Friday, November 1, 2013

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Top O' The Morning To All,
Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte
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We are still in the process of finishing the new website, but you can shop it now and browse the products that we have put online so far (only about 800 of 1400)… If you want to test the site for us and place an order we will be giving you a FREE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT plus we are running a discount on shipping as well.

Rest assured Celtic Attic is not being replaced, just updated and it will take another month or so to finish it up!  A Celtic Calling is going to be our shopping portal and have all the newsletters posted as well as happenings at our store and any book tours and book release information from herself, Kristin.

Halloween is HERE.  We will announce the Gift Basket winner in next week’s newsletter.  We are busy giving out candy to the kiddies all day at the store and at the house this evening. Our next Basket GIVEAWAY Starts Now! We will be giving away a Christmas Treat Basket! (Gift Basket includes - 2 Holiday coffee mugs, Irish or Scottish Tea, Irish Candy Treats bag and a Celtic Pendant! Value $60.00) Enter Now!  Anyone that enters now, will be put into the Christmas Giveaway drawing...We will draw two winners for Celtic Pendants for November as well… http://www.celticattic.com/contact_us/free_giveaway.htm
 

If you want to check out our happenings on our new face book Celtic Attic page, visit us and please like us!  https://www.facebook.com/celtic.attic.1 Please like us!

Our friend Josie V just opened up a Gift shop that we are calling Gift Shop Alley.  So all your Favorite Celtic Attic goodies are now in the new store location along with a wide variety of other gifts and jewelry.  We have balloon baskets, gift baskets and so much more!  It is a Celtic Paradise.  We have just launched our line of Fairy Bath products.  The store address is 408 Pacific Ave, Bremerton WA 98337.  For those that would love to visit and get your Celtic on, drop by Tues-Sat 11am-6PM.

What to know where Celtic Attic will be and what shows we will be selling at?  Visit our Happenings Page for more info.

Here is the deal of the month at the Celtic Attic.  The Celtic Attic Cookbook is now available for FREE in PDF format.  That's right, FREE.   We have decided to give you this gift so you can cook some of these great ideas for the upcoming holidays!  Email Kristin@celticattic.com if you would like your free pdf copy of this book.


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Tips N Hints - Songs from the Old Country
Irish Recipes
Irish Travel
Scottish Recipes
Scottish Travel
Welsh Recipes
Cornwall Recipes
Celtic History & Myth
Celtic Attic Free Giveaway
Removal Policy & KC's Notes

 
TIPS N HINTS: Songs from the Old Country

Words and music by Gunn McKee

I walked alone in foggy dew
Just me and my memories
A voice out seaward beckons thru
A whistle of love for me, for me
A whistle of love for me.

T'was two moons 'go her father stole
My love away from me
Arranged to wed a soldier red
My love's gone 'cross the sea, the sea
My love's gone 'cross the sea.

For ten days long our love grew strong
She swore her "love to thee"
Each night up high on mountainside
She'd whistle her love for me, for me
She'd whistle her love for me.

Late one night, my fire alight
Awaiting for her to see
My wait was long, o' what could be wrong
Where could my true love be, love be
Where could my true love be

A light 'cross waters lantern glow
Was all mine eyes could see
And from below noise drifted slow
Like a 'gull come back from sea, from sea
Like a 'gull come back from sea.

Her song it haunts me still this day
Notes of uncertainty
If heaven laughs at prayers of mine
Then it never was to be, to be
Then it never was to be.

IRISH RECIPES:

Yummy Mummy Sausages
Posted on October 31, 2013 by Food Ireland 

Delicious Sausage Mummies – So easy to make and perfect for Halloween!
- See more at: http://www.foodireland.com/recipes/#sthash.wALLQ6Fg.dpuf

Ingredients:
8 Donnelly Sausages
1 sheet ready rolled shortcrust pastry
1 beaten egg, to glaze
2 tsp Colman’s Mustard Powder, for the faces

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 190c/gas mark 5.
2. Unroll a sheet of pastry and cut into fine strips about 1cm wide to form your bandages.
3. Wrap a pastry bandage around each sausage in one direction, and then repeat with another bandage in the other direction. (Just use as many strips as you need to cover each sausage.)
4. Leave a space for a face and then place on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper, brush with beaten egg.
5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the sausages are cooked through and the pastry golden.
6. Put the sausage roll mummies on a platter then make your faces. Mix the mustard powder with equal amounts of water to form a paste and then spoon it into a disposable piping bag, snip a tiny hole at the end and pipe a pair of eyes onto each mummy.
- See more at: http://www.foodireland.com/recipes/#sthash.wALLQ6Fg.dpuf

Drop by the Celtic Attic's Irish Food section:
http://www.celticattic.com/treasures/irish_food.htm

Check our New Irish Kitchen Section:
http://www.celticattic.com/treasures/irish_kitchen.htm


IRISH TRAVEL:

Painting in The West of Ireland Exhibition at the Model
27 September - 01 December 2013
Venue: The Model: Home of the Niland Collection

To Irish culture, the west of Ireland has become synonymous with mythology, legend, folklore and fairytales. This exhibition examines the influence of the west of Ireland as a source of inspiration for artists and features works by many well-known names.

