Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patty's Day

Ahhh.... when I was but a wee Colleen I knew my roots well. I were an Irish Lass without question. No, really, I am! Not just today but every day I'm reminded of my "Irish" roots, with a last name that verifies without question if I were "truly" Irish!

This is the one day of the year we can all get a little rowdy and enjoy some "greeneries"!

Today, I'm having family over for some Reuben's (for those unaccustomed to some traditions a Reuben is a corned beef sandwich with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese on rye - toasted to a perfect crisp and drippin' with goodness!). Being on weight watcher's I'm, of course, doing it WW Friendly (not really that hard to do) with a good, lean cut of corned beef in the crockpot and using some low cal bread. I found a great fat free thousand island dressing for on top and will use the Laughing Cow baby bel cheese (Swiss), which is point friendly!

For an entire Reuben it should be quite friendly using the proper ingredients! I'll post pics later!

I have some running to do today, shopping for the bread, perhaps some more Swiss and of course some pickles to go with the sandwiches!

Mom's making a green pistachio pudding mixture that I can't wait to try! Of course, we're staying "on program" for the festivities! It's amazing how easy that can be really. I suppose it's the biggest reason why I love doing "Weight Watchers" as opposed to other "diet" plans. I really hate to even call it a diet because that immediately conjures up images of starvation and doing without. On the WW Plan there's nothing I can't have, honestly!

I'll take a run "downtown" for a few photo ops of the crazy St. Patty's Day crew here in Erie! We have a bunch of Irish Pubs that just scream for partying on this very special day! I used to love when I worked in the downtown area because my window looked out over the main street, State Street, and I'd spend hours laughing at the green haired goofs going from pub to pub. Many are completely "out of it" by as early as noon!

It's a holiday tradition to start the day at one of the local Irish eateries for some green eggs and ham. I always pass on this tradition. For some reason "green" food just doesn't appeal to me unless it's SUPPOSED to be green! But I will relish later in my tradition of Reuben sandwiches with family! The corned beef is slowly cooking as I type and it's a matter of time before we pop open just one Guinness to wash down that delectable sandwich.

Of one thing I'm sure, The Irish sure know how to enjoy life! I relish in my Irish heritage and roots and hope that those not lucky enough to be born of our breed can enjoy a day of pretending to be one of the luckiest blokes around!

Happy St. Patty's Day!

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