March History & Madness

Can you believe February is near its end? With that thought, here are a few facts about March. Did you know March first is Peanut Butter Lover’s Day? The Monopoly board game was invented in 1933 on March 7th. Eli Whitney patented the Cotton Gin in 1794 on March 14th. The Ides of March is on March 15th and correlates with Caesar’s death. And of course Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th. A great band to listen to on St. Patrick’s Day is the Sea Star. If you like Jefferson Airplane’s songs, you’ll love the voices of Sea Star. Another group I like to listen to is the Gothard Sisters. They are three sisters that play Irish music and also sing and dance the Irish jig. Check them out.

On that note, here are some fun facts about Leprechauns:

  • The word Leprechaun means small body
  • They hide their gold at the end of the rainbow
  • If you catch a Leprechaun, they must grant you three wishes
  • Did you know they originally were red?
  • They are a type of fairy
  • Leprechaun sightings go back to the thirteenth century
  • They are known to be sneaky
  • There are no girl Leprechauns

Every year, my family cooks corn beef and cabbage on St. Paddy’s Day, but there are other Irish recipes. Here is a slow cooker Guinness Beef Stew recipe:

You will need these ingredients:

2 T. olive oil

1 1/2 lb. beef stew

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

2 T. flour

4 large golden potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

1/2 of an onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 T. tomato paste

4 cups beef broth

1 bottle Guinness Stout

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Meanwhile turn on your slow cooker. In a large bowl, toss beef together with salt, pepper, and flour to coat. Add to pan of oil and cook all sides until brown. While beef is browning, add potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, and tomato paste to slow cooker. Add browned beef, broth, and Guinness to the slow cooker and stir. Cook 3-4 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. Serve in a bowl.

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