Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Irish Sayings, The 'REAL' Story of St. Patrick and some Recipes for the festive day! CHEERS!!!!

St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~Stanislaw J. Lec

Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick's Day consists of the night of the seventeenth of March flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth. ~Author Unknown

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

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

So, success attend St. Patrick's fist,
For he's a saint so clever;
Oh! he gave the snakes and toads a twist,
And bothered them forever!
~Henry Bennett

When Irish eyes are smiling,
'Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
~Author Unknown

The Real St. Patrick
The Patron Saint of Ireland was born into either a Scottish or English family in the fourth century. He was captured as a teenager by Niall of the Nine Hostages who was to become a King of all Ireland. He was sold into slavery in Ireland and put to work as a shepherd. He worked in terrible conditions for six years drawing comfort in the Christian faith that so many of his people had abandoned under Roman rule.

Patrick had a dream that encouraged him to flee his captivity and to head South where a ship was to be waiting for him. He travelled over 200 miles from his Northern captivity to Wexford town where, sure enough, a ship was waiting to enable his escape.

Upon arrival in England he was captured by brigands and returned to slavery. He escaped after two months and spent the next seven years travelling Europe seeking his destiny. During this time he furthered his education and studied Christianity in the Lerin Monastery in France.

He returned to England as a priest. Again a dream greatly influenced him when he became convinced that the Irish people were calling out to him to return to the land of his servitude. He went to the Monastery in Auxerre where it was decided that a mission should be sent to Ireland. Patrick was not selected for this task to his great disappointment. The monk that was selected was called Paladius, but he died before he could reach Ireland and a second mission was decided upon.

Patrick was made a Bishop by Pope Celestine in the year 432 and, together with a small band of followers, traveled to Ireland to commence the conversion. Patrick confronted the most powerful man in Ireland Laoghaire, The High King of Tara as he knew that if he could gain his support that he would be safe to spread the word throughout Ireland.

To get his attention Patrick and his followers lit a huge fire to mark the commencement of Spring. Tradition had it that no fire was to be lit until the Kings fire was complete, but Patrick defied this rule and courted the confrontation with the King. The King rushed into action and travelled with the intention of making war on the holy delegation. Patrick calmed the King and with quiet composure impressed the King that he had no other intention than that of spreading the word of the Gospel.

The King accepted the missionary, much to the dismay of the Druids who feared for their own power and position in the face of this new threat. They commanded that he make snow fall. Patrick declined to do so stating that this was Gods work. Immediately it began to snow, only stopping when Patrick blessed himself.

Still trying to convince the King of his religion, Patrick grasped at a shamrock growing on the ground. He explained that there was but one stem on the plant, but three branches of the leaf, representing the Belssed Trinity. The King was impressed with his sincerity and granted him permission to spread the word of his faith, although he did not convert to Christianity himself. Patrick and his followers were free to spread their faith throughout Ireland and did so to great effect. He drove paganism (symbolised by the snake) from the lands of Eireann.

Patrick died on March 17th in the year 461 at the age of 76. It is not known for sure where his remains were laid although Downpatrick in County Down in the North of Ireland is thought to be his final resting place. His influence is still felt to this day as Nations the world over commemorate him on March 17th of every year.

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Classic Irish Soda Bread
  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
4 cups Flour
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Caraway Seeds
1 1/2 cups Raisins
2 Eggs -- beaten
1 cup Butter or Margarine -- melted
1 cup Milk

Preheat oven to 350oF. Lightly grease a loaf pan. Place raisins and caraway seeds in a large bowl.
Sift together flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Pour sifted mixture over raisins. Add butter,
eggs and milk to the bowl; mix well. Mold dough into a loaf shape on a floured board.
Place dough in greased pan and bake for one hour.

Corned Beef and Cabbage


  • One corned beef brisket, 3 to 4 pounds
  • Water to cover
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bottle dark beer (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2-cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 4 large parsnips, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 medium head cabbage, about 2 pounds, cut into small wedges
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Horseradish sauce (optional garnish, see links below)

Place beef in a large Dutch oven and cover with water. Add onion, optional beer, thyme and parsley. Bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, place bay leaf, peppercorns, mustard seed and cloves into herb ball or piece of tied cheesecloth. Add to pot; reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 3-1/2 hours or until meat is very tender (takes about 1 hour per pound of meat). Add cabbage, carrots and parsnips. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are tender. Remove the meat and cut into slices. Place in the center of a large platter. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and arrange around the beef. Pass the horseradish sauce and, if desired, some of the broth.

Note: If the brisket is too long to fit in your pot, just cut it in half and layer it in.

