Go Green for St. Patrick's Day with a Few of These Celebratory Ideas Published on March 16, 2016 It’s March and that means it’s time for 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 ideas: 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 visiting places that conserve the environment and lessen your impact. For example, when you visit areas rich in natural beauty, bike instead of drive 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 When it comes to food, the Irish have is down pat. Try this delightful Dublin Coddle made up of Irish sausage, bacon, onion, and potatoes. If you want something on the sweeter side, you must try this Irish Cream Bundt Cake. Or if you just need something light, try this scrumptious potato cake recipe for Boxty. Give Back If you’re in the giving spirit, donate to one of these great Irish philanthropies. ALONE works with elderly people who are socially isolated, homeless, living in poverty or crisis and they support them so they can age 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 enrich their lives through their several programs that include education, emergencies, HIV and AIDS, health, and livelihoods. Search for Shamrocks Visit your local park or nature preserve and hunt for shamrocks. While you look, you can share little known facts about shamrocks. Did you know that the four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck? Or that kids used to imagine 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 – the ratio of three-leaf clovers to shamrocks is 10,000 to one. Green Eggs and Ham Or fudge, or brownies, or parfaits! Use green food coloring, green gelatin, or pistachios to dye your food green. Check out these delicious recipes to make your St. Patrick’s Day sweets some to remember. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, please be safe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Salt Lake City family to yours!