For the Love of the Irish~ Giveaway!


I’m sharing some cookbook love and love of the Irish and giving away The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook!

Full of beautiful food and scenery sprinkled in~

I picked up one for myself and one to giveaway

in time for St. Paddy’s Day!

Irish Pub Cookbook1

In addition to best-loved favorites like Irish Stew, Colcannon, Brown Soda Bread with Molasses there are also recipes for Rhubarb Crisp, Blue Cheese & Walnut Tartlets,  and Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Herb Dumplings.

The potato lover will not be disappointed with recipes for Leek & Potato Soup, Bacon and Potato Cakes, and Potato, Leek & Chicken Pie!

Irish Pub Cookbook

To further whet your appetite for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, here are a few posts from the archives.

Click on the link below the photos for a taste!


Irish Car Bomb Brownies


and When Brownies Bomb~


Spinach Pesto Mashed Potatoes

spinach clover pesto

 and Baby Spinach 4- Leaf Clovers~

Wearing of the Green at the Table

St. Pat's table

  Shamrocks, pots of gold, and flowers

served up in cabbage vases~

Pot of Gold Irish Potato Soup

A Pot of Gold any leprechaun would enjoy~ Yukon Gold Potatoes, Kerrygold Irish Butter and a generous sprinkling of Kerrygold Cheddar Cheese.


To enter this wee giveaway and win a copy of this cookbook leave a comment telling me your favorite Irish food!


Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry. Subscribe by email or follow on Facebook and let me know by comment.


A winner will be chosen Monday, March 11th~

All the Luck o’ the Irish!

This giveaway is now closed.


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  215 comments for “For the Love of the Irish~ Giveaway!

  1. February 25, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Honestly, any dish with Potatoes!!!

  2. February 25, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I love corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and boiled potatoes with fresh parsley and melted butter.

  3. February 25, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Oh my goodness Mary! These pictures all made me very hungry!! I bet the recipes are scrumptious!! I just love all the eye candy over here!! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  4. angie
    February 25, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I haven’t eaten much Irish food – I guess that’s why I need a cookbook.

  5. Rosemary Watson
    February 25, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I agree with the first poster, potatoes! Love potatoe soup:)

  6. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    February 25, 2013 at 5:38 am

    It’s all about the potatoes for me! Or soda bread fresh out of the oven with butter. I have the shamrock punch ;o) I’ll have to make a shamrock salad!

  7. Betty
    February 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Corn beef and cabbage! Yum!

  8. February 25, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Corned beef & cabbage with potatoes & carrots done together with a pickling spice…leftovers are always better…

  9. February 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Anything that goes with a Guinness!

  10. Patti
    February 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow, beautiful pics! There’s nothing like Irish
    Soda bread toasted with some jam…or scones, both with tea of course…thanks for sharing.

  11. February 25, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Pot of Gold Irish Potatoe Soup , but would love to try many more, just do not know how to cook them.

  12. RRJD
    February 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Bangers & mash with Guinness gravy! Just need to know how to make it at home! Love the clover cutout biscuit topper for the stew!

  13. Jean DiDaniele
    February 25, 2013 at 6:32 am

    My husband makes the BEST Irish potatoes….which aren’t Irish and they aren’t potatoes. Wonderfully sweet treats with cream cheese and rolled in a cinnamon mixture…..YUM

  14. Vicki
    February 25, 2013 at 6:33 am

    What a great giveaway! Oh…I’ll take anything that goes with a good Guinness gravy! This book would definitely please my son’s Irish fiancee!

  15. February 25, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Shepherd’s pie – and I subscribe. The pictures are fantastic.

  16. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    February 25, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Does a Black & Tan count???:@) Ok, if it has to be real food… How about Shepard’s Pie, only I use hamburger instead of lamb. Thanks for the fun give-away and all of the Green Inspiration Mary:@)

  17. February 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Wow, that’s tough….my favorite Irish food…..I’m a descendent of Scotch-Ulsters, so I grew-up on irish food! I guess my favorite is Guinness Stout Beef Stew with Irish Soda Bread. YUMMY!!!! Super giveaway, and I hope I win!

  18. Pam
    February 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I love all of your shamrock stuff, especially the bread and towels!
    Visiting from Met Monday.
    Have a great day!

  19. barbara n
    February 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

    My favorite irish food is shepards pie

  20. barbara n
    February 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I am an email subscriber to home is where the boat is

  21. Ellen
    February 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Potato and leek soup. Love it.

  22. Rhonda Steelman
    February 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Shepherd’s pie

  23. February 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I love Shepherd’s Pie

  24. February 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I follow you via email

  25. February 25, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Love the rustic foods of Ireland!

  26. Cheryl
    February 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

    So far I have to say that I absolutely love Irish Soda Bread (the carboholic that I am), but I cannot wait to try your spinach pesto mashed potatoes. They look wonderful. And I love the idea for those spinach 4-leaf clovers!!