The west was also the focus of a pursuit that was central to Irish culture for much of the 20th Century, the need to discover, define or construct an authentic national identity. From Malin Head to Mizen Head, the landscape has been imbued with symbolic significance that overwhelms pure geography and identifies the west as the heartland of the authentic Ireland.

The Niland Collection holds a considerable amount of work by some of the finest Irish painters of the 20th Century. This exhibition examines the influence of the West of Ireland as a source of inspiration for artists and features works by Percy French, Paul Henry, Sean Keating, Maurice MacGonigal, Jack B. Yeats, Nano Reid, Nick Miller and Dorothy Cross. It illustrates the connection with the North West that The Niland Collection holds through its works.

The Mall
Sligo Town
Sligo
Republic of Ireland
+353 71 9141405
info@themodel.ie
www.themodel.ie


SCOTTISH RECIPES:

Caramel Shortcake is often called "Millionaires' Shortbread" - presumably because it is so rich. I have to confess this is one of my favourites when eating out anywhere which has "home baking" on the menu.

    Ingredients (Biscuit Base):
    8oz (200g or two US cups) plain flour
    6oz (150g or 1½ US sticks) margarine
    30z (75g or half US cup) caster (fine white) sugar

    Ingredients (Filling):
    2oz (25g or ½ US stick) margarine
    2oz (25g or between a ¼ and a ½ US cup) soft brown sugar
    A large tin of condensed milk

    Ingredients (Topping):
    8oz (200g or one US cup) light brown chocolate

    Method:
    Rub the margarine and flour together in a bowl until you have a mix which is similar to breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Spread the mixture evenly into a 9" (23cm) square tin which has been lined with baking parchment. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170C/340F (160C/320F if fan assisted) for approximately 35 minutes until it is golden brown. Allow the base to cool.
    Heat the filling ingredients together in a pot, making sure that you stir it constantly (otherwise it will stick!) until it begins to simmer. Continue stitting until it thickens (which it should do in a few minutes). Spread the filling evenly over the base and again allow cooling.
    Melt the chocolate so that you can spread it over the filling.
    When it has cooled and you are ready to eat it, cut up into squares or rectangles with a sharp knife.


SCOTTISH TRAVEL:

Castle Trail

Scotland’s only dedicated Castle Trail lets you discover the dramatic stories of 17 of Aberdeenshire’s most famous castles.

This itinerary is organized into 4 broad areas of Aberdeenshire to group the castles around a main hub town. A visit to any of the castles makes an ideal day out or navigate your way along sections of the trail for a longer break.

Scotland’s only dedicated Castle Trail lets you discover the dramatic stories of 17 of Aberdeenshire’s most famous castles.

This itinerary is organized into 4 broad areas of Aberdeenshire to group the castles around a main hub town. A visit to any of the castles makes an ideal day out or navigate your way along sections of the trail for a longer break.

    Piper on the hill at Dunnottar Castle
    Looking across to Balmoral Castle from the south side
    Looking along the main driveway to Castle Fraser
    View up to Craigievar Castle in the autumn with leaves lying on the ground
    Visitor walks through the walled garden at Crathes Castle
    Piper on the hill at Dunnottar Castle
    Looking across to Balmoral Castle from the south side


Basing yourself in the city of Aberdeen, start following the trail by heading south on the A90/A92 to Stonehaven where you'll be met by the well-preserved ruins of Dunnottar Castle, perched on a dramatic cliff some 160 ft above the North Sea. Fought over by Wallace and Cromwell, it was used as a set for Franco Zeffirelli's 1991 film of Hamlet.

Drum Castle Heading north from Stonehaven on the A957 brings you to Crathes Castle, a few miles east of Banchory and Drum Castle, 5 miles further east on the A93. Crathes is a classic fairytale castle standing in superb grounds with a range of woodland trails on offer to help you explore. Inside, spiral staircases lead to rooms famous for their Jacobean painted ceilings and resident ghost, the Green Lady.

Drum Castle combines a unique mix of a late 13th-century tower, fine Jacobean mansion house and later Victorian additions. Superb furniture and paintings are on display while the estate’s woodland trails and exceptional walled rose garden are well worth exploring.

Some 15 miles further north on the B977 stands Castle Fraser, one of the grandest castles of Mar. This magnificent building contains an evocative Great Hall, fine furniture and paintings. Enjoy the beautiful secluded walled garden, extensive woodland walks with fine views of the castle plus a children’s adventure playground.


