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Plum pudding set alight with brandyHow To Light A Christmas Pudding

When I was a little girl in Ireland I loved when my mom set our Christmas pudding alight. Our annual pyrotechnic show was achieved quite simply, using a candle, a metal spoon, a dollop of brandy and one piping hot plum pudding. Today’s blog post is a simple tutorial on how to set a plum pudding ablaze for a festive feast ….. Read more here.





Christmas WindowMy Ireland Box Christmas Giveaway

Today I’m delighted to announce MyIrelandBox is sponsoring a wonderful Christmas giveaway for one of Irish American Mom’s readers.  The prize is a Three Month Christmas Gift Subscription for the winner or someone they choose. The lucky reader or their chosen recipient will receive an E-Card on Christmas Eve surprising them with this amazing three month gift subscription…… Read more and enter the giveaway here.

Remember: Last day to enter is Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 12 noon eastern time.




Christmas Cracker Paper CrownChristmas Crackers

Christmas crackers were part and parcel of all my childhood Christmases in Ireland. My sisters and I loved playing with these festive, popping, paper tubes before we tucked into our Christmas dinner.  On Christmas Day our place settings always included a Christmas cracker lovingly laid above our spoons.  Patiently waiting to start our cracker games, we admired the glittering favors on our yuletide table….. Read more here.





gabby plate2Introducing Gaelic Girl Bread Mixes Plus A Little Christmas Giveaway

Irish breads have a unique taste that is difficult to replicate using American ingredients. But this problem has been solved by Sandra Sheerin, who has developed specialty Irish bread mixes that are easy and simple to make.  Today I’m delighted to introduce Gaelic Girl Goodies, and a little giveaway to help celebrate Christmas.  And so, it’s time to hand you over to Sandra, the creator of these wonderful Irish bread mixes …….  Read more and enter the giveaway here.





Decorations in the Pavillions Swords“Santy” – The Name I Used For Santa Claus, When I Was A Little Girl In Ireland

Santa Claus is the name my children call good old Father Christmas, but when I was a little girl in Dublin, I called the red suited toy deliverer “Santy”.   Or maybe that should be spelled “Santee”, I’m not certain.  I have no idea why Father Christmas was usually called Santy when I was growing up in Ireland.  On films and American television we heard the term Santa, but in our Irish family the white bearded giver was always Santy…. Read more here.





Butter shortbreadShortbread or Petticoat Tails

Shortbread is originally from Scotland, but like many tasty Gaelic treats, Irish people have shared a love of shortbread with their Scottish neighbors for centuries.  And the best shortbread in the world is baked with creamy butter made from grass fed cows such as Irish Kerrygold butter….. Read more and get the complete recipe here.





Ancient door in an old Irish churchWhy Graveyards Remind Me Of Christmas

Visiting our departed loved ones at Christmas is an age old Irish tradition. My childhood memories of Christmas Day include a trip to the local cemetery to say a prayer at the gravesides of our deceased relatives and friends. To many this may seem a very grave matter for Christmas time, but if like me your heritage is Irish, connecting Christmas with death is a perfectly normal and natural thing to do….. Read more here.





Thanksgiving BlessingsFavorite John O’Donohue Quotations Especially For Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. To celebrate this day of reflection and thankfulness here are some quotations from John O’Donohue (1956-2008), an Irish scholar, poet and philosopher, and expert on Celtic spirituality…… Read more here.






EH LOGO WITH STRAPLINE RGBIntroducing Emerald Heritage And A Chance To Win Your Own Little Piece Of Ireland

Have you ever dreamed of owning a little piece of Ireland? Well if so, today’s your day to enter our Emerald Heritage giveaway for a chance to become the proud owner of a little plot of Irish land.  I’m delighted to introduce you to a new and unusual idea. Emerald Heritage is offering for sale small plots of land within the Glens of Antrim, in an effort to protect this area from deforestation and to promote regeneration of this natural wildlife habitat….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.






Bowl of carrot and parsnip mash - Thanksgiving side dishCarrot And Parsnip Mash

Mashed carrots and parsnips were a frequent dinnertime side in our house when I was a little girl.  And let me confess, I hated the mixture.  But no matter how much I begged my Mom to spare me this weekly “treat”, these root vegetables regularly appeared alongside my roast chicken and potatoes. After many years I have grown to really appreciate this Irish vegetable combination….. Read more and get the complete recipe here.





Chilblains and Hot Water BottlesChilblains, Hot Water Bottles And Other Chilly Memories Of An Irish Childhood

Chilblains were part and parcel of an Irish childhood for many when I was growing up.  Memories of red, itchy, inflamed toes still linger for my generation, but painful, chilblain flash blacks still haunt the generation that went before me….. Read more here.





grandpopGrandpop Was An Immigrant – Guest Post By Phyllis Easterbrook

Phyllis Easterbrook is a writer who lives in Missouri. Her grandfather was born near Ballymena, County Antrim, and in today’s post, she shares some beautiful memories of her Grandpop, herfamily’s American journey, and beautiful insights into life in the row homes of Philadelphia many years ago…. Read the full post here.





