Well, 2020 was off to a great start and now the world has drastically changed in the past few days. Coronavirus or COVID-19 is sweeping the nation and impacting life as we know it. I am not a medical professional, but I wholeheartedly believe that things will get better as long as we follow the guidelines set forth here.
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All that said, most individuals are homebound with limited interaction with outside individuals. It is what the world is referring to as social distancing. Others have self quarantined too!
We are headed home tomorrow and would normally attend our local St. Patrick’s Day parade. That is obviously not an option this year so I thought I would share some common and delicious Irish recipes with you to enjoy! Before we get to it for those that do not know, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 annually and is a day of recognition for the foremost saint of Ireland. It was made an official Christian feast day in the 17th century. Now on to the to the yumminess. Great news is most food items can be prepared in bulk and served through the week.
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Check out this delicious Irish Beef Stew recipe compliments of Simply Recipes. I know I have most of these items frozen in my fridge or in my pantry so I will definitely be making this one when I get home. Another easy and necessary staple is Irish Soda Bread compliments of All Recipes. Don’t fret if your local grocer is out of bread. All you need is flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt!
Now on to the yummy drinks! You can’t do St. Patrick’s Day without an Irish Car Bomb (well, maybe you can if you are out of your 30s) compliments of Liquor.com, Irish Coffee (served warm or cold) compliments of thekitchn.com, and green beer (that’s an easy one – simply add green food coloring to your beer of choice – you can even give your kids an age appropriate green beverage too)!
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Speaking of kids – I know it is hard to entertain your little ones after a short amount of time. Well, I gathered several coloring pages for you to print for your littles. Check them out these Leprechauns, Four Leaf Clovers, and other St. Patrick’s Day goodies out below (all images sourced from the web):
Some other fun activities to do with your littles are make rainbow rice. I did this over Christmas break and the kids loved it. You separate white rice into a baggie and add a little white vinegar and food coloring and shake until desired color. Then place rice on wax paper to dry and enjoy this wonderful sensory activity.
You can do the same as above with macaroni. If you have string laying around you can string a necklace or bracelet! The options are endless!
If you have playdoh on hand make rainbows and four leaf clovers.
You can find other activities here.
Hope you have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the day and don’t forget to wear your green!