WELSH RECIPES:


This dairy-heavy dessert was made by Welsh settlers in Argentina’s Patagonia. It hails from the period after the River Camwy was dammed, which led to a dairy surplus. This is not one for anyone on a low cholesterol diet!

8 ozs | 225g flour
4 ozs | 125g butter
3 eggs, separated
1/2 pint | 10fl. ozs | 275 mls double cream
1 tbsp sugar with tsp vanilla essence
sprinkle of nutmeg

METHOD
Mix the butter and flour together to a breadcrumb consistency then add the egg yolks. Rest the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour, and then roll out to line a pie dish.

Beat the egg whites to the stiff peak stage then fold into the cream and sugar and vanilla essence and then sprinkle nutmeg on top and bake for 35-40 minutes.


Patagonia Cream Tart (Teisen Hufen Patagonia)


WELSH HISTORY:


As the name suggests, concentric castles were based on a ring-within-a-ring structure.

Sometimes known as a multiple castle, the buildings were constructed to present as daunting a challenge to attackers as possible.

Sometimes on a rise, and sometimes bounded by a moat, concentric castles were far larger than the earlier motte and bailey designs - and could never be built on man-made mounds.

There would be a central enclosure of stonewalls and towers, then one or more outer walls, also with towers. The walls would be castellated and usually featured arrow slits and outlets for boiling oil or other missiles.

The height of the walls would increase towards the middle, enabling inner defenders - such as archers - to shoot over the defenders of the outer walls.

Great examples of concentric castles in Wales are Caerphilly and Beaumaris.


CORNWALL RECIPIES:

Cornish Buttered Lobster

Hog's Pudding
           
           
3 1/2 lbs ground pork

3/4 cup dried bread crumbs

1/2 tsp pepper

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp celery powder

1/8 tsp ground oregano

1/2 tsp onion powder

sausage sized casings

Place ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Stuff casings with the mixture (a great deal of work)
tie the bottom when you have the amount that you want,
and repeat until all the mixture is used, cut and boil until done.
 
CELTIC HISTORY & MYTH:

This is Lady Gregory's collation of the Cuchulain cycle. Cuchulain was a mighty warrior, 'the Hound of Ulster', the hero of 'the Red Branch', a band of elite fighters of ancient Ireland. Cuchulain is the subject of numerous tales set in pre-Christian Ireland, including the pivotal 'War for the Bull of Cuailgne'. The mythological and supernatural elements are tightly interwoven in this saga, including the ever-present Sidhe (fairies); and Celtic gods and goddesses, particularly Morrigu, the goddess of war. As for the battles, they are principally composed of single combats as hair-raising as any in the Iliad or the Mahabharata. The female characters are vivid and self-motivated. The saga is overlaid with episodes which could be echoes of ancient myths, for instance the story of the two shapeshifting swineherds. There are sections of great poetry embedded in the text, particularly the lament of Emer on Cuchulain's death.

Lady Gregory's prose, which resembles that of William Morris and her collaborator Yeats, is gorgeous and moves the story along vigorously. This rendition of the Cuchulain saga is required reading for anyone interested in Celtic mythology.

Production notes: This text was originally produced by Phillip Brown from an unknown edition. In March 2004, I did a proof pass on it using a 1902 first edition. This was primarily to add page numbers and correct a number of transcription errors in the original etext. However, there are a half-dozen places where the Phillip's etext diverged significantly from the text of the first edition. In these cases, I have retained the text from Phillip's edition, printed in green type. I have placed these passages in a two-column table with Phillip's version in the left hand column and replaced text (if any) from the 1902 version in the right hand column. Perhaps some reader can identify the other edition.
--John Bruno Hare, March 10th, 2004.


TIME TO PLUG SOME OF OUR PRODUCTS:

Home Decor: Wonderful products to add a celtic touch to any house.

Remember to Enter the Free Giveaway each month:
http://www.celticattic.com/contact_us/free_giveaway.htm

As Always, Peace
KC and the staff at the Celtic Attic

Remember, if you wish to submit a story, article, thought, poem or ask
a question for the next newsletter, eMail us by the 20th of the month.
kc@celticattic.com

 
GREAT CHRISTMAS DEALS

All Sales Items are now at least 50% off, so order now for all your holiday shopping needs. We created a page with all the new items we are discontinuing from our product line. We don't usually do this, but they are taking up space in the warehouse. Our overstock is your pocketbooks gain.


All Sales Items are now at least 50% off, so order now for all your holiday shopping needs. We created a page with all the new items we are discontinuing from our product line. We don't usually do this, but they are taking up space in the warehouse. Our overstock is your pocketbooks gain.

Celtic Wedding! Add a Celtic Flavor to your Wedding.

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As Always, Peace

Kristin and the staff at the Celtic Attic
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Bremerton, WA 98337
360-813-1113
360-531-1107
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