Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I plan to eat cake...

 Anyone who  knows me, is aware of how much I love St. Patrick's day.  it might actually be one of my favorite celebratory days, second to Easter.  (Which has become my all time favorite holiday.) We go all out around here, celebrating in style and eating only green foods all day, until it's time to dive into a traditional meal of Corned beef and cabbage.  In fact, I bet I love the Irish almost as much as I love Canadians. Of course, I got the chance to live in Canada for two whole precious years of my life, and I never got the chance to live in Ireland.  Someday I want to vacation there and see all the gorgeous green hills.  

Anyway, as we make our food preparations, I've been watching my hoodlums get all excited.  Of course, it could be excitement over the imminent lime green jello consumption.  No matter what they think of me when they are grown, I want them to think I was fun.  And that for one day of the year, I willingly pumped them full of high fructose corn syrup and blue #1 and yellow #5. 

I love making holidays a big deal.  We've got a lot to be thankful for right now, and I think making the most of every day is a good thing.

We always watch Veggie Tales "Sumo of the Opera" because they have an adorable sketch about St. Patrick in there.  They use a shamrock to explain the Trinity of Christ in a way little ones can fully grasp.  I bet we will be watching it when the kids are grown, just because it's become tradition!  I'm planning to decorate my table really cute too, just for the fun of it.  I just completed these napkins, soon to be listed on my Etsy store!

What do you do on St. Patrick's day?
 

25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures. I don't usually do anything for St. Patty's day, but seeing it is my first St. Patty's day as a wife - I think I will pull out all the cards.

    Ashley
    http://www.TheThriftyWife.com

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  3. Happy St. Patty's Day.. Thinking of you..especially when I read your last post. I am married to a Canadian and I know the long expensive haul of getting proper paper done. And yes we have ran into snags and I have cried a thousand tears that I felt it was a push back instead of a push forward. I can only imagine in your situation. On a lighter note I would like to make the arrangement to get my family sign done. I still have your email and would like to get it started around April 15th. I will shoot you a email when I return from Spring Break in which I will be in sunny Florida. Hugs to you!! :)

    Wendy

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  4. you are such a fun mom! my kids would love me if i had planned green food for the day!

    i still can i guess...

    thanks for the good ideas!

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  5. fun times :) my irish mama is here right now, pumpin' me up for tomorrow! we're doing potatoes and brocolli for dinner tonight...very irish don't you think? and she's at the grocer's getting a clover plant for the table. very fun indeed. (tomie depaola wrote a great kid's book about st. patrick...we read that every year.)

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  6. Ireland's hills are so green, but not as green as Scotland's, although the Irish people are much warmer. And that veggie tales cartoon, I couldn't handle the piggies turning into ham. I'm too tender hearted. If I had to meet my food I'd be a vegetarian and that goes double for cartoon "future food". (Don't ya love the randomness of my comments? Actually, don't answer that. ;) )

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  7. I love the spinach wraps and wish I had thought if it earlier! We are having our corned beef and cabbage dinner tonight, but will begin tomorrow with green milk and pancakes for breakfast. Lunches will have green jello jigglers, green snap peas, sandwhished with avacado and the water bottles with have green koolaid (which I NEVER buy!). Dessert will be green cupcakes. I think I enjoy it as mush as the kidnicks! Have fun, Sasha.

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  8. This will be the first year I will be doing anything for St. Patty's Day.
    I am working part time in a Daycare so we are going really green and partying down tomorrow! Lol!

    Then after we are hitting our local St. Patty's Day parade.

    Hot Springs, Arkansas - the shortest parade ever. One block. Last year Bo Derrick was the Grand Marshall...no clue who is this year...but it's fun!

