Here in the South, the tulip trees are already in bloom.
Well now if that isn't pretty, I don't know what is!
Also pretty~ this beautiful Lenten Rose from my Mom's garden!!!
Our washing machine broke, so we went up to my Mom's to do a necessary daily load. While it was washing, we went for a walk around her neighborhood.
Happiness is on Grandma's lap!
Slowly but surely, the Spring flowers are coming to life!
Daffodils coming up and in full bloom!
On our walk, Frances took the picture on the left (grape hyacinth- so pretty!), and Madeleine took the picture of the forsythia in full bloom on the right! ;)
I just love Spring- always have, since my birthday is in March, I think- and these early flowers have always been among my very favorite flowers all year long.
Madeleine wanted to take a picture of this Rainbow Brite book at my mom's house... so many memories!The cartoons of my childhood are so much cuter than the cartoons today. Le sigh.
This is funny, because I asked the girls to color an Easter egg, and then cut it out. When I looked a few minutes later, I noticed Frances had drawn a Lenten Easter Egg- purple and black. That's what I get for trying to do Easter crafts too early!
Also funny: In the car on our way to get macarons at a local coffee shop, Molly was singing the line from The Sound of Music "I'd like to stay and taste my first champ-pay... Yes? No." And then baby Annabel made a sound that sounded almost exactly like that next part in the song: "dun duh du du du du du du... dun dun dun dun du du." ;)
Setting our table for St. Patrick's Day!!!
Here is my ~PHFR~ post from last year's St. Patrick's Day!
And can I say I am so excited about seeing this feast day come to life in the blogosphere. I'm already loving this St. Patrick's Day post from Sweet Little Ones, and I can't wait to see the results of another Hooley of Kendra's (10 Quick Tips for Throwing a Great Party) at Catholic All Year!;)
Lenten decor is out. If you're curious, here is my ~PHFR~ post from last year at this time featuring the same Lenten decor.
Shining Light dolls are a big hit around here... such a big hit, in fact, that when I uploaded this and realized I wanted to take another, better picture, the dolls had already been moved and carried away by... who? Someone? Someone 8 and under because there are 10 hands that belong in that category in this house!
Our jar o' beans for Lenten sacrifices.
Up close and personal.
~community~ My cousin Solvi, visiting from Norway
if you don't have anything to wear, never fear #dirty
In light of today's feast day, it is time to pull out the Irish soda bread and the Irish coffee!
Yummy Irish soda bread can be your's! Easy to make, a filling breakfast, etc. This tastes a lot like the scones I make. It was a recipe adapted from an Ina Garten cookbook I used a lot when we were first married.
Yummy Irish Soda Bread
4 c. Flour
4 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. whipping cream
1 c. raisins (or currants)
optional: 1 tbsp. melted butter + brown sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 375.
Add softened butter to flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Incorporate through the dough.
Mix milk and egg, and slowly add to the batter.
Fold in whipping cream.
Add raisins (or currants) and incorporate slowly throughout.
Mix dough. It will be wet. Knead on a floured surface until the dough holds together nicely. Make an X or a snowflake with a serrated knife. Using a plastic baggie, pipe the butter and brown sugar mixture into the X or snowflake shape on top of the bread.
Bake for 40 min.
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