Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Decor in the Dining Room *plus* an Irish Recipe

This year I decorated the dining room for St. Patrick's Day, and I'll decorate the kitchen and family room for Easter this week.

The cookies are from Continental Bakery

Plates, placemats, napkins, baskets, and shamrock crock:  Longaberger
Bowls:  Biscuit from Anthropologie
Small flower bowls, candle, and napkin rings:  Pier 1
Centerpiece:  Mosaicwares
Pilar candleholder:  Pottery Barn
Shamrock plates on stand:  Homegoods

Dinner Menu:
Guinness Stout Beef Stew
Corn muffins
Mixed greens salad
Shamrock cookies

Guinness Beef Stew

1 bottle of Guinness stout beer
2 pounds stew meat
2 yellow onions, medium, diced
2 carrots, large, diced
6 new potatoes, large, diced
24 ounces beef broth
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
Rosemary and thyme to taste
1/2 stick butter
1 cup flour, seasoned with pepper
salt and pepper to taste


1.   Place beef and flour in zipper bag.  Shake to cover beef with flour.

2.   Melt butter in large pot.  Place seasoned beef into pot and allow to cook to golden brown.

3.   Transfer meat to crock pot.  Add Guinness and beef broth to pot.  Add the vegetables and seasoning, and cook on high for four hours or low for six to eight hours.  Check it every so often in case you need to add a little water to the stew.

Serves: four

I posted this recipe before, but it was on a Q&A post.  I thought you might have missed it!
I didn't make a photo of the stew because it looks like vomit, but trust tastes really good!

Linking to:
Cuisine Kathleen

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Molto carina la tua tavola!Baci,Rosetta

  2. Oh how beautiful, shamrocks all over in such lovely and cute things. Wish I had a little cookie cutter as a shamrock to bake some Irish cookies, lol.. Yeah, hehehee..stew looks like vomit when pictured, LOL!!.. but it's so yummy! Thanks for the recipe, sweetie! Happy St. Pat's week.

  3. That beef stew sounds wonderful! I know for a fact my husband would love it. I'll run this one by him. Your dining room looks pretty and springy. :)

  4. pretty! Love the shamrock placemats and napkins. Of course I recognize the Pier 1 stuff. I love those green flowers. I want those too. The dinner menu really sounds like fun. I haven't really celebrated St. Patrick's Day in a long time. We used to always have irish soda bread and guiness or green beer which was always terrible.

  5. Very cute! I love all the green and the plants are such a good idea. Those place mats are darling!

    Your stew recipe looks so good. I love the ones that cook slow. I had to laugh about it looking like vomit...I find it very hard to photograph food, it looks just plain ugly!


  6. Lovely St. Patrick's Day table! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the stew. I've always heard of Guinness Stew, but never tried it.

  7. I suppose using my shamrock cookie cutter as a little decoration is really aiming far too low, and I ought to bake up some cookies! My green shamrock plants are all feeling blah, but the purple ones are very happy!

  8. I love the shamrock placemats and napkins!
    O I think I will plant some clover for st patty's day.
    Can I hire you as my personal cook?
    Thanks ;)

  9. I love your little touches of St. Patty's Day in your kitchen. Your house is so pretty! Love the Longaberger baskets - I think that's what they are.

  10. Your table is so pretty and fun. Love 4 leaf clovers. Cookies are too cute to. Stew sounds good, usually the dishes that look bad are the best!! Happy week!

  11. What a cute table!! And thanks for the recipe for the stew, I have always wanted to make it :) Hope all is well with you guys, it's been a while! Have a great St Paddy's day, and I'll let you know how it goes with the stew :)
    xoxoxo, Andrea

  12. Very festive and your recipe for the stew, looks great. I

  13. So pretty Rickie, I love Irish stew, my mom would make it and even as a little kid I loved it! She was half Irish and I regret not getting the recipe from her! Love your longaberger!

  14. Your St. Paddy's table is full of good luck, and that menu sounds delicious. Wish I could pull up a chair and join you. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Ricki Jill! ~ sarah

  15. Hi Ricki! I love the shades of green. It looks so refreshing and inviting. Wish I can be invited especially when I saw the cookies ;)

    Have a great week Ricki!

    PS I'm looking forward for your Easter table :)

  16. Love your St. Paddy's Day preparations Ricki Jill! That basket is adorable! The pink ties in perfectly on purpose with your MC!

  17. I just realized I don't have any St. Patrick's Day decor. We usually just decorate for Easter.

    I've decided I want to make a Guinness Chocolate Cake for Sunday.

  18. I don't think I'm going to be home on St. Patrick's Day this year. I usually cook a corned beef. I guess I'll have to cook it another day.

  19. Your setting is fun, love that gorgeous Longaberger basket and accessories-enjoy:@)

  20. Love the table.. so pretty and festive. The recipe looks wonderful.. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's day and sending all the good Irish blessings your way.. xo marlis

  21. Hi! I'm visiting from Kathleen's blog crawl! What a neat table! I LOVE the napkin rings! I don't think I've seen those at the local Pier 1 stores. They're really big...and I LIKE big on the table! :-) I often look at cookies like the ones you have here and wonder how on earth they manage to have such a steady hand to outline them like that. I have tried and tried, but mine turn out all wiggly every time! Have a safe and happy weekend!!!

  22. Very pretty table, Ricki Jill...really like your placemats and napkins. Those cookies look huge and yummy!

  23. I love this, those placemats are so pretty! The basket liner is adorable!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the 5th Annual Blog Crawl! shall we go for #6? :)


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