Being Irish and German has always been very important to me.
My mother's mothers side of the family was Irish and were quiet willowy people, with tempers and curses to match. My mother and her brother both had Auburn hair, while the rest of the family had black hair.
My mothers fathers side of the family were German, They were loud and large and broad shouldered, with fierce tempers and jet black hair.
While the Irish side of my family never told of the "Old" Country often, I did hear about the great potato famine and of how green and lush the land looked.
One of my favorite stories told was of the little people and how they caused great mischief to the towns people.
My family is very superstitious, and believes in all the wives tales and dark magic that Ireland holds so dear.
When I was younger, my mother and I were in the kitchen together and all of the sudden the broom fell to the floor. It was perched in a corner and there was no way it could have fallen itself. My mother took off her apron and picked up the broom, then she looked at me and said company is coming...
Ten minutes later my Great Aunt Rosie showed up.
My Aunt asked my mother if she minded the intrusion, but my mother just smiled and said how the broom had fallen and she knew somebody was coming to supper....They both just smiled and My Aunt said that happens time to time at her house too.
I throw salt over my left shoulder if it spills.
I grow rosemary by my garden gate
I keep a black cat around the house for luck (black cats are not bad omens)
If the back door opens by itself, a deceased loved one has come for a visit, and if a broom falls, I usually pull out the ice tea and cake.
St. Patricks Day History
St. Patrick's Day honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Americans march in parades, dance the Irish jig and gather to sing Irish songs. People wear green in memory of Ireland, the Emerald Isle and wear shamrocks, clover with three leaves.
March 17 was not the day St. Patrick was born but the day he died. Even though we don't know the date of his birth, most scholars believe the year was 385 AD and the year of his death was 461 AD.
St. Patrick was born in Wales, studied religion to become a priest and then went to Ireland to teach the people about God.
There are many wonderful stories about St. Patrick.
The most famous legend is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. The Irish will tell you that you cannot find a snake throughout the whole country of Ireland .
For this year and all the past years since I became a wife, I have made Cabbage and potato's.
Before going Vegan, I would cook a roast beef to go along with it.
By the way, I hate corned beef with a passion...
Cabbage, potatoes, celery and carrots....There would be an onion too, but I have none in the house.
Leftover seitan from ribletz, heated up.
(Kaitlynne is named after my great, great grandmother Kathryn Mears)
I am off to go walk the track with my daughter. This is the first time since I was sick, that I have gotten the nerve to try and walk, so wish me luck! (Not that I need it today!)
(That means until we meet again)