A Bit o’ the Green to Chase those (coronavirus) Blues Away

March 17, 2020

A Bit o’ the Green to Chase those (coronavirus) Blues Away


Enjoying a “spot of tea” at Ashford Castle in Ireland.
Ashford Castle can be seen in the opening credits of the classic John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movie The Quiet Man.
September 2013

My “About” section of my blog, states-

Life! Everyone has got one, me included. “I’m Annette!” is my take on things, the things that I like about life. In a light-hearted manner, it is here, where I can discuss a favorite recipe that I have, or a new one discovered, along with my love of classic movies and TV. As a hobby blogger, my blog is my opportunity to sit down with you for a quick chat about where my travels take me, sharing a photo, or two. Interspersed throughout our conversation, pride in my family is sure to be evident, as well. So, it is my hope that with each blog post, you will feel compelled to grab a cup of tea (or coffee), and settle into a comfy chair, relax, taking the time for a little visit with me, Annette. :o)

My blogging mission (and yes, I have decided to accept it.  haha) is to continue to keep this blog as light-hearted, as possible.  So, let’s talk about St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I find that this time of year, I find myself smiling, thinking back warmly to my brief   2013 trip to Ireland.  The classic film, The Quiet Man, had always tugged at me, urging me to see this bit of Ireland for myself, and I count myself fortunate to have been able to do so with my hubby.  It was a wonderful three-day trip!  


My hubby and I explore Ireland’s location spots used in The Quiet Man.
September 2013

Read about my 2013 Ireland trip in these blog posts.

Irish Gold 1

Irish Gold 2

The Quiet Man’s Ireland, Day 1

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or A Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”


Watch The Quiet Man tonight (March 17, 2020) on
Turner Classic Movies at 8:00 pm EST.



A Fun Food “Craft”


Shamrock Pretzels created by my pre-school grandchildren.

A friend passed along this food “craft” to me (Thanks, Jodie). I made them with my pre-school aged grand children.  It was a fun project that they enjoyed, and tasty, too!  As with most recipes, I changed it up a little, so I wrote up my instructions below.


The placement of the pretzels to make a shamrock shape.


Place candy kiss in middle of pretzels,
making sure that the kiss covers some of each of the four pretzels.


Easy Shamrock Pretzels 

Version 2


Pretzel Sticks

Mini Pretzel Twists
(not the itty bitty mini variety)

Candy Kisses

Green regular m & m’s
(I bought a large bag, and pulled the green ones for this.)



Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
(Make sure oven is totally preheated.)

On parchment-covered baking sheet,
place three mini pretzels and one pretzel stick to
make shamrock shape. (See photo, above)

Place candy kiss in middle of pretzels,
making sure that the kiss covers some of each of the four pretzels.

Bake for 2 minutes, just until chocolate begins to melt and get soft.

Remove from oven.
Press m&m into middle of the kiss.

Place in refrigerator until set. 


Enjoy These Other St. Patrick’s Day-Related Posts!
(Click on the blog title.)


Galway (Ireland) Sparkling Water
September 2013

2013 Ireland Trip

Irish Gold 1

Irish Gold 2

The Quiet Man’s Ireland, Day 1

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or A Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”


St Patrick’s Day Movie Suggestions, Crafts, Recipes,
More Ireland Trip Photos, and Disney Photos

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya!, 2014

Don’t Pinch Me, I’m Wearing Green Underwear, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 2019


Fun Links to Explore

Virtual Field Trips to zoos and museums, here, and here.

100 things to do while stuck inside, here.

Listen to live Irish Music at 7:00 PM on St. Patrick’s Day, here.

Watch The Quiet Man on St. Patrick’s Day at 8:00 pm (EST) on TCM.

Watch my movie suggestions, here.

Read about Sean Connery’s role before James Bond, in a Disney Irish film, here.
That film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, is currently available on Disney+.


Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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At the “Castletown” Train Station
September 2013

Read about its restoration, since my visit, here.

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6 Responses to A Bit o’ the Green to Chase those (coronavirus) Blues Away

  1. Jennifer Sharpe says:

    Fun to read in these difficult times.

    Stay safe and well.
    Jenny and Geoff

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Renee says:

    It always brightens my day to read your blog! I had no idea Sean was in an Irish film. Fun to learn and read about him and the film. Craziness these times. Stay safe and healthy my friend!


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