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Leprechaun Trap

Our leprechaun traps are a quite simple, yet hopefully effective design.

www.thegeminimama.com Leprechaun Traps

This was very easy to do with a two year old and a three year old.

The Gemini Mama Leprechaun Trap

 

Step 1 – K1 and I painted the boxes green on the outside while K2 took a longer nap.

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Step 2 – Let the outside of the boxes dry

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Step 3 – We decided to paint the insides gold, in hopes that it was help to attract the leprechaun.

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Step 4 – When you find painting boring seek the out of doors, and let mommy finish for you.

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Step 5 – When step 4 is not enough boredom cure, find inspiration in your sisters excitement for painting.

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Step 6 – STICKERS! Apply lots of stickers all over the box to create a disguise for your trap.

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Be sure to enjoy yourself.

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In the last photo he was playing with this one shamrock. It entertained him for a good  minutes. No interruption from me. You and Mr Shamrock have a great time.

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“No mom, I’m not done yet.”

 

Never. As long as there are still stickers, she will not be done.

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K1 still stickering, K2 still playing with Mr. Shamrock.

 

End Result;

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K2’s trap

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K1’s trap

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Both traps were made with lot’s of love, and the kiddos had fun. I think next year we will add glitter and such. Maybe K1 will even come up with her own trap design. Too soon?

 

They are really excited to catch a leprechaun. Let’s hope one finds us. (Although if they make only a small mess that would be okay too.)

 

Will a leprechaun be visiting your house tonight/tomorrow? What tricks do you have planned? (Seeking inspiration look here or here)

St. Patricks Day Revealed

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone yet again. This might seem late to some, but there was no way that I would have completed this post before the end of St. Patricks day, so then why rush? My little leprechaun tricks wouldn’t benefit you until next year anyway.



This year wasn’t as crazy as last year, but it was still something. 




The leprechaun forgot to make a trip to the store for a few prank items in addition to gold. That means that sadly there weren’t any treats. There were marsh mellows with green food dye on them. I thought they looked like poop. K2 did try to eat them, but since no one was dying for them they got thrown out before the dog could eat them.

I used the Ariel doll that you see hiding out at the table in this picture, along with green finger paint, to make all those fun footprints. If you wanted to do something smaller on a counter or something like that, I bet Barbie would work amazingly.



The leprechaun left the toilet paper where it belongs this year, but he (or she) did make a pit stop in the restroom. Where he left footprints on the toilet seat, and gold poop in the toilet.

Green food coloring alone does not stain, so I was able to do this the night before. Also gold glitter is great for St. Patrick’s day.



We knew exactly where he went because there were little green foot prints leading the way.



K1 was so upset at the mess the leprechaun left. You can see in this photo the stacked up couch pillows, and Chinese lanterns strewn about the floor. (He folded the laundry too, so not all bad) She was so distraught that daddy didn’t even get to finish reading her the note. When she found what was left behind in the bathroom, she was even more upset.

Green french toast makes everyone better, right? Well that worked here at least. It was the least frightening leprechaun trick of the day.

By the end of the day K1 found the leprechaun hilarious. She still tells me that the leprechaun went potty when we go to the bathroom. She also tells me that she wants to catch him. I continue to remind her that we have to wait until next year, but when she gets something in her little head it stays.

She thought that the yarn all over the house leading to her Easter basket was from the leprechaun too. Too many fictional creature maybe.

Gwen

Getting Ready for St. Patricks Day!

The reason to be GREEN is here again. You know St. Patrick’s day. I love this holiday. Maybe because I am Irish, and from a very Irish city. (like my great grandma came straight off the boat, from Ireland) I grew up on the parade route in Holyoke, MA, which according to this website ranks 7th best St. Patricks Day parade, and boasts 2nd largest in the US. So yea, for me it’s kind of a big, fun, deal.

Oh yea, we grow these here. 

As a kid we never had any leprechaun tricks, that was never really my mom’s style. I really love it though, it’s super fun. I have no idea what I will come up with this year. Pretty sure we will figure it out Saturday night. We’re cool like that and plan ahead and all.
The kids and I will head out and off to meet a friend at the local St. Patrick’s day parade. I love the parade, and so did K1 last year. Even though it was raining, she still loved it. Fortunately this year there will be no rain, woohoo!
Last year I went all sorts of crazy and had Irish food for a week. (here were my results)It was really super fun, and I will do it again, but not this year. Sunday I will just be making, plain Jane, good old, corned beef and cabbage. I prefer bangers and mash, but still love corned beef and cabbage. I normally make it a few times a year, but have not made any since last year, so it will be extra special.

