Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 12, 2014

Eileen Fisse: Spring flowers peeking through

Well, it looks like spring might be on its way.

The spring flowers will be peeking through soon. When I go outside now, it looks like I need to start cleaning up the yard and think about planting flowers again.

Here are a few dates to remember:

Open House at Extension Office - March 25, 5 to 7 p.m.

Deadline for “I want to Go Again” award to Conference, details in your newsletter or call the Extension Office. Date for application is March 15.

International Night - April 7

Home and Family Conference at Purdue - June 11 to 13.

Next week we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland and is surrounded by legends.

One tale is that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. This legend is believed to portray how St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. Another legend has it that St. Patrick would use the shamrock to explain the Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Irish the word shamrock means summer plant or little clover. Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland.

Many Irish wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. This explains the color green and shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish tradition has it that if do not wear green on St. Patricks’s Day, you get pinched. The first year St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in America was 1737 in Boston. The first official St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York in 1766. As the saying goes, on this day “ everybody is Irish.” More than 100 U. S. cities now hold St. Patrick’s Day parades.

Here are a few Irish recipes:

Irish Stew

1 lb. boneless lamb

1 T. oil

2 1/2 c. peeled turnips cut into 1 inch pieces.

1 1/2 c. carrots cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 1/2 c. peeled potato cut into 1/2 inch pieces

2 medium onions cut into wedges

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