Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 'O the Mornin' to Ya

Happy St. Paddy's Day! Do you think I'll be the only blogger using that title today? Are you Irish? Do you wear green anyway? Is corned beef and cabbage on your menu or maybe a sip of green beer? I'm pretty sure that's the American-ized version of the holiday, but we play along.

I have some Irish blood running through my veins, and hubs has a heaping helping in his. Mostly we enjoy Irish food and people, so we like to mark the occasion. Saturday we met a few friends for lunch at a nearby Irish pub, which was lots of fun.

This is my favorite Irishman-

...and I think some of us were more into the spirit of things than others-ha!

I was happy to have someone else cook the corned beef and cabbage, which is a once a year meal for me. Delish!

The thermometer read a balmy 54 degrees on Saturday, so a nice change from where we've been
and are today. The pub sits on a lake and we kind of held our collective breath watching a group of
knuckleheads people pulling a sled out there. We noticed a swan swimming along the shoreline, and if a swan is swimming it means there's water where there once was ice, right?  Should you walk out in the middle of a lake that isn't frozen at the edge? I tend to think not, and thankfully nobody went for an accidental swim.

After we left the Irish pub we stopped at another favorite local spot, where hubs and I shared a piece of Guinness cake. It was a rich deep chocolate, and really light and moist. Do you know what it wasn't? Low calorie! The Irish don't count calories do they?

Course my real favorite green is a little something called spring. Not happening here at the moment, but she's still got four days to get here.  I suspect though, that this year she's going to be fashionably late.

Happy Monday, and today "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door." (Irish blessing)


  1. Happy St. Patricks Day to you. My husband is Irish/Scot, I am Yugoslavian. I made corn beef yesterday, today is Reubens. There is no way you will find me on that lake, no way. No spring here..rumor has it, by the middle of the week it will reach 50*, I will believe it when I see it. Blessings

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Joyce! Love the pic of you and your Irishman! That chocolate cake looks devine even if it is filled with calories!

  3. Happy St. Paddy's Day - that is a cute picture of you and your hubby :-)

  4. OH MY GOSH... I can't believe people are WALKING on that!!! People aren't the brightest sometimes.

  5. Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Sounds like you had a great Saturday.

  6. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! I'm watching the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade on television. It's raining, but it doesn't seem to be dampening their spirits :)

  7. Happy St. Patty's Day to you and yours! My maiden name is Kelly. That should answer your question! I have on a green shirt and shamrock earrings today. I have the corned beef and cabbage in the refrigerator, but we don't get to eat it until tomorrow. I have a meeting tonight, right after work, so no big Irish meal for us until tomorrow. I should have done it yesterday...but I think we can celebrate all week if we want to!! Ha!

  8. I loved your post and especially the Irish blessing. I found your blog on the A to Z Challenge 2014, and I look forward to seeing what you have in mind for April.

  9. The cake looks sublime! I have never heard of "Guinness cake" and wondering if it's too late to look up a recipe to make for tonight!

  10. Yes, I think spring is going to be fashionably late here, too. It was just plain COLD this morning! Brrrr I'm so ready for spring, thankyouverymuch!

  11. That looks like so much fun! I especially like the photo of the people on the ice, BUT, I agree that it could have been quite dangerous.

  12. I won't be wearing green. I made corned beef and cabbage for the first time last year in my crock pot. Sounds like a good time at the pub. I would not have walked across the lake with those temperatures! The cake looks delicious.....