March 17, 2010

Happy St. Pattys Day!

by Shelly

I love St. Patrick’s Day! Green happens to be one of my fav colors, I love Irish beer, Leprechauns are funny and Ireland is across the water from my fav country…Scotland! Hee hee! 

But seriously, every year the thought of corned beef and cabbage just makes me drool. I absolutely love it and it reminds me of my childhood. So of course I have a pot of corned beef brisket simmering away on the stove until this evening when it will just fall apart and be absolutely yummy! Also, this year I attempted Irish Soda Bread..we’ll see how that turns out this evening when we have some with dinner.

Ireland has a soft spot in my heart since it was part of our 1 year wedding anniversary trip back in 2005. I had never been across the pond before and well, being an anglophile…this was a problem! My husband lived in London for a short time on a study abroad right after college. So of course he felt it was his duty to show his girl where he had spent some time in his younger years and tell me all the funny stories of his time there.

I could go on and on about that memorable trip. It seriously was a life changer for me. We even took a very long train ride to Aberdeen, Scotland to see where my family is from and my family castle. Well, if you can call it a castle. But hey, how many people can say they have one of those in their fam right?!

The ferry ride over to Northern Ireland…of course we’re drinking beer!

From Scotland we took the ferry ride over to Northern Ireland…. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! Northern Ireland not the ferry ride.  We were told things were calm, safe and totally normal while we were there. Well, I guess so, but I will say that we got quite a few looks when we would walk back to our bed and breakfast every day which happened to be in the Catholic part of town.

We got a major history lesson taking a taxi ride tour of the murals around Belfast. By the end we were still not sure who was right, who was wrong…it all just seemed like a waste of time and energy fighting. 
From Belfast we took another longish train ride down to Dublin which was where we were going to end our trip, spend our actual anniversary night at, and fly home from. We were pretty much exhausted from our two week travels. By the time we got to Dublin all we could think of was….
PUB CRAWL!
Anyone who’s been to Dublin knows of the infamous Temple Bar area. It’s literally pub after pub after pub. We were told by our hotel that many people just do a pub crawl in the area when they visit. And of course, we thought, “yeah that’s a great idea..let’s do that!”. Famous last words.
First bar….we look sober and sweet.
Second bar…still looking relatively composed!
And this is where things start to look ugly! I think the beer is working!
This is the calm before the storm. I remember trying to compose myself as we had lunch. 
But obviously, it didn’t work! Smashed!
We had a great time in Ireland. It was beautiful and the people were very friendly. We would love to go back again and see the west coast and get out of the cities a bit. 
Happy St. Patty’s Day to you all! I’ll be raising my glass of green beer to you all later!

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Chris Copeland March 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I'm so jealous. Someday I'll make it to Ireland (and Europe in general). And Corn Beef and Cabbage sounds good. Can you send some to Colorado?

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Shelly @littlemrsdoitall March 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

You seriously must try and go Chris!It seriously opens your eyes. Our next trip there will be to Germany to visit some good friends of ours. Can't wait!

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Johanna March 18, 2010 at 1:34 am

I have my corn beef and cabbage simmering as well…can't wait to dig in! And…I also did that pub crawl in Dublin when I was in college. So fun! My very favorite part of Ireland was the Aran Islands. Absolutely GORGEOUS! Many blessing to you and your family on this St. Patty's day!

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Andrea March 18, 2010 at 4:31 am

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for having us over for some awesome grub :) So happy to have some great neighbs living next door!

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