Posted by: marthabernie | February 10, 2016

Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

I remember growing up that there was a chocolate cake made with mayonnaise, but I am not sure if it’s the same as this:

Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | February 6, 2016

Blackberry Bourbon Bread (#Twelve Loaves April)

This is a very interesting recipe:

Blackberry Bourbon Bread (#Twelve Loaves April)

Posted by: marthabernie | February 5, 2016

6 VESEY PLACE KINGSTOWN (Dun Laoghaire), August 1903

014x1Update as of 2-4-16:  The person who now lives next door at 5 Vesey Place indicates that Number 5 was owned by the Shirleys about the time this photo was taken…so instead of visitors from afar, the photos were taken when the neighbors came to visit.  As far as known, Paul McGuinness still owns the property but it has been leased.

NOTE: Since posting below a couple of years ago, I have was contacted by someone who said he stayed in this house several times and that it was owned by Paul McGuinness, the former manager of the Irish band, U2.  Don’t know if that is still the case, but thought I would update.  I bought these two photos on eBay.  They were pasted into a photo album and there are other photos on the reverse side of Somerset and Cornwall, England.  Also a Mrs. Halliwell in Bournemouth.  I bought the two photos here because they show the back garden and visitors at Number 6 Vesey Place, Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland.  The ladies standing from left are Miss Chafy, Mrs. Hugh Chafy and Mrs. Arthur Shirley.  I did a quick search on the Internet and found that Hugh Chafy’s mother’s maiden name was Shirley, so these are probably English relations getting together in Ireland for a summer holiday along the Irish coast.  Or perhaps they were visiting a friend or other relatives…?

The second photo from left is Miss Chafy, Mrs. Arthur Shirley, Commander A. Shirley and Mrs. Hugh Chafy, and both photos were taken in August, 1903.

I searched out 6 Vesey Place in Dun Laoghaire and drove by the house, which is still standing, of course.  There was no place to park on the street, so I did not try to contact the inhabitants to give them copies of the photos.  But perhaps another time I will mail the photos ahead of time and see if I hear from the present occupants.  It would be wonderful if the house is still owned by descendants of the Chafy and Shirley families, but I think that’s a long shot.

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Posted by: marthabernie | February 5, 2016

Cherry Bakewell Shortbread Hearts

Buttery melt-in-your-mouth Shortbread, bursting with the Cherry and Almond flavours of the classic Bakewell. These biscuits are the perfect Valentine’s treat!

Cherry Bakewell Shortbread Hearts

Posted by: marthabernie | February 4, 2016

7 awesome Pancake recipes for National Pancake Day

A couple of days late for National Pancake Day, but have a look at these great recipes!

7 awesome Pancake recipes for National Pancake Day

Posted by: marthabernie | February 3, 2016

Apple Bread

You have to click on the link for the recipe, but this one is worth a look…

Apple Bread

Posted by: marthabernie | February 3, 2016

Gnocchi alla romana

I thought making gnocchi would be hard until I tried it a few years ago.  This recipe uses semolina instead of potato:

Gnocchi alla romana

Posted by: marthabernie | February 2, 2016

Banana Walnut Chocolate Bread and a resolution checklist

I’m all for any recipe with bananas and walnuts!

Banana Walnut Chocolate Bread and a resolution checklist

Posted by: marthabernie | February 1, 2016

ROYAL MARINE HOTEL, Kingstown, County Dublin, Ireland

royal marine 1-15-16This is an advertising card for the Royal Marine Hotel, Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland.  I love the list of amenities down the left side…electric lights, baths on all floors, etc.

Posted by: marthabernie | February 1, 2016

White Bean Chili

I got the slow cooker out of the cupboard last night and am going to make this soon:

White Bean Chili

Posted by: marthabernie | January 31, 2016

KINGSTOWN RAILWAY LINE at Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland

002This shows the railway line to and from Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland.  You can see the steam coming out of the engine and the man who has stopped his cart to gaze out at the Irish Sea.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 31, 2016

Galette des Rois – Epiphany King Cake

Yesterday’s galette des rois used apples, this recipe uses rum:

Galette des Rois – Epiphany King Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | January 30, 2016

Annagh Churchyard, County Kerry, Ireland

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Here is a photo taken in Kerry, Ireland on my way to the Dingle Peninsula.  I saw a sign for ruins and turned off the main road just as some sun started shining through the clouds…enough to create a wonderful rainbow, with another one barely visible above it on the right.  See more rainbow photos below.  Click on the photos for larger, clearer images.

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 30, 2016

APPLE BRICKLE DIP

I won an office competition a few years ago with this recipe.  Use Granny Smith or other tart apples. I am going to list the recipe below as I got it from All Recipes Magazine. However, I did change it up a bit (see notes below).

