St. Patrick’s Day Fun

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are wearing green today, so you won’t get pinched. To celebrate this Irish holiday, I thought I would share two quick and easy recipes.

Shamrock Punch:

Ingredients:

1 Carton of Lime Sherbet
1 2 Liter of Gingerale

Directions:

1. Scope the carton of lime sherbet into glasses or a punch bowl.

2: Top with gingerale, allowing to slightly melt before serving.
Shamrock Pretzel Pops:

Ingredients:

1 bag Mini Pretzels
1 bag Plain M&Ms (use only green ones)
1 bag Rolo candy
Cake/Cookie Pop Sticks
Green Ribbon
Parchment Paper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Arrange 3 mini pretzels into the shape of a shamrock, with the bottoms grouped together. Repeat this step until your cookie sheet is full of pretzel shamrocks.

3. Place an unwrapped Rolo candy into the center of each pretzel shamrock so that the Rolo is touching all three pretzels.

4.  Put the cookie sheet into the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes or until the caramel gets soft. Remove from oven.

5. Immediately after you remove from oven, do 2 things at once: 1) Place an M&M on the top of the Rolo and 2) insert pop stick into the bottom of the Rolo. Press gently down on the Rolo candy, adjusting the pretzels so that they are still grouped close.

6. Let pops cool completely.

7. Once cool, tie a ribbon bow around the pop stick.

Enjoy!

Sources: http://blog.jwillustrations.com/shamrock-pretzel-pops/

http://www.passionforsavings.com/2014/02/shamrock-punch-st-patricks-day/

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A Southern State of Mind

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

You can’t forget food when traveling! Whether it’s a mom and pop stop or a little hole in the wall place, Winston-Salem is full of delicious restaurants you don’t want to miss!

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The Tavern at Old Salem

Dine at an 18th century tavern and enjoy a classic American meal, inspired by the Moravians.

Source: http://thetaverninoldsalem.ws/

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Milner’s American Southern

Who doesn’t love an upscale Southern meal while traveling?

Source: http://www.milnerfood.com/

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Dairi-O

Dairi-O is one of my all-time favorite places to eat! Feast on one of their famous hot dogs or hamburgers. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream or a milkshake while you’re at it!

Source: http://www.dairios.com/

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The Olive Tree Deli

Definitely a mom and pop restaurant with the best Greek food in town! You can’t beat The Olive Tree Deli’s side of zucchini or chicken souvlaki.

http://www.theolivetree-deli.com/

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Bib’s Downtown

The love of BBQ rings true here in the Twin City. Bib’s Downtown is famously known for their hickory-smoked meats and tasty hush-puppies.

Source: http://www.bibsdowntown.com/

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Winston-Salem, North Carolina as Country Belle Chic’s first ever post in the “A Southern State of Mind” series! In a few weeks, I’ll take you on a trip to Emerald Isle, North Carolina! Who doesn’t love the beach in December?

Nana’s Banana Pudding

“Food-just one of the main staples of the South. If you are like me, you grew up on simple, home-grown recipes. The kitchen was always the best to be for family gatherings. I decided it was time to share one of my Nana’s recipes-Banana Pudding. Enjoy this Southern delight at your picnics and BBQ’s this summer! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • vanilla
  • salt
  • 1/2 box of vanilla wafers
  • 3 bananas
  • whipped cream

Directions:
1. Whisk together milk and egg yolks in a saucepan. Whisk in flour, sugar, and salt until smooth. Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in vanilla.
2. Spread out the vanilla wafers in the bottom of a small serving dish. Slice 1 banana and layer on top of the wafers. Spread 1/3 of the custard mixture over bananas. Repeat until bananas and custard are gone.
3. Spread whipped cream over pudding.
4. Serve immediately or cover and chill.