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I am not Irish, but I love St Paddy’s Day. When my kids were little, pesky little leprechauns started coming to our house in the middle of the night. They left treats for the kids, but also left our furniture rearranged or the magazines in the living room a mess. My kids started setting traps for the leprechauns, but have not caught any to this day. These antics have made St Patrick’s Day so much fun!
The other thing my family loves about this fun holiday is shamrock shakes. While we make sure to go to McDonald’s at least once during the Irish season to get this delicious green milkshake, my children beg me to make shamrock shakes at home. Of course, I comply.
Making your own shamrock shake is easy to do and costs very little. All you need is some ice cream, milk, mint leaves and sprinkles. I put the green sprinkles right in the shake so there is no need to use extra food coloring. I also use fresh mint leaves which give the shake a green color. Not all children like the mint in the shake, so it is easy to leave it out if you’d rather. Mint extract can also be substituted for the mint leaves.
I have made several shamrock shakes in the past few weeks. Today’s after school snack will be one of these shakes, and dinner will be a full Irish feast. We are going to a party and I won’t be doing any cooking. But I have made my share of Irish dishes in the past years on St Paddy’s Day. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t have to be St Paddy’s Day in our house to make a yummy dinner of corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker. Cheesy beer bread or Irish soda bread go great on the side.
Of course, on St Paddy’s Day, there has to be dessert besides shamrock shakes. Irish potatoes are another one of my kids’ favorites. These are not real potatoes, but the dessert kind made with cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon.
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