What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans? Have any great prank ideas your willing to share?

Gwen

Irish recipes tested

Okay, okay, so it has been a few months. Your right five of them, but still, you will be prepared for next year. Remember this post about preparing for St Patrick’s day? No? Okay I will wait for you to refresh.

Got it? Okay. I really did try all of those recipes. There was the great, the good, and the not so good. I also added a recipe to the list, halfway through the week.

Bangers and Mash

I guess we can start with the Bangers and Mash. As you can see from my onion mixture in the photo I do not have gravy browning handy. Clearly I don’t think that it changes the taste of anything, but I will say that it looks a lot different. Food is like 70% visual, so I was taught while working in restaurants. I would say use the browning gravy. I was not quite in love with the sausage I obtained, which effected how everything blended together. Bland might be a great choice of sausage for this recipe.

Mini Shepard’s Pies

This is a make again recipe, for sure.

Naturally I made Corned beef and cabbage. I did not take any photo’s because it’s pretty basic and I figure everyone has already seen it at least once in their life.

I also made the Guinness stew as planned. I did not enjoy it. The stew was edible, but the taste was something that no one in the house really liked. It seemed to be missing something.

When a recipe has promise it is always worth trying again and making an adjustment. This recipe just is not in our taste pallet and we will not be making it again. Probably ever.

I also made this fun spin on the classic Shepard’s Pie. It was fun to try something different, but I wouldn’t call it Shepard’s Pie. The tomato taste really makes you feel your eating something else. They were tasty and great. Two per person was not enough. My DD even ate two of them herself. If you are planning on making these for more than two people, make a double batch. You won’t regret it I promise. I will make these again, but not when I am craving Shepard’s Pie.

 I also made this Irish Whiskey Cake. It was not photo worthy, I have never actually used a bundt pan, so the cake did not come out in one piece. This cake was super chocolaty, and tasty. I kept the broken part aside and did not add liquor to it, so kids could have some safely. It was great either way! If you know how to properly bake in a bundt pan, and enjoy chocolaty tasty-ness, try it. You can omit whiskey if desired.

Irish soda bread, and Full Irish Breakfast were both tasty.

Lastly I leave you with the addition. A gem. We have made this twice already. Dubliner stuffed chicken. At first glance the recipe looks a bit daunting. It is worth it. Totally! We used cheese on hand, nothing special. (I think Swiss) Just a tip, I would suggest using more cabbage than suggested. It’s good for you, and to me, the salty bacon taste is a bit too strong. Love, love, love this one.


Enjoy!


Gwen

Leprechaun tricks

We were had, prankster!
Okay, so ye ole leprechaun came to our house last night. He did sooo much! Definitely up to mischief.

No it’s not Mickey Mouse. Or not intended to be anyway.

The water come out of our bathroom faucet green, the tub was full of balloons, K1’s bathwater was green. He stickered mommy and daddy’s faces while they were sleeping, spewed Lucky Charms from upstairs to down stairs, flipped over chairs and toys, toilet papered the living room, turned the water in the fridge green, left green footprints outside and gold nuggets. He even made the breakfast pancakes green! He got mommy too. The coffee creamer was green unexpectedly.

Art work and Lucky Charms.

In return he gave the dog a new green bandanna. He left gold “nuggets” where he caused mayhem, and “pooped” in shoes …. But covered the “poop” with Skittles and Nuggets.

Leprechaun “Poop” and Gold Nuggets.

I have to admit it was lots of fun. I can see how it will get harder as babies get older. Really we can talk about this in front of them right now and they don’t know, so it’s easier. I mean I took K1 shopping with me.  Either way definitely a tradition we will keep up.

After just 1 roll of TP

It’s fun making a mess of the house on purpose. Pretty sure DD (K1) would have had fun toilet papering the living room.

Our pranks cost a total of $15. $10 of that cost was the candy, which was also not what I wanted. Tell me why I couldn’t find chocolate gold coins anywhere? Definitely fun fun.

Me, that lady, dressed up for the parade

Did you get pranked today? What happened?

You can still enter into my giveaway for The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs here.

Gwen

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