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Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

AN IRISH TOAST
"May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live."

What a fun day...
I have chosen to post some of my favorite
ST. PATRICK'S DAY photos..
Some are from last year...
some are this years.
No...I really am NOT Irish...
or, at least, that I know of.
BUT...you can kiss me anyway !
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a few things from last year's GREEN table.

YUM #1
I found these amazing GREEN  donuts last year...
the sprinkles took them over the top for me.
I do love me some sprinkles...and strawberries.
:)
Green and white and my beloved BLACK..from last year.
You know...seems like BLACK goes with everything and always makes the other colors POP..
WEARING black makes us look thinner...(and older, if we aren't careful)
I loved using my mother's GREEN goblets.
They really are very versatile and I use them often...with lots of different colors.
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don't you know I am loving this cute-as-can-be
ST. PATRICK'S DAY card..
LUV IT !
YUM #2
♫♪♫...when Irish eyes are smiling.....♪♫♪
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These are dark green place mats but not as dark as they show here..
nor the green and white kissing balls in the plates.
My camera must be acting up....SURELY it isn't the photographer !!!
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Seems I picked EVERYthing green in my cottage to go on my table this day.
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CHOCOLATE PIE
from MY MAMA'S RECIPES
The best on earth !!
YUM #3
 A  green basket of GREENS for a centerpiece.
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"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life."
LYNN  always comes up with some FUN memes and
this one is no different.
She will have this MONTHLY meme, featuring a
CELEBRITY COOK
and we are to make something devine, using the selected cook's recipe/s.
LYNN, your truffles look DELISH...
can't wait to try them 'cause I. LOVE. BAILEYS.

This time, however...
Scones from the recipes of
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA
Scones are small British quick breads of  SCOTTISH origin.
They  are especially popular in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
and  IRELAND.
YUM #4
These are, by far, the best I have ever eaten.
So flavorful ....
CRANBERRY ORANGE SCONES
Go HERE for this delicious treat's recipe.
You are gonna them sooo much.
And, the bonus...
This recipe made 2 dozen scones so I had enough to put in the freezer for
another TEA TIME
MR. SWEET just loves these with a tall glass of icy cold  milk...
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The BAREFOOT CONTESSA'S
on your left...
I added more fresh ORANGE JUICE to my icing so it isn't as WHITE as hers.
We like a LOT of the orange flavor.
You can go HERE for her delightful recipe.
And, believe me...
I WILL be making these again....and again....and again !
and...as I said, the only thing I changed in the making of these
is the amount of Orange Juice I added to the GLAZE.
Not a change one in the scone it's self.
I have a post coming out soon on the
MAKING OF SCONES
so, if you are interested...
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No IRISH table would be complete without
an IRISH COFFEE...
1 and 1/2 oz. GOOD Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon Brown sugar
6 oz. hot coffee
Heavy creme
Combine that good whiskey with the sugar and coffee in
an AWESOME mug, stirring to dissolve.
Float cold, whipped, sweet creme on top.
DO NOT STIR.
Sip slowly and enjoy to the very last drop.
YUM# 5
A vintage canning jar...
A 4 Leaf Clover...
always a sign of  GOOD LUCK..
May YOU always have the
GOOD LUCK of the Irish.
YUM #6
"May you be in Heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead."
Irish green candles...
green and white IRISH kissing balls..
all in the cutest container I won from
last year.

SLEEP TIGHT TONIGHT...
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Linking with these amazing parties...

I am going on a FUN
SPRING BREAK
with daughter and 2 grandgirls
to DALLAS
and so my posts will be pre-scheduled ones.
Taking my laptop but not sure if I'll
EVEN
have time to use it. :)))
MR. SWEET will be by himself for a few days and he'll probably ENJOY it !
"Now, don't you be doing any fun things til I get back, Mr. Sweet."
*
See ya later, aligator......
on my way to buy some new HOT jeans.....

57 comments:

Custom Comforts said...

What a tribute to St. Patrick's Day! You know how to do it up right with lots of pretties and yummy looking food. That green donut with sprinkles really caught my eye.
Cindy

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Terrific post, very festive :) I love the green donuts, here we get green bagels. The scones look delicious!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Bj, I do love scones and am looking forward to your post about making them! All your green things are so cheerful, and that irish coffee is really tempting me. Have a wonderful time on your trip. Linda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Scones and Irish Coffee, doesn't get much better than that BJ! I haven't made Ina's scones yet but I'll give them a try soon, thanks so much for linking up! Have a fun trip, see you when you get back:@)

Debbie said...

I love "sleep tight tonight" and how you photographed the candle wick after you blew it out. All your photos are a wonderful tribute to St. Patrick's Day. Have fun with the girls!

Vee said...

You've got me grinning from ear to ear. Lucky Charms...hahahahaha...

Have great fun! And don't think that you won't have to model those hot jeans for us.

Madeline's Album said...

What a great post. I loved all the photos. All the food looked so delicious and the Iris coffee yummy. Enjoy your time with your family..come back safe. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Pat said...

