Caring for Your Cut Flowers – How to Make them Last

The Journey Home If you received them at work and you need to take them home here are some things you can do to help keep them nice and fresh (a trick my Nana taught me): Get some paper handtowels or tissue paper and make it very wet, wrap it around the bottoms of the flower stems Get some plastic or a plastic baggie and use a rubber band or string to seal off the bottom to avoid spillage Keep the flowers slightly upright if possible on the way home and keep them out of direct sunlight and heat vents When You Get Home Make sure the vase is super clean – old residue can make the bacteria...

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Options

Thank you to all who took part and helped to push Irish businesses. @CraicOrganiser was very busy these last few days gathering information via Twitter. Shop local, share the love and have a Very Happy Valentine’s Day! The Cute Options Generate an Innocent love label – visit www.valentines.innocentdrinks.co.uk/label/ and follow instructions. Darragh Doyle was kind enough to allow us to use his Innocent picture. (@innocentIreland and @darraghdoyle). The Crafty Options Jagdeep Sahans can create personalised Calligraphic inscription on Valentine’s Day cards....

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Chocolate Covered Fruit as Homemade Valentine’s Gift

This is very, very easy and makes a big impression. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. If you don’t have a box you can cover with Valentine’s Day wrapping paper, then just use a nice plate or bowl and cover with cling film. Ingredients: Chocolate of your choice (these were covered in dark chocolate) Washed and dried cherries and strawberries, preferably with stalks still attached Dried dates and apricots Anything else you want to dip Method: Prepare some trays with some wax paper Place a small glass or metal baking bowl over a small sauce pan with about two inches...

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A Non-Commercial Valentine’s Day

A Fallacy The Valentine’s Day holiday was created by the greeting card industry to generate profit. This is not true, but they sure have exploited it for all it’s worth and, as a business owner, I have to admit I understand why. As a consumer, it annoys me that roses, dinners and weekends away can often be more expensive than normal just because it’s the 14th of February. Having said that, there is a recent trend in the opposite direction. Businesses realise that consumers want better deals or they just won’t spend, end of story. (See some great last minute deals and...

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