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Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

March 1st, 2015 Posted in Lifestyle

The middle of March holds a day that’s synonymous with shamrocks and leprechauns.  But few people know the real meaning of this day.  Patrick was actually a young man taken as a slave to Ireland.  While a slave, he embraced his faith in Christ.  After being freed, he returned to Ireland to spread Christianity.

You can read more on ChristianityToday.com.  Click here for the story.

image001Rag Wreath

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve put together some ideas to celebrate. We’ve combined a bit of tradition, some fun ideas and yummy recipes just for you.  We found this great rag wreath idea on The Magic of Ordinary Things blog.  She’s got directions on her site.

This would make a great gift for someone along with something containing chocolate and mint!

A Visit From a Leprechaun

Here is a fun idea to do when there are children in the house: as evidence that a leprechaun visited your house in the middle of the night, add a few drops of green food coloring to the milk jug early in the wee hours of the morning on March 17. Then, leave a trail of Lucky charms from the refrigerator leading out a nearby window. Also scatter some chocolate gold coins on the floor near the window. It must be that a leprechaun snuck in the house turning the milk green. But as he left, he spilled some of the coins from the pot of gold found at the end of the rainbow.

Irish stew Serve a Hearty StewThe Irish are well-known for potatoes and a good, hearty stew. Try this slow cooking recipe. It will make the house smell wonderful. Can also be done in a crock pot on high for six hours or low for 10.

Oven Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs eye of round, chunked
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. bag baby carrots
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms (canned & drained or fresh)
  • 6 cups red potatoes, chunked (with or without skins)
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (petite diced is best)
  • 1- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup minute tapioca
  • 1 t. minced garlic, salt & pepper, to taste

In a Dutch oven or large roaster, place all the veggies & meat. Pour the tomatoes and sauce over the top and sprinkle with the tapioca and spices. Mix well. Cover tightly with lid and bake in a 275 degree oven for 5 hours. Stir and serve. Yum!!

Note: You may substitute a cup of frozen peas or corn for the mushrooms.

Serves 6

Lucky Charms TreatsLucky Charms Treats

Do you love Rice Crispy treats like we do?  And what about Lucky Charms?  If you like both, you’ll love this easy recipe:

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 40 Large marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 Cups Lucky Charms cereal

Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir until smooth. When melted, remove from heat and mix in cereal.  Spray a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray, then spray your hands.

Gently press cereal mixture into pan.  Cool before cutting.  Or not, and just go for it!

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

Source: www.everydayconfetti.org

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