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Book Giveaway and Springtime In The Hollow!

Spring Daffodils 2014
It’s springtime in the hollow where I live.  On a recent walk to my neighbors as my feet were crunching through the winter worn leaves I spied these beautiful daffodils.  The bulbs were no doubt carried here by some wily squirrel that thought they had a wintertime snack buried in the forest.  Instead the bulbs waited patiently for just the right nod from God and then pushed their way through the cold still slightly frozen winter ground to brighten my day.  Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil has to say, daffodils are my encouragement that spring really is just around the corner!

Daffodils 2014
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Congratulations to Denise for winning a copy of Eternity Changes Everything!  Thank you to all of you who left comments and entered the drawing.  To see the list from Random.org click here.  If you missed the review you can read it here.

St. Patrick’s Day is Monday and I am wondering, are you making anything special to eat that day?  I offered Cabbage and Corned Beef to the Chief and he said “Cabbage, yes, corned beef – not necessary for me.”  Hmmm. … what should I cook?  I am going to check out Foodista which should have some great tried and true recipes!  Let me know if you have any ideas for me!  Click HERE for some ideas I posted last year!

Have a blessed weekend,





St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Favorites

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Wikipedia says “Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the church of the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox church and Lutheran Church.  For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irishness and Irish culture. ”

Irish Soda Bread slicesWith March 17th falling on a Sunday this year, we will be in church. We may or may not wear something green, but we will definitely eat out.  Not because it is St. Paddy’s Day but because we always eat out after church —  a treat from my mother. 🙂

Even though I have an Irish last name and my husband’s family hail from County Donegal Ireland,  I haven’t made a lot of Irish recipes for blogging.  Last year, our Tuesdays With Dorie baking group made this Irish Soda Bread and it is wonderful.

irish-cre-cupcake-closeup.jpgThese Bailey’s Irish Cream cupcakes are one of my favorite recipes.  Of course, it doesn’t take an Irishman to know that Bailey’s Irish Cream is delicious any way you choose to ingest it!

is a fabulous website highlighting recipes and blog posts from around the internet.  I hope you enjoy these Irish recipes!

Have a blessed weekend, Catherine

The Luck of the Irish to You!

Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage
Campbell’s Kitchen
Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage
No St. Patty’s Day table is complete without Corned Beef and Cabbage. Try this easy slow cooker corned beef recipe.

Irish Colcannon
Photo: The Culinary Geek
Irish Colcannon
Cabbage, potatoes, leeks and bacon all in one glorious mash.

Rosemary Rum Raisin Soda Bread with Pecans
Bob Vivant
Rosemary Rum Raisin Soda Bread with Pecans
Dark rum, raisins, rosemary and more make this soda bread recipe simply addicting!

Steak and Guinness Pie
Photo: Lil’ Dee
Steak and Guinness Pie
A hearty stew-like pie made with Ireland’s famous stout. Make one big pie or cut the pastry into individual sizes.

St. Patty’s Lamb Pie
Gina Marie Barone
St. Patty's Day Lamb Pie
This Lamb Pie recipe is a great way to use up leftover leg of lamb. Making it fresh? Simply sauté ground lamb instead.

Creamy Irish Potato Stew
Campbell’s Kitchen
Creamy Irish Potato Soup
This easy to make rich and creamy Irish potato stew has flavorful hints of celery and green onion.

Homemade Corned Beef Hash
Homemade Corned Beef Hash
This hearty breakfast is a great way to use up leftover corned beef and potatoes. Top it with a fried or poached egg.

Guinness Ice Cream
Photo: gordonramseysubmissions
Guinness Ice Cream
The recipe calls for Guinness, though you can substitute any stout. 22 oz equals 1 1/2 cans of Guinness. Recommendation: drink the leftover 1/2 can while you prepare this recipe.

Grasshopper Dessert Squares
With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart
Grasshopper Dessert Squares
Kids will love this chocolate crusted minty green chilled dessert. Make it ahead and store in the freezer.

Irish Coffee with Homemade Irish Cream
In The Land of Spice
Irish Coffee with Homemade Irish Cream
You’re gonna want to whip up an extra large batch of the Homemade Irish Cream!






St. Patrick’s Day Just Around The Corner

Bringing the Story to Life
Week 7 reading plan per day:

Click on the colored link to read each day’s scripture.

Monday (Numbers 1-4
Tuesday (Numbers 5-6)
Wednesday (Numbers 7)
Thursday (Numbers 8-10)
Friday (Numbers 11-13)
Saturday (Numbers 14-15)

unday (Numbers 16-17)

Oh my gosh, St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, I married a Southern man of Irish descent and I haven’t posted even one special St. Patrick’s Day recipe.  So, I decided to surf the net and bring you the best of some of my favorite bloggers for this year.
Probably my very favorite St. Patty’s Day recipe has got to be the number one sought after recipe for the Brown Eyed Baker.  Last year she created Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes and if the names doesn’t get your attention, then the ingredient list will.  I mean really — Guinness stout, cocoa powder, Irish Whiskey, and Bailey’s Irish Creme??  Check out this link to her blog for her story of this creation.
The Ladies at Our Best Bites cooked up a really eclectic list of St. Patrick’s Day foods that range from Split Pea Soup to Key Lime Tarts and a whole bunch of good eats in between.  You can catch their story here.
And finally, would any holiday celebration be complete without a chocolate cake … Chocolate Stout Cake!  Last year Tracey’s Culinary Adventures featured this awesome looking chocolate cake loaded with nothing less than Guinness stout!

With my chief culinary consultant in the last week of training for the Los Angeles marathon (March 18) there isn’t any chocolate cake at our table this week and definitely NO Guinness on St. Pat’s Day.  However, after the race I have promised him a celebratory chocolate something.  Then it will be right back to training as the Jack Daniel’s Oak Barrel Half Marathon is only a few weeks away.  He runs, I bake.  He runs, I eat.  Hmmmm, something is wrong with this picture.

Wishing you a Happy St. Patty’s day I got to thinking about our time in Ireland last fall.  We had such fun in Cork, Kilkenny, and Waterford.  I hope you will enjoy a few pictures I took of our time there.  No particular order, except I will end with a picture of our dinner with Martin Toal, an Irish Tenor who joined our cruise for a 3 day tour and ended up spending 7 days with us on the high seas due to the three hurricanes we dodged over a period of 2 weeks!

Round the table clockwise, Brigette (Vienna, Austria), Pamela (Bath, England) Gunther (Vienna, Austria) Yours truly and my chief culinary consultant, Beryl (Swansea, South Wales) and Martin Toal, (Ireland and England.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Many Blessings and Happy Cooking!