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www.vintagerio.comIrish Halloween Superstitions Foretelling Romance, Love And Marriage

Move over Valentine’s Day – Halloween is nearly here, and in olden days in Ireland, this was the time of year for predicting romances, just waiting to flourish.  Since we will be celebrating Halloween at the end of this month (or all through this month, if you live in America), I thought why not explore some old Irish superstitions associated with this holiday, especially those centering around romance, love and marriage……. Read more 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.

 

 

 

 

Parsnip, apple and curry soup in a shamrock bowlParsnip And Apple Soup

Parsnips and apples, with a hint of curry, compliment each other perfectly in this creamy soup.  The pairing of parsnips with apples intensifies their sweetness, with an added underlying warmth from the curry powder, making this soup truly satisfying….. Read the full recipe here with step-by-step photo instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun PalaceThe Irish American Influence – Guest Post By Brighid O’Sullivan

Brighid O’Sullivan grew up hearing Irish folk tales from her father in Western Massachusetts. She’s been writing short stories since she was a child and as an adult has written for History Magazine, History Channel magazine, and her local paper. She works full time as a nurse and has just published her debut novel, The Sun Palace, a story of history and magic set in 6th Century Ireland.  In today’s guest post, Brighid introduces us to the Irish American influences that have inspired her writing. …… Read the full post here.

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Irish Dance - Between the Jigs and the ReelsBetween The Jigs And The Reels

My West Cork granny frequently referred to jigs and reels in her daily speech. Whenever she was a little flustered, in a hurry, or feeling chaotic, she would make an exclamation about Irish dancing, no less.”Between the jigs and the reels, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going,” was one of her favorite exclamations. Any stranger would believe she was an Irish step dancing champion with her constant referral to the two most popular of all Irish dances……. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

 UsofIrelandFive Irish Craft Makers To Watch Plus A $100 Shopping Spree Giveaway From USofIreland

USofIreland is a website that brings together independent makers across the island of Ireland under one roof, and offers these makers and artists a platform to showcase and sell their products to a wider audience outside of Ireland. In today’s post the beautiful work of five of these artists is highlighted, plus USofIreland graciously sponsored a prize of a $100 shopping spree for one of Irish American Mom’s readers……Read the full post here and find out how to enter the giveaway (deadline October 31st, 2014).

 

 

 

KnockallaKnockalla or Port Salon Beach, County Donegal – One Of Ireland’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Ireland’s beaches are spectacular, and one of the most stunning of all is Knockalla Strand, also known as Portsalon Beach, in County Donegal. And so, as everyone head’s back to work on this Monday morning, I thought why not start this week off with some beautiful scenery…. Read more 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.

 

 

 

Silly McGilly GiftpackSilly McGilly Giveaway – Ireland’s Magical Leprechaun

Silly McGilly is a friendly little leprechaun who loves nothing more than playing tricks on children.  St. Patrick’s Day may be a long way away. However since today is September 17th, and our big Irish celebration is just 6 months from today, why not seize the opportunity to introduce you to a little leprechaun, and host a giveaway to mark the day….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.

 

 

 

Ingredients for Chicken StockSlow Cooker or Crockpot Chicken Stock

Chicken stock lends a robust flavor to all kinds of soups, and can be made inexpensively using the left-over carcass from a roast chicken. Many chicken stock recipes involve simmering a whole chicken, but growing up in Ireland we always used left-over “skeletons” for our stocks.  And so, to kick off my soup making recipe season, I thought the best place to start is with a good basic chicken stock…… Read more and get the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

Tea for Two from Dolmen RetaileersThe Irish Cuppa Tea Plus A Tea For Two Giveaway From Dolmen County Retailers

Believe it or not, Ireland is one of the leading consumers of tea per capita on the planet. In today’s post I explore this phenomenon of Irish tea drinking, followed by a wonderful “Tea for Two” giveaway, sponsored by Dolmen County Retailers …. Read more and enter the giveaway here.

 

 

 

Iron Viking Soup pot over open flameSoup Making Tips For Fall Or Autumn

Once Labor Day has passed, and fall is in the air, it’s time to start thinking about soup. There’s nothing like a bowl of chunky, satisfying soup on a nippy day, to warm the cockles of your heart.  Soups come in all colors, textures, and tastes. In fact, I think it’s safe to say there’s probably a soup to to suit every palate.To prepare for the “soup making season” I thought a post on some basic tips for soup success is in order…… Read the full 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