Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I love St. Patrick's Day!  When I was a kid, my Grandma (Gibbons, by birth) used to send my sisters and me green carnations to celebrate the day.  After "the family feud", dad would continue to buy the carnations and tell us they were from Grandma.  To this day, I can't pass a green carnation without thinking of how much dad loves us.

Another tradition dad started was the green sparkling apple juice.  He would pull out mom's fancy wine glasses and pour the sparkling juice into it.  Lo and behold. . . it turned green.  He told us it was because he was Irish.

I do this every year for my kids.  Last year, Mr. Smarty Pants figured it out and told his sister.  I was going to skip it this year but they asked for it.  I'm not sure if it's the "magic" or what. . .

You need a bottle of sparkling apple cider (or apple juice, white grape juice, etc.  Something without color.)  You also need some wine glasses and some food coloring.


The night before, put one drop of green food coloring in your wine glasses, right in the center in that little well where the stem attaches.

In the morning, pull out your glasses, open your apple cider and pour the apple cider right on to the food coloring.  Even if it is dry, it will rehydrate and turn the drink green.  Goes in yellow, hits the glass and turns green!  Irish magic!

Toast each other!  Or, if you are in my house, find someone without green on and pinch them.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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