Faire May

Welcome be thou,                                                                                                                                            faire, fresshe May.                                                                                                                                               ~ Geoffrey Chaucervi

Faire May Happy May Day may blossoms spring gardening in my Tasha Tudor style herb garden elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

The african violets are in bloom ….. again.

African violet

May is the month we plant the garden – ‘ A Time to Keep ‘ ~ By Tasha Tudor

May Day A time to plant Garden where you are Tasha Tudor inspired herb garden

Tasha Tudor inspired patio herb garden.

Has the weather allowed you to start your garden? I have indeed started my patio, Tasha Tudor inspired, patio herb garden.  My basil, rosemary and oregano that has loved a very pampered life succumbed to what – to hot then cold?? They were quite productive living about three years!


Happy May Day  ~ Melissa

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Autumn of my soul….



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‘Best I love September’s yellow,                                                                                                               morns of dew-strong gossamer,                                                                                                           Thoughtful days without a stir,                                                                                                                      Rooky clamours, brazen leaves,                                                                                                                   Stubble dotted over with sheaves –                                                                                                             More than Spring’s bright uncontrol                                                                                              Suit the Autumn of my soul.’                                                            

 ~ Alex. Smth

Autumn of my soul First day of fall poetry autumnal scenes pictures poetry Goldenrod Sunflowers

“Goldenrod is one of the fairy, magical flowers…..”
~ Margaret Fuller

Goldenrod is one of the fairy magical flowers of autumn color and scenery

Lovely Lady Bug seems to find goldenrod quite magical.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

First day of fall Autumn of my soul pumpkin patch pumpkin field

Pumpkins ripe in or from the field ….. Suite the Autumn of my soul!


Brazen yellow leaves of September.

Brazen yellow leaves of September.

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The Autumn of my soul enjoys the many colors of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

What suites the autumn of your soul? The beautiful colors, do you have a favorite? Cooler weather? Comforting foods – pumpkin (everything), soups, homemade breads?

Do you decorate - inside or out or both. I enjoy both

Do you decorate your home and outside. I enjoy decorating both!

Fall Sunflowers Autumn of my soul poetry autumn knitting

It’s still rather hot and humid for many of us…….

So join me under the  shade of the drooping sunflower umbrella where we can chat and knit our Tasha Tudor Style shawls. It’s a calm relaxing knit whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter. You can find the PDF pattern or completed shawls on sale for Fall in my etsy shop.


From a Happy Customer

5 out of 5 stars  *****

 Angela Oct 2 , 2016

Adorable, love it, will be one of my first projects after scarves, can’t wait to make it, excellent seller, highly recommended, will buy more patterns from, thank you!

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Peaceful, calm Autumnal  knitting….


OR ~  you can order a custom hand knit shawl, like Emily is wearing.




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A happy customer wearing her custom knit Tasha Tudor style  shawl



Here are a few of my handmade fall toy / decoration as well.

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The Candy Corn Man……

You can find the Candy Corn Man, here:


Have a beautiful day!

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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…..of Love and Faith

of Love and Faith

Love Faith Hope in the world Peace Beauty in the world PEI seashore roses Anne of Green Gables quote Roses LMM

“After all, the only real roses are pink ones. They are the flowers of love and faith.”
~ Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables

Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Everything is beautiful….

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It is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.

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Welcome it in every fair face……

Every fair sky....

Every fair sky….

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Every fair flower.


                                                         ….of Love and Faith!
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“Sing a song of Spring”

                “Sing a song of Spring” cried the sunshine of May,

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The deep blue of spring skies is puffed with featherbed clouds. ‘The New Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ Mary Mason Campbell

And the whole world into blossom burst in one delightful day,

Every path we take is embroidered in flowers.....

Every path we take is embroidered in flowers…..

The patient apple tree blushed bright in clouds of rosy red,

And the dear birds sang with rapture in the blue sky overhead. ~ Celia Thaxter

Sing a Song of Spring wild flowers spring flowers

spring is in the air…..the flowers are blooming and the birds singing the jubilant song!!


……almost before Anne realised it, spring had come again to Green Gables and all the world was abloom once more.

~ LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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Sing a song of Spring Birds flowers gardens seagull Natures beauty

We have been enjoying the early morning blissful song of our resident cardinal couple. They have welcomed some fledgling to their family. I love the fact that cardinals mate for life!

More bird notes:

We’ve delighted in observing two doves nesting in the corners of our car port and raise their little baby to fledglings. One bird of note is that  a mocking-bird has nested in a tree where Lady Mitzy and I take her morning promenade and has it has not been very welcoming! I think it was using naughty bird language at us – Lol.  All of the our baby birds have now fled the nest – sigh! That happens quick in the bird world.  We had a visit from a crow, he sat upon on back yard fence giving us his cawing crow opinion. Now I have to say I think I have been mistaking back birds for crows as he was quite large, and loud and for the duration of his visit he proceeded to exasperate the nesting mocking birds. I  think we were witness bird duel in the air as the mocking – bird chased the crow they would then reverse the chase – this was quite a site

Violet Notes:

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The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanacs choice of Flower for the Month of May is the Violet.

