Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish bread and family. Slainte!

happy St Patrick's Day!

yesterday, we gathered for boiled dinner at (our dear friends)

Alice and Steve's house! we dined on the traditional

corn beef and cabbage, new potatoes, bread and butter.

there were numerous green desserts, and some Jameson's, Harp Lager,

Killian's Red and Guinness, of course.

my friend Alice and i happened to have had lovely

Irish maiden names. although she grew up in Ohio,

and i in Washington state, we were taught, (by our fathers)

to sing our last names to the tune of


The song was written by George M Cohen in 1913.
there are many more lyrics...
but the refrain is what we sang!

"h", "a", double "r", "i",
"g-a-n" spells harrigan.
Proud of all the irish blood that's in me,
Divil a man can say a word agin me.
"h" "a" double "r" "i",
"g-a-n", you see!
Is a name that a shame
Never has been connected with
Harrigan, that's me! 

i would say our "maiden"  last names...but that's probably T. M. I.

for those darn identity thieves.

for the party i was assigned bread!

i found a very yummy and EASY recipe for Guinness beer bread here!

i made two loaves of Guinness beer bread.

pistachio shortbread here!
...and for pinch of sweet!  i made this fun little green interpretation of shortbread!

i snapped a few images of the kitchen pre-func!

the 1pt 6oz Guiness will yield two loaves of bread!

the image of the bread was taken before it went into the oven. i didn't have time

 to photograph it after it was baked, as it was whisked out of the oven and

delivered to the party so it would be warm for dinner.

only crumbs and oats remained!

this recipe will be a keeper for the future!

i am on my way out the door to pick up another pint,

then on to Mom and Dad's to bake Irish bread with them!

i'll share a few sips of Guiness with my Dad as it bakes in the oven!

 i dedicate this post to my dad, John, who i am very lucky to spend another

St Paddy's day with...and to my dear friend Alice's dad, Ed, 

who went to Heaven one year ago! 




  1. Acabei de conhecer o seu blog e achei maravilhoso. Me visite:
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  2. Ah!! What a grand way to celebrate! I've said it before and I'll say it again....I LOVE the way you live your life!! Class and style all the way mixed with the best attitude and a huge dollop of gratitude! Cheers!!!

  3. Precious Lynne! HAPPY ST. PATRICKS! Oh dear, that bread sounds so good right now! And the corn beef and I LOVE that combo! Cheers my dear! I have to email you on Tuesday; I work tomorrow, but I will send you that "swatch" of color for the hair on that darling little man of yours! Hugs, Anita

  4. What a fun post- Happy St.Paddy's Day to you- I won't ask how many green beers you downed! Sounds like a happy day to me-xo Diana