From sharing cupcakes with Daisy on my birthday to enjoying weather in the 90’s and lunch in Malibu with friends this weekend….

Malibu Pier

Malibu Pier

… St. Patricks Day is quite literally the icing on the cake while celebrating all week. Okay, so maybe I’m not

Kiss Me I'm Irish

Just looking, not eating!

exactly Irish, but Ireland was my home away from home for several years, a magical oasis away from the ravages of a bitter divorce, so I’m allowed to feel mushy on St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Paddie's Day on the menu

St. Paddy’s Day on the menu

It appears I am not the only one. You have to admit it is a fun menu! Don’t worry, I took the picture during my 24 hour birthday pass, you have not lost me to cupcake addiction.
Sharing a cupcake with Daisy on our birthday pass

Sharing a cupcake with Daisy on our birthday pass

They were just too cute not to share – just like sharing pupcakes with Daisy on my birthday….
Taken during my birthday visit to Susie Cakes

Taken during my birthday visit to Susie Cakes

I remember asking my friend, Garech, once why I felt so at home Ireland, and his reply was “Dear one, there are more Irish in America than there are in all of Ireland, of course you feel at home amongst us!”
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Oh, it was much more than that – read all about my Shamrock Paradise. While your at it, be sure check out my Slow-Cooked Corned Beef Brisket recipe too!
Corn Beef
Slow Cooked Corned Beef Brisket


Servings: 6

Ingredients:
3 1/2 pound flat cut beef brisket (usually comes with spice packet which I use)
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 head of cabbage, cut into chunks
1 onion, quartered
1 cup brown sugar
1 12 ounce bottle of Guinness draught
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Directions:

1). Add carrots, cabbage, and onion to the slow cooker, and top with flat cut brisket. Top with brown sugar, mustard, spices, bay leaf, and cloves. Pour in Guinness and water. 2). Cover and cook on high for 5 hours, or on low for 10 hours.3). Slice corned beef across the grain, and serve with vegetables, and plenty of juice spooned over the top.

Serving Suggestions: You could easily add new potatoes in with the corned beef to cook, but I like mine served with white truffle mashed potatoes on the side. Of course, any leftover corned beef will make great sandwiches the next day!

Notes: Use a 4 quart (or larger) slow cooker. I like to use slow cooker liners for easy clean-up afterwards. If you do not have a slow cooker, cook in a large Dutch oven on the stovetop, simmering for 3 hours.
PS. What’s on your menu for St. Patrick’s Day?
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  • March 15, 2011
    2:38 pm

    The corned beef looks so tempting! I'm almost tempted to give in and eat meat for the day. If I did make it, does it have to have beer in it? I don't drink & don't have a drop of alcohol in the house, not sure what I'd use instead. I would probably make this for the friends helping me move next week.

  • March 15, 2011
    3:28 pm

    Hey Ruthee – you really do not taste the Guinness on it's own – the flavors ,eld quite well, nor will you get drunk with it in there (you don't eat meat you little rascal), but I think you could substitute apple juice. I love how you are game to try anything!

  • March 15, 2011
    3:48 pm

    WOW….that 3-tier cake looks great! A Leprechaun Hat top-tier – genius :)Yes this week I have my front hedge festooned in tri-colour bunting and 2 flags on one of the trees – going to the Parade in Dublin and will end up in The Clarence Hotel (owned by Bono) for a shamrock drowning cocktail.It's one of my favourite holidays because the atmosphere in Dublin is special – loads of visitors keen to chat and one of the microbreweries has a Stout festival – highlight of which is their Chocolate Stout.Happy St Patricks everyone & Jewels – come back soon!!! :D

  • March 15, 2011
    3:49 pm

    This sounds perfect to come home to after a long day at work. Open the front door and smell aroma. Yum!

  • March 15, 2011
    3:50 pm

    This sounds really yummy! Do you think this would work with a rump roast of the same proportions?

  • March 15, 2011
    3:53 pm

    Is HP sauce too ghetto for this? ;-)Christine Peake

  • March 15, 2011
    3:54 pm

    Your asking the girl that used to eat a tiny bit of egg doused in ketchup to get it down. Of course not, but mustard might be better.

  • March 15, 2011
    3:55 pm

    love it….lady I have so much product/events for you…lets chat soon pleeeeeeae xoxChristine Peake

  • March 15, 2011
    3:55 pm

    Oooh, I'll bet that would make good sandwiches on day two! The husband might even want seconds.Lane Morris Buckman

  • March 15, 2011
    3:56 pm

    my grandmother made this dish a lot when I was a kid. and yes we'd have sandwiches for two days. :-) thank you for sharing. I feel my Nanny right now.Angela Means

  • March 15, 2011
    3:57 pm

    I swear, Jewels, you crack me up! :DJennifer Grantham Eggensperger

  • March 15, 2011
    3:59 pm

    Sure you can Jennifer – I just like the texture of brisket.

