Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patty's Day in Milwaukee

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

St. Patty's Day has always been a special one for me. When I was a younger gal, my friends and I would take off of work early and head down to Water Street in Milwaukee to save a bar-stool and therefore get a front row seat to whatever shenanigans were about to transpire. We'd have some green beer, a bit of Irish stew, and fun would be had by all.

St. Patrick's Day is still a special time, although the fun we have is slightly different. It's more of a family affair now. I decorate the table with cheesy Irish decorations:

and we have a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. I also make Irish soda bread from an awesome recipe I got from Martha Stewart's baking book.

Sometimes just for fun, I've made these rainbow cupcakes, served with some chocolate "gold" coins (like the gold found at the end of the rainbow - get it?).

Last year the weather was so nice I made a couple of glass sculptures (green, inspired by the holiday) while my corned beef boiled away on the stove inside.

This year, the weather isn't nearly as nice. The sculpture I made last year that looked like this on St. Patty's Day:

Now looks like this:

By now you're probably thinking that St. Patty's Day is when I break out all kinds of dorkiness, but I can assure you it's not even close to the times I really act like one.


  1. Love it, Cherie - thanks for showing us your traditions.

  2. WOW - you put me to shame :) I barely remembered it was a holiday.

  3. St. Patrick's Day is no big deal with us, though I did happen to wear green this year. I loved seeing how you celebrate it though, Cherie. What fun! You are pretty amazing with your multi-tasking. Cooking and creating glass sculpture at the same time is impressive!

    I can't wait until the snow melts to reveal your sculpture again. Thank you for the delightful post. I always enjoy reading what you write.

  4. My mom makes terrific soda bread and corned beef and cabbage, but we prefer it without raisins.

  5. I love Irish soda bread and am with Mary Allen--just plain. :)

    I have a wee bit of blarney and Irish ancestors so love the holiday and St. Patrick's story. Fun, Cheri!


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