Sunday, March 16, 2008

St. Patty's Day Treats


I decided to post a day ahead of St. Patrick's Day, just in case anyone wants to use these ideas. I'm going to be making a few festive foods for my kids. Since I'm not a corned-beef-and-cabbage fan, I am mostly doing green foods. Here are some of our planned foods for tomorrow:

We are starting the day off with Diane's Green Smoothie. I have been meaning to try this on my kids for some time, and I figure that if I make it on St. Patty's Day, they might not question the origin of the green color. Then, once they already love it, it will be easier to serve more often. I have tons of fresh spinach, mixed berries, and a frozen banana ready. I'm also going to use some organic grape juice instead of soy milk. More antioxidants and natural sweetness.

I'm also going to make some Irish Soda Bread. I'm hoping to approximate the first Irish Soda Bread that I tasted, back when I worked at Mason's Bakery. I plan on using this recipe, but omitting the caraway seeds and substituting raisins for currants (because that's what I have in my pantry.) We'll probably have some of this with our smoothies and some more in the evening with our soup.

For dinner, I'll probably make Barefoot Contessa's Fresh Pea Soup, although I may be using a dollop of nonfat yogurt instead of creme fraiche. Because I need to save on calories somewhere, right?:) With it, we'll have spinach salad with Granny Smith apples, toasted nuts, dried cherries, and feta.

For lunch, Christine and I are taking Mandy out for her birthday, so my kids are having PB&J sammies with a babysitter, but I may leave some lime jello for a sweet treat. We, on the other hand, will have carrot-pineapple cupcakes with cream cheese icing. I have them baking right now. It's Mandy's birthday and she should have to eat green cake if she doesn't want it! I'll post the recipe later, or let Christine do it, since her blog is all about cupcakes.

What are your St. Patty's Day traditions? Does anyone have a tradition I can add that doesn't involve food!:) I have a real problem that way! So share your ideas with me.

7 comments:

Kristen's Raw said...

I love what you wrote about "motherhood" at the top of your blog.

I love green smoothies and my nephews do, too! I call them Incredible Hulk smoothies or Swamp Mud smoothies (fun, yes). Or, for the girls, it's Barbie Smoothies...(strawberries and bananas).

Have a great day!

scrap chair potato said...

Sorry I have not commented much lately. I am here. I am reading, and enjoying your many posts recently!
I will have to try some of your St. Patrick's Day ideas. I will be making green pancakes and possibly green scrambled eggs... sorry, no non food ideas. :)

Diane said...

Thanks for the mention about the smoothie! You'll have to let me know how they liked it. I'm curious. I didn't get my smoothie yet today, and I think my brain is missing it.... And I need a bit o' the green!

Sonja said...

those sound like fun "green" food. I thought about doing green eggs and ham for breakfast...I might just do the green eggs.

We are going to be making a leprechaun trap today. I'm going to let the kids design it. We hear Leprechauns like four leaf clovers. I think we will use that as bait. (Then sometime during the day I'm going to sneak away the clovers and leave quarters for them) We've never caught a leprechaun yet, but we are going to try again. :)

Anonymous said...

Michal:
We have lots of foodie traditions, too-like Lucky Charms for breakfast, Irish soda bread, potato leek soup with Irish cheddar, Irish hot chocolate, Corned Beef Sandwiches on Dilly Rye-I could really get carried away! But we also do loads of crafts and project and we always have a treasure hunt with Rolos-since they taste better than chocolate coins! We also watch Darby O'Gill and the Little People and The Quiet Man is a must. Erin

Andrea said...

Timmy made a Leprechan hat today with orange beard already attached!

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