This sign hangs beside our front door. Most of our Irish housewares were gifts to Mr. Darcy from his mother.
As most of you know, our last name IS Sullivan. Mr. Darcy's paternal grandmother, whom our fourth child is named after (Charlotte Alice) came to America from Ireland through Ellis Island, by herself, when she was a young girl.
This St. Patrick's Day was special for our eldest daughter, Audrey. It marked her first Irish dancing public performances; as she danced at three different Irish businesses this year. Here she is getting ready to leave for the first one. The costume for the St. Patrick's Day performances this year was a white shirt and navy skort.
She performed the soft shoe jig and light reel, had a really great time, and did a fantastic job (if I do say so myself)! It was good practice for Audrey, who will be competing in her first Irish Dancing competition very soon. Audrey also takes violin lessons and her teacher's specialty area is Irish fiddle, so she gets both classical and Irish fiddle each week.
Besides the sign outside our house we have a few lovely Irish things inside, including...
The traditional Celtic House Blessing, which is "May the spirit of this house bring joy to all who enter".
This blessing (made via stone on paper) hangs in our Dining Room)
And this sign, which means "Blessing" hangs in our Kitchen
We always do a traditional Irish dinner for St. Patrick's Day (usually corned beef with my special brown mustard glaze, potatoes and cabbage, and Irish Soda Bread). But we have Irish dinners other times as well. Of the three Irish cookbooks that we own, this is my favorite:
This year instead of Irish Soda Bread. We made Breda Power's Bread from this cookbook. It is delicious. Here is the recipe:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3 1/2 cups wholewheat flour
1 1/3 cups plain white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 rounded teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure Irish honey
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cups buttermilk
1 egg--free range if possible (I use one of our duck eggs as it makes for a lighter bread but you can use a free range chicken egg if you don't have ducks)
Grease a large loaf pan with oil. Mix all the dry ingredients together and make a well in the center. Beat the oil, honey, buttermilk and egg together and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix to a nice soft dough and knead lightly. Place the dough in the pan, cover with foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.
I love being able to share with my kids all of the different cultures in their family lineage. By learning where they came from, they can have a better view of where they are going. The Irish celebrations in our home are just one of the ways we do that. What special things do you do in your home to celebrate your lineage?
This post is linked up with the meme at Meet Penny.