“Mom!” Timmy yelled as he ran through the open doorway. “Looky what Uncle Sylvan gave us!”
Mom looked up from washing a sink load of breakfast dishes. Her middle son stood in the doorway between the mud porch and the kitchen. Rivulets of sweat ran down his ruddy face as he paused to catch his breath.
“C’mon!” he said. “It’s in the back yard.” He held onto both sides of the doorway and bounced up and down, impatiently.
Mom pulled the dish towel off the refrigerator handle and dried the soapy water from her hands. She laid the towel on the counter top. Timmy let go of the doorway and turned to go outside. With one last look to make sure she was following, he ran out the doorway and stood next to a warped cardboard box in the back yard.
“What’s in there?” Mom asked.
Timmy grinned, revealing a gap toothed smile. He stood next to the box, waiting. Mom walked outside, stood next to him and bent down to touch the box. The water stained box top flaps were folded down, each one overlapping the next, locking in the contents. Mom heard thumping coming from the dented box sides. She stuck her finger in the opening where all the flaps met, and pulled them outward, just enough to be able to see inside.
“Feathers!” she said.
“Yeah!” Timmy said, “There’s ten of ‘em!”
“Well, I guess we’ll have to butcher ‘em, later.” Mom said. “Are you ready to pluck?”
“I got ‘em! Somebody else should pluck!” Timmy suggested.
“Nope! We all will.” Mom smiled. “You go find your brother and sister. I’ll get things ready here.”
“Okay.” Timmy said. “Grant’s up on the hill. Sandi’s next door.”
“I think Bruce is upstairs and Sherri’s watchin’ TV.” Mom said.
Timmy broke into a slow trot across his back yard and through the neighbor’s back yard, before crossing the two lane street separating the housing development from the hills surrounding it. He jumped into the ditch, then scrambled up the rocky slope below the electric fence. He crawled under the fence, without touching it and ran along the trail leading up to the haunted tree.
“Laurel, laurel, lee-hee tree!” he yodeled the secret call to let his brother know he was coming.
“Laurel, laurel, lee-hee tree!” came the returning call from Grant.
Timmy stopped under the blackened, hollow tree and took a deep breath, savoring the lingering honey smell. He looked up to see his older brother sitting on a wooden platform high in the tree.
“What d’ya want?” Grant peered down at Timmy.
“Mom wants us all at home.” Timmy said. “We gotta pluck chickens.”
“Shoot! Where’d she get chickens?” Grant growled. He slid off the platform onto the branch supporting it and shinnied down it. At the crotch above the hollowed trunk, he jumped, landing upright on the ground.
Timmy grinned. “Uncle Sylvan,” he answered. “C’mon! I’ll race ya!”
Grant grabbed Timmy’s shoulder, and spun him around. Timmy lost balance and crumpled on the long, yellow grass and cracked earth under the tree. Grant took off running towards home, laughing at the trickery behind his head start. Timmy scrambled to his feet. Fueled by anger, he soon caught up and passed his brother, just as they entered the back yard.
Timmy veered off into the neighbor’s yard and knocked on their back door. “Sandi’s gotta come home,” he told the neighbor. His older sister stepped out into the yard moments later.
“What?” she said. “I was playin’.”
“Mom sent me to get ya,” Tim said, fanning his flushed face.
“Why for?” asked Sandi.
“We’re pluckin’ chickens,” Timmy answered.
“Awww! Darn!” Sandi said. She headed home with Timmy.
Mom had set up the back yard for butchering. A very sharp butcher knife lay across the folded flaps on top of the box. The green garden hose lay coiled next to it, to wash the bloodstained grass afterwards. A grey metal washing tub, filled with steaming, boiled water sat a few feet away. Another empty cardboard box, destined for feathers and entrails, lay next to the redwood picnic table in the middle of the yard. The feathers and chicken guts would be burned in the barrel under the apple tree, at the far end of the yard. Six year old Bruce and five year old Sherri sat on the attached bench, waiting for the butchering to begin. Grant stood, leaning against the table top, watching Mom.
Mom pulled the flaps of the box open, just enough to reach in. Hollow thumps and muffled clucks emanated from the cardboard prison. She pulled out a chicken. Timmy pushed the flaps back down, locking the rest of the birds inside.
