Irish Soda Bread

Oh, I've been terrible about March's Healthy Living blog challenge. I wrote drafts of last week's writing prompts, but my finger never made it over to the "publish" button. My apologies!

Buuuuut, Happy St. Patty's Day! (St. Patrick's Day: a holiday that's only fun if you're over 21 and love Guiness or whiskey. Luckily for me, I love both.)

That brings us to today's post:

March 17th: How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

The short answer? I don't, really. St. Patrick's Day has always been one of those holidays that totally falls off my radar until someone sends out the office-wide email alert that if you forget to wear green, you're going to get pinched.

So I wear green less for the festivity and more to avoid physical assault. 

Plus, I like a good whiskey and Diet Coke after work during the week, so the novelty of the holiday is kind of lost on me. 

But this year I am doing a little somethin'-somethin' to celebrate! While there will not be any fish n' chips or Celtic stew in our immediate future (because even though the Irish Lion is my favorite restaurant in town, I hate crowds too much to risk going to an Irish-themed restaurant on an Irish holiday), I am going to try my hand at making soda bread tonight. 

I will be using the following recipe:

A quick crash-course in soda bread: Soda bread is a traditional Irish quick bread (meaning it uses baking soda as a leavening agent vs. traditional breads that use yeast). Some people are gross and put raisins in it.

And of course, in true Courtney fashion, I'll be sure to let the masses know how it turns out!