Soda Bread

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Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments yesterday! It is always so much fun to think about those days and write about them, especially at this time of year when the trees are starting to bloom and it reminds me so much of spring back at Augustana (though that comes a bit later there than it does here in Oregon). And that is always such a good memory.

I made some Irish soda bread (from the recipe in the Grand Central Baking Book again, and here) and Andy made his corned beef and cabbage and potatoes on Sunday and we watched Waking Ned Devine. Such a great buddy movie (and great scenery and music).

I know there are a lot of craft benefits for Japan going on around the blogosphere right now. If you are involved with or know of any, please feel free to leave any information and a link in the comments and I will definitely put together a list tomorrow to share with everyone here on the blog.


Hi Alicia,
To raise aid money for Japan disaster relief, I am auctioning off a baby bunny quilt that I made. All money will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Thanks for helping spread the word!!!!!

I am using FaceBook for the auction via this link:

I'm going to be bold and point out that Waking Ned was filmed on the Isle Of Man - sorry!

But back to happier things - your bread looks absolutely yummy! What I wouldn't give for a door step - num nums!
and I have to say I now know what I'm having for Sunday dinner - either some corned beef or some ribs - lovely with cabbage & potatoes - or maybe cauliflower & parsley sauce.
You see now I'm hungry - I wonder what's in the fridge?

We're joining in with the Bloggers Day of Silence. All the details are here:


i'm holding a raffle ... the prize is a big handmade storgage box full of goodies from my shop
it's all orgaised by Japan resident Jo (all the links are in my raffle post)

Happy St. Patty's Day to you, Andy, and Clover Meadow!!

Thanks for putting the list together. I have been waiting to know a way to help and recently reached out to people on my blog asking if they know of ways other than monetary that are going on. I got several responses of Sarah London's Crochet a Rainbow - where you send in granny squares. Sarah and her team are putting all the squares together and sending blankets to people effected by the Australian Floods, Christchurch Earthquake, and to help Japan.

Here is a link

Been paralyzed with overwhelm on where to start or what I can do, so a list will be quite helpful!

In other notes, your bread picture looks so yummy I had to go and make myself some!

I know Kitchen Sink Dye Works is having a raffle:

There is also a quilt on raffle at: where you need to donate the American Red Cross for a chance to win her gorgeous quilt.

Hi Alicia,

I'm holding a raffle benefiting World Vets at my blog - The support has been overwhelming so far! Thank you for the opportunity to share.

Christine says: March 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Hi Alicia,

Superbuzzy is accepting donations of $5 that they will match. The amount will then be matched again by their friends at Knitting Fever Inc. So our $5 donation becomes $20. Here's the link:

Happy St Patrick's Day!!! :)

I'm crocheting granny squares for

Vivienne x

That sounds like a great way to celebrate St Paddy's day and that soda bread looks scrummy. Think I'll have a go at making some x

hi alicia,

you've probably already seen it but, if you want to see a great movie for st. patrick's day, try 'the secret of roan inish' (10-year-old fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in donegal, ireland...). beautiful story and setting.

even if you've seen it before, it's one of those movies to watch again and again.

on the tragedy in japan, i was thinking of checking out the local japanese-american society ( to see if there were specific things that could be done to help locals and their relatives. just a thought... :)

Dear Alicia, yummy looking bread!

I recommend donating to the Red Cross - they have a donate button on the home page and it's very easy to do. You can choose for your donation to go to Japan.

I am having a give-away on my blog if you want to win some of my earrings.

Oh.. and I agree with the comment above, "The Secret of Roan Innish" is a PERFECT St. Paddy's day movie with lots of Irish music and a great story.

Hugs from the gorge.. Teresa

Mmm, your Irish soda bread looks delicious!

My husband and I need to start some kind of St. Patty's Day tradition. Maybe we'll check out Waking Ned Devine! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Kim McBirnie says: March 17, 2011 at 01:40 PM

If you like that film, look out for 'Saving Grace' with Brenda Blethyn, it is a wonderful, wonderful feel good film - bringing the time honoured Cornish tradition of smuggling up to date in the 20th century. With a French twist....

looking forward to seeing what people are doing for japan....also, waking ned devine...great funny and quirky! check our leap year if you have not...cute too!

Bookaholic says: March 17, 2011 at 02:09 PM

Waking Ned Devine is such a great show, with what has to be one of the best uses of music in the score EVER (that fiddle solo during the movie's climax!) :) And I'll echo amyk above about The Secret of Roan Inish-- absolutely magical, and that's not just because we have our own Fiona. :) Our Brownies troop is doing a bake sale for Japan, but now I have good craft fundraisers to look for also-- thank you!!

maggiesfarm says: March 17, 2011 at 02:16 PM

Grand Central has the best Irish soda bread! And within walking distance!

50% of my hooked rug auction will be donated to The American Red Cross.

Greetings from Ireland on St Patricks Day! Glad you enjoyed the bread, I bake it almost every day for our children who wolf it down, warm with lots of butter!!

Julia from Lineanograta has designed 4 lovely notelets in PDF form that you can buy online for $5- all donations are made then to the Red Cross. the link is:

All the best,

Emily X

...the bread looks so yummy!

okay, I don't have a charity for you, I just wanted to wish you a Happy St. Pat's! I made brown bread last night and am just going to go knock out the soda bread now. My whole house smells like corned beef and it is a crying shame that I am not allowed to eat it whenever I want. Company schmumpany! Anyways, I have a lot to do before dinner, so off I go. Happy holiday!

Hi Alicia, thanks so much for compiling a list of the craft fundraisers for Japan!

My friend Daniela and I are organizing a new project - here in Portland and hoping other people will get one started in their areas too! Bolt, Modern Domestic and Cool Cottons are supporting us too :)

This hand-printed poster is a fundraiser for the Red Cross -

Modern Relief Japan is organizing a series of quilt auctions -

And Weeks Ringle has a lovely post up here -

xo susan

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