Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Actually, I think I love them all. I believe in celebrating each day — and if a certain day turns out to be a holiday too, well, all the better. But I also love the Irish culture and my Irish roots.

No, I’m not 100 percent Irish. In fact, I’m pretty much a “mutt.” As an American doing genealogy research when time allows, I’m finding so many nationalities in my blood: French, English, Spanish, and Welsh on my dad’s side — and Scottish, Irish, Dutch, and German on my mom’s side. And going back farther, there’s Norwegian, Italian, and possibly Jewish, plus more. I guess my ancestors traveled quite a bit. ; )

But back to the Irish. I remember when visiting England and Scotland, before I knew all these roots, I had a strong pull to visit Wales and Ireland. Because of time and money, I wasn’t able to then, but those two places are still on my list.

To celebrate today, my mom and I watched Celtic concerts (Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder) on PBS and enjoyed nontraditional Irish fare — but green — spinach pizza and guacamole with chips. : ) Plus Irish soda bread and green tea earlier. I also brought out my inner child and looked for four-leaf clovers; although I didn’t find any, I’m sure they were there, hidden among a thousand. It’s nice to know that the treasures of life are always around, and that one day they’ll be illuminated, in perfect time, in perfect fashion. I’m just happy knowing there’s still more to discover.

I hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day too, even if you don’t have one drop of Irish blood. I also love Greek food and culture, but I still haven’t discovered any Greek family members, but still hope to. ; )

Just in case you’re not sure how to make guacamole, this is what I do:

Peel and cut up one large, ripe avocado.
Add lemon juice, minced garlic, sea or pink salt (use all organic ingredients).
Use a spoon and mix it together. Mash up some of the avocado and leave some chunks.
Dip into it with organic chips and enjoy!
(I don’t use a recipe, so just experiment with the ingredients until you find the taste you like. Some people like to add extras, like onions and lime juice, but I just like this simple recipe.)

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