Greetings!  
 
Some holidays are more fun to celebrate than others ... and St. Patrick's Day is one of them. And it doesn't take a lot of money to create some lasting memories for ourselves, our family or our friends. As a child, what I found fun about the day was picking out the perfect green outfit to wear (so I wouldn't get pinched!) and eating a special meal prepared by my mom. We often ate corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes on St. Patrick's Day (that's a pretty cheap meal!). I hope I can help you with some inexpensive and fun ways to celebrate the day with your family and friends.
 
But, first, how about some links sharing the history of this holiday?
 
:: First, here's a link with information about the Great Potato Famine
 
:: from TheHolidaySpot.com - there's something here for everyone! Send a greeting card, make some Irish crafts, play games on St. Pat's Day, learn about St. Patrick's Day Around the World . . . and MUCH MORE!
 
:: St. Patrick's History for Kids - Who was St. Patrick? Read more about him here and check out the list of books on this topic to share with your children.
 
Then, it's time to plan your St. Paddy's Day Party!
 
:: Get all of the information you need at EHow.com to throw a family & friends party - get ideas for invitations, decorating, food and games!
 
:: Maybe you need help for a kid's party on March 17th - here are some game ideas for kids, and lots of advice for throwing a fun party for anyone.
 
If you will be having a more low-key celebration with just your close family, have some fun with a "green" theme. Dye your mashed potatoes green, eat a "green salad" as your side dish, serve green Jell-O or Kool-Aid with your meal, etc. Or maybe just sprinkle the dinner table with gold chocolate coins! Whatever you do, most of all, remember to have fun with your family (. . . but no pinching allowed, unless it's a little penny-pinching!)
 
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If you haven't visited my blog this week, you missed out on some great tips. Here are some of the items I posted this week: 

- Attitude is Everything: keep an upbeat attitude instead of giving in to the "doom and gloom" so prevalent today
 
- organize all of the books in your home (week 1 of the "8 Weeks to a More Organized Homeschool Carnival") 
 
- get some tips on frugal dining out - and don't forget to read all of the great comments I received!
 
- Couponing 101 - read about a method to organize your coupons
 
- winter is almost over, so recycle your old sweaters into mittens, toboggan hats and MORE!
 
- do you know someone planning a wedding? Here is a great idea for inexpensive invitations.
 
Check back daily for great frugal tips, menu plans, the Change One Thing Challenge post, Tutorial Thursday and MORE!
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From About.com comes many wonderful ideas for celebrating St. Patrick's Day at home with the family. Included are centerpiece ideas, some links to coloring pages for children and even an Irish toast to make before dinner. There is a menu plan at About.com as well, but I want to share my family's traditional mean with you (this recipe is just like what my mom fixed and was already typed up at AllRecipes.com).
 
Corned Beef and Cabbage
 
3 pound corned beef brisket with spice packet
10 small red potatoes
5 carrots, peeled and sliced (or use a bag of mini-carrots)
1 large head of cabbage, cut into quarters

Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
 
Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
 
Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
 
. . .  Family Fun also has lots of neat ideas here, even a list of dinners.
 
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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It's time for happy hearts, big smiles and "Making Money from Home" with Molly!
 
This third edition of Molly's Money-Saving Digest is full of new, creative ways to provide for your family's needs while remaining within your budget -- just what you expect from Molly! In this issue she's rounded up lots of fresh inspiration and information, so don't miss this one! 
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Here are some crafts and cooking ideas to go along with our holiday theme:
 
For the younger children - Coloring pages and some more coloring pages!
 
 
How about creating some shamrock keychains out of sculpy clay? This tutorial includes a video demonstration, too!
 
A little bit of everything for the family at FamilyFun.com - games, crafts, yummy treats and more!

 shrinkydink

Maybe the kids could make homemade shrinky dink shamrock charms/keychains.That way you can wear a charm and not worry about wearing green. Plus, it gives you a great excuse to buy donuts or muffins! We made the charm above and found that items shrink to about 1/3 their original size. Also, Sharpies work much better than regular markers. If you do use regular markers, color one coat, let dry, and color a second coat. Have fun!



If you have a project that you would like to share, feel free to send it to me at MollyGreen@Econobusters.com.
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