Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

An Irish Prayer

 May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.


Having a bit of the Irish in me, St. Patrick’s Day has always been about food and drink, family and the wearing of the green!

Some of my family’s favorite recipes:

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour, 50 minutes


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean)
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
  • 1 cup of Guinness beer
  • 1 cup of fine red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1 Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Lightly salt the beef pieces. Working in batches if necessary, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until nicely browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over. Continue to cook in this manner until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2 While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.

3 Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)

Yield: Serves 4 to 6.          *Simply Recipes


Irish Hot Chocolate

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

13 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup cold water

2 ¼ cups milk , scalded

¾ cup half-and-half cream , scalded

½ cup baileys original irish cream , to taste

whipped cream

shaved bittersweet chocolate (to garnish)


  1. In a large heavy saucepan combine the cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, water and a dash of salt.
  2. Heat mixture over low heat, whisking, until the cocoa powder is dissolved and the mixture is a smooth paste.
  3. Gradually add the milk and half&half and simmer whisking for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in Baileys.
  5. Divide hot chocolate into warmed mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

 And of course we have to wear green!

The Wearing of the Green” is an anonymously-penned Irish street ballad dating to 1798.The context of the song is the repression around the time of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Wearing a shamrock in the “caubeen” (hat) was a sign of rebellionand green was the colour of the Society of the United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary organisation. During the period, displaying revolutionary insignia was made punishable by hanging.



O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?

The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!

No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen

For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”

I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand

And he said, “How’s poor oldIreland, and how does she stand?”

“She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen

For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”

“So if the color we must wear beEngland’s cruel red

Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed

And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod

But never fear, ’twill take root there, though underfoot ’tis trod.

 When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow

And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show

Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen

But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.

‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Prize time! Have you ever found a four leaf clover? Tell me in a comment, yes or no, for a chance to win a PDF copy of my new m/m erotic fantasy Nathaniel.


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 The prisoner lifts his head and Taden is caught in the gaze of the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen; amazing eyes that hold him confused and thrilling. From the moment Taden rescues Nathaniel from the Sutherlin soldiers’ torture, he feels responsible for the youth. The Sutherlins have invaded the beautiful Tahon Valley, and as Taden secrets Nathaniel from their reach, he finds himself drawn inexplicably to the young man. He protects Nathaniel not only from the Sutherlins but from his own mistrustful people, who don’t understand Nathaniel’s powers and believe him to be a witch. Will Taden convince Nathaniel to stay with him and live under his protection, or will the youth sail home and leave Taden in loneliness?


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46 Responses to Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. pippajay says:

    I’ve never found a four leaf clover. But having a smidge of Irish blood in my veins seems to have brought me enough luck in my life. 🙂

  2. Jessica Subject says:

    I’ve actually found two four-leaf clovers in my life. Though I’m not sure if they made me lucky. LOL

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. Catherine Lee says:

    Erin Go Bragh! Yes…I’ve found 4 leaf clovers…but they didnt bring me any additional luck. Maybe I need to look for one to bring me luck in this hop!?

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  4. Alas despite spending many of mu childhood springs looking for one, I’ve never managed to find one! :(!

    Oh! and your new M/M Nathaniel looks amazing!!

  5. dreabecraft says:

    Nope I have never found a four leaf clover sadly. I wish I had I would laminate that sucker and carry it around with me as good luck lol.


  6. I’m so trying that hot chocolate! Yes I have found a four leaf clover before, but not since I was a child unfortunately. Though I guess partly because I don’t stop to look much anymore…hmmm, think it’s time to change that.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  7. JeanP says:

    No never have found a four leaf clover. Going to try out the Irish Stew recipe it sounds delicious.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. Sara G says:

    I have never found a four leaf clover 😦 But no matter what I will keep looking 🙂
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


  9. I’ve found a few actually. One in Ireland.

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day! carrieannryanwrites(at)gmail.com

  10. Happy St. Pat’s a day early! As far as I know, I’ve some Irish heritage-probably more than I think, b/c I’ve always found the Black Irish mode appealing:))) Hope this year’s St. Patrick’s brings wonderful “luck” and blessings to all!

  11. debbie says:

    I have found a few, but my father could find them constantly. All he needed to do was look down, and he could pick one out.

  12. Mary Doherty says:

    No four leaf clover for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. ahh, when I was a wee lil one I actually did find one! And I put it in my pants pocket and my mom washed it in the washing machine! Ack!!!

