I am such a sucker for holidays - even St. Patrick's day.
It was the first holiday Ryan and I celebrated together after becoming a Mr. & Mrs.
And seriously, what's not to love about any reason excuse for creating fun family traditions.

Our first St. Patty's was a dinner of all green.
This year we took it a different direction.
Because in all of our 29 years neither Ryan nor I had ever tried corned beef!
Shocking, I know.
So it was long overdue that a traditional Irish menu make an appearance.
Also because Ireland is the country my hubs most wants to visit.
It was surprisingly easy and the corned beef tasted just as I always imagined it would - Spicy!

I'm all about shortcut cooking so I just bought a corned beef packet.
And then -because I have class till 7:00- threw in potatoes, onions, carrots, tons of my all time favorite cabbage, along with the seasoning packet and some of that apple bear into the crock-pot to stew.
Ryan whipped up the traditional soda bread (this stuff is GOOD!)
and then a couple bottles of faux beer (aka: apple bear) topped it all off.

We are mildly obsessed with trying ethnic foods in celebration of holidays.
Even if it's not that great tasting we love the experience of trying something so different.
It makes everything so fun and just gets you in the mood of things.

And just for the fun of it - a little comparison.
 Our first green day together -and now look at us- five years later.
Same tablecloth, same plates, same excitement for St. Patrick himself!