Monthly Archives: March 2014


With spring breaks, March Madness, weekend guests, and traveling, March has sped by for me with a lot of thinking about blogging but not much writing. This post might be considered cheating, but I need another post before April starts. I’m sharing some daily quotations I emailed to my family over the past few weeks.

These are some of the most popular.

1. “Many people are unable to prepare for the future because they’re too busy reliving the past.” Nido R. Qubein

“Forget the former things;
do not dwell in the past.
See, I am doing a new thing.” Isaiah 43:18-19

2. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

3. “If failure is not an option, then neither is success.” Seth Godin

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my sesrvant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

4. “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” William James

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

5. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” Walt Disney

“All hard work leads to a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23

6. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” Abraham Lincoln

“…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

7. “Putting things off has selfom been associated with winning. A lot of people wait for things to happen. Achievers in the game of life make things happen.” Nido R. Qubein

Thomas Jefferson said, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,
not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Sometimes the quotation and verse seem to fit seamlessly together. Other times, I can’t think of a verse that matches, so I send one of my favorites. No matter what, God’s Word always triumphs and trumps the wordly version.

What’s your favorite quotation or verse?


Irish Soda Bread

During March, we go a little crazy for Irish recipes. With a name like Dougherty, how could we not? 

Here’s a recipe my mother-in-law gave me for Irish Soda Bread. Since it includes raisins and carraway seeds, it’s supposed to be the American version. (My mother-in-law didn’t tell me that part.)

4 cups flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon carraway seeds

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture, forming small, pea-like bits. Add raisins and carraway seeds. Make well in flour and butter mixture and add buttermilk to well. Combine the flour and buttermilk to form soft dough.

Transfer dough onto floured surface and knead until the dough is no longer sticky–about three minutes. Don’t over knead the dough. Cut the dough in half and place in greased cake pans or cast iron pans or pizza stones. 

Glaze tops with buttermilk. Cut a cross in the tops about 1/2 inch deep.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

This bread is easy to make and delicious to eat. My husband likes to toast a slice and slather it with peanut butter. I like it plain. Whichever way you choose, I hope you enjoy a little slice of Ireland!