Sunday at the Movies – Five Little Peppers & Sandwiches

This Sundays Movie is the Five Little Peppers. We will start with the complete audio book and  continue with links for the complete viewing of each movie.

But first let’s make some sandwiches to go with our movies and a vintage coconut cake recipe at the bottom of this post.


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1940 Campbells soup sandwich –  sauce recipes

When I saw this set of vintage recipes for open-faced sandwiches it reminded me of my grandmother, she loved open face Rubens, and turkey with gravy sandwiches.

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My daughter’s used to find framed egg sandwiches to great fun as we would use different cookie cutters to cut out the shape!

I think the Pepper family would have found this sandwich affordable.


Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

A book series that was originally published in an 1880 edition of Wide Awake, a children’s magazine. The publisher of the magazine, Daniel Lothrop, loved the Pepper stories so much that he published a hard-cover edition of the story — and married the author in 1881. In 1883 the couple moved to historic Concord, Massachusetts, and resided in a house called the Wayside, which had previously been home to Nathaniel Hawthorne and also to Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.

The Five Little Peppers book series was created by Margaret Sidney from 1881 to 1916. It covers the lives of the five children of Mamsie and the late Mister Pepper who are born into poverty in a rural “little brown house”. The Pepper books were the inspiration for a brief series of feature films produced by Columbia Pictures in 1939-40. The four films were vehicles for Columbia’s juvenile star Edith Fellows, who played Polly. The rest of the kids were Charles Peck as Ben, Tommy Bond of “Our Gang” as Davie, Bobby Larson as Joey, and Dorothy Ann Seese as Phronsie.


In this, the first entry in four-part series, children’s movie, Polly Pepper takes care of her siblings while her mother toils at a factory. Polly’s newest friend is Jasper, a rich kid who likes to play with the Pepper kids. Trouble ensues when the littlest Pepper comes down with the measles and infects Jasper and his grandfather, Mr. King. They all wind up stuck together in a quarantined house. After the devoted Polly collapses from working too hard, Mr. King moves the Pepper clan into his mansion. The plucky family finally garners a fortune when it is discovered that Polly has inherited the controlling shares in a mine that the grandfather wants to purchase.

This time around, Polly and the kids try to figure out a way to save their mother (Dorothy Peterson) from bankruptcy, with the help of crusty-but-lovable Mr. King (Clarence Kolb). After a slow-moving hour or so, the film picks up tremendously in the final reel when the kids are trapped in a copper mine cave-in, sparking a tension-filled rescue effect. A bit too syrupy sweet for modern tastes, Five Little Peppers at Home is redeemed by the cynical performance of Rex Evans as a sneering butler.

Once again in dire financial straits, the Pepper family is forced to pull up stakes and head westward. Upon arrival in the Wide Frontiers, the Pepper kids get into mischief in a lumber camp. As usual, the plot is resolved by Edith Fellows as eldest Pepper child Polly, who manages to stumble upon a financial windfall which proves beneficial not only to her family but practically everyone else in the film.


Unable to watch over her kids and go to work at the same time, Mrs. Pepper bundles the little Peppers off to boarding school. The Five Little Peppers in Trouble is just so “cute”; you take it from there. The six are packed off to an elite boarding school. The other students, all rich kids led by queen bee June (Shirley Mills), won’t associate with these common public school intruders. Although all six are in the same boat, the focus is almost completely on Polly; Fellows gets to do some singing when they hold tryouts for the school’s musical.



May you have a peaceful Sunday watching vintage movies and eating sandwiches!


Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connot




A Great Day For The Irish

A Great Day for the Irish with Little Nellie Kelly (Judy Garland)……and Irish Freckle Bread?

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It’s a Great Day For The Irish…

In Ireland, Jerry Kelly marries his sweetheart, Nellie Noonan  over the objections of her ne’er-do-well father, Michael Noonan , who swears never to speak to Jerry again, even though he reluctantly accompanies the newlyweds to America, where Jerry becomes a policeman, and all three become citizens. Michael continues to hold his grudge against Jerry, even when Nellie dies while giving birth to little Nellie.

And here is Judy Garlands only death scene …….

