Go Green for St. Patrick's Day with a Few of These Celebratory Ideas Published on March 16, 2016 It’s March and that means it’s time for Spring Break, longer days, and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day! Instead of the typical Guinness and parades this year, how about trying a few new ways to celebrate? We have a few ideas: Go Green Seriously! Eco-Travel or eco-tourism is exactly what it sounds like – traveling with the health of the earth in mind by vacationing in locations that conserve the environment and decrease your impact. For example, when you visit locations rich in natural beauty, ride bikes instead of driving or do a walking tour instead of riding a bus. To boost your St. Patty’s celebration, eco-travel in Ireland. Eat Irish When it comes to food, the Irish have is down pat. Try this delicious Dublin Coddle made up of Irish sausage, bacon, onion, and, don’t forget, potatoes. If you’re wanting something on the sweeter side, you have to make this Irish Cream Bundt Cake. Or if you just need something light, try this tasty potato cake recipe for Boxty. Give Back If you’d rather celebrate by giving back, donate to one of these great Irish charities. ALONE works with elderly individuals who are socially isolated, homeless, living in poverty or crisis and they support them to age at home. Barretstown was founded by Paul Newman and offers free, medically endorsed camps and programs designed for children living with cancer or serious illness. Concern Worldwide works with the world’s poorest people to enrich their lives through their several programs that include education, emergencies, HIV and AIDS, health, and livelihoods. Search for Shamrocks Visit your neighborhood playground or nature preserve and hunt for shamrocks. While you search, you can share some fun trivia about shamrocks. Did you know that the four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck? Or that kids used to imagine that if you found a four-leaf clover you could see fairies? Look close but don’t be disappointed if you don’t actually find one – there’s only one four-leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers. Green Eggs and Ham Or cheesecakes, or pinwheels, or parfaits! Use green food coloring, green gelatin, or pistachios to make your food green. Check out these delicious recipes to make your St. Patrick’s Day dessert one to remember. No matter how you choose to celebrate, always be safe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Provo family to yours!