March 2011, Volume 1 Issue 2

Table of Contents

Eat Some Green Stuff
St. Pat The Man
Irish Fun Facts
Fun for the Kids
Rockin' Recommendations!

It's St. Patrick's Day!

Eat Some Green Stuff!

Shamrock Shakes!! Available at McDonald's for only a short time! My kids actually start talking about this minty concoction in January. Get 'em before they're gone!

In the spirit of fun and silliness we eat as many green things as we can on March 17th...starting with green pancakes! Add some food coloring, whipped cream and top with green sprinkles, serve with a side of green eggs and ham and you've got yourself a great start to the day!

Green jello, pistachio pudding, cake, cupcakes, milk, and of course your choice of peas, broccoli, pickles, and salad and your taste buds will surely be singing!

Dip some pretzels in melted green chocolate and top your ice cream with some creme de menthe. Heaven in a bowl!

Check out the Irish yummies at these sites:

Betty Crocker St. Pat Treats

Celebrating St. Patrick

St. Patrick The Man

St. Patrick's story is incredibly inspiring! At just sixteen years of age Patrick was captured from his Scotland home and taken to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery. For six years the young lad was pressed into service as a shepherd. Out in the meadows for long stretches of time, alone and afraid, Patrick prayed several times a day for the love of God. Over time his faith became quite intense.

One day, after receiving instruction from an angel, Patrick left the meadows and walked 200 miles to the sea. It took some convincing on Patrick's part, but he was eventually granted ship passage and he sailed to safety in England.

Thoroughly committed to God, Patrick turned to religious studies. He was selected to accompany an up and coming Bishop who was headed guessed it...Ireland! Patrick's first course of action was to find his former master, a Druid High Priest, pay his own randsom, and offer forgiveness. I am certain neither was an easy task.

With a firm command of the Celtic tongue and a deep understanding of Druid practices, Father Patrick went about performing miracles, converting and baptizing the Irish, and founding churches all throughout the Irish countryside. Patrick used the wild clover that blanketed the landscape to teach of about the Holy Trinity--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Patrick even banished all the snakes!

Well...there probably were never snakes in Ireland...but you never know...

God certainly didn't make it easy for Patrick, but He did arm Patrick with what he needed to succeed. Definitely a lesson I try to remember when things are tough.

Here is an Irish Blessing for all of you!

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Fun Facts:

Erin go'Braugh means "Long Live Ireland"!

A pint of Guinness has 198 calorie--less than 1% milk or oj...just sayin'

As of 2009 there were 4,450,446 Irish in Ireland (per Google)

In 2008 there were 36,278,332 Irish in America (Wikepedia)

Fun for the Kids

Check out the St. Patrick's Day craft ideas!

Kiss the Blarney Stone, Handprint Rainbows, and More!

Craft, Printables and Games

Family Games, Crafts, and Treats

Fun Green Foods at KinderArt

Rockin' Recommendations

It's spring! Time to start your seeds for the garden. This is a great project for the kids...herbs, veggies, flowers or all three, kids love to see their seeds sprout!

AeroGarden 800290-0208 Garden Starter Tray

Hydrofarm MT10006 9-by-19-1/2-Inch Seedling Heat Mat

AeroGarden 800290-0208 Garden Starter Tray

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