Years later, Jerry is now a captain on the police force, and little Nellie (also played by Judy Garland) has grown up as the spitting image of her mother. When Nellie becomes enamored of Dennis Fogarty, the son of Michael’s old friend Timothy Fogarty , the squabbling between Nellie’s father and grandfather intensifies, as Michael objects to the romance, and finally leaves home because of it.

Eventually, the three generations are reconciled, and Nellie and Dennis remain a couple.


Judy entertains us with her lovely voice singing ‘A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH’

Along with a traditional song ‘ A Girls Milking Her Cow’ sung partly in Irish – Gaelic



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Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

For our tay time and movies snack let’s try a wee bit of freckles bread……

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Irish Freckle Bread…..mmmmm


May the fairies Luck go with you Irish blessing Irish vintage movies

May The Fairies Luck Go with you !



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Secrets Of Ireland…..

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There are many Secrets Of  Ireland she  also has many folklore stories, a strong history…… beautiful landscapes and seashore. And let’s not forget the perfect “cuppha tae” and  delicious foods such as buttermilk scones to go with todays movie.


Fiona  is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, Fiona hears stories about her ancestors, tales that involve mythical creatures called selkies who can shift from seal to human form. After Fiona ends up on the small island of Roan Inish, her family’s ancestral home, she believes she may have found her little brother living by the sea.

“The east is our future, and the west is our past,” Fiona’s God-fearing grandmother (Eileen Colgan) declares. But the old island draws Fiona to it, even though her inquiries make her elders nervous. Before long, the girl is poking around on Roan Inish, accompanied by a 13-year-old cousin, Eamon (Richard Sheridan). One day she spies a naked wild child in a field, picking flowers. But when she cries out her lost brother’s name, the little boy runs off to a tiny boat-shaped cradle and paddles out to sea.

Fiona’s  grandfather  tells her of a Conneelly ancestor who fought the British to defend the Irish language. Then her dark-haired cousin Tadhg tells her about the forebear who fell in love with a “selkie” .  He fathered a brood with her before she returned to her marine-mammal form.

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Selkies are said to live as seal in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land.


Here is a small clip of the beginning of the movie. I own this movie and enjoy it very much through out the year and well worth the small fee some are  charging to watch the full length movie  on-line.

“The Secret of Roan Inish” freely mixes Celtic myth and everyday reality.  Its focus is not so much on the collision of modern life with traditional ways as on a private journey to discover roots – of family history, geography and ties to nature.

An Irish Sketchbook – of Ireland in photographs!

The Secret of Roan Inish was filmed on the  rugged coast of  Donegal in northwestern Ireland which boast some of the highest cliffs in Ireland and England. BEAUTIFUL

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The highest sea cliffs in Ireland. The mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, Ireland. At 601 metres (1,972 ft)   * Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

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Donegal County Northern Ireland.



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Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

Put the kettle on for a cup or two of tay  (Irish for tea)

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The Perfect Pot o tay ( AN Irish, “Cuppah Tae”)

Morning and afternoon tea in Ireland are often severed with scones, brown bread or soda bread  topped with delicious Irish butter and jam.


2 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup currant (or raisins)

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 cup of buttermilk

1 egg, slighty beaten

  1. Grease a baking sheet and pre-heat the oven to 375 ~ F.
  2. Blend the flours, sugar, salt,baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  3. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it is well-distributed. Mix in the currants (or raisins) and caraway seeds.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Turn onto a floured board and knead for a minute or two.
  5. Roll the dough flat to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut it into circles and place them on a greased baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, and serve warm with a pot of jam and a cup of tea. (cuppha Tae)


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 Where ever you go, whatever you do, May the Luck of the Irish be there with you!



Enjoy you Tae Time Movie. ~ Melissa

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Shades of Irish Green lariat / necklace

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Hand – knit Dishcloth – a Beautiful shade of green handknit of cotton yarn in Irish moss stitch  with a lovely cherry wood (eco harvested) small spatula.

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May You Be Blessed

May You Be Blessed This first Day of March…..


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The Island of Ireland is about the size of the state of Indiana. This is  interesting to me as I am from Indiana!


Donegal Town Ireland.


