Go Green for St. Patrick's Day with a Few of These Celebratory Ideas Published on March 16, 2016 It’s March and you know what that means: Spring Break, longer days, and, naturally, St. Patrick’s Day! Rather than indulging in Guinness and parades this year, how about trying something new? We have a few thoughts: Go Green Literally! Eco-Travel or eco-tourism is just what it sounds like – traveling and making the health of the earth your priority by vacationing in destinations that conserve the environment and lessen your impact. For example, when you visit areas rich in natural beauty, ride bikes instead of driving or do a walking tour instead of riding a bus. To take the St. Patty’s celebration to the next level, eco-travel in Ireland. Eat Irish Irish food is great comfort food. Try this delicious Dublin Coddle made up of Irish sausage, bacon, onion, and potatoes. If you’re wanting something on the sweeter side, you can’t go wrong with this Irish Cream Bundt Cake. Or if you just need a little bite, 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 philanthropies. ALONE works with the elderly who are socially isolated, homeless, living in poverty or crisis and they support them so they can live at home. Barretstown was founded by Paul Newman and offers free, medically endorsed camps and programs designed for children living with cancer or serious disorders. Concern Worldwide works with the world’s poorest people to reshape their lives through their several programs that include education, emergencies, HIV and AIDS, health, and livelihoods. Search for Shamrocks Spend the day at your local park 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 young children used to believe that if you found a four-leaf clover you could see fairies? Look close but don’t be sad 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 cupcakes, or cookies, or parfaits! Use green food coloring, green gelatin, or pistachios to color your food green. Check out these delicious recipes to make your St. Patrick’s Day treats ones to remember. No matter how you end up celebrating, remember to be safe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Salt Lake City family to yours!