For Valentine’s this year, I wanted to do something simple for our team members in Ireland. It wouldn’t be a proper Valentine without sweets, and I had a few miniature takeaway containers (purchased from Michael’s) in my craft armoire. So I stuffed them with candy, used a free printable from Lily and Val (found on Elizabeth Anne Designs), and used strips of pink washi tape to spice it up a bit. Less than 20 minutes later, I had a stack of oh-so-cute Valentines ready to go.
The containers cost $5 for 10, the printable was free, candy was under $10, and the washi tape was on hand.
We have a staff meeting every week that is a bit atypical. Instead of in a stinky conference room, we meet in our homes, alternating each week. Sometimes we cook together, sometimes we order out, and sometimes one person cooks everything and we get to enjoy. Last week, since Conor hasn’t been up for a cooking session for a while, he decided to take the lead with the rest of us working as sous chefs. He created the menu from family recipes.
Lula kebabs are traditionally made with lamb, but you could use turkey if you like. Make the chickpeas as spicy as you can stand. If you like, you can smash them up a bit and mix in more salt and spices. I could drink the Tzatziki Sauce, it’s so creamy and wonderful.
The pace of my life has slowed down dramatically over the past week. We’re back from a visit to the States for the holidays. Christmas was celebrated, New Years Eve was slept through, and a new team was launched from Georgia. Here in Ireland, it’s clearly winter. A short walk through the pastures behind our house results in frozen and rosy cheeks. When I press my fingers to my chin, I can’t feel my skin, a worthy price to pay to see the sunset over the hills of County Kilkenny. My city eyes are loving the wide open spaces of Ireland that allow my soul to expand and feel despite winter’s chill.
Last fall, before the weather turned, we put in a new bed of tulips, hyacinth, snowdrops, and other spring bulbs. Each day a new fragile green stem shoots through the dark soil, waiting until the right time to burst into bloom.