Moments of happy for St. Patrick's Day...
1. My little Shamrock Bear. Found in a box of toys that Emma and I went though this last week. (Yes, we are still going through boxes, but have only the boxes of books left now. Dancing an Irish reel!) I have had this bear for years and years. I saw him dressed in his green knit sweater with an embroidered shamrock one year while shopping before St. Patrick's Day and fell in love. He's going to keep me company in my sewing room.
2. A book finished. Don't Tell the Girls by Patricia Reilly Giff. A beautifully written memoir by an Irish American author who follows clues which take her to Dublin in search of her ancestors' past. It was a sweet and sometimes humorous book filled with gorgeous pictures and history. I found it in the Juvenile Biography section of our public library, so it is easy reading. I can't wait for Emma to read it.
As I read Patricia's stories of her Irish American Nana, I couldn't help but think of my beautiful Irish American Gran with her greenest of green eyes and the amazing work that some of my relatives have done over the years to preserve my family's history. My aunt and uncle gave me the most special wedding gift - a book full of family pictures, letters, poetry, anecdotes, maps, and a genealogy of my father's side of the family. It remains one of my most treasured possessions to this day.
3. A book started. In the Company of Others by one of my very favorite authors, Jan Karon. With the announcement of a new Mitford book coming this September, I decided that I had best finish the Father Tim novels. In the Company of Others is the only one I haven't finished yet. Father Tim Kavanagh takes a trip to Ireland and uncovers old family secrets. (I'm seeing a definite theme in my reading these days, no?) Jan Karon said, "Of all the novels I've written, In the Company of Others is my personal favorite, my dark-haired child." My interest is piqued, and just in time for St. Paddy's Day.
4. Andes Chocolate Mint Cupcakes. Found on Pinterest. Recipe here. Chocolate cupcakes with the tops dipped in chocolate mint ganache, iced with a mint cream cheese buttercream frosting, drizzled with chocolate syrup, and topped off with an Andes Mint. The kids' favorite St. Patrick's Day dessert. Works for me!
May your troubles be less and your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness come through your door. - An Irish Blessing
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. Slainte!"