Snacks to Bring to any St. Patrick’s Day Party

Irish Coffee Cake

With St. Patrick’s day quickly approaching, the perfect themed snack would be a way to show off your cooking skills at any event. Whether your cooking is superb or could use a bit of the luck of the Irish, we’ve gathered a few recipes that any cook can find a way to perfect for any occasion. Check out the following recipes and find something that you feel up to the challenge to try out!

  1. Irish Coffee Cake

Try out this chocolatey dessert and add a cream liqueur to it for an extra surprising touch!

  1. Cheddar-Beer Fondue

This gooey creation can be a tasty treat for any group to share or for a one-on-one date.

  1. Grasshopper Bars

These bars add a splash of color and can cure a chocolate craving for any event! This dessert is easy to make and can be a great treat for any occasion.

St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow
  1. St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

This four ingredient snack is easy to make and can leave a minty taste for anyone who snacks on it!

  1. Leprechaun Fudge Popcorn

This green candied popcorn treat can be a tasty addition to any party whether for kids or a work event. Customize this recipe to your liking and pick your choice of what product brands to use.

  1. Fluffy Key Lime Pie

Looking for an easy pie recipe? This recipe takes two minutes to make, has to refrigerator for two hours, and can serve eight people for any get together. 

  1. Chocolate Mint Dream Cookies

These easy to make cookies add a chocolatey mint twist to the basic cookie recipe. This recipe makes roughly four dozen cookies when finished.

Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow
  1. Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow

This recipe is fairly easy and can use your choice of fruit for certain colors. Add a bowl at the end with either chopped bananas or rolos to be your “pot-of-gold.” Follow the graphic to see how you would display your festive fruit arrangement.

Try one or multiple recipes and bring them to your next St. Patrick’s day event. These festive snacks will be sure to share a little luck with all those who eat them.

How to be a Better Active Listener

One of the greatest skills to have is to be a good listener. It’s easy to think that listening is just a skill that comes naturally and yet it really is something that takes practice to get better at. This type of skill takes time and effort since it’s easier to hear than listen. When it comes to truly listening to someone, there are some easy tips to consider that can help you grow into becoming a better active listener. Here are a few tips to consider and why they will be helpful to you:

  1. Pause your Thoughts

This tip may seem odd, but the intentions of your actions really go a long way with this one. Just taking a moment to hold that thought of, “What am I cooking for dinner tomorrow?” or “What am I forgetting to do today?” helps narrow your focus. You have an easier time giving your whole attention to someone when you get rid of all your distractions.

  1. Watch your Nonverbal Cues

Nonverbal cues can make or break a conversation and can be easily overlooked. Eye contact shows where your attention is focused and that you aren’t wandering away from the conversation. Keeping your arms and stance open shows you aren’t closed off to them and can give them a sense of your openness to what is being discussed. Meeting their level means if one person is sitting down, both should be sitting down for the conversation. If someone is trying to open up to you and they are sitting, they may feel they can’t completely open up to you because you are in a position of power standing over them.

  1. Ask Open-Ended Questions

When listening to what someone is telling you, wait until they are finished talking before forming your response back to them. Asking open-ended questions other than simply yes or no questions allows you to get more information from the conversation. Open-ended questions commonly start with words like why and how. Allow yourself time to process what they are telling you before you respond to them. Be thoughtful and insightful, instead of judgmental.

These tips can help you hone in on your listening skills and grow in your interpersonal skills as well. Active listening can be applied to any situation whether at your job, in your household, or just having a conversation with a friend or family member. Next time someone confides in you, take these tips and apply them to your conversation.