Irish Roots

With St. Patricks day just days away I thought it time to make our Liesel school themes revolve around shamrocks and green and everything Irish. We have enjoyed a week full of fun green activities: Painting shamrocks, making leprechauns, eating green vegetables ( an added bonus to pushing the holiday) and green popcorn, as well as green rice for sensory while searching for gold coins. This week has definitely been a treat!! It is funny how holidays ( even those you never really thought much about) become amazingly fun and interesting with kids:).


Raise your hand if you like green popcorn!!


In attempt to get in touch with my inner Irish roots, I decided to make a Corned Beef dinner. Having never attempted this meal before, I was slightly nervous. It turns out the meal was extremely easy to throw together and loved by all of us! While shopping at Trader Joes last weekend I spotted a brisket on sale. Grabbed some cabbage, turnips, carrots and onions and we were in business! Here is the recipe I followed.

2lbs Corned Beef Brisket, lean
1c pearl onions
2 medium turnips peeled, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
4-5 red skin potatoes, quartered
1 medium cabbage, cut into 6ths
1/4c parsley, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4tsp whole peppercorns
3c water

Trim all fat off of the brisket. Place all the ingredients into your slow cooker, except cabbage.


Cook on low for 6 hours. Add in chopped cabbage and cook on high for an additional 1-2hours. I waited until meat was fork tender. As an additional side I mashed the red skin potatoes from to pot with a little garlic. Mmm. The O’Keefe and McGinnis lineages would have been pleased.


I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish Blessings,

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


4 thoughts on “Irish Roots

  1. St Patrick’s Day is so fun! Good job with the corned beef. We made a potato, cabbage and green onion dish, but I am haven’t attempted corned beef. I think next year I will! Cheers!

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