Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Good Mornin’ (in my best Irish accent) and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Before I begin…Have any of you ever seen the movie P.S. I Love You? It is the definition of a “chick flick” and ridiculously saddening, but Gerard Butler and his “Irish” accent get me every time! Matt rolls his eyes every time he sees that a rerun is playing on television! I don’t know if it’s because I need a box of tissues to watch the movie  (…really, I do!) or because I get caught up in the Irish-ness of it all and begin “planning” a trip to Ireland.

Anyhow, today is about celebrating my Irish heritage. My great-grandpa Miner’s grandmother came from Ireland, and that is enough reason for me to celebrate! This is one of my most treasured, original photographs of my great-grandpa with his momma:

Grandpa Miner

I began my celebration last night by making Irish Soda Bread (I posted the recipe below). I warmed it up  for breakfast this morning with some butter and honey-toasted would be fabulous, too! I am sure we’ll be having it again with dinner. This afternoon we will be having a feast of corned beef and boiled vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, and carrots). This is, strangely, one of my favorite meals that I look forward to eating every year. Check back later for pictures!

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Here’s the recipe  for the Irish Soda Bread (it’s one that I snagged from my mom’s recipe box):

3 cups flour

1 cup raisins (I used currants)

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon Caraway seeds (I omitted)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Mix the first 7 ingredients together. Add the buttermilk and mix just until dough comes together. Roll out onto a floured surface and knead lightly 3-4 times. Pat dough into an 8″ greased cake pan (I brushed mine with melted butter). Using a knife, cut an X into the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (until the bread is golden brown). Let cool 5 minutes and remove from pan. Enjoy!

“May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!”

To you all, Irish or not, enjoy your day!

Today’s Workout-Rest

What are you doing to celebrate your inner (or not) Irish today?

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Turns out we went to Matt’s parents’ house for  a boiled ham dinner. I still cooked up some corned beef to share. Yum!

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