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BACtrack Breathalyzer: The Life of Your St. Paddy's Party?

BACtrack Breathalyzer: The Life of Your St. Paddy's Party?

Drink safely with the help of this nifty little device

Breathalyzers have traditionally been expensive contraptions that were strictly the domain of law enforcement officials. But there’s a new device on the market, and not only is it incredibly easy to use, it slips into your pocket and remotely sends results directly to your mobile device.

It’s called BACtrack, and here’s how it works: you download the app to your smartphone, sync the device to your phone via Bluetooth, wait 15 minutes for your body to process any alcohol in your stomach, and blow. Your blood alcohol content is calculated in seconds. The app lets you save your results over time, take a photo or notes, and share your results should you feel so inclined. The law enforcement-grade fuel cell sensor can pick up even the smallest amounts of alcohol, down to .001 of a percent BAC.

BACtrack is an incredibly useful tool when you’re out with friends and want to see how close to the limit you are, and a fail-proof way to make sure that you don’t drive while intoxicated. It’s also fun to use: if you’re having a St. Patrick’s Day party, for example, and you’re curious to see what two pints of Guinness and a shot of Jameson will do to your BAC, this will tell you right away (obviously, don’t be downing Guinness and shots if you have to drive anywhere).

At about $150 it’s not cheap and certainly isn’t a toy, but for a device that could potentially end up saving lives, it’s a small price to pay.


7 Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers To Get the Party Started!

What better way to get St. Patrick’s Day off and running than with one or more of the delicious St. Patrick’s day appetizers below.

The luck of the Irish will be with you this St. Paddy’s day if you decide to serve up any of the mouthwatering starters below, just be sure to make more than enough as they will be devoured in no time by your fellow revellers.

All the appetizers below compliment a drink or three and will fit perfectly in with the St. Patrick’s day theme, as many of them are predominantly green in color.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s day is a big deal in our household, both sides of our family have Irish heritage, so we make sure every year on March the 17th we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick as it is sometimes called.

The day revolves around celebration with food, drinking and dancing as well as a good excuse to get dressed up in some fun green or leprechaun styled clothing.

We always spend the lead up days creating food, and we focus just as much on our appetizers as our main courses. Below you will find our favorite selections, we have made them all over the years and they are our go to choices for St Paddy’s day! I trust you will enjoy them too, let us know in the comments section if you do, or if you have your own favorite Appetizer you would like to share!

Shamrock Shaped Crisps (Chips) Recipe

These Shamrock shaped chips (or crisps as some of you may call them) are an easy and amazing looking St. Patrick’s day appetizer to prepare.

The Shamrock shape is perfect for the day as the shamrock is synonymous with Irish culture.

We usually pair them up with a dip like hummus, but they are equally delicious on their own.

Your guests will be delighted to munch on these shamrock chips.

Cheddar Guinness Dip

What could be more perfect to get your St. Patrick’s Day party started than this cheddar and Guinness flavored dip!

Guinness fans rejoice! This amazing tasting dip is infused with Guinness! Don’t be put off if you don’t enjoy the drink, the dip takes on a unique flavor on its own, you will be pleasantly surprised if you try it.

It doesn’t get much more Irish than a Guinness and cheddar flavored dip! Make sure to add it to your St Paddy’s day appetizer list this year.

Cheesy Stuffed Green Peppers

These Green Peppers stuffed with cheese look to be a great St. Paddy’s day appetiser, with its green color fitting in perfectly.

Whilst not strictly an Irish treat, the green colors provide a way for people who love peppers to indulge.

Just watch how quickly these disappear especially after a few green ales!

Vegan Green Goddess Pizza

Mmmm Pizza and Guinness or Beer, that’s a match made in heaven! This Super green colored pizza wont look out of place in St. Patrick’s Day and will be devoured by the hungry hordes in no time at all!

Its also healthy and vegan friendly, with its delicious creamy cashew cheese and pesto base, great to have any time.

A great healthy choice for a St Patrick’s Day appetizer.

The Donovan’s Irish Pasties

The Donovan’s Irish Pasties are a traditional St. Patrick’s Day appetizer in our household.

Comprised of flaky pastry filled with succulent shredded roast beef and delicious potatoes and drizzled with a savoury roast beef gravy.

St. Patrick’s Day Deviled Eggs

St. Patrick’s Day Deviled Eggs not only taste great but they look amazing! Simply add green food coloring for a St. Patrick’s Day treat!

A great appetizer that can be served throughout the day! Your guests will wolf them down in no time at all. so be sure to make a lot.

Irish eyes really will be smiling when you present them with these deviled eggs on St paddy’s day.

Traditional Irish Potato Boxty (Potato Cakes)

These Traditional Irish Potato Boxty are delicious potato pancakes, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and sooo yummy!

You best cook a large batch of these as they will be in demand!

