Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Do you know the St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Well, let me provide you with some here:
Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition that started in the 17th century, when green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see. Pinching those who didn’t wear green was meant to remind them that leprechauns could sneak up at any time. Still, only around half of Americans choose to deck themselves out in green for the holiday.
- Green jewelry: necklaces, earrings, rings, and pins
- A green scarf
- A green headband
- Green nail polish
- A green scrunchie or ponytail holder
- A green necktie
- Green socks (make sure they can be seen!)
- A green watch
- A green undershirt
- Green cufflinks
A St. Patrick’s Day menu wouldn’t be complete without corned beef and cabbage. The ritual of serving this on St. Patrick’s Day was started by Irish-Americans in the mid-1800s. Corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon in the traditional Irish dish of bacon and cabbage. Pair with your favorite potato recipe for a true Irishman’s feast.
- 1 3 – 4 pound corned beef brisket with spice packet
- 1/2 small head cabbage, cut into 3 wedges
- 4 medium carrots, peeled, and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 2 medium yellow potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup water
1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut brisket to fit into a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle spices from packet evenly over meat; rub in with your fingers. Place cabbage, carrots, onion, and potatoes in the slow cooker. Pour water over vegetables. Top with brisket.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. Transfer meat to a cutting board. Thinly slice against the grain. Serve vegetables with a slotted spoon. Makes 6 servings.
And how can we miss out on decor!
Add a touch of Irish-theme decor to your mantel with an easy-to-make framed clover. Trace a clover shape onto a 1-inch thick piece of plastic foam; cut out. Cover the shape completely with crinkled tissue paper to add texture. Spray-paint the clover green, let dry, and apply an antique glaze to highlight the textured areas. Secure it to a framed piece of burlap with a bit of hot glue.
Enjoy your day and be kind to one another!