Be Safe My Friends! Grab a designated driver if you know you are going to get a little tipsy...always better to be safe than sorry :)

CHEERS! Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Charlie Sheen - Whether You Love Him Or Hate Him...He Is A Marketing Genius!!! (Charlie Sheen's Famous Quotes)

Since so many are having a blast quoting Charlie Sheen these days I thought I would make a list of some of his famous they are:

"Good luck on your travels. You're going to need it. Badly.",
"Sorry man, didn't make the rules.",
"I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world.",
"I\u2019ve got magic. I've got poetry at my fingertips.",
"Mistook this rockstar, bro.",
"The only thing I\u2019m addicted to right now is winning.",
"I'm not Thomas Jefferson. He was a pussy.",
"My success rate is 100 percent. Do the math.",

"I'm so tired of pretending my life isn't perfect and bitchin'.",
"Imagine what I would have done with my fire-breathing fists.",
"Here's your first pee test. The next one goes in your mouth. No, you won't get high.",
"The scoreboard doesn't lie. Never has.",
"I am battle-tested bayonets bro.",
"Where there were four, there are now three.",
"Just sit back and enjoy the show.",
"I have real fame. They have nothing.",
"Bring me a challenge. Somebody.",
"Pure and complete gnarly-isms.",
"There's my life. Deal with it. Oh, wait, can't process it? LOSERS.",
"A lot of people think Major League's called Wild Thing. As they should.",
"Why give an interview when you can leave a warning?",
"There's a new sheriff in town. And he has an army of assassins.",
"We work for the pope.",
"Gnarly gnarlingtons.",
"I am special, and I will never be one of you.",
"There are parts of me that are Dennis Hopper.",
"I don't live in the middle anymore. That' where you get embarrassed in front of the prom queen.",
"Thought you were messing with one dude? Sorry.",
"I'm going to hang out with these two smoooooking hotties and fly privately around the world.",
"It might be lonely up here but I sure like the view.",
"I'm done. It's on. Bring it.",
"I wanted to watch Jaws on the ocean in the dark and be afraid.",
"This guy's got more notches on his belt than Black Bart.",
"This is me not on drugs bro.",
"The first one's free. The next one goes in your mouth.",
"This contaminated little maggot can't handle my power.",
"Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words.",
"I closed my eyes and in a nanosecond I cured myself.",
"Quit hiding dude. It's embarrassing. Next subject.",
"It's funny how sheep rhymes with sleep.",
"Bull S-H-I-T.","I've spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold.",
"You've been warned dude. Bring it.",
"Apocalypse Now will teach you how to live inside of a moment between a moment.",
"I have a disease? Bullshit. I cured it with my brain.",
"If you're a part of my family, I will love you violently.",
"I look at the game of baseball and I'm reminded of a quote that I wrote.",
"They couldn't extinguish my pilot light. And that was a mistake.",
"I'm 45, I\u2019ve got five kids, and I've been dumped on for too long.",
"One of my favorite poets is Eminem.",
"Let's hook up and just bring fiery death.",
"Watch me bury you.","I don't sleep. I wait.",
"Let's talk about something exciting. Me.",
"Everybody has a black belt and carries a gun. I don't mess with people.",
"I'm rolling out magic, bro.","Go back to the troll hole where you came from.",
"I'm just giving them what I guess they want, I just don't know if they can handle it. Pussies.",
"I guess I'm just that goddamn bitchin'.",
"We\u2019re Vatican assassins. How complicated can it be?",
"Most of the time- and this includes naps- I'm an F-18.",
"I don't know, winning, anyone? Rhymes with winning? Anyone? Yeah, that would be us.",
"I have one speed. I have one gear. Go.",
"I dare you to keep up with me.",
"I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen.",
"I'm an F-18 bro.",
"The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger and Richards look like droopy-eyed armless children.",
"Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.",
"You should have read the directions before you showed up at the party.",
"I've got tiger blood, man.",
"Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.",
"I may forget about them tomorrow, but they\u2019ll live with that memory for the rest of their lives. And that\u2019s a gift.",
"I was banging seven gram rocks and finishing them. Because that's how I roll.",
"I have a different constitution.",
"I use a blender. I use a vacuum cleaner.",
"I'm bi-winning. I win here, and I win there.",
"What's the cure? Medicine?",
"You borrow my brain for five seconds and just be like 'Dude, can't handle it. Unplug this bastard.'",
"Basically they strapped on their diapers.",
"I exposed people to magic.",
"Shut up. Stop. Move forward.",
"Wow. What does that mean.",
"Resentments are the rocket fuel that lives in the tip of my saber.",
"I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total, bitchin' rock star from Mars.",
"Drug tests don't lie.","It's a war. And it's on.",
"Sorry my life is so much more bitchin' than yours. I planned it that way.",
"I take great umbrage with that.","I don't have burnout in my gear box.",
"I'm just going to sail across the winds of the universe with my goddesses.",
