Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Paddy's Day - Are You Green?

Chicago's Green River

May the “luck o’ the Oirish” be with you today and every day!
Parade in San Francisco
  Happy St. Patrick’s day! Are you wearing green? Do you participate in eating green foods or drinking green beer? 

What is our obsession with turning the day green in the US? Chicago even turns their river green at great cost with a “secret” recipe that supposedly doesn’t kill or pollute the fish. I wrote a short story about it once.

But to move on, here is what I’ve done to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!
Green Velvet Cake!

Couldn't wait for the actual day, so we tasted a bit, just to make sure it was good, right...!

I made this cake in honor of two friends, Jo, who gave me the recipe, and “our” “local” Irishman Mark, who is moving to the mainland from Hawaii this week, and will also be heard on a radio broadcast for St. Paddy’s Day!

Here is a link to Jo’s blog in case you want to try the recipe, and to Mark’s in case he’s able to put up a post for us to hear his lovely “Oirish” accent!

Here is a bit about St. Patrick, in case you’d like to know his history:

Here is information about the Parade in Dublin, Ireland. I wish I could be there!

Here is information about the festivities in Chicago, IL:

In Indiana Leprechauns got loose to help raise awareness for cancer!

Leprechaun Michelle Spencer of Elkhart, IN
I’ll leave you with a toast for St Patrick’s Day,
“May the roof above us never fall in, 
and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”

Some images from:


  1. I'd eat that green cake.
    Listened to Mark's podcast this morning! Fairfax isn't going to know what hit them...

  2. Anonymous12:38 PM

    My family is very green, and we celebrate by listening to Irish music and eating green scrambled eggs. They look a little odd, but taste good. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  3. I assume the cake was OK as you didn't throw it out LOL. Good post today Lisa. I listened to Mark as well, great to hear the voice of a cyber friend. Happy St. Patrick's day to you. Oh, and send me a piece of cake.

  4. I'm out of town this week and I forgot to pack anything green. Shame on me! :)

  5. Hi Lisa ... funnily enough I didn't see any Irish green around ... but I stayed in last night .. perhaps that's why. I must get across to listen to Mark's podcast ... I've saved it! Cheers and I love the look of the cake ... Hilary

  6. Looks like you had a blast. We are less excited up here, but I did wear green. Cheers. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  7. Green cake. That's what my yesterday was missing! :)

  8. I used to be in a bagpipe-and-drum band in Chicago, and while we never marched in the big parade, we would spend most of St. Patrick's Day (and the weekend before) running around to various parties and other functions.

    The Chicago parade is a huge deal. It starts at noon, with the drinking starting a couple of hours before then. Every politician, ward heeler, labor union, TV and radio station, and a bunch of companies have floats in the parade. We were at the parade one year, and there were a bunch of guys from some company walking in it. One guy was carrying a flag, and all the guys with him were chanting, "He lost the float! He lost the float!"

    Hope you had a good time yesterday.

  9. Low key St. Pats day for us, but I did make Guinness stew.

  10. I kept forgetting it was St. Patty's day. We didn't do anything green, food or drink. But that cake looks delicious.

  11. I LOVE red velvet cake, and green is generally more my color than red, so (by transverse property),I LOVE green velvet cake!

  12. The green cake looks so yummy. I love the green river in Chicago. I'm not Irish , but my ex- husband (of 20 years) is from Chicago and there's no better place in the U.S., to spend St. Patrick's Day. I just stopped by to say hello before the 2015 A to Z challenge begins and to thank you for co-hosting such a fabulous and fun event .

  13. So much green. I lived in the suburb of Chicago for my first 23 years and some how never made it to see the green St. Patrick's Day river. Glad to see it here.


Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. I may not always be able to respond to the comments you leave, however, I appreciate you dropping by and will do my best to visit your blog as well, if you have one!