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  9. Yum...all that green food looks so delicious! I love that you are making great memories for your kids by celebrating every chance you get and making the most of every day. I'm sure your kids definitely think you are a very fun mom! I don't usually make a huge deal of St. Patrick's Day but you've inspired me. Hope you get a chance to visit Ireland :)...you deserve it!!! Blessings on your day, Melanie (glad that I figured out a way that I can comment on your blog now :))

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  10. I am excited for St Paddy's food too! I love hiding within your site, its so beautiful honey. I amazed by your craftiness.

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  11. Oh geez, I need to come up with some traditions! Um, we don't do anything?! But next year we will... ad I'm coming here for inspiration.

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  12. We eat corned beef and cabbage and drink Irish beer at my in laws house. We will watch "The Quiet Man" and dream of the trip we will one day take to see those lush, green hills and drink a little whiskey or Guinness in a local tavern.

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  13. You ARE a totally AWESOMELY FUN momma!
    Five years ago my Olivia arrived on March 17th, and since birthdays are the biggest holiday we celebrate around here, I'm afraid poor Pat has been forgotten.
    Oh well.
    I like Olivias better anyway, so I guess pink cupcakes with colored sprinkles will have to suffice ;-)

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  14. All of those pictures of green food look so good!

    One time (not on St. Patric's Day) my brothers made green scrambled eggs with green food coloring! I was all grossed out but they tasted like regular eggs to me... all we needed was some ham... get it? Green eggs and ham? *giggle*
    *Allie*

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  15. Our office will be experiencing a plethora of green foods: green jelly bellies, cupcakes, mints, green grapes... whatever we can find. We're also having a limerick contest. I can't wait to see what people come up with!!

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  16. sounds fun! have a great time!

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  17. girl there should be some sort of book just about celebrating holidays that you could write. seriously you are the best at squeezing fun out of every little thing. so SO love that about you.

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  18. We made green milk, green eggs, and green pancakes for breakfast! I ate the pancakes. ; )

    Just an FYI...the 19th is Poultry Day (according to Hobby Farms). ; )

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  19. WE love that Veggie Tales sketch too. My husband giggles at it!

    Random tidbit, my dad's family grew up eating lime green jello and mayonnaise. I'm not kidding. They still eat it. Green jello salad. With mayo! Ewwww. Anyway, I WISH we did more to celebrate holidays...I keep telling myself once we get settled, I will. I hope so!

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  20. You take such lovely pictures. I love those sandwich wraps...I should have done that. That Veggie Tail video sounds great...I'll have to look for that. Enjoy your cake :)

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  21. Happy St. Patricks day! I always celebrate and wear green! I might decorate a little this year, just for fun. :)

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  22. I look forward to reading your blog daily!! I love your sense of humor. My sister forwarded a photo of you as an example of how I should get my hair cut!! I am now a fan!!
    I am married to a Canadian and I am proud to be a Canadian!! Our St.Patricks Day started with a family day event at our local community centre. Loads of things for the kids to do. All green of course! We made green pancakes, green milkshakes, green jello, cucumber slices and celery sticks for lunch today. I had to assure the kids that this 'green' food was okay! We are all wearing some shade of green!
    I too love the Veggie Tales St. Patty's day story. It is timeless.
    Thanks for bringing a smile to my day. :)

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  23. Lovely photos! I love the napkins!

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  24. Love your ideas.....thinking positive thoughts for you!

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  25. I did something new this year since my son is 4 and is really into all of the holidays. I planned a little leprechaun mischief. The night before we went through the house and tipped over chairs and toys. We hung green streamers everywhere. I bought a bunch of treats: St. Patricks day placemats, green boxes of candy, green shamrock sunglasses,st. patty's day socks,etc...I filled his winter boots which I put on top of his flipped over chair, with all of these goodies. I made a rainbow out of his legos and put rolos in a cup at the end it like a "pot of gold". I also turned to toilet water green. I did some other things to show that the leprechauns had been at our home in search of their "pot of gold". OMG-I will do this every year until he doesn't believe anymore it was as good as Christmas...he loved it!!! He talked about it all day-this happened in the morning before school....PRICELESS!!

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