Over the millennia, Gaelic and Viking names have become anglicized; later, when the tables turned, English names became Gaelicized. Spelling isn’t as important as pronunciation…….which is almost impossible anyway.

Dun: fortified area, castle, or fortress.

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~ O For A Breath Of Irish Air And A Sight Of The Irish Green…..


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Castle in Northern Ireland…


Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

In my Irish Kitchen Traditional Irish recipes of Ireland Irish cooking comforts of home St Patriicks day foods Parsnips scones

A Taste Of The Irish Bill Of Fare From The Hands Of My Irish Coleen – or in this Kitchen   ~ The Hands of Irish Melissa  😉

Do you like Parsnips ?? I love them!

Parsnip Mash

1 Pound of Potatoes, peeled or unpeeled if you like and chopped

1 Pound Parsnips, peeled and chopped. ( I buy organic so I do not peel)

2/3 cup mixture of cream milk and cream

2-3 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons chopped scallions

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place the potatoes and parsnips in a large pot cover with cold water. Boil until fork tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and parsnips well, then mash with milk, cream and butter.
  3. Mix in the scallions and add salt and pepper to taste


Enjoy – Melissa

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Photographs of Ireland belong to me! DO NOT PIN OR REMOVE!!

Some Information and sketches are from the book ‘ Ireland A Celebration’


Just Another ‘Perfect Day’

It was another chilly, blustery day, rain clouds were brewing in the distance –  indeed it was /  is a   “Perfect Day” to steep a pot of tea and indulge in The World of Peter Rabbit. This is one of my favorite version of  Beatrix Potter’s stories!  I was at first enjoying these whimsical little tales playing in the background on my computer while I went about some daily task – washing up some dishes, cleaning ceiling fan, dusting –  this then called for some therapeutic – meditative style knitting ( you know the kind you get while knitting my Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl  – the pattern is  available in my etsy shop 😉  ) and a nice cup of tea. While going about my task  slowly, calmly taking in the words of these lovely little stories realizing once again that there is indeed some deeper meaning in these little tales of Beatrix Potter’s, I also took notice of the music – very mystic, celtic sounding, that was played at the beginning and end of each episode lending to that serene, calm atmosphere of my day. I just had to find out the name of that song  – that voice! I  did a little google search – as one does!   I found the song to be  “Perfect Day” by Miriam Stockley!

I thought you might enjoy listening to the song while you start some soup!


Perfect Day – With Beatrix Potter and Miriam Stockley.

Perfect Day

The rain has moved on
And left a new day
Nothing seems to move everything is still
It’s just a perfect day

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A perfect moody day!


The shadows and light
That move with the wind
Hidden violets grow splashed with summer spray
Just another perfect day

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

And all of this world
Is for children who play
Days that never end always should remain
Another perfect day

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Another Perfect Day!


A  “Perfect Day”  to enjoy watching / listening to The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.  It will keep playing all episodes – Enjoy another perfect day!

Here you can enjoy my post about Squirrel Nutkin and his friend scamper who stopped by to visit us while on one of our camping adventures. I also share some fun information about Beatrix Potter:


A Perfect Day in my world would also include a nice bowl of my vegetable soup….. so today I think we will call it Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup! 😉

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First thing is to go to Mr McGregor’s garden and gather your ingredients – fresh is best.

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Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup.

“Soup is to the meal, what the hostess smile of welcome is to the party…”                                                         ~’The Soup Book’ 1949 Louis P De Gouy 

Do you start your meal with soup? I usually have it as a  meal  accompaniment with a sandwich or crackers and cheese.


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Pretty Carrots!!

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mmmm….carrots, cabbage, celery, leeks, potatoes, squash…..

Yes Peter, these are just a few of the vegetable we all love.

Vegetable soup recipes Kitchen Hygge Another perfect Day

Veggie,herbs and spices of choice. It’s your soup

I start by dicing:

1 leek or onion

4-6 ribs celery

4 – med carrot

1 red, yellow and /or orange bell peppers

4  med to large tomatoes

– diced potatoes

1/2 – Med head of cabbage cut into desired size chunks

1 Each of Yellow squash and zucchini squash, diced

Saute in olive oil. I then stir in

6 -10 fresh chopped tomatoes

I then put the lid on and let this simmer.