  27. Stacey
    February 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Oh too many to choose!! Love a good Shepherd’s Pie, but who doesn’t love potatoes any style!! And Guinness to use and consume, why wouldn’t a gal?! Love this site! I’m a brand new follower!!

  28. February 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Of course I love making Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes to give as gifts. My favorite Irish food is a Lamb Stew recipe I found a few years ago. The preparation is very therapeutic and the end result is fragrant and delicious– worthy of a beautiful tablescape! I am Anglo Irish and my husband is Catholic Irish so together we represent our ancestors’ homeland fairly well.

  29. Dawn Renee '
    February 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Saddly can’t say I have had the pleasure of trying many irish foods, live up north in an area influenced by german and Norwegian settlers. But one of my favorite meals to make each year is corned beef with potatoes, cabbage and carrots. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win this beautiful book and give my taste buds a new thrill.

  30. February 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Shepherd’s Pie or Irish Stew<3

  31. Dawn Renee '
    February 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Ps…of course I follow you by email. Thank you for all you share.

  32. Donnie W
    February 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I love a good Irish soda bread but everything you showed looks so delicious.

  33. Donnie W
    February 25, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I’m also a FB follower.

  34. February 25, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Yum! I’m a subscriber and and would love to be entered in the giveaway! I was in Ireland not too long ago and fell in love with the food! (and came back a bit heavier) I’ve been trying to recreate some of my favorites at home. ( I just featured Guinness truffles on my blog.) Thanks for sharing these! I always look forward to your delightful posts!

  35. February 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Mt favorite Irish food is Irish Stew with Soda Bread. Love your blog….pictures are always beautiful!

  36. February 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I’m part Irish and we had corned beef and cabbage yesterday! You are so clever Mary. I love how you created the four-leafed clover from the spinach leaf using the hole punch!

  37. Suzanne Peters
    February 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Left over corned beef and potatoes made into homemade corned beef hash,
    makes a great breakfast or dinner the next day.

  38. Becky garrion
    February 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Potato soup made with a little guinness

  39. February 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Beautiful post! I love all the lovely greens and the food is mouth watering……Christine

  40. Pat
    February 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Lamb stew is my favorite, not only do I follow your blog, I tell everyone at every social gathering about your blog complete with tablescape, recipes and humor. I would love to win the cookbook. I found the 4 leaf clover punch at hobby lobby on Friday,with a 40% coupon it was $ 7.99
    Small green ramekins from world market and my spinach mashed potatoes
    Should woo my 2 year old grandson into eating spinach,

  41. February 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

    As always, your photography is stunning, Mary.

    My favorite Irish foods would include potatoes and cabbage! :) Thank you for a great giveaway!

  42. February 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I follow Home is Where the Boat is via email and Facebook! :) Thanks again for a great giveaway!

  43. February 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I could go for any of these foods mentioned right now. Hard to pick a favorite but a slice of Irish soda bread would be my favorite today. Thanks for getting us started thinking about St Patrick’s Day and Ireland and a great giveaway. I am not Irish but love to learn about customs and cuisines.

  44. February 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I am an email follower.

  45. February 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

    What a wonderful post, all fabulous images!
    Mary, do you know if they have a shamrock punch, not a 4 leaf clover?
    I would love to get one!
    I will have to start practicing the Siege of Ennis and Stack of Barley to get ready for the big day!
    Thanks in advance for linking to Let’s Dish!

  46. February 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I am a follower and subscribe by email too. Thanks!

  47. Julie Wolf
    February 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Aw soda bread for sure. :)

  48. February 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I would love a copy of this cookbook, Mary. It would be the perfect addition to my little culinary collection.

    I also love how you did the bread bowl!

  49. Rhonda Steelman
    February 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I am a subscriber and follow by email.

  50. February 25, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Oops…forgot to mention Shepherd’s Pie is my favorite. It’s been awhile since I made it. I should get busy and do one for St Paddy’s Day.

    Of course, I am a follower.:-)

  51. February 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know much about Irish food, even though my Mother was 100% Irish, sher was a terrible cook:):) So, I choose ANY kind of potatoes!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL pictures, Mary!!! XO, Pinky

  52. Paula
    February 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Mary~ Wonderful pictures AGAIN of course !! I would enjoy the stew, followed by a yummy brownie !
    Have a blessed day!

  53. Marye D
    February 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I love all things Irish… thanks for the all the great ideas. I’m going to implement some for my party!

