St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

I’m only a wee bit Irish, so I really only celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit. In my early twenties, this meant all-day beer fests, I mean, parades, on the south side of Chicago. Now, it means sharing the true meaning of the day with my kids, turning everything green and coloring rainbows with pots of gold at the end.

When I was working full time and commuting at least two hours every day, I let most holidays pass me by without trying to make many memories with my kids. Some working moms still find time and energy to accomplish fun holiday meals and crafts, which is just amazing to me. My sincerest props to you!

Now, as I’m staying at home with the kids for who knows how long, I want to seize the day! I used to dread the holidays – and all of the stress and guilt that came with it, but now I’m looking forward to all of them, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

I’ve been searching my favorite blogs and Pinterest for enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day activities and treats. Below, I’m sharing some of the fun I’m planning. I wanted to share these with you now to give you a little time to prepare. 

 

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Green Milk and Lucky Charms For Breakfast!

Fill glass jars with green milk and cupcake liners with Lucky Charms cereal. You can even place a little love note to your children that reads, “I’m over the rainbow in love with you.”

Idea from:  http://www.thoughtfullysimple.com/a-lucky-breakfast/

 

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Pistachio Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

1 box of white cake mix

2 small boxes of instant pistachio pudding

1/2 cup of veggie oil

1 1/4 cups water

4 eggs

1 can vanilla frosting

Green sprinkles to garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease (I use Pam) a 10-inch bundt pan

In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, puddings, oil, water, and eggs with electric mixer. Pour into prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cake rest on counter in pan 10 minutes. Then, invert the cake onto a serving plate to finish cooling.  

Once the cake is cool, frost with your store bought vanilla frosting and add green sprinkles.

Recipe from:  http://mixandmatchmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/bundt-cake-80-pistachio.html

 

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Green Pudding

Ingredients:

2 boxes (4 serving size each) of JELLO vanilla flavor instant pudding (or use JELLO pistachio flavor instant pudding and eliminate the green food coloring)

3 ½ cups cold milk

1 teaspoon green food coloring

1 tub Cool Whip (8 oz)

1-18 oz pkg. Oreos, coarsely crushed

Shamrock candies, cookies, etc. for garnish

Directions:

Pour milk into large bowl. Stir in food coloring. Add pudding mixes and beat with a wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir in Cool Whip. In a trifle bowl, layer crushed cookies and pudding mixture. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until ready to serve.

Recipe from:  http://kromadesign.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweet-recipe-green-pudding-dessert.html

 

Enjoy making St. Patrick’s Day memories with your family!