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Another perfect day soup!

After you have simmered this briefly – 10 – 15 minutes.                                                                       Add more of the same and more vegetables but chopped this time.


2- Potatoes 2- ribs – celery (optional, I like celery) 1 – Each yellow and zucchini squash, chopped cabbage if you like, and….. other vegetables that you enjoy……


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Maybe you like turnips, parsnips. I do I enjoy that little surprise bite of tangy tartness.

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I love Green Beans in my soup.

After you have added all the vegetables you like, fill the pot with water to cover the vegetables and boil adding more water as needed.


1- 4 Tbsp Dried dill –   chives and Tarragon  are also a tasty addition but optional                                           2 – Tbsp  onion flakes (yes, in addition to what you have already added)                                                    salt and Pepper  ( I use celtic / grey salt)

I do not like to over season so as not to lose or over power the wonderful flavors that the vegetable seep into the broth, that is why we start with small diced vegetables most of these will cook down into the broth.

Perfect hygge day Peter Rabbits vegetarian vegetable soup Beaatrix Potter Spring vintage Hygge

Mmm… something smells good in there.

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup,                                                                                Its wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation…..”                                                ~ ‘The Soup Book’ 1949 ~ Louis P De Gouy 


The soup book Louis P De Gouy quotes Hygge hearth and home the Perfect day for soup

“Soup is the song of the (my) hearth……. and (my) home”.

The World of Beatrix Potter and Friends Vegetarian Vegetable soup The Perfect Hygge Soup Day

Is the soup done yet!!!

When is it done ? Well how to you like your vegetables – real soft or a little more texture to them – it’s up to you!

When I turn the heat off I like to stir in:

2 – cups of spinach or mixed greens – just to wilt.

1/3 – cup Nutritional yeast optional

There are a few  options / additions :

I enjoy zoodles (AKA zucchini noodles)

1 can of beans – garbonzos are good in here, drain or add with liquid

pre-cooked noodles or rice




As many of us are aware, Tasha also admired Beatrix Potter you can find recipes at her families site, to enjoy with todays soup. Tasha Tudor’s Corgi Cottage Soup  can be found in her Cookbook not only does it contain delicious family recipes but is accompanied by family stories related to each recipe and Tasha’s excellent water colors. There is now available a new – up-dated version of the cook book by Tasha’s grandson Winslow.

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The Up-dated version of the cook book


~ Take Joy, Melissa 


You can my Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl PDF pattern, for sale here:

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Here we come to “The End Of A Perfect Day” with Barbara Stanwick from the movie “Remember the Night”


The end of a perfect day song hygge

The end of a Perfect Day

I hope you do indeed have another “Perfect Day”

~ Take Joy, Melissa

All content of this blog Copyright @ 2017 By Melissa O’Connor


Happy Thanksgiving

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving with Currier & Ives and                                                                               Over the River and through the Woods and                                                                                                    Vintage Pumpkin Recipes 

Over the river and through the woods
To Grandfather’s house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Winter Road Sleigh Rider - Currier and Ives.

Winter Road Sleigh Ride – Currier and Ives.

Over the river and through the wood —
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

An Old Fashioned thanksgiving Currier and Ives Over The River and through the snow Thanksgiving blessings family gathering

Currier and Ives

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow —
It is so hard to wait!

Currier and Ives Thanksgiving Traditions Family friends gather

Currier and Ives – A lovely winter scene.

Over the river and through the wood —
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurray for the pumpkin pie!


Did someone mention pumpkin pie???

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Do you have a traditional family recipe that you use?

Growing up my family always used Libby’s canned Pie filling and ready made pie crust.

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Mmmm pecans on top!!

When raising my daughter’s we started our own / new family traditions and recipes. We  roasted our pumpkin ( sometimes – right from our garden) in the oven and puree to make our own fillings. We also made our pie crust from scratch.

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A lovely fluffy pie!

One of my daughter’s bakes a makes layer cheese cake pumpkin pie. The bottom layer is cheese cake then topped with pumpkin pie filling. Her husband thinks it is delicious!!