"That was the America I was raised in.",
"If people could just read behind the hieroglyphic.",
"I don't think people are ready for the message I' delivering.",
"They picked a fight with a warlock.",
"Faith is for winners. Hope is for losers.",
"Clearly he didn't bring gum for everyone.",
"I'm going to win every moment.",
"That's the code. And we all live by it.",
"Here's your cold coffee. Buh-bye.",
"Surprise. That's what winners do.",
"I can't make up a hernia. That's just lame.",
"It's a three-letter word. It rhymes with why.",
"My conduct is bitchin'.",
"Come on bro, I won best picture at 20.",
"Your perimeter's been breached. You got work to do bro.",
"It was so gnarly I can't remember.",
"I'm not recovering like some pussy.",
"Rock bottom? That's a fishing term.",
"I'm a grandiose life, and I'm embracing it.",
"Can't is the cancer of happen.",
"Dying is for fools. Amateurs.",
"When I'm fighting a war there's no room for sensitivity.",
"If you can bring me a souvenir from that moment when your father locked you in the closet, then bring it to me.",
"She was attacking me with a small fork.",
"What was she doing with a shrimp fork in her purse?",
"I'm still alive, which is pretty cool.",
"Women are not to be hit. They are to be hugged and caressed.",
"I have a 10,000-year-old brain and the boogers of a seven-year-old.",
"Get over here and enjoy the ride, bro. We're starting to win.",
"I'm not taking it. I had to pay for it.",
"Vintage balderdash.","I've been a veteran of the unspeakable.",
"I literally woke up and it was Christmas.",
"It's been a tsunami. And I've been riding it on a mercury surfboard.",
"We're on a rocket ship to the moon some nights.",
"I don't understand what I did wrong except live a life that everyone is jealous of.",
"Duh, WINNING.",
"Park your nonsense.",
"Don't live in the middle.",
"Adonis DNA.",
"We're shaking the tree. We're shaking all the trees.",
"I am grandiose. Because I live a grandiose life.",
"Celebrate this movement.",
"Get a job, anyone?",
"You can't process me with a normal brain.",
"I've got tiger blood and Adonis DNA.",
"You've been given magic. You've been given gold.",
"Bi-polar? The Earth is bi-polar.",
"Damn, I didn't take care of myself. Again.",
"I just want to hug him and rub his head.",
"I'm an exciting client.",
"What's not to love?",
"I'm alive. Bring it.",
"Look at these sad trolls.",
"I'm a peaceful man with bad intentions.",
"Sorry Middle America.",
"Who wants to deal with all the small talk?",
"Really dude? Really?",
"The last time I used? What do you mean? I used my toaster this morning.",
"Everything. Next question.",
"Can I have one part of my life that isn't TMZ'd up the butt?",
"We need his wisdom and his bitchin'-ness.",
"Work fuels the soul.",
"Winning. Everyday.",
"Add some gold.",
"Change your brain.",
"People can't figure me out. They can't process me. I don't expect them to.",
"They can't hang with me. Their bones would melt like wax.",
"Got to dismiss these clowns.",
"I'm on a quest to claim absolute victory on every front.",
"Teamwork. Bang.",
"The wildfires are spreading. The meek are scattering.",
"They hate themselves first.",
"Biggest star in the world.",
"I'm living inside the truth. And the truth doesn't change.",
"He has no salt in his soul.",
"C'mon. The guy wears corduroys.",
"I honorably pass that torch to these young geniuses.",
"Change the channel. I dare you.",
"I've been blessed with a new brain.",
"It's about winning. Sorry.",
"Bitchin' focus.",
"Get back in the game dude.",
"Get the cancer out of the mix.",
"Gnarly you are not.",
"Of course you're gnarly. You're talking to me.",
"Wow. That's epic.",
"That just flew out. That was a pretty good one.",
"It's a turd that opens on a tugboat.",
"If they want me in it, it's a smash.",
"No panic. No judgment.",
"Hope is for suckers and tools.",
"The people would revolt.",
"You can tell him one thing. I own him.",
"Missing a lot of good sports, people. Lots.",
"My passion was asleep for a long time.",
"I finally extracted myself from their troll hole.",
"They tell you to lay down your sword. Really? Wow, dude's unarmed. WHACK.",
"I think you've got a little more magic than you realize.",
"You make a choice to win, and you win.",
"I have to tip my hat to them.",
"There's a reason I've had mad success doing comedy.",
"Yeah I'll do a movie with you. You're awesome.",
"I don't forget anything, you know?",
"I can't pee in front of you guys.",
"Flinching's for amateurs.",
"He has no salt in his soul.",
"It's about winning. Sorry.",
"They can't really ruffle this assassin's feathers.",
"We form a group called the wedge.",
"Panicking is for amateurs and morons.",
"I don't believe in panicking.",
"They could have fleeced the sheep a thousand times, but they chose to skin it once.",
"It feels like the hot springs of Middle Earth are finally ready to explode outward.",
"It feels like the worm's turning.",
"It boils and it fuels you. It boils in a state that would eclipse a microwave.",
"Ride down the face of a tsunami and tell me you don't feel bitchin'.",
"I'm an F-18 bro."

So there you have it...a list of some of Charlie Sheen's latest and greatest quotes...
...if I left out a quote please leave me a comment.

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