The Luck of the Irish

What did you think, that I'd let a holiday go by without a post? Sheesh, have some faith. Hello, my maiden name is O'NEILL. I wouldn't dare let my ancestors down by skipping St. Paddy's Day.

I spent most of my St. Paddy's Day in the kitchen - working with some Bailey's and Stout. I decided that I'd utilize my new cake ball making skills to make a holiday treat. I almost changed my mind when I found this Guinness and Bailey's Irish Cream cupcake recipe, but then I decided to use the Bailey's Irish Cream frosting in my cake pops. That's two birds with one stone - score! And green sprinkles for decoration, of course! 

I don't know where my Irish luck was on Sunday. It was not a smooth kitchen experience. First, my decision to use Devil Food cake was wrong. That had way too much Devil-ish taste (should've gone with plain ol' chocolate). Since I couldn't get the delicious Bailey cream frosting to "stand out" much, I thought, "hey, I'll add it to the chocolate." Well, that went blarney (I made that up - what I'm saying is that it was a flop). So I screwed up the "special" chocolate (not easy to find/get), and I had to purchase other chocolate. *Sigh* 

Oh, it continues. The chocolate wasn't setting right, and was too soft. Then as I did squiggles, the bag just exploded onto the balls. But I managed to forge on and finish, and then throw them in the fridge. I was all distraught, and whining to poor Josh all night about all the time I spent gone to waste, and should I even keep them? Yada yada. I ended up bringing them in to the office, and everybody loved them. Finally, my Irish luck returns. I ate one tonight and found that it was in fact quite tasty. Yes, my luck returned (thanks Irish ancestors). 

 Chocolate Bailey's Cake Balls

Chocolate Bailey's Cake Balls

Not only was I baking up a storm, I was also cooking up Beef and Guinness Stew for our Irish dinner. Okay, so I didn't use Guinness, for shame! Instead, we decided to take it a bit more local with Hub's stout. However, I swear this stew would totally be something the Irish would get on a cold, rainy Irish day. Plus I added potatoes. Go Irish!

 Stout Beef & Veggie Stew

Stout Beef & Veggie Stew

I did wear green, and I wore my Irish jewelry. I did my Irish duty.  

Happy St Patrick's day!