I realized later that the recipe I had for the corned beef required curing the meat for five days. Hmm...I only had about five hours. Luckily, Smith's was selling corned beef for just over a dollar a pound. I decided to do the entire vegetable beef concoction in the crockpot. The verdict? It was okay, very flavorful, a little salty, and obviously appropriate for the day, but in the end, I prefer regular beef.
The Irish Soda Bread, however, was delish! It tastes like a giant biscuit. Can't go wrong with that!