Beautiful St Pat's post, BJ!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Bj, your post has certainly put me into a festive mood. Oh and BTW, orange and cranberry scones are up there as my favorites. I think my favorite scone is a Maple Scone and a good orange/cranberry is a 2nd. Love that combination of flavors.

As usual Bj, I am now hungry after reading your post. Can I blame you for my last 10 pounds? LOL! You know I am just kidding. I can pack on the pounds all by myself, thank you very much!
Hugs, Sue

Donnie said...

What a fun time reading down your post. I'm Portuguese, Irish and Norwegian so I'm more than ready to celebrate on St Patrick's Day. Might make me some scones...lol...

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ, I may not be Irish but I am certainly in the mood for St. Patrick's Day after visiting you. You or should I say, your blog is wearing the green!
Thanks for the scone recipe. I love any sweet that has a touch of orange in it! YUMMY! I will make these this week.
Your table is just so lovely and green!
Yvonn

La said...

HI BJ!

Your scones look delicious. I look forward to your post on making scones.

Fantastic green goblets!

Have a fabulous trip to Dallas!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

BJ--your posts are always the funnest!! Did you know I am a scone-aholic, lol! Yours look devine :)

Blessings!
Gail

Blondie's Journal said...

What a FUN post BJ! The scones look delicious and I have never had Irish coffee but would like to give it a try now! Love all your green!

Have fun on your trip and be safe!

XO,
Jane

Judi said...

Happy St Patrick's Day BJ *hugs*
and have a wonderful trip...enjoy and take lots of pictures to share with your stories when you are back.

I've enjoyed all your greens and your ideas...and we love scones here in Canada too...they look so good. i love the idea of making and putting them into the freezer...yum...I am DEFINATELY going to give them a try.

Judi

Beth said...

What a fun post! Your creativity (and COOKING) never cease to amaze me, BJ! Like Cindy said, you do it up right!!!
Blessings, Beth

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I think you've got the St. Patty's spirit goin' on over here! YUM!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Such fun St Patrick's Day photos! Enjoy your Spring Break!! hugs, Linda

Sarah said...

Great sharing of the green post, BJ. And topping it off with an Irish coffee. Now I'm sure to sleep tonight.
Have fun in Big D. ~ Sarah

Tardevil said...

Happy St. Pat's day, B.J. Behave yourself in Dallas! Nevermind, that wouldn't be any fun! Have a great trip!

anne said...

Happy St Patrick to you, we don't actually celebrate it here, btw your post is so festive I like it can make someone so happy and inspired. Mine is here for RT

Mary Anne’s Musings

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

I'm gona be watching for how you make scones...they do look good...have fun on your trip...bring back plenty of photos for us. Trish

Maggie said...

Hi BJ,
What a wonderful post, a great tribute to St Patricks Day and all things Irish.
Everything is so very festive but I think I'd draw the line at green donuts!
Have fun in Dallas.

Ann said...

I am not an Irish too, but I have always been intrigued by their St. Patrick's Day... with the clover, gold coins, and even leperchauns...
looks like so much fun.

Love your post.

Sue said...

Fun, fun, fun!!! And ya know that on St. Paddy's Day, EVERYONE is Irish for the day..... Love all the yummy looking food, your delightful tables, and the drink. I'd prefer a nice pint, myself. LOL
enjoy your time off, my friend! hugs, Sue

Carol at Serendipity said...

BJ,

What an absolutely spectacular post! I agree about Ina's scones. I will look forward to your post about making them.

Have a wonderful spring break!
Happy St. Patrick's Day

Carol

Shug said...

Great post. Scones! add a little jersey cream and wow..adds up to something FABULOUS.
Give a loud shout when you get to Dallas, and I'll give ya a shout back! Have fun and don't forget to stop at "Charming Charlies." They will have all the accessories you need to go with those cute jeans!
Hugs,
Shug

Willow said...

You have set such a beautiful and inviting table. Happy St. Paddys Day.

Nancy's Notes said...

Fantastic post and all of your greens are just the greatest! Have fun in Dallas!

Nancy

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Have a "super-dooper" little holiday!

Gentle hugs...

Queenie said...

Love this post bj...your table settings are beautiful...those green goblets that you used of your mama's are priceless and yes, you've made me hungry this morning... I would love a piece of that pie and honey I haven't even had my breakfast yet :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you...
Big hugs,
Queenie

Karen said...

Very festive! LOVE the card... lucky charms :)

sharonavinger said...

Yum! Printed out the scone recipe and can't wait to try it. Looking forward to your upcoming scone post!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Foley said...

Great post from the green donuts to the Irish whiskey. Look forward to your post on scones..they look delicious.

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
I'm a "wee" bit Irish. . .
and I loved every minute of it! I'll be watching for the post on scones!
Fondly,
Pat

GardenofDaisies said...

