Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! I don't really know why everyone in the US gets so worked up about it. Everyone just makes it an excuse to go out and get drunk. I don't think anyone realizes the real importance or significance of it. As promised, I'm going to go into a little bit of the history of Saint Patrick's Day, but first here are two past recipes that I've updated to turn green. (Because I am going along with the secularization of the holiday. What is up with turning all our food green? It's kind of gross.)

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The split pea burgers are turned green by subbing the yellow split peas for green ones.

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Turn any sugar cookie recipe green by adding a few drops of green food coloring. Then take it a step further and cut them out into clover shapes.

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Here's a preview of today's new recipe. Looks good, doesn't it? You can find out all about it after you have read my spiel about Saint Patrick. Deal?

Saint Patrick was actually from Britain, but he was kidnapped by some Irish when he was 15. Back in the 5th century, Ireland was extremely pagan. They had a lot of supernatural beliefs, but they involved many gods, nature worship, and superstitions. The one true God was unknown to them. For six years Saint Patrick was enslaved in this pagan land, forced to work as a shepherd. Finally, he made his escape and returned to Britain. He did not spend much time in his homeland before he had a troubling dream. He was called to return to Ireland as a missionary. Can you imagine that? He willingly went back to teach his captors about Jesus so they could be saved. He wanted to save the people who enslaved him. He must have been one amazing fellow. What's even more amazing is the fact that people during this time period saw the Irish as barbarians. They avoided them at all costs. Patrick was the exception. His ways of reaching the people were pretty cool. He used three leaf clovers to symbolize the trinity, and showed the people they did not need to sacrifice to gods because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. I'm not sure if the legend of all the snakes being kicked out of Ireland because of Saint Patrick is true or not, but there are no longer snakes in the country.

Overall, Saint Patrick was an awesome man. He truly lived for God, and did his best to preach the Gospel to all people. Today, March 17, was the day of his death. He certainly deserves a holiday to honor him, but I do not think he would appreciate the way people abuse it now. We need to look at Saint Patrick as an example of how to live a noble Christian life.

broccoli and swiss egg muffin

Now for the promised recipe. This yummy looking muffin is made from broccoli and Swiss cheese. The onions give it a bit of a kick, so you can decrease the amount if you don't like onions. I love them, so I loaded my muffins up with onions. Enjoy!

broccoli and swiss egg muffin (3)

Broccoli & Swiss Egg Muffins
makes 12
1 package frozen broccoli, thawed
½ cup Swiss cheese, grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ cup cornmeal
1 ½ cup egg whites
2 tbsp fresh parsley
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder

 In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the broccoli. Process until smooth. Add the broccoli and process just until the broccoli is in smaller chunks. It should not be completely pureed. Oil your muffin pan and divide the mixture between the holes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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Here is a super glittery three leaf clover card. I love using glitter, but hate how it gets everywhere. We'll find traces of green glitter around the house next year from this card. I sent it to my friend in Georgia. Her mom is going to hate it when my friend opens up the card and glitter gets all over the floor. 

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