Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Ever so near to that crock of gold... Top o’ the mornin’ to you, my friends!  I’ve got a number of wonderful and magical surprises to let you know you’ve reached the end of the rainbow.

Shamrock Shake shared on Flickr by Chad & Steph http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadlewis/


First of the lot is a collection of resources about the Shamrock Shake.  Mmmmm… minty…  So, let’s have a quick look at what I’ve put together for you:

  • Here are the official nutrition statistics on the glorious seasonal treat known as the Shamrock Shake!  I’ve linked to the small 12oz shake’s stats because I wouldn’t want to upset Mayor Bloomberg’s nutrition nazis with the whopping 22oz large shake that I personally favor.  Sorry, but enough is just never enough.
  • In the spirit of ingenuity and free enterprise, Food.com contributor Kree has come up with a DIY recipe so we can have Shamrock Shakes whether Mickey D is serving them up right now or not.  Give the recipe a try and see if she’s hit the mark.
  • In the spirit of nutrition naziism or from a more positive perspective of extending tasty treats to those who cannot or choose not to partake of high calorie treats, Bethany of Sprinkles And Allergies has developed a dairy-free vegan version.  She has overcome a host of allergies through her healthy living and is kind enough to share it with the rest of us.  Here is her recipe.  Give it a try.
  • In the spirit of Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban was slapped down like the bloody Volstead Act (so, SUCK IT, Food Fascist!), here is a Shamrock Shake Cocktail from Rachel Sanders at BuzzFeed‘s Food section.  Note that I rarely drink alcohol so I won’t be able to vouch for this recipe.  College is way, way behind me and I have few other circumstances where I feel a need to bother with it.  That being said, give it a try if you are of the responsibly imbibing population.

Next on the list of surprises is a list of some of my favorite books and movies having to do with Ireland:

  • The Quiet Man – John Wayne plays Sean Thornton, a wealthy gentleman seeking the quiet life in his parents’ home country finds anything but quiet when he falls for the fiery Mary Kate Danaher played by Maureen O’Hara.
  • Patriot Games – Harrison Ford plays Jack Ryan, a CIA Analyst who falls afoul of terrorist Sean Miller played by Sean Bean when he interferes in an assassination attempt.
  • Game of Thrones – Okay, it doesn’t take place in Ireland but it is filmed there and it has Sean Bean!  Not one for the children or the easily offended.  HBO enactment of the Song of Ice and Fire anthology by George R. R. Martin.
  • Patrick: Son of Ireland – Historical Fiction by Stephen Lawhead regarding the life and adventures of Saint Patrick.
  • The Sister Fidelma Mysteries by Peter Tremayne – Historical Fiction centered around the characters of Sister Fidelma of Cashel – sister to the King of Muman, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehon courts and her sidekick, the Saxon monk Eadulf.

A special St Patrick's Day Present for my Subscribers, click here to download
A special St Patrick’s Day Present for my Subscribers, click here to download

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