  54. February 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for sharing this.. I so love anything St. Patrick’s.. I have to go get a punch! oops snow day today.. maybe tomorrow.. hugs.. and yes yes, I’d love to have the cookbook.. totally. Thanks.. follow.. xo marlis

  55. Gloria
    February 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

    My favorite Irish dinner is corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Leftovers make a great hash the next day.

  56. Gloria
    February 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I subscribe to Home Is Where The Boat Is by e-mail.

  57. Gloria
    February 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  58. Gloria
    February 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I follow you on Pinterest too. :)

  59. Tarnation
    February 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Melt in you mouth corned beef!

  60. Tenley Heller
    February 25, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Giveaway-melt in your mouth corned beef!

    Sent from my iPhone

  61. Deborah
    February 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I am so glad that I found you and follow you! Your posts are a mini-meditation break in my day. Irish food? Irish Soda Bread with currants.

  62. Sarah Gulliver
    February 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I’m all about the Irish Soda Bread!

  63. February 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

    My favorite is soda bread with kerrygold butter; o raisins or caraway in the bread please. What an awesome give away; the photos from that book are absolutely beautiful!

  64. Noreen
    February 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Hi there, what a wonderful giveaway! I love all things Irish because all four of my grandparents came to the US from southern IRELAND and I don’t know how come I don’t have a single cookbook. I love Corned Beef and cabbage but that is more of an American dish. I love Irish Soda bread too. I subscribe to you. I hope I win! Thanks for the chance. Noreen

  65. Cindy
    February 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I feel like I should be Irish, my husband and I were both born on St. Patrick’s Day. Yes you read right…so I hope I have the luck of the Irish and win this cookbook. I love potatoes in any shape or form. Thanks for the chance.

  66. Linda Lee
    February 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    A good Irish Soda Bread is my favorite along with Corned Beef and Cabbage! Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely Irish cookbook! I love cookbooks and experimenting with recipes! Love your blog and photos. I look forward to your emails! They make my day brighter.

  67. February 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I have a wonderful Corned beef recipe I have used for over 20 years. I marinates in wonderful spices. I always enjoy my Irish food with a Guiness, YUM.

    I am an email follower. Thank you for such wonderfull ideas and recipes.

  68. Julia D.
    February 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I would have to go with Corned Beef and cabbage! I haven’t had it in years since the hubby is not fond of it at all, but I crave it and have splurged and made a small batch for myself a few times in the past. Thank you for this great opportunity since the cookbook sounds wonderful!

  69. jlmor
    February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Love corned beef and cabbage with parsnips, carrots and boiled potatoes. I don’t know why I just make it once a year.

  70. Laurie
    February 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I love a great Irish Stew especially during the cold and dreary winter months. The wonderful aromas from this dish throughout the house make me feel warm and cozy.

  71. tinslera
    February 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Potatoes of any kind, but corned beef and cabbage…love love love. PS, my favorite color is green!!!

  72. tinslera
    February 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I am a follower of your via email! Have a green day!

  73. Martha
    February 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I’m not fond of corn beef and cabbage so last year I made a Guinness Stew. But I have to admit my favorite part was the Irish Soda Bread.

  74. Debbie
    February 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I am a email follower and I love all your posts. Especially the garden shed posts. I adore potatoes of any kind. Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Jeannie
    February 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Oh, Irish Soda Bread served with Potato Soup. With Irish ancestors on both sides of the family, anything Irish from lace, to Beleek, to crystal, to Irish knits and woolens is a must around our house.

  76. February 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Sounds like a fun cookbook…and I love the clover leaf punch!

  77. Debby S.
    February 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    We always have corned beef and I make cabbage and eggs noodles with Irish Soda bread and Kerry Gold Butter. Loving your blog :)

  78. February 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Potatoes with Irish butter — nothing can beat that! :)

  79. February 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Oh my! That could be enough ideas for a whole month! What a post. Everything is so beautiful and so delicious looking. You always blow me away! What clever, clever ideas. I am lucky to remember to wear green not to mention pulling out all the stops like this – well done, my elegant friend!

  80. February 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    as always i love your pics, my favorite are your mosaics, love the castle center, so fab, so you!

  81. Marilyn
    February 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I love everything Irish. Your pictures, ideas and crafts are just the best.
    I look so forward to your blog. Thank you

  82. Paula
    February 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    We enjoy a wee bit of Irish cooking with a wonderful homemade potato soup, Irish stew, and Irish soda bread thanks to recipes from my Irish friends! I have a recipe from an Irish pioneering ancestor from the 1800’s written up in a cook book, but the ingredients aren’t anything we would consider palatable today! It would be interesting to see what is a comin’ down th’ pike in this cookbook! Better yet, I just love all your wonderful tablescapes, seasonal decor, and fresh new ideas! I follow them on FB, via email, and will now follow you on Pinterest since I just started pinning!

