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The green holiday

The year can really be measured in holidays that aren't holidays: Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo. Actually, maybe it's a function of our desire to finally get out and see people as the weather warms that leads to our obsession with celebrations in the springtime months. On the face, these are great jumping off points for homeschoolers: what really is Valentine's Day? Who are the Irish? What does it mean to be Mexican (as opposed to Spanish)?

 For the rest of us these are just great excuses to enjoy different foods . . . and drinks. 

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day with shamrock eggs in the morning, Irish boiled dinner soup in the evening, and the baking of Irish soda bread in the middle of the day. Plus the drinks. But when Jon and I went out for bear it wasn't for Killians or Guinness, it was to the Jolly Pumpkin Tasting room for some fantastic local brews instead.

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