Traditional Irish Recipes: Dublin Lawyer, Limerick Ham, Colcannon, Brown Scones and Irish Soda Bread

Irish Food Favorites: They're Not Just for Saint Patty's Day Anymore  The following link is to five traditional Irish recipes including Dublin Lawyer, Limerick Ham, Colcannon, Brown Scones and Irish Soda Bread. No one is quite sure how "Dublin Lawyer" got it's name. It's an old, Irish recipe that's decadent in every way and makes a great, romantic dinner. Dublin Lawyer combines butter-sauteed lobster meat with a Jameson Irish Whiskey flambe and rich, heavy cream. The recipe serves two and is served on the half-shell. ...more

Happy Girls' Day

March 3rd is Girls' Day in Japan. It is a day to celebrate your little girls and wish them happiness and growth for the coming year. You can read more about it here and here. Every year, the girls' Nana buys them each a hina, a princess doll, that we display in the house. The traditional dolls are porcelain and wear beautiful kimonos. They are displayed in enormous glass cases....more

early bird

This blog follows the journey of my 4th pregnancy from the fleck we saw at the first ultrasound to the birth and nicu stay of my beautiful little bird born at 27 weeks and 4 days. The bane of my life is my antiphospholipid syndrome which has caused 3 miscarriages, including the loss of our son, Max, at 21 weeks. ...more

Home-made valentines: what a treat!

Last year I totally forgot to send out Christmas cards, so I made valentines for my loved ones instead. This year, I had the pleasure of attending a "Make Victorian Valentines" fundraiser -- what fun! ...more

Chinese New Year: Do's and Don'ts for a Lucky, Prosperous Year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year this year falls on February 14, 2010: Valentine's Day. It's different every year, since the dates on the lunar calendar are different. Perhaps it's a good sign for this Year of the Tiger. picapp_gallery("55257","7522420,4159128,7856412,7856411,7875526,7856425,7856415,7875517,7865724,7522421,7856414","Chinese New Year 2010: Year of the Tiger","1","1","2") ...more
this may sound silly because im not very educated much about chinese new year. is it good to ...more

Valentine's Day - To Recycling With Love

Valentine’s Day is a festival of cards, candy, and flowers. During this holiday, 65% of all US households will exchange greeting cards, 38% will give or receive candy, and 32% will turn to flowers to say, “Will you be my Valentine?” ...more

Have An Organic Valentine's Day!

What do you do if you are a romantic and want to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone?  You don't want to betray your heart-felt feelings of social and environmental sustainability, yet you want to show your heart-felt feelings of personal affection.... ...more

For next years´ Valentine´s Day!

Cadbury Dairy Milk is now Fair Trade Certified in Canada ...more

Calling Loudly, “J.D. Salinger”

In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....more

Why Bonnie Tyler still rocks my world

I have been tagged by the lovely Mummy Unlimited on a favourite song meme. I need to choose a song that has a special memory attached (rather than just my favourite song). I clarify this because this song is certainly not my favourite, I am a child of the 80's but mostly that's where my love of it ends; I have not joined the 80's revival, and will never ever backcomb my hair. Again.However this song, makes me laugh for the memory it brings back....more

Cleaning Up From the Holidays - One Broken Ornament at a Time

Well I finally got all the Christmas Decorations packed up and put away.  No, I am NOT one of those who think it is acceptable to leave the decorations until, like, Valentine's Day.  You know the people that I'm talking about though; the ones whose house you drive by on July 4th, and they still have the damn wreath hanging on the front door and the lights still attached to the gutters....more
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