It was a rather slow day at the office. I grabbed a bite and spent my lunch hour picking out Valentine Cards for my grandchildren and then finding that special one for my hubby.
I realize that Valentines is another day that a lot of people feel is made to pad the pockets of merchants who sell cards, candy, flowers and whatever . . . but I like Valentine’s Day. I like all that mushy stuff. I like romance, candles and special dinners. I like little surprises and I like giving all that back. I’m ashamed to say that sometimes I get so wrapped up in just getting through life that I forget to say thank you, or aren’t you wonderful, or isn’t that sweet and how about, I adore you. Valentine’s Day is a yearly reminder, just in case we need one!
No one likes being taken for granted. Just imagine what this world would be like without all the people that you so need, take for granted and are always there, those "Steady Eddie" types. Imagine them not being in your lives. Think about it. Valentine’s Day may be for all the loves in your lives; but don’t forget all those that you "like" or "need". You may not get them a card with hearts on it but a simple thank you--some kind of acknowledgment they exist--might be your ticket to a warm heart.
I received a few recipes from a friend of mine today for Elderberries. As I’ve stated before on this blog, Elderberry is 2013 Herb of the Year. My friend motivated me to get busy looking for Elderberry recipes of all sorts. Honestly, there don’t seem to be that many. I found an Elderberry Irish Tea Cake recipe from Ireland and an Apple and Elderberry Pie recipe from Britain. Of course, there’s Elderberry Tea, Elderberry Cordial, Elderberry Blossom Tea and Elderberry Flower Fritters, Elderberry Wine, Elderberry Pie and numerous medicinal concoctions but that’s about the extent of it. I haven’t found a whole lot of recipes. If any of you have come across some Elderberry Recipes you’d like to share - please do!!