St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

I hope you've been having a lovely day. It's been a beauty of a day where we are - the sun's a shining, all's green outside, and there's an Irish breeze in the air! ;) St. Patrick himself couldn't have asked for a bonnier day.

I believe there's a wee bit of Irish blood in my family (....or is it Scottish?), but just like St. Patrick, I love the people and the culture and consider myself Irish at heart. ;)

St. Patrick is actually a Catholic saint who was kidnapped as a young boy by Irish bandits and brought to Ireland where he was a slave. Many non-Catholics are surprised to learn he was not Irish, but actually a pagan Roman. Patrick became very close to God during his years of captivity and prayed for a way to escape. Eventually, he was able to escape and later returned after he became a priest and bishop. Though met with strong opposition at first, he was so successful in spreading God's Word that within 25 years after his arrival, all of Ireland became Catholic! He became so beloved, even by his enemies, that few cared he was not Irish.

We enjoyed some shamrock-green ice cream and lemonade (green food coloring) from Chickfil-A, and I'm about to make some Irish soda bread. I've made it a few times after seeing it on Charlotte's blog and our family loves it! I have to hide it from my parents so it lasts the night!

I played with the recipe and used half whole wheat flour and half white; I also added about 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed, which resulted in a lovely thick, dense, hearty bread that is heavenly straight out of the oven and smeared with butter. :)

I'm off to evening Mass - wearing green of course! - and then it will be time to feast for dinner! I also plan on reading one of my old favorites - The Cottage at Bantry Bay by Hilda Van Stockum. Such a fun, sweet book that is irresistibly Irish!

Here are a few simple and delicious-looking ideas for dinner:

Why not try a Green Monster - get your greens/salad in for the day and enjoy a luscious smoothie while you're at it? Irish coffee (or any coffee drink) is another fun treat.
And of course, the classic ~ Green eggs and ham! :D

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.