Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

One of our traditions for St. Patrick's Day is my Aunt Mary's Irish soda bread.  For years, she would show up on my door step, fresh baked bread set on a doily with a little green ribbon tied on the bag. 

Aunt Mary never missed a St. Patty's day, through two hip surgeries and the births of 15 grandkids!  But about two years ago, she set me loose and I have learned to bake her recipe myself.   I love the process of doing so, mixing the dough and gently shaping it into a round loaf and then the delicious aroma that wafts through the kitchen while it bakes.

Tonight my brother Matt and his family, and my aunt will come over for a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.

An Irish Prayer
  May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Blessings to you all on this St. Patty's Day!

6 comments:

Becky said...

I love your montage of photos. I also love that there are so many to look at, but somehow the only one that spoke to me was the chocolate cupcakes. Yummo!

Happy St Patrick's Day. I'm a huge bread baker as you know, but I have never made Irish soda bread. I need to fix that.

Mari said...

What fun! The bread looks really good too!

Dandy said...

Wow, what a great tradition!

Mereknits said...

Have a lovely evening with your family. Your bread looks yummy!
Meredith

Rizzi said...

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY KAREN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
JACKIE MADE AUNT LILLY'S IRISH SODA BREAD THIS YEAR, IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD.
HAVE A NICE DAY.
LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Mary Smith said...

I'm so inspired by all of your Irish St. Patrick's Day traditions!