LOL! Those shoes would be pretty hard to dance an irish jig in! :-) Your scones look absolutely delicious!! Yum! And the green goblets on your table are sooo pretty!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Fabulous post! That card was hilarious!!!!!!! I can't have coffee (the caffeine makes me crazier than usual!), but that sure looked delicious. Maybe I'll just have to have a bit of Irish Whiskey all by itself! Oooh Weee!!!
I hope you have fun with your daughters (sounds like a blast!) and a terrific St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!!!

LDH said...

Oh, BJ... your post is full of so much fun and beautiful vignettes! Laughed at the postcard :)

aww... time with your girls. I know you will have a great time!

Karen said...

You really started my day off with a good laugh with your comment about the length of the kilt and the Lucky Charms. My husband thought that was a hoot also!!
Love your blog!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

ellen b. said...

Hi bj! I really love your mothers goblets. Beautiful. Your table is great and all that yummy looking food is calling to me.

Mary said...

I saw Ina Garten last fall in NYC at a book signing, I can't wait to try these scones, I love Irish Soda bread and Irish Coffee on St. Patricks Day the best. Love this fun, green Irish post! Mary

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a fun post. Your blog looks so festive...love the header and the way you have the little shamrocks between your paragraphs...how did you do that?

You have lots of pretty greens. I think the color of your green goblets is perfect. Mine are not a true green (as I found out last night when I tried to put them near a green plate).

Scones are a favorite around here. I'm always trying new recipes for them. We love them because they are just sweet enough, but not too sweet! Have a fun vacation...be safe!

PEA said...

Chocolate pie, scones, Irish coffee, green iced donuts....BJ you're killing me here! lol It's no wonder I'm always drooling when I come visit you. Will have to remember to wear a bib before I click on your blog! hehe

Love all of your green and black table setting, just gorgeous. As you say, the black really makes the other colours pop.

I'm sure you're having a terrific time with your daughter and 2 granddaughters, can't wait to hear all about the fun you had:-) In case you do have your laptop with you, make sure you drop by my blog, I'm celebrating my 5th Blogiversary with a giveaway:-) xoxo

Miz Helen said...

Hi BJ,
I am so glad you told me about this fun party and I am glad that you are here. It is always good to see you. All your goodies look so delicious, but the scones are my favorite.Thanks for sharing and hope to see you soon!
Best Wishes,
Miz Helen

Marydon said...

BJ ~ Have a fabulous fun time on your trip. Lovely St. Patrick tribute ... tasty, too.
Happy St. Paddy's Day ~
Hugs,
Marydon

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What an honor you do to St. Patty's Day showing all that wonderful food! I wish I could go over for a little of those yummy treats! I love the scones and the Irish coffee, great combo! Hope you send recipes next time.
I'm inviting you to visit me too at Kathleen's, you will not be dissapointed. Hapy St. Patt's.

FABBY

Red Couch Recipes said...

Your scones do look so yummy. Love the green donut too and the green glasses. Looks like you know how to live it up big on St. Paddy's Day. I agree with you about word verification! Joni

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

BJ, I cannot quit laughing over that St. Pat's card! That is a riot! Those scones look delish ~ I'm going to get that recipe. Your table with the black and green is so elegant and pretty. I look forward to your scone-making post! Have a great trip to Dallas! laurie

Kathleen said...

Wonderful post, BJ, love those sayings, LOL
Your tables look wonderful, as do your scones!
Dallas, now don't forget to visit Christmas Tree Shops, you know you want to go!
Have fun, and thanks for joining in the blog crawl. Wouldn't have been the same without you!

sarah abeahccottage said...

enjoy your time in Dallas!

I linked you up to my blog party anyway...

sarahx

Kirsty said...

I just love those green glasses and that jar! Gorgeous.

CAS said...

You have some wonderfully fun and charming pics related to St. Patty's Day. I just bookmarked the Orange Cranberry Scones recipe to try very soon. Your blog looks like it's going to be a fun place to visit often. I'm a new follower & I hope you'll follow me back.
CAS

Have a great mini-vacation!

dedicated exchange server said...

Wow! That was an amazing! Loved the greens displayed here!

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LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


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LOVE the green donuts! Come share!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Top of the mornin to you my Sister friend..Girl I'll take an irish coffee please ha ha!! and the Bailey I love...Love all your wonderful photos girl..you are getting so great at this...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Love, love, love all your gorgeous green goodies, BJ - especially the ones in that "cute" container you won from me! lol Actually, my favorite items, out of all those lovelies shown in the pics, were the green goblets of your mom's. I would love to have a set exactly like them!

Have loads of fun with the gals. And if you do use that laptop of yours...link to my party. ;)

Love ya!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Jeanne said...

Hi bj, It was my lucky day when I met you through Beverly's blog. You and your posts are always delightful. I almost posted the quote you used for this post. I love it.

As usual your St Patrick's Day celebration post is yummy and full the Irish green. One does not have to be Irish to enjoy this festive day and celebrate it you did in the most delightful way. I want one of those green icing donuts NOW! OH! and some Irish coffee too!!!

Love you bunches,
Jeanne