Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In An Irish Home

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 Castle

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!
A little Irish Recipe just in time for the holidays: (Ginger Bread)
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
1egg beaten

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!


  1. Love this post! So sorry you were out of power…I know that's been so hard on everyone! So glad you chose Ellen Hill for this award! She works for me at my shop and I've been trying to encourage her back into blogging! You made a great choice!

  2. And Carla Aston is one of my all time favorites and such a good blogging friend! She has helped me tremendously in a lot of ways!

    1. I am so glad, I love reading all these wonderful blogs.. I learn so much!
      :) Karolyn

  3. What a great post! Will check the blogs out and I loove a good gingerbread (being Swedish and all...)
    Have a wonderful day! xo Caroline

  4. This was such a treat, Karolyn! I lvoe every image, and thank you for the recipe.
    Happy Wednesday.

  5. So much to admire here - the gorgeous staircase and blue and white china in particular. Thanks for the recipe - perfect for a chilly winter evening!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by blog, I will follow yours as well!

  6. Hi Karolyn, Thanks so much for thinking of me for the Leibster award. Glad you were able to spend some time with your family while your power was out. This ginger bread recipe looks delicious - I've got quite a bit of Irish heritage, too, on both my mother and father's sides.
    Happy Wednesday!

    1. you are welcome, no obligations to fulfill for award, I just wanted to list you on my site so that others will also check out your blog!
      :) Karolyn


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