"Céad mile failte"
"A hundred thousand welcomes"
8th Annual St. Patrick's Day
Because it is National Quilt Month,
I'm starting this off with a Celtic Knot quilt,
made from one of Peg Bingham's patterns
called "Over & Over Again"
It looks like a complicated pattern
but it is really very easy.
The strips appear to weave
over & under each other but
it is all in how you sew them together &
how you stitch along side of them,
to make them pop up.
I used some curvy feathers in the borders & some Celtic motifs in each of the blocks
as well as the tiny little center.
with the light source coming from the side,
lets you see the quilting better.
It is always a challenge to get decent photos
in Ohio in the winter!!
The dining room table is set with a combination of my Tiara GREEN Chantilly Depression Glass &
my Royal Tara tea set, which was made in Galway, Ireland.
You can see those posts
HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE, too
They work...or should I say
"play" well together, along with my
Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage bowls!
The gold trim on the
tea set looks lovely with my Mikasa
"Cameo Gold" flatware that has the
24 karat trim.
Spice jelly beans add a splash of
color, mimicking Ireland's flag.
I have two different sizes of glassware in the Depression glass set.
The taller ones are referred to as "ice tea" &
the shorter ones are called "goblets".
Sharing some of my dessert plans...
Oreos dipped in
Ghirardelli chocolate candy
melting wafers then topped
with Shamrock Sprinkles!
Lime Gelatin Salad Recipe from Taste of Home
Directions: In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Beat in sherbet until melted. Add whipped topping; beat well.Pour into an 8-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Unmold onto a serving platter. Yield: 10 servings.
If you make this recipe, be sure to use the ORIGINAL not *Lite* Cool Whip frozen topping, like I did to save calories.
Mine seemed too soft to put into a mold, as directed & shown on the Taste of Home website.
Pineapple Poke Bundt Cake
Before this cake is flipped out of the pan,
you poke holes all over the cake
with a skewer & pour in some
pineapple juice you drained from the can.
Don't let it cool in the pan longer
than the recommended time or
it will stick too much to the pan &
will be difficult to remove!
1 can (20 oz.)
1 box (2 layer)
yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (4 serving size)
JELL-O® Instant Vanilla Pudding
vanilla bean pod, split in half
Confectioners Glaze (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray.
Drain pineapple; measure 3/4 cup juice to use with cake mix. Reserve remaining juice for soaking mixture.
Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil and 3/4 cup pineapple juice in large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Scrape half vanilla bean pod; combine with cake batter or mix 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into cake batter. Fold in crushed pineapple. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 38 to 42 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Combine remaining pineapple juice, powdered sugar and melted butter in a small bowl while cake is baking. Scrape other half of vanilla bean pod and mix with juice mixture or stir in remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Remove cake from oven and set on a wire rack. Poke holes in cake with skewer at ½-inch intervals while still hot and in pan. Pour soaking mixture over cake (NOTE: if soaking mixture begins to pool, poke additional holes). Allow to cool in pan 30 to 40 minutes, then flip cake upside down onto serving platter; remove pan. Cool completely then drizzle with glaze, if desired.
Confectioner’s Glaze: Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon cold milk; whisk until completely combined. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
Beside my lovely daughter's wedding portrait,
I have my Waterford crystal butter dish,
doing double duty as a coaster for
some Irish Coffee (really tea for me)
You've heard it said that three
of anything makes a collection.
I guess I've accidently got a
collection of biscuit barrels started.
The two on the outside actually came from Sam's club, years ago.
I can't remember where I found
the smaller center one.
They usually sit on the dresser
in the guest room,
with cotton balls & Q-tips inside.
"Erin Go Braugh" =
My bakers rack has an
assortment of green apparel,
which looks really pretty with
all my white milk glass.
I wove green ribbon in & out
of the Ralph Lauren cake plate,
as I like to change the ribbon
as I like to change the ribbon
color for every holiday.
I found this St. Patrick's Day card
from my sweetheart,
tucked inside the box
of all the green decorations.
It made me smile to see
his funny signature again.
He would recycle the same card,
year after year,
putting the date in the corner,
just like my Mom & Dad did
with their anniversary cards.
I love my little Leprechaun thimble...
it too makes me smile every year when I unpack him.
With all the cookie making
I did last year,
I had to buy a new mixer.
I managed to kill the one
that was a wedding gift 30 years ago.
Naturally, I bought a GREEN one!!
Where did the leprechauns
send the infamous
"Traveling Irish Table Topper??
This vintage cloth with Celtic knots & shamrocks was first found by
Marigene @ In the Middle of Nowhere.
She sent it to Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen
with the stipulation that it be passed on to
another blogger for the following year.
Kathleen passed it along to me &
you can see my blog post
with it & my Celtic Cross HERE.
I then sent it on to Mary @ Home is Where The Boat Is.
You'll have to stop by Cuisine Kathleen's
on the participants of the party
to find out where it went this year!