Thursday, March 1, 2012

Homemade Irish Cream & A Vintage Thing A Ma Jing

Tis' the season of all things Irish and here at the Roberts' house we've already begun our St. Paddy's Day preparations.
A few days ago I shared with you all Irish Potato Rings.  
Today I'm sharing more Irish-ness:  Shawn's recipe for homemade Irish Cream and pretty ideas for serving it up.

I never knew how easy it is to make this from scratch, but it is very simple to do so and tastes as good as, and dare I say better than, the famous Bailey's brand.

To prepare this yummy concoction you will need one willing Irishman, preferably with attire to match the spirit:

and the following ingredients:

Shawn's Irish Cream

1 1/3 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey (Use this brand!, you can add more or less, to suit your taste)
1 teaspoon Instant Coffee granules
1 cup Whole Whipping Cream
2 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup (Hersheys is fine)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract (it's best to use real extracts)
1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Simply mix the ingredients in a blender for about 30 seconds until thoroughly combined.  Cover and then refrigerate until chilled. It is best to make this at least a day in advance as the flavors really meld. It will thicken some as it chills.  Shake before serving. 

 Told you it was

And it can be pretty too!

Shawn, Michael, Ethan and I had a pre-St. Paddy's Day sampling.  Yum!
I served the Irish Cream in vintage, Forest Green Boopie Sherbet Glasses.  

The decanter that holds the Irish Cream was inherited from my Great Aunt and Uncle.  It's such a pretty vessel to serve not only alcohol from, but salad dressings to.

I tied antique lace around the neck of the decanter to catch the drips and within the knot of the lace I fixed this antique shamrock 'thingy'.  Does anyone know what it is?  This is another piece I inherited from my Grandma Robinson but I have no idea what it is.  Look at this close up photo.  It shows the tiny, individual pieces that make up the design.  I think the minute detail of the work is quite amazing.

In a few days, I'm going to share a super fast, easy dessert using the Irish Cream that will please anyone you know with a sweet me!  I'm waiting for some pretty dishes to arrive to serve it in before I post it! 

Saint Patrick was a gentleman, he came of decent people
In Dublin town he built a church and on it put a steeple.
His father was a Gallagher, his mother was a Brady
His aunt was an O'Shaughnessy and his uncle was a Grady.
So success attend St. Patrick's first, and banished them for ever!
He gave the snakes and toads a twist, and banished them for ever!
~Zozimus (Michael Moran)~

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  1. I made Irish Cream once as Christmas gifts, Nancy! I thought it was heavenly. I need to give Shawn's recipe a try!!

  2. This is gorgeous and I love the pretty green sherbet dishes. You did it up right and the recipe is wonderful and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Not sure what your Irish thingy is....It's lovely and you displayed it lovingly.

  3. Oh looks so delicious!! Love the green glasses...I have some clear ones like those that belonged to my great-grandma! Will have to try your recipe...can't wait to see your next tablescape!
    Miss Bloomers

  4. first time here and u have an awesome space here. i love irish cream and when u said it is better than the famous b brand u had me there . book marked it !! I also love the fork tied to the bottle.....not like actually i love it. I have to find one like that !!

  5. Hi Nancy! I wanted to thank you for your comment about my step stool! Thank you for clearing things up for me! I knew it wasn't an old prayer bench, but I liked the idea of it. I've enjoyed your fun St. Patty's Irish Cream post! Thanks for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  6. The Irish cream sounds yummy, I liked the Irish thingy, the round things near the fork is a millefiorai mosaic with is usually Italian. One of our last posts has jewelry with that style of work is featured if you are interested. Laura

  7. What a beautiful trayscape!Shawn's Irish Cream sounds yummy...

  8. Nancy, glad you stopped in to look at the milleforai mosaic jewelry. I think it would be fun if your Irish thingy was made in Italy! So happy you got your sign, a great idea to use your last name so you will always have it, enjoy! Thanks for the nice comments on my flower photos, Laura

  9. What a lovely presentation. I had no idea you could make your own Irish Cream. Such a great gift idea.


  10. Sounds very yummy to me...I'll have to serve this Irish drink at the next family night for Saint Patrick's Day. Jameson Irish Whiskey is very good! Toured where they make it in Dublin and taste tested after. It's all about the water, so I've heard. Thanks so much. Mumzie

  11. Absolutely breath taking!! I love the green goblets!!


  12. Love anything Irish. The cream sounds wonderful. I have the Jamisons too. I was hoping someone knew what the fork was for?

