The rare and lovely appearance of rainbows makes them incredibly magical for children and adults alike. Perhaps this magic first inspired the notion of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The leprechaun is Ireland's national fairy. He stands less than 3 feet tall, dressed all in green, with a pointy, feathered cap atop his head and two gold coins clutched in his hands. In the first hand, he grasps a magic coin that always returns to the purse once it's spent; in the other, he holds a dummy coin, which turns to rock or ashes as soon as it's spent.
Legend tells that if you are lucky enough to find a leprechaun, you must be careful not to let the little green guy out of your sight until he tells you where the pot of gold is. You had better be on your toes, though, because leprechauns are known to be cunning and quick - in the blink of an eye, the gold guard will dash out of sight, taking your hopes for good fortune with him.
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter/margarine
1 package (8 ounces/227 g) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 can (8 ounces/227 g) crushed pineapple, drained
1 container (12 ounces/340 g) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water; chill until syrupy.
2. Mix the crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and butter or margarine together. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ (23 cm x 33 cm) baking pan. Bake at 350° F (175° C) for 8–10 minutes, then cool.
3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Blend the gelatin and pineapple into the mixture. Put 1/2 cup of the whipped topping in the refrigerator to use as a garnish later. Fold the remaining whipped topping into the mixture.
4. Spoon the mixture over the crust. Chill at least 2 hours.
5. Just before serving, peel and slice the kiwifruit. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped topping and a slice of kiwifruit.
Here are a couple of fun activity pages to do on St. Patrick's Day.