With a the little Irish in me (about a 1/4)  there is a lot of love for St. Patrick’s Day.  Here are a few of our traditions that I learned and enjoyed as a child.  Now it’s my turn to pass along the fun to my kids.


Irish Soda Bread and Corned Beef and Cabbage.  This year our corned beef is from Trader Joe’s (sort of a cheat) but I had a sample in the store and it was delicious!  And here is the recipe for our family’s Irish Soda Bread.

Mix together

3.5 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

In a seperate bowl mix together

1 pint sour cream

2 eggs

Add the dry ingredients to the sour cream and egg mixture along with the raisins.  Then ‘dump’ the bread dough out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 60-70 min.  Serve warm.   Later toast and serve with butter and jam.


For dessert we make our traditional rainbow cake.  A fun surpise for the children to see all of their favorite colors inside.


But my FAVORITE tradition is the leprechaun trap.  We read the story That’s What Leprechaun’s Do in the days leading up to this holiday.   Then the day before St. Patrick’s Day we build our trap to catch a leprechaun.  There is no right or wrong way to build a Leprechaun trap.  Don’t forget the bait.  This year we have shiny shamrocks and glittery stickers.  They love color!  If you don’t catch one don’t be discouraged.  They are tricky and fast.  Perhaps he’ll at least drop some gold (chocolate coins) as he tries to escape. 


I love the intensity during preperation!


And the leprechaun leaves a few other goodies in our house.  Including Lucky Charms cereal and green milk in the fridge. 

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