Drop scones are small, thick pancakes, so named because they are made by dropping spoonfuls of batter on to a hot griddle or frying pan. I loved drop scones when I was a little girl. Lemon and sugar pancakes, which are more like crêpes, featured on our Pancake Tuesday menu, but on other days we enjoyed these hot delicious treats, spread with golden syrup and melting butter…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
When most Americans hear the word “turf”, an image of green grass immediately comes to mind, like the lush green turf of a golf course. For Irish people the word conjures up dreams of lapping flames, and the distinctive smells of a turf fire. And so today I thought I might introduce my American readers to Irish turf….. Read more here.
Horses were highly prized in ancient Irish culture. Deference for our equine companions continues to this very day. Both Ireland and Kentucky, my two homes on either side of the Atlantic, are renowned for breeding magnificent racehorses. So I thought it was high time I explored the connection between the Irish and horses…. Read more here.
Arched stone bridges remind me of Ireland. Dotted around the countryside, they span Ireland’s many streams and rivers. I love these old bridges. They seem to tell stories of days long gone, and the many generations who passed over their arches in centuries past…… Read more here.
If you have ever dreamed of owning a little piece of Ireland, believe it or not, you now can. 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. Check out this blog post to learn more about this wonderful project. The giveaway is closed, but this conservation project is ongoing…. 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.
As we prepare to say good-bye to 2014 and celebrate the start of 2015, I’m avoiding my annual pit-fall of writing a long list of resolutions. I’m only destined to break them long before the end of January. As 2014 draws to a close, I’m simply taking time for reflection. Here’s a little photo collection highlighting my favorite Celtic quotations and blessings, focusing upon the gifts of peacefulness, calm and reflection…… Read more here.
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.
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.
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.
“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