Fun Stuff – Spittin’ Grits

TWRP_logoThe Wild Rose Press
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com

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Hettie’s extensive tee collection includes her favorite nightie, an oversized purple one that startled Declan. It reads:
IF U C4N R34D THIS U R3411Y N33D TO G37 L41D. You can find it in many locations on the web. One place to get them is from Zazzle.com

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Stone-Ground-GritsWhat Are Grits?
Anyone who has served in the military sorta knows what grits are (ground cooked corn, like polenta). But that’s the quick cook, lye-processed kind. The only grits for perfectionists are made by the old-fashioned method of stone grinding with a water-turned stone, because they retain the germ and a more natural texture and rich flavor. They also take a lot longer to cook, at least 45 minutes for the creamy, nutty flavor and texture you want. I like mine plain so I can mix them with scrambled eggs, or with red-eye gravy and good county ham.
http://www.southernconnoisseur.com/caplstgrgr.html
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Professor of Irish folklore and all things Fae, Dr. Declan Kelly meets a real Leprechaun. And lives to regret it.
http://www.tcd.ie/about/history/

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After finding Green Spot, the glorious, single pot elixir of Ireland in a backwater red-dot store in SC, Cormac watches Declan pour half the precious whiskey down Hettie’s throat. Unforgivable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Spot_(whiskey)
http://www.mitchellandson.com/spirits/type/spot-range-whiskies.html

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torque

The arrogant Fae Bard Riordan forged an enchanted torque like this one to capture Hettie. For anyone who fancies Celtic jewelry, this site has some neat ones, masculine and feminine.
http://craftycelts.com/Style/Torcs.html

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Torc-on-the-Dying-GaulThe Celts have been called the Fathers of Europe. Dying Gaul is an ancient Roman marble copy of a lost Hellenistic sculpture created between 230 BC and 220 BC to celebrate the Roman victory over the Celtic Galatians in what is now modern day Turkey. He is wearing a torc. (Yes, this beautiful jewelry item can spelled three ways, the other is torq.)

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The Franciscan ruins in Donegal, Ireland. Deep in the lowest cells, the Monks hid a dangerous cache of captured Fae artifacts, among them the key to a portal between Tirnanog and Earth.
http://www.a-wee-bit-of-ireland.com/eire_jul_2005/donegal_friary_1.html

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CountessRose013Are you a crafty person who likes things Celtic? Try this from Countess Designs:
http://www.celticstitchery.com/Irish/CountessIrish.htm

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charles-rennie-macintoshHettie’s cousin, Annie Browder, is an artist, creating beautiful Art Nouveau panels like her inspiration, Margaret MacDonald Macintosh of Scotland. Imagine her surprise when one of the paintings comes to life and an angry Fae warrior steps into her life. Book II of the Celtic Carolina Series.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_MacDonald_(artist)
http://www.nga.gov/education/tchan_5_14.shtm

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Find out more about the Celts and their mythology.
http://celticsociety.freeservers.com/sidhe.html

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SpringbankSpringbank Retreat

Springbank’s history began 230 years ago as a part of a 5,000 acre land grant from the King of England to John Burgess, who developed it into a rice and cotton plantation. My Aunt and Uncle lived across the road for 50 years in one of the smaller Burgess-clan homes, built on the foundation of a house that burned down in 1864. Now and again I would spend the night there, in a bead-board room, thinking wild things about a house built over and over on the same foundation. Hettie and the Kelly boys found help at Springbank, now a beautiful Catholic Eco-retreat run by Franciscans.
http://www.springbankretreat.org/about.html