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    Borrowing Days and April Fools

    Borrowing Days and April Fools
    This holiday of trickery fits well with the Northern Hemispheric change of season at the Vernal Equinox. Spring weather is nothing if not temperamental and unpredictable. There is much weather lore connected to the vagaries of springtime. Most of us know that if “March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb” and “April showers bring May flowers.” Here are some Irish maxims: “Thunder in April (or on All Fools’ Day), floods in May.” “A cold April and a full barn.” And “When April blows its horn, ‘tis good for hay and corn.”

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    “Madder than a March Hare”

    “Madder than a March Hare”
    The White Rabbit in “Alice and Wonderland” is heard to say, “I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” (Perhaps he’s from Ireland?)

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    Alban Eiler – Light of the Earth

    Alban Eiler – Light of the Earth
    There are liminal times and liminal places; thin places where the veil between this world and the other world can be crossed with ease. A Super Worm Moon Equinox is certainly such a time and standing stones are such places.

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    Guinness Brownies

    Guinness Brownies


    12T melted butter cooled slightly

    2T buttermilk powder

    4 large eggs

    2T real vanilla extract

    1/2c Guinness Stout

    2 cheap (not name brand) brownie mixes

    1/2c Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet chips

    1/2c Ghirardelli double chocolate bittersweet chips


    1. Preheat oven to 325. Line bottom of 9x13 pan with parchment paper and spray or grease the sides of the pan
    2. On low, blend butter, buttermilk powder, and vanilla.
    3. Raise speed slightly and add eggs one at a time.
    4. Blend in vanilla and stout. Once blended, STOP mixer
    5. Add in both brownie mixes and mix 20 strokes (hand mixing) or 10 turns (mixer) until barely mixed.
    6. Toss in chips and mix 20 strokes (hand mixing) or 10 turns (mixer)
    7. Pour into pan and spread evenly. Bake 40-55 minutes or until the knife is ALMOST clean.
    8. Start frosting around the 23-minute point
    9. When brownies are ready, immediately invert and take parchment paper off. Then invert again onto cutting board.
    10. Poke hole liberally with a fork. Pour hot fudge topping over brownies. Does not need refrigeration, but will freeze and thaw.


    12T Salted Butter

    1/2t kosher salt

    1T real vanilla extract

    1/2c Irish Whiskey

    1/2c Hershey Cocoa Powder

    5 1/2c Powdered Sugar


    1. Melt butter on low in a large non-stick skillet. Add salt, vanilla, whiskey, cocoa, and whiskey. Keep on heat until bubbly and thick.
    2. Remove from heat and slowly add powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly
    3. Add back to heat and continue to whisk until smooth and pourable (like a fudge sauce).

    Good Saint Patrick

    Good Saint Patrick
    Only those who are in the closest intimacy with objects venture to treat them familiarly, and the Irish find it easy to joke, without disrespect, of that which is dearest to them. However, only an Irish-American could ever have conceived the ideas of Saint Patrick as an editor of Prayboy magazine.  - Henry D Spalding

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