Speaking of Forks… Giving Thanks

The Talking Fork

This old storytelling game has been around forever, but it just might do the trick when the kids have cleaned their plates and are ready to fly out the door again. Just ask: “Did everybody use a fork?” They’ll all nod.

“Good. If you just used a fork, then you owe the cook a magic memory. I will now unveil The Talking Fork.” Puzzled looks will follow. “I cooked this meal. And before we all leave, I want to hear some good, fun, magic family memories. Here’s the Talking Fork. I’ll go first.” Then pick up a fork around which you’ve tied a ribbon — a nice, big serving fork is good for dramatic effect — and begin. (Source:

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Flower Trivia – Answer to Yesterday’s Question

The Orchid

Confucius acknowledged orchids saying, “the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids”. In 1595 a Chinese flower-arranging book “A Treatise of Vase Flowers” by Chang Ch’ien -te said orchids were in the top ranking of desirability.

The orchid is also the World’s Most Diverse Plant Family

There are between 30,000 and 40,000 species of Orchids making them the  world’s most diverse plant family. Almost every month new species are found and documented and very often they are found to be a completely new genus.  (source: Bella Online)
And the world’s most Popular Orchid is the Phalaenopsis. In fact, more phalaeonopsis orchids are grown and sold than any other type in the world. They come in a wide variety of colors from whites to vivid purples and blooms can last up to four months.  
You can learn more about orchids at Orchids Usa 
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Cooking With Flowers

More on Edible Flowers

Nasturtium ~ This flower has a pepper scent and its colorful yellow, orange and red petals can be tossed in a salad. The whole blossoms can be stuffed with savory mousse; the petals can be shredded and added to risotto or mixed with olive oil and combined with cooked pasta; the leaves taste similar to watercress. 

For more ideas on cooking with flowers, check out the following books, Flower Cookery – The Art of Cooking with Flowersby Mary MacNichol or “Edible Flowers from Garden to Palate” by Cathy Wilkinson

When you have time, read this great post at – Edible Flowers History

In celebration of Rose Month, why not try the Rose-Glazed Brie Recipe?

Father’s Day Traditions Around the World

He … saw the dark tangled curls of his bush floating, floating hair of the stream around the limp father of thousands, a languid flatong flower. – James Joyce

Father’s Day is one of the many events famously celebrated with much fun and frolic throughout the world every year. Many countries across the globe has taken up a day—the Father’s Day—to celebrate fatherhood and honor the fathers or father-figures in every corner of the world.

Generally, countries with a Christian/ Catholic background celebrate Father’s Day on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. Apart from that, different countries with their different set of beliefs, have selected different dates for a Father’s Day celebration. But interestingly, many Christian/ Catholic countries observe Father’s Day with a much secular celebration.
 United States –Sunday, June 19.
United Kingdom – Sunday, June 19.
Canada – Sunday, June 19.
Belgium – Belgium has two dates for Father’s Day—one on March 19, Saturday (St. Joseph’s Day) for the Christians; and another on June 12, Sunday for the Seculars.
Netherlands – Sunday, June 19.
Taiwan – Sunday, August 8.
Australia – 1st Sunday in September.
New Zealand – 1st Sunday in September.
Scandinavia – 2nd Sunday in November.
Spain – Saturday, March 19.
Germany – Wednesday, May 5(Ascension Day).
Lithuania – Sunday, June 5.
Bulgaria –  Monday, June 20.
Chile – Sunday, June 19.
France – Sunday, June 19.
Japan  – Sunday, June 19.

Another tradition of Father’s Day is that of the Flowers, Red roses are worn on Father’s Day to signify that one’s father is living. White roses mean one’s father has died. (source: and

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Happy Father’s Day!

In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share some “Dad” Stories – the first one is one I wrote last year in honor of my father.

A Tribute to Fathers by Heidi Richards

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Jim Valvano

Father’s Day has special meaning to me and so I am posting a tribute to all the men in my life that mean a great deal to me and truly represent what fatherhood is all about.

In 1993 my mother died and I was left an orphan (sort of). You see I had never met my birth father and was not sure I wanted to. My mother had been married four times and none of these men were exactly the epitomy of good fathers.

However, in 1999 I was on a spiritual journey and decided to look for him. I picked up the phone and contacted Lee, a local private investigator who was a member of one of the Chambers of Commerce to which I belong. The only information I had about my father was his name, date and place of birth and that he lived in NYC in the 50’s. In less than an hour Lee called me back with his address and phone number.


To read the rest of my story, visit: Heidi’s Blog


That’s What Dads Do By Dee Hanshaw

 I don’t know how you get the nominees for Dad of the Month, but I would sure like to put my husband, Vesper Hanshaw, in the running! He’s gone way above the line of duty, so to speak! We raised one family, and are starting on another, not by plan, but by having no choice.

He was disabled in 1987, but continued to do all he was able – and a lot he wasn’t – to raise our two kids. He took care of them when I had to go to work. Now that our children are 24 and 25, we’re raising our grandbaby, 3, and an 18-year-old that doesn’t even belong to us at all!

To read the rest of this story visit: iParenting Stories

My Dad by Tom Krause

“In every person’s life there needs to be a caring, nurturing, encouraging friend.”

The earliest memory I have of my father is one of me as a young boy holding his hand by his two last fingers as we walked together. His hands seemed so large that his fingers were all I could actually grip. He always took me with him to ball games even at my young age. I will never forget that.

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Somebody Special


A teenage boy lived alone with his father. The two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always “warming the bench,” his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a football game.

This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school.

But his father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn’t want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there.

The son was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he’d get to play when he became a senior.

All through high school he never missed a practice but still remained a bench warmer all four years. His faithful father always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him.

When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a “walk-on.” Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice and, at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed.

The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games.

To read the rest of this story, visit Men’s Stuff

Happy Father’s Day to Dads Everywhere!

Father’s Day Quotes

My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.
Lee Iacocca

A father is a guy who has snapshots in his
wallet where his money used to be.
Author Unknown

New Testament: St John ch.14 v.2
In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.
The Bible

“Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college, or because they didn’t.”
 L.L. Hendren

Our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
 Abraham Lincoln

  What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.
Jean Paul Richter

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers- and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
 David M. Gottesman.

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