While the power outage left us in the dark, I found some light at my dear parent's home! My mother was born and raised in Ireland, and her townhouse has touches of Ireland throughout. During my several day stay there I found myself perusing through her book collection. Many Irish books sat on the shelf in the guest room, but one really stood out "In An Irish House". It was perfect, just what I needed to get me in a good mood! This book was purchased in Dingle, Ireland for 10 pounds in the early 1990's.
It is written by Sybil Connolly the famous Irish Fashion designer whose dresses clothed the likes of Jackie O! Sybil states in her forward that this book aims to tell the story of life how it is lived, towards the end of the 20 century. You will find beautiful photographs, recipes and stories by the owners of these homes. It’s very romantic and brings me back to simpler times!
I have chosen some of my favorite rooms and house to share, including a few recipes I hope you like.
I have also chosen 11 bloggers for the Liebster Award, this is based on their content and that I simply enjoy them! They have followers under 200 but lets get the word out about them and that may change very soon!!
Such Good Style I- Dream -Of Carla Aston JPD School of Design
Ellen M Hill DonnaViningblog LeeannThornton The Ginger Parasol
SoChic-Events PowellBrower Birds of a FeatherDesign
Tell us 11 things about yourselves, link back to the blogger that nominated you. You then choose 5 to 11 blogs that have less than 200 followers but have wonderful information to share and nominate them for the award! No tag backs, thanks!
On with the Irish images!
|Sybil Connolly in her wonderful 71 Merrion Square, Dublin home.|
|Sybil Connolly's Bedroom.|
|Leixlip Castle, which was revived by Desmond Guinness.|
|Baron's court, County Tyrone.|
|Leixlip's amazing tub!!|
|Celbridge Lodge, County Kildare. I love the color of this room!|
|The above three images are of Birr Castle, a favorite childhood place for me,! Was not far from my grandfathers home in County Offaly.|
|Oh how I love a cupboard full of blue and white china!|
Ballynacourty, County Limerick
|This stair case is gorgeous, The Provost's House-Trinity College in Dublin.|
|I love the Irish sense of humor even in vignettes!|
1 LB of flour
1 1/2 tsp of finely grated ginger
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/3 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of margarine
3/4 cup of treacle or molasses
10 oz of milk
Oven at 350 degrees
Sift together flour, ginger, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside. Over low heat, mix sugar, margarine and molasses and milk, stirring constantly. when they are completely melted, sir in tempered beaten egg, and then fold in dry ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased, lined bread tin or pan for 1 1/2 hours, cool for an hour in wire rack. Remember slice and smother with lots of good Irish butter like Kerrygold! Enjoy!