Violet is for Faithfulness,

Which in me shall abide,

Hoping, likewise, that from my heart

You will not let slide.

~ Sarah Hale


I do believe that Mary Mason Campbell was speaking of wild violets. But my African violets do give me great pleasure, they have been quite happy this year and have been delighting me with four consecutive sessions of blooms……. which makes up for their lack of scent –  that and their lush velvety leaves!

I did try to grow wild violet from seed without success – this time!

Violet faithfulness modesty meaning of flowers

My ever faithful violet.

Notes from the Herb Garden

Tasha Tudor style herb garden Notes from my herb garden

Oregano in my Tasha Tudor style herb garden

Oregano : Joy, Health and Longevity

Basil Tasha Tudor Style herb garden virtues of basil Sing a Song of Spring

Basil – I keep basil growing year round in my Tasha Tudor Style, patio herb garden.

Basil has been a kitchen garden herb for centuries. It was once used for “strewing” about the floors to keep them sweet and clean: for chasing away witches, flies and headaches. In Italy it is a symbol of love and fidelity!

Have you started your herb garden? Do you grow your herbs from seed or do you purchase starts / plants? I do start some from seeds and buy some potted herbs. My local grocery store carries very healthy looking herbs in pots, in the produce section. I have had great success with them!


Apple blossoms, budding, blowing

In the soft May air:

Cups with sunshine overflowing —

Flakes of fragrance, drifting, snowing,

Showering everywhere!    ~ Lucy Larcom


Handmade in my etsy shop

Memorial Day

I do hope you had a peaceful, Memorial day.

I’ll see you in June!

~ Take Joy



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Fair- Maids of February

FEBRUARY ~ from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’

~One month is past , another has begun…..Hartley Coleridge

~ February bring no rain ‘Tis neither good for grass nor grain.

~ “In February, if thou hearest thunder,Thou shalt see a summer wonder”

~’ If Candlemas Day be fair & bright –  Winter will have another flight – But if Candlemas Day be clouds & rain – Winter is gone & will not come again.’

How was your Candlemas Day / Groundhog day? It was indeed fair & bright here and today we are having a little bit more winter like weather –  cool and rainy. Perfect weather for knitting and drinking tea.

Fair Maids of February Poetry Lord Alfred Tennyson The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Elegantlyhandmade,woedpress.com

Fair – Maids of February.
Snow drops.

The Snowdrops

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!     ~ Lord Alfred Tennysen


Speaking of flowers…. some say the violet is the birth flower of February. According to ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ the birthstone is Amethyst and the flower is Amaranth!?   Hmm, now I have heard of Amaranth as bird seed and even a health food and flour alternative but not as a flower representing a month of the year.

It is said that the ancient gods wore wreaths of it ; and Milton in his Paradise Lost crowns angels with it. Its meaning to the ancients was Immortality or Unfading Love.  ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”

Amaranth Flower

Amaranth Flower

A quick google search led me here; http://flowerinfo.org/amaranth-flowers

The amaranth flower is a genus of roughly 60 species, which are all considered cosmopolitan. These annual herbs, which are native to North and South America, can grow between 1 to 6 feet in height, and are thought to be very long-lasting plants. This flower, which is a member of the amaranthaceae family and amaranthoideae subfamily, is made up of a small inflorescence which blossoms from an either drooping or erect spike. Their colors range from the well-known crimson red, to purple and even golden hues. Amaranth are thought to be very hardy plants which are resistant to most diseases; however, they are susceptible to frost, and are best grown in warmer weather.

The amaranth flower is one of the most useful blossoms around. These plants are not only loved for their ornamental applications, but also for their use as a food source, dye and medicine……


The language of the VIOLET = Humility, modesty, devotion, faithfulness

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The Lost Love ~

A violet by a mossy stone
Half-hidden from the eye!-
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

~William Wordsworth

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One of my little violets with a Tasha Tudor drawing of a pretty bouquet of flower. From Tasha’s book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ .  This picture and post will be the remembrance of the violet I accidentally plucked. I tried to pluck off the spent violets and this happened!

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My handmade sachets contain both flowers that I have collected and dried with some that I purchase from my local health store.  I like to include free sachets with a  purchase from my etsy shops. The brooch in this photo was purchased from my vintage shop; soeleganlyvintage.etsy.com. This customer also purchased my PDF shawl pattern from my eleganlyhandmade.etsy.com shop.

