Sunday, March 17, 2013

We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two
May the sun always shine upon your window pane
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain
May the hand of a friend always be near you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. 
                                                           --traditional Irish blessing

I made the Irish Potato Candies, but no corned beef and cabbage this year, because we were with the grandkids overnight.   Our granddaughter's high school girl's softball team had a fund-raiser, so we attended a spaghetti dinner instead!

Here's my recipe for 
Irish Potato Candy
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. confectioner's sugar
1 pkg. flaked coconut 
4 cups confectioner's sugar
 Mix together, shape into oblong balls
dip in cinnamon Coating
1 tbsp.cinnamon
1 tbsp. cocoa powder

I like the coconut extra fine, so I process it in the food processor, then I simply add the butter, sugar, vanilla, and blend, then slowly add sugar and pulse on slow.  When it is well blended, roll into 1" balls and shape slightly oblong.  Roll in cinnamon-cocoa mixture to resemble potatoes.  
   It makes about 4 dozen, if you can't use that many, save the fondant and form Easter eggs to dip in melted chocolate.  Keeps well in refrigerator.  

Tradition states that St. Patrick used to travel the Irish countryside and use the symbol of the shamrock to explain the trinity- the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  It's Ireland's National Plant and used and worn  in many ways on St. Patrick's Day.  

Four-leafed clovers are supposed to be really lucky, and  I have one in my Etsy shop! 

 My lucky find!
A pretty  silk scarf with Irish landmarks printed on it!  It's in my Etsy shop!

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Since I am posting so late today, I'll leave you with an evening prayer of St.Patrick's.

 "May our sleep be deep and soft, 
So our work be fresh and hard."

 May the blessing of light be with you--
light outside and light within.  
  Love, Linda

1 comment:

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Linda, It is so nice to welcome you to my blog. Thank you for visiting and following. I do appreciate your sweet and kind words. How nice that you are a Jersey Girl too. We don't have too many in blog land. Are you North or South Jersey.