If you are looking for a real traditional Irish Appetizer, you simply cannot go past the Potato Boxty! they go perfect with or without a Guinness

So there you have it! our top 7 St Patrick’s Day appetizers!

Have one of your own you would like to share? or have any questions about the one below? leave us a comment in comment area, we would love to hear from you!


Recipes for Your St. Paddy's Day Party or the Day After

Cheesy Roasted Garlic Horseradish and Corned Beef Dip
Ingredients:
8 oz. Terrapin Ridge Farms Roasted Garlic Horseradish Dip (Your choice! Onion Blossom Horseradish Dip and Horseradish Sauce work perfectly in this recipe as well!)
14 oz. Sauerkraut, drained well
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
2 oz. Corned beef, chopped
Directions:
Mix together and bake in a covered dish at 350 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 10 - 15 minutes. Serve with crackers, peppers or soft bread.

1 jar of Terrapin Ridge Farms Garlic Kraut Mustard
2 cans of crescent rolls
1 package Swiss cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven as directed on crescent roll package. On a greased baking sheet, line up the separate crescent roll triangles. Smear a light/medium coating of Terrapin Ridge Farms Garlic Kraut Mustard on the crescent rolls. Add a thick layer of Swiss cheese and about a 1-slice-thick layer of corned beef on top of the cheese. Roll up into classic crescent roll shape and bake for the directed time on the crescent roll can. Pour the remaining Garlic Kraut Mustard into serving bowl for dipping and serve the rolls hot!


6. Mixologist Drink Recipes

Let's face it: Sometimes going out to the bars on St. Patrick's Day can be a real shamrock show. The bars are crowded, people get louder the more they drink, and it can be impossible to get any service. If you do happen upon a bar that has yet to be swarmed with people, start your own Hurricane Party and bring your friends to you. Hurricane Party (voted Hottest Start Up at last year's SXSW) is a free mobile app that helps friends find, share, and create spur-of-the-moment parties.

To spark these impromptu events, the app takes into consideration location&mdashonly displaying parties taking place near the user's current whereabouts&mdashand also pulls in events from Facebook that are happening within 24 hours of the current time. If you're not really in the mood to start a party, you can use the app to search for the best St. Patrick's Day party in a walkable radius to you. According to AppScout's Terrance Gaines, Hurricane Party is "10 percent Foursquare, 10 percent Yelp, 10 percent Twitter, 10 percent Google Maps, 10 percent Meetup. and 50 percent Party." The app is available for iPhone only.


St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Wash this handheld St. Paddy&aposs Day classic down with a nice Guinness beer.

Guinness Marinade

Throw your favorite cut of meat into this marinade and let the beer work its magic.

Sweet Potato Shepard&aposs Pie

Change up traditional Shepard&aposs Pie with a sweet potato topping.

Meat and Potatoes Hash

With this dog-friendly recipe, both you and your pooch can celebrate St. Paddy&aposs day!

Scalloped Corned Beef and Cabbage

Celebrate St. Paddy&aposs with a steal! This dish costs less than 10 dollars to make.


6. Irish Flag Jello Shots

Want to show off some Irish pride? Create these Irish flag jello shots. They are made with unflavored gelatin, water, sweet condensed milk, vanilla vodka, lime or green apple Jello, and orange food gel.

You can start with the green or the orange color on the bottom. As long as it goes green-white-orange you’re good to go.


10 Super Cool Star Wars Desserts for the Geek in All of Us

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


11 St. Paddy’s Day Dinners

Celebrating St. Patrick&rsquos Day at home this year? Or want to have a wee bit o&rsquo fun with your favorite lads and lasses?

Good news, mate! You can still make your local pub favorites right in your own kitchen. In fact, here are 11 delicious dinners and desserts perfect for St. Paddy&rsquos Day.

11 Delicious Dishes for St. Paddy&rsquos Day

1. Flaky Reuben Rolls. Melty Swiss. Salty corned beef. Crunchy-tangy kraut.

Perfect for Reuben lovers, these buttery and flaky pastry spirals are positively addictive appetizers for St. Patrick&rsquos Day or game night. (Seriously, I made them this weekend and my husband had eaten four before I knew what was happening.) Serve &lsquoem with extra Vidalia Onion Dressing or Thousand Island on the side for dipping.

2. Cauliflower Shepherd&rsquos Pie. Looking for a lighter twist on traditional pub fare? Try this low-carb version of shepherd&rsquos pie, topped with creamy mashed cauliflower in place of potatoes. So delicious, you won&rsquot even miss the extra carbs and calories!

3. Simply Chicken Pot Pie. Perfect on a chilly day, fresh-baked pot pies are the ultimate comfort food. This easy version is bubbling with chopped chicken, tender veggies and creamy broth.

For a fun touch for St. Paddy&rsquos Day, cut shamrock shapes out of your puff pastry sheets before baking, and sprinkle &lsquoem with a little Irish cheddar!

