Today is St. Patrick’s Day. But it doesn’t feel like it. Nothing about this day seems normal. I did wear my green shirt to work, but was faced with empty roadways leaving the house. I came into a newsroom, with only four co-workers actually in the newsroom. I looked toward social media but did not see any of the standard St. Patrick’s Day parades going on. This is the first St. Patrick’s Day in a “Covid-19 world.” And like all of you, I’m not enjoying it – but also accept it for what it is. A nasty virus that America will fight hard against like we always have with any enemy. Since I can’t control everything about my days during this time, I am leaning into some normalcy, by doing things at home to keep the spirit up.
For example, I made “Shamrock Rocks” this morning, and when the kids woke up and saw them all over the kitchen, they smiled and laughed. I needed that today. And so did they. It’s something I have done for at least the past five years, so I decided to keep the tradition going. Tradition may help us all stay sane.
Here is the recipe if you would like to do too! And in case you are reading this after St. Patrick’s Day, you can still do – you don’t have to use green food color, and you can call them something else – instead of “Shamrock Rocks” for St. Patrick’s Day, you could use yellow food color and call them “Easter Bunny Droppings.” 🙂
- In a bowl, mix baking soda and water until you have a thick white substance – Similar to the consistency of making a cookie!
- Add a few drops of green food color and mix! Scoop out into balls, sticking a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter inside of each ball. Place on little paper plates all around the kitchen or house for the kids to discover. Once they find homemade rocks, let them drop them in a bowl filled with vinegar to dissolve and see the treasure from St. Patrick!
It is a cheap and easy craft – plus, kids love the “volcano effect” they get when the baking soda hits the vinegar! And don’t forget, vinegar makes a great cleaner, and since your probably disinfecting at home anyway – leave it out and wipe down your counters. Take that Coronavirus! 🙂