Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Top o' the mornin to ye

Growing up, it was inevitable to wake up on St. Patrick's Day and find that everything in the fridge had been dyed green. My father especially took great delight in serving up green pancakes (or hotcakes, as he still calls them), green waffles, green eggs -- green everything.

I could stomach most of the green food. Green pancakes? Weird, yes, but they still tasted good. My brain could be fooled into taking that first bite, especially once I drowned them in lovely, un-dyeable, brown syrup.

But the one thing that I could never choke down, no matter what, was the green milk. Milk was not something I particularly enjoyed anyway, and having to stare down a tall glass of murky, green liquid was just about torture for a 14-year-old girl.

Torture almost as painful as, say, wholesome family activities at Air Force Museums in the dead heat of summer.

So when the morning dawned bright and sunny, with a smile I thought of my Dad, and just couldn't help myself.



And guess what, Dad?

They gagged on it as much as I did (though their smiles here are only because they hurried up and got dressed in their green so they could run around like trolls, pinching the rest of us).

Happy St. Paddy's Day, friends.

May your sugar cookies be green and shaped like shamrocks, and may your milk be frothy and white.

As god intended.

29 comments:

Annie said...

Green milk is just not right.

Sam left this morning, insisting on wearing a too-small green cowboy hat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that no one makes fun of him. It really could go either way. (Hey!This would make a good Facebook status!)

Happy St. Paddy's day!

Christina B. said...

Oh my goodness! You even have really cool, stylish milk containers! You are amazing. Happy St. Patrick's day!

Jen said...

I thought about green milk too but the thought of it made my stomach turn. Your boys are so handsome. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lauren in GA said...

I got pinched by trolls (I love how you used the term "troll") , too!! I was...*ahem* using the facilities, as it were, when the door flung open and Adam pinched me in the arm while I was still on the throne in my pajamas. I should have worn green to bed last night.

You do have some handsome trolls, however.

♥Maren said...

Now I am hungry for sugar cookies... thanks a lot! ☺

Amanda D said...

I didn't do anything fun for St. Patricks day. I'd love some sugar cookies too. Your boys look great!

Terra said...

Ok, I can't swallow green milk. But we are having green cupcakes tonight!

Susy said...

We are making shamrock sugar cookies!Yummy!

Lisa-Marie said...

You and my sister, Kim, would be best friends. She gags just reading my blog every time I talk about dying the milk colors. We do it for every holiday. I think it is so fun and will even drink it!

I love your milk jars. Beautiful.

Very handsome trolls you have!
Where was the trollete?

Aubrey said...

I thought of dying our milk, but couldn't stomach it. I like milk unadulterated. But I feel a little guilty for not being fun and making green pancakes. Maybe I'll make the rice green for dinner. yeck. maybe not.

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the wrath of khandrea said...

i did green milk this morning as well. the kids loved it, while i enjoyed the remainder of the white stuff. i'm with you. GAG.
we did, however, dye the cream cheese green and that was okay.

Michelle said...

YUCK! Green milk, NO WAY! I'm with you on that one, some things just aren't meant to be green.

Your trolls are cute. My three trolls are off playing with friends :)

Hazen5 said...

Sounds like I'd really get along with your dad!

diane said...

Green milk makes me think of sour milk. Did you check the expiration date? I had a green salad for lunch. That totally counts.

Mel @ A Box of Chocolates said...

There is just something wrong with that picture. Great memories though and thanks for sharing.

Annemarie said...

I'm having a hankering for sugar cookies & milk.

Bridget said...

We did green frosting on our cupcakes and green food coloring in the toilet. That was enough for me. Green milk sounds very yucky. Then again I don't like white milk either so what do I know?

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

Milk kind of makes me gag even when it's the right color, but green milk...uggh. Love the milk jug!

Robyn said...

At least your milk jug wasn't full! A gallon of green milk...yuck!

queenieweenie said...

I feel that way about green eggs. ugh.

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

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momy4him said...

i'm sorry, but that does not look appealing to me...i think i would gag too, and i like milk!
seeing your boys here looks like a photo of you and your husband- chase looks just like you and mckay looks just like dad!

gab said...

Cute boys, cute memories! The only thing I colored green was the toilet water. The twins think the leprechauns forgot to flush...

Bonnie said...

Love that you did the green milk thing anyway, just for old times sake. Your Dad sounds special. Your boys look so handsome in their green. Darn I forgot to take of picture of mine and all we did was have donuts with green sprinkles.. and WE ARE Irish! We must do better next year.

Travelin'Oma said...

You have always been the Leprechaun type! It looks like you had a lucky day.

Dalene said...

You think snow in March is very, very wrong? Green milk: that is very, very wrong. (Your boys are too cute. Do you think they are too old to marry Zoey?)

Michelle said...

ooh, that is GREEN. Our milk is more of the subtle, "Does that look off to you?" variety. Happy Spring Stie!

Holly said...

Green milk would totally trigger my gag reflex. But I'm sure your dad apreciates the gesture though.

We did not go as green for St. Pat's. Annelise got to eat Lucky Charms and wore a green shamrock
shirt. You think we over did it.