Top o' the evenin' to all my friends and family!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Most who know me best, know how much I LOVE the holidays! St. Patrick's Day is no exception... So, welcome! Whether you're Irish, or just Irish for the day, please step into my parlor, and make yourself comfortable!
Sure and begorrah, I was busy all day, right from the wee hours of the mornin', till it was time for bed! Whenever I got the chance, though, I'd peek at the QVC channel on t.v., where the whole day was devoted to Irish products, history, and entertainment! Did you know that Ireland's national gemstone is connemara marble?! Did you know that Richard Joyce is the master goldsmith who is responsible for the designing the now famous design known as the claddagh?!.. Well... There are several possible origins and legends it seems, but I liked THIS ONE best!
I had fun catching glimpses of all the latest styles of Aran sweaters! I loved all the beautiful Belleek china and giftware that were for sale throughout the day!... And then at one point someone mentioned Black Pudding. Well, ANY pudding sounds good to me, so I went right to the computer to look for the recipe! Much to my surprise, it wasn't quite what I thought it would be! You can check THAT out HERE! Nope... (gulp) No black pudding for me, thank you just the same! I'll stick to chocolate, or maybe some pistachio for today!
Anyways, I also learned that Annie Moore, a young Irish girl, only 13 years old, from County Cork, was the first Immigrant to be processed and registered for immigration at Ellis Island, on January 1, 1892!... I didn't know this! Did you?!
Back to the tasks at hand, I began preparation for our own little celebration Tuesday night... Groceries were purchased. A game plan was set... And I made up a good-sized batch of sugar cookie dough, to chill over night.
By St. Patrick's Day morning, I showered and dressed myself up in my finest green for the day, then made breakfast for Dear Son, and then took him off to school! When I got back, I rolled out the dough, got out my cookie cutter and began making and baking my traditional Shamrock cookies!
By the way, I just recently read how you can make your own shamrock cookie cutter! Head on over to Roots & Wings Co., to see how!
As those were baking, I began chopping up meat, carrots, and potatoes for dinner. I've most often gone with corned beef and cabbage, most years; but this year I decided I was in the mood for Irish Stew! So I got the chopping, slicing and dicing done, and threw it all in the crock pot. I added my beef broth, some flour, some seasonings, and a good full bottle of Guinness stout, to make a right-full pot of stew, not only for dinner, but for plenty of leftovers! I wanted to be sure I had some for the next day, and maybe some for the freezer! I set the cooker on, let the cookies I just baked cool on racks, and off I went to lunch with a friend!
Right from lunch, I picked up Dear Son from school. As soon as we got home, we could smell the stew cooking before we even got in the door! I kept that cooking, while I then frosted and sprinkled all of the cookies. Dear Daughter called, at one point, to tell me she was running right according to schedule, and would be here soon, so there was little time to waste now! I quick baked a batch of biscuits. I brewed the perfect pot of Irish tea. Then, I set the table, and talk about "40 Shades of Green"! There just might BE 40 shades of green here!
I turned on some Irish music in the background, and we were ready to eat!
Isn't Ireland beautiful?! If there was one place I wish I could travel to most, it would most definitely be the Emerald Isle!
Well, dinner was delicious! We took the dog out for a walk together. Good-fun quality family time couldn't have been better!... except for one little unfortunate circumstance by the end of the night. Dear Daughter headed home for the night. Dear Son turned to his video games before getting ready for bed...
And I slipped into my green froggy slippers for the night, ready to watch some American Idol, or maybe read a book, or get some more work done on my crochet projects...
And THEN my allergies kicked into high gear!
Uh.. Nope, I'm pretty sure it was ALLERGIES!
Oh my gosh, I should have seen it coming, with the change of the seasons, but I was just having too much fun! The medicine I took for it last night didn't help much, but the kind I took today helped a little better! I hope it KEEPS working, because I have plenty to do around here! I have to finish several projects, and I've got another batch of cookies to make for a church event coming up! I've got a school meeting coming up! I sure hope the luck of the Irish is with me, as I try to get everything done!
Well, I hope everyone had a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! The weather here gets a little warmer and warmer each day, it seems, and it's nice to see the weekend is almost here again! We are all SO-oooo looking forward to it!
I'll leave you today with this...