. 🙁

    I have had soda bread before but THAT one looks SOOOOO much better than any I’ve ever had or made from the tons of recipes I’ve tried before. Any chance hubby would share that family recipe? St Patrick’s day meal is honestly probably my favorite meal of the year. I look forward to it SOOOOOOOOOO much and almost more than Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. YUM. I always buy extra corned beef so I have tons of leftovers.