Thursday, March 21, 2013

My St. Paddy's Day 2013

Well Hello Strangers...I thought I'd stop by and share my St. Patrick's Day with you. Because so many things were going on this year and so many variables, I decided to cancel our big dinner and just cook for the family. I did try a new recipe and I'll share that here in a moment, but with not much to say I'll share my day with photos. 

I woke up to find a pretty shamrock plant and a Green Mickey Mouse card from my bestie... Luckily he's around to help me keep this thing alive, because we all know I might be Irish, but I do not have a Green Thumb. And a Green Mickey card...who would of thought? 

In addition to wearing green, I thought it would be a good day to wear my Pink and Brown Polka Dot Ireland hat that's signed by Gaelic Storm. It's not something I wear on a daily basis, so St. Patrick's Day is always a good excuse. 

With a beader in the house, I always have something new to wear. This time it was a copy piece from a bracelet I had seen on Etsy. This was the original piece sold online ... 

And this was the piece he made for me..

On one of my thrift store trips, I happened to find two gifts for my daughter in one shot. A book with Irish Authors and an Irish owl. Now my daughter is an owl fanatic, but an IRISH owl. What's the likely hood that I would find an Irish owl at the thrift store. I did some research yesterday and this owl is from a line called Happy Owlidays, Lil' Whoots from 1998. They made several holiday themed owls.

Here are two new decorations  I picked up last year on Clearance. I love both of them. Since I've been sick all week, I haven't made it out to do any clearance shopping, so I doubt I'll find anything at this point. 

My vintage find for this year were these two ceramic pieces. When I went to my favorite store "Oh, So Charming" this month, I remembered seeing them last year and knew that if they were still there calling my name after 2 years, I had to buy them. They look a little rough on the bottom, because they had some super old lace that was glued to the bottom and it was falling off and brown. So I've detached it and plan on replacing it once I find the perfect cream lace. 

Dinner was good, but instead of sitting down to this....

I had dinner for one....

But, in that little dish was Colcannon (Mashed potatoes and cooked cabbage mashed together). I'd not made it at home before, but highly recommend the dish. It really is very good if you enjoy cabbage.

Last, but no least is the Irish Lemon Pudding I made. Being a Lemon lover, it just looked like something I had to try. It's not a traditional milky pudding like we serve in the US, it's more of a cake, custard mix. After having a couple pieces apiece, with fresh whip cream, my daughter and I had similar reviews. "It's different..Hard to describe...I'm not sure if I like it or don't like it..." Literally, we both just couldn't say it was something we liked or didn't like, but agreed it's probably not something we'll put in our cookbook as a favorite.

If you'd like the recipe, be sure to link to The Baker Upstairs for the recipe. I did follow her suggestion and double the recipe and bake it in a 9" springform pan. 

Overall, I won't complain. I'm very blessed and remind myself that life can throw you curve balls and just go with the flow...St. Patrick's will be here next year and the year after. I've had plenty of Green memories and will be blessed with many more. In the meantime..I'm thinking of all of you!!

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