24 March, 2008

Donegal


This week I have been researching real estate in Donegal.  So far I have noticed prices are still fairly good considering the huge increase in real estate in the past 10 years.
Here are a few examples of cottage prices:
(Accurate at the time of Post)
◆Euro 125,000, $171,000
Traditional Thatched Cottage
with wood sash windows
1 bedroom
Living room
kitchen
shower room

( “Sale Agreed” after the writing of this post.)
    ◆Euro 125,000 ,$171,000

    House in need of complete renovation
    on .5 acre site
    Beautiful views over Atlantic Ocean
    Only five minute walk to nearest village.
    2 bedroom
    Sitting Room
    Kitchen
    W.C, W.B
    Ideal for renovation project
    Qualifies for an extension

    * I have not listed the locations of these homes to protect
    the privacy of the sellers. Prices and descriptions are to
    help determine the perfect location to purchase my
    cottage.


    A bit on County Donegal
    Province: Ulster
    County Seat: Lifford
    Population (2006): 146,956
    Donegal is in left upper part of Ireland with counties Tyrone, Leitrim,
    Londenderry, Fermanagh on its border.
    Donegal has a temperate climate influenced by the Gulf Stream.

    Summers are cool and damp, and Winters are mild and wet.
    Donegal is also in a Gaeltacht area where Irish is spoken.

      Some Info was provided by Wikipedia.com

    23 March, 2008

    Recipes from Ireland

    Happy Easter!!!!!







    Recipes from Ireland


    Potatoe Farls






    • 1/2 cup Flour
    • 2 tbs. Butter
    • 1 lbs. Potatoes
    • 1/2 tsp. salt







    Boil potatoes until soft and then mash well
    until no lumps remain.
    Melt butter and mix into potatoes and salt.
    Mix in the flour and knead until stretchy enough to roll.
    Rollout into a circle and cut into four farls. (about the size of a dinner plate)
    On a griddle or flat heavy pan bake until brown on both sides. (about 3 mins each side)





    Yummy with fried eggs and good bacon rashers.






    I hope you enjoy!




    Have a wonderful day with the ones you love :)
    Best wishes, Kimme

    21 March, 2008

    Pottery Shop

    (Another old post....wondering if I should bring all the old content back?)


    Another day in the pottery shop. This week I am working a few extra days so that a co-worker can have some time off. This is good for my budget. I would like the extra pay to go towards savings for a mortgage down payment. However, my teenage daughter has her eyes on a new pair of eye glasses. I am thinking the kid wins.



    It is snowy and cloudy again today. The weather man said it will be cold with bits of snow. Wasn’t yesterday the first day of spring? You wouldn’t know it by looking outside the shop window. I guess Mother Nature didn’t get the memo.



    With the icy and cold weather coming I am curious to see what die hard customers are willing to brave the elements to buy that last piece of pottery to grace their Easter table. :)



    Ha! As soon as I wrote that last line 4 customers came-in and made reference to the presentation of the Easter table. Funny how that happens. I wonder If the same thing would happen if I wrote about Ed McMahon bringing me a check for a Million dollars……hum, nothing yet.



    Well, as I wait for Ed I might as well tell you about what’s new with me.



    What’s new with me


    I picked up a great chair. (Check out my picture on the right.) Where I live we have a day called “junking” day. On this day residents put items no longer wanted on the street. I happened to be driving by when an older woman was trying to carry a chair out of her house. I pulled over and offered to help her and asked her why she was getting rid of this lovely chair. She told me that she had had it for as long as she could remember (possibly since 1930’s ish) and wanted a new chair in its place. I asked her if I could give her a little money and have the chair. She was very pleased to give it to me and she even had her husband help me put it into my Mini. Bless his heart. I don’t know why he wasn’t helping her put the chair out in the first place, but none the less, I was glad for his help squeezing it into my minuscule car. I drove it home and now it sits in my bedroom waiting for the day it will sit in my little cottage :).



    That's all for today. I am flooded with loads of devout customers and must run
    and help them.



    Best wishes,
    Kimme

    17 March, 2008

    St. Patrick's day


    Remember this?  My very first post!  Just for fun I thought I would post it again :)



      Happy St.Patrick's Day!!


      I think today is a very good day to start a blog on my favorite Irish subjects.  IRISH COTTAGES, IRISH COOKING RECIPES, AND ALL THINGS IRISH!   I hope this blog finds you well and that you enjoy what I am blogging on.  I would love to hear from anyone in my comments section and do encourage participation in this blog.......so let's get started!



      Currently,  I am listening to my favorite radio station.  RTE Radio 1 FM.  I am not in Ireland, so I pick-up the station online at their website. www.rte.ie   
    I am also thinking on what I should make for dinner on this St. Paddy's day.  I know for certian that I will be making my favorite recipe of Irish Soda Bread.  But the big question is wether or not to make a Cottage Pie or an Irish Stew?  Hmmm, I haven't had my two cups of Irish coffee yet, so I think I will save this decision until later.    (Okay, I think I should clerify that I am not actually drinking coffee with Irish cream as that would be silly this early in the morning.  I put my coffee in my favorite cup from Ireland.  A.k.a Irish coffee :)


    Irish Soda Bread

    2 1/4 cups of white flour 
    1/2 tsp Salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    3/4 cup buttermilk
    2 tbs melted butter
    2 tbs honey or sugar if you prefer
    1 egg

    Preheat oven to 350 F  or 176 C

    In a bowl mix together baking soda, salt, and baking powder.
    In another bowl wisk together milk, butter, honey and egg.
    Make a little valley in your dry mixture bowl and add your liquid
    ingredients to that.   Now blend until all ingredients are thoroughly
    combined.  I like to mix from the outside in until the middle is covered. 
    Your mixture should hold a round shape. Place your dough on a baking 
    sheet with lightly sprayed parchment paper or I like to make 2 recipes 
    and put one bread dough on the sprayed sheet and one in a lightly
    sprayed loaf pan.   The loaf pan bread I cut like slices of regular bread :)
    Take a sharp knife and make an X across the top of the dough.

    Bake 45 minutes or until the bottom sounds hollow when thumped.

    Best eaten the day it is made.....not a problem in my house.

    That's it for today.   Next time I will be blogging on my cottage dreams and
    what I am doing to attain that goal.

    Best wishes to you, Kimme