We're getting company for the weekend & I'm up to my eyeballs in preparations.
My Irish decorations & menu are exactly the same as last year anyway! LOL Enjoy!
Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen is having her
2nd...make that 3rd! annual St. Patrick's Day blog party.
Feel free to listen to the music while
you scroll through the pictures.
We've been busy getting ready for days!
The windsocks are flying freely
in the March winds.
So is my bow!
( see below)
I made DGD Caroline a jumper to wear
for the celebration.
The bakers rack in the kitchen has
lots of Irish items on display.
A basket with shamrock ribbon trim,
filled with chocolate candies
is My pot o' gold.
Princess Caroline has her own little candy stash
A Limoges plate to remind us
of our golf trip to Ireland,
where we played Ballybunion!
(poorly...too busy looking down the cliffs to the ocean)
from this cookbook
all month long.
just this past week Bobby Flay
interviewed her on his "Taste of Ireland" show.
She is probably Ireland's best known chef & owns Ballymaloe Cookery School located in the middle of its own 100-acre organic farm in Shanagarry, Co Cork, Ireland which is the county from which my ancestors originated.
They avoid waste by using seasonal produce,
being conscious of 'food miles'
(the distance between the farmer & the plate)
& keeping to a minimum use of imported ingredients.
Very environmentally sensitive.
I hope to someday return to Ireland.
Its on my *Bucket List*.
The kitchen table is set with
cute placemats from Kohls.
I made the napkins using a
3-thread narrow rolled
hem on my serger.
Fast & Easy!
The salad plates are part of a series by Fitz & Floyd
with various fruit motifs on each.
You'll see the rest of them in a future tablescape.
The large green leaf platter is
from Portugal & was a prize in a
golf tournament over 15 years ago.
Hey, who moved that napkin out of place???
(wanna bet he was sneaking an olive & wiped his fingers)
with homemade bread. Yum!
made from my own starter in a later post.
I made Colcannon
using Cathy's recipe
found on her wonderful blog
Wives with Knives
Delicious & my most
favorite Irish side dish.
I made the muffins as well as
green Jell-O shamrocks
with this Wilton mold:
to keep food warm during transport.
I made it from 2 placemats.
I machine embroidered the design,
sewed 3 sides together then
added a button & buttonhole for closure.
A 9"x13" dish fits inside perfectly!
shamrock cookies for dessert.
I made Cuisine Kathleen's best ever Irish Soda Bread.
I cut the recipe in 1/2 & did a free form loaf.
It was wonderful!
My herb pots are struggling.
Not much sun in Ohio lately.
A little round table has been
set for tea in the bedroom.
The dining room table was
set early for photos
with green Chantilly Tiara dishes.
(Reproduction Depression Glass, 1980's)
so the faux botanicals went on the buffet &
fresh flowers adorn the table.
bit of water & a few fresh buds.
Desserts are going to be easy!
a vintage American cut
glass wedding box
sparkles in the light
and holds chocolate treats
to go with Irish coffee
or tea, if they prefer.
as the evening fades &
a FUN party comes to a close.
Thank you, Kathleen, for allowing us
to share the festivities
with you & each other.
"May you always be blessed
with walls for the wind,
a roof for the rain,
a warm cup of tea by the fire,
laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you,
and all that your heart might desire."
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everybody!