Sunday, March 18, 2007

Praiseworthy Website: The Art Tea Life

This is actually a sneaky way to post about St. Patrick's Day again!!! The Art Tea Life is a very creative blog that I read frequently. Her post last Wednesday on "Wearin' o The Green" gave a wonderful poem and account of Irish history that I wanted to share it with you. The Irish flag displays a green bar to represent the Catholics and an orange bar to represent the Protestants and a white bar to represent the peace between the two. Art Tea Life's post helps us to understand why even though we are Protestants wearing green is a wonderful thing to do!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day

May the wisdom of God instruct me;
The eye of God watch over me;
The ear of God hear me;
The Word of God give sweetness to my speech;
The hand of God defend me;
And may I follow the way of God this and every day.
-St. Patrick
Make a library run and try out these books with your kids today:
St. Patrick's Day - Mary Cantwell
St. Patrick and Irish Christianity - Tom Corfe
Saint Patrick - Ann Tompert

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Goodbye Sweet Lucy

Jane and Lucy
Jane and Lucy,
originally uploaded by jillpettis.

This is a picture of my Great Aunt Jane and her sister my Great Aunt Lucy. Lucy has the black hair. Lucy passed away last Saturday and in honor of her I'm posting her recipe for Apple Cake. My Aunt Jane loved Lucy's Apple Cake so in a way I'm honoring them both!

Lucy was an interesting person. Her temperament was not all that warm, but she had a hearty laugh and loved her grandchildren. At the funeral they said things like, "she let us get toys out all over and never said anything about it." That's something coming from a woman whose house was spotless every single time I entered it. Really, her floor was SHINY! You could quite happily eat off it as they say. And her BLACK hair was always perfect.

When their mother passed away Lucy said to Jane, "we're the old ones now." Looks like I'm one generation away from the old ones now myself. I thank God that I knew them and I hope that they, their mother, father, sister and brother are having a wonderful homecoming.

For me, I'll just have to wait to see them. But at least I can have the cake.

Lucy's Apple Cake

4 cups chopped Apples

3 cups flour

1 cup oil

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup raisins

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup flaked coconut

Mix apples and sugar and let stand a few minutes until juice forms. Sift flour, soda, salt and add to apples. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into a tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

St. Patrick's Day ideas

My mother is quite a lover of all things Irish. She has Irish heritage and has always loved the people and the culture. I grew up in a house where we celebrated St. Patrick's Day in a family way with good food and drink. The celebration of St. Patrick's day with parades and parties is really mostly an American Irish invention. In Ireland it is celebrated as a holy day to remember Patrick. I have chosen in my own family to celebrate this day by teaching my children about the Irish culture and people and by remembering a man who obeyed God by bringing the gospel to a group of people who had enslaved him. I find this aspect of Patrick, the missionary, to be very inspiring and worth reflecting on every year. In the hopes that you will share this message with your family I have included her a few sites worthy of mention:

The BBC has an excellent program for learning Gaelic, the original language of Ireland called Giota Beag. You can find other links to Gaelic learning here as well.

Lisa Volrath at her site Ten Two Studios is featuring one of her marvelous countdowns. This time featuring downloads for St. Patrick's Day paper crafting.

When I was younger I watched the Masterpiece Theatre's production of The Irish R.M. The ever praiseworthy Librivox is currently at work producing a free audio of this delightful book which isn't finished but you can get started on the finished chapters here.

Last year I posted on my favorite meal for St. Patrick's Day which is the American Irish Corned Beef with cabbage and potatoes. You can read my recipe for Irish Soda Bread here.

jaminacema has a great activity to teach the trinity with a shamrock just as Patrick did here.

Soon I'll post a book list of some of my favorite children's books to read for this day. But until then I hope you'll enjoy these links!