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Homemade Irish Cream & The Poetry and Song of Ireland

We are getting ready for my oldest daughters 18th birthday tomorrow and have had lots of requests for Shawn's Homemade Irish Cream which we love to serve over ice cream.   I thought I'd share this recipe again that I posted last year.  Rich and thick Irish Cream is so easy to make!  What better time to make it than for St. Patrick's Day...or a special birthday celebration?

The Irish Cream is so so so so so yummy over coffee flavored ice cream (we buy Blue Bell) and topped with crumbled up Heath bars.  I can't wait for dessert!

But first...we have to have dinner.

From the book, The Poetry and Song of John Boyle O'Reilly Circa 1887

We are the music makers,
We are the dreamers of dreams
Wandering by the lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams:
World losers and world forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams,
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.
~Arthur O'Shaughnessy~

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  1. My gosh, Nancy- What a beautiful post and that table setting is one of the prettiest St. Paddy Day's ones I have seen- xo Diana

  2. This is a beautiful table - looks perfect!

  3. What a beautiful table, so perfect for St. Paddy's Day. Happy Birthday to Shawn, hope she has a wonderful day. Laura

  4. Beautiful poetry and gorgeous table. Happy Birthday to your daughter. And Happy St. Patrick's Day! The dessert looks delicious. Hope all is good. ~ Sarah

  5. Beautiful! Come link it up at the 5th Annul St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl!

  6. Dear Nancy,
    A beautiful post and as always, I love your dishes!!
    Slainte, Ruthie from:

  7. Where in the heck have you been, young lady??!?!?!?! :-) Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!!! Eighteen is a really big deal! Have a fun birthday/St. Patrick's Day weekend, and enjoy that Irish cream!!! Mine won't be homemade, but I will definitely have "a sip" this weekend!

  8. Nancy what a beautiful Irish table. I LOVE it!! Enjoy.

  9. I love this Nancy! Happy St. Patrick;s Day. I hope your daughter has a great birthday too. Who wouldn't with a table set like this.

  10. Just beautiful, Nancy! The Irish cream is a fabulous recipe! Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  11. Such a beautiful table, Nancy. And thank you for posting this recipe. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! The O'Shaughnessy is one of my favorite verses.

  12. Oh, that picture of your dessert! I wish I could make it magically appear right here, right now! And the table is beyond anything I've ever seen. Just beautiful.

  13. Nancy, I've missed you! Hope all is OK.

    Love your toast to St. Patrick's Day.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Lovely table and poem - now I'm on the hunt for that book. Thanks for sharing.

  15. So glad I didnt' miss this! Your dinner table is absolutely always!

  16. Came back for another visit. I love the way you put napkins at an angle as placemats. They look great that way against the table. I love those square plates too.
    Yum on the dessert too.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Come visit and see our St Paddy post and a giveaway.
    Ruthie from:

  17. Wow -- wish I was sitting at your table!!


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