Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’ve never seen so much green as I have these last few weeks! St. Patrick’s Day decor has been everywhere!  I must admit I got caught up in the Irish holiday myself…


My interested was sparked by a customer who requested shamrock wine glasses and I painted a few for myself while I was painting theirs…


a few sparkling shamrocks and coins, some green and white, and a vignette emerged in the kitchen…


and of course I couldn’t stop there, I had to do a tablescape or two,  cabbage and clover


and…a dinner of lamb and potatoes

pot of gold thepaintedapron.com

then a visit to a Leprechaun Village of course…


for some Baileys over coffee rocks

cheese 4 leaf clover thepaintedapron.com

and a Cheddar-chive 4 leaf clover,

Baileys cupcakes 3 thepaintedapron.com

then Baileys Cupcakes for dessert…

But I may have saved the best for last

potato soup & reubens thepaintedapron.com

Potato Soup and Mini Reubens!

This is my lightened up version of these comfort foods, I hope you enjoy!

EASY CROCKPOT POTATO SOUP      for a printable version click here

1 30 oz. bag of frozen, shredded hash browns {I used Ore Ida}

3 14oz. cans of chicken broth

1 can Healthy Request Cream of Celery soup

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

1 pkg.  low fat cream cheese {don’t use fat free.  It WON’T melt!!!}

grated sharp Cheddar, chopped chives for garnish

In a crockpot, combine everything EXCEPT for the cream cheese.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.  About 1 hour before serving, add cream cheese and keep heated until thoroughly melted.  Blend with an immersible blender to smooth.  If you transfer to a regular blender, take care, hot soup expands! Do it slowly in batches.  Garnish as desired.  Serves 6.


MINI REUBEN SANDWICHES     for a printable version click here

2 slices cocktail rye bread per sandwich

2 very thin slices corned beef per sandwich {I use Carl Buddig packaged sandwich meat}

1 T Thousand Island dressing per sandwich

1/2 slice or 1/2 oz.  Havarti cheese per sandwich

2 T chopped sauerkraut, rinsed, drained and squeezed dry, per sandwich

cooking oil spray

Assemble sandwiches by spreading dressing over 1 slice of cocktail rye, topping with sauerkraut, corned beef, cheese and remaining bread slice.  Place sandwiches in a skillet sprayed with cooking oil spray, over medium heat and cook until bottom is toasted and flip over.  Cook until cheese is melted and sandwich is toasted on both sides.  Approximately 170 calories per sandwich.


The  shamrock glasses are from JMdesigns

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today?  What is your favorite Irish food, I would love to hear!


I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

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Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Design Decor Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS


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4 Responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
  1. Barbara F. says:

    I am so making this soup, tomorrow!! Love your shamrock wine glasses. xo

  2. Potato soup AND mini Reubens?!??!!! You lucky, lucky, and very FULL I’m sure, girl!!!! Man, that sounds good! You really DID get caught up in the Irish spirit this year!!!!!!

    • Guess what, this is now my official favorite holiday! My daughter just had a baby! We are waiting at the hospital right now to meet our new grand daughter born on St Pat’s! Lucky indeed! Jenna

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  3. FABBY says:

    Oh, I love potato soup and those mini Reubens look great,although I never had them before!!! I love the Irish holiday with St. Patty’s..although I’m noy Irish AT ALL, LOL!! Thank you for coming by and yeah, we both nap watching ANY movie..heheheheee..we have to rewind the movie every time!! Have a super week.

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