  83. Pam
    February 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    That’s easy….IRISH MIST! Happy Paddy’s Day!

  84. Paula
    February 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    My Pinterest name is ‘Sparkle and Light’, btw! I’m sure you’ll see that sprinkled all over your photos and recipes!

  85. Suzi
    February 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Well, maybe should not admit it but Baileys Irish Cream over ice! Had Baileys Irish Cream Pie at an authentic Irish Restaurant once and thought I’d in all the delicious goodness.

  86. February 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    My favorite Irish dish is Irish Stew made with lamb.

  87. H May
    February 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Shepherd’s Pie is our favorite Irish dish!

  88. Nancy
    February 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I know this is probably a lot of peoples choice. But I love
    Corned Beef and Cabbage with potatoes and carrots also…
    This is my absolute FAVORITE…

  89. Linda Kemp
    February 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    My favorite dish is colcannon. We were camping in Myrtle Beach back in the early 70’s and were invited to a potluck that some of the other campers had put together. We tasted this dish, loved it and tried to find out what it was. No one knew who made it. I went to the library and figured out what it was, wrote the recipe down and have continued to cook it all these years. I make corned beef but my potatoes and cabbage are in the colcannon :-)

  90. Carol
    February 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    My favorite Irish food would be the meatballs with Guinness Gravy that I had at an Irish Pub in Portland, Oregon. Delicious.

  91. Carol
    February 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I am a follower by email. Thanks for the wonderful posts, and this give away opportunity.

  92. February 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I am a follower by email. Great giveaway, thanks.

  93. February 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Corn Beef and Cabbage is a great dish for St. Pat’s Day, and a favorite.

  94. February 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Many years ago a good Irish friend introduced me to brown flour Irish Soda Bread and I have not had any as good since that time so I would love to enjoy the receipe from The Complete Irish Pub Receipe Book. When we spent a winter at Cape Cod we loved eating in the Pubs as well as when visiting our daughter in Boston. Thank you for the giveaway and most of all for the mouthwatering pictures you put with this post.
    With fortitude,
    Sylvia Faye

  95. Bonbongirl
    February 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    That’s an easy one: Irish Coffee :)

  96. BamaCarol
    February 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Irish stew or potato soup would be my favorites but I’d love to try more. I will if I win that cookbook! Thanks for the opportunity.

  97. BamaCarol
    February 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I am also an email follower, love it when I see new posts from you in my inbox!

  98. February 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Potatoes of course!
    Any style, any way, come to my belly to stay!!

    Honestly though, my nan came over to England from Ireland when she was in her 20’s and never cooked anything to pass on to us grand kids!

    I did live with her for a few months when I was older though and I remember her making a fantastic stew and Shepard’s Pie, I regret not getting her recipes!

    This of course being the reason I would be so grateful to have an Irish cookbook in my life!

    Wonderful blog by the way, I will be following!

  99. February 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “Followed” ^_^!

  100. mOm
    February 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    My mother made the best Pea Soup, served us Brown Bread and made wonderful Potato Pancakes served with applesauce. I miss her many delicious dishes. This blog just spoke to me, she passed years ago and her ashes are in Sweet Ireland. I would LOVE to be the winner of this book. It would be a treasure to go through and make some of those wonderful recipes.

    Your blog has been a wonderful part of my day since I stumbled across it before the Christmas holidays. When I open your email it just opens a door of comfort and relaxation for the mind. Thanks for always taking the most beautiful pictures that just speak words all on their own. I hope I win!!!!!

  101. Joanne
    February 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I live in a very Irish community where every pub/restaurant is Irish and the local supermarket has it own Irish aisle. I would have to say that Shepherd’s Pie is my favorite Irish food. Happy St. Patrick’s Day :)

  102. Joanne
    February 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I follow you here and on facebook

  103. February 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Irish Car Bomb Brownies?!?! I laughed out loud when I read that name :-) Anything with potatoes makes me ridiculously happy–this cookbook looks amazing! I am an email subscriber, Mary…. thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  104. February 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love following you, too. I so look forward to your posts and the lovely way you do tablescapes. I really enjoy hearing about your life on the lake. Also, books. I wish I had more time to read, but you have started me down the road to the garden fairies. I love them. I collect cookbooks and this one looks marvelous.

  105. Robyn
    February 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Definitely potato soup but I’m sure I would have to try the Irish Car Bomb brownies!

