The holidays

are fast approaching and I am far from ready.  The tree is up and it’s bare limbs mock me every day. Sweet hubby has done some baking but it too is far from finished.  I have most of the shopping done; have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to go back to Meijers to get the ham, GFS to pick up more eggs and a veggie tray; K-mart to pick up something for Mimi; Ollie’s to pick up something for the fiance of the youngest and then home to clean, decorate, pack cookies to ship to the assorted in-laws, finish doing cards, go to the post office and in between times eat and if I am really, really lucky maybe a quick nap.

The oldest one is arriving early for the holidays and will be showing up sometime tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully all the presents that I ordered online will start arriving by Friday – that would be a good thing!!  Have already received some of them, just waiting for the rest.

Tomorrow night we will take pizza to Mimi.  It will give her a chance to visit with the oldest one and also the littlest one when she shows up after work.  Then Sunday there are tentative plans to visit with Pops and have dinner with him and his sister-in-law.   Christmas day will find us hosting my niece and her hubby; now this is making me nervous as she has never been here, we have always met at restaurants.

I guess I better call this a night since it just slipped into Thursday already.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

image A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Thank you friends and gentle readers.

Just wanted to share a recipe for Irish Soda Bread. I was looking for an easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread and was given this one by a co-worker many years ago. Enjoy!

Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons caraway seeds (I omit these as we don’t like them, except in rye bread)
1/2 stick margarine (or butter)
1 1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in caraway seeds. Cut in margarine (butter) until mixture is crumbly. Add raisins and sugar. In a separate dish combine buttermilk, egg and baking soda. Stir into flour mixture until just moistened.
Turn dough onto a floured board and knead a few times until smooth. Shape into a large ball (or two smaller ones) and place in the center of a well greased 9 inch cake pan. Press down slightly. With a sharp, floured knife, make a 4 inch cross, 1/4 inch deep in the center of the dough.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until loaf is nicely browned.
Cool on rack

We bake ours on a cookie sheet on top of parchment paper – much easier to clean up.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is full of laughter and friends.

[This was supposed to be typed and submitted earlier today. It was delayed by shoveling and chopping ice covered snow on top of more ice; then cooking dinner for the in-laws.]