Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's a day late, but Happy St. Patrick's Day, all the same!  We had a fun day.  Every St. Patrick's Day, we do the magic Apple Juice trick which involves me putting a drop of green food coloring in the bottom of the champagne glasses the night before.  St. Patty's morning, I (a true "Irish-woman") pours the apple juice into the glass and TaDah!  It turns green.  This was a tradition growing up and my kids enjoy it as much as I did.

This year, unfortunately, it didn't go as planned.  During the night, the food coloring dries.  When you pour in the apple juice, the food coloring rehydrates (usually) and the apple juice turns a gorgeous, shamrock green.   For future St. Patty's Day celebrations, I will no longer buy my food coloring at the Dollar Store.  What happened is that the apple juice hit the bottom of the glass and this disgusting piece of dried green food coloring started floating around in the cup.  Very unappealing and definitely not green.  My youngest looked at the tan apple juice and asked me if it was possible that I was no longer Irish.  Well. . . . Grandma was usually full of it but the one thing I was pretty sure of was her ancestry.  

We ended up pulling out the spoons.  With me cheering my Irish children on, they stirred their apple juice until it turned that gorgeous color we were looking for.  We decided that, because mommy messed up and bought the wrong brand of apple juice, we needed to have true Irish children stir the juice to turn it green.  They were thrilled to participate this year and I am sure it will be talked about for a few years to come.  Next year, I'm not buying food coloring from the Dollar Store and we might change to the sparkling apple cider. . . that ought to agitate it enough that we don't need the spoons.  Sheesh.

We also took the kids to the World War I Museum in town.  We've been meaning to go for awhile and, since it's Spring Break, we decided to do it this week.  Wednesdays' are buy one, get one so we got in for $18 for the entire family.  All I have to say is, Wow.

The place is amazing.  There are no reproductions in the museum; all the exhibits are the real items.  There was so much interaction for the kids that they didn't get bored until right before the end.  I do have to say, it's an emotionally draining experience.  I love history, especially United States history, and I learned so much.  At the end, we took a trip up to the top of the tower and looked out over the city.  It was a cold and chilly day but, somehow, it was a perfect day to do this.  The kids learned a lot and the trip home was rather quiet.

And we made brownies.  Not just any brownies, but minty brownies with green swirl icing.  They're sickly sweet and very gooey. . . and good.  We did these brownies as traditional ooey, gooey, chewy brownies, not the cake/bar type brownies that we usually make.  They're incredibly messy but, hey, St. Patrick's Day only comes around once a year.  

St. Patrick's Day might not be a traditional "family holiday" for most of the country.  But, this Irish woman is proud to say that it is a family holiday at our house!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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