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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!

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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.

BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM CAKE
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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.
GLAZE:
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.