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St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

I love me a good recycled craft…and this one is “green” in all senses of the word!  Made from recycled items and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this beer bottle vase is so easy to make and would look adorable on your table or mantle.  This is a great way to use up those Guinness bottles you have lying around, as well as some left over felt scraps from projects you’ve done before.

A few weeks ago I posted a Felt Flower Tutorial, as well as a Felt Shamrocks Tutorial.  Both of those will come in handy when making this cute little St. Pattie’s craft.

St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

Materials:

  • 1 empty beer bottle, label removed, washed and dried
  • Various scraps of green and white felt
  • Green and white felt (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
  • Craft pipe cleaners (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Needle and green embroidery thread

Directions:

Follow the directions for the Felt Flower Tutorial to make the flowers for your vase.  If you’d rather use real flowers or no flowers at all, simply ignore this step.

Follow the directions for the Felt Shamrocks Tutorial to make 3 green shamrocks, as well as 1 white one.  Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like.  I happened to have felt in “True Green”, “Forest Green”, and “Sage Green”…so those are the shamrocks I created.  I also made a white one and did a simple stitch in green thread around the edge of the shamrock.

I also created a little belt to go around the bottle.  I made this out of the “Sage Green” felt and 2 strips of white felt.  Glue the shamrocks to the felt belt.

When you have your shamrocks arranged and glued to the belt, simply glue it all to your beer bottle.  Add your flowers and you’re good to go!  This is a really fun and economical idea for table centerpieces or party favors.

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How to Make Felt Shamrocks

Man oh man…this week has just zoomed by!  I can’t believe we’re heading into March already…and let me tell you, spring can’t get here soon enough!

Today I have a fun little felt craft for all you lucky Irish lassies out there.  With some left over felt scraps and a needle and thread, you can easily make this felt shamrock, perfect for hair clips, headbands, or whatever you’d like.

All you need to do is cut out four felt shapes that look like this.  Line them up in a row and weave the needle and thread through the bottom of all four shapes.

Here’s what it looks like after the needle and thread have been weaved through all four pieces of felt.

Finally, take both ends of the string and pull, forcing the four felt pieces to bunch up together.  Tie a couple knots to keep the strings secure and you have a cute little shamrock!  You can cut off the excess threads or use them to help secure your shamrock to a package, headband, or whatever you’d like.

Come back next week for a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft using this cute felt shamrock!

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8 Clever Uses for Guinness

Guinness.  It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without it.  It’s near impossible to think that us Irish folk would use Guinness for anything other than drinking, so here are some fun Guinness facts for you.  I wish you all a very happy St. Pattie’s day!  Have a Guinness…”It’s Good for You.”

1.  Guinness is not only brewed in the Land of the Green…it’s made in over 150 countries, including Nigeria and Indonesia.

2.  Hard to believe by looking at it, but a pint of Guinness is less than 200 calories.  That’s less than what most people drink on a daily basis, including milk.

3.  The old saying that Irish people have “Guinness in their blood” may not be far from the truth.  Supposedly pregnant women in Ireland drink a glass of Guinness every day to fortify themselves and their baby.

4. You can also thank Guinness for that yearly book of world records that we all enjoy reading.  In 1954, the head executive of Guinness Beer commissioned a handy reference book filled with facts as a means for him to settle disputes with friends and acquaintances.  The first edition of said book, The Book of Records, was a promotional item Guinness gave to bars to thank them for buying their beer and to use to help settle disputes before a bar fight broke out.

5.  Although nothing says Irish Pride like a good frothy pint of Guinness, Great Britain actually holds the record as the country that consumes the most Guinness.  Ireland comes in second, followed by Nigeria, the United States, and Cameroon.

6.  Despite the fact that Ireland is in a close second regarding the Guinness drinking record, it’s still the #1 drink sold in Ireland…and Guinness easily makes roughly 2 billion dollars annually.

7.  A perfect pour of Guinness should take 199.50 seconds.

8.  Guinness is an amazing addition to tons of recipes.  Try it in chocolate cake, beef stew, french toast, and much more.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish and “Irish for a day” friends out there!  Slainte!

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Irish Soda Bread

Well, today is the start of Irish Week at The Hobbee Hive!  So what better way to kick it off than with some delicious Irish soda bread!  This bread is beyond easy to make and tastes great with some butter or jelly.  Toast a couple slices the day after you make it and you’ve got a delicious breakfast.  Also makes great bread for french toast.

Luck O’ the Irish Soda Bread

IRISH SODA BREAD

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 TB brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup raisins

1.  In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and buttermilk.  Stir into flour mixture just until moistened.  Fold in raisins.

*If you accidently use both eggs, like I did, don’t worry.  It will turn out fine…you’ll just have very moist dough…but it will taste amazing.

2.  Knead on a floured surface for 1 minute.  Shape into a round loaf; place on a greased baking sheet.  Cut a 1/4″ deep cross in top of loaf.  Beat the remaining egg and brush over loaf.

*If you used both eggs in the recipe, don’t worry about brushing another egg on top.  It will shine beautifully.

3.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

Guinness + Chocolate = The most delicious and moist cake you’ve ever had.  You don’t even need frosting for this bad boy…the cake fights a pretty good fight on its own.

Guinness Chocolate Cake

1 cup Guinness

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

3/4 cups cocoa powder

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoons salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350.

Bring 1 cup of stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat.  Add cocoa powder and whisk until smooth.  Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.  Beat eggs and sour cream in another bowl and beat until blended.  Add stout mix to egg mixture and beat just to combine.  Add flour mixture and beat on slow speed.  Bake about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Guinness Cupcakes

I saw a picture of Guinness cake a few days ago and was inspired to try something similar.  Here is a recipe for Guinness cupcakes with Irish coffee flavored frosting.  Delish.

Guinness cupcakes!

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Guinness (Extra Stout, DO NOT use draft)

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into slices

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

¾ cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

FROSTING RECIPE TO FOLLOW

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line or grease your cupcake tins.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan.  Turn on medium heat and add the butter.  Heat until butter is melted.  Whisk in cocoa and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Turn the heat off the Guinness and slowly add about 1 cup of the batter into the sour cream mixture, whisking continuously (to temper the eggs).  Add the sour cream mixture into the Guinness mixture ad finally whisk in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Pour cake batter into tin and bake about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 24 cupcakes.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into slices and at room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream (any flavor is fine)**

**I personally do not like Bailey’s, so I used 2 tablespoons Irish coffee flavored ice cream.  I let it melt to a liquid and it worked just fine.  This would also be delicious with cold coffee.

Cream the butter on high speed for about 3 minutes.  Add the Bailey’s (or liquid of your choosing) and mix thoroughly.  Slowly add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until well blended.  If your frosting is too hard, add more liquid…to runny, add more powdered sugar.

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