Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Going Green

I truly hope I don't lose readers because of this post. The title is not to be misleading, really it isn't. It's just that, well, there's green and then there's green.

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I do recycle. You'd think everyone would but I look up and down my street on trash day and don't see as many recycle bins as I'd like to. I shut off lights obsessively, in fact, don't take extra long showers, reuse bags . . . I try to do my part for the environment.

I say all this in hopes of mollifying those who came here thinking the environment was the subject of this post. No, it's not THE environment I'm hoping to impact, it's MY environment.

I've written many posts lately about the horrendous streak of luck I've been having. In fact, the latest post was just this past Friday when I wrote about my dishwasher going rogue. It's 11 days until St. Patrick's Day and in hopes of trading in the cloud I'm obviously standing under for the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, I'm embracing the green, going full in. 

Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops, a no-bake treat. Mint cookie balls with a surprise inside. A fun dessert for St. Patrick’s Day or for any occasion | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #StPatricksDay

Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops
Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops, a no-bake treat. Mint cookie balls with a surprise inside. A fun dessert for St. Patrick’s Day or for any occasion | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #StPatricksDay

So here it is, the why and how for going green, crossing my fingers, looking for four leaf clovers, chasing rainbows and putting all of my hope and prayers in the luck of (becoming) the Irish:

The why:
*At this point I've got nothing to lose. And I mean that literally. I've pretty much recently placed everything I own, some twice (dishwasher and coffeemaker, I'm looking at you).

*Green is the color of money. And if my bad luck doesn't change I won't have any left (another reason to covet those coins at the end of the rainbow).

The how:
*I am, coincidentally, the size of a Leprechaun. Green hat, spiffy buckled shoes and just watch my luck change.

*There once was a woman from Cork,
made her beef stew 'stead with pork.
"You're daft" husband said,
made twirl signs by his head,
Till she poked his fat arm with her fork. 

Got that one covered, I can limerick with the best of them.

*Four leaf clovers are good luck and I'm great at finding them. This one came from the park near our house.
Four leaf clover, or not. | www.BakingInATornado.com | #humor #StPatricksDay

What? That's not a four leaf clover? Sorry, my bad. Bet it's good luck anyway though. Well, unless you're the police. You're not, right? Crap, I may need a lawyer. Anyone know a lawyer? An Irish one preferably, I'll need their good luck.

*Another way I'll fit right in with my lucky Irish friends, I've already got the gift 'o the gab. In fact, it's often said I'm one of few people who can consistently make a short story long (see above four leaf clover story if you want proof).

*Never really understood it but apparently I'm expected to kiss the Blarney Stone. Not questioning, mind you, if that's what it takes, I'll do it. 

Unfortunately I don't know which stone the Blarney Stone is. Just to be safe, I'll start at my house and kiss them all. If you happen to drive by me and see my face to the sidewalk and my arse in the air, move right along, I'm just fulfilling my honorary Irish obligations.

*Every March I make my Crockpot Beer Infused New England Boiled Dinner recipe and Pistachio Soda Bread recipe. So if I don't have actual Irish blood, at least I've earned my points for trying. But if all else fails, there's the green beer. I don't even like beer (oops, did I just lose my Irish cred?). But if my luck doesn't change, I'll be in the closest Irish pub drowning my sorrows with the best of them. 

Decision made, I'm going green. Wish me luck!

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Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops     

Printable Recipe

NOTE: You can make these pops with lollipop sticks or you can just make them as balls without the sticks.

1 1/2 cups chocolate mint cookie crumbs
1/2 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
6 oz cream cheese, softened
7 oz package spearmint leaves candies (15 - 18 candies)
1/4 cup green colored sugar
8 oz package, green candy melts
2 oz white candy melts 

*Beat the cream cheese with both of the cookie crumbs. Divide evenly into the same number of pieces as you have candy.
*Push a lollipop stick about halfway up into each candy. Form a ball around each candy with a segment of the cookie mixture, completely encasing the candy inside. Put these pops into the freezer for an hour.
*Place the colored sugar into a dish.

*Melt the candy melts together according to package directions. Dip each pop into the melted candy up to the stick. Allow excess to drip off. Dip top in the colored sugar and place onto a piece of parchment paper to set. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


  1. Well, we are totally green in this house. Hubby was born on St. Patrick's Day and of course his name is Patrick and I often tell him he was born with a horseshoe up his arse! He's always so lucky...I mean he got me didn't he hahaha!

    1. Ha ha, I needed that laugh. Have I mentioned lately how much I ❤ you?

  2. LOL, good one hehehe, I try to do my part a bit. have a nice week

  3. Coming out of Costco about a year ago I saw a rainbow. I thought I knew where it ended and look for that pot of gold! I sincerely considered this but then there was a down pour so I drove home. I have thought back about this more than once since. Moral of the story, the luck of the Irish should be pursued even if you aren't Irish.

  4. My son was born on St. Patrick’s Day which means, since he was a child, we have green plates and cups and the Irish cheese he lives. And he eats the corned beef with good humor. And no, we didn’t name him Patrick. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. I love all of those Irish traditions, but I'm not sure I'd love them so much on my birthday.

  5. I have nothing to do with St Patty's day, don't go green, don't eat green, don't drink green yeah I am boring

    1. You're missing out on a lot of fun. You should try it sometime!

  6. LOL you'll be an awesome Irish woman. And the cookie things look wonderful.


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