One of my favorite holidays is approaching quickly and I cannot wait for its arrival!
This time last year we entered a lock down and all social events were cancelled. No parades, no restaurants, no performances…NOTHING! While we are faced with ongoing restrictions due to COVID, we are in a better social situation than last year. And even though we can’t celebrate with a big parade or party, we can still have our own fun!
Try some of these ideas listed below.
Corned Beef & Cabbage and Irish Soda Bread
Every year on St. Patrick’s Day for the past 10 years, I have made my own Corned Beef & Cabbage meal for my family. Any recipe you find will do and it is easy to follow. The hardest part is waiting for it to cook since the recipe I follow includes a crockpot! Corned Beef is VERY salty, but one bite is never enough it leaves your mouth watering for more.
Another traditional food item is Irish Soda Bread. I personally have never made it, but I am going to give it a go this year. Just like the Corned Beef, the recipe is relatively easy to follow and not time consuming like a sourdough bread. When I eat soda bread, I like to warm up or toast the slice and spread some butter on it. The butter melts in to the bread, giving it even more flavor! https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/grandmas-irish-soda-bread/
Oh, and who doesn’t love potatoes? Here is a simple recipe to follow with minimal ingredients: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/corned-beef-and-cabbage-slow-cooker-recipe/#wprm-recipe-container-121405
I have been guilty of regularly picking up a Shamrock Shake when it shows up every year. It is probably not the healthiest of things to drink, but it is a treat right? Here is a spin on the Shamrock Shake so you can feel less guilty. It is not the same, I mean it has spinach in it so it is definitely not the same, BUT it is still pretty good. There are lots of healthy versions out there if you do a quick internet search or just play with the ingredients to create one you like.
I put together this idea after my kids and I pretended to be the Easter Bunny last Spring for several of our family members and friends. All you have to do is throw together a basket of fun little goodies and drop it at a friend’s door. Ring the doorbell and RUN! Try to get away before they see you were the culprit! That is what makes this so fun, they aren’t supposed to know who the leprechaun is. Some goodies could be cookies, drinks, “gold” coins, green playdoh, Lucky Charms cereal and green themed gifts. If they have kids in the house, throw in a fun little game or St. Patrick’s Day craft for them to do.
Get creative and have fun with it!