  106. Shannon Lynch Ordonez
    February 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Soda bread and anything with potatoes would be my crave. Beautiful pictures and cookbook, get me excited for my trip to Ireland this fall. Thank you for offering such a lovely give a way. I am a new follower via email. Love it! I’m already hooked.

  107. Donna W
    February 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    We love corned beef on rye, but those yummy pictures make me want to try some new recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  108. February 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    You must have a bit of the leprechaun in you… what creative ideas for St. Paddy’s Day! My very favorite Irish food is Potato soup! Thanks Mary, for the chance to win a cookbook!

  109. Susan Kellam
    February 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    You can’t beat a good potato soup with lots of cheese. And chocolate for dessert is a must! I’m a follower too!

  110. Stef
    February 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I really do love “boiled dinner” (corned beef and cabbage), but lamb stew is the bomb! Thank you for all the thought and beautiful photos you post. Coming here is always like a little vacation.

  111. Stef
    February 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    PS. I subscribe to, and read, your daily emails and then follow your “read more” link to here.

  112. February 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    OMG I’m # 111 to comment on this post today. Wow! You are a Rock Star, Mary. And for good reason!!! You are inspiring me to start thinking green. ‘-)
    PS Just when I was thinking spring, our weather turned windy and cold. Not working in the garden this week. ‘-)

  113. February 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Oh Mary, I’d love a chance to win the cookbook! I’m already a follower of yours. Hmmmm my favorite Irish dish is shepherd’s pie.

  114. February 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Car Bomb Brownies??!?!?!?!?!?! Seriously?!??!?!?! That’s wild! Man, I wish I could travel to Ireland! It just looks so beautiful, and the food photos you posted look fabulous…especially the soup in the bread bowl!!!

  115. February 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I love corned beef with my homemade mustard sauce. I make corned beef in the crockpot, letting it simmer in Guinness. I have long wanted this cookbook. Fingers crossed that I win! :-)

  116. February 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I follow by email.

  117. February 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I also follow via Facebook.

  118. February 26, 2013 at 3:58 am

    What a lovely cookbook, Mary! If I don’t win it I’m going to look for it to buy, Mary. I’m half Irish–my maiden name begins with a O’ so yes, I love traditional Irish cusine like Boxty, black pudding and bangers and mash. I’ve visited Ireland many times, in fact I’ve seen the castle that is in the midle of one of your clolages is Dunluce castle in Northern Ireland.. Truly a beautiful place! I LOVE your idea of making decorative shamrocks usinf fresh spinach leaves and a punch– that is sucha clever idea!

    I’m hoping I have “luck o the Irish” and win this book! :) Thanks!

  119. February 26, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I didn’t know you had a facebook page, Mary! I just susbscribed!

  120. Donna
    February 26, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I subscribe to your blog and it’s an absolute delight! I love a hot piece of Irish Soda bread and a cup of tea out of my Beleek tea cup. Colcannon is a close second. Thank you for a lovely display of all things Irish.

  121. Thiah
    February 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Awesome Irish!

    Sent from my iPhone

  122. ann
    February 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    goodness, Irish stew, made the day before.

  123. Margie
    February 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Irish Stew is great. Great pictures!!!

  124. February 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Steel cut oats of course-from Ireland.

  125. Barbara P from MA
    February 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Growing up we always celebrated St Paddy’s day with a meal of daisy ham (instead of the corned beef), potatoes,carrots and cabbage. To this day it is still my favorite Irish meal.

  126. February 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Mary…great giveaway…St. Patrick’s Day is so special to us as my dad is of Irish descent and my granddaughter was born on St. Patrick’s Day..I say it was “divine intervention”….I made those “pesto mashed potatoes” last year….but with a twist…I made them with spinach…they turned out great…You know that I am a happy follower of yours and really like you on Facebook!!!….

  127. Suzy Weisz
    February 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I love Shepperd’s Pie and so many other Irish dishes. Since I’m married to an Irishman (Patrick), I would love to make some special dishes for him from this book. We frequent a local Irish Pub and love the atmoshphere and food. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  128. February 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I just HAD to pop in to tell you how much I LOVE your St. Patrick’s Day creations, Mary!! Please don’t put me in the drawing, as I’ve already won my pretty Chickadee teapot & plates from you. I’d be embarrassed to win again.
    You always have such wonderfully creative posts. I’m GREEN with Envy! LOL

  129. Anita
    February 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I love Irish food! (My Grandmother was a Quinn after all!) Even if I don’t win the cookbook I will buy it. Wow, its gorgeous. And so are your pictures! My favorite Irish food is Boxty. Fried and potatoes = YUM! And lamb stew, made with Guinness. I subscribe and follow you on Pinterest. Does that get me an extra entry?

