St. Paddy’s Treats

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St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th is the date of the death of St. Patrick who is the patron saint of Ireland (384-461 AD).  Even though it is originated as a religious celebration of the commencement of Christianity in Ireland, the day has been adopted the world over and almost everyone finds a little Irish blood on March 17th.

Don’t forget the wearing of the green on St. Paddy’s Day.  Be prepared to help residents who didn’t find a green shirt to wear a four-leaf clover.  A pattern that you can use with green construction paper is attached here.

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner so get busy!

It’s a great time share the luck of the Irish with festive green marshmallow treats! They are fun to make, fun to look at and even more fun to eat!

NOTE:  There is an option for stovetop (for home) or microwave (for assisted livings). Have your residents help you prepare these tasty treats while listening to some favorite Irish songs.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3 tablespons butter (a little extra for greasing the pan &spatula)
  • 1 10 oz package of marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp green food coloring
  • 13x9x2 inch pan, greased with butter

Stovetop Option

  1. Melt margarine on low heat
  2. Add marshmallows, stir until melted
  3. Add vanilla extract & green food coloring
  4. Stir until all the cereal is evenly coated with mixture
  5. Use a buttered spatula to press mixture into pan and flatten
  6. Allow to cool and set for 20-30 minutes
  7. Cut into small squares

Microwave Option

  1. Place butter marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes
  3. Remove and stir
  4. Microwave one additional minute
  5. Add vanilla & food coloring
  6. Use a buttered spatula to press mixture into pan and flatten
  7. Allow to cool and set for 20-30 minutes
  8. Cut into small squares

While the Treats are Cooling

While waiting for the treats to cool, have a St. Patrick’s Day themed discussion. Read aloud some Irish blessings, make a list with your residents of things that are green, sing Irish songs, and find out how many residents are Irish. If you have the ability to show youtube videos, play a video of the Chicago river, which is dyed green every year to celebrate the holiday.

Old Irish Songs

A great resource is on Spotify:

https://play.spotify.com/album/7ehrW7O3aVJop5M1NGT6WW

Some of the ones that we love are here:

  • When Irish Eyes are Smiling
  • I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
  • Toora-Loora (An Irish Lullaby)
  • Danny Boy
  • I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

Irish Blessings

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you

Wishing you always…
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire

May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

http://islandireland.com/Pages/folk/sets/bless.html

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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