Do you have some new and old traditional family recipes?

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Some additional creative ways to bake with pumpkin – for us pumpkin lovers.

I use to love to bake breads in cans, that nice round shape.

Pumpkin does have many health benefits and good in many dishes beside pie. I use to freeze my oven roasted pumpkin. It makes (canned works just as good)  a tasty addition stirred into most soups.


I find my hand – knit dish cloth to add a delightful touch to my seasonal kitchen decor. You can find a few for sale in my etsy shop:

Hand made home Kitchen cottage decor

I love the cherry wood mini spatula that is included with this set.

Hand made home and cottage comforts of a cozy home

I find hand – knit clothes to be so useful and versatile


I wished you a very Healthy, blessed,  Happy Thanksgiving


All content copyright 2016 by Melissa O’Connor

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My Handmade Cranberry Golden sunset Christmas – Holiday Necklace. Available in my etsy shop




Vintage Cooking

I love looking at the recipes and pictures in vintage magazine. Some are quit humorous.

I enjoy looking at the recipes and pictures in my vintage magazine and cookbooks.

MMMM...Lokks like blackberry.

MMMM…Looks like blackberry pie.

Strawberry shortcake...very mmmmm-with organic strawberries, of course.

Strawberry shortcake…very mmmmm-with organic strawberries, of course.

Hand - made Strawberry print apron inspired from one of my vintage patterns. To wear while baking, Available here:

Hand made Strawberry print apron, inspired from one of my vintage patterns. Great to wear while baking! Available here:

Strawberry pieStrawberry Pie

Vintage One - Egg CakeOne egg cake

 vintage recipe photos

One – Egg cake recipe/

Artful Tartfuls !!

Artful Tartfuls !!  CRISCO :-0 !!


Certo,-  of course only yummy looking winners come from Indiana 😉

Vintage recipes

Vintage Certo Jam recipes

Ok, now that we have had dessert it's time for soup!!  And this tomato soup  looks mmm,mmm good! ;-) Now off to the kitchen!

Ok, now that we have had dessert, it’s time for soup!! doesn’t this tomato soup look mmm, mmm good!? 😉 Now off to the kitchen!

Spring Green

Spring Greens Juice – to put a spring in your step!

Tasty Green Vegetable Juice

Tasty and pretty too.

Spring Green Juice


Basil, growing in container on my cottage patio garden.

Spring greens, growing in containers on my patio. sometimes I use the plastic (eek) containers from organic greens purchased at the store. I poke a few small holes in the bottom of the container, add some potting soil, sprinkle seeds on top of soil add a little more soil on top of the seeds - water. Use the container lid under the bottom .

Spring greens, growing in containers on my patio. 

Sometimes I use the plastic (eek) containers, from organic greens purchased at the store. I poke a few small holes in the bottom of the container, add some potting soil, sprinkle seeds on top of soil add a little more soil on top of the seeds – water. Use the container lid under the bottom to catch the water.

Spring greens

 Some pretty arugula sprouting up in my cottage patio garden. I love they way their leaves look. 

I love the spicy taste of arugula and enjoy adding it my salads. I also add to my pesto.


Container Gardening

Container Gardening – you can use all kinds of containers, make sure you have good drainage. I fertilize with liquid kelp, and mist often.

Organic herb patio garden

Some lovely mint, rosemary and basil growing on my cottage patio.

Spring Green Organic Vegetable juice

Spring Green Organic Vegetable juice
1 med cucumber
1 med bunch of celery
4 cups of super Greens
1-2 carrots optional
I slice the cucumber in half, then quarters. Trim the ends off the bottom and top of celery, rough chop, rough chop the greens, remove ends from carrots.
I use my champion juice. Juicing the greens in between the other juicer vegetables. Options – ginger chopped, 1/2 lemon quartered, 1 apple. Enjoy

Enjoy your spring drink, I hope it adds a  little spring to your step!!

My Best, Biggest, Flouriest Potato to you!!

Irish potato blessing

My best, biggest, and flouriest potato to you!!