  130. Donna Becker
    February 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Corned Beef & Cabbage is my all time favorite, closely followed by potatoes fixed anyway

  131. February 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    OMG. Oh yes yes yes I would absolutely FREAK OUT if I won this cookbook – this post makes me deliriously happy!!!!! Please enter me, definately!

    Yay, thank you for the opportunity! I already just looking at this post got some great ideas, I almost always host a St. Pat’s tea party!

    I am Irish on both sides so I am feeling LUCKY!!

  132. February 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I have this cookbook on my want list, please let me win!!!!

  133. February 28, 2013 at 1:18 am

    And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website! Stunningly beautiful!

  134. February 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Shepard’s Pie is always a favorite, but a good ole potato is a dinner must.

  135. georgeanne
    February 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I follow via email everyday. Your website is absolutely stunning this morning.

  136. Mary L
    February 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I am an email subscriber, great giveaway! Thanks.

  137. Diane
    February 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    No question, shepherds pie – love your website

  138. Victoria O'Berry
    February 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I had the joy of visiting Ireland and while there my favorite food was the most incredible salmon with lemon dill sauce that I had in Galway. I still get cravings for the sauce. I also enjoy lamb chops and lamb stew. Ireland is not only in my blood, but in my heart.

  139. Yolanda Wright
    February 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Colcannon & Corned beef with cabbage.

  140. February 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    A few of the names for the recipes are very familiar as my mother was Irish and cooked these simple foods. My favourite is soda bread, of course, brown with added seeds and nuts for increased nutritional value. I do enjoy your blog, all of the stunning photos and much inspiration for me, to help create a delightful home. Thankyou for all of your energy in presenting this beautiful blog. Sincerely, Patricia ps. I love your furry ones.

  141. Bonnie Keearns
    February 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Poundies or Champ is my favorite Irish food. It is a comfort food that I ate as a child and make when I want to go home to those wonderful memories. It is mashed potatoes with green onion, with a “well” of butter in the center…yum! The mashed potatoes are eaten from around the outer edge of the well and dipped into the butter.To champ means to bruise, pound or smash, hence the term poundies. Whoever said, “Don’t play with your food” never had poundies.

  142. phyllis
    February 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    My family loves the traditional Irish corned beef dinner so much that I often buy several corned beefs this time of year when they are on sale.They keep unopened in the refrigerator or freezer for quite a while. I would love to learn to make some other classic Irish dishes with your cookbook. Thanks!

  143. March 1, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I am a follower of yours by email. Love your blog.

  144. March 1, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Love to enter your giveaway. My family love colcannon and we have it alot.

  145. Sandra Marshall
    March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    My favorite Irish food is the Golden Irish Potato Soup!YUM YUM

  146. Carolyn
    March 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Love colcannon and for the first time last year, for St. Pat’s Day, I made a delicious Irish Soda Bread. I do have Irish heritage which is proven by my love of potatoes, I guess. I have followed your beautiful and informative blog longer than I can remember!

  147. MaryJo
    March 2, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I am Irish by marriage, and I can’t think of any Irish food that I don’t like, but I especially love colcannon and Irish soda bread. I love to cook and that book looks excellent.
    I just discovered your blog today when I was looking at a friend’s Pinterest items on Facebook. I am now signed up for an email subscription and I liked your page on Facebook.
    Your photos are gorgeous and your idea are so inspiring.
    My husband and I actually live on a boat so when I initially saw the title of your blog, I assumed you did also. =0)
    I look forward to your blog entries, thanks for doing it.

  148. March 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Mary, you are amazing!! I have signed up for an email subscription and I liked your page on FB. Everybody needs a new cookbook and an Irish one is perfect!! I am in love with Irish cheese this year… :-)

  149. Maria
    March 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Your blog is a great source of inspiration to me. I love corned beef and cabbage and I love your blog.

  150. March 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Laughing at Pinky’s comment about her Irish mom being a terrible cook! My Irish mom wasn’t a fancy cook, but a good one, and made a mean mile high apple pie.
    If you pick Retta’s name, you can send it to me. I know she would want it that way, LOL!

  151. March 4, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, and Bangers and Mash!

    March 4, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Leek and potato soup.

  153. March 4, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I love the taste and tradition of corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes and carrots! When my children were young I would get up early and paint lepercaun footprints in our courtyard for our children to follow to find the pot of gold (gold wrapped candies in a flowerpot I spray painted.) One year my husband decided to let me sleep in and he in turn painted the footprints in the yard. My son caught him “in the act” and exclaimed:”Don’t tell mom you are doing this; she thinks the lepercaun is real.” I will always cherish that delighful memory.
    Thank you for all the beautiful posts you post. It’s always a blessing to open my email and to find a new Home is Where the Boat Is posting. You encourage and inspire me. Blessings to you Dear One!

