Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

St. Patrick's Day

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- an Old Irish Blessing

Scones for Breakfast
Scones Recipe at Household Ways
The Oxford English Dictionary traces the word "scone" in print to 1513. This book suggests the history of the word is derived from Middle Dutch (schoonbrot) or Middle German (schonbrot), meaning "fine bread." Scones that we know today are leavened with modern baking powder/soda, both mid-19th century inventions. Scones are traditionally connected with Scotland, Ireland and England.
If scones don't appeal to you than perhaps Breakfast Potato Skins?

Treasure Hunt
Before we went off to bowling with friends the boys went on this treasure hunt.

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An Irish Dinner
During dinner we listened to Irish music.
Potato-Leek Soup
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish Soda Bread
Fresh Key Lime Pie
Minty Milkshakes
Minty Milkshakes
mint ice cream, milk and since our ice cream was white, green food coloring
Corned beef and cabbage is a purely American tradition. However, Colcannon, boiled new potatoes mixed with boiled cabbage and leeks or onions to which is added butter, milk and wild garlic, is more of an actual Irish dish. In Ireland, the use of cabbage dates back to the Celts. In Medieval Europe cabbage (cole) often in combination with members of the onion family, were the food of the common man. Potatoes were introduced to to Europe by 16th century explorers. They were first regarded as curiosities, not readily embraced as food. The French, then the Irish, were among the first to recognize the fact that potatoes could keep a nation from starving, and so recipes for potato and cabbage dishes were inevitable.

Being Thankful
Printouts available at Jesse Kate Designs
A good time to look at all the treasures of the heart and see just how lucky we are.

Another study of Ireland at Adventures in Homeschooling

4 comments:

  1. the food looks good!! thank you for the cute irish blessing!!

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  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you,too, Phyliss!

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  3. A blessed,lucky family indeed! Minty milkshakes sound most marvelous madam! (We had pancakes with green sprinkles for supper :) What a fun, fun day y'all had. Treasure hunt and all.

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