Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Green Food and Luck: Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. The bloggers who are joining me this time all picked a number between 12 and 74 and sent it to me. I gave the numbers out as assignments to other bloggers who are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

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I got the number 19. It was submitted by Diane of On the Border.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I was in a bit of a conundrum in choosing a theme. The last day of winter is in 2 days. Two days! I am so ready to honor that. But today is St. Patrick's Day, a celebration of all things fun and green and lucky and Irish. I may not be Irish, but one day a year I sure do enjoy celebrating like one. So my theme today is St. Patrick's Day.

~ Crockpot Beer Infused New England Boiled Dinner and Pistachio Soda Bread, what better way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day?

~ Lucky Rainbow Cookies, Creme de Menthe Shamrock Cake, Pistachio White Chocolate Cheesecake, let's not forget those yummy green desserts!

~ It's called Feast of Saint Patrick, although knowing it celebrates his death takes some fun out of it.

~ No green beer for me, not a beer lover, but Midori, Apple Vodka, so many drinks, so little time.

~ With all this green food talk, guess I just had to come up with a new green recipe, right?

Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper with Mandarins is a versatile dish, perfect alone as a side dish or over rice or noodles as a meatless meal. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper with Mandarins

Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper with Mandarins is a versatile dish, perfect alone as a side dish or over rice or noodles as a meatless meal. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

~ Closing my eyes, clicking my heels, I expect to be transported to that pot of gold at rainbow's end.

~ Supposedly kissing the Blarney Stone is gives the gift of the gab. Must've done that in a previous life.

~ Leprechauns pinch people not wearing green on today. Making my list of people I hope are wearing purple.

~ Looking for a four leaf clover had to have been started by a mom, to keep her kids busy.

~ Irish songs sung boisterously today: "Oh dear, what can the matter be, seven old ladies stuck in the lavatory".

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:
Spatulas on Parade 
Messymimi’s Meanderings 
On the Border 

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Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper with Mandarins

1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 small can (11 oz) mandarin orange slices in light syrup
1 small head broccoli
1/2 red pepper
3 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP orange juice
salt and pepper to taste

*Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a sheet pan.

*Place the almonds in a small saute pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring very frequently, about 3 minutes or until they just barely start to brown. Remove from the pan immediately and set aside.
*Drain the mandarin orange slices well, place on paper towels and set aside.
*Seed the red pepper half. Slice and cut each slice in half. 
*Cut the broccoli into florets and discard the stems. 
*In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil and orange juice. Add the broccoli and red pepper, mix well.
*Spread the vegetables out on a sheet pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, mix, then roast another 5 minutes. 
*Remove them from the oven, transfer to a bowl and immediately gently mix in the mandarin oranges. Top with the toasted almonds.


  1. Hahahaha! Brilliant!
    I did kiss the Blarney Stone. All I could think while I was hanging upside down three stories in the air was: "I wonder how many lips have been on this stone?"
    P.S. I just realized I'm wearing purple. Was I on that list?

    1. No, you're on the "nice" list. Doesn't matter though, I wouldn't be surprised if even the leprechauns stay 6 feet away from us at this point.

  2. I'm sure one of my ancestors kissed the stone everyday and it carried over to me and my youngest. Good land that man child can talk!
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. Yeah, my oldest too, I just don't always like what he has to say.

  3. Would it help to remember you are not celebrating his death but his birthday into Heaven?

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, and i really like how you used the prompt.

  4. Green food I don't eat much unless it's apples and grapes but mostly no

  5. I'm clicking my heels with you my friend and thinking about tasting all the delectable treats you have shared with us!

    1. Looks like we're all going to have a lot more time to be spending in our kitchens. Hope lots of fun recipes are shared during this time.

  6. I was hunting my green shirt with.the cute Pug on it. It was in the clothes hamper. Question.


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