Thursday, March 18, 2010

'Tis herself

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...




CC said...

Loved your sounds as though you had a wonderful St.Patricks Day. Your stew has sounded so good,now I have a terrible craving for it.Maybe this weekend...yummmmmm.

cwa said...

I enjoy holidays too, especially this time of year when I am looking for anything to break me out of the end of winter doldrums. I watched several shows on Irish history yesterday. We had corn beef and cabbage for dinner, because just a few weeks ago we had Irish stew. Both are delicious. I am glad to hear that you had a good St. Patty's day too. Blessings.

Lisa said...

Happy St. Pats! I like all the holidays too!!
Hugs, Lisa

Mel said...

Loved your celebration of St Patty's day! Irish stew sounds yummy!! We had chicken pot pie, here... not too exciting! We've also been having warmer days, and that should last right up until this weekend, you know - up until Spring officially arrives, and then it's supposed to cool back off. (Yuck) However, I did buy a bunch of potatoes, and plan to attempt potato soup this weekend. Wish me luck - I can never make it like my mom!! LOL Thanks so much for sharing your St Patty's day celebration with all of us - it's such fun to "be there" with you!!

Melody said...

Sounds like you had a bonnie day! Hope you're alleries aren't too bad. For me mold, mildew and fungus are my nemesis. You can't get away from them. They hit all year round, but especially during the spring when mushrooms and lichens bloom. Don't forget the Vintage Alphabet Starts Monday. Hopr to see ya there.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Hello Beansie!

Did a little green man paid you a visit that day? Go check you cookies quick! LOL

The table is perfect for the day and so's your slipper! :-)

Feel better now.


Shana said...

You amaze me at the things you do for holidays. I love reading your posts and all the tidbits of information you find. I am also very glad to see you blogging!! I have missed you woman! Did you see my new nephew. if you get a chance go check him out!

Doris Sturm said...

Hello Dear Tina,

What a nice post. I agree with you about wanting to visit the Emerald Isle. I bet your Irish stew was amazing. I don't cook much anymore, but I enjoyed it when I had someone to cook for. What a busy day you had. It sounded like fun. Sorry about your allergies, though. Hope you're feeling better. I acquired allergies since living here in GA, but hey, life goes on, right?
Have a wonderful Friday and stay sweet!
Doris :-)

Leann said...

You are such a fun person! I love how you embrace life and all that it has to offer. You day looks and sounded wonderful! Do you watch QVC at all? The had an entire day devoted to St Pat's!

Enjoy your weekend!

Simone said...

You write such cheerful and happy posts Beansie! I am glad you enjoyed the Irish day on QVC. It sounds like fun. You made a great effort for St Patricks Day even if you didn't have any black pudding!!!

Susie Jefferson said...

Hi Tina - To be sure, more power to your elbow! What a fun post.

RE my post - I had a feeling those pin cushions would be right up your street!

Lynn said...

What a fun blog you have! I've been enjoying your Irish music while browsing through your post about the lovely Irish dinner you made. It sounds delicious and very festive. Thanks for posting about the mixer giveaway at my blog -- good luck! And now I'm off to check out how you make shamrock cookie cutters, because I just think I need some shamrock cookie cutters for next year ;)

Fairy Footprints said...

Hey there Tina, I love the table decor. I hope your St.Patricks day was incredible. I sure have missed you too. Have a great weekend.


Marydon Ford said...

Happy shamrocks to you B ... Irish tea, oh, yum! When we were in Ireland I could sit for hours & just watch the world go past enjoying every savory drop of that tea ... & fresh breads.

Love your write. Glad you had a lovely celebration.

Have a wonderful weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Hi, I've just found your little blog and it sure seems like you had a great St Patrick's Day. I live in Northern Ireland and you celebrated more than we did!! Very wise to stay away from the Black Pudding!
Vivienne :)

Faith said...

Well, top o' the mornin to ya Lassie! Thanks for visiting me homestead..By sure by golly, the Emerald Isle is the a place I'd be wantin to visit too! Me family on me fadder's side came from Tipperary don't you know...Yer Irish feast be looking mighty tasty girly..

Lynn said...

Hi, Tina!! I am going to Ireland in late May. I will be careful not to order any Black Pudding! What a surprise!

Sorry to hear about you allergy attack. I suffer from that too. People who do not, just think you sneeze or something. My attacks can really take me down. Stay healthy!

debbie said...


Tiffanee said...

You were a busy lady!! Sounds like you made it an awesome day. One to remember. Love the pictures. Does make me want to take a trip though!!

myletterstoemily said...

that has to be the best irish celebration
known to man! how much fun for your

my daughter met the most adorable
irishman who has invited her and her
friends to dinner. . . in ireland next

wish i could be a fly on the wall to
see him charm their socks off.

hope your allergies don't do you in.


Sonya said...

Hi Tina,
You always get me in the holiday matter which holiday it is. You did St. Patrick's day right for sure and that stew recipe!? Yum. I always enjoy visiting your delightful blog and I always leave with a smile on my face. Have a wonderful weekend!

Susie Jefferson said...

How are you? You've been so busy creating lovely things for us all to look at...

So there's an award for you over at 1stfloorflat



Well, I just had to look up the black pudding... gross! I too will pass on that one. ha! I enjoy window shopping on QVC and HSN too... I just watch , don't buy, it's the girl in me.. has to see what is new and in style. Hope your allergies clear up.

Kerrie said...

Hi Tina! Thanks for your visit today and your comments. I just finished a biography about Annie Moore!! So interesting! Hope you find time to make some of the little egg cozies. The link is
Hugs, Kerrie

CC said...

Hi Tina..
I have an award for you..whenever you can come and pick it up. xxxx CC

Terri Smith said...

Ah Sweet Tina..appreciated your visit to my place earlier. Wow..thanks for all the St Patty's info. I had no idea Annie Moore was the very first to be processed at Ellis. Thank you for sharing that! Very interesting stuff. Hope you've been well. Drop back by know my studio door is always open!

Blessings, Love and Georgia Sunshine, Terri