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We had Irish soda bread this afternoon with some tea-as has been a tradition for me since I was a little girl. Irish soda bread has always been a favorite of my fathers, and as such my mom usually had it around on St. Patrick's Day!

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I also made some beef stew with Guinness! We sampled some already- but the rest is ready for St. Paddy's day dinner! I got the recipe from Martha Stewart (of course!), but I changed some bits a little. In case your still looking for an Irish inspired meal to celebrate the day of the green- the recipe is below.

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</span><span style="font-weight: bold;font-size:130%;" >~Irish Beef Stew- with Guinness</span><span style="font-size:130%;">~</span>

* 4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
* 2 pounds new potatoes, scrubbed
* 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
* 1 can (14.9 ounces) Irish stout beer (I used Guinness)
* 10 garlic cloves, sliced
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 1 (10 ounces) frozen baby peas, thawed

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, toss beef with flour; stir in tomato paste. Add potatoes, onions, broth, beer, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
2. Transfer pot to oven, and cook, covered, until meat is fork-tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in peas, and season with salt and pepper.



Hope everyone has a <span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 0);">SUPER St. Patrick's Day.</span> I'll leave you with one of my favorite Irish Blessings....
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</span><span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);font-size:130%;" >~An Old Irish Blessing</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 153, 0);font-size:130%;" >~</span>
<span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">May the road rise up to meet you.</span>
<span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">May the wind always be at your back.</span>
<span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">May the sun shine warm upon your face,</span>
<span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">and rains fall soft upon your fields.</span>
<span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">And until we meet again,</span>
<span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">May God hold you in the palm of His hand.</span>



For pictures of Molly in "her green" click here:<a href="http://watchingourbabygrow.blogspot.com/"> http://watchingourbabygrow.blogspot.com/</a>

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