St. Patrick's Day ended on a frantic note for us. It worked out fine though, and the meal was great. The guests included: my family of four, my sister Karen/her husband Jason/Ava and Jack, my dad, as well as a later visit from my mother-in-law Paula.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I corned my own corn beef using a Martha Stewart recipe. I am thrilled to be able to tell you that it was totally worth the two-week wait.
For dessert I made the Gramercy Tavern gingerbread as well as the chocolate stout cake. I made the gingerbread in a loaf form, and made the chocolate stout cake into a bundt cake. I had extra batter though, so I made cupcakes and iced them with leftover whipped caramel ganache.
The very surprising, utterly delicious, star of the night (at least for me and Karen, the boys drank Guinness) were these Green Lanterns. We even kept these virgin and they still made us swoon. They were so refreshing. I had made a double batch. Karen and I, drank it all, without telling the kids about them. I have stocked up on the few ingredients and I am making them again tonight.
It is a good thing I kept them virgin. At some point after dinner the kids made up a new game in the play room. Bumper cars. As you can imagine, this didn't end well. Ryan got bumped a bit too hard accidentally and hit his forehead on a bedpost. They all came running into the living room. Ryan's head was pouring blood. He had gashed it pretty good. I didn't go into the medical field for a reason. Unfortunately, no one told me how much blood and broken bones you see as a parent! We quickly changed him into some fresh clothes, held a damp rag/ice to his head, and Justin and I drove him the 20 miles to the er. We were dreading the wait, but luckily they have implemented a new fast track program. We got in and out in less than two hours. He is so good in these situations. He stayed perfectly still and answered all the doctor's questions. The last of the numbing and stitching started to really hurt him, but he still didn't move or cry. By the time, he received his orange popsicle, he was all better.