Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans

I can't believe that it is only 8pm on St Patrick's Day and here I am sitting on the couch totally exhausted. I guess that's life with kids. At least I was able to muster the energy to down half a Guinness. I hope you all had a great day filled with lots of green food and festivities. I know that Grace and I had quite an eventful day filled with good eats. Let's recap, shall we?

We actually started our festivities on monday night with an Irish themed meal. I am starting to notice that all of our celebrations revolve around food. But I can't help it, I love to eat.  I served up some delicious lamb and Guinness pot pies. Grace has been very indifferent towards meat lately. Last night she decided she pick out all of the beef and would only eat the lamb. Silly baby. We then capped off the night by playing Irish lullabies and reading The Night Before St. Patrick's Day.

This week we took away Grace's bottles, and she really doesn't seem to mind. The only problem is now instead of sleeping until 8 or 9 in the morning she is up for the day by 6. Not cool. Now if I could just get her to drink cow's milk all would be well, but that is a dilemma for a different day.

Anyway Grace was up before the sun once again, so we started off the morning with some yummy green smoothies. I just put an apple, lemon juice, half a banana, half a pear, celery, spinach and water in my blender and blended. Grace loved it,  and I think we have a new quick and easy breakfast option.

The rest of the day was spent battling tantrums, going to music class, and listening to Irish music while cleaning the house for Grace's first birthday party. I had a couple of art projects for Grace to do, but we never did find tome to complete them.

Over the past two days Grace has made huge strides in her walking ability. I just found out that Grace has been battling an ear infection, and I think that may explain why she has been so whiny these past few weeks. We were finally given antibiotics, and now she seems to be walking all over the place. I wonder if her ear was messing with her balance. Poor girl. She has not only improved in her walking ability, but also her climbing ability. She now climbs on to the couch like it is no big deal, and has been climbing on to the back of the couch to look out the window more and more. Last weekend she even mastered climbing up the slides at the park.

For lunch Grace enjoyed traditional Irish potato pancakes known as bloxty. They are made with mashed potatoes, hash browns, cheese, bacon, and chives. I served them with some whole milk yogurt to help keep up her dairy intake since she won't drink milk. These were a huge hit.

Of course, it isn't St. Patrick's Day without corned beef and cabbage. This was my absolute favorite meal when I was little, and I am proud to say the Grace is following in her mother's footsteps and is loving this traditional Irish-American fare. Along with our corned beef we dined on Irish soda bread muffins, and broccoli and cheese twice baked potato.  For dessert Anthony and I enjoyed some Chocolate Guinness Goodness.