Did you have a happy Saint Patrick’s Day?
We don’t make a big deal about it, but there are a few traditions for Saint Patrick’s Day that we like to keep around our home.
My husband’s family has always had a boiled corned beef dinner with cabbage, potatoes and carrots for this holiday. We have been creating our own tradition of cooking corned beef on this day, partly to celebrate with most of the rest of New England, and mostly because there are some pretty good prices on corned beef and cabbage in the supermarkets right now.
This year we tried one about a week early and I roasted it in the oven. We really liked it, so that may need to be the new “usual” for Saint Patrick’s Day.
So on the real holiday (which just happens to be in the middle of a couple of busy weeks), I still wanted to make the day a little special.
Remember how I told you on Valentine’s Day to feed your men (or any other hungry family members, even if they happen to be female)? I suggested simple ways to make the holiday festive, without spending tons of time or money. But by all means, I suggest feeding them!
Well, that’s what I set about doing in the midst of my busy day.
First of all, I accidentally made a really green smoothie in the morning. (Well, I actually made it on purpose; I just didn’t realize it was green for Saint Patrick’s Day until it was all but gone and cleaned up).
If you’d like some good green smoothie-making tips, I wrote about that in an earlier post.
After a late morning appointment, I met a couple of friends at the little local city museum for a flower show. Boy, was that just what I needed for an hour or two on this almost-spring day! We enjoyed viewing art from local artists as well as beautiful and lovely-scented floral displays, and soaked in the feeling of spring.
I was able to purchase a few small pots of herbs grown by our city high school horticultural department, including this fresh catnip for our kitties.
Apparently, they really enjoyed their Saint Patrick’s Day present. (I decided to just let them enjoy it in this little part of my kitchen for a day or two, then I’ll clean it up.)
Next, between loads of laundry and practicing songs for Palm Sunday worship team, I made a nice box of brownies. I try to always keep some on hand for such last-minute occasions, and today I was glad to have them. The truth is, I really didn’t plan this day ahead of time, otherwise I would have purchased some nice minty chocolate candies to decorate my brownies. (Or I would have purchased some really festive green sprinkles like these or even these.)
As it was, I had to improvise and use what I had on hand.
As a side note, I have been known for being able to improvise. While assisting in a preschool class at the school I worked in for many years, one of the teachers would often comment on how good I was at “fudging” a craft or visual aide to be used in class for her (and it was a compliment!). I think my family taught me how to make do with what I have, in order to make something special without spending a lot of time or money.
Anyway, I thought I’d just get out my green sprinkles for this holiday, but much to my dismay, I had all the other colors except for green. I did try some green sugar crystals, but they didn’t show up much. Just as I was about to give up in disappointment, I remembered these little spring flower decorations I just purchased. (I got them in Target’s wonderful one-dollar section.)
So I happily and meticulously hand-picked out enough green flowers to
drive me crazy decorate my Saint Patrick’s Day brownies.
I baked them and we enjoyed them with our busy and crazy supper schedule this evening.
I don’t think I’m winning any brownie-decorating prizes for these, but I think everyone enjoyed their Saint Patrick’s Day treat.
Earlier this week I used the same flower-shaped decorations on the rice krispee treats I made for our church community group meeting.
And I almost forgot to show you my cute little Saint Patrick’s Day carnation that I purchased on my way out of the flower show today. I really like carnations, because they are inexpensive, have a nice fragrance, and last for a very long time.
So what did you do for Saint Patrick’s Day? Are you good at “fudging” it when it comes to using what you have on hand to decorate baked goods? Do you have any fun traditions you’d like to share with us?