St.Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland. He brought Christianity to Ireland in the 400's AD. March 17th is believed to be the day he died. It is much more of a religious day in Ireland, with many Masses being attended. Of course now a days, it is associated with all things Irish, green and gold, shamrocks and a pot of gold! Parades and green beer being the tradition as well.
Tina, the first picture with the finger nails is for you! I thought it would be fun to do!
I'm going to make shamrock cut-out cookies for the kids after school. Tonight is Leftover roast beef. We had our corned beef dinner last week! Though I could make an Irish stew with leftover beef ;)
Hi Shona! LOL SP Double posting:) Janet started a thread as well:) Cute pics I will copy the other threads into here if Janet hasn't already. BRB Irish Stew is a great idea! I wish I had thought of that!
Janet's post copied in here Good Morning Everybody! Jim and I arrived in London this morning, had a driver bring us to Cambridge, checked into our apartment, ate breakfast then Jim headed to work. I had a nap (could have slept all afternoon but thought it not wise!) and a shower and I'm just about to go hit the streets! And still no one has started the thread!!!!!! What's goin' on'? :) LOL! I think I jinxed myself when I said I could sleep anywhere because I didn't sleep a wink on the plane last night, not one wink. LOLOLOL. Oh goodness! But I'm at least able to function at the moment so that's something. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Has everybody got some corned beef in the pot? Not a clue what we're going to do for dinner yet and it's almost 4 p.m. here so I'd better think fast! Need to run to the store and just grab some basics to tide us over 'til I get better oriented tomorrow. Read an article this morning that says Prince William is in Cambridge 'til March 19th taking a course in Agricultural Management at St. John's College. I'll invite him over for tea if I see him eh? ROFL! Wishing everyone a most awesome day!
mine copied into here:) Janet, LOL we have been waiting for you:) I am glad you arrived save and that you finally had a nap:) You are just going to have to get over to St. John's College:) I have been busy in DMLIMI all morning and just starting to get my eyes oriented again. Have a good time shopping. What is the weather like there today? We broke a record last night for this date. It went down to -23C! We will be having a roast chicken with stuffing and gravy with veggies and all the trimmings for dinner tonight. we haven't had that for quite awhile.
Thanks Joce! Your dinner sounds great! I haven't had a roast chicken in awhile too. Wow, that's cold, especially for mid march! Hopefully that's the end of the cold weather for you! I'm looking at Irish Beef Stew, I see Janet made it and liked it! I'll leave out the red wine though, I don't like wine in stews or gravies ;)
Great opener to the day CosmicMother. As much as I would love to make a corned beef I'm betting corned beef sandwiches may be dinner tonight. I had forgotten about this Celtic Chowdown day and melted a chicken to roast. we'll we'll just see.
Love your thread title and pics Shona! Happy St. Patrick's Day! The fingernails are pretty cute. I always used to make Shamrock sugar cookies all decorated for Benjamin when he was growing up. And the Leprechauns would leave him a Laura Secord French Mint chocolate bar. :) I do remember that Irish Beef stew and we did like it! Hi Joce! I just came back from my romp but I couldn't find the store. LOLOLOL. They leave instructions in a booklet at the apartment for where you can find the local supermarket, restaurants, etc. I thought I went the right direction but I never came across it. LOLOL. I did only have two hours of sleep though so I'm using that as my excuse! :) It's lovely here. All the forsythia and daffodils are out in bloom and you can smell flowers in the air. There are big white geese, ducks and swans swimming in the River Cam and people are out punting as well. It's 12C at the moment but was warmer earlier when the sun was out. It's overcast now and getting a little darker. I can't believe how frigging cold it is in Ottawa! And I don't mind saying I am happy not to see snow banks here when I look outside. :) Your roast chicken dinner sounds super good. Hi Laura! Corned beef sandwiches sound like the ticket. The chicken will keep for tomorrow I'm sure.
