Pumpkin season is upon us and the perfect time for making home made pumpkin purée. I often buy canned pumpkin but love to make my own when pumpkins are available in the grocery store or at pumpkin patches all over the country. Here’s how I roast pumpkin to make a lovely, rich and smooth pumpkin purée…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
A moist spiced pumpkin cake which is easy to make and budget friendly. The ingredients start with a boxed cake mix. A simple way to create a taste of fall. You can’t get easier than that. Here’s my recipe with step-by-step photo instructions…. Read more here.
This Halloween 64 million Americans will carve a pumpkin, but did you know the Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins at Halloween to America? In the new book Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas by Colleen Dorsey you will learn how to carve the best Jack-O-Lantern on the block. This little book teaches both traditional and modern pumpkin carving and decorating techniques. From the classic Jack-O-Lantern and the Spooky Black Cat to creative new designs, it really has something for everyone! One lucky reader will win a copy of the book plus a pumpkin carving kit… Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Today I am delighted to introduce you to an amazing Irish American silversmith and jewelry maker from Texas, Eileen Ryan-Rojas. She has created a beautiful pendant, combining a mystical Labradorite stone with a powerful Celtic Triskelion symbol for one lucky reader to win. Magnificent on both the front AND the back, this blue and gold pendant shimmers in both the sunlight and in the dark…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
The Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s most treasured manuscripts. Tourists flock to Trinity College Dublin to view its beautifully illustrated pages. But did you know Trinity is also home to a vast collection of other medieval manuscripts? This week I was alerted to a new lecture series planned for the coming months. If you happen to love history and might find yourself in Dublin very soon you might enjoy one or two of these lectures…. Read more here.
Anne Driscoll continues her rambles around Ireland, sharing cultural nuances and observations as she adapts to life in her new home. And so let me hand you over to Anne who takes us to Galway and Clare on her travels this month … Read more here.
Does anyone remember an Irish bastible? My granny could cook the most amazing meals using a cast iron bastible suspended over an open fire. She even cooked bread in a bastible, without the aid of a fancy thermometer or convection fan oven. Yes! My granny baked the most delicious loaves of Irish soda bread, in the simplest oven of all, a bastible pot….. Read more here.
Did you know the Aran sweater, a highly recognizable symbol of Ireland, will feature as an iconic fashion design of the twentieth century in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Is Fashion Modern? opens on October 1, 2017 and runs through January 28, 2018, at the Museum of Modern Art, West 53rd Street, New York.To celebrate the inclusion of Ireland’s Aran jumper in this exhibition the good folks at Standún, Spiddal have sponsored a giveaway and are offering an Aran sweater as a prize for one lucky reader to win…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
“It’s Not Yet Dark” is a memoir written by Irish Film Maker Simon Fitzmaurice. A best seller in Ireland, this book was introduced to American readers earlier this month. Diagnosed in 2008 with Lou Gehrigs’ Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 34, Fitzmaurice’s medical team predicted he had 4 years to live. He definitely defied those odds and now shares his journey and determination to live, in this beautifully written memoir…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
The Rose of Tralee Festival is in full swing in County Kerry, and good news from RTÉ. You can watch along online with RTÉ Player. Dáithí Ó Sé returns to present the 58th Rose of Tralee live from the dome on the 21st and 22nd of August from 8pm (Irish time) and fans abroad won’t have to miss out as the 2017 Rose of Tralee will be available to watch for FREE, live and on-demand, from anywhere in the world with RTÉ Player… Read more here.
Trembling in summer breezes, bog cotton brightens the Irish landscape. These fluffy, feathery blooms are found where their name suggests, bang smack in the middle of Ireland’s beautiful bogs. At first glance visitors may not appreciate the fact the palate of the Irish landscape is made richer by our bogs… Read more and discover why I believe bog cotton is a symbol of Ireland.
Irish salad sandwiches have been made by nearly every Irish house wife over the past five decades. Sometimes called egg and onion sandwiches, or egg and tomato sandwiches, these traingualar sandwiches may or may not include lettuce. I include lettuce in my version, but trust me, there is no right or wrong way to make a salad sandwich. It’s totally up to you whether you like more egg than tomato, or salad cream rather than mayonnaise to mix the filling…. Read more and get the recipe here.
Time again for an update from Anne Driscoll who shares her keen observations of life in the west of Ireland. She lives in the Irish speaking part of Ireland in County Galway and is even trying to learn the language. Here’s what she’s been up to for June 2017… Read more here.
Barley Cove is one of Ireland’s most spectacular beaches and is found along the Wild Atlantic Way. One of my childhood stomping grounds, I spent many a summer’s day building sandcastles on this stunning strand…. Read more and take a photographic tour here.
When quick and easy is the order of the day, then salmon fish cakes are perfect for your dinner menu. I’m not talking about complicated cook-from-scratch fish cakes made by first poaching fresh salmon. I’m talking about budget-friendly, tasty fish cakes made with canned or tinned salmon…. Read more and get the complete 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