Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone! Since I’m Irish on my mother’s side and one of the main characters in Wildwood Creek, Bonnie Rose, is Irish, I couldn’t resist gathering up a few author friends and celebrating with a big luck-of-the-Irish giveaway to the porch this week. I’ve asked awesome authors Judy Christie, Carla Stewart, Melissa Tagg, and Lisa Carter to give us a little “Irish trivia” from their lives, and just for fun, here’s a little Irish trivia quiz, so you can test your inner Irish, too!
1. According to Irish folklore, when a leprechaun isn’t guarding his pot of gold, what does he do for a living?
2. Why do Irish bakers slash a cross over loaves of bread before putting them in the oven?
3. When do smart Irish farmers sow potatoes?
4. Who wrote the song, Danny Boy?
5. What is an Irish housewife’s favorite day of the year?
6. Who should be asleep before you begin knitting at night?
7. What does an unmarried Irish girl traditionally do to dream of her future husband?
8. What were the Lucky Charms leprechaun’s two famous lines?
9. What is the meaning of “Erin go bragh?”
10. When you kiss the blarney stone, what gift are you hoping to receive?
1. Leprechauns are cobblers, or shoemakers
2. To chase away the devil
3. On Good Friday. According to Irish folklore, this is the luckiest day to plant.
4. The lyrics were written by an English lawyer named Fred Weatherly to a traditional tune.
5. ‘Nollaig na mBan’?, or “Little women’s Christmas” on January 6th, when men take over the housework for the day.
6. The sheep! It’s bad luck, otherwise.
7. Place a slice of wedding cake under her pillow.
8. “They’re always after ‘me Lucky Charms.” and “They’re magically delicious.”
9. In Gaelic, it means “Ireland forever”
10. The “gift of gab.”
Author Irish Trivia with:
1. What’s your favorite green thing?
Me: Green was my kids’ high school color, so my favorite green thing was always a sweaty, happy man-child running off the football field, the baseball field, the soccer field. We’ve had years, and years, and years of green around here!
Judy Christie: All of my favorite things are green, including my green kitchen couch where I read, write, blog, visit. I wrote a series of five southern novels set in the fictional Louisiana town of Green. I have a green typewriter and a big green bookcase in my office. I also have a great green primitive bench I bought at a garage sale while jogging in New Orleans on vacation (try to explain that one to your husband when you ask him to pick it up). I buy green pottery with lots of character (that means chipped and cheap) and have a small collection of rusty old green clocks to remind me to hurry less and worry less.
Carla Stewart: My favorite green thing is a sweater that my sister gave me—a hand-me-down that she bought at one of those discount stores where they cut the labels out. She no longer wore and never really liked it, but I love it! Every time I wear it, I think that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure! Happy St. Paddy’s day. Hope you all find something you treasure today.
2. If you were down to your last potato, how would you cook it?
Me: In my grandmother’s Irish potato soup, of course! It stretches a potato a long way!
Lisa Carter: Because I’m Southern, I’d fry my potatoes. It’s what we do. My favorite fries come from the NC State Fair. Just the smell of grease and fried anything transports me to fun October fair days.
Judy Christie: I’m a Louisiana rice woman married to a Tennessee potato man, but we both agree that my sister-in-law’s cheese potatoes are the best food ever. At Thanksgiving you could mess up the turkey and dressing but not the cheese potatoes.
3. If you found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, what would you do with it?
Me: Assuming I could outrun the leprechaun, I’d buy a writer’s cabin in the mountains and a writer’s cabin on the beach. Since there would still be plenty of gold left, I’d start some sort of foundation to encourage the next generation of writers.
Judy Christie: If I found the pot of gold, I’d pack my bags and head to Ireland with my husband and some other folks. Want to come?
Melissa Tagg: Well, first I’d probably take a photo with it and post it on Facebook because, well, that’s just what we do these days! Then I’d go to a bank or something to make sure the gold is legit. Then I’d put the money to good use: share it with family, buy a pretty house in a pretty place, take a European vacation, all that fun stuff…
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