St. Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread & A Gift for You

Yes, I am very Irish…with loads of beloved family traditions…one of which is Irish Soda Bread. I will be starting my celebrations a week early and I will be sharing our traditions with you. First, I have designed a Bit ‘o Green printable for YOU!!! It is one of my favorite Gifts in a Mason Jar. Plus I give you a step-by-step tutorial with photos for making Irish Soda Bread with a little video to cheer you!!! Happy St. Paddy’s Day week!!!



click to download printable

You just layer the dry ingredients in a Mason Jar…print out the printable Gift Set…cut out the recipe and punch out the 2″ circular tag…decorate your jar lid and you’re all set. It is a great hostess gift for St. Paddy’s Day party throwers.

Just click the recipe card and tag printable to the left and that will start the download. Once it is downloaded to your computer, open it and print it on cardstock. Cut out the recipe and combine the dry ingredients in a Mason jar. Try to make nice layers.

HINT: Place the flour mixture on the bottom. If you place it or even part of it on top of raisins, the flour will seep down into them and cover them. See the video above and you will understand!!!

Cove the jar lid with a cute green print fabric. I used a leather shoelace to tie it on. Punch out the round tag with a 2″ punch. I designed the tags with a little play in case you get a little off center. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and hang it from the shoelace. You could also glue it to the front of the jar as in the picture above.

So let’s make Irish Soda Bread

YUMMY Irish Soda Bread!!!

This is a quick and easy recipe. This is a great recipe to try for your first attempt at breadmaking…as it is almost foolproof!! The traditional recipe calls for raisins, but I often substitute semi-sweet chocolate shavings, craisins and a new fave is pomegranate craisins. So feel free to experiment.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup raisins

  1. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Cut in butter until it is thoroughly mixed with dry ingredients.
  3. Spread mixture out on floured surface.

    floured surface

  4. Make a well in center of the mixture.

    hole in center of dry ingredients

  5. Wisk egg and buttermilk together. Pour into the well in center of dry mixture.

    pour buttermilk mix into well

  6. Mix with your hands. It s sticky.
  7. Knead for 1 minute adding small amounts of flour to make it less sticky.

    kneading the bread

  8. Shape into a nice round loaf.

    resting afte kneading

  9. Place on greased baking sheet. Score the top with a cross shape with knife.

    ready to bake

  10. Bake and enjoy!!!

YUMMY Irish Soda Bread!!!

Leap year 2012

LEAP for Joy…We Have an Extra Day Today!!!

It’s February 29 aka LEAP DAY! In addition to LEAPing for joy that I get a whole extra 24 hours ~ it’s like A FREE DAY ~ I am wishing each of you a…

hoppy leap day rebecca e. parsons

 Feel free to print one of these for yourself!!!

2011-2012 leap into 2012

I wish you unlimited joyous moments filled with bliss in 2012

Happy New Year!!! As 2011 washes into 2012, I look forward to all the possibilities that lie ahead. I promise to ask myself, “Where is the gift in this moment?”

2011-2012 leap into 2012

As I leap into 2012 my resolution is simply to look for the gifts in the moments of my life. The two precious moments pictured here are just a peek at my blessings….the gifts I can unwrap every day on my beautiful island home. I share them with you today as I wish you unlimited joyous moments filled with bliss in 2012.

2011 washes into 2012

Bring It On…

I have created a 2012 calendar called Peaceful meditations just for you. Please download it, print it and enjoy the photographs during the year!


Photos by Rebecca E. Parsons taken on Amelia Island, FL December 2011.