  13. Nancy that last shot is stunning and the Irish cream sounds so YUMMY!

  14. I am one of the tea totaler Irish! My mom was also. Maybe because I have seen alcohol ruin so many lives. I love how the cream looks in those beautiful glasses, the color is wonderful! I wonder how it tastes w/o the booze?
    I have a Lily, Michael, Seamus and a Declan. No mistake their heritage! :) I am a Connolly.

  15. Your mosaic piece reminds me of a trident, but what a trident and Ireland would have in common is not clear to me.

    What is the plaster-like piece you used in the background featuring swirly flowers? The entire setting is gorgeous and inspirational.

    1. Hi Connie,

      The piece in the background is actually a ceiling medallion that I bought about 15 years ago and never had it installed. We've move around so many times since then that I've always just used it as a backdrop for arrangements, etc. It is usually on a doll house bar in my living room behind some books and a floral arrangement. I love adds just that extra amount of architectural detail.

      Thanks for the compliments!


  16. I've used Bailey's often as a delicious last minute dessert poured over ice that's the definition of easy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful vignette. Cherry Kay

  17. Thank you so much for that recipe, Nancy! It sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it. The mosaic work in that 'thingy' is so beautiful, with such gorgeous shades of green and blue. I hope you find out what it is!

  18. This sounds delicious, but my favorite is your presentation...gorgeous!! Happily following your blog ~

  19. your newest fan, this is such a beautiful post. I can see it could be VERY EASY to get totally lost in transferware heaven on your blog. I cannot wait to explore..can see I am in for a mega treat!

  20. This looks and sounds so good, I'll have mine in a cuppa steamy coffee! yummy! Did you see my latest email, Nancy? talk soon, xoxo

  21. Love your blog and transferware! I'm your newest follower on GFC and LF. Hugs, Kim

  22. That's amazing how easy this is, anything with condensed milk and almond extract appeals to me....what a great hostess gift this would make.

  23. Ooh...sounds delicious! Your photos are pure eye candy, Nancy!

  24. Hey Nancy! I love these photos. The green and white look so fresh and pretty together. Nice styling job. : )

    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

  25. This looks heavenly, Nancy! Your photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your creativity (and Sean's) at Potpourri Friday!

  26. I love your "trayscape". A fun way to celebrate all things Irish!

  27. Hi Nancy!
    Oh Yum! This recipe sounds so good! I have already c/p it to favorites. I will be trying it this St. Pat's Day! Beautiful vignette you set to display this yummy drink. And I have no idea what that little pin is. Maybe a hat pin? (if it comes apart) or maybe an appetizer fork of some sort? It is a wonderful little treasure! Thank you so much for joining us at TTF this week! Have a fantastic day!

  28. This sounds delish! Thanks for sharing and you served it up so prettily.

  29. That sounds wonderful!

    I host a shamrock Tea every year, can't wait for your dessert - hope I get the recipe before then! Can always use a new yummy one.

    LOVE the Irishman in his tee, vry cute indeed.

    Adore your green glass sorbet cups, they're divine!

  30. Nancy Your vignette is simply gorgeous. I love how you put it together! I know this may sound crazy but I was wondering how I could make the irish cream non alcoholic. I'm sure theres a way. You've displayed it so beautifully!

  31. OMGoodness, I am so happy you found my link party when you did!! And to link up my very favorite drink!!! LOVE Irish Cream!! Now any recipe that calls for Sweetened Condensed Milk has got to be good!!! Thanks for linking up at SweetTalkin' Sunday!! Your pictures are just wonderful in this post. I'm going to stalk you page for bit longer!

  32. Beautiful vignette and glassware. How blessed you are to have them! My guess is that your thingy is some type of appetizer fork but it sure is too pretty to use it as such :)

  33. How did I miss this post? Such a fun way to celebrate St. Pat's day!

    - The Tablescaper

  34. Great recipe! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  35. Nancy, it sounds so yummy! I love that cute little fork thingy! Amazing!
    Looking forward to the dessert post, it's my weakness, too. Love to have you link up with us at WIW. Hope to see you there!

  36. What a beautiful post, inspiring images! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  37. Oh goodness, this looks delicious. I love stuff that's creamy. It looks wonderful in the green glasses, too.

  38. Mmmm. My favorite tipple! I should make some of this.

  39. I'm no expert but I bet that fork-ish thing has something to do with hair. it looks old, and I don't think those are millefoile venetian glass bits (again, could be wrong). They look too geometric. I think it's some sort of accoutrement for hair or dresses.

    1. Hi Andy,

      I think that the fork thingy is some sort of hair adornment as well...I always have...I think it's because it was mixed in with some jewelry and a few other pretty hair combs, etc. I'd love to know for sure though. Thanks for your comment and input!


  40. I see this post is old, but, if I can still comment, I think the fork is for spearing lemon slices for tea.


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