Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cuisine Kathleen's 8th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Roll

"Céad mile failte"
"A hundred thousand welcomes"
8th Annual St. Patrick's Day
Blog Crawl starts today!
Because it is National Quilt Month,
I'm starting this off with a Celtic Knot quilt,
made from one of Peg Bingham's patterns

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.

This photo,
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.

I've used each set by itself before.
You can see those posts

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

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 quart lime sherbet
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

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.)
Crushed Pineapple
1 box (2 layer)
yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (4 serving size)
JELL-O® Instant Vanilla Pudding
3/4 cup
vegetable oil
vanilla bean pod, split in half
1 cup
powdered sugar
1 tbsp.
butter, melted
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" =
"Ireland Forever!"
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
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
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
 blog &click 
on the participants of the party
to find out where it went this year!


  1. That prayer is so beautiful, thanks, Rett. You've been on my mind a lot and its great to see your home so beautifully decorated for the season. Ern's card is so lovely and such a treasure. Your quilt and your machine quilting are phenomenal. You've learned that skill well, as you do all of them. Great to visit your blog!

  2. Oh Rett, what a dear, sweet post! Your quilt is simply stunning, and I especially loved the quilting with the Celtic knots and the feathery pattern. Your Irish table is just beautiful, and oh my, what pretty teacups from Ireland! All your desserts look so delectable! My grands would love making those dipped Oreos, and I want a slice of your cake and a bowl of your lime dessert.
    Seeing your Ernie's signature brought tears to my Irish eyes. What a sweet idea of reusing the card, year after year.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, Rett. ☘. Thanks for the image of your Ernie and my Rich toasting St. Peter with their green beer!

  3. That quilt - so very beautiful, Rett. You house is all ready for St Patrick's Day and it looks lovely. The Lime Gelatin mold looks like something that the grandchildren would love - thank you for the warning about the Cool Whip!

  4. Rett, your quilt is stunning! What a beautiful addition to your St. Patrick's Day. All the green treats have me hungry. I'm craving one of those special Oreo cookies. '-)
    Your sweet Ernie's signature made me smile. Ernie O'Love - is that not the sweetest?
    I'm ready for the crawl. It's always something fun to look forward to.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  5. You have outdone yourself with all the green!
    Gorgeous quilt, Rett, blue/green combo is my very favorite.
    Your Irish table is beautiful...those pale green plates are lovely, and of course, my favorite BP cabbage dishes to complement them.
    Howard and I do the same recycling with cards...didn't think anyone else did.
    Wishing you a Happy St. Pat's Day.

  6. Hi Rett! Beautiful prayer to share! I love that one. Your quilt is so pretty. I love the celtic knot pattern on things. It's so attractive! You have really set up everything so beautifully. The bundt cake sounds delicious. Did you also make the coaster and shamrock pot rack and cover? They are so cute. I especially love the card from your husband and that he recycled the care every year. How sweet and what a beautiful memory to enjoy now!

  7. Your table is beautiful! You have some very pretty dishes and serving pieces. I'm looking at all those yummy food recipes and getting hungry! Why wasn't I smart enough to recycle a card like that! I love that you have it to reflect on and that your Mom and Dad did something similar. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  8. Rett, the quilt is gorgeous! This post is full of so many wonderful Irish goodies. All of those wonderful desserts. Even your vignette is beautiful. What a great collection you have. The table setting is lovely. You have really outdone yourself and all of us. LOL Happy St. Patrick's day...xo

  9. Rett, Your post is just so full of Irish goodies! I love it all. That quilt--oh my, I wouldn't even know where to begin but it is a beauty and looks quite complicated although you claim it is not! Your table with the depression glass is beautiful. I have some green from my grandmother and I do use it for various holidays, and sometimes for spring tables. My KitchenAid mixer is making terrible noises and now I'm looking at all the colors (mine old one is just white!) but I can't decide which to choose! I enjoyed your post, and the most touching is your hubby's signature on the card. So very precious to you, I'm sure. I wish you many happy memories and a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Linda

  10. Rett, I got a peek at your post this morning but was out the door without a chance to comment. I SEW love your quilt and I'm wild about that feather-y stitching in the border. I love how the light shines through your delicate depression glass and your pretty tea set. If I had a chance to buy another mixer the green would be my first choice! Love your sweet hubby's card and his signature. ♥ Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! ♣

  11. What an amazing post! Everything is beautiful. Happy St. Patrick's Day

  12. So enjoyed scrolling down and seeing/reading all the wonderful St. Patrick's ideas here! Your quilt is lovely and your tablescape is stunning! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  13. What a beautiful quilt! Your entire post is eye candy. Visiting from the crawl. Happy SPD!

  14. As I've said before, you are so talented! The quilt is beautiful. You are definitely Irish, I can tell by your wonderful collection :) That St. Patrick's Day card from your hubby certainly tugged at my heartstrings, as I'm sure it did to yours, Rett. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

  15. OMG this post is chocked full of Irish goodness! So many wonderful things to look at! Your table is elegant, and the quilt is fabulous! Love the Irish flag jelly beans too! :) Thanks so much for joining in, I know it has been a tough slog! I hope St. Patrick will fill your heart with good memories you had with Ernie O'!
    I still remember the post you did for Cinco de Mayo with Sombreros and moustaches! We do the same thing with the cards, lol!

    1. And I only have 2 pieces of real Belleek, the rest is faux from Christmas Tree Shop!

  16. Such a great that quilt...and poke cake is a favorite....

  17. Your quilt is stunning, such intricate detail! Gorgeous milk glass! I am visiting you from Kathleen's.

  18. I'm sorry I missed your post at the crawl Rett, I tried to visit everyone. Your pineapple poke cake does look divine, as do all your other goodies! Love your delicate shamrock cups and saucers and all your St. Pat's day touches! Your quilt is gorgeous as are all your white pieces too!


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