Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day March 17, Food, Crafts, Shamrock Symbolism

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

My family is Scottish, Irish and English, so yes we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, do you? we eat cornbeef, cabbage, carrots and red potatoes and Irish Soda Bread, recipe at the bottom of this page. We will also have Watergate Salad just because it so delicious and green.

Follow the ways of your annestors. -Old Irish proverb 

"The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace." Psalms 29:11

I made cookies for Saint Patrick's Day Here is the Recipe

Pistachio Shamrock Cookies
Makes about 18 cookies
The pistachio nuts give these shortbread-like cookies a delicate light green hue. If you’re of the mind that when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, greener is better, you can add a dab of green food coloring to the dough. Ice these cookies with tinted royal icing, dust with confectioners’ sugar, or simply eat plain.

Place in a food processor and pulse until finely ground:
- 1 cup pistachio nuts (unsalted)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Beat with an electric mixer until light:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
Add and beat thoroughly:
- Nut mixture from above
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Green food coloring (optional)
Whisk together, then add and beat to incorporate:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4-inch thickness and cut with your favorite Ann Clark cookie cutters, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until just barely browned around the edges. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I got this recipe from Make More Cookies

Shamrock Symbolism
Symbolic shamrock meaning got its most popular reputation in Ireland around the fifth century. During this time Saint Patrick was going about the business of introducing and establishing Christianity among the people.

Nature has a way of revealing deep symbolism on a simplified level. How so? Well, in my experience, I've found nature is composed of a pure consciousness, so that means the messages we receive from nature are also pure and refreshingly simple.
St. Patrick must have understood this as legend indicates he utilized the three
Leafed clover as an illustration of the Christian holy trinity. St. Patrick tuned
into the natural triad of the shamrock, and as clover was so prevalent on the
Irish hillsides, the shamrock seemed a natural, logical visual-aid for making
his point. Patrick was passionate about sharing his faith with the people of
Ireland, and cleverly found associated each leaf of the clover with an aspect of
the Holy Trinity. These are as follows:
The Shamrock Represents the Trinity Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Read More at What's Your Sign she has a lot of interesting things on her site.

I made a card for Saint Patrick's Day

I found this great set of Hero Arts Fancy Dies Alphabet set perfect size, I was going to use them on my card but then found little clips of words from some lovely paper called Graphic 45.  I cut them out and attached them to the card. I used cute clovers from the Lucky Leaves dies by Memory Box. I used Swarovski Crystals in the center of my Shamrocks.

They are called Lucky Leaves by Memory Box.

Hero Arts  Even though I ended up not using them this time they are the perfect size for card making, not to big and not to small I love them. They were reasonably priced as well.  

Last Year I tried these cupcakes by Gooseberry Patch
 I have them posted in a past post

Dessert from yesterday Emerald Isle Cupcakes, they are very good made with pistachio
pudding mix and cream cheese frosting.
The recipe was found at the gooseberry patch blog it's from their 101 cupcakes, cookies and brownie recipe book.
Here is the recipe in case that one gets deleted I will post it here.
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
3 4 oz package of instant pudding mix
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I made homemade cream cheese frosting but the recipe says 16 oz container of cream cheese frosting
Green sprinkles or other candy sprinkles
In your kitchenaid combine flour, sugar, dry pudding mix, baking powder and salt. In another bowl beat in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, add to flour mixture and mix well until throughly blended. Fill in Saint Patrick Day decorated paper liners and bake at 375 degrees fro 20 minutes or so until toothpick comes out clean.
Eat up Yum!

Favorite Soda Bread

4 cups white flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 cups sour milk

Preheat oven to 400 F. Sift dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center. Add sour milk and stir together with a wooden spoon. The dough should be thick but not too wet. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form with hands into a round loaf. Place the loaf into a cast iron frying pan or heavy round casserole dish that has been greased with butter. Score the top in the form of a cross with a wet knife. Bake for 40 minutes. Bread should cool for an hour before serving.

Note: Soda bread is a daily fare in Ireland, made fresh for breakfast and tea. If the loaf is made with whole-meal wheat flour, it is known as brown bread; if made with unbleached white flour, it is Irish Soda bread and is made with sour milk, not butter milk, or soured by adding vinegar or lemon juice. To sour milk, simply leave it out overnight.

Crochet Headbands

I crochet a few headbands this one I gave to Kirsten because her hair is dark, they have little Swarovski Crystals in the center of the 4 leaf clovers.

I made the dark one for my hair because it is light, you can't see it very well in the photo, but it is cute on.
This is a Red Heart Free Pattern it is called Shamrock Headband but it is a actually a Four Leaf 

ha ha I'm green!

Colcannon is very popular in Ireland as well, but I don't fix it.

Recipes are always best with photos....

So those are some things I did this week.

Yes I am always crafting one mentioned to me, that is because crafting is therapy for me now that I am older and have many pain issues.
I have always been this way since I was a teenager. Not as much as now just a wee bit back then I was a bit more into sports as a teenager, swimming and hiking the Sierra Mountains, Snow Sports with friends, Youth Church actives and Youth Church Choir where we traveled from one church to another singing on the weekends and being guest in families homes while we were guest in their churches, it was a lot of fun and it kept me grounded and I was able to learn a lot about the bible. I am very happy I a had the opportunity to be involved in that. But that was when I was more of a social butterfly, these days my life is with a few friends and mostly family. I do occasionally get more involved in the church activities but then it is for a short spell, I have just not been able to commit to much these days. Perhaps later I will get back to it.     

What did you do this week?

Happy Sunday! ~Kat

1 comment:

  1. I am not much of a cook, my hubby wants me to make cook cabbage with kielbsa and carrots, I need to find that recipe for him. Love your headbands cute idea!


Have a wonderful day! ~Kat