Making use of thrift shop and yardsale supplies, you can whip up some easy but impressive St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Watch my video to get the handy how-tos.
I spent a “little” time on the weekend making some really easy, but super impressive treats for St. Patrick’s Day! I took them to the office yesterday, along with some hand-crafted St. Patrick’s Day decorations (stay tuned for another YouTube video for the craft projects!) I caught one of my colleagues taking a photo of my presentation. That made me feel really good! You can check out how easy these were to make on my YouTube channel:
First up? Mint chocolate M&M cookies! While I was visiting the States last month I picked up these M&Ms. I’m not sure if they are available in Canada or not. Often I find there is much more variety in the US of many products. I also got a bag of Neapolitan M&Ms stateside, but my son claimed those as partial payment for cat sitting services.
Mint Chocolate M&M Cookies
Soft and chewy.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pkg M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
- In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients with creamed ingredients.
- Stir in M&Ms, reserving some to press into the centre of the cookie.
- Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1.5″ balls. Do not press, as cookies will spread during baking.
- Bate 8-10 minutes until the cookies are just browned. Remove from oven, and allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet.
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
Who doesn't love marshmallow treats?
- 1/2 cup of butter, plus extra to grease pan
- two 250g bags of marshmallows
- Family Size box of Lucky Charms 20.5oz
- Grease a 10×15″ pan with butter.
- Melt butter over low heat in a large stock pot.
- Stir in mini marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in cereal.
- Pour mixture into pan and press evenly.
- Allow to cool, and cut into squares
Irish Cream Chocolate Fudge
Rich and decadent - and boozy.
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3 cups of mini marshmallows
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 Irish Cream
- 200g pkg of semisweet chocolate chips
- Grease 8″x 8″pan, line with 2 pieces of parchment paper, butter the paper and set aside.
- Mix butter, marshmallows, sugar, chocolate chips, and heavy cream in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until marshmallows are completely melted.
- Remove from heat. Stir in Irish Cream until combined.
- Pour into prepared pan and allow to cool.
- Once cooled, refrigerate for an hour to set.
- Remove from pan and cut into 36 squares.
I purchased this piece of sheet music dated 1919 from the Salvation Army. Something this special deserves to be preserved and enjoyed, so I whipped up a quick how-to video showing how easy it is to marry two thrifted items together to create a lovely piece of decor. The main point is – – you don’t need special tools, and you don’t need special skills, so don’t be intimidated by the idea of framing art. Just do it!
I hope you’ll enjoy the video linked below showing some of the St. Patrick’s Day decorative items I’ve picked up in the last two weeks or so. I’m excited to decorate!