We have a fun and busy day planned here! Some green painting, a little storytelling, and a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Daddy.
We are trying to teach our children more about the lives of Christian saints. It is not something I grew up with, but we think it's a valuable way to teach the history of our faith, and about the heroes of the faith. To that end, I made a little playset of St. Patrick's life, inspired by this article. Mine is not nearly as detailed or lovely (I may have to revamp my St. Patrick along these lines), but it does the job, and my little guy loves to see the story in action. We are using the Tomie De Paola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, along with the playset, and I find the illustrations particularly luminous. I would like to own this book eventually, and it may be sooner than later as the little girl has just ripped one of the pages of the library copy:)
I'm trying something new this year and making my own "fake" corned beef from the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Living. The spice rub (above) that it marinates in is aromatic, and I have high hopes for tonight. The veggies cook with it, and, with a little potato/apple mash on the side, we have our meal. I hope the kids like it:)
Our Irish soda bread was made earlier in the week for a baking activity, and my little one was fascinated with the measuring cups and flour. Extremely cute; extremely messy!
Much to look forward to today; best be getting on with it!