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Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

I think I’ve finally decided that I just don’t like corned beef and cabbage, and I won’t be making it again this year.

I think this year I’m going to try my hand at this delicious sounding soup from The Skinny Fork.

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Crock Pot Guinness French Onion Soup & Irish Cheddar Crouton

And we may or may not have purchased some Lucky Charms cereal to celebrate the holiday.

source unknown – lost in the vortex of Pinterest. If it is yours please let me know!

and don’t miss these adorable St. Patrick’s Day printables from My Sister’s Suitcase:

And how cute is that rainbow fruit kabob!

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

And if you’re looking for a magical movie, try The Secret of Roan Inish

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

or the old classic, The Quiet Man.

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Here are some highlights from several St. Patrick’s Day posts I’ve shared through the years:

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

A Vintage St. Patrick’s Day

A collection of inspired vintage St. Patrick’s Day images.

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Recipe: Homemade Crasin Scones

Yum! Make them. With the honey-butter. NOW!

Top o’ the Morning: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

My favorite St. Patrick’s Day songs

Haha! The Muppets version of “Danny Boy” cracks me up EVERY time!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Do you have any special plans?

Scenes from a Boston Blizzard

Boston Blizzard

Every morning I drive to work past this pond right by our home.

The last month or two, every morning I spy a few crazies out there on the ice.

They are ice fishing!

It looks pretty miserable to me, but whatever floats your boat… or… whatever you use for ice fishing.

Whatever warms your Longjohns?

Okay, this analogy is dying a swift death.

DesignLively - Boston Blizzard

On Friday afternoon the blizzard that took New England by storm (*pun intended) arrived.

As soon as I woke up the next morning I peered out our bedroom window, and saw our cars buried beneath a thick, white blanket of snow.

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Fortunately we kept our power throughout the storm, and didn’t lose any tree branches! We haven’t had the best of luck in that area.

Before the storm we lined our driveway with these orange poles, so we would know where our driveway ended and the yard started – very important if you are plowing your driveway.

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Thankfully I’m married to Mister Prepared, and we had all the tools for a proper snow jailbreak.

Can you see our big marshmallow cars in the driveway?

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My favorite part about blizzards is hunkering down with some warm food and pajamas.

We started the day off right with a big, hot breakfast.

Including my Granna’s recipe for homemade scones and coffee!

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Anything to fuel the manpower to unearth our vehicles…

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I brought our yardstick downstairs to measure the snow.

We had a whopping 28″ in the front walkway!

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Everybody needs a good blizzard every once in a while!

I hope my New England friends are staying warm and dry!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!

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Anyways, back to Irish-Pride day! To make today a little extra special (Besides wearing lots o’ green and listening to Irish music all day) I made some delicious scones and honeybutter.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup raisins and Crasins (I use more than 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg

Directions (Preheat oven to 400 degrees)

Mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cube butter into small chunks. Work in butter until mixture is the size of peas, then stir in raisins. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.Add to mixture.
Press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick.
Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet.
Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com)

To make the Honeybutter – Just mash up room temperature butter with honey. I actually used Organic Agave Nectar.

And the finished result?

Delish!! Pair that with a nice cup of tea and a book and I’m one happy Scot-Irish lass.

Did you do anything fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Prepping for Erin go Bragh!

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! As a young lass with Irish blood, a resident of Boston, and a lover of holidays I am getting pumped. I’m sure I will have a post in the future about getting together your Lucky Charms cereal, green clothing and pots o’ gold, but for now let’s stick with the authentic Irish goods.

Disclaimer: I should probably admit, I have Scotch-Irish heritage, which basically means, my ancestors were Scots who colonized parts of Ireland. So technically I should be wearing bright orange on St. Patty’s day to celebrate my family allegiance (sorry to my green-wearing Irish friends).

To celebrate for the big day I’ve got to get a few things together. First I’ve got to get me family crest (is it okay if I talk like a little Irish woman?). I love that our crest has an awesome rooster on it.

1. Family Crest

Here is another version of it (I am seeing visions of myself in the future replicating this in Illustrator… *Drooool):

2. Family Tartan

Next you’ll need your tartan. Tartans were used to display to others what clan you belonged to by using that weaving on your kilt. Many Americans are false advertising when they wear their v-neck Argyle sweaters (are they really ALL part of the Argyle family?) I kid, I kid. But Argyle is a perfect example of a family plaid that has been popularized.

Drumroll please. Here is the Sinclair plaid:

It may not look like much, but it warms my heart. : )

Find your clan’s tartan here: http://www.houseoftartan.co.uk/

3. Proper Food

And green beer doesn’t count!

Perhaps this year will be the year I try to make the classic Irish dish of Corned Beef & Cabbage.

(Recipe here: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/corned_beef_and_cabbage/)

I know for sure I will be making my Granna’s scones (We pronounce it “scawns” not “scowns”, by the way.)

(Image compliments of http://www.citrusandcandy.com/2010/03/irish-scones-and-happy-st-patricks-day.html)

We always paired our scones with a nice bowl of homemade potato or broccoli soup.

Lastly, I would recommend snuggling up with a copy of “Scarlett” byAlenaxdra Ripley.

It’s a sequel written to “Gone with the Wind” and I must say it’s quite good. I read GWTW and Scarlett back-to-back and the author did a fantastic job of maintaining the essence of the characters and the continuity of the book (quite a feat considering she wrote it over 100 years later than Margaret Mitchell). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot line, Scarlett, also known as Katie Scarlett O’Hara, take a trip to meet her Irish family and I’ll leave it at that.

How do you celebrate St. Patty’s Day?