Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun's Day

While some may scoff at the minor holidays, our family embraces any reason to celebrate and practice traditions that may be silly, yet make life a little more interesting. Our kids get so excited about St. Patrick's Day each year and always remember to leave a rainbow drawing for the leprechauns. They came again and colored our toilet water green. Our milk was green too! There were a few new shirts on the table with a box of Lucky Charms. I think our leprechauns need to think of some new fun things to shake things up a bit since they do the same old boring things each year.

But... Sophia liked the "Kiss Me I'm Irish" necklaces...

...and Coleman liked the Lucky Charms (although he requested that the Leprechauns make green Cream of Wheat next year... I think that can be arranged).

It is getting harder and harder to get a non-blurry picture of this girl. She is a quick one! And oh, so cute.

 Olivia got a rockin' t-shirt with a guitar and peace and love signs all over it. Which decade are we in again?

I couldn't resist making green food for dinner... Ryan and I agreed though that to eat the green mashed potatoes with green gravy required closing our eyes.  The chicken is Pesto Mozzarella Chicken and is super easy... frozen chicken breast pieces or tenders, cover with basil pesto (you can make it or buy it, we like the Costco brand for quality and price) and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and broil for a minute until just browned. Yum-O.  Next year the goal is to eat only foods that are naturally green (except for the Cream of Wheat... do they make a green version of that?). I think our teeth might have a green tint from all the food coloring used in our food today. No es bueno.

And finally... I was craving sugar cookies all day long. Since none showed up at my doorstep, I had to make them myself.  These are definitely NOT instant gratification treats--you have to make the dough, chill the dough, roll the cookies, bake the cookies, cool the cookies, make the frosting, frost the cookies, and then finally you get to eat them.  I realized halfway through the process that I did not have a shamrock cookie cutter and my attempts to cut them out by hand failed miserably... so we cut out circles and used the frosting (more green food coloring!) to make shamrocks and they turned out yummy and delicious and acceptable looking.

**How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


Sara White said...

How on earth did you get your gravy to turn green? I would have had to close my eyes as well. Happy St. Paddy's!

Linn said...

BLAST, I forgot the dye the toilet water green and I was going to TOTALLY remember that this year. All your fabulous ideas and I forget until it is too late. You are such a great mom!

Ria's Random Thoughts said...

I love it!

Kristi said...

I always look forward to your St. Patrick's day post. You are such a fun mom! Those cookies turned out SO cute!! I think you could sell those in a bakery.

emilyw said...

Oh, the green food coloring... we did green pancakes for dinner. Green isn't exactly the most appealing color for pancakes, is it? Or gravy, for the matter. :) haha! You always have such GREAT ideas!