May You Always Have Tea Beside The Fire

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That quote is from the Irish Blessing printed inside my Celtic ceramic bread dish. Both sides of my family immigrated here from Ireland and I haven’t traveled there YeT, but my soul connects to my roots especially on weeks like this!

May you always have tea (water, food, clothing) beside the fire (shelter), and I would add; with a thankful heart. Top O’ the Mornin’ to ya, and Top O’ the week!

More Irish Wishes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/may_the_road_rise_up_to_meet_you.html#ixzz4bbZfC5hl

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Wishing you a healthy and joyful weekend ❤ Take time to sing a happy song and dance a jig 🙂

A Different Kind of Shamrock Shake

It’s March, which means it’s almost our favorite time of year: St. Patrick’s Day!

Our Irish selves love this rather cheesy holiday. Green! Cabbage! Shamrocks!

Another mainstay of this season is the Shamrock Shake, one of McDonalds’ most popular items this time of the year. Unfortunately, the truth behind this beloved shake is not for the health-minded faint of heart.

One small Shamrock Shake has 530 Calories, 160 mg of sodium, and a whopping 73 grams of sugar ( almost three times the recommended daily amount for women, equal to about seventeen teaspoons)! (Source)

We’re all for a guilty pleasure now and then, but most people probably don’t even realize just how guilty their pleasures might be!

Luckily, there’s a better, healthier, and still pretty yummy way! I introduce a different kind of Shamrock Shake:

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This is one of my own creations, a yummy smoothie I like to drink any time of the day. I use creamy coconut milk, fresh cilantro and arugula, sweet raw honey, a little spicy cinnamon and fresh ginger, and vanilla. Peppermint gives it that Shamrock-y taste. And there you have it – a “Shamrock Shake” full of vitamins and real, honest-to-goodness flavor. No artificial colors and flavors here. There’s definitely way less Calories, sugar, and sodium, and more nutritional bang for your buck. All made in the comfort of your own home!

I’m not saying we’ll never have another “real” Shamrock Shake (although that nutritional information was pretty scary!), but it’s good to know there’s another option that you don’t have to feel guilty about!

Would you ever try my recipe? Were you as surprised to find what’s in the Shamrock Shake as much as we were? Enjoy your first week of March folks!