For my Irish setting, I'm using the topper I made several years ago, with a shamrock plant in a red basket to pick up the colors of the ladybugs in the fabric. The melamine shamrock plates are from Target and the red Cambridge flatware works well with the colors in the topper.
Here's a close-up of the kissing Leprechaun couple.
My Mom gave me the (very old) milk glass shamrock candle holders. Aren't they pretty?
I love the fabric with the shamrock's and the cute ladybugs!
I wrapped my green napkins with a doily and tied with a freestanding lace shamrock that I embroidered on my sewing machine.
This pasta was found at World Market. We usually eat Dreamfields pasta, but I just couldn't resist this, plus it was FREE because I had a $10.00 coupon that they sent me for my birthday! Woo hoo!!!
We visited the Biltmore Estate last August and somehow we go on their mailing list. They sent this
recipe and I thought it sounded good and easy! It's even easier than this one. Having the heavy cream as an ingredient eliminates the roux. It's a delicious Lenten meal. Of course, you can always add leftover ham after Easter.
2 cups macaroni, cooked (I undercooked a few minutes)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream (I will use 1/2 cup less next time)
1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (I omitted)
Place cooked macaroni into baking dish.
In a saucepan, heat cream and add Gouda and half of the Parmesan. Whisk vigorously over low heat, making sure not to let bottom scorch. When cheese is melted into cream, pour mixture over macaroni. Sprinkle panko and rest of Parmesan on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until brown.
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