Laura, you could always make some Irish soda bread for an after dinner treat! Or some Irish potatoes with your chicken Potatoes Colcannon Irisher :) I don't think the Leprechauns will be mad if you don't make an Irish meal tonight, LoL! :-) Or as the Irish say, "Have a wee glass of stout to wet your Whistle" Thanks Janet, wow what nice weather to be in, Lucky you! Cute idea about the leprechauns, lol, never thought of that ;) I hope you find the Market soon, after you get some much needed rest. Perhaps a night at the pub is in order, would be fun to see how they celebrate St.Paddy's day there, especially in a University town! Maybe it will be too rowdy!!! LOL
Happy Saint Patricks Day! I was getting Briauna dressed this morning and realized she doesn't have any green clothes!! How did that happen? Anyway's I put a green clip in her hair and some green earrings on, and that should work :) Shamrock cookies sound like fun Shona, and that beef stew looks like a winner to me! Janet sorry to hear no sleep on the plane, but at least you got a nap in! You have to tell us all about what you do today! No corned beef for us today but I did find this recipe that I think well work http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chef-Johns-Irish-Pork-Stew/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&soid=sr_results_p1i20 Yum on the roast chicken Joce! Boo on the weather...my gosh, when does it start to warm up there? Hi Laura, I forgot about today too until my mom called yesterday and reminded me lol! Today is lots grocery shopping, my fridge bare!
Janet, Are you staying in the same place you did last time? LOL If so you must be very tired if you couldn't find the stores again if you are? :) I know you say you have a bad sense of direction sometimes too:) Maybe we should get you a compass or something like that! Cute on the Leprechauns leaving Laura Secord French Mint bars for Ben when he was little:) Why not go to Jamie Oliver's for dinner? It can't be that far away from you as I remember?
Michelle, Too funny Briauna doesn't have any green clothes:) You were very resourceful at finding something for her to make her good to go for the day:) Have fun shopping today:)
Shona, I was going to start the thread for today much earlier this morning to see if they celebrated St. Patrick's Day at all in the UK. I did find a couple of things on it and they said it was gradually catching on there but mostly in places more northern like Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds as they have a higher population of Irish there. Lets see if I can find the site I was looking at again?
I am trying to find something to make as an Irish dessert or something for Den as he actually the real Irish one in this house:)
I had to work today..a job down the street from us..then e-mailed invoices & pictures of the new doors. (There are quite a few foreclosures that are being fixed up to resell here, so we are working with a couple of GC's to install new garage doors & openers if needed)
Janet!!! Have a blast! Did I mention how jealous I am? LOL
Leftover corned beef & cabbage..I also thought I make some sort of pasta for me:)
I need to get a few more tasks finished..Have a most wonderful St Paddy's Day!
ROFL. Yes Joce, I am naturally disoriented, but no...I'm not that bad! We are in a completely different section of town than we were last March so I've never been to the Supermarket over here nor even down the street it's supposed to be on. Benjamin and Jim laugh at me all the time cuz I always print out walking routes on google maps and have it firmly clenched in my hand at all times. LOLOLOL. Nom on the Irish dessert for Den. What are you thinking of? A pub it is Shona. I passed by quite a few on my walk and have narrowed my choice down. Now all I need is for my husband to get home! :) Michelle I bet Briauna looks adorable in her St. Patty's gear. Good luck with grocery shopping. Hi Tina. Bye Tina.
Marie, Don't work too hard:) Oh I see now, Janet:) Is it closer for Jim to walk to the University this time? You will do just fine then:) I have been bogged down finding links in IMI today and now I am afraid my brain and eyes are aren't functioning very well. My great inspiration to make something for Den. Has now gone totally out the window! Enjoy your new adventure in your new part of town and of course your dinner:) Get a good night sleep tonight too!
Jim's building is in the Cambridge Science Park and it's a good 30-45 min. walk from this apartment but he does enjoy it and the walk is certainly good for him twice a day. This apartment is closer to the downtown Historic core for me than the last one. We went to The Boathouse http://www.gkflamegrill.co.uk/locations/boathouse-cambridge for dinner. Prices were good. Food was okay. I had salmon with a chardonnay chive sauce, roasted jacket potatoes (we know them simply as baked potatoes) :) and peas and Jim had a Lamb steak with baby potatoes and seasonal veggies. It hit the spot and wasn't too bad for us. :) Jim showed me the Grocery store and I had been within 30 feet of it. If I'd walked another minute I would have stumbled across it. LOLOL. Saw two men out with big St. Patty's Day hats on but nothing other than that. Saw some potato chips in the Supermarket flavoured Roast Chicken and Thyme and of course they call them 'crisps' here not chips. Thought they sounded intriguing. Sooooo tired but will feel back to my old self tomorrow morning after a good night's sleep. Wow Marie....that's fantastic you guys are busy enough that you're working with some General Contractors. I thought of you today as I passed a little Food store called "Padmore's Farm Shop" and it made me think of Mrs. Patmore and Daisy's farm. :)