Luck of the Irish

14 Mar

I married into a very Irish family.

Growing up, the extent of celebrating St Patty’s Day was that I might wear a green shirt to school.  Other than that, life went on as usual.

Although my husband’s last name is not Irish, his maternal side is full of McGuires, McClures and Morans.  My husband and especially my daughter both have flaming red hair.  So, now we celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

Last year we went up to Northwestern Minnesota to see Jared’s cousins, aunts and uncles and stayed with his grandma.  When we were there I ate my first real St Patty’s Day dinner of Corned Beef, boiled red potatoes, and of course some cabbage.  It was a full day of food, family and games.  Everyone was decked out, head to toe in green.

I am lucky to have married into such an amazing Irish family.

I’m glad I now have an excuse to celebrate such a fun holiday.

Jared’s cousin is coming over on Thursday and we are going to prepare our first St Patty’s Day dinner.  I am quite excited about it.  Both our husbands have to work that night so we are going to have our own party.  I am thinking of making the beef brisket in the crock-pot, any other ideas?  I am totally open to pointers.

5 Responses to “Luck of the Irish”

  1. Becky March 15, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    When I taught school, the leprechauns would often sneak in the night before, leaving glitter from their magic footprints in the hallway. They’d turn the milk green too. And they’d do naughty things, like leaving candy wrappers all over, overturning a desk or two, drawing on the chalkboard. We tried trapping them with very imaginative tactics but they never fell for it. Sneaky little guys they are.

  2. glorytrain March 15, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Well ya can’t forget the Guinness!

  3. Caitlyn March 15, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I hope the leprechauns visit our house because Aleah would totally get into it. We might have to get some special drinks for the occasion too.

  4. Tonia March 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Yummmm! Good luck- sounds delicious. Here are two more ideas…

    Irish soda bread: http://www.paultuorto.com/giustogusto/?p=1241

    Homemade Irish Creme: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2011/03/09/homemade-irish-cream/

  5. Mary (McGuire) Bangs March 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Caitlyn,
    It was so great to read your posts. The girls skirts are amazing. It really is fun to be irish, and have our own special day. It’s even more sentimental since being in Ireland and seeing the effect St. Patrickhad on the country. He truly brought
    Jesus to a land that knew him not! I’m so glad you’re willing to adopt our traditions. jared and his siblings grew up with green scrambled eggs, green milk, and green mashed potatoes (for supper), as well as anything else I could put green food coloring in. Have a great time tonight. I love you!

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