Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day of the Irish

It's a big day in the Curran household. We like today. We like green. We like corned beef and cabbage. We like our ancestry. We are proud little suckers of our Irish background. We may not celebrate it like they do in my favored country of Ireland, but creating traditions and celebrating our heritage here in the U.S. is what it's all about.

We wear green, yes. Ireland is a fantastically green place. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Such a fantastic place!
We eat Lucky Charms. Thank you to General Mills for creating such a delightful treat. Growing up we always knew we'd at least get one bowl of sugar cereal on this blessed day. Sometimes we ate porridge with green food coloring (not totally the favorite, but the green definitely changed it up). Sometimes mom came to our class in elementary school pretending to be a leprechaun, and she showed how saying the magic words, "come on Leprechaun" would change the porridge to a green color. All kids were in mutual awe.
We sometimes talk in an Irish accent. It's just for kicks and giggles. Quinn is probably better at it than the rest of us.
We talk up our names and how Irish they are, and just how Irish we are. We're glad mom and dad gave us names we could brag about.
We watch our favorite movies on this day. As kids it was "Darby O'Gill and the Little People". Shannon is still afraid of the Banshee. These days I watch "The Quiet Man" with more frequency. It's a delightful little movie. John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara are a perfect pair.

When visiting Ireland, these are the foods I like eating:

I know we have these in the U.S., but believe me when I say that the chocolate there is 100 times better!

Oh butter, delicious butter! Black bread and butter is super tasty. This girl is a fan of Kerry Gold.

I'm pretty much a fan of breakfast in general, but Irish breakfasts take the cake! The only thing missing in this picture is white pudding. It's a type of sausage mixed with oatmeal, onions and spices. If you're really brave, try the black pudding. It has pig's blood in it. I've had it many times and liked it, actually.

Oh how I miss my Ireland! My cousin Brigid will be married in Dublin and I hope, hope I can go. To end my little post here, enjoy a wee bit of "The Quiet Man".

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Monday, March 14, 2011

20 is the magic number

This chica is making some goals, and 20 is the goal (at least for the next two months).
My brother Sean and his Bri are getting married May 20th, and I'd like to look a little thinner in those pictures. So I, Erincita, am going to let the world know this (or whoever the heck even reads my wee blog). I am tired of doing this half-way. I am ready to LOSE IT!

On your mark, get set, GOAL!!