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You asked for it! A new series of online magazines to feed your creativity! You'll find good food and great ideas to entertain your family and friends! Hope you enjoy the tablescapes, ideas for celebrations, recipes and a pinch of food history!

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We celebrated Valentine's Day in a restaurant this year, and we usually have a family dinner.  That made me want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at my house! We always celebrated my daddy's March 18th birthday with a St. Patrick's theme. He's been gone a few years, but I still like to think the cake is all for him! 

Since Phoebe has really started paying attention to tablescapes and themes, I try to make them extra special with real meaning.  "Inspire" was the word theme this time!  I didn't inspire her to eat. Instead this meal inspired her to go decorate her bedroom (at my house) for Easter!  Whatever works!

Our centerpiece was composed with a few things that I had in different places throughout the house.  However, Phoebe and I had just recently found the Belleek candle holder and the tiny Irish cottage ornament at our favorite collectible shop!

Our little purple grape room is back to being a tiny dining room. I designed it fifteen years ago as a "wining women" room!  A place for gathering and sipping.  Phoebe came along and it was transformed to a room where we could have a baby bed.  Now we are back to wine and food, so we christened it with a St. Patrick's Day family dinner!  The chocolate cake made with a bottle of Irish beer might have been the focal point of the traditional corned beef meal! Actually, "traditional" it was not.  I cooked the corned beef in the crock pot until it was fork tender and served it with a brown sugar grainy mustard glaze.  Instead of cooking cabbage, potatoes and carrots with the meat ... I made tiny smashed potatoes and broiled them with a smokey Gouda pimento cheese topping. I stir fried the cabbage and thinly sliced carrots so they would be crisp tender.

Our place setting was casual.  Pioneer Woman polka dotted plates; honeybee flatware is Cambridge. Don't you love the Celtic knot napkin rings?  I like to use a sheer fabric when I want a tablecloth on this table, so we can still tell that it has a glass top.

Hope you had a lucky St. Patrick's Day!  I think any time Phoebe visits me ... I am a lucky grandma!