Autumn Vegetable Soup

Originally posted on In an Irish Home:

Irish Vegetable Soup

Soup Unblended…

Autumn is upon us and with the change in temperature outdoors we need warm, wholesome, foods to keep us energized and satisfied.

This soup will do nicely. It is vegetarian, but so flavourful you’ll hardly miss the meat! The parsnip gives the soup a hint of sweetness, but only slightly, and if you’re not a fan of parsnips you can omit them altogether and substitute in another vegetable. In fact, the beauty of this soup is you can throw nearly any combination of veggies into the pot and come out with a dish that is simply delicious.

And Soup Blended!

And Soup Blended!

I follow Darina Allen’s method for vegetable soup making, which is 1:1:3:5. That is one cup of onion (could be onions, leeks, shallots or a combination of the three): one cup of potatoes: three cups of vegetables: and five cups of stock. This is foolproof soup making. Warm…

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Ireland’s Five Longest Rivers & Their Mythical Stories |My latest article for Irish Central

Originally posted on aliisaacstoryteller:

The River Boyne, a mighty river indeed, and famous for its mythology, but surprisingly, NOT one of Ireland's longest.

The River Boyne, a mighty river indeed, and famous for its mythology, but surprisingly, NOT one of Ireland’s longest.

For those who are interested, my latest article for Irish Central entitled Ireland’s Five Longest Rivers and their Mythical Stories has just been published.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Studying Abroad in Ireland

Originally posted on ISA Study Abroad Student Blog:

Abby Moncus is a student at Virginia Wesleyan College and an ISA Featured Blogger.  She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Dublin, Ireland.

As I leave for Ireland a week from today, I have found myself going over every detail in my head several times. I have lists written out to make sure I know exactly what I need to do before I leave. When talking to friends and family about my upcoming trip, I have been asked lots of questions about Ireland and my time abroad. Since they are questions I have gone over several times, I thought I’d answer some of them for you all!

Photo credit: GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

Photo credit: GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

1. What is the weather like over there? How do you know what to pack?

When I started packing, I made sure I downloaded some weather apps on my phone that would give me the most up-to-date…

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The Tide Was Out in Donegal, Ireland

Originally posted on homethoughtsfromabroad626:

I really like this photograph.  It was a cloudy day in County Donegal, Ireland, and the light was fading.  The tide was out and the contrast between the sand and the light on the remaining water makes for an interesting view.  The sand and water almost look like a painting.

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JERPOINT ABBEY, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Originally posted on homethoughtsfromabroad626:

Here is another photo of one of the alcoves at Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny, Ireland.  I gave a lot of this history of Jerpoint Abbey when I posted a photo a few weeks ago.  It’s an amazing place because so much of the original abbey is still standing.

This photo looks a lot like the earlier one, but it’s definitely different because the stone work and carvings are different.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Studying Abroad

Originally posted on ISA Study Abroad Student Blog:

Miranda Huston is a student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and an ISA Featured Blogger. Miranda is studying with ISA in Reading, England.

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What is preparation? Not exceeding the maximum weight for checked luggage? Perfectly placing undergarments so they don’t come spilling out if my bags rip? Not misplacing my passport?  In all truthfulness, you can pack and repack, do fifty push-ups and 10 laps around your bed in order to mentally prep yourself, but never can you ever be entirely ready. And that’s a good thing because it makes the anxiety and waiting all that much more rewarding.

  1. What will it be like?

Will Reading, England smell like fish and chips? Does everyone drink afternoon tea? Is every cliché I’ve ever heard true? Fact is, I don’t know. And the best thing to do is to wipe my image of England out of my brain the instant I land and let reality set…

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