Saturday, March 15, 2008

A wee bit Irish!

Don't we all feel a bit Irish on St. Patty's day? I found the shamrock plates above at Homegoods. I could spend a fortune there. I am off to the grocery to buy my corned beef. We have a parade here and the canal is turned green! It's a lot of fun. Also, there are lots of pubs with Irish fare and green beer!

Here are some good St Patty's Day recipes.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Did you know?
Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland wasn't actually Irish, he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland, near the town of Dumbarton, or in Roman Britain.

The Leprechaun is an Irish fairy. Full grown leprechauns are reported to be about 2 feet tall. They will frequently be clothed in the garb of a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. Frequently scowling, leprechauns are said to resemble small, grumpy old men.

According to legend, leprechauns are unfriendly, live alone. They spend a great deal of their time making shoes. Most importantly, each and every leprechaun possesses a hidden pot of gold.

Treasure hunters should listen for the sound of a shoemaker's hammer, when looking for leprechauns. If caught, the leprechaun must reveal the whereabouts of his pot of gold. But be careful! Keep your eyes on the tricky leprechaun every second. He will try to trick you into looking away, and if you do...PooF! He vanishes and all hopes of finding the treasure are lost.

Every year we go to our Irish fest. We love the band, Brigid' Cross, a folk band from NE Ohio. They play a mix of Irish tunes and mixes of other music. They are so fun.


bj said...

Ummm, I loved this posting about the Irish...especially the little people! :) And, those plates are precious. I do believe you love dishes as much as Mary over at the Little Red House!
Sad thing is that we don't have a HomeGoods here. *pout*
hugs, bj

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!

Rue said...

I think I know someone that might be a Leprechaun, at least the description fits until you get to height LOL
Happy St. Patricks day my friend!
Rue :)

Adrienne said...

Oh dear! This partly Irish girl forgot to celebrate yesterday. I was out having too much fun finding treasures!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. I am having a very blessed Sunday. We just returned from church and will pick up my dear little mother in a bit to have lunch out together. Later today we will travel about an hour south to spend time with my sweetheart's dear step-mother. She's a sweetie! God is good to us and we are blessed!

Cottage Contessa said...

Happy St Paddy's Day Nan sweetie! Love the plates too!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

pumpkin seed said...

What a beautiful table setting! I never do anything special on St Patricks day but that sure inspires me to do something GREEN!

Carletta said...

The part of me that's Irish loves your post - the rest of me too :)
A toast to you Nan!
Happy St. Pat's Day!

Classic Charm said...

Your plates are so adorable - yea I could spend a fortune at Home Goods too. I'm glad I don't have one so close to me otherwise there'd be trouble I'm sure. Happy St. Patty's Day! Sounds like a great party!

Jackie said...

Love your place setting. Shamrocks are just so happy to me. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Meggie said...

I knew St. Patrick was not Irish but I did not know the facts about leprechans. Thanks for the tips, in case I ever find one I will know not to take my eyes off him.

Linda said...

Hi Nan, Love your table setting...we had the traditional dinner too yum. Love all the Irish lore and would love to catch a leprechan...I wouldn't even blink. Hugs, Linda

Susie said...

I'm a bit late for the party :)
Love your table festive!
We had a yummy traditional dinner. Hope yours was great too.

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi Nan~
Hope your St. Pat's was great! We celebrated on Sunday,and it was delicious...Your blog looks and sounds marvelous and makes me want to celebrate all over.
Have a blessed and Happy Easter~~~
xxxoooo Holly