The language of my sachets :

~ Lavender = Devotion, luck, housewifely virtue, acknowledgment

~ Pink Rose Petals = bashful love –  love, victory,pride

~ Jasmine Petal = Grace, elegance, amiability

~ Rose (Attar) Geranium = Preference

The Language of Herbs

“Plants have a language of the creator intended for our translations” ~ Louis Agassiz

~From ‘A Basket of Herbs’ By Tasha Tudor and Mary Mason Campbell


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She was as sweet as violets in the spring…..
~Christina Rossetti

Who Hath Despised The Day OF Small Things?

As violets so be I recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies unaccounted rare,
Still sunward-gazing from a lowly seat,
Still sweetening wintry air.

While half-awakened Spring lags incomplete,
While lofty forest trees tower bleak and bare,
Daisies and violets own remotest heat
And bloom and make them fair.

~ Christina Rossetti
I found this poem, along with more poems about the violet by Christina Rossetti Here:
Sweet Heart Valentines Day Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool mohair Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsty.com

My Lovely  “Cottage Elegance Sweet Heart Valentines Day Berry Red Shawl”  hand knit by me with cozy soft Vermont wool and Mohair yarn. I will offer this shawl on sale for the month of February – It is ready to ship. Enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2015  at check out to receive 15 % off.  OR……

It’s the perfect time of year to sit by the fire and knit your own shawl Tasha Tudor Style “Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” So it a lovely time to offer a SALE for my PDF PATTERN.

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February PDF Pattern sale 20 % OFF enter coupon code ( starts with Numeral 1)  =  1LOVE2016 at check.


I hope you are having a sweet start to the lovely month of February.


You can find many of the Tasha Tudor books I mention in this post at her family’s site. They also have tickets available to tour Tasha’s house and gardens:


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Spring Time ~ Spring pink!!

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Oh, look, there’s one little early wild rose out! Isn’t it lovely?  ~ Anne of Green Gables,LMM 

Don’t you think it must be glad to be a rose?  ~ Anne of Green Gables, LMM

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” Wouldn’t it be nice if roses could talk? I’m sure they could tell us such lovely things.  ~ Anne of Green Gables, LMM

And isn’t pink the most bewitching color in the world?  I love it……   ~Anne of Green Gables, LMM

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We hope you have had a very Happy Easter! We have been quite busy with visit from Gran – Children. My Gran – daughter’s love playing (carefully) with my Tasha Tudor (endorsed) dolls. Isn’t Emma Rose’s shawl pretty?? She has been busy knitting shawls for her twin cousins Sally – Anne and Sally- Marie. If my  pretty Tasha Tudor style brooches have been catching your eye, they are on sale through April for 20 % off!! click over to my soelegantlyvintage.etsy.com shop.


We do hope you are having a lovely start to spring and that flowers are starting to bloom in your part of the world. We are noticing bits of ‘Spring Green’, the trees are budding out their new leaves. Oh my, the Bougainvillea are so happy!! The hibiscus and the knock off roses did real well all winter ~ keeping me quite happy with their lovely blooms.

Now my patio garden is another story!! Last summers heat was really hard on my poor little cottage patio ~ botanical buddies and a few ~ died! Then I lost a couple more this winter ~ my poor rosemary Christmas tree ~ I loved it so…but it’s gone! So I will be sprucing up on the cottage patio real soon.

In the mean time my locale  grocery store as been filled with beautiful blooms – just tempting me!! How did your garden / botanical buddies fare through the winter! Are you making your gardening plans? I would love to hear ~ please do share!!

Fresh spring herbs Spring gardening Patio gardening cottage garden

Rosemary, Thyme and mint. As you can see I have caved into temptation, as I had full intentions of doing so 😉 I was just waiting for a fresh looking arrival. 

” How beautiful this world is…”  ~ Tasha Tudor


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 Add some spirng color to vintage cottage decor with theses Pretty spring pastel pink and green, vintage potholders.  I am having a spring  / Mother’s Day SALE in both of my etsy shops. I would love for you to stop by and have a look, as many items will no longer be available after April. I am making some changes! Look for new and exciting things to come!! Soelegantlyvintage.etsy.com  and   eleganltyhandmade.etsy.com

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The Poet’s Darling:

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To The Daisy!!
~ William Wordsworth

The calming sound of the water as it gentle flows over the rocks in a stream. Please stop by and follow my blog, where can find more post on nature. https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/ to the daisy poetry williams wordworth tasha tudor anne of green gables flower head hat wreath garland

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We meet thee, like a pleasant thought, When such are wanted.
~ William Wordsworth ~ To The Daisy


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Bright flowers, whose home is everywhere Bold in maternal nature’s care And all the long year through the heir Of joy and sorrow, Methinks that there abides in thee Some concord with humanity, Given to no other flower I see The forest through. ~ William Wordsworth, To The Daisy.

