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St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day might be one of my most favorite holidays. I’m fortunate that I have a family that loves history and genealogy. I am potato famine Irish and had family come to America in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Now that I’ve been to Ireland, my adoration for the holiday has grown…if that’s even possible! Here are some of my favorite pictures from when I was there… Glenariff Forest, Titanic Museum and where it was built, C.S Lewis’ house, Giant’s Causeway and Antrim Castle Gardens are just a few highlights!

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St. Patrick’s Day is also a mostly American thing because it is a celebration of where we came from and our heritage…not just a day to drink cheap green beer. The last few years I have happened to be at or near Ethan’s family, so we have started something of a tradition of me making everyone a big Irish dinner on St. Patrick’s Day! This year, we went with Fish & Chips! My father-in-law has an air fryer and made homemade, fresh cut, french fries. I was in charge of the fish!

2lbs fresh Cod (we’ve used Haddock as well)

1 1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 cup liquid (water, buttermilk, Guiness- your choice)

2 teaspoons baking powder

Salt/Pepper to taste

1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay (optional)

Vegetable or canola oil- You need something to fry these bad boys in!

  1. Add oil to a shallow pan and begin to heat
  2. Cut the fish into more manageable pieces and pat dryIMG_2777
  3. Mix the flour, liquid, and spices until it is about pancake batter consistencyIMG_2778
  4. Dip the cod in the batter on both sides and carefully place in the hot oil
  5. Cook until each side is golden brown. Depending on the thickness of the fish, this could be 3-5 min to cook the fish and crisp the batter
  6. Lay on a paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil and cool

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The second thing I made was green chocolate chip cookies. It’s a relatively basic cookie recipe with…you guessed it…green food coloring.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 stick butter

1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

3-5 drops of peppermint oil (optional- depending on how strong you like the flavor)

Chocolate chips of your choice- I used dark chocolate

1. Cream butter and crisco, add sugar, vanilla, peppermint oil and eggs.

2. Add green food coloring to desired shade. I used about 10 drops.

3. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Slowly add it to the “wet” ingredients.

4. Mix in 1 1/2 cups, or half a bag of chocolate chips. It will look like mint-chocolate-chip ice cream.

IMG_5334IMG_53355. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Trust me. Don’t skip this step. Longer is better. But at least an hour.

6. Pre-heat the oven to 350, bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven etc. The cookies will JUST start to turn brown around the edges.IMG_5336

EAT, with a nice big glass of milk!

And now, for some Irish fun facts and baby pics to make your St. Patricks day a little educational and cute-

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-Only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads.

-A book only needs to sell 3,000 copies to top the Irish bestseller list.

-There have never been snakes in Ireland. St. Patrick did nothing with snakes.

-St. Patrick was initially captured as a slave and taken to Ireland. He eventually escaped, joined the church, and decided to go back to the country that had enslaved him to spread Christianity as a missionary.

-We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th because that is the supposed date of his death.

-In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is more of a religious holiday….but don’t worry, they still do plenty of partying as well!

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