Friday, March 7, 2014

Leprechauns, an Irish Castle, and Shamrock Biscuits

March House Block Information

Shamrock Biscuits
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
2/3 cup milk

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2.  Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
3.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until it looks like coarse crumbs.  Make a well; add milk all at once.  Stir quickly with fork just until dough follows fork around bowl.
4.  Turn onto lightly floured surface.  Knead gently 10 to 12 strokes.  Roll or pat dough ½ inch thick.
5.  Cut straight down with a shamrock cookie cutter, no twisting.
6.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

~Irish Blessing


Here's a photo of my Irish ancestor - my great-grandfather, James Lynch.  Do you have an Irish ancestor?  Inquiring minds want to know! By commenting, you'll be entering to win a copy of A Time for Peace (Quilts of Lancaster County) by Barbara Cameron.  If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.  The winner will be announced on April 1.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post My House Block Bee Quilt, a March Wind, and Sleepless in Colorado.


  1. No Irish ancestors here! Mostly Swedish.

  2. This block is so cool! and the rainbow...great idea.

  3. Lots of Irish and Scots ancestors. Of course I am also a green-eyed redhead! :-)
    I will have to make your recipe this month when I make our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal!
    Love that beautiful quilt!

  4. English, German and Welsh, but, no Irish, I don't think.

  5. Yes, my mother's grandmother emigrated from Northern Ireland to Canada during the nineteenth century potato famine. Her husband died on the voyage and a British soldier in Canada married her shortly after her arrival. They had thirteen children together, and my grandmother was among them. My father's parents emigrated from Scotland and married here shortly thereafter.

  6. Yes, of course. My maternal great-grandparents were Irish, and emigrated from Ireland. I'm 1/4 Irish, and also 1/4 Swede. Kathy R

  7. Scotch-Irish ... whatever that means ... is somewhere in the mix.
    I noticed Irish flags hanging all along the avenue that passes in front of our church so I suppose there will be a parade up-coming. In Cleveland they used to paint the center stripe of the street green and our pipe band played all our repertoire of Irish tunes.

  8. What a wonderful block. I LOVE the idea of using the multicolored rick rack for the rainbow. I wouldn't have thought about that.

  9. Just love the rick-rack rainbow. Very clever!

  10. I don't have Irish ancestors, but my husband does. His mother was named Mary Kathleen and she had red hair.

  11. Love the rickrack Do not think that I have seen this before but then I don't look too hard either. It is perfect here.

    Great job


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