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Put the Kettle on....

I'm a Leprechaun! 
Mar. 18, 2013 2:44 pm 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2013 8:01 pm
Saturday afternoon Jon and I stopped at the restaurant for a brief moment, hoping to catch Federico there to invite him and his family over on St. Patrick's Day for an Irish meal.   We hit the Jackpot, or should I say the Pot of Gold!?  Not only was Federico there, but his wife and three kids were, too!  Jeanette, the oldest, asked why I was making Irish food - so I told her that I was a little bit Irish.  Her eyes lit up and she exclaimed, "So that means I'm 50% Irish!"  I told her, no not really, but everyone was a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so she changed it to 20% Irish.  Yahir was very impressed that I had some Irish in my blood.  "Sooooo...... that means my Grandma is Irish?"  (The kids all call me their Grandma since their real Grandma's live in Mexico and they've only met them once).  "Yes" I told him.  "Soooo...... you are a Leprechaun??!"  I'm not really sure if that's something to be proud of or not, but I told him maybe just a "wee bit of a Leprechaun". 

Sunday afternoon rolled around and my house began to come to life with the sounds of excited children.  I love that sound.  That and the sound of laughter; the kind of laughter that comes from the heart.  We had plenty of that happening, too, as my daughter and son-in-law also joined us. 

For the main meal I made http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Raleys-Irish-Corned-Beef-Stew/Detail.aspx?prop31=4<  .  To go with it, I made http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amazingly-Easy-Irish-Soda-Bread/Detail.aspx?prop31=4<  .  I had never made either one of these recipes and I have to say they were delicious and a huge hit. For dessert I made my own recipe of blackberry cobbler and that was a hit as well.  When we were scraping the last bit of stew out of our bowls, the youngest girl piped up and asked "Are we all Leprechauns now?"  I'm not sure if we're all Leprechauns, but I think I have found my pot of gold in this family! 
Mar. 18, 2013 4:35 pm
A very sweet, kind and loving story. Happy to hear the food was great and everyone had a good time.
Mar. 18, 2013 4:44 pm
What a cute story.....The best ones are always real aren't they. You certainly added a wee bit of Leprechaun magic in thier lives.
Mar. 18, 2013 4:55 pm
Isn't it amazing what children do, say, and believe. You certainly seemed to add some Irish pot of gold to their lives as much as they add to yours. Thank you for a lovely read.
Mar. 18, 2013 5:54 pm
Thanks for stopping in all! Every time we get together with them it is a blast! Like I tell my husband, they make my heart smile!
Mar. 18, 2013 6:03 pm
Mother Ann,i truly enjoyed reading this.You have it right with what you say about the laughing.There's not a better sound is there?
Mar. 18, 2013 6:12 pm
manella - Not a better sound anywhere! :)
Mar. 18, 2013 7:15 pm
Mother Ann I love your energy. Even your icon shows your spirit. My Mom passed away several years ago and listening to you is like hearing the thoughts she might have had as a grandmother. Life is so precious, isn't it??! Thanks so much for the smiles, and keep enjoying those sweet little grand-munchkins!
Mar. 18, 2013 7:20 pm
Ah, what a sweet time to be had with all your kids! Laughter is a wonderful thing!
Mar. 18, 2013 7:45 pm
So sweet! Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Paddy's Day! That's what it's all about! What fun and great memories for the kids!
Mar. 19, 2013 12:52 am
What a sweet story!
Mar. 19, 2013 3:15 am
AZ93 - Funny you called them grand-munchkins! We took them to see a production of the Wizard of Oz and they got such a kick out of the munchkins we now call them Munchkins all the time!
Mar. 19, 2013 3:16 am
Cat - they are fun to be around, that's for sure!
Mar. 19, 2013 3:17 am
mickdee - I don't know why but they seemed to be really fascinated with the whole St. Paddy's day thing. It was fun to spend the day with my "Irish Mexican's"! :)
Mar. 21, 2013 8:01 pm
Mother Ann- Kids are intrigued by so many things. I loved that a little bit of Irish magic touched everyone at your dinner.
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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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