This is my youngest grandkidlet, Miss M, who loves to be helpful and share tasks like washing dishes and making Easter decor.
She also likes to share germs like the bug she got from her brother. After visiting Wednesday, she was laid low with a combo respiratory/stomach bug on Thursday. Guess who got the same bug on Saturday? But I wouldn't trade the hugs and kisses for anything.
Getting sick in the Spring is a bummer. When my middle sister and I were little, Ann was felled by the evil chicken pox. Being the oldest, I really gave her a hard time about her spots and her covered in calamine lotion look. One day, Mom was giving us a bath. She gave my back a long stare, called my Dad in to look at me. I knew what she was going to say so I preempted her with "I love dem chicken pox." The itching was miserable but missing out on a beautiful Spring was worse. At least, my sister was happy I got my just reward!
Back to now! Never have I been so glad to have a back up blog recipe. Because I sure don't want to eat, let alone cook right now.
After visiting our favorite Irish pub earlier last week to avoid the crowds, ManO and I hunkered down on St. Paddy's Day. We always watch Waking Ned Devine. It's tradition!
But we needed a meal to honor the Irish in both of us. We can trace our both our roots back, knowing immigration dates and villages ManO came from. So I thought of ingredients:
Potatoes: The Potato Famine motivated our ancestors to move to the US. I'm not sure I would have been that brave.
Something Green: Broccoli, one of my fave superfoods, was the perfect color for St. Patrick's Day.
Irish Cheese: Oh, Dubliner, how I love thee. Ignore the price! It was on sale for the holiday.
I quartered Yukon potatoes, tossed them in olive oil and roasted them for 35 minutes at 425.
Then I tossed in the broccoli to roast another seven minutes.
Then shredded Dubliner went over the veggies and back in the oven until melted.
To serve I topped with sour cream and a bit of bacon, because you know bacon makes everything better. But it was also a frugal meal, reminding us that meat was for the wealthy.
Add a salad and it's a perfect light meal for early Spring.
So are you suffering from one of the Spring fevers like allergies, viruses or March Madness? Do you think children are missing out getting the chicken pox vaccine rather than the real thing? How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? And do you have the Irish in ya?