|I just love this jolly little person!|
Saturday was St Patrick's Day and as an English woman of celtic extraction (two of my grandparents were Irish, one Scots and one English) who is married to an Irish man, it is a feast I thoroughly enjoy.
When I took my little girl to school, in Twickenham, on Friday the dining room had been decorated to celebrate the feast day, and the town itself was aflutter with flags for the match on Saturday. My son, who had worked at a corporate event before the match, said that there was a fantastic atmosphere in the town during the evening.
|Flags out in Twickenham|
|An Irish Menu at my daughter's school|
|And wonderful decorations|
|Filling the dining room with fun|
|All the buildings looked bright and welcoming|
|Especially the public houses!|
|and I managed to get the Leprechaun Trap to school|
for my daughter's class to enjoy!
I did a little Irish themed baking on Saturday, and as well as my old favourite Soda Bread, I baked some cupcakes I had seen on Elizabeth's inspiring blog Pine Cones and Acorns, here.
|Delicious with coffee in the evening|
I was delighted with them, they tasted divine.
The next day was of course Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent.
I know many mothers love having a lie in and breakfast in bed, but I had my parents coming for lunch and have a regular Sunday morning commitment at my church, were I run the First Holy Communion class, after 8.30 Mass. So my lie in consisted of getting up at 6am rather then my usual 5.30! However, I did get a very lovely card!
Once home from church, I started to cook. I get great pleasure from preparing family meals. As well as my parents joining us for lunch, both my sons were able to make the meal too.
I cooked a simple meal of Confit de Canard with roast potatoes and lots of green vegetables. For pudding we had apple crumble with homemade ice cream, followed by cheese and crackers. Sometimes, when you're cooking a meal for three generations, it is best to stick to tried and tested things that you know work.
I was very spoilt, as well as chocolates, I received some beautiful flowers, and my sons did the dishes!
|A beautiful tub of bulbs|
|Daffodils (from my little girl)|
|Roses from one son|
|Tulips from the other|
I do hope you all had a lovely and happy weekend, the best times of my life are those I spend with my family.