  154. March 4, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I would LOVE to win that charming and delicious cookbook!! I do love many things irish and we have always celebrated with an irish dinner on St.Pats Day. We always had Irish Stew and Soda Bread. So sign me up Mary…it would be such a delight to win. Nann

  155. March 4, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I love corned beef and Irish potato bread! Your Irish apple cake looks yummy too!

  156. March 4, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I like you on Facebook

  157. Tracy G.
    March 4, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Eye Candy indeed! The book is beautiful. I’ll be making the Irish Apple Cake soon!

  158. Denise
    March 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Enjoying your blog and lovely table settings…especially like that you list your shopping sources. You have inspired me to celebrate st. pat’s!

  159. Marie C in Arizona
    March 4, 2013 at 6:46 am

    mmmmmm…..scones and jam!!! Please enter me…I just love your blog! Not only are your table settings inspired, but your photography is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity!

  160. Pam
    March 4, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I think I am becoming for Irish by the minute. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  161. Robyn
    March 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I think I might just have to make the Irish Apple Cake!

  162. Rosemary Watson
    March 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I don’t cook but my daughter does. Would love to win a copy for her:)

  163. March 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I love a good Gooseberry Crumble! My Mother used to make it for us when we were growing up in England. Gooseberries are difficult to find where we live now! Glad I joined your blog…your stories, photos and recipes are always so “luscious”!

  164. Cheryl
    March 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Looks like a wonderful cake, Mary! I love anything apple. Can’t wait to try this one! :)

  165. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    March 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Mmmm, it all looks so delicious!

  166. Ellen Martin
    March 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Looking forward to trying the Irish Apple Cake………with your tweaks!! My husband’s family came from Ireland, and we spent several days attempting to trace roots back in the late 80’s with little success. We loved the countryside and people however, and enjoyed lunch with the mayor in County Monaghan. Love your blog and the beautiful photography!!

  167. Michelle B.
    March 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting!!

  168. March 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

    It’s hard to pick a favorite,I love Irish Stew made with lamb and also Sheppherd’s Pie but all time favorite is Corned Beef dinner.

  169. JoAnn Earhart
    March 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    What a beautiful cookbook! Makes me want to go to Ireland tomorrow, but since I can’t, cooking those recipes would be the next best thing! Love the visuals! Sigh…

  170. Natalie Smith
    March 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Beautifully illustrated, approachable and enticing recipes! We live in rural Nova Scotia with a bounty of wild apples that are tart and perfect for your Irish Apple Cake recipe, that I am going to make for afternoon tea today! Thanks!!!!!!

  171. Terri Hughes
    March 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Irish Potato Soup!

  172. Becky garrion
    March 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Love the recipes! Love everything Irish?

  173. Cheryl Kennedy
    March 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Love your postings and especially the photos! I’ve been dieting since the new year and reading the apple cake recipe about did me in! Would love the cookbook since we are Kennedy’s…

  174. Judy Hubbard
    March 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I love potatoes! Will try your Irish Potato Soup.

  175. Noelle
    March 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Oh gosh, potatoes. I will eat them in any way, shape, or form. I also love me some soda bread!

  176. Annette Tracy
    March 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This cookbook looks great. I’d love to win it. And yes, I do follow this blog. We do a big dinner on St Patty’s day, the works and I make a sweet/hot mustard that is so good w/the corned beef! That apple cake looks wonderful. I’m definitely going to make it. Thanks for the tip about the extra apple!

  177. ERIKA
    March 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Irish potato candy ;) beautiful pictures looks like a wonderful cookbook.

  178. ERIKA
    March 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I subscribe via email

  179. Pat M.
    March 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    These sound wonderful! The cookbook would be a great addition. I follow the blog and look fwd to it! I share it with a dear friend.

  180. Pat
    March 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Mary, I have truly enjoyed all your posts. You have such a talent at making things beautiful. I have been inspired by all of your postings, but as I am Irish & my dear husband was Scottish, I absolutely love your St. Paddy’s Day posts. About 20 years ago we started making corned beef & cabbage (& potatoes, carrots, rutabega & onions) for a St. Pat’s Day Celebration at our church & we still continue it today. It would sure be nice to win that beautiful cookbook to be able to try some other Irish recipes. I hope that your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is delightful & delicious. Pat

  181. March 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    That apple cake is calling to me!

  182. March 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    This looks like a wonderful cookbook, Mary, and I would so appreciate having my name entered into the drawing! What a nice giveaway!!

