Green Eats for St. Patty’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, Providence! What are you, your au pair, and Host Family doing to celebrate today? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport was postponed to this weekend, so you didn’t miss anything yet! As a nation, we have been celebrating this holiday since 1737, with the largest parade in NYC, of course.

In America, we love to celebrate! Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland, so even if you’re not Irish, wear something green today! The kids are off to school with green dresses, hair bows, t-shirts and socks, and I am wearing green too. We are actually Irish, as my maternal grandfather’s surname is McCormick, a very Irish name.

Even if you have no Irish in your heritage, and even if you have no green in your wardrobe, you can still go green. Yes, recycling and re-using are ways to go green, and so is making a compost pile for kitchen food scraps to be turned into soil, but not everyone can do that.

Maybe you could start some vegetable seeds to go out into the garden in another couple of months. You could start early crops in old egg cartons, like eggplant and peppers or even broccoli, but make sure to wait until after the first frost before you plant them in the outdoor garden. In these parts, the last frost is usually at the beginning of May, so we have a good 6-8 weeks of indoor growing.

If you would rather have something green today, check out the Hill’s Food Service’s Facebook page for some tasty-looking treats! I personally receive deliveries from Hill’s and I can attest to the quality of their food, and their recipes are equally tasty! Traditionally, Americans cook corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, otherwise known as a boiled dinner. We love this dish! It’s even better the next day when you fry the leftovers in butter! Mmmm!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Go Au Pair!

Get cooking something green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your Go Au Pair family!

Does your au pair have a traditional dinner for Saint Patrick’s Day? Does your family do something different and interesting for Saint Patty’s Day? Some people go to a bar and drink green beer, but there are some family-friendly options on the Au Pair Sis’ Pinterest page.

Since Easter is near, I will be making my Grama Law’s potato candies for dessert tonight; perhaps I will share the recipe another time. For now, contact me, Joan Lowell, your Go Au Pair Local Area Representative (LAR) in the RI area, at 401.309.1925 or jlowell@goaupair.com. I am here to support you, the Host Family and your au pair throughout the cultural exchange experience.

If your family needs up to 45 hours per week of flexible, live-in childcare with a cultural exchange component, register to become a Host Family at http://www.goaupair.com/Providence and get started for FREE. New families in my area may pay as little at $339 per week or an average of $7.53 per hour for a cultural childcare experience with Go Au Pair! Why wait for spring? Sign up today and get help with the childcare-related tasks like supervising homework, driving to/from school and appointments, light meal prep and clean up, kids’ laundry, and so much more!

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