APPLE BRICKLE DIP

1 – 8 oz brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 – 8 oz package toffee baking bits
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced

Beat together cream cheese, brown and white sugars, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Stir in toffee bits. Pour lime and lemon juices over sliced apple to prevent browning. Serve dip with apples on the side.

NOTES: I cut back on the sugar here by putting in only 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 4 oz toffee bits instead of 8 ounces. I also added some finely chopped toasted pecans, and stirred in one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon lime juice into the dip in addition to using the juices on the apples.

ENJOY!

Posted by: marthabernie | January 30, 2016

Gallette de Rois

Another apple recipe worth trying:

Gallette de Rois

Posted by: marthabernie | January 29, 2016

Rainbow Amidst the Ruins

P1010138aAnnagh ruins, County Kerry, Ireland.  Click on the photo for a larger, clearer image.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 29, 2016

Another Unknown Young Man – Circa 1900, Conway Missouri

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 29, 2016

Autumnal Apple Cake

I love apple cake all year round!

Autumnal Apple Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | January 28, 2016

More From Kerry, Ireland

P1010140aAs the sun came out, the rainbow got brighter.  Click on the photo for a larger, clearer image.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 28, 2016

Boy or Girl?

001mAnother unknown photo.  I would like to think that with all that hair, this child is a little girl, but the face makes me think it is a boy!  What do you think?  Look at the lace at the collar.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 28, 2016

Skillet Chicken–made with Tomatoes, Pancetta and Mozzarella

The pancetta really makes this dish!

Skillet Chicken–made with Tomatoes, Pancetta and Mozzarella

Posted by: marthabernie | January 27, 2016

Rolled-Up and Stuffed

Flank Steak Roll-Up

Rolled-Up and Stuffed

Posted by: marthabernie | January 27, 2016

KERRY LANDSCAPE – October, 2013

P1010141aThe light makes this image look almost like a painting.  Click on the photo for a larger, clearer image.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 27, 2016

“Rumpled Donuts”

I sometimes dip thin, cored apple rounds in pancake batter and cook them on top of the stove.  This recipe is slightly different and worth a try:

“Rumpled Donuts”

Posted by: marthabernie | January 26, 2016

Newbridge Silver, Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland

P1010113When I first visited Newbridge Silver, the showroom was a tiny little building.  They have since expanded, putting in an upstairs museum of style which has dresses owned by Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and others, as well as a restaurant, SILVER.  The showroom is also much larger.  They have been in business since 1934 and are one of Ireland’s leading labels.  I have some of their silver plate and a few pieces of their stainless steel that I use for every day.  I have collected some of the vintage pieces over the years, but my favorite things I’ve purchased there are their reproduction knives and pastry forks.  I have some very old Irish silver that I use from time to time when I set a formal table, but alas, the knives rarely survive due to the blade rusting where it fit into the bone or other handle.  Newbridge has come out with a couple of patterns that copy old styles yet are modern and work very well with my antique flatware.  Photos below from my last visit to Newbridge.

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 26, 2016

One Last Postage Stamp Photo – Missouri, Circa 1905

001cThis man looks a bit older than most of the young men and women among the postage stamp photos I inherited.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 26, 2016

Berry Bomb Cupcakes

These look reall spectacular and I love raspberry!

Berry Bomb Cupcakes

Posted by: marthabernie | January 25, 2016

No-Bake Energy Bites

An alternative to cookies:

No-Bake Energy Bites

Posted by: marthabernie | January 25, 2016

Over the Irish Rainbow – Kerry Ireland

P1010133aHere are more photos taken in October in Kerry Ireland in the Annagh churchyard.  This is the new section of the cemetery.  The photos of the ruins and old part of the cemetery will follow in the next few days.  Click on the photos for larger, clearer images.

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P1010135aIf you look closely, you can see a faint, second rainbow above the one in the middle of the photo.  This is the cemetery wall and road in the foreground.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 25, 2016

Unknown Missouri Girl -Circa 1905

001fThis is another in a series of postage stamp photos which belonged to my great aunt’s daughter.  No idea who the young lady is, but look at her collar and the corsage or decoration on her left shoulder.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 24, 2016

Churchyard Lane – Annagh Ruins, County Kerry Ireland

P1010136aThe grass lane next to the churchyard, Annagh ruins, County Kerry.  Click on the photo for a larger, clearer image.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 24, 2016

Postage Stamp Photo – Teenager Conway Missouri

001hContinuing on with these little photos of unknown Conway Missouri teenagers.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 23, 2016

Rainbow Above Annagh Ruins – County Kerry, Ireland

P1010137aThose are the ruins of Annagh Church in the background.  This rainbow lasted a very long time as rainbows go.  Click on the photo for a larger, clearer image.

Posted by: marthabernie | January 23, 2016

Unknown Young Lady – Conway Missouri circa 1900

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 23, 2016

Khfaf, Sfendj (or Beignets)

I am going to try these soon.  I think a small amount of cooked apple would be a great addition:

Khfaf, Sfendj

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