When I was thinking of what I wanted to do for St. Patricks Day, I thought of my Irish grandmother Rita O’Toole Spensley and when something good would happen she would always say – That’s the “luck of the Irish”. Now my grandmother, being 100% Irish, believed it was 100% good luck and always added that… “if you were lucky to be Irish, then you were lucky enough!”
Some say the ‘luck of the Irish’ is actually BAD luck – particularly back in Ireland because of the famine. In America we typically use it as a good luck phrase that can be traced back to the gold rush where many Irish found their ‘pot-of gold’… hence the term ‘Luck of the Irish.’
My favorite Irish saying is “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic”
This inspired me to design my “Enchanted Shamrock Table”.
Everyone knows that the Shamrock is the good luck symbol of the Irish. And of course there are Irish Blessings that reference them – such as… ‘…May your blessings outnumber he shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go!’
So maybe you shouldn’t go out looking for four leaf clovers on St. Patrick’s Day… let’s look at the option of staying in and creating a St. Patrick’s Day dinner or fun party at home – en lieu of joining the bar crawl.
Watch my Better TV Show for ideas on how to create your own “Enchanted Shamrock Table” Friday, March 10th (click here for local listings)
Check out my recipes for a Lucky of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day Party: