Feast Fit for an Irishman

I abandoned my inner German/Sweed and let Ryan’s Irish heritage rub off on me a bit when creating tonight’s dinner.

Before I left for work, I placed a large piece of corned beef in the crock pot with four bay leaves, 6 cups of water, pepper, and 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar.

(I would like to add that I cut the biggest hunk of fat off this meat before putting it in the slow cooker. Gross!)

When we arrived home after work, the apartment smelled unbelievable. Corned beef is so aromatic and the scent of it in the air made my mouth water almost immediately.

Dog Park

Before digging into dinner, we took Sadie to the dog park to run off some of her never-ending energy.

Ready for Action

"Meet My Best Friend... Ball."

Playtime in Progress

Even though playing fetch, sniffing around and running the trails are Sadie’s top priorities when we’re at the park, she still makes some time for some lovin’.

Me & My Girl

Ryan & His Lil' Lady


When we arrived home, the smell was as strong as ever!

It took some serious patience to wait 20 minutes after adding the chopped cabbage to the crock pot to dig into our Irish feast. What choice did we have though? We needed to have cabbage with our corned beef!

Finally it was time!

Corned Beef

I filled my plate with three slices of the corned beef and copious amounts of cabbage.


My Irish Feast

I love this meal. It really is one of my all-time favorites!

St. Patrick’s Day Love

I leave you with this loving St. Patrick’s Day picture I snapped off the St. Patrick’s Day card my family sent to me, Ryan and Sadie.

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Irish Foods

My lunch today did not contain one single Irish food. I’m a bad non-Irishman. 😉

Instead, I paid homage to Italy (where I am also not from), and enjoyed pasta!

Non-Irish Lunch

Wednesday's Lunch

My noodle bowl contained:

  • Carba Nada egg fettuccine
  • Emeril’s roasted gaaahlic + Classico tomato basil pasta sauce
  • Broccoli
  • Mushroom
  • No Parmesan cheese because I somehow forgot it! AHHHH.

Can you spot them all? 😉

Irish Foods

I am making a traditional Irish meal for dinner tonight… Mainly because corned beef and cabbage is one of my all-time favorite meals.

It is often a front-runner for my birthday dinner request.

Aside from corned beef and cabbage, beer and Irish soda bread (duh), I am not too well-versed in Irish cuisine.

I did a quickie internet search and found a list of traditional Irish foods:

  • Potatoes
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Beets
  • Fish (halibut, cod, trout, herring, salmon, haddock)
  • Irish stew
  • Lamb
  • Shepherd’s Pie

Are you enjoying any Irish foods today?

I wish I was enjoying Shepherd’s pie. Yum!

Kiss Me, I’m NOT Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hooray for a fun holiday! I love the collage of green I’m seeing everywhere today.

Are you wearing green today?

You bet your booty I am! 😀

Sportin' the Green

Kiss Me! I'm Not Irish!

When I saw this t-shirt a couple years ago, I scooped it up immediately.

Are you Irish?

I’ve always felt a little left out on St. Patrick’s Day since I’m not even the tiniest bit Irish, so this t-shirt makes me feel better about my German and Swedish heritage (at least I think that’s what I am).


I thought about trying to make something green for breakfast, but that idea went out the window pretty quickly when I remembered the recipe I saw in Oxygen magazine yesterday for chocolate protein pancakes.

Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please.

I only needed three ingredients to make the ‘cakes.

Cottage Cheese + Egg Whites + Chocolate Protein Powder

I blended 1/8 c. cottage cheese, 2 egg whites and a scoop and a half of All the Whey chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder with my immersion blender until I had a smooth batter.

After cooking the pancakes on the griddle (two minutes per side), I was ready to diiiig in.

Cookin' 'Cakes

Aaaalmost Done


I topped my pancakes with sliced strawberries and syrup and enjoyed them with a hot mug of tea.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes with Strawberries and Syrup

St. Patty's Day Breakfast

The pancakes were absolutely delicious!

I think they would also be yummy dipped in Greek yogurt. Somethin’ to think about for the future…


Today’s workout was a goodie! I took a BodyPump class and followed it up with 25 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical.

Great way to start St. Patty’s Day!

Hope the luck of the Irish is with you today!😀