Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!!

Mar 17th

It’s Monday again. . . inevitable, isn’t it?  I feel really good about what was accomplished at home over the weekend, so truly, no regrets.  Hubby got his boat ready to sell (just didn’t get used often enough to justify the space it takes up), and other work in the garage done.  I got the taxes done – two day event that is over for another year! Yippee!  Our switch over from the old cable company to the new one is done – another YIPPEE! and quite honestly I feel really good about the weekend.

Before I get started on today’s celebrations I have to say that there is one thing I am very sad about.  My dentist passed away over the weekend. . . Dr. K. you were amazing.  You were compassionate and kind, you were gentle and reassuring.  You cared about making sure your patients weren’t in any pain, and that they were comfortable.  Each time I was in your office I felt never once felt like you were hurrying through your work, nor that I was just a statistic.  There was genuine caring from everyone in your office about each person who came to you for help. When there was a financial issue, you did not hesitate to allow us to carry a balance and pay you monthly – your first priority was our health, the rest would follow.  Not once did I ever leave your office with a headache, sore jaw or horrible neck pain . . . your care was so thorough and so aimed at my needs that none of that was ever an issue.  To your wife, S. I am so sorry for your loss.  You are the sweetest lady ever, and your gentle hands worked alongside your husband’s for the good of the patient.  Thank you for your years of loving care.  He will be missed, and my heart is with you and with your son.
Saint Patrick’s Day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures.  Even though he is so famous, his life remains in large part a mystery.  There are many stories that are traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including a famous account of his banishing all of the snakes from Ireland, that are just products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.  It is a known fact that St. Patrick was born to Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century.  It is believed that he died on March 17th, around 460 A.D.  His father was a Christian deacon, but it has been suggested that he took the job because of tax incentives (some things don’t change, right?), but there isn’t any real evidence that Patrick came from a very religious family.  When he was 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate.  They took him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.  During that time he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people.  Being lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for peace, becoming a devout Christian.  During this time he began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity.  When he had been a prisoner more than six years, he escaped.  According to his writings he heard the voice of God, speaking to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.  To accomplish this he walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where he was likely being held, to the Irish coast.  He made it back to Britain, but once there he said he was told again in a dream, this time by an angel, that he was to go back to Ireland as a missionary.  He started his religious training, lasting more than 15 years, and after he was ordained as a priest, he was sent to Ireland to minister to Christians already living in Ireland, and to convert the ones who weren’t.  This contradicts the rumors that he actually introduced Christianity to Ireland.  Seems like he just spread it further around Ireland.  Since he was familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to include traditional ritual into his lessons instead of trying to erase native Irish beliefs.  For example, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, which was a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so it would seem more natural to the Irish.  Even though there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick got there, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion.  Considering that the Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth, it isn’t surprising that the story of Patrick’s life became exaggerated over the centuries.  Did you know?  Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland!

Submarine Day – So . . . are we celebrating the submersible boat . . . or a big hero sandwich today?  Well, pretty much everywhere I could find documentation on this one, it is pointing to being about the boat.  I did find conflicting information on when this one is celebrated.  A few sites said today, and a few said on April 17th – which was when the U.S. Submarine Force was established in 1900.  Honestly, that one sounds more likely.  The picture here is one we can see near where I live fairly often.  There is something so awe inspiring watching the subs go through with their U.S. Coast Guard escort.  I get a little tearful when I see it, to be quite honest.  You can celebrate this one in a fun way by going to a naval museum if you have one nearby (we do, so this is a good idea for an outing with our grandson!), or at least read a book or watch a movie about them.  If those just aren’t options, I suppose you go for the less impressive but far tastier Submarine Sandwich today . . . do they make Corned Beef and Cabbage Submarine Sandwiches? 
This Day In History
1845 – The rubber band was invented. Can you imagine life without them!?!
Food Celebration of the Day

National Corned Beef Day – While a favorite of Irish-Americans, their relatives across the pond debate whether the dish is actually an Emerald Isle tradition.
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
Corned Beef & Cabbage Tacos
Brown Sugar & Mustard-Glazed Corned Beef
Corned Beef Bunwiches
Cheesy Corned Beef Casserole
Pickle and Corned Beef Dip
Corned Beef Potato Salad

National Irish Coffee DayWhat better way to make Irish Coffee than with your own homemade Irish Cream?  Here’s the recipe for THAT, and after it I’ll give the recipe for Irish Coffee!  Fun stuff!

You can make your own for Irish Crème for less money – more for less!

1 cup  whiskey   (inexpensive middle of the road is okay)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup  whipping cream
4  eggs
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract   (Torani brand almond syrup is a wonderful replacement)

1 In blender, combine all ingredients; blend until smooth.
2 Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to one month. (It won’t last that long!) Shake bottle well before serving, and return remaining liqueur to refrigerator.
3 Note: Use only Grade A, uncracked eggs.

Irish Coffee Recipe –

1 jigger (1.5 oz) Irish Cream
1 jigger (1.5 oz ) Irish Whiskey
1 cup hot brewed coffee
1 Tbsp Whipped Cream
1 Dash of Nutmeg

Mix the Irish Cream and Irish Whiskey in a mug.  Fill the mug with coffee.  Top with the whipped cream and the nutmeg.  ENJOY!

Well, there was a lot of delicious treats to look at today – maybe it will give some of you a plan for dinner – and other fun stuff along the way.  I learned more about St. Patrick than I ever knew before, which is good for my Irish heritage (there’s a small percentage, but it’s still a percentage!)  Right now I’m off to work in the only green shirt I own, wishing I could have corned beef, but knowing it truly isn’t on my eating plan.  I’ll live vicariously through each of you today!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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