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Happy Saint Patrick's Day

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 

What are you doing to celebrate? It's funny to me because growing up in Colorado, I don't remember St. Patrick's Day being a big deal like it is in Chicago.  But now, in our neighborhood, so many people host parties, there is a big parade and so many other Saint Patrick's related festivities.

Every year we go to a friends' party here on the Northwest side of Chicago.  It's always a big event with trolleys that take you from the party site to the parade.  We haven't made it to the parade for the past few years because of the weather, nap schedules or both, but we intend to start going in the coming years.

We usually spend a little time in Long Grove checking out what Paddy's on the Square and the rest of the town have going on for the Holiday. Last weekend, they had live music at Paddy's which was incredible, but not topped by the 45 minutes spent arranging doorstops (pictured below). 

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Then we go home and eat corned beef with cabbage, parsley saucebrown bread and have a cup of tea with something sweet.  And without fail, every year, we vow to do a better job of wearing green to represent both our Irish heritage and the stores.  

This year, St. Patrick's day falls on a Saturday, so we are definitely going to be spending some time at the Irish Heritage Center's St. Patrick's Festival. I've already informed the kids that if they want to go, they have to help their dad and uncle, so we'll see how that goes. More information on the festival and the Heritage Center can be found here. 

In terms of St. Patrick's Day recipes, there are more than a few I'd like to try but here are some from around the web to keep in mind for next year's festivities:

Irish Coffee Cupcakes.  I would eat these any day, for any occasion. (My birthday is May 6th in case you have your calendar handy).

Pan Boxty.  These Irish potato cakes look delicious.  I would love these with eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Guinness-Glazed Lamb Chops.  Why didn't I think of this? These would make an incredible, and different St. Patrick's Day entree. Fancy too!

Shepherd's Pie from My Irish Table.  I've cooked from this beautiful book on a few occasions (posted about here) and just love it. This recipe might be next. 

Whatever you are eating, I hope it's delicious and that you all have a fun, happy, and safe St. Patrick's Day weekend.