512px-CladdaghringIrish Cultural Artifacts

Ireland is a country rich in heritage and culture, and is well known for its Celtic history, music, and time-honored clothing. From aran sweaters to claddagh rings, many of the patterns and designs used in traditional Irish clothing and jewelry have hidden symbolism and can be traced to intriguing Irish stories and legends…… Read more here.

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The Ireland Move ClubIntroducing A New Social Community For Movers To Ireland

I often receive e-mails from readers asking me for tips about moving to Ireland.  Finding a trusted, thorough, and well researched resource was not easy, well not until now. The Ireland Move Club has been specially designed to help answer the questions that arise along the way, when planning a move to Ireland…… Read more here.



Zucchini and leek soup with brown bread

Zucchini And Leek Soup

Zucchini and leeks combine to make a wonderfully green soup. Light and refreshing, this soup can be served hot or cold, but being ever so Irish, I like it hot.  Inspired by the more traditional Irish recipe for potato and leek soup, I love to make this soup when I have lots of zucchini on hand. Or perhaps I should give this soup its European name, courgette and leek soup…… Read more and get the full recipe here.






Parsnip chips as a soup garnishCurried Parsnip Crisps

Curried parsnip crisps are a perfect garnish for soup, a healthier alternative to store bought crisps or chips, or a simple tasty snack. Baked in the oven, these crispy vegetable wafers can be seasoned and spiced up whatever way you choose. Parsnip crisps – that’s what I like to call these tasty morsels, but I suppose in America they might be called parsnip chips. However, these shavings are thin and crispy, not thick and chunky like an Irish chip, so the name parsnip crisps describes them perfectly.  And you won’t believe how easy they are to make…… Read the full recipe here.






Rainbow over Sutton, County DublinIrish Rainbow Blessings

Rainbows remind us of possibilities, opportunities and hope. Rainbows are God’s promise – His miracle.  In the midst of life’s storms it is often hard to spot a rainbow, but I think the most important thing is to remember, these miracles of the sky only appear after the storm. In Ireland rainbows symbolize blessings from heaven.  In today’s post, I share some wonderful photos of Irish rainbows, which I’ve paired with some traditional old Irish rainbow blessings and sayings…… Read more here.




Cream and rutabaga and carrot soupRutabaga and Carrot Soup

Rutabagas and carrots make a comforting, slightly sweet soup.  The combination of deep orange carrots and pale yellow rutabaga flesh, produces an amber colored soup, just perfect for fall.  And so, to kick off my soup making recipes for this autumn season, I thought it might be a good idea to start with a simple, easy-to-make soup, using the rutabaga, a vegetable I believe is not fully appreciated in America…. Read more and get the full recipe here.






Watch the sun go down in DonegalDonegal Sunsets

As the sun sets, magic spreads across the world.  But according to Oscar Wilde, my obsession with sunsets is very old fashioned, and a sign that I may even be a bit of a stick-in-the-mud. Oscar Wilde believed we don’t value sunsets because we don’t have to pay for them.  No matter how “unfashionable” it may be I will always love sunsets and twilight. Today I have some lovely Donegal sunset shots to share with you ….. Read the full the post here.



The Beauty of Ireland's CoastlineTop Ten Reasons Why Tourists Love Ireland

I count amongst the millions of people worldwide, who simply love Ireland.  My deep feelings of connection are understandable, since I was born in Dublin. However, after living in America for over twenty years, I have come to realize, many who have never even set foot on Irish soil, feel the same affinity for our little island. And so today, I thought I would explore the top ten reasons why I think tourists love Ireland …. Read more here. 






“My Ireland” is a place of love which invokes a deep sense of identity.  “Mother Ireland”, as we so lovingly call her, will always influence my state of mind,  no matter where I wander.  She instills in me a life-long feeling of connection.   “My Ireland”  is a collection of stories and memories that have shaped my life.

“Memories, converted into stories, can become a monument of sorts

to the remembered.” 

- Christy Kenneally


“My America” is a place of acceptance, which invokes a deep sense of pride.  I have chosen to live in a small state in the heartland of America. In Kentucky, we live outside the limelight, and may not be considered part of “mainstream” America. Here I present the stories and images of “My America” –  Smokey Mountains, natural wonders, and great rural beauty. I have learned we are as integral a part of the ‘Real America’, as our more famous urban neighbors. Welcome to my American Dream.



Slan agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)


Irish American Mom