Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
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
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.
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!