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St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

I forgot to post this earlier in the week.  I made my son a special lunch on St. Patrick’s day, complete with a fruit rainbow (red-strawberries, orange-oranges, yellow-pineapple, green-kiwi, blue-blueberries, violet-grapes).  I also made his sandwich look like a leprechaun with circle head, apple hat, raisin eyes, cheese for the hair and the beard.  I thought he would love it…most of the lunch came back.  But he did say it was the best lunch ever!


St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Here is what we will be doing this week to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

* Make a leprechaun beard.

* Treasure hunt for “gold”

* Set a trap to catch the leprechaun…leave a note from him saying “Can’t catch me!”  Maybe green footprints?

* Green treasure dig with a tub filled with dried peas, green beads, etc.  I will hide small toys for them to find.

* Read lots of books about St. Patrick’s Day!

* Make a green collage out of anything you can find that is green.

* Finger Paint with green (pistachio) pudding.

* Paint with green Kool-Aid

St. Patricks Day Food

Here is what we are planning for food on St. Patrick’s Day:

* Rainbow cupcakes

Make a white cake according to the box.  Separate the batter into 6 equal bowls. Make each bowl a different color with food coloring, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet one to each bowl.  Place spoonfuls of batter into the cupcake liner and fill 1/2 full.  Bake and frost!

* Shamrock Shakes

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup milk

1/4 t mint extract

8 drops green food coloring

* Green Food: add food coloring to cereal milk, pancakes, eggs, mashed potatoes, etc.

Isaiah told me at dinner, he thought he didn't like green milk as much as white...hmmm

* For adults: Bailey’s Cake.  This is fabulous! I omit the nuts.

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1 c. nuts
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jello instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts on the bottom of pan. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour over nuts. Bake 1 hour. Cool cake completely. Prick cake and pour glaze over top and sides.
1 stick butter
1/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Melt butter. Stir in water and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. REMOVE from heat. Stir in Bailey’s Irish Cream.Note: If using cake mix which includes pudding, omit pudding from recipe, decrease eggs to 3, and decrease oil to 1/3 cup.