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WITH little here to do or see
Of things that in the great world be,
Sweet Daisy! oft I talk to thee, For thou art worthy,………
~William Wordsworth , To The Daisy

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Tasha in a field of Daisy’s.
~ Richard Brown


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And many a fond and idle name
I give to thee, for praise or blame,
As is the humour of the game, While I am gazing.~William Wordsworth, To The Dasiy

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Yet like a star, with glittering crest,
Self-poised in air thou seem’st to rest…….
~ William Wordsworth, To The Daisy


“Earth Laughs in Flowers”

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“Earth Laughs Flowers”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson,

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Wild Rose of the Seashore.

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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature…..

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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~ Claude Monet

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The Poet’s darling…..

Be violets in their secret mews
The flowers the wanton Zephyrs choose;
Proud be the rose, with rains and dews
Her head impearling;
Thou liv’st with less ambitious aim,
Yet hast not gone without thy fame;
Thou art indeed by many a claim
The Poet’s darling…..
~William Wordsworth


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Little busy bee….

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every shining flower! ~Lewis Caroll,


A garden of ones own cottage garden flower bee poetry

A Garden of One’s Own…

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Beautiful –  Sunflower!

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable defeat!

~ Beverly Nichols

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Golden Buttons!

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Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, “Lines Written in Early Spring,”

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Roses breathing fresh air……..


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Give me a garden of beautiful flowers…….

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“Isn’t it lovely? Don’t you think it must be glad to be a rose? Wouldn’t it be nice if roses could talk? I’m sure they could tell us such lovely things. And isn’t pink the most bewitching color in the world?” ~ Anne of Green Gables

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Wild Rose of the Seashore.

Give me ordorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed
~Walt Whitman

I wish you a day filled with lovely, fragrant blossoms !

Take Joy ~ Melissa

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~ Song Of May~

Song Of May

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Oh, look, there’s one little early wild rose out! Isn’t it lovely? Don’t you think it must be glad to be a rose? Wouldn’t it be nice if roses could talk? I’m sure they could tell us such lovely things. And isn’t pink the most bewitching color in the world? I love it…
~Anne of Green Gables, LMM
I wish you a beautiful, cottage rose kind of day!!

“Song on May Morning”
Now the bright morning-star, day’s harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
– John Milton


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The potatoes have blossomed, in my little Cottage patio garden!

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I just loved seeing the fields of potato blossoms on our trip to P.E.I.
But my blossom are missing something…….that lovely aromatic scent….my kind of …well ~stink!  Maybe it’s a different variety?!?!

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Delightful row after row of the tastiest  red potatoes!!

Roasted potatoes with Olive oil, dill and horseradish mustard…

Potato corn chowder…….       Potato salad with fresh herbs…..  Hashed  Potatoes!!

What is your favorite potato dish?!?

Welcome May Tasha Tudor A Time To keep May Day

A Yorkie ~ named Mitsy as come to live at our little cottage, she likes to help tend the herbs…

The job she likes best is keeping the chives trimmed...

The job she likes best is keeping the chives trimmed…

One taste...I mean trimming of the nasturtium and she decided they look best when left to grow...

One taste…I mean trimming of the nasturtium and she decided they look best when left to grow… Which makes me happy, because I find the leaves, buds and flower to be quite tasty. I love their light spiciness, they are a wonderful addition to pesto!

Do you make pesto?? What kind? I like and make many different kinds of pesto. In the winter if I do not have an abundance of fresh basil I use spinach! I find it to be quite tasty!


You can just see the light green sprouts of the lovely chamomile just starting to pop out of the soil, in the top section of the my herb pot.  How does your garden grow??  Do you grow many herbs ?

My Irish Blessings to you

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Blessings to You!

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A lovely Irish themed center piece for your St Patrick’s Day dinner! 😉

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Irish steam potato plate:

~ Steam russet or red potato, slice in half and top with

~ Marinated crimini mushrooms : Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt pepper. Let stand to marinate until mushrooms are tender.

~ Cabbage & Spinach salad: I like my cabbage thinly sliced~ slivered, finely shredded carrots, chopped baby spinach, the addition of chopped watercress is very nice. Add a dressing / marinate of olive oil, lemon juice, mustard ( I do enjoy a nice horseradish mustard), dill and onion flakes. Toss all together let stand to marinate.

To serve: place the potatoes and cabbage salad on a pretty plate top with mushrooms and grated or chopped Irish cheddar cheese..

Irish Potato Bessing

My biggest and flouriest potatoes to you…..

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For the Love of Potatoes!!

Thank you for stopping by O’Connor’s Irish Cottage.

You may enjoy my Irish Cottage style knitting here:


You will find some traditional Irish recipes and potato fields of P.E.I. here: