Which means, God Bless Ireland.
I've always been kind of partial to that expression. Grin.
This Irish family will all be sporting green come Thursday, but I have a few other simple things planned to celebrate the emerald island's most famous holiday.
My friend Laurel, of http://petalpusheraccessories.blogspot.com/, sent me over the following Bento idea. Since I won't be making this until March 17th, I though it only fitting to post the inspiration photo today. This will give you time to plan if you'd like to do the same.
The photo is from a family magazine, but I cannot find a link, so I will give you my best guess as to what the items are in the photo:
The Leprechaun is a sandwich cut in a circle shape. The bottom of a green pepper has been used for the hat. The band on the hat looks like a strip of grape fruit roll-up and the buckle is a piece of hand cut cheese. The leprechaun's beard is shredded carrot. His eyes are two raisins and his mouth a sliver of red pepper. His nose looks like a piece of dried fruit but I'm not sure what? Regardless, you could really do anything here. The rainbow fruit salad contains strawberry, Mandarin orange, pineapple, kiwi, and blueberries. At the end of every leprechaun's rainbow is a pot of gold. These golden chocolate coins are my favorite part of the meal! You can purchase them at Cost Plus.
I've also picked up shamrock shaped silly straws and green nail polish at Old Navy.
The straws and polish are cute and cheap (one of my favorite combinations). Grin. They do not appear to be available online, but I would imagine that most Old Navy stores have the same seasonal items available in the stores.
My daughter goes to a uniform school, so painted nails are a cute way to sneak in a little festive flair.
As a good Irish girl, I need to get in my corned beef and cabbage for St. Patty's Day dinner. The traditional Irish stew isn't a favorite of mine, but Reuben sandwiches are!
This sandwich consists of thinly sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, crispy sauerkraut and 1000 island dressing grilled between two slices of dark rye bread. Serve them up with a crisp dill pickle and some salty chips and you've got a winning combination. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Growing up, my Mom would dye the dogs eyebrows green and hide a drop of green food coloring in the bottom of our dinner glasses so that the milk magically turned green when she poured.
***GIVEAWAY ALERT***I'd love to hear your family St. Patrick's Day traditions, so please leave them in the comments. I'll choose my favorite on Friday 3/18/2011 and ship you a box of my homegrown lemons. Wink.