St. Patrick’s Day & Our Favorite Holidays — 32 Comments

  1. I am so running to the store for cornned beef. I just googled “traditional Irish corner beef recipe” and it turns out that that is the exact way that I have always cooked it. Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

    • Excellent! Glad to help, Evie!!
      I know I’ll be cooking corned beef tonight to make my husband happy, but I’m SO in the mood for one of those peppermint schnapps milk shakes for dessert… 😉
      Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. Happy St Patrick’s Day to you, Marilyn. Other than family birthdays, parents’ wedding anniversary, Easter, Christmas and Lunar New Year, we don’t celebrate any special holidays together. But I love the online celebration of Jane’s birthday because none of my real-life friends understand my love and obsession for Austen’s works.

    Thanks for the giveaway alert, Marilyn.

    • Thanks so much, Lúthien!
      And I agree with you — it’s really, really nice to know that other Austen friends online understand how wonderful JA’s work is, even when some friends or family nearby might not quite get it! I’m so glad that her birthday is a holiday that you and I and everyone who shares our love of Jane can celebrate together 🙂 .

    • I so understand your statement about how “none of my real-life friends understand my love and obsession for JA’s works”. I am now buying some children’s JA versions for my granddaughter in hopes I can influence her.

  3. Jane Austen had her own ‘Irish connection’ in Tom Lefroy and was a fan of Irish music-I can’t help thinking she’d approve of our celebrations, Marilyn. I have never been to Ireland so I’m very envious of your trips!

    • Jane, I’m so glad you mentioned Tom Lefroy! I should have thought to include him in my post… Yes, JA would always think of him I’m sure. 🙂 And I didn’t know she was a fan of Irish music! Thanks for sharing that with me!! xo

    • Monica, if you like mint-flavored things, I think you’ll enjoy peppermint schnapps 😀 .
      In college, I was introduced to it as a wonderful winter drink: Hot cocoa + a dash of peppermint schnapps + whipped cream on top, so it has multiple beverage uses, LOL.

  4. I don’t do St. Patrick’s Day…simply because I never have I think. DH says he’s Scottish so it doesn’t apply. LOL I’ve had peppermint schnapps but no one wants that story. It tastes like mouthwash that will land you on your tailfeathers… 😉 We celebrate every March 22 because that’s the day we decided to meet outside of the computer (DH and I met online) so there’s a mandatory date night every year (16 years now). Other than that, I think we just celebrate all the usual ones. I do make a special meal on the first day of spring and the first day of summer to celebrate the warmer (or soon to be warmer) weather. I am longing for warm days and fresh veggies! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Marilyn!

    • Oh, Stephanie!
      Someday…when we meet in person…you’ll have to tell me your peppermint schnapps story! 😀
      And CONGRATS on 16 years with your hubby!! I consider you two trailblazers, meeting online like that in the late ’90s. I’m not sure my DH even knew how to use a computer search engine back then, LOL. And I hear you about the desire to celebrate the warmer weather. I can’t tell you how glad I am, too, that spring is almost here!!

      • You’ve Got Mail (with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) had already come out and I felt so very much tied to the movie while DH were emailing back and forth because I would dash home to log into AOL (cue the dialing sounds) and wait to hear “You’ve Got Mail”. =D I still watch that movie with fondness because it reminds me of when we were dating. LOL

        • I *love* that movie, Stephanie!!
          It’s been ages since I’ve seen it…sigh. Must watch it again soon.
          And LOL about those dial-up sounds! Yeah, I remember those, too 😀 .

  5. I saw a PBS on the gardens of Ireland and would LOVE to go. Gosh, you can even sign up for weekend cooking lessons at some of the gardens and that would be right up my alley. The pics look sooooo yummy! Great fun! ~Jen Red~

    • Jen, ohhh, yes!
      If you love gardens, you will love Ireland 😉 . We were there in summer, and it was so gorgeous and lush. I love that they have cooking lessons at some of the gardens — didn’t know about that!! How incredibly fun that would be. Hope you’ll get to do that sometime and then tell us all about it! <3

  6. I know it sounds strange, but Holy Week is my favorite holyday. I love the solemnity of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, then the utter joy of Easter morning! 🙂 The Anglican Triduum services I attend are simply amazing and are probably much like the ones that Jane herself attended.

    My favorite part (which would not have happened during Jane’s time!) is an ecumenical Stations of the Cross on Good Friday when Catholics, Protestants, and even Evangelical Protestants walk the 14 Stations together, listening to Scripture and sing a hymn at each cross with the scent of orange groves in bloom wafting over us. Then we leave in contemplative silence after the fourteenth cross. It’s amazing–words can’t describe the depth and breadth of feeling there.

