Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s a funny story… When I was a kid growing up in Chicagoland, I felt like I was the only person I knew who wasn’t Irish. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are a big deal in this area, and I always felt a little left out. Many years later, after my grandmother passed away, we discovered that we are not only Irish, but very Irish. Clearly that meant I had to make up for last time, so I’ve been overdoing St. Paddy’s Day ever since. (I will say that the whole leprechauns visit seems to me a new thing for my kids’ generation. They certainly never visited our house when I was a child.)
1. Wear green.
2. Whip up an authentic Irish meal.
I love me some vegetarian shephard’s pie. (Any sort of plant-based ground beef works great!)
This is technically something you want to do the night before, but there is no reason they can’t visit today instead!
This year, we made shamrocks, leprechaun faces, and green necklaces. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I am not a Pinterest level crafter, but my kids don’t care.
5. Make your food and drink green.
6. Look for 4 leaf clovers in your yard.
We have more of them (and every holiday themed book) than I should probably admit.
We blend Greek yogurt, spinach leaves, avocado, mint leaves, ice, and honey in a blender. It’s more of a Shamrock Smoothie. But it’s delicious!