Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop! Comment to win a $10 gift card to All Romance eBooks. Your comment also enters in the big Blog Hop giveaway of either a Kindle Fire or a $90 eBook gift card!

I am pleased to be a part of this holiday Blog Hop, though I claim no Irish ancestry. Some like to joke that we're all Irish on this one day, but as this day also commemorates a Catholic saint I suppose I get half credit. :-)

I have no Irish-themed books, but if you browse my book list you will hopefully find a story that catches your interest. As this is a holiday blog, though, I thought I would share some of the quirkier things associated with the holiday. I hope you'll enjoy the blog in the spirit it is meant to convey.

When we think of St. Patrick's Day, we think of the color green. We wear green clothes to avoid being pinched - my seven year old is adamant that we keep this tradition. Some of us enjoy a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage, and a green beer - not sure if our Irish ancestors drank that exactly, but it's one use for green food coloring.

Other things you may see only during this time include:

The Shamrock Shake - Truthfully, I haven't had one of these in years, not since I was working at McD's in high school. The shake had a chalky mint taste back then. Perhaps it's improved now - I do know that the Shamrock Shake has quite the cult following, like the McRib.

Thin Mints - Green desserts and snacks are typically mint, and these Girl Scout treats are the epitome of mint goodness. They may not be synonymous with St. Patrick's, but they appear around the same time. In my house, they disappear soon afterward.

TV Specials -  I find it interesting that of all the holidays Charlie Brown and company covered in their CBS TV specials, they didn't do St. Patrick's Day. I suppose It's a Leprechaun, Charlie Brown didn't have quite the ring to it, but it hasn't stopped other shows from doing themed episodes. Case in point, The Drew Carey Show had one about a sex drug getting into the beer supply on the biggest beer-drinking day of the year:

...and a good time was had by all.

Is there something you look forward to on St. Patrick's Day? Leave a comment, and I'll enter you in my giveaway.


Drea Becraft said...

Honestly I look forward to the night out with friends. We go every year and I love it!

Happy St. Pattys Day!


*Sara* said...

Celebrating my Irish heritage with family!

Happy St. Patty's Day!


Janiera said...

I never thought of thin mints. Will have to pull them out this year. :)

Hillary said...

I don't really celebrate other than wearing green, and I don't really drink, so there's nothing in particular that I look forward to. However, with the amount of blog hops done in honor of the holiday, I'll probably look forward to those :D

Thanks for the chance to win.


Jean P said...

Always cook up the corned beef and cabbage and have to admit I am a fan of the Shamrock shakes.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

debbie said...

I always look forward to the corned beef and cabbage, but it is my homemade irish creme brownies that I really like.

Leigh Ellwood said...

The Irish Creme brownies sound awesome. Could use one right about now, with a Shamrock Shake! :)

Thanks for the comments, everybody.

Fierce Dolan said...

I don't do anything for the day. I'm part Irish and all Pagan. I mostly just boggle at the thought of green beer.

It's great to meet you! Stop by if you get a chance:


Anonymous said...

As always I'm looking forward to consuming wayyy too much green beer!!

Angela S Stone

savannah said...

Me and my kids makes cupcakes so I look forward to them :)

Anne said...

I enjoy the corned beef and cabbage.

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day - green, rainbows, gold and all!


Joanna said...

We don't celebrate St. Patric Day in my country, so I don't have any memories to share. When I see the TV relations from other countries there are many drinking and singing people wearing funny hats. I think for most it's just an excuse to get drunk. However I like the other symbol of Ireland - clover. A four-leaf clover brings luck. I loved looking for them as a child.



Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

Seeing people wearing green!
Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Kym said...

Not really,but I am enjoying the blog hop :D

Happy St Pattys Day !


~Ley said...

I love Shamrock Shakes (and yes, they have improved). Why can't they have these all year around?


books4me said...

Funny thing is I think the Shamrock Shakes aren't as good...they add too much gunk/preservatives to them now than they did in the past!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Catherine Lee said...

I look forward to making reubens on the panini press.

