I love watching the kids on St. Patrick's Day. They get so excited to see if their leprauchan traps actually caught anything, and they love to wear green in fear of getting pinched. My oldest now likes to try to trick people into thinking she's not wearing any green, by only wearing a touch of it. She still gets pinched so I don't know why she continues to do this year after year? I've also tried to explain to them what the holiday is really all about. I love having all the fun that holidays bring, but I also think it's important to share with the kids what the real purpose of the holiday is all about.
Did you know that St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland? On this day, all Lent bans on food and alcohol restrictions are lifted for the day. So it's no wonder so many Catholics are happy to have their Guiness, and plenty of it too! Saint Patrick was a slave turned evangelist in Ireland, and this day is to commemorate the day he died and the legends that surround his name. He used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to his congregation.
By now, your eyes have probably glossed over about just as much as my kids have! So what kid-friendly fun do we have in my home to celebrate the day? We have an annual tradition of going to my mother-in-law's house for Corned Beef and Cabbage, Kalua-spiked brownies topped with mint chocolate chip ice cream. But this year, my mother-in-law was not feeling well, so at the last minute I did my best to pull together dinner and dessert.
I made Corned-Beef and Cabbage for dinner using Martha Stewart's recipe. It was so easy to get it all together and took no effort at all. I know my mother-in-law does not cook hers in a crock pot, but hey, it worked!
Because I was preparing a meal and dessert for another family (a friend just had surgery, so I was trying to help out), I wanted to be able to prepare something quick and easy for dessert. Getting mint chocolate chip from the store was easy, but so was making green Rice Crispy treats.
No, I didn't even bother making them into Pinterest worthy shapes, like the shamrock crispy treats I've seen floating around. Sometimes you just gotta get it done! But one thing I can say that I did for the kids was to set the table and offer treats in their own little pot of gold. I put St. Paddy's themed cookies (store-bought - I'm telling you I had very little time this week!) and Rolo candies inside the party favor bags. I also used Shamrock's as the centerpiece for the table.
Nothing big, nothing too fancy - easy and simple to put together before the kids got up to get ready for school. And at the end of the day, the kids got a hot St. Paddy's day meal with a tasty little treat.