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Showing posts from March, 2013

Cinnamon-Swirl Irish Soda Bread

I just pulled a loaf of this bread from the oven and the house smells lovely and warm with cinnamon spice. Because it is so very easy and makes excellent toast, I wanted to share it again today on St. Patrick's Day .  Even if you aren't Irish , your family will kiss you for it! {from the archives}     I feel kind of sorry for that plain, pasty looking round of Irish Soda Bread.   Taking it out of the oven and setting it down beside the cinnamon sugared version made it look like it came to the party and forgot to get dressed.   Let me just emphasize how  utterly delicious  this bread was.  It reminded me of the cinnamon scones I used to buy at Starbuck's years ago.  The crumb is dense and if you eat it while still warm, it is as moist as a buttermilk biscuit.  To think that from start to savor it took  only about one hour  to make this bre

Daybook for March 11, 2013

Outside my window... Recent  sunsets have been stunningly beautiful.  The pinks, blues and purples look like watercolor brushstrokes across the twilight sky.  Every chance I get, I dash outside on the deck and snap a picture with my phone. This one was so brilliant that it took me a moment to make sure there wasn't a fire in the distance. I am thankful... for two weeks of rest after a busy basketball season.  Track began last week and both older boys will begin soccer this week.  With  choir practice thrown in that makes for nine individual practice times per week.  Hmmm.  Better get the cooler packed for dinners on the run. I am thinking... about my schedule. (see above)  From March to June time always seems to speed up.  Every weekend is booked with soccer games and track meets as well as our MOMS celebration dinner, the school's Spring Gala and two weekends of Christ Renews His Parish. Not to mention Holy Week, Easter, Spring Break vacation and the end of th

Deep Peace {a Gaelic blessing}

Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the gentle night to you. Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace of Christ, of Christ the light of the world to you. Deep peace of Christ to you.