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MARCH 2020

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The Best Irish Cuisine FAMILY-FRIENDLY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY RECIPES

Irish Potato and Leek Soup

As we head into March, an assortment of Irish celebrations are coming up in our area. These celebrations are sure to be loud, fun, and energetic, but a few coworkers and I have found that we love to relax and enjoy authentic Irish cuisine on this holiday. Here are a few recipes we have found over the years from Delish.com and TheViewFromGreatIsland.com that will make your Saint Patrick’s Day an authentic and fun time for everyone in your family.

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Cook for an additional 20 minutes and add cabbage 5 minutes before turning off heat. Drain water and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Ingredients

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4 tbsp butter

Authentic Irish Stew

1 onion, chopped

3 large leeks, trimmed and sliced

Ingredients

3 tbsp extra- virgin olive oil, divided 2 lbs beef clod Salt and pepper, to taste 1 onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped

2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced

Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage

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3 1/2 cups vegetable stock

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1/2 cup frozen peas

Ingredients

Salt and pepper, to taste

Sour cream thinned with whole milk, to taste

3 lbs corned beef brisket 2 bay leaves

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Chives, for garnish

Directions

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4 thyme sprigs 1/2 lb quartered baby potatoes 4 medium carrots

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2 stalks celery, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced

1. In a pot, melt butter and sauté onion, leeks, and potatoes for 5 minutes. Add vegetable stock and bring it to a simmer till everything is tender. Add peas until they defrost and season with salt and pepper. When ready to serve, drizzle sour cream to taste and add chives for garnish. Depending on how your family feels about beef clod, the stew is usually a hit, but my favorite is the soup! My coworkers and I are always looking for unique recipes to try on Saint Patrick’s Day, so if you have any, share them with us next time you’re in the office! 2. 3. 4.

3 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

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2 tsp fresh thyme

1 small head of cabbage

16-oz bottle of Guinness

Directions

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Fill a large pot with 4 cups of water and brisket.

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In a large pot, pack 2 tbsp olive oil and meat and salt and pepper to taste. Place pot over medium heat for 10 minutes and transfer beef to plate. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil to pot, then add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Add meat back to pot with potatoes, thyme, and Guinness and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

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Add bay leaves and thyme.

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Heat pot on stove over medium temperature. Reduce heat to a simmer when water begins to boil. Check every 30 minutes and add water as needed. Keep cooking until tender, normally 3 hours. Add potatoes and carrots and bring back to boil.

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YOUR GUIDE TO SPRING- GREENING

3 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Make When You Declutter

It takes a special kind of person to enjoy spring-cleaning. For most of us, the satisfaction of a clean house doesn’t quite outweigh the hours of scrubbing, sorting, and slogging through heaps of unnecessary stuff. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to start your spring-cleaning, try flipping the paradigm: Instead of spring-cleaning, think of what you’re doing as spring -greening, andmake some eco-friendly swaps along the way. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. Swap your plastic spray bottles for bulk or DIY cleaning products. According to a Statista report, in 2019, the household cleaners market was worth more than $31 billion, and it’s continuously growing. You can save money on cleaning supplies by taking the green route. When your current stock runs out, try buying bulk cleaners or making your own. Both options will save plastic because you can reuse your bottles, and they can help you avoid the harmful chemicals found in most cleaners. Visit UnderATinRoof.com and read the blog post “Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies + Recipes” to get started. 2. Explore alternative laundry detergents. If you’re used to using a plastic jug of liquid laundry detergent, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. This spring, try exploring greener alternatives like plant-based bulk laundry powder (Molly’s Suds is an excellent source). Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try adding all-natural cleaners like soap nuts or English ivy to your laundry loads. For more on the former, search “soap nuts” on 1MillionWomen.com, and read up on ivy detergent at Permacrafters.com/English-Ivy-Laundry-Detergent.

On March 8, 1971, all eyes were on the world of boxing as people watched what would become known as“The Fight of the Century.”It was one of the most anticipatedmatchups the sport had ever arranged: Current heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali were finally facing off, the first time two undefeated boxers would fight each other for the heavyweight title. Spectators were hungry for a battle. Both fighters held rightful claims to the title of world heavyweight champion. Ali won it in 1964 and successfully defended it for several years, but he was stripped of the title during a legal battle over his induction into the U.S. armed forces. In his absence from the sport, Frazier earned two championship belts through major knockout fights. But when Ali settled his court case and came to reclaim his title, Frazier wasn’t ready to give it up easily. Ringside seats for the fight sold for today’s equivalent of over $1,000. Millions watched the broadcast in over 50 countries around the world, and Madison Square Garden sold out to a crowd of 20,455 spectators. The fighters possessed polar opposite tactics, backgrounds, and social impacts, but when it came to skill, they were evenly matched. The fight captivated the nation. As Sports Illustrated put it at the time, “The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier.” THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY HOW A BATTLE OF BOXERS CAPTIVATED THE WORLD The fight exceeded all expectations with a fully engrossing 15 rounds. For the first quarter of the match, it seemed Ali would best his opponent, but Frazier came back with fury. Even though Ali continued to rise to his feet round after round, Frazier emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, dealing Ali his first professional loss ever. The landmark event highlighted an unforgettable night of skillful prowess like the world had never seen. Even though the title fight was only the beginning of the rivalry between the two boxers, the matchup rightfully took its place as one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport.

3. Say goodbye to paper towels. Paper towels are a mainstay in American homes, but do we really need them

when a good old-fashioned rag can do the job? According to the Ocean Conservancy, 13 billion pounds of paper towels are tossed in the U.S. each year! This spring, quit paper towels and keep a stash of dish rags under the sink to do your dirty work. When you’re cleaning out your closet, you can even cut up old T-shirts and add them to your rag stash! If you’re brave, try giving up tissues, too — an old- school hanky does the trick.

If you’ve made all three of these swaps, don’t stop there! To continue your green journey, visit any of the blogs mentioned above

and start browsing.

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GIVING BACK TO LOCAL COMPANIES On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, which is huge for small businesses everywhere. Mom-and-pop businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy; Small Business Trends reports that mom-and-pop businesses account for 64% of gross domestic product (GDP) and generate 78% of all new jobs. Furthermore, no matter what turns the economy takes, small-business owners are less likely to lay off their employees than big corporations. Mom-and-pop businesses support all communities, and you can support them by celebrating this unofficial holiday! Shopping locally has a massive impact on your community. Local businesses return three times the amount of money to the local economy than larger corporations do. With that big of a returned investment, your community can support even more small businesses that generate a wealth of jobs and keep the cycle going. In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar. Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime. Give your local economy a boost!

on Facebook or take a picture for Instagram, be sure to tag the business and use relevant hashtags so your friends, family, and everyone else in your community can shop there, too. Writing reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp helps establish validity for the company. When another potential customer looks for reviews, they know they’re getting quality products and services from a well-established pillar of the community. The local businesses that are active on social media may post deals and sales for that day only, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses!

Get social and spread the word!

While small businesses utilize every form of marketing available, social media is essential for their success and growth. After shopping at your favorite mom-and- pop business, share that experience on your social media! When you write a post

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1 Family-Friendly Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes 2 Boxing’s Greatest Battle

3 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Make During Spring-Cleaning Celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

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WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

Turn each game into an event. Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities. Reward the winners with prizes. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. Create a learning opportunity. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.

One of the greatest things about

March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have

a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out

on the court. While healthy competition

among family members can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile

and reap as much fun from

March Madness as you can.

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