Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Replay

The girls were so excited for their tea party. I was too.
sweet girls looking forward to tea sandwiches, scones, grapes, cookies and tea!

We kept it simple ~ simple is good!

Lemon Raisin Scones with lemon curd and jam

festive cookies
We also had grapes and gluten free brownies for Hannah.
Hannah showed us the proper way to pour tea.

 First, you pour your cream; next add any sugar, if you like.

Then pour your tea.  

Being St. Patrick's Day, we had Irish Breakfast tea, of course.

I believe that even little girls need their very own special tea cup and saucer.  Abbie's I found at an antique shop.  It was made in Germany.  Ellie's I found at the Goodwill.  It was made in England.  Both were each under $5.  Memories for them...priceless. ("Mama, do we get to use theeeese?")

We sipped tea while Mary slept and dreamed of sipping tea, and the men were on their own excursion.

and feasted on corned beef with horseradish, carrots, cabbage and potatoes, and Irish Soda Bread.

Daniel was so excited to be included in this outing.  He must have told me a dozen times how much he liked the corned beef, and that the horseradish wasn't too hot, and how much fun he had.

 As if this wasn't enough, Hannah wanted to cook an entire authentic Irish supper for us.  Celtic music played all afternoon while amazing aromas filled my kitchen. She made
beef stew
 Irish soda bread
 and apple pie.
All from scratch -  
All on her own.
She out-did herself!  It was amazing.  Everything was perfect.  It was so good, that I forgot to take pictures of the meal, but I remembered before we sliced the pie.

 Grampa, you'd be proud of that apple pie!

and then, there was this... crazy sour Yoda Soda.

It was a really fun day making memories, enjoying one another and learning a bit about the Emerald Isle and their traditions.   

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