Last year, St. Patrick's Day came and went. I made my traditional soda bread and we had a corned beef dinner. However, the one thing we forgot to do was make leprechaun traps. The kids were disappointed and vowed to remember to make them this year. Well, St. Patrick's Day snuck up on us this time. I did not make my traditional soda bread. We did get corned beef (if the grocery store didn't have it on sale, I would have totally forgotten to get that, too). However, my kids did remember to build their traps! Since I was crazy busy running kids from place to place, Husband did all of the helping with the traps. This was his first year, ever, building a leprechaun trap, which is why they are't all fancy and decorated. I forgot to get pictures of the traps before they were set off, but the kids and Husband did a pretty good job. We need to up our game next year and catch that little sucker since he made a huge mess in my house!
The weather here has finally warmed up. It has been above freezing for about a week now. It's amazing what even 34 degrees (F) does for the soul when you've been in the negatives for so long!
First day that was above freezing Sunshine and I decided to do fun nails to hopefully hurry Spring along. I did hers like watermelons and she did mine like Frankenstein.
We also got on a grilling kick since we could go outside and grill without icicles hanging off the grill as we were cooking. I decided to try Greek Grilled Chicken. I was not impressed. You could barely taste the seasoning. In fact, it tasted so plain that Husband and I dipped ours in BBQ sauce. The kids were not fans either. So, another chicken recipe bites the dust.
Also, in the spirit of Spring being right around around the corner, we made Easter treats for our friends. These bunnies are cute and so easy to make! Kinetic sand was probably a little too thick to fit in these, but we made it work!
And we couldn't forget trying to catch those wee Irishmen! We didn't get one this year, but he did spring one of the traps and left glitter all over the house!
We're in for another cold snap, but the thaw has really helped brighten our moods! We have hope that this winter will, in fact, come to an end!
This year, I'm just not in the spirit of St. Pat's. However, that doesn't mean we couldn't build a leprechaun trap!
St. Patrick's Day is my favorite day of the year. I'm not a huge partier and anymore, but it's still my favorite day. I think it has to do with my draw to Ireland. Ireland feels like home to me. Something draws me to it. Whatever the reason, I celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year long. Or, rather, I celebrate being Irish all year long.
This year was the most beautiful St. Patrick's Day that I can recall (and anyone who knows me personally may understand why I can't recall other St. Patrick's Days). It was a gorgeous 75 degrees. We celebrated by being outside almost all day. That was it. Nothing wild and crazy, just enjoying the day. Being a redheaded Irish girl, I got sunburned, but that was nothing unusual. We had corned beef and potatoes for dinner. We read special St. Patrick's Day books, Lucky O'Leprechaun and A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day. Sunshine went around yelling "Slainte!" to anyone who would listen. I had green finger nails with shamrocks and Irish flag toes.
Sunshine had green toes and we all wore green.
After the wee ones went to bed, Husband and I celebrated with Guinness and Bailey's.
Not the wild times of my past, but just as fun!
Each year for St. Patrick's Day, I make soda bread. I make a lot of soda bread. It is a tried and true recipe...tried over a decade. I honestly have not found a better, easier recipe than this. Enjoy! Slainte!
Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Combine 1 egg and buttermilk; stir into flour mixture just until moist. Fold in raisins. Knead on floured surface for one minute. Shape into round loaf; place on greased baking sheet. Cut a 1/4" deep cross in top of loaf. Beat the remaining egg and brush over loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.