Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St Patrick's Day Happy Hour

For the last few years our family has assembled for "what the kids call PIRISH".

The "cousins", who are mostly Polish, love to celebrate St Patty's Day and renamed it "Pirish", for the Polish and Irish heritage we all share.

This year is a busy one for the "kids" with weddings, vacations, new jobs and moving, so John and I are celebrating anyway!

Happy Hour for 2 is set up on my entry table ...

and I will be serving a "green" cocktail...

4 oz Malibu Rum
2 oz Blue Curacao
14 oz Orange Juice
Mix together in a large pitcher, makes 2 drinks!

 I have just discovered this popcorn and it has become my FAVORITE new snack...

...it is SO addicting that I might need an intervention soon!


Depending on the weather,  we hope be at Coleman's Irish Pub on the 17th in the Tipperary Hill section of Syracuse for some green beer and corned beef sandwiches.  This Nor'easter might put a damper on this year's festivities - in years past we have spent a lot of the day outdoors, under the tent or on the patio!

The GREEN beer arrived a few weeks ago: 

And Tipperary Hill is the only place where you will find the green stop light on the top and the red on the bottom.

As legend has it, the local Irish youth wouldn't stand for British red sitting on top of Irish green. They repeatedly threw stones to break the lights, over and over again. Supposedly, evil leprechauns were even blamed for some of the mischief. Eventually, the city's council relented, and an upside-down traffic light has directed cars at Tipperary Hill ever since.

So, CHEERS to whatever you celebrate on the 17th, 
Happy St. Patrick's Day, 
Happy Pirish, 
Happy Day!

Sláinte !

When Irish eyes are smiling, 
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring. 
In the lilt of Irish laughter 
You can hear the angels sing. 
When Irish hearts are happy, 
All the world seems bright and gay. 
And when Irish eyes are smiling, 
Sure, they steal your heart away. 

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Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Love your Happy Hour set up. And that stoplight!! Too funny and great background story. Have a great Wednesday.

  2. What a fun place. That stoplight is the bomb! You always have the best cocktail setups, Patti. Slainte!

  3. Hahahahaha....loved your evil leprechaun story!!!
    Having McCormick as a last name, well....you can imagine how we celebrate st Paddy's day!!! Lotsa green beer 🍻!!

  4. Your St. Pat's plans sound like a lot of fun! Save me some popcorn, that looks very tempting! Nothing says St. Pat's better than green beer in an Irish pub with an upside down traffic light! 🍀

  5. Love your St. Patrick's Day plans. A fun vignette to celebrate. That stop light is a really good tale, love that!!!! This Irish lass sends greetings your way............

  6. Happy St. Pat's Day, Patti. What a funny story about the traffic light.
    I think the Irish green is pairs perfectly with our Courtly Check.