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

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

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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