    I hope you have a wonderful week. :)


  183. Maureen O
    March 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    It’s hard to find really good Irish cookbooks and this one looks like a winner. It’s wonderful that you are offering this giveaway!

  184. Polly
    March 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I love everything Irish and enjoy trying authentic Irish recipes – just discovered your site today and have signed up to receive regular emails. I have a very old apple tree in my backyard – will definitely try this apple cake recipe! Thanks for allowing me to enter your cookbook give-away contest! I’m also married to an authentic Irishman!

  185. Dede Agosta
    March 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    My favorite Irish food is Irish Soda bread but my favorite Beverages are Irish coffee (with Jameson’s, of course) and Guiness.

  186. Pam
    March 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Making this apple cake tomorrow….sounds yummmmy! Thanks for sharing. Love hur blog….

  187. Debra Butland
    March 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Love your blog! I just started reading it a couple of weeks ago and it has quickly become my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  188. Rebecca Porada
    March 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I just love Irish soda bread with a nice slab of butter!

  189. March 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I love a Half and Half with my Colcannon!

  190. Lesley Cooper
    March 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Lov ur pics.. “on the water” is tge only place to be.. My son Rory Daniel has been stricken with the love of cookin.. so far Colcannon & Irish stew are a few of his experiments.. can’t wait to introduce him to your site..

  191. Jean W
    March 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Snow day here….need some reason to fire up the oven. Thanks.

  192. Suzanne Perry
    March 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    The Irish apple cake looks delicious. Can’t wait to make it for st Patrick’s day

  193. debbie g
    March 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Your food, and blog are so inspiring! As a person of Irish heritage, who doesn’t have much experience with the cuisine, this book would be fantastic! My 11 year old son loves to cook with me and says he’d be right there next to me as my sous chef!

  194. Eden Pe
    March 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Can’t wait to try the recipes from the cookbook…tastes of heaven here on earth..

  195. Ken Bowers
    March 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Wow, this is tough….my favorite Irish food…..I’m Irish and so is my wife, so we have a huge bash for the 2 families at our home! I grew-up on irish food! I guess my favorite is Guinness Stout Shepard’s pie with Irish Soda Bread. YUMMY!!!! Super giveaway, and I hope I win!

  196. Kathy Schimpf
    March 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    When I visited Reland it was impossible to get a bad meal. Food was wonderful

  197. Pat F.
    March 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, everything looks delicious! My grandmother was from Ireland and we always had corned beef and cabbage along with potatoes and carrots every St. Patrick’s Day. Such wonderful memories! I would love to win this cookbook and try everything! I follow your blog and love it. Some day I would love to have a boat house as lovely as yours, but for now I will dream! Thanks!

  198. Laura Caldwell
    March 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, I can taste that cake! My husband and I both have plenty of Irish blood in us, and I would love to have that cookbook to put some lovely Irish food in us. Corned beef has to be our favorite, I’d say.

  199. March 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    My friend Linda is heading to Ireland in August. I’m going to make this for her tomorrow afternoon when we have tea. I would love to win the cookbook, because I love to cook and bake and share with my friends.

  200. Deb
    March 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

    My favorites are Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Soda Bread. :) Thank you for the opportunity to win this gorgeous book and as ALWAYS your pictures are awesome! You’re my favorite blogger! :)

  201. Tanya Hyde-Barrow
    March 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Just need all the help i can get ,and this looks yummy and wholesome.

  202. June
    March 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I’m an Irish girl from Brooklyn, so I love all Irish food. My childhood fav is Corned Beef & Cabbage. I follow you on Pinterest & FB!

  203. Sherrie O'Connor
    March 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Hands down…Irish soda bread fresh out of the oven…served with an Irish stew. Although alot of great looking recipes here…I could find a new favorite! :)

  204. Susie
    March 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Oh my, the Irish Car Bomb Brownies sound delish!

  205. Susan Bartz
    March 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Irish stew and soda bread! Yum

  206. March 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love Colcannon & will be making that this week, as well as a Guiness Stew that my sweetheart raves about :)

  207. March 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I follow you on Facebook

  208. Diana Dickerson
    March 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Something great to take to the next Irish dance lesson, floow on facebook too!

  209. Donna Becker
    March 11, 2013 at 5:20 am

    corned beef & cabbage…yum yum

  210. April 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Hello! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

  211. January 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    These soups look fabulous! Definitely going on St. Patty’s Day menu this year. Yum!

  212. Judy in OKC
    February 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Yum! What a wonderful gift! Should I win, I would give this cookbook to my best friend who is Irish and lost her mom this year.

  213. March 9, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Oh dear, too late for the giveaway :( you always have the best photos and ideas. You should publish a book! I don’t think I’ve ever had any Irish food, unless potatoes count.

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