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What time do the Shenanigans start?

17 Mar

How ’bout now?  #SpringBreak2018

xoxo,

T.

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Get Your St. Paddy’s On!

16 Mar

 

All things St. Patrick’s Day!

Games

 

 

 

 

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Timid McBlarney, btw.

Jokes

 

This never gets old.

 

Food and Booze

 

 

A little bit o’ green food coloring to your pancake mix.

Same with your rice krispie treats.  You can also mode it into a Shamrock.

Frocks

 

 

 

Wishes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shake your Shamrocks!

xoxo,

T.

 

Top of the Mornin’ To You

17 Mar

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St. Patrick’s Day.  A holiday named after my son.  Best. Day. Ever!  So today’s blog is all things Irish.  Like me.  Speaking of me, I got engaged on St. Patrick’s Day, 26 years ago.  At the Dubliner Pub in Washington, DC, wearing a pith helmet.  Just news you can’t use.

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Truly, I will never tire of my Bitmoji.  Never.

 

How to make Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. Isolated over white

Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. Isolated over white

How To Make Irish Coffee — Irish Coffee Recipe Ingredients: 1-1/2 oz Irish whiskey, 1 tsp brown sugar, 6 oz hot coffee, whipped cream. Directions: Combine whiskey, sugar and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Float cold whipped cream gently on top. Do not mix. As an added treat you can drizzle some Crème de Menthe over the whipped cream.

The Irish Coffee was “invented” at the Buena Vista in San Francisco.  I have had many, many irish coffees there and highly recommend it!

Boozy Shamrock Shake!

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 2 oz Creme de Menthe
  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Whipped cream, cherries & sprinkles for decoration
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

To make a non-alcoholic version, substitute the creme de menthe with 1 tsp peppermint extract.

How To Make Green Beer (St Patrick’s Day)

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1 Serving

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Beer, any kind, the lighter the color the better
Green Food Coloring

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pour a little Beer in an ice-cold glass/mug, holding the glass/mug at a slight angle – add a drop or two of the Food Coloring to the Beer – give only a light stir, then continue to fill the glass as you would normally do.
2.) The Beer and Coloring will mix without being stirred.

Serve immediately – Cheers !

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7 Lucky Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

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Irish Blessings

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More Irish Blessings and St. Patrick’s Day Sayings


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You may also use any of these as an Irish toast, today, or any day.

 

More Irish Toasts to make today!


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More toasts, not necessarily Irish!

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St. Patrick’s Day Tip



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Irish Truths

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When Irish Eyes are Smiling

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I love this song, but I don’t want to use it, nor any Irish song, for my song of the day, so I’m listing the lyrics to this famous Irish song, so I can pick my own song of the day.   DressedtoaT.

Irish Funnies


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Way better!

 

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Shenanigans, Hooliganism and Malarkey!  All in one sentence.  Awesome!!

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Two words.  Mer Mer!

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I like this because it has the name, Paddy in it… like my own Paddy cakes!

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Looks like Meredith and Zack.  Who, don’t love bad decisions, but do love Jameson.

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I’m not a fan of the Muppets.  Also, don’t like the circus.  #DressedtoaT

 

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This is very true.

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One of many!

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Stumpy O’Gingerly.  Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

Quick Fact:  How many pints of Guinness are consumed everyday?  $10 million.  That’s a whole lotta Guinness!

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While I may angle more towards Stella in terms of beer, I have to say, Guinness is much lighter than it looks.  I actually thought I had a picture of me, enjoying my first Guinness, with my friend, Jason, a few years ago, at the scene of the crime, I mean, at the Dubliner Pub…just a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, however, it appears I started to enjoy Stella, in my Guinness glass.  The good news here is I did have my first Guinness.  More good news is it appears I had a second beer.  Cheers. 🙂

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#ManHands  I’m thinking this is a very bad angle, speaking of angles!

So I go to the mailbox this week and in it is a CD, called, “Surprise…Girlfriend’s Mix”.  Thanks Dr. Stevie!  Love it..And you!

Song of the Day:  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, by Marvin Gaye

My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand,
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

A few St. Patrick’s Day Outfit Ideas – for the Women

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This is very, very similar to what I will be wearing for St. Patrick’s day…less the nude high heel pumps.  I will be wearing nude gladiator sandals, instead.

