Friday, March 13, 2015

The Final Four~ Meatless Friday

Lent is a challenge for me.  I don’t like fish, and you can have pizza just so many times!  Of course there’s mac and cheese, and other meatless meals, but somehow I am not in to mood to make them!

Counting tonight 4 more weeks of meatless Fridays.

Thank goodness St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t fall on Friday, or all the observers of Lent would be crying in their GREEN beer because they couldn’t have their corned beef!

Speaking of green, if you missed Wed. nights 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day  Blog Crawl, you can see it here!

42 beautiful entries, tables and recipes, don’t miss it!


I’ll be up to my elbows in flour for Soda Bread this weekend.

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Loaf style or round…


Spread with some Kerry Gold butter or jam, it is a favorite here.

Irish Soda Bread....Kathleen
4 C flour
1 t salt
4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
3/4 C sugar
2 t caraway seed
1 C raisins
1 egg
1 t vanilla (optional)
2 C buttermilk
a splash or orange juice, don’t worry, it will be fine!  Smile

1/4 stick of soft butter
Sift dry ingredients. Mix in the seeds and raisins. Add buttermilk, oj,   vanilla and mix.
Add beaten eggs and soft butter, mix
Put into 2 greased loaf pans, or 1 10 in round. Slit the top with a knife.
Bake at 350 about 30 to 35 for loaf pans, 50 for round.
Brush with butter or milk 10 min before removing from oven.
Check center to see if done, do not over bake..

You can even make it in a Bundt pan!


Here’s my contribution for a meatless meal, very easy!


Pasta , Spinach Cheese and Tomato Bake

Cook your favorite pasta, I used bow ties.

Toss cooked pasta in a bit of olive oil, pepper and grated cheese.

Line the bottom of a greased pan/casserole dish with the al dente pasta.

Cook your fresh spinach.  I just throw mine in a pan on low, salt, pepper and a dash of conf sugar.  cover the pan, checking to make sure you are just steaming the spinach briefly.

Place that on top of the pasta, sprinkle with freshly grated cheese and some garlic powder, or fresh minced if you prefer.

Pour some half and half over the top.

Now a layer of mozzarella, then top with seasoned sliced tomatoes.  Again, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese and freshly grated pepper. 

Bake till warmed through, and at the end broil for a few mins. till the cheese browns.

If you are not doing meatless some bacon crumbled on top is good too!


Serve with some warm crusty bread.


Thanks for stopping by!

I am joining ML West for Foodie Friday.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl~

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Now Bloggers dear, I’m sure you’ve heard
St. Patrick’s Day is near
So welcome to this Irish Crawl
It’s in its 7th year!
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Lots of GREEN will flood your screen
Please get up and do a jig
Be you Italian, French, or German
Or as IRISH as Paddy’s Pig!
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From Kansas to Ohio
And Kerry to County Cork
We’ll celebrate dear Ireland
Starting here, Long IRELAND, New York!
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Please have some Irish Chips
They’re GREEN but not too fancy
You know they’ll be delicious
Because they’re made by Clancy!
Please warm up at the table,
Relax and take a seat
We’ll sing some Irish songs
They’ll make you tap your feet!
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A table in your honor
So glad to have you here
Crawl on, crawl on to other blogs
Leave comments of good cheer!


Table notes:
Debut of my Cabbage plates…Christmas Tree Shops
Quilted reversible light green patterned placemats…CTS
Green flatware…World Market
Green Stems… Gorham via Lenox Outlet
Shamrock mugs, pitcher and salad plates and shamrock shaped bowls… CTS
Toadstool name markers…WSonoma Outlet
Centerpiece…Hurricane globe with candle surrounded by hydrangea and fresh Baby’s Breath
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Salt and Pepper…Pfaltzgraff … Napkins Century 21…Napkin rings a gift from my sister many years ago!
Now to link up, PLEASE
Leave a comment
Link back to this party so your readers get to see the other entries
Only one link, must be Irish related and not an old post.  ONLY LINK IF YOU DISABLED WORD ID
Blog name first, there’s room for the title
It is so important to me that you visit as many as you can.  We won’t have 100’s of entries.
Some of you have been here for all 7 St. Patrick Day Blog crawls.  Thank you for your support, and welcome to new participants! 
A minty chocolate shamrock, to send you on your crawl!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ALL!
I will join  Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Going Green~ Tomorrow ‘s ♣ Blog Crawl and a Question

Hello, Ladies, just reminding you about the party tomorrow!  Hope you are going to crawl with us! Only new posts, no repeats, please!


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HOP to it, I’ll be waiting!

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So, my question is…

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Does anyone know where I can get this EXACT ribbon holder? I have been searching with out luck.

See you tomorrow, stop by for some fun!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Are You Thinking Green? 7th Annual ♣ Day Blog Crawl Mar. 11


Although many of us are inundated with WHITE, I hope you are thinking GREEN for next week!

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It can be a table, a recipe, a tea setting, just be sure it portrays an Irish theme.

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I’ll be waiting for you, I’ll have the Shepherd’s Pie Ready!


Thanks for stopping by, get ready to party!  March 11th!


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