In my Irish Kitchen – Today it’s all about potatoes……

Irish cooking

First put the kettle on for some Tay ( tea with an Irish accent)

Traditional Irish foods

Join the  Irish Chef  Melissa as we share some traditional Irish potato recipes ….

Irish Potato cakes

Irish Potato Griddle Cakes.

Boxty Recipes

2 cups grated raw potatoes

2 cups  leftover mashed potatoes

2 cups of flour

2 tsp  baking powder

2 tsp salt  – Ground pepper to taste

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 – 1/2 cup milk (more or less as needed)

1 Tbsp butter or oil (more or less as needed)

1. Mix together the grated raw potatoes.

2.Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper,then add to the potatoes. Stir in the beaten egg, mixing thoroughly.

3.Add milk until it makes a batter.
4. Drop by the tablespoonful onto a hot buttered griddles and cook over moderate heat until browned (3 to 4 minutes per side). serve hot with butter or applesauce.

Irish Celebrations



Irish Cottage Home Decor 

An elegant way to add a wee touch of green  to your cottage / home for St Patrick’s Day – and everyday!

Irish Cottage Home decor St Patricks Day green handmade cottage home decor recipes folk lore

Irish Cottage Home Decor

Irish table decor

Hand – knit Dish Cloth, Mug rug, Pot holders, napkins –  in Irish Moss Stitch. Available in my etsy shop

Potato blossom

Fields of Potato Blossom on P.E.I.

Fields of Potatoes

Potato Field of P.E.I. There was just  beautiful field after field, row after row of beautiful potatoes – yes, I say beautiful because it was fields of lovely flowers and you could smell their scent as you drove by!!

Blossom of a Potato!!!

Blossom of a Potato!!!

Heavenly Potato blossoms

Potato blossoms they smell heavenly – someone should make them into a perfume 😉

Rainbow over Dublin, Ireland

An Irish sketchbook in potographs Irish blessing recipes handmade cottage and home eleganthandmade,

                                                          Rainbow over Dublin                                                                                                                  May you be blessed always with, A sunbeam to warm you, A moonbeam to charm you,                              A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.



Wearing of the green Elegant Jewelry for St Patricks day An Irish sketchbook in Photographs recipes and folklore

Shades Of Irish Green lariat / necklace

Thank you for stopping by my Irish Cottage.

Many Blessing to you ~ Melissa


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In My Winter Kitchen- Vintage Recipes

Slainte a Thabhairt duit! (health to you)

Welcome to My Winter Kitchen.

Vintage cookbook,recipes

The American Women Cookbook – 1938 is just one of my vintage cookbooks that I enjoy. I seem to look at this one a lot.

Vintage Breakfast foods.

Yum homemade waffles  – Oh my – look at all of that butter!!

Vintage cookbook Photo from my Cookbook American Women Cookbook. Have you ever made english Muffins! I have - it was fun

Photo from my vintage American Women Cookbook.

Have you ever made Crumpets / English Muffins? I have – it was fun and much tastier than ones purchased from the store.

Crumpets / English Muffins You could make extra of these and freeze.

Crumpets / English Muffins ~ You could make extra and freeze them.

Cooking at home!

Here are a few recipes for you to try.

With the cooler weather there has been a lot of cooking going on around here!


My homemade Blueberry Pancakes!

Have fun with your food – use pretty dishes, prepare themed meals, Use good quality cookware and utensils.

Pancakes from a vintage cookbook - The American Women Cookbook


I love preparing food and eating at home. It’s such a nice atmosphere – no banging of dishes, loud voices from people you have never meet, you know who ate from the dishes before you;-) AND you know exactly what is in your food!


I do get a lot of inspiration from my vintage cookbooks – I love looking at the old photos!

There are days though that I just do not have time or desire to cook, so I prepare larger amounts than I need at one meal and refrigerate or freeze enough for another meal. Dan ate these for about three days. I do this with a lot of foods especially – soup / stews, vegetables, casseroles. I keep salads made a head. Then you always have something ready – on hand – then you are not tempted to grab fast foods. Why would you want fast foods when you can have delicious homemade  that is so much tastier and better for you!!

From my kitchen to yours –  I hope you have a wonderful, creative day!


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