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Green Converse.  The new black!

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A tad much.

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Kinda perfect.

I am not posting suggestions for men, because they can get away with a Green jacket, shirt, polo, t-shirt, tie or hat.

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No. No. No.

 

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Kiss me, I’m Irish!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Drink Responsibly.  Off on Spring Break.

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I do believe!  Cheers!

xoxo,

T.

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Best Irish Pubs in America

17 Mar

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I know a little bit about Irish pubs.  For one, I’m Irish.  That should be enough.  #DUH.  But in addition…I got Engaged in an Irish Pub.  On St. Patrick’s Day.  Wearing a Pith Helmut…which we still have!  We got engaged at the Dubliner Pub, March 17, 1990 in Washington, DC.  The DC Dubliner did not make this list, but the Dallas Dubliner did.  I worked for both Washington, DC and Dallas, so I’m calling it a wash!  So sad I don’t have a picture handy from that night.  🙂  Cheers!

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Found this article on Thrillist, which I was going to “share”, however you have to “sign up” to read it and I don’t care for everyone else having to go that extra step If I’m sharing on Twitter, so I decided to make it a blog.  #MyWay  #TheHighway  #WF  It’s a thing. 😉

The Top 21 Irish Pubs, by Thrillist

While at least 94% of the people who go out on St. Paddy’s Day claim some Irish blood, we, at Thrillist, were shocked by the lack of a fine compendium of great Irish pubs in this country. Many of the frankly bare-bones lists we did find included chains, nouveau gastropubs, and other offensive picks. Incensed, we had no choice but to set loose our two most Irish Catholic editors on a quest to find the top pubs all over the country. 

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Emmit’s
Chicago, IL
Technically opened in 1996 by a couple of firemen, the building itself has a much more extensive history involving secret underground gangster escape tunnels and an ill-fated robbery attempt in the ’80s when it was called O’Sullivan’s (a couple of shotgun-wielding dudes didn’t get the memo that it was a cop bar — it didn’t work out for them). The modern incarnation is a touch more subdued, but Jameson on tap and plenty of pints of Guinness at the ready make sure things remain interesting.

Cork and Kerry
Chicago, IL
With “South Side Irish” being its own ethnic designation in Chicago, it naturally follows that there would be plenty of fine Irish bars there. The building has some history as a speakeasy (though this may be true of all Chicago buildings), and, in true Irish survivor fashion, it rebounded from a 1999 fire that nearly put it out of commission for good, allowing South Siders continued access to their massive bedecked beer garden.

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Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain, MA

Proving that Doyle’s doesn’t have hegemony on the Irish pub scene in Jamaica Plain, the Behan is, as they so eloquently put it, a “talking bar” with no TVs, games, or any other distractions to clutter up conversation. Sure, they have live Irish sessions, and other music, but the point of a place like Behan’s is to have a couple of pints, and hash out your issues. Or just sit quietly by yourself and sing “The Parting Glass” by The Clancy Brothers as you settle your tab.

Biddy McGraw’s
Portland, OR
This cavernous Portland dive makes the list thanks to its Guinness stew, cottage pie, ample whisky spread, and general disregard for daylight. But it’s also on here thanks to a story from our Portland-based editor, centered on the fact that, when one of his fellow patrons smashed a pint of Harp over his own head, the bartender, in his Southie/Irish brogue, merely swore to himself, implored him not to do it again, poured him another pint, and sent him back out to watch a three-piece Celtic band rip through some standards. From chaos comes legends, friends.

The Burren
Somerville, MA
Everybody loves The Burren: older Tufts students, Irish expats, dudes who just moved here from Cambridge to save money on rent even though it’s not really that much cheaper. Everybody. For one, it checks all the Irish pub boxes (Hearty Irish eats? Proper pours of Guinness? A lot of Irish music?), and, for two, it was opened by a pair of Irish musicians (Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello) and truly tries to honor its roots in song by featuring live traditional Irish music every night (learn Irish step-dancing on Mondays with Ger Cooney!) alongside a veritable smorgasbord of other genres.

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McGinleys’ Golden Ace Inn
Indianapolis, IN
McGinleys’ opened March 1st, 1934 (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day — in fact, they boast the oldest continuous pub celebration in the US), and the descendants of the husband-and-wife team from County Donegal who first presided over it remain owners today. These days they attract some of the world’s finest Irish musicians (original owner John was reputed to be quite the whiz on the concertina), as well as Hoosiers with one of the state’s most celebrated burgers.

McSorley’s
New York, NY
At New York’s oldest bar (open since 1854), Light and Dark are your only beer options, the cheese plate comes with a very classy sleeve of saltines, and the wishbones high-wiring it above the bar were piled with so much dust the health inspector insisted they be sanitized. The service is perfectly uncaring and brusque, and yet, if you order one beer, you get two. So they are nice, or something. And since 1970, they’ve even allowed women in. Crazy world!

Donovan’s
Queens, NY
Since 1966, Donovan’s has been slinging pints of stout and delicious, delicious bacon cheeseburgers to Woodside, Queens locals, who pack into cozy, dark-wood booths and stare out the church-esque stained glass windows and into the fire, wondering when they’re going to get a chance to crush those amazing burgers.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House
Philadelphia, PA
Okay, so yes, it has been open since 1860. And yes, it was named after the Irish dude who ran the place and raised his 13 children above the bar. And yes, they do serve the only stout brewed in Ireland (No, not Guinness: O’Hara’s Celtic Stout!), alongside two of their own beers (Real Ale and Genuine Lager) brewed special by Stoudt’s. But what we’re most excited about is the fact that they’ve got an entire 500-word paragraph in their “History” that just consists of the names of famous people that’ve been there, including “Brian Krause of Charmed” AND “Kerry King, lead guitarist, Slayer.”

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Dubliner
Dallas, TX
Dallas isn’t exactly known as a hotspot for Irish pubs that aren’t just faux-Irish pubs thought up by some restaurant group looking to diversify from tapas places, but the Dubliner, owned by actual Dublin native, Peter Kenny, is another story altogether. Somehow, it blends the traditional Irish pub trappings in its interior, with the Texas BBQ joint/beer garden seating on the outside, while also marrying draughts like Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s, to Texas locals like the Franconia Hefe. And yet, thanks to Kenny’s deft touch, the Irish-Texan thing kind of really works.

John D. McGurk’s
St. Louis, MO
Started as a one-room pub in 1978, McGurk’s has grown into 20,000sqft of all-out Emerald Isleness, with a series of interconnected dining rooms and bars echoing with live Irish music nightly (as in, people come from Ireland to play here) as patrons mow through corned beef & cabbage, bangers & mash, and Baileys cheesecake (American fatness innovations FTW!). Oh, and if that wasn’t enough room, they also have a 15,000sqft outdoor garden with a freaking waterfall. And three more bars, naturally.

Monterey Pub
Pittsburgh, PA
Tucked off in a residential part of the Mexican War Streets (so named because they are awesome/were planned by a Mexican-American War general), Monterey Pub sounds like a place you’d get a pint while driving down the 101 in Northern California. But it, in fact, is a solitary Irish beacon in a row of refurbished Victorian row houses on the Northside. MP features small carved mahogany booths, a fireplace, and a crowd of locals who are equally likely to come for a stout and a traditional boxty, or their more modern takes on Irish fare, like the Guinness shredded beef wrap.

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The Old Shillelagh
Detroit, MI
Opened in the mid-’70s by a Dublin-raised retired Detroit police officer, The Old Shillelagh has remained a Motor City staple ever since. Now under a third generation of family ownership, the massive, tented St. Patrick’s Day party is legendary, and the free shuttles to all the major downtown Detroit sporting events and concerts make sure it stays appropriately rowdy the rest of the year.

Patrick’s of Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
The land of McNulty features America’s “Oldest Irish pub,” which has been in the “same location since 1863, same family since 1847.” If that right there isn’t enough to be on this list, perhaps the fact that, until 2011, the only phone listing for the place was for the Grandmother who lived upstairs and died in 1974 is. Or that they used to be so Irish that they didn’t actually open on St. Patrick’s Day, because they “didn’t like to see the Irish making fools of themselves on a ‘Holy Day.’” Or maybe it’s just the fact that, aside from a pint, you can get some of the best crab cakes in Baltimore. Either way, go there, and tell Pat we said hi.

Doyle’s Cafe
Jamaica Plain, MA
Not so much a cafe, as it is a legendary local hangout, Doyle’s has been around in one form or another since 1882 and is filled with more history than a particularly engaging episode of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego, thanks to its pre-Prohibition bonafides and the revolving cast of Boston politicians and other known locals who frequent it (Mayor Menino even has a banquet room named after him). And, on top of choice Irish and local beers, Doyle’s just happens to sit next to the Sam Adams Brewery, so you can often find them serving special, new, and different styles of Sam that no other places have.

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Tom Bergin’s
Los Angeles, CA
As the story has it, a man named Joe Sheridan invented Irish coffee at the Shannon Airport in 1938, and, soon after, famous SF columnist Stanton Delaplane brought said recipe to Tom Bergin’s (and SF, of course), and they’ve been known as “the house of Irish coffee” ever since. Bergin, a lawyer from Boston with Irish roots, opened the bar in 1935, and it has the second oldest liquor license in LA County, and, as even more legends have it, the creators of Cheers frequented the bar and used it for inspiration for the show. Though it has since passed on from the Bergin family through two iterations of ownership and was closed for an interval, they’re now back and’ve kept the famed cardboard shamrocks painted with names of regulars that cover the bar’s ceiling. And yes, to answer the obvious followup: Kiefer Sutherland IS one of them.

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Finn McCool’s
New Orleans, LA
With all due respect to the great Kerry Irish Pub, Finn’s gets the nod in New Orleans partially due to the fact that it was started by a couple from Belfast, and we’ve got family in Belfast, but mainly because it’s just an amazing place to watch English football and hang out and have a pint. Also, you should watch the video on their site of how their own football club came together after Katrina and helped link up and connect people who’d lost so much. It’s damn (Mc)Cool.

Coleman’s Irish Pub
Syracuse, NY
Since 1933, this pub up in that frigid town where Rob Konrad played football has attracted a crowd. Though it takes its Irish knickknacks pretty far (the telephone booth for leprechauns outside, for one), the history of the place, free live music on the weekends, the proper drafts, and Guinness-battered onion rings keep it on the list. Plus, it exists in the neighborhood of Tipperary Hill, in what used to be an almost completely Irish section of ‘Cuse that includes a traffic light with green up top and red at the bottom, a result that came after Irish kids in the 1920s, angry that “the British red” was above the “Irish green,” continually broke the light until the city switched it up. So that’s pretty much the coolest story ever.

O’MALLEY’S PUB

Weston, MO
Like most bars, one enters O’Malley’s from the ground level. Unlike most bars, entering takes you down a succession of ramps as you descend into a series of cavernous limestone cellars that date to before the Civil War as part of the Weston Brewing Company. The main cellar reaches 55ft below ground and is large enough to accommodate multiple levels of seating and a stage for live music. Today, they’re back to brewing their own beer in addition to pouring the expected Irish staples. You will not have any cell phone service. You will not care.

The Harp
Cleveland, OH
From the fenced-in stone patio overlooking Lake Erie to the eye-catching stained glass backdrop behind the bar, The Harp is one pretty pub. Kind of like harp music, in pub form. But there’s substance behind the style, like their live Irish music (not necessarily harp-based), their lineup of boxty (an Irish potato pancake-like concoction — get it filled corned beef Reuben-style and be happy), and the glorious bit of Irish-American fusion that is a Black & Gold (half Guinness, half Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold).

The Plough and the Stars
San Francisco, CA
Sure, there are bigger, and more well-known Irish pubs downtown in SF, but once the fog starts to roll in at dusk, you’d swear you were in Ireland when inside the Plough, thanks to its dark-wood interior, strongly Irish clientele, and a good chance that — when there isn’t someone playing traditional live Irish music — someone else will have just put on Christy Moore singing a Pogues song.

Kevin Alexander is Thrillist’s National Food/Drink executive editor, a Boston Irish Catholic, and likely the only person in America that owns a Gaelic version of Rosetta Stone. Follow him to a Clancy Brothers concert: @KAlexander03.

Matt Lynch is a senior editor at Thrillist, and comes from that Chicago Irish stock featured in select episodes of Boardwalk Empire centered around flower shops. Follow him into a hot tub filled with Guinness: @MLynchChi.

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Song of the Day:  Danny Boy, by Celtic Women

“Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling,
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side,
The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling,
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow…

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Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!  Celebrate responsibly!! 🙂

xoxo,

T.

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That’s a bunch of Blarney…or at least this blog is. :)

14 Mar

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St. Patrick’s Day…my National Holiday!  Three days and counting.  Can. Not. Wait!!  Thought I’d share some things I’ve been hoarding, in regard to St. Paddy’s Day. I wanted to post today, instead on Monday, because, quite frankly, the celebration starts now (or last night for me…thanks Steph)!  I have a fun-filled weekend planned, with family and friends.  Best. Weekend. Ever!!

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Raise your standards!

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Malarky…a word not used nearly enough!  I think I shall change that!

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That’s what my own Paddy O’ is for!

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And that I do!

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That is how I roll!!

THE IRISH AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON AMERICA

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A BRIEF HISTORY AND FUN FACTS

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YOU KNOW YOU’RE IRISH IF…

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WHAT’S YOUR CELTIC SIGN?

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True that!

IRISH SLANG

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There are some goodies here.  Well Horse!  Not sure I understand the correlation…Speaking of Horses…Looking for a home, for Joseph, a beautiful horse, who can no longer jump.  He can flat, or be a trail horse.  Comment on the blog, with your email, and I can connect you with Joseph’s mother (not birth mother), Steph.

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Closest thing I’ll ever come to swearing in my blog!

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And there are plenty. 😉

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Every day…except the day After St. Patrick’s Day!  Remember, a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage.  463349802ab55b8cb63382869abe9586

Bruce…you’ve been onto something, for quite some time!  “Milk on an angel’s tongue”.  (BOB)

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And that I do!

Song of the Day:  The Unicorn Song, by the Irish Rovers…you Had to have seen this coming!

St. Paddy’s Day Outfits

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Meredith took this picture of the Chicago river, last St. Patrick’s Day, and used a fun filter.   Love this pic!

An Irish Prayer

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And an answer for each prayer…

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Tomorrow would have been my father’s birthday…Happy Birthday Pop!  We miss you!!  This pic was taken at Patrick’s 1st birthday party…an Irish-themed party, of course, for our little leprechaun!

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Check out my newest venture:  www.indiahicks.com/rep/terry

xoxo,

T.

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Way, way better!

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Related Posts:  My last 3 St. Patrick’s Day blogs…:)

Top of the Morning to Ya

I’m Irish…please don’t pinch me

Who’s your Paddy?

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya

8 Mar

St. Patrick's Day Fashion

My National Holiday is but a week away (9 days and counting), so thought I’d pen a quick blog on things that just Smack of St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick's earrings

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Pair this necklace with a crisp white blouse, your best jeans, and high heels!

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St. Paddy's outfit

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Options for Men are more limited…but here are some nice options:

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Go Blackhawks!!

St. Paddy's Day Mint CakeMint Ice Cream Cake

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Start off the morning with green pancakes!

McDonald's Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake…What’s not to love?!  Here is the copycat recipe, which I posted last year…

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

3 cups good quality vanilla ice cream

1 3/4 cups 1% milk

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Green food coloring if desired

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!

Green CAndied Popcorn

Candied-Green Popcorn

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Irish Coffee…and Best place to enjoy one is the Buena Vista in San Francisco!

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They’ll be Green with envy when you’re sipping your Green Martini…your Appletini!

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I will celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a few days early in DC, with my friend and client, Julie, enjoying a Stella at the Dubliner Pub…where I happened to get engaged 23 years ago, on St. Patrick’s Day!

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Bruce, that Guinness if for you…”milk on an angel’s breath”.

Don’t forget your Pooch!

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St. Patrick’s Day Facts & Trivia

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday similar to Christmas and Easter.

Erin go Bragh translates to “Ireland forever.”

The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.

The largest parade in the US, held since 1762, is in New York City, and draws more than one million spectators each year.

Over 100 US cities hold a parade every year. Some of the other biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades are in Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia.

In 1948 President Truman became the first president to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The city of Chicago goes so far to celebrate that they dye their river green.

