I thought I’d make a list of all the wonderful things we’ve done as a family to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
1. Some years wear green quite coincidentally.
2. Some years eat Lucky Charms for breakfast–quite coincidentally.
Okay, now for the second list. Here are some things I am considering doing/making for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Not that we have Irish heritage to celebrate, or anything, but these fun little holidays give a rhythm and purpose to the life of children.
1. Discuss the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day.
After looking it up on Wikipedia because whatever I’d been taught in preschool had not stuck, I explained to Fluffy that St. Patrick was a British fellow who was imprisoned in Ireland around 400 AD and then returned there to proselytize. Legend has it he used the shamrock to explain the trinity to the locals. He was quite successful in establishing the Christian church among the Irish and was later canonized. Now we throw in all the Irish lore like leprechauns with their pots of gold at the end of rainbows. We dress in green, pinch those that don’t, and call it a party! When I lived in Chicago, they dyed the river green and drank a lot of Guiness, and then Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one.” Ah, St. Patrick’s Day.
2. Make a key lime pie.
Fluffy said yesterday, “Daddy told me to tell you that you should make us a key lime pie for St. Patrick’s Day and have a leprechaun party. And I thought it was a great idea.” I do indeed have a great (award winning) 6 ingredient recipe for key lime pie. I may add some green food coloring to it to make it more festive.
Preheat oven to 350. Butter the bottom of a 10″ spring form pan.
- 1 and 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
- 5 and 1/2 (yes, precisely) Tbsp melted butter
- 1/3 c brown sugar
Mix together and lightly pack onto the bottom of spring form pan.
- 1 c real key lime juice. Nellie and Joe’s is the best brand. Wegman’s and Safeway have it.
- 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 2 14oz cans of Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
Mix together until smooth. Do not beat or form bubbles. Pour onto crust. Skim any bubbles from the top of the custard. Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 oven.
Cool completely, then cover and chill. I have to have whipped cream with it to cut the tartness.
3. Make rainbow bottles.
I stole this idea and the photo from Jenn’s blog. How fun! I even bought the little four packs of cranberry lime soda in the lovely curvaceous bottles at Wegman’s to do this.
4. Check out the Washington DC’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. There are also parades throughout the day Saturday in Alexandria, Gaithersburg and Manassas. I looked at the pictures and it seems some of the bag-piping troupes and Irish dancers make there way from one parade to the next, so wherever is closest is probably the best bet.
5. Make some colored food with Fluffy.
Like green pancakes,
and rainbow cupcakes,
and mint limeade.
6. Have Irish food for dinner.
I have yet to make corned beef (which is just salted beef, the coarse salt is called salt corns) and cabbage. A couple of years ago Morgen Reynolds hooked us up with some soda bread. I WILL be making champ this year. That’s the mashed potatoes with green onions. It sounds divine.
7. Watch an Irish movie?
We loved In America. This movie about a family of Irish immigrants was so sweet and tender. Kent and I saw the amazing, though intensely depressing The Magdalene Sisters at an art house theatre years ago. I don’t know that I’m up for the Brad Pitt’s brogue in The Devil’s Own or whether I have the emotional reserves for the film adaptation of Angela’s Ashes. I think we’ll probably go with Once which I’m told is like a feature length romantic comedy music video in the spirit of 500 Days of Summer. I know it has at least the one great song.
What else? What other fun things to people do that have completely escaped my attention?