    Awesome giveaway, I’m looking forward to this book 🙂

  14. Shannon says:

    I have never found a four leaf clover – but not for lack of trying! I remember as I kid searching and searching for them in fields.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  15. Happy St. Patrick’s Day The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill.

  16. miki says:

    Please don’t enter me for your book ( but i’m in for the general prize still)
    i ‘ve found several, i have a box of them when i was at a boarding school just in front of the old dormitory there was a zone with some of them, before the exam or when i was depressed i went looking for some

    all the best


  17. I found one when I was younger, my friend had a patch of clovers and we used to go and pick through the clovers to find a four leaf one, and eventually we did!

    Happy St. Patty’s Day!


  18. enyce122 says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Actually yes I have I found it back in elementary school. I actually kept it and took it home with me to press in a book. Then it got lost and I never saw a 4 leaf clover since then.

  19. VanillaOrchids says:

    I actually have found a four leaf clover. Thought it was awesome at the time. LOL

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day


  20. kym says:

    I found one as a kid, maybe I should look for a new one 🙂

    Happy St Pattys Day !


  21. Thanks for being on the blog hop! Yeah, I’ve found lot’s when I was younger. There used to be a whole bunch near my grandparent’s place in the mountains of NM. 🙂

    menina.iscrazy @ yahoo.com

  22. Joan says:


    Happy St Patric day!. Of course I’ve found a four-leaf clover. Many, many times. I stopped looking for them once I read maturity, but I think they are (sadly) even easier to find now, in the times of plants genetic modification.

    Being avid m/m romance reader I would love to get my hand on ‘Nathaniel’.

  23. Ashley E says:

    I’ve yet to find a four leaf clover. But maybe my luck is changing! Thanks for the contest.


  24. Na S. says:

    Hmm I don’t think I have found a four leaf clover but I’m heading out later today and will keep an eye for it 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  25. Lisa Walker says:

    Thanks for the great recipes!
    My sister and I would look for them when we were little, but we never found one 😦
    Thanks for the chance to win and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  26. Yes I have many years back. lol Love the recipes, thanks for posting.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the rainbow lead to your success!

  27. acm05 says:

    I think I did when I was a kid, but I didn’t save it.


  28. June M. says:

    I have found a four leaf clover when I was younger, but lost it somehow.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  29. NO, I’ve never found a four leaf clover! I spent hours and hours on my tummy crawling through the yard looking for just one (and we lived on an Acre lot, lol) for years. Maybe that explains why the saying, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any at all,” seems to fit me, LOL!

    Thanks so much for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson

  30. Jennifer Lowery says:

    I am so making these recipes! Perfect for the blog hop! Thanks for sharing and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  31. Sue Sattler says:

    No I’ve never found a four leaf clover. I can remember as a kid looking for them with my friends, they were finding them like crazy but I never did find one. Now it’s time to start looking with my grandkids!


  32. Shadow says:

    No, ive never found a four leaf clover, though ive tried. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  33. Nikki says:

    Lol…no never!! And Ive looked!!! Happy Saint Pattys Day!!


    Sadly, I’ve never found a four-leaf clover in my life! 😦 That might explain my lack of luck…but I don’t give up easy, so there’s that…luck might be awaiting me ahead in life! 😀

    Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! 🙂

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  35. Andrea I says:

    No I’ve never found one.


  36. we all had one at a time we were given them when we were born my sister had her in a frame with her cirl and then tooth she was born on st pat day 54 year a go

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  37. Mel B says:

    I have found a four leaf clover once. My son finds them all the time! He is the lucky one!
    bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

  38. Midia says:

    I found one when i was a kid (maybe 10)
    Happy St. Pattys Day


  39. Krysykat says:

    I found one when I was very little, but I haven’t found one since. I’ve started my nephew looking for one, we’ll see how that goes 🙂


  40. Erica Pike says:

    Yesssss, found another m/m author! To quickly answer your question, no, I haven’t. I lost count of how many turfs of clovers I searched through as a child, but I never found one.

    I see you’re already signed up for the Hop Against Homophobia 🙂 See you there!

  41. Susan W. says:

    I have never found a four leaf clover. And it’s not for a lack of trying! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Vanessa N. says:

    Great giveaway. No, I’ve never found a four leaf clover.


  43. bn100 says:

    Very fun post. I’ve never found a four-leaf clover.


  44. Sophia Rose says:

    No, I haven’t, but it hasn’t stopped me from looking. (-;

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

  45. bookattict says:

    I found one once when I was young…

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  46. Vanessa N. is my winner!!!!! Thanks eveyone for playing! 🙂

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