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.

Ingredients

  • 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?

The St. Patrick’s Day Countdown

24 Hours! Here are a few videos to get yourself acquainted. : )

1. Gaelic Storm’s “The Ferryman”

Awwww yeah! (Al, this is for you!) Sorry for the lame sunset photo. It’s the only version of this song on YouTube. Does that no one listens to Gaelic Storm? What does that say about me!?

2. Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping up to Boston”

This was our entrance song at our wedding! I thought everyone knew this song, but maybe it’s only a Boston thing? Our DJ had never heard of it.

3. Riverdance. I still want to be a Riverdancer when I grow up. I remember watching this with my parents when it first came out on PBS.

4. Lucky Charms.

Although I have NO idea what makes this cereal associated with leprechauns. The marshmallows are supposed to be treasure? But where in the rainbow? It’s not pointing into my cereal. And my cereal bowl is definitely not a pot of gold.

4. The Muppet Leprechaun Brothers

One word. Amazing. Two more words. Danny Boy. (HAH! I think this is hilarious. We definitely sang this in my women’s choir for competitions. We were not nearly as amazing as Beeker, the Swedish Chef and Animal.)

5. Nerd Alert! I’m putting Gaelic Storm on here twice. I love this song too. So here is one more! Gaelic Storm’s “She was the Prize”

Vintage St. Patrick’s Day: 4 leaf clovers are a-shining on me

St. Patrick’s Day is only 2 days away! Are you ready!? While CVS has plenty to offer if you’re looking for shamrock-glasses, Lucky Charms t-shirts or red, paper beards you tie to your face with an elastic band, it doesn’t really capture the nostalgia that I usually like to celebrate holidays with. (Although those paper beards were mighty tempting.)

I’ve gathered together a few images that are reminiscent of old-time St. Patrick’s Day.

1. A beautiful clover scarf pin – isn’t this stunning!? I just want to wrap a scarf around my head and ride around in a green convertible with big white sunglasses. I foresee driving towards a very large rainbow. ; )

2. A vintage 1960’s Vera Neumann hand-painted scarf from Etsy. I believe this could be my scarf from the aforementioned St. Patrick’s Day fantasy. Yes? In all seriousness, I love this pattern. It’s gorgeous. I have a box of old scarves from my Granna. They just don’t make textile design like they used to. *Sigh

3.Vintage 1890s Victorian lithographs of Irish sheet music – I love vintage prints! Jigging is required.By the way, there is an amazing old antique store my good friend Abs and I love to go to. They have tons of old sheet music. I could spend hours looking at them! The classic vintage design of the pieces are so unique and fun to look through. Also the titles of the songs are always hilarious – like “Clementine, You Butter Up my Heart”, “I’m Locking My Wife in the Closet” or  “That Old Irish Mother of Mine”.

4. Clover Bottle Cap Charm. I feel like this is what a Leprechaun would give me if we met on the side of the road.

It’s just so sweet. It also reminds me of the Ellie Badge from “Up” and that movie makes me cry. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. (See Ellie’s Grape Soda badge below.)

Images from:

1. http://www.rubylane.com/item/617897-0451/10kt-Yellow-Gold-Scarf-Pin
2. http://www.etsy.com/listing/68869921/monochrome-clover-a-vintage-1960s-vera
3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/69072201/vintage-1890s-victorian-lithograph-irish
4. http://www.lollysmith.com/allshgi.html

Now just to clarify what kind of rainbow I’m talking about, see this photo below. I’ve never seen another rainbow like it! (Yes, that is me down in the bottom. Rockin’ my hoodie and jeans circa sophomore year in college.)

I must have found a four leaf clover today because today (the Ides of March no less!) is perfectly beautiful!! After all the snow Boston has gotten this year, I thought I’d never see the sun, ground, grass, gravel, dirt… anything underneath the 8 feet of snow and ice we had this year.)

Proof:

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?