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In Ireland, a land owner does not need to pay taxes on a house if it does not have a roof (perhaps because no one would live in a roofless place). Therefore, you see many cottages without roofs or those that have thatched roofs, which is basically a very thick mat of straw. For the same reason that I am drawn to Ireland, I am drawn to this adorable planter from Uncommon Goods

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I wanted I try using barley more in meals, so I cooked some in chicken broth and made a Middle Eastern feast! Barley and pomegranate seeds topped with lamb meatballs, tikka masala sauce, and tzatziki- yum!!

In Venice, many of the bars have “cicchetti” which is essentially appetizers that are always at the ready. Everything is always on a stick or toothpick and involves such ingredients as tuna, anchovies, eggs, olives, prosciutto, or basically anything else wonderful that you can imagine. We recreated our beloved cicchetti while we showed off our Europe pictures to family! In Venice, many of the bars have “cicchetti” which is essentially appetizers that are always at the ready. Everything is always on a stick or toothpick and involves such ingredients as tuna, anchovies, eggs, olives, prosciutto, or basically anything else wonderful that you can imagine. We recreated our beloved cicchetti while we showed off our Europe pictures to family!

In Venice, many of the bars have “cicchetti” which is essentially appetizers that are always at the ready. Everything is always on a stick or toothpick and involves such ingredients as tuna, anchovies, eggs, olives, prosciutto, or basically anything else wonderful that you can imagine. We recreated our beloved cicchetti while we showed off our Europe pictures to family!

One of the greatest things to pick up in Paris is Fleur de Sel. In America, it can get rather expensive, but in France they sell huge bags for about $2! I packaged some of the salt in their adorable ceramic yogurt cups (I know, CERAMIC yogurt cups!). One of the greatest things to pick up in Paris is Fleur de Sel. In America, it can get rather expensive, but in France they sell huge bags for about $2! I packaged some of the salt in their adorable ceramic yogurt cups (I know, CERAMIC yogurt cups!).

One of the greatest things to pick up in Paris is Fleur de Sel. In America, it can get rather expensive, but in France they sell huge bags for about $2! I packaged some of the salt in their adorable ceramic yogurt cups (I know, CERAMIC yogurt cups!).