Our St. Patrick's Day will revolve around four of our six children dancing in their first ever Irish Step Dance performance. Today our day is full. Hubby and oldest son attended our Archdiocesan Men's Conference. All four kids have a pre-show dance practice as I write this and this afternoon, three children sing at Mass with the Children's Choir. With Mass out of the way, we will focus on St. Patrick tomorrow.
We're an Irish bunch here. My husband is half Irish. I am probably a quarter Irish, maybe more like an eighth...I want to be a quarter :-). So, is it any wonder we have four children with Irish names or named after Irish descendants? My husband and I were too broke buying our first house to go on a real big honeymoon, but we took a "second" honeymoon after a year and a half of marriage to go to Ireland. And, taking Irish Step Dance was a dream come true for my girls and one boy. The others go along.
Today when we get home from church, I will be putting the girls' hair in tiny curlers so they have the springy Irish curl (no wigs, please). That will take about an hour. One daughter has waist length hair. The other has uncooperatively straight hair! That will be followed by Tylenol, but I digress...
Tomorrow I want to be all about St. Patrick's Day. We will feast on Green Scones (recipe to follow), rashers of bacon and green tea. After we finish breakfast and get ready, we will have a quick lunch before heading out to the Day of Irish Dance at a local exhibition hall. We will finish up our day by eating at our favorite family restaurant run by an Irish family. Every year they put up a new calendar with the countdown to St. Patrick's day starting January 1st! Got to love that!
Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope you will be wearing the green and eating or drinking something that comes from Ireland.
St. Patrick's Irish Scones
(AKA Mint Avocado Scones)
2 c. Bisquick (so sue me...the recipe works, okay?!)
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. mashed avocado
1/3 c. milk
1 tsp. mint extract
3/4 c. chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (optional, but many gave up chocolate for Lent here, so it is not optional!)
1-2 Tbsp. sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the avocado into the Bisquick and sugar. Add the chocolate chunks and combine. Add milk and mint extract. Stir just to combine. Place dough in a round on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Pat and press down to flatten into a circle about 1" thick. Cut with a sharp knife and, if possible, separate a bit. Sprinkle top with sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and enjoy with a good cup of Irish coffee.