Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!

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Anyways, back to Irish-Pride day! To make today a little extra special (Besides wearing lots o’ green and listening to Irish music all day) I made some delicious scones and honeybutter.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup raisins and Crasins (I use more than 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg

Directions (Preheat oven to 400 degrees)

Mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cube butter into small chunks. Work in butter until mixture is the size of peas, then stir in raisins. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.Add to mixture.
Press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick.
Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet.
Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com)

To make the Honeybutter – Just mash up room temperature butter with honey. I actually used Organic Agave Nectar.

And the finished result?

Delish!! Pair that with a nice cup of tea and a book and I’m one happy Scot-Irish lass.

Did you do anything fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Prepping for Erin go Bragh!

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! As a young lass with Irish blood, a resident of Boston, and a lover of holidays I am getting pumped. I’m sure I will have a post in the future about getting together your Lucky Charms cereal, green clothing and pots o’ gold, but for now let’s stick with the authentic Irish goods.

Disclaimer: I should probably admit, I have Scotch-Irish heritage, which basically means, my ancestors were Scots who colonized parts of Ireland. So technically I should be wearing bright orange on St. Patty’s day to celebrate my family allegiance (sorry to my green-wearing Irish friends).

To celebrate for the big day I’ve got to get a few things together. First I’ve got to get me family crest (is it okay if I talk like a little Irish woman?). I love that our crest has an awesome rooster on it.

1. Family Crest

Here is another version of it (I am seeing visions of myself in the future replicating this in Illustrator… *Drooool):

2. Family Tartan

Next you’ll need your tartan. Tartans were used to display to others what clan you belonged to by using that weaving on your kilt. Many Americans are false advertising when they wear their v-neck Argyle sweaters (are they really ALL part of the Argyle family?) I kid, I kid. But Argyle is a perfect example of a family plaid that has been popularized.

Drumroll please. Here is the Sinclair plaid:

It may not look like much, but it warms my heart. : )

Find your clan’s tartan here: http://www.houseoftartan.co.uk/

3. Proper Food

And green beer doesn’t count!

Perhaps this year will be the year I try to make the classic Irish dish of Corned Beef & Cabbage.

(Recipe here: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/corned_beef_and_cabbage/)

I know for sure I will be making my Granna’s scones (We pronounce it “scawns” not “scowns”, by the way.)

(Image compliments of http://www.citrusandcandy.com/2010/03/irish-scones-and-happy-st-patricks-day.html)

We always paired our scones with a nice bowl of homemade potato or broccoli soup.

Lastly, I would recommend snuggling up with a copy of “Scarlett” byAlenaxdra Ripley.

It’s a sequel written to “Gone with the Wind” and I must say it’s quite good. I read GWTW and Scarlett back-to-back and the author did a fantastic job of maintaining the essence of the characters and the continuity of the book (quite a feat considering she wrote it over 100 years later than Margaret Mitchell). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot line, Scarlett, also known as Katie Scarlett O’Hara, take a trip to meet her Irish family and I’ll leave it at that.

How do you celebrate St. Patty’s Day?