Prepping for Erin go Bragh!

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! As a young lass with Irish blood, a resident of Boston, and a lover of holidays I am getting pumped. I’m sure I will have a post in the future about getting together your Lucky Charms cereal, green clothing and pots o’ gold, but for now let’s stick with the authentic Irish goods.

Disclaimer: I should probably admit, I have Scotch-Irish heritage, which basically means, my ancestors were Scots who colonized parts of Ireland. So technically I should be wearing bright orange on St. Patty’s day to celebrate my family allegiance (sorry to my green-wearing Irish friends).

To celebrate for the big day I’ve got to get a few things together. First I’ve got to get me family crest (is it okay if I talk like a little Irish woman?). I love that our crest has an awesome rooster on it.

1. Family Crest

Here is another version of it (I am seeing visions of myself in the future replicating this in Illustrator… *Drooool):

2. Family Tartan

Next you’ll need your tartan. Tartans were used to display to others what clan you belonged to by using that weaving on your kilt. Many Americans are false advertising when they wear their v-neck Argyle sweaters (are they really ALL part of the Argyle family?) I kid, I kid. But Argyle is a perfect example of a family plaid that has been popularized.

Drumroll please. Here is the Sinclair plaid:

It may not look like much, but it warms my heart. : )

Find your clan’s tartan here: http://www.houseoftartan.co.uk/

3. Proper Food

And green beer doesn’t count!

Perhaps this year will be the year I try to make the classic Irish dish of Corned Beef & Cabbage.

(Recipe here: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/corned_beef_and_cabbage/)

I know for sure I will be making my Granna’s scones (We pronounce it “scawns” not “scowns”, by the way.)

(Image compliments of http://www.citrusandcandy.com/2010/03/irish-scones-and-happy-st-patricks-day.html)

We always paired our scones with a nice bowl of homemade potato or broccoli soup.

Lastly, I would recommend snuggling up with a copy of “Scarlett” byAlenaxdra Ripley.

It’s a sequel written to “Gone with the Wind” and I must say it’s quite good. I read GWTW and Scarlett back-to-back and the author did a fantastic job of maintaining the essence of the characters and the continuity of the book (quite a feat considering she wrote it over 100 years later than Margaret Mitchell). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot line, Scarlett, also known as Katie Scarlett O’Hara, take a trip to meet her Irish family and I’ll leave it at that.

How do you celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

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