Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. I happen to live in an area that has a big parade on St. Patrick's Day.
Details at the end of this post. Prize: 1 free copy of my Irish Romance Short Story, Liam's Wild Irish Rose.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
I'm not a beer drinker so I'll pass on the green beer, but I do like a good Irish coffee. I'll also take a handful of four-leaf clovers if you have any. I need all the luck I can get.
Ever wonder why four-leaf clovers are good luck? When I was a little girl, a bunch of us would sit in a clover patch, eagerly looking for the rare four-leaf clovers.
With everyone having their yards treated to grow healthy weed-free emerald-green lawns, patches of clover are a thing of the past in most subsdivisions.I'm always curious how superstitions develop. In the case of four-leaf clovers, Celtic priests, aka The Druids, believed they could see evil spirits coming if they carried a three-leaf clover, commonly called a shamrock. Thus forewarned, they could run away.
What's the origin of that phrase which means extreme good fortune?
A little research shows that phrase originated in the California Gold Rush of 1848.
It became apparent to thousands of unlucky prospectors that many of those who did strike gold were of Irish descent thus the unlucky ones apparently grumbled, "Luck o' the Irish."Irish Soda Bread
My grandparents were Scotch-Irish, and my grandmother made soda bread. My mom said it was a treat when she was a little girl. I thought I'd share a recipe for it. Maybe you can surprise your family with an artisan loaf of this treat.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
2 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup raisins or other dried fruit, optional *
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Cut in the cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- In another bowl, whisk together 1 of the eggs and the buttermilk. Add this to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. * Stir in raisins or other dried fruit. My grandmother only added fruit for special occasions.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times. Don't over knead because you'll be squishing out the carbon dioxide created by the baking powder, soda, and buttermilk.
- Shape into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet.
- With a knife dipped into flour, make a shallow cross on top of the loaf.
- Whisk the remaining egg briskly and brush over the top. This makes it achieve a golden brown color.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Immediately remove from baking pan to a wire rack.
- Serve warm with butter. Delicious with butter and Red Plum Jelly.
Of all the women in the world, Liam had to fall for the one who seems to have no interest in him—outside of the bedroom. A lot of men would think that was the perfect arrangement—hot sex with a beautiful woman who doesn't want a relationship.
Liam isn't one of those men. He wants Maura, and he wants more than sex. He wants her heart. Will he have the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day and finally get Maura to make a commitment to him?
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