Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pot of Gold Muffins!

I love all the holidays but of all the different random holidays, St. Patrick’s day holds a special place in my heart; it’s also my mother’s birthday!  I’ve heard stories all my life of when my mother was born on St. Patrick’s day,  in Holy Cross hospital, a Catholic hospital with nuns roaming the halls.  Though my grandmother was not of the Catholic faith, the nun’s insisted that this little baby girl be a Patricia.  My sweet mother complied and gave my mother the middle name Patricia.  Last week, when my mom was down for a visit with my dad, she told me that she had tried and tried to find Irish heritage in our genealogy—but to no avail—so the only Irish thing about her is her middle name (darn it).

On that same visit, my mom and I had fun hunting down St. Patty’s day items that we could use in our homes.  I found some cute cupcake papers so today for a little more festive breakfast, we had “Pot of Gold Muffins”!


Really, they’re just corn-meal muffins made from the recipe at the back of the cornmeal box with various rainbow sprinkles on them.  I figure they’re a little more appetizing visually than something dyed green (though tomorrow I will be doing something green).  My son is impressed!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Lucky Door-Hanger

This year, I’ve resolved that I will start decorating more for the various holidays that my family has traditions for.  As the next holiday for us is St. Patrick’s Day (as well as my mom’s Birthday) I really wanted to get a couple of cute decorations to get into the spirit of things.  I found one really cute welcome sign at Michael’s, but I couldn’t find another decoration that really did anything for me.  I feel like a liar buying, let alone displaying something that says “Irish Blessings” because let’s face it, no matter how hard my mother tries to find Irish ties in our genealogy, I’m not Irish :(.  I guess no fun songs about “Irish eyes” or “She’s my dear my darling one” can be sung for me.  Dang it!

So anyway, I wanted something a little classy with a little bling to fit my personal style.  After searching around a few stores I had a great idea.  This is what I came up with:IMG_7704It’s a felt placemat that was at Marshall’s that I covered with fine emerald glitter, punched with a hole and now is proudly hanging on my door—facing in of course!  It makes me feel so lucky I found it and had such a brilliant idea!