Proverbs and blessings from Ireland often reflect a deep sense of gratitude, and hopefulness. Despite a tumultuous history, full of trials and tribulations, the wise old words of our Irish ancestors are full of simple appreciation for life. And so this Thanksgiving I thought why not delve into a little bit of Irish gratitude, to celebrate this beloved American holiday, and our cherished Irish heritage….. Read more here.
Ireland is a magical land of fairies, and the Irish people have been telling stories of these mystical beings for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Believe it or not Irish fairies are now relocating to people’s homes all over the world through the magical work of the Irish Fairy Door Company. Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to this Irish company that produces quality, handmade, wooden fairy doors to create memorable family moments, once you truly BELIEVE. You can enter a little giveaway at the end of this post to win your very own fairy door…… Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Dried fruits are readily available in my pantry coming up to the holidays, and I love to use a mixture of raisins, prunes, dried apricots and cranberries to create a dried fruit salad that’s just as delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert. I soak a mixture of chopped dried fruits in tea, just like I would if I was making a tea brack, then add some orange zest to jazz it up a bit, before topping this healthy and tasty salad with a vanilla yogurt and cream topping…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
I love Irish music, especially Irish folk songs, and today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by Mattie Lennon introducing the songs of Barry Kinane. The Hills Above The Valley, is a beautiful collection of Barry’s original works, dedicated to his home county of Wicklow. For anyone whose ancestry links back to Wicklow, the garden of Ireland, then you will love this new album. And if you hail from Barry’s hometown of Ballyknockan, then these songs will be even more special. Now over to Mattie …..Read the full post here.
Have you ever wondered what Irish farmer’s like to eat? Pondered over the dishes that make rural Ireland tick. Dreamed of creating a feast fit for a farmer? Well today we’re going to explore a new book where you’ll find answers to all these mouth-watering questions, and we’ll delve into a big bowl of Irish apple crumble, thanks to Lorna Sixsmith’s tried and true family recipe. To kick off Lorna’s book blog tour, I’m delighted to introduce her new book, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife, with a giveaway for a copy of her rural Irish handbook. Stay tuned for details of how to enter at the end of this post, but first let’s learn how to be a perfect farm wife … Read more and enter the giveaway here.
The Howth peninsula forms the northern arm of Dublin Bay and was one of my favorite childhood haunts. Less than 5 miles from where I grew up in Raheny, I loved to explore the hills and cliff paths of this majestic headland…… Read more here.
I love a cozy read, especially a book set in Ireland with heartwarming themes. Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Patricia Scanlan, the #1 internationally bestselling author, and her newest novel about the complexities of lifelong friendship. I’m also thrilled to offer you an opportunity to win a copy of A Time for Friends, graciously offered by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) as a prize for one of Irish American Mom’s readers. But before I share details of how to enter this little giveaway, let’s first explore the comforting themes of this new Irish novel….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Ireland’s ancient monuments are just waiting to be discovered by tourists interested in learning about their ancestral heritage. Today I’m delighted to take you off the beaten path once again, to discover one of Ireland’s spectacular megalithic sites at Loughcrew. And so I’m going to hand you over to the good folk from Loughcrew Megalithic Centre to introduce all this ancient site has to offer ….. Read more here.
Irish inspired jewelry is an ideal way to display our heritage. I love elegant designs inspired by traditional Celtic symbols such as the Trinity Knot or the Tree of Life. Today, I’m delighted to host a giveaway for a trinity knot necklace with matching earrings sponsored by the good folk at Biddy Murphy….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Old black bicycles remind me of Ireland. These vintage cycles are part of our past, and are lovingly referred to as High Nellies. The prestigious title of “symbol of Ireland” is well deserved by these vintage bicycles. So today, let’s explore the role these wonderful old bikes played in Irish communities in days gone by…. Read more here.
Ogham (pronounced oh-am) is an ancient form of Irish writing comprised of patterns of parallel strokes to the side or across a continuous line. Well, that’s the technical explanation of this old Celtic form of communication, but for me the very word brings to mind images of ancient stones pointing skyward in mystical spots throughout the Irish landscape. In today’s post we explore Ogham stones and learn a little about the stories and messages carved on their edges and faces…. Read more here.
Covered bridges, for me, are iconic symbols of America. Every time I see one, whether on film or in real life, I experience a twinge of nostalgia. When you consider great American bridges you probably immediately think of engineering marvels like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. However I believe covered bridges should also be counted amongst the greatest bridges ever built in America….. Read more here.
Chocolate biscuit cake, also called tiffin cake, is a favorite in Irish coffee shops and restaurants. Made with chocolate and crumbled digestive and rich tea biscuits, it’s a perfect cake for summer. No need to turn the oven on. Here’s my Americanized recipe, using graham crackers instead of digestives, and animal crackers for rich tea. Hope you like it….. Get the complete recipe with step-by-step photo instructions here.
“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny loved to use as we marched around her West Cork farm. I remember asking granny why she said “hay-foot, straw-foot”, and she explained that years ago in Ireland hay and straw were used to teach Irish dancing. Being Irish born I assumed this phrase to be exclusively Irish, but as I investigated further I discovered the term was also used extensively in the United States….. Read more here.
The thatched roof cottage with whitewashed walls is a powerful symbol of Ireland, often featured on postcards. This quaint, traditional image immediately represents Ireland for many people throughout the world. Today’s post is dedicated to these iconic symbols of Ireland…. Read more here.
In the Ireland of my youth the clothesline dance was learned at an early age. Today electric clothes driers have all but replaced the line, and as a result, we’ve practically forgotten the long lost art of drying the wash. And so, today I thought I should share some of these long forgotten rules of the Irish clothesline … Read more here.
The most popular recipe of all times is for Irish potato cakes. These are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, and you can jazz them up any way you like. A dash of curry powder, or chili powder, or chives and onions can add a new depth of flavor to these traditional Irish favorites…. Get the full recipe 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.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom