At some point you are going to hear me say that every holiday is “my favorite holiday”. I guess that means I really love holidays–all of them! As weird as it may seem, St. Patricks day is no exception.
We don’t have a naughty little leprechaun that comes and leaves our house a mess and colors all our milk green. (My kids still build a leprechaun trap in hopes of catching the leprechaun that never was.) Heaven knows we don’t need another mess maker in our home. And this mama isn’t about to make a mess knowing she’ll be the one cleaning it up in the morning. Also, I like to be the one getting the credit for all the cleverness that goes on under my roof. What we do at our home is celebrate with green food all day.
I started getting creative with my green meals and decided one year that I would make green rolls to go with our green dinner. The kids thought it was great! The problem was that my roll recipe is really big and we had green rolls for days. The other problem–it wasn’t as fun eating green rolls when it wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day. I ended up throwing away a lot of rolls. Homemade rolls that is! Guys, I am not a bread maker. I can make bread, but it’s one of those things I have to schedule in. “Clear the calendar; mom’s making bread!” To throw away my hard work wasn’t easy.
The next year I decided to half my recipe and make a loaf of bread and the rest into rolls. We had egg salad sandwiches for lunch and the rolls with our dinner. I have continued to make green bread and send it in their lunches. When Tayden got into middle school, I worried she might get embarrassed with her all green lunch. I ran it passed her and she said it was still ok, so the tradition lives on.
I got super creative the following year and made Cinnamon Rolls, a loaf of Cinnamon Roll bread, regular bread and rolls. All out of the same batch of bread dough. The key to mixing in the green is adding it to the wet ingredients.
This might seem “Over-the-top” to many, I understand and would probably have to agree. However, if you think it seems fun and would like to try it, consider making biscuits out of Bisquik. A much simpler alternative. Just make sure to add the food coloring to the wet ingredients.
My absolute favorite St. Patrick’s Day meal to date was Chef Salads.
They are easy, tasty and require very little food coloring. I put a little food coloring in the Ranch, serve a green roll whip up some miniature (green)White Chocolate Pies and Voile!
Another simple treat are these Pretzel Rolo Treats!
This post is getting extremely long but I can’t let it end without sharing this…
It is an easy, healthy side dish that can be adapted to accommodate any taste bud. You could use blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, apples, pears… the sky is the limit!
I hope you’ve been able to take something from this post that may help you and your family celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day!
What fun traditions do you carry on in your house for this Holiday?