Well this will be a very unusual Saint Patrick's Day for us. Over the years on this holiday you would most likely find me in the kitchen making Irish soda bread, Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage, and baking some type of a green inspired dessert while listening to some good old Irish music. Our house would be decorated and our table would be covered with lace. Most certainly our table would be adorned with beautiful green and white flowers of some sort. When I wasn't working I would usually attend morning mass. When our children and grandchildren were young there were always some kind of tricks to look forward to that those nasty little Leprechauns pulled, but sadly this this year it's not the case as we are right in the middle of painting the kitchen, our children are grown, and other plans have gotten in the way as they sometimes do.
However one of the things we did do was attend the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the neighboring city of Royal Oak last weekend. The city has been hosting the parade for approximately three years now and it truly is a grand and fun filled event.
My husband and I originally wanted to take our grandson Ryan and our dog Charli with us to the parade but Ryan opted out and the day of the parade it was very cold. We worried it would be just to much for our little pooch. I kind of wish we would have brought Charli to the parade with us because the other dogs seemed to do fine. Royal Oak is known as a dog friendly city so there were a lot of dogs in the parade and on the side lines wearing green. I have included a link to the 2010 Royal Oak Parade to give you an idea of what it's like http://youtu.be/UTEHwdK6Bfw
The thing I like best about the parade is that it is a small town event. It's so much fun to see families out together enjoying themselves and celebrating this wonderful holiday. People seem to love Saint Patrick's Day! They are celebrating it more now than they ever have in the past.
Since it was just us old folks attending the parade we decided to stop by one of our favorite restaurants for brunch. Lily's, as the locals call it, is located right on the parade route and has great food and atmosphere. Since it was the day of the Saint Patricks Parade we decided to top off our meal with a little Irish coffee. If you ever find yourself in the city of Royal Oak Lily's is a great place to eat. I have included a link here in case you would like to check it out for yourself. http://www.lilysseafood.com/index.html
What ever your doing for Saint Patrick's Day I hope you stay safe and have loads of fun!
'May you have a world of wishes at your command,
God and his angels close at hand,'
Friends and family to love and hold close,
And tons of Irish blessings in your heart.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone! God bless you ♥
With warmest regards, Carol