Have you ever believed in Leprechauns? Just a little?
In first grade, I made a Leprechaun trap out of blocks. When I came in from recess, there was a little shoe sticker inside my trap. My teacher suggested that I caught a Leprechaun but he had wiggled out of the trap, leaving his shoe behind. She then informed me of an important piece of St. Patrick’s day magic: because I had his shoe, he was obligated to give me a bit of luck.
“If you pay careful attention,” she whispered, “you will notice something lucky that he does, just for you. If you are watching closely enough, you might just catch a glimpse of him—your one-shoed leprechaun!”
When I got home, someone had put green food coloring in the milk. I have been a believer ever since.
I believe, but it’s not so much the leprechauns that I believe in. What I really believe in is luck. The key isn’t putting a leprechaun in your debt, the key it to pay special attention to the good things in life. No matter how dull life seems, there is always something lucky to celebrate that can bring a smile to our face or make a memory meaningful.
One thing I’ve loved more than looking for that one-shoed leprechaun fleeing after a lucky moment is to be that luck-leaving leprechaun. You can pass along Irish luck by creating special moments for others. This is how we at Plentiful Pantry want to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. And, if the Irish magic touches you, you might think of a way to use our gift to bring luck into the lives of your loved ones.
Warning: this food is rich in luck and high in festiveness. It may result in new St. Patrick’s Day traditions.
The “pint” is always part of the Irish tradition. If you don’t prefer alcohol, you can use Sprite! Add some green food coloring for some extra magic.
If your kids don’t eat spinach, this magical St. Patrick’s day food will have them gobbling it in! Don’t ask how it works, it’s leprechaun luck!
This will be better than the pot of gold at the end of any rainbow. Add some spinach to make this rainbow that’s heavy on the green!
Key Lime Cheesecakes:
Richer than a leprechaun who has found a pot of gold, you will be lucky if there is any of this delicious cheesecake left on the 18th.