    Not very holiday-ish, but it is my favorite time of year. Wishing all a happy remembrance of Saint Patrick! 🙂

    Susanne, with corned beef in her crock pot…. 😉

    • Susanne,
      How was the corned beef in your crock pot??!
      I had to get offline to go grocery shopping/errand running and make dinner here, too, but it was fun having a little St. Patrick’s Day feast tonight 😉 .
      And I think it’s wonderful that you love Holy Week so much! My mom’s absolute favorite holiday is Easter, so there are special little traditions from her childhood that she still incorporates into our family’s celebration every year. Hope you’ll have a lovely one — it’s coming up fast!!

  7. I enjoyed reading about the dates you celebrate in your family–we don’t really celebrate dates in our house other than birthdays, anniversaries, and national holidays, but we do acknowledge certain dates. For example, every January 20th my husband and I say to each other, “Hey, we got engaged on this day back in 1995!” and on July 31st, we always say, “Remember? This is the day we bough the house in 1997.” Not celebrations, but remembrances, I guess.

    By the way, I visited Ireland for the first time last summer and can’t wait to go back! It was so GREEN! And we’ll be having corned beef to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this evening, but it will be in a Reuben with Swiss cheese made in Ireland.

    • Amy,
      My husband will want to go over to your house for that Reuben!! (Though we had corned beef here, too, it wasn’t with Swiss cheese, which he also loves. 😉 ) And I know what you mean about Ireland being so green!! Wasn’t it gorgeous?
      As for days of remembrance, we do that a lot as well. I think that’s one of the gifts that come from living with someone over the decades…all of those accumulated special moments we share. It’s nice to have a bunch of happy dates to look back on together!

    • Oh, Jessica, thank you so much!
      It’ll be my first time at SOKY, so I’m really looking forward to being part of the book fest. As for Diana G…well, I’m excited about her talk & hoping she’ll have some good Sam Heughan stories to tell us, too! 😀

  8. For me…substitue Baily’s for the Peppermint Snapps. My son created that little thing for his mom. For his mother he knew to make it a little stronger than normal. He left the resturant where he first made it but they still have it on the menu. Have a wonderful time at SOKY. I have seen numerous panels and interviews with Diana G. Not only is she a great writer but she seems like she would be a lot of fun. We will all be thinking of you and and will try not to be too jealous while you are there.

    • Maggie,
      Baily’s — YUM!! That *is* good. And what a brilliant son you have to create a special drink just for you 😀 .
      Thanks for the good wishes for SOKY. I cannot wait to go (!!), but I will bring back as many stories to share as I can and will try to pass along the fun virtually. xox

  9. I so wish I lived close enough to Bowling Green KY to attend that event…JA and Outlander – my favorites! My husband and I did a B&B in Ireland from Dublin south and west up to Shannon. I did the Ring of Kerry bus tour (amazing history and scenery) alone while my husband golfed at Killeen. Bought 2 sweaters while visiting Blarney. Visited the port at which the Titanic docked, toured the Waterford glass factory, etc.

    We eat corned beef on more than just St. Patrick’s Day and since we had leftovers from such last week I didn’t cook it again. It is such an easy meal with all in one pot. I did have a Reuben sandwich yesterday which was delicious! We don’t celebrate any unusual day. Susanne, I have to agree – that (as a member of the choir in the past) the Lenten week was always special with the washing of the feet and the Stations of the Cross.

    • Sheila,
      I wished you lived closer to Bowling Green, too — I would love to get to meet you in person!
      For me, it’s going to be a bit of a road trip (I’m way up in northern IL, so it’ll be a 7 or 8 hour drive), but worth it this year 😉 .
      Loved reading about your visit to Ireland — you and your husband got to do a lot! We visited several of the sites you mentioned, but did not do any golfing. I think my hubby would have liked that!! Hopefully, someday, we’ll get to go back…

  10. Great post, Marilyn – the recipes made my mouth water.
    I haven’t an ounce of Irish blood in me so don’t celebrate St Patrick’s Day, although I have visited Ireland and found it a beautiful country.
    My son is at college in the USA and manages to celebrate St Patrick’s Day every year – but that may be more to do with looking for distractions from studying …

    • Juliet,
      So glad you enjoyed the recipes!!
      And LOL about your son’s St. Pat’s celebrations! I suspect there are a great many college students who find themselves adding new holidays to their roster of celebrations just to have a good reason for a study break 😀 .

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