Hope you remembered the green today! Or else my son B will give you a pinch! Just in case you didn’t know why we celebrate St. Patricks Day here is a little info about it.
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is also known as “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”. It is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick who is the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Long ago in the early 17th century Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day. It has been observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion and of course the Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church and The Lutheran Church. On this day Saint Patrick is commemorated for the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. During St. Patrick’s Day Christians may also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. are lifted for the day. Perhaps because of this, drinking alcohol – particularly Irish whiskey, beer, or cider – has become an integral part of the celebrations. On St Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”), the colour associated with Catholics in Ireland (orange is the colour associated with Protestant Christians).
While St. Patricks Day is a celebration, it was a tough day for me for a long time. My dad’s mom died on Friday March 13th and then was buried on March 17th. Kind of weird but in 1986 when it happened, it was the first death of a close family member. So it has taken me a bit to join in on all the “festivities”. But then St. Patrick was celebrated on this day, and so will Grandma Sophie.
I am not Irish – but I love the color green and teaching my boys about different customs. So we have made and baked a few goodies for today.
We took some basic refrigerator sugar cookie dough and placed in it heart molds. I know, its not Valentines Day, but the hearts represent love, and well, honoring St. Patrick and Grandma I thought they were fine to use. Before baking we added one half drop of green food coloring and brushed in on the cookie. And because my sons favorite color is blue he begged to make some blue cookies. Hard to say no to that. We brushed out the food coloring to blend it over the entire cookie. After we took it out of the oven we added a dark mint chocolate and it melted in the center. Once it was melted we decorated with the shamrocks and gold coins.
We used a mini muffin tin and filled a third to a half full with the sugar cookie dough. We patted down the dough so there was a nice “pocket’ for the melt away chocolates and added one dark mint chocolate and one green melt away chocolate.
After baking we decided to add the shamrocks and gold coins to make even more festive. We didn’t get that photographed but they are the same ones as above!
Lastly, and definitely the most healthy. We picked our favorite yogurts, Siggis Coconut and Siggis Vanilla. These are low sugar and high protein. We added a tablespoon of hemp seed, and a tiny dash of green food coloring. Both boys (5 year old and almost 2 year old) are definitely looking forward to enjoy this treat!
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