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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

sproutnessySprout and Manipogo wanted to help greet you all today… I agreed since they are wearing their green! Sprout is the newest addition to the shop.

I am taking a 1/2 day to celebrate and cook today! The corned beef has been brining in the fridge for a few days. I found the recipe through Craftzine’s Blog. It was really pretty simple, you just have to give it at least 3 days to brine. The real recipe is here at Chow.com. I hope to have some good photos of it tomorrow.

I’ve actually been spending quite a bit of my free time cooking lately. I think the spring weather has me wanting to try new fresh recipes. Last Friday I used Martha Stewarts Lime Meltaway recipe to make orange meltaways.

orangemeltawaysI just basically substituted orange whenever the recipe called for lime. I’ve done this with lemon too, these are so nice with a cup of tea!

On Sunday I made a couple different things…. First was the cranberry lime scones I made for breakfast.

cranberrylimescones2Here is my recipe :

~preheat oven to 500 degrees
Sift together:
1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. sugar, I use turbinado sugar

cut in 1/4 cup very cold butter so you have little butter particles that are about the size of a small pea.
stir in:

zest of one lime

Juice from 1/2 of the lime
Enough milk to make 1/2 cup when added to lime juice, I use soy milk
1/2 cups chopped frozen cranberries

Round up on a floured surface. Knead very lightly. Pat out to about 1/2 inch thick. brush with 2-3 Tbs of milk and sprinkle 2 Tbs more sugar over top. Cut into wedges. place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes until golden brown.

Then on Sunday evening I used this recipe from RecipeZaar to make tortilla crusted tilapia.

tilapiaThe recipe worked out really well, I’ll be making this again and again!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a very nice St. Patrick’s Day!

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