Hello everyone! Welcome back to day 4 of this indoors series. I feel like I have to advise people to resist from going out due to what is going on in NYC. Now I know it’s St. Patty’s weekend which means parade, bar crawl, singing old Irish songs at the local pub but I think its best to play it safe and celebrate St. Patricks Day at home. Since it is advised to avoid large gatherings, here are some fun things you can do instead to celebrate the holiday!
Watch I am Patrick on Netflix
Whether you’re Catholic, interested in Irish history or just love a good documentary, an upcoming docudrama on the life of St Patrick could be just what you’re looking for the next time you’re settling on the couch to while away a few hours.
Even better, watch Leap Year
Leap Year is such an underrated rom-com. It’s such a cute movie and will def leave you feeling all happy inside. Quick synposis: another anniversary passes without a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take action. Aware of a Celtic tradition that allows women to pop the question on Feb. 29, she plans to follow her lover to Dublin and ask him to marry her. Fate has other plans, however, and Anna winds up on the other side of the Emerald Isle with handsome, but surly, Declan — an Irishman and they have this whole adventure together.
All of the Saoirse stans you will not be disappointed. This movie is so good I can’t talk about it enough. Quick synposis: young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Watch documentary about Ireland
Unfortunately we can’t travel to Ireland so might as well bring Ireland to you! Here are some of the best documentaries about Ireland out there so you can feel inspired and in awe of the beautiful country. I’ve included links wherever possible plus suggestions of where you can stay if watching isn’t enough and you want to come and explore Ireland for yourself. So curl up with a box of popcorn, get that fire lit and enjoy these great documentaries. Watch them here.
Make Irish food for the day
- Breakfast: to be a real “full Irish,” it must include bacon, sausages, and eggs, plus Fadge (Irish potato bread), or the popular Boxty, (Irish griddle cakes). You can also add a few slices of soda bread or wheaten bread. Wash all of this down with plenty of tea and you will be set for the day ahead.
- Lunch/Dinner: Give Dublin Coddle a try—a layered dish consisting of bacon, pork sausage, and potatoes. Or Ireland’s national dish, Irish stew, which is a comforting bowl of lamb, potatoes, onions, leeks, and carrots. And we all know a pint of Guinness is traditional on St. Patrick’s Day, but did you know you can also cook with it? Beef and Guinness pie combines a delicious Irish beef stew with the country’s signature beer which is then baked under a flaky pastry crust.
Make Irish Coffee
If you’re not a Guinness girl, Irish Coffees make the tastiest — and most festive — cocktails to drink on March 17th. Try this delicious recipe, which features brown sugar for extra sweetness. There’s a healthy amount of Irish whiskey in here to keep you toasty, so savor it slowly.
Search for Four-Leaf Clovers
This one might seem a little lame but at this point I’m finding any excuse to go outside! This could be an activity you do in your backyard, local park, anywhere outdoors. It’s always good to find an excuse to go outdoors and be int eh sun.Just make sure to bring wipes and hand sanitizer if you touch anything by accident!
Make Mint Chocolate Pudding cookies (personal fav)
I’m a HUGE fan of the chocolate mint combination and these are super fun/easy to make for St. Patty’s day. The result is Andes mints in cookie form- they’ve got wonderful flavor and a lovely, soft texture. Find the recipe here.
Make Mint Oreo Pudding cookies
- Mint Oreo Pudding Cookies are so so amazing. I had tried these cookies about two years ago and they have been one of my favorite cookies ever since. Since everyone is staying indoors, I was ready to make them a few days ago and decided to make a mint version since I had some Mint Oreos in the pantry. Plus, it’s getting close to St. Patrick’s Day so even more the reason. I just added a little bit of mint and food coloring to my original recipe and the results did not disappoint at all. The recipe I use is here.
Try these 10 Irish themed drinks
Since the only way to truly celebrate Irish tradition is to drink, try these fun drinks.
From green beer to cocktails featuring Irish whiskey and other lucky spirits, there’s a fun and tasty recipe to fit every taste. Mix one of these up and enjoy!
Recipes for cocktails here.
Recipes for fun shots here.
Erin go Bragh!