  • March 15, 2011
    5:22 pm

    XO MMMmmmwwwuuuahhh! XO ;-)Jodi Wollitz

  • March 15, 2011
    7:31 pm

    I love corned beef & cabbage, love being IrishCarly Guerrero

  • March 15, 2011
    11:20 pm

    That looks delish Jewels! Yes, we are all Irish on St. Paddy's day!! Cupcakexo

  • March 15, 2011
    11:22 pm

    Cupcake – this entire week is dedicated to you with an overdose of cupcake love. Just wait til you see the next post!

  • March 16, 2011
    12:42 am

    You know me too well! I'll cook this up for my moving crew. They can eat meat at the table and I'll roast some veg for me. But I might surprise you (and me) and eat a slice. Then the leftover brisket goes home with my friends. They both take lunches to work,so it works out for all of us. Due to my meds, I haven't had a drink in over 20 years. The recipe is perfect to just be simmering away while we move furniture. Might even get up early that day to make brownies and cupcakes, with those leftovers going to a good home afterwards. It's a wonderful recipe, thank you so much. You saved me from ordering pizza! :)

  • March 16, 2011
    7:13 am

    My Bristolian husband is requesting one that says "Bonk me, I'm British!". Then, I worry he'll serve it to me! Then you'll be babysitting :-)Cynthia Zeman Godwin

  • March 16, 2011
    7:14 am

    ROTFLMAO! You know I'll be happy to babysit.

  • March 16, 2011
    4:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing….you gave me a great idea for something fun to make tomorrow for some good friends!!Nikki DeBruyn Klein

  • March 16, 2011
    4:59 pm

    We had corned beef for dinner last Sunday. Being Irish myself(I live in Dublin), I tend to soak my corned beef in cold water for as long as possible,then drain it before boiling both the meat and either my cabbage or sprouts in the same pot. Yes, the veg is boiled to within an inch of its life, but it's also taking on the flavour of the meat. And no-one likes rubbery veg, so it's a great way to convince kids to eat their veg…..at least I think so. :D

  • March 16, 2011
    5:04 pm

    Hey Skin_Diver – that is exactly how I started eating vegetables, and now I can't live without them. Using a slow cooker instead of boiling tends to leave the meat really tender without soaking, but I'll try that next time. What cut of beef do you use?

  • March 16, 2011
    7:01 pm

    My 25th Anniversary is on tomorrow and we are going to Austin for the day. I was looking for a slow cooker recipe for corned Beef and found yours.Lucky me! My partner says she has to have he traditional dinner but, I wasn't sure if I could leave the brisket unattended. Thanks to you a can put it on before we leave and we can enjoy it with a toast when we get home. Thanks you for the postwe will toast you before we eat!

  • March 17, 2011
    6:06 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful St. Pattys Day…:)…Denise Van Ness

  • March 17, 2011
    6:06 pm

    I want one xKatie Keeley Medium

  • March 17, 2011
    6:36 pm

    Ireland is on my bucket list of places to visit :) As for St. Patrick's Day – with a last name like Cleary, I kinda have to do a little something Irish for dinner so in the slow cooker I have Guinness braised beef plugging away and I'll be making my friend's fabulous Bailey's Irish Cream Puffs to end the meal.

  • March 17, 2011
    9:32 pm

    Yum! Happy St. Paddy's Day, Everyone! Enjoy!Karen Gilbert

  • March 17, 2011
    9:33 pm

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well! :)Aesea Neassa

  • March 17, 2011
    9:33 pm

    Oh that looks lovely!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!Mandi Jackson

  • March 17, 2011
    9:33 pm

    Yum! Happy St. Paddy's day!Rebecca Smith

  • March 18, 2011
    5:29 am

    hey my dear..have a happy st.patrick´s day….looks awesome :) u r the best..Steffken le Bon

  • March 17, 2015
    11:29 am

    Making this today for sure. I just have to pick up the all spice,bay leaf and guiness. Have you ever used purple cabbage instead? I bought a head of green and purple.

  • March 17, 2015
    11:38 am

    Hi – the purple cabbage might bleed color onto the everything else, but I see no reason why you can’t if you don’t mind that. J xo

    • March 17, 2015
      2:51 pm

      I mixed it with some green cabbage. I am using a dutch oven. Should my stove be medium-low heat for the 3 hours?

    • March 17, 2015
      3:34 pm

      Also, should the water & beer cover the meat? It doesn’t seem like enough liquid after I put it all in…

  • March 17, 2015
    3:48 pm

    These are really questions for members in the forum, but if you are using the oven instead of a slow-cooker you will need to adjust liquid and cook times.