Erin Go Bragh!

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Liese2 said...
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Liese2 said...

I really look forward to my mom's corned beef and cabbage!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Shannon said...

Unfortunately I don't look forward to much for St. Patrick's Day; it's just another day for me. I know boring but...

Thanks for the giveaway!
bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

June M. said...

I don't really celebrate other than wearing green and maybe decorating with a few shamrocks. The holiday does remind me of my grandfather though.
Thank you for the giveaway!
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Shadow said...

I enjoy celebrating with my family. Tomorrow were going to the parade. :) Gonna have lots of fun! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sue Sattler said...

I'm babysitting this year so my kids can go out and have fun. I use to dress up and have fun and now my kids do it!


Nikki said...

Green Beer!! And spending time with friends!! Happy Saint Paddys Day!!

latanya said...

I look forward to seeing people in various shades of green.

dlatany at gmail dot com

Armand said...

I look forward to spending time with friends!

Armand Rosamilia

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for participating in this blog hop!

Gena Robertson

Na said...

I'm looking forward to spending the day with my family and a tasty home cooked meal.


Leigh Ellwood said...

Of course, how could I forget corned beef and cabbage? I think this is the only time of year I have it.

menina.iscrazy said...

Thank you for joining the Blog Hop! I'm not really planning anything special. Just reading books. :)

menina.iscrazy @

Andrea I said...

It's just another day to me, but I might go drinking this year.


JoAnna said...

I don't really do much on St. Patty's day. If I remember I will wear green. The trick is remembering when I'm half asleep and getting dressed. :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

elaing8 said...

Not looking forward to anything special.It is supposed to get really warm here,maybe I'll enjoy a drink outside.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Happy St. Patrick's Day

desitheblonde said...

thanks for the hop and many m ore to come in joy st pat day
desi the blonde at msn dot com
going to fair and t hen call my sister for her bd born on st pat day 54 year a go

Ollie said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day.

Now I don't celebrate it so to everyone else have fun!

Thanks for this giveaway!


Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

wanda f said...

Im not irish but my husband is .Patrick and I were married 18 years ago tomorrow St. Patricks Day.:)

Mel B said...

St. Patrick's Day is a National Holiday at my house. We get ready for the parade at 7 which starts at 10. Then we go to the in laws and eat, eat, eat. Play games with the kiddos and eat some more. Some members exchange gifts. Then it is off to the pub crawl. Fun times for everyone.
bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

Cathy M said...

My twin boys turn 29 tomorrow, so it is party ti e around here.

Cathy m
caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Erica Pike said...

I was looking forward to this St. Pat's Day blog hop, does that count? ^.^ We don't celebrate this day in Iceland.

eripike at gmail dot com

Krysykat said...

I look forward to some green beer, mmmmm... green beer.


Lauren Mackesy said...

The only thing I look forward to on St. Patricks Day is corned beef and cabbage. That's the only day of the year that we eat it.
Lmackesy at gmail dot com

Mary D said...

Not really. I wear green that's about it. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy St Patrick's Day.


doxymom said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day. What a unique name for a blog.

doxisrcool at aol dot com

VanillaOrchids said...

My favorite color is green so I plan to wear green.
Thank you for the giveaway.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.


IdentitySeeker said...

I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but I have a strange hankering for Rainbow Cupcakes. Thanks for this giveaway:)


Tina B said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I don't really celebrate this holiday. That was a funny episode. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!

trb0917 at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day. We don't celebrate it.


BookAttict said...

I hang with friends doing "Irish Whiskey Night"!
Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com

nancy said...

Since green is my favorite color I look forward to seeing a lot of it.

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

hope I'm not to late.

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

donnas said...

Nothing really. Its just another day except I wear green.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Joanna said...

So, who is the winner of this contest?

Leigh Ellwood said...

I will announce a winner this week. Have some offline matters to attend to, then I need to set up the randomizer thingie to pick a winner.

Thanks for your patience! :-)

Leigh Ellwood said...

Congrats to Ashley! Sending you a mail soon.