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Tips for Surviving and Advancing Through March Madness

Selection Sunday has taken place, the first four have been played, your brackets are (hopefully) set, and the insanity that is known as March Madness is underway. Wallethub notes that over the next few weeks, office workers will be distracted, massive amounts of chicken wings and beer will be consumed, and millions will watch game after game as 64 teams now fight for a championship.

Louise Fletke
By Louise Fletke
on 3/14/18 2:00 PM

St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Louise Fletke
by Louise Fletke on 3/12/18 4:45 PM


What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that makes it so fun to celebrate even if you’re not Irish? Is it the rainbows, the pots of gold, or all of the wonderful green? It’s probably a combination of everything, plus the fact that it’s a reason to make some tasty treats for you and your little leprechauns.

If you’re looking for some St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas that will make you feel like you just found a four-leafed clover, look no further than these Lucky Charms Bars and Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake! I know, it might sound like a magical sugar rush to make both, but once you start devouring the Lucky Charms Bars, you’ll find yourself craving a refreshingly minty shake!

Lucky Charms Bars

This recipe yields a lot of bars, which is great if you’re having a party or sending these to school with your kids. You can always modify the recipe to make less!

Here’s what you need:

  • 12 cups of Lucky Charms cereal
  • 6 tablespoons of margarine
  • 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows


  • Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray (these are super sticky!)
  • Melt the butter and marshmallows together until there aren’t any lumps.
  • Stir in the Lucky Charms until everything is just combined.
  • Press into the pan and chill them in the fridge until they’re set, about 30 minutes.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Recipe inspiration from Bloom Designs

Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes

Here’s what you need for 2 servings:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of mint extract
  • Green food coloring- 8 drops
  • Whipped cream
  • Green sanding sugar or sprinkles
  • Maraschino cherries


  • Add ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring to your blender and blend until it’s milkshake consistency.
  • Add whipped cream, sanding sugar, and a cherry on top.

If you’re missing chocolate, you could add some regular or mint Oreos to these for a cookies and cream twist.

Recipe inspiration from Dinner then Dessert

Next Steps:

  • Check out more St. Patrick's Day recipes and activities on our Pinterest Board
  • With scrip, you can earn rebates when you purchase your ingredients! Learn more here.

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Louise Fletke
Written by Louise Fletke
Attending public schools all her life and being a three-sport athlete, Louise is no novice to fundraising. When she's not writing copy for Great Lakes Scrip Center, Louise can be found playing recreational sports too competitively, or spending quality time with her dog.

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