4. Beer Batter for Fish. Did you know that 1 cup Bountiful Beer Bread Mix + 1 cup beer = the best beer batter ever? Try it with haddock or cod fillets to make your own fresh &ldquofish and chips&rdquo at home.

5. Corned Beef & Potato Soup. Creamy and cozy, this comforting soup is bubbling with tender potatoes, corned beef and Swiss cheese. Plus, it&rsquos simmered for only 30 minutes on your stovetop &ndash making it great for weeknights!

6. Vidalia Stout Pot Roast. For a classic dinner, try this meltingly tender pot roast and harvest veggies, slow simmered with dark Irish stout and a hint of sweetness. Best of all, your slow cooker will do all the work.

7. Rachel Sandwich with Spiced Apple. Want a quick and easy lunch? Make these simple rye sandwiches, layered with crunchy slaw, deli turkey and Swiss cheese.

You can pair these sandwiches with bowls of Baby Red Potato Soup for a delicious dinner, too!

8. Better Than Grandma&rsquos Irish Bread. Fun fact: Irish soda bread actually dates back to the early 1800s. But you only need four ingredients for this modern-day twist on this traditional favorite.

I love to stir up this bread with buttermilk and dried cranberries, along with a little orange zest. Serve warm fresh-baked slices, topped with sweet cream butter.

9. Perfectly Potato Cheddar Beer Sausage Soup. With thick cuts of sausage and potatoes, this rich and hearty soup will warm you all the way down to your toes.

Oh, and if you prefer a more subtle beer flavor, substitute half of the beer with water.

10. Irish Cream Chocolate Poke Cake. Luscious rich cake. Creamy chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Chopped Andes mints.

This &ldquobetter than anything&rdquo cake is made with Irish cream-infused coffee creamer instead of liqueur, so even your littlest leprechauns can enjoy it, too.

11. Pot o&rsquo Gold Cupcakes. Looking for something else sweet for your lads and lasses? Try these almond cupcakes, topped with swirls of cream cheese frosting, green sprinkles and chocolate gold coins. (FYI, you can typically find chocolate coins at your local party store, candy shop or online.)


30 Best St. Patrick's Day Quotes to Celebrate the Luck of the Irish

In 2021, you're probably more excited about St. Patrick's Day than ever. No, you may not end up celebrating the holiday packed into a local pub with tons of St. Patrick's Day decorations and St. Patrick's Day drinks to go around, but the arrival of March 17 will undoubtedly still provide a much-needed dose of cheer and laughter (not to mention an excuse to watch your favorite Irish movies).

That's the thinking behind this list of the best St. Patrick's Day quotes. Whether you're looking for inspiration for your St. Patrick's Day Instagram caption or just feel like texting a lovely Irish blessing to a friend, these heartwarming words will be just what you're after. There are a number of wise sayings to choose from, like, "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go," and, "May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future."

But there are also some more lighthearted options on the list (and even a few traditional Irish song lyrics!). Take Morgan Llywelyn's tongue-in-cheek words about her Irish heritage, for instance: "I&rsquom Irish! When I feel well I feel better than anyone, when I am in pain I yell at the top of my lungs, and when I am dead I shall be deader than anybody."


The 15 Best St. Patrick's Day Appetizers Your Whole Crowd Will Love

Our St. Patrick's day apps feature some traditional Irish ingredients &mdash and a healthy dose of green!

You could pick only green foods when planning St. Patrick&rsquos Day appetizers to serve at a party, but creamy dairy, farm-fresh veggies, and hot-from-the-oven breads are all traditional Irish foods that are worthy of a spot on your table. Never fear, our collection of easy recipes also includes plenty of emerald-colored options (from spinach dip to zucchini tots to an herb-packed frittata) to go with your green beer. They pair pretty nicely with a pint of Guinness, too.

Make one or two (or more) as starters for a feast leading up to a main course of St. Patty&rsquos corned beef. By the time you've brought out the rainbow popcorn and shamrock cupcakes for dessert and poured some coffee (perhaps with a shot of whiskey) your guests will be definitely be feeling the luck o' the Irish.


St. Paddy&rsquos Day Cocktail (Alcoholic)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Green Mint Syrup (optional)
  • 1 ounce Granny Smith Apple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces apple-flavored vodka (I used Ciroc Apple)
  • 3 1/2 ounces of Sprite or any lemon-lime soda
  • fresh mint
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Pour Green Mint Syrup into the bottom of a tall glass, into a cocktail shaker add ice, Granny Smith apple syrup, lemon juice, apple-flavored vodka, and 3 1/2 of lemon-lime soda.
  2. Stir vigorously with a long-handled bar spoon for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  4. Serve.

Note: The Granny Smith Apple Syrup you can purchase on Amazon. OR you can use this recipe here. However, if you&rsquore short on time, you can use green soda, however, it won&rsquot have the same taste as the green apple syrup.