These days, Americans tend to think of St. Patrick’s Day as our national drinking holiday—we even invented green beer to celebrate it. But the history of St. Patrick’s Day is a lot deeper than that. It goes all the way back to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who lived in the 400s AD. He was a missionary in Ireland during the late fifth century and is said to be the founder of Christianity in Ireland.
Patrick was captured by pirates as a teenager and taken to Ireland as a slave, then escaped six years later and returned to England, his home country. He eventually became a cleric and went back to Ireland, and by the seventh century he was already thought of as the country’s patron saint.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the supposed day of Patrick’s death, and it’s a much more solemn holiday in Ireland than it is in the States. It is celebrated by the Irish diaspora worldwide as it celebrates Irish culture as well as the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and it’s one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world.
Those of us at H&H Chevrolet hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!
When it comes to Big game parties, there’s a lot to think about, and snacks are an important factor. Here are some of the best Big game snacks you can make for your party.
Buffalo Cheese Sausage Balls
These are easy to make in a slow cooker and have “game night” written all over them with a yummier take on your average meatballs.
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Corn Dog Fritters
What’s even better than corn dogs? Bite-sized corn dogs! Your guests will love this handmade finger food.
Brown Sugar Chicken Wings
Sugar, spice, everything nice. These chicken wings have the perfect combination of sugar and salt. The roasted red pepper cream sauce is a perfect touch.
Buffalo Pickle Chips
Fried pickles are a favorite – and they go hand-in-hand with chicken wings. This recipe also comes gluten-free so that everyone can enjoy them.
Loaded Nacho Fries
Sure, you can do loaded nachos, but why not replace chips with fries? You and your guests won’t be able to get enough of these fries, peppers, and ground beef.
Avocado Spinach Dip
If you want to go a little healthier (but still yummy), this dip is perfect for your veggie tray.
So which of these snacks will you cook up for the party?
Only about 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually keep them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of statistically proven methods for increasing the likelihood that you keep your resolution. Whether you’re giving up smoking, junk food, bad driving habits, or something else, you’re bound to do better if you follow these simple tips.
According to WebMD, psychiatrists suggest exercising when you get the urge to cheat on your resolution. Keeping New Year’s resolutions is easier when you distract yourself from cravings—for cigarettes, junk food, or drinks, for instance—when you work out. In fact, this can increase the likelihood that you succeed by up to 27%.
Next, break up your resolution. If you’re trying to “get in shape” over the course of the year, it’s more realistic to set definitive goals. For example, try to quit eating junk food. Then, when that is mastered, try to drop five pounds. You get the idea. By breaking it up, it’s easier to succeed.
Finally, try to build a network of support. Start a resolution club with friends, or try to make your goals public. If you have other people watching and supporting you, you’re more likely to reach your goals and to keep resolutions. Plus, if you do fail, it’s always good to have friends and family around to help you persist.
The Christmas season is a time for bringing people together and there’s no better way to do that than by establishing some fun family Christmas traditions. Here are just a few that you can start with your family this holiday season.
Christmas is an exciting time, and one way to make it even more exciting is to begin a countdown to the big day. There are all kinds of calendars, boards, and other ways to keep track of the countdown.
Pick Out a Tree
Although some families prefer to use fake trees, other families swear by the tradition of visiting a tree farm each year to pick out their favorite tree.
Decorate the Tree Together
The Christmas tree is a symbol for a lot of different things, and it’s fun to allow your entire family to show their personality by decorating the tree together.
Another fun tradition that some families partake in is to send out a Christmas card each year with a nice (or funny) family photo.
No matter what you decide to do with your family, find a way to make it your own. Christmas is a great time for bonding with family and friends, so make the most of it.
As we approach the holiday season, there is nothing better than being surrounded by festive decorations and happy people. While decorating can be expensive, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Here are some simple (and cheap) ideas for DIY Christmas decorations that will make your home cozy and festive.
Old Wine Bottles
Save a few of those wine bottles from the holiday parties, and turn them into decorations. Simply peel off the label, replace it with some nice ribbon, place a candle in the bottle, and you have yourself a nice centerpiece.
People tend to collect more ornaments than they actually need over the years, but you don’t have to put the extras back in the box. Find other places around your house to hang them (on wreaths, for example).
Candy is a great decoration that serves multiple purposes. Your guests have something to munch on, and it also looks great. You can fill dishes with colorful candies, and you can hang candy canes all around the house.
By getting creative with your holiday decorations, you will both save yourself some money and have a truly unique home for the holidays. Think outside the box this year, and impress your family and guests.
For the most dedicated bargain shoppers, Black Friday may be the best day of the year. If you count down the days to this ultimate shopping day, here are a few Black Friday tips to help you out.
- Use technology. It has never been easier to compare prices. Use websites and apps geared towards savings to catch the best deal. PriceGrabber.com, PriceWatch.com, and BuyVia are great places to start.
- Make a plan. Study the ads, both in print and online, the week of Thanksgiving to know what you want to buy. Compare prices to find the best deal.
- Look beyond Friday. Good deals aren’t just limited to Friday. Some retailers have a whole week or even month of savings.
- Have a budget. Know how much you’re going to spend and stick with that. You can bring cash and leave your cards at home to really make you stick to it. Avoid impulse buys because they may not be as good of a deal as they seem.
- Know store policies. While you might be familiar with a certain store’s return or price-match policy, check to see if there are any exceptions for Black Friday purchases.
With these tips in hand, you’re ready to catch the best deals of the season. Share your other tips with us at H & H Chevrolet Cadillac!
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. If you’ve been feeling the need to spice up your Thanksgiving gatherings, but don’t want to mess with the menu, here are a few Thanksgiving traditions you can give a try this year.
- Enjoy some down time. While Thanksgiving typically involves plenty of family members, this can sometimes lead to some stress. Be sure to take a few minutes for yourself so you don’t get overwhelmed. Take a walk while the pies are baking or take a power nap before all the guests arrive.
- Put the kids in charge. Letting others help, especially the kids, can make Thanksgiving even more special for everyone. Put the kids in charge of serving dessert. Have them take orders and serve it up.
- Have Thanksgiving for dinner. Many families start their Thanksgiving feasts in the afternoon. Aim for a 5:30 or 6pm start time so you can enjoy a more laid back afternoon. Prepare a few light snacks to munch on throughout the afternoon.
- Create a place to share thanks. Consider making something where guests can write down what they’re thankful for. You could line your table with butcher paper or create a thankful tree with leaf-shaped pieces of paper. Share the thankful thoughts over dinner.
Which Thanksgiving traditions are you planning to try this year? Share with us today!