Green is associated with Saint Patrick’s Day because it is the color of spring, of Ireland, and of the shamrock.

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Kiss me, I’m Irish…I really am!

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xoxo,

T.

Check out my 2011 and 2012 posts for St. Patrick’s Day…why rework the wheel, when you can read them here. 🙂

https://dressedtoat.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/whos-your-paddy/

https://dressedtoat.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/im-irish-but-please-dont-pinch-me-for-i-shall-be-wearing-green/

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Patrick, this card is for you! 😉respectfully-devoting-after-eating-st-patricks-day-ecard-someecards

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I’m Irish…but please don’t pinch me, for I shall be wearing Green!

9 Mar

Yes, I’m aware St. Patrick’s day is more than a week away, but just in case you need more than 1 day to plan what to wear and what to eat, I decided to post this one week earlier than planned.

St. Patrick’s Day brings much jubilation to a large population of Americans every March 17. The holiday is feted with huge parades, tons of green beer, Irish recipes galore, and even a green river (thank you City of Chicago!). But where did it all begin? And what’s with people pinching other people who aren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Irish Traditions

There are many Irish traditions people follow to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and other Irish occasions, although not all of them are historically accurate. Some of the Irish customs people are more familiar with include wearing green, eating Irish food and drinking beer. Actually wearing green is strictly a U.S. custom, as the color green is considered unlucky in Ireland. Green is connected to the old green flag and a time when Ireland was not free. Americans have embraced their own St. Patrick’s Day tradition of drinking large amounts of Irish beer or green beer, which has no real historical Irish references at all. Another new St. Patrick’s Day tradition started by school children is pinching classmates who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. This tradition has grown with the times, and even if you aren’t a school child, beware on St. Patrick’s Day if you aren’t wearing green!

Irish Symbols

Leprechauns
As a St. Patrick’s Day symbol, the leprechaun is a smiling, merry little elf. However, legend tells us that leprechauns are always grumpy, untrustworthy and very tricky. Leprechauns are believed to be little old men who make shoes for fairies and are usually about two feet tall. The legend says that if you catch a leprechaun, you can force them to tell you where they hid their pot of gold.

Shamrocks
According to Irish legend, St. Patrick chose a three leaved clover or shamrock as a symbol of the church’s Holy Trinity because of its three leaflets bound by a common stalk. He used the tri-leaved plant to help illustrate the idea of the holy trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A shamrock is not a four-leaf clover, contrary to popular belief. When a four-leaf clover is found it is said to represent God’s grace. The good luck attached with the four-leaf clover predates Christianity in Ireland back to the ancient Druid priests.

The Claddagh Ring
The Claddagh Ring features two cupped hands holding a heart with a crown on top. It has been the traditional wedding ring of the Irish since the 17th century. For love, the heart is worn. In friendship, the hands are worn. And, in loyalty and lasting fidelity, the crown is worn.

If the ring is worn on the right hand, with crown and heart facing out, this symbolizes that the wearer’s heart is yet to be won. While dating and under love’s spell it is worn with heart and crown facing inwards (still on the right hand.) Wearing the ring on the left hand, with the crown and heart facing inwards, signifies that your love has been given to one and only one, through marriage.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional meal enjoyed by many on St. Patrick’s Day, but only half of it is truly Irish. Cabbage has long been a staple of the Irish diet, but it was traditionally served with Irish bacon, not corned beef. The corned beef was substituted for bacon by Irish immigrants to the Americas around the turn of the century who could not afford the real thing. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.

Source:  American Greetings

What to wear without looking like a Leprechaun?

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Recipe

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

3 cups good quality vanilla ice cream

1 3/4 cups 1% milk

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Green food coloring if desired

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!

St. Paddy’s Day Treats

OK…This is an Edit, because I have heard from 2 of my most loyal blog followers, as to the blasphemy of Not including Guinness…And according Bruce:  “In Ireland this is considered ‘Mother’s Milk’.  I had 13 pints three years ago on St Pat’s. Woke up the next feeling AWESOME!”  Feeling AWESOME! after 13 pints, is worth a mention!

Oh and regarding the above ecard…Yes it is. 🙂

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And here is a pic of my very own St. Patrick (picture a few years old, but one of my favorites).

xoxo,

T.

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