The little banty hen flapped her wings in protest. Mom held it by the neck and stepped on its red tail feathers. She picked up the knife, pulled the chicken’s neck taut, and drew the knife across its throat. Blood spurted from the gaping wound as the chicken bled out. It flapped its wings spastically, then went still. Mom submerged it in the tub. The hot water loosened the feathers. She handed it to Sandi to pluck.
Sandi sat on the grass next to the picnic table and began to pluck the red feathers from the bird. Mom reached back into the box for the next bird and repeated the process, handing a bird off to a different child, each time. Each bird reacted the same way during its death throes, except for the last one.
The last bird, perhaps scenting the carnage outside the box, ran laps around the inside when Mom reached in to take it. Loud clucks protested its capture. It flapped its brown wings wildly, throwing loosened down into the air. It kicked its scaly yellow feet, failing to push away the inevitable.
Mom stepped on its tail and pulled its neck, holding tightly for a quick slaughter. The bird crowed as the knife sliced through its gullet. It flapped its wings, opening them fully and kept on flapping. Mom let it go, thinking it would play out its throes on the blood soaked grass.
The bird stood up, head swinging upside down from attached skin on its spurting neck. Its beak crowed a silent, macabre message from the other side. It began to run. It ran straight at the youngest family member. Sherri dropped the bird she was plucking, stood up and screamed, seemingly continuing the bird’s message cut silent by the knife.
The bird ran within inches of her. She jumped up on the bench, up onto the table top, took three steps and went down the other side. The possessed bird followed her, dripping blood. She continued screaming and the shrill sound rose an octave. Her siblings stopped plucking to watch.
She ran across the yard and sped around the burn barrel at the far end. She headed back towards the house. The fixated bird skittered after her, following precisely in Sherri’s footsteps. She stopped screaming long enough to take a breath. She glanced over her shoulder. The bird continued after her, head swinging around its dribbling neck, not three feet behind her.
Her screams were nearly drowned out by the hysterical laughter of her siblings as they watched the grisly scene play out. Sherri hooked a hard right within yards of the house and headed back towards the picnic table. She dropped down on hands and knees and crawled under the picnic table and out the other side. She glanced back, mouth opened so wide she couldn’t possibly see, still shrieking, although in a lowered octave. She didn’t even register the laughter of her siblings and mother. The blood soaked chicken, slowing down was still hot on her trail.
On the other side of the picnic table she stood up and ran for the low branches of the apple tree. The ghoulish chicken followed her and then collapsed within feet of the tree. Not trusting her eyes, she climbed to the first fork and sat there, shrieks turning into cries, amid the laughter of her family.
Timmy ran over to the chicken and picked it up, intending to thrust it at his littlest sister.
“Timothy!” Mom’s voice stopped him and he carried the chicken down to the tub and immersed it. Under her breath, she murmured, “That one’s gonna be really tough!”
Mom walked to the apple tree and lifted Sherri from it, soothing her. She assured her that the chase was just the chicken’s reflexes. It really wasn’t chasing her.
Sherri sat next to Mom as the plucking continued, the chickens were gutted, the feathers were raked from the lawn and burned and the blood saturated grass was hosed clean.
She never had to take part in chicken butchering again.
When it comes to the nightly meal of the day – dinner meals easily become a victim of repetitive entrees and side dishes. Some individuals and families find themselves stuck in a rut, preparing some of the same meals on a weekly basis – fish on Friday, Meatloaf Monday, bland corn, white rice, and lifeless mashed potatoes. To keep dinner fun, fresh, and in many cases, exciting – there are plenty of ways to stop the boredom that comes with fixing and eating the same dishes. A few ideas include:
1) Try New Recipes
Whether you scan the cookbooks lining the library shelves or browse the infinite number of online resources, there are plenty of recipes awaiting the eager cook. New recipes add excitement and new flavors that not only add spice to the dining room table, but also awaken the taste buds. You never know if you don’t like something if you never try it. Why not experiment with veal or make your first gumbo?
2) Try New Ingredients
Sometimes you can transform an old favorite by simply substituting the ingredients you normally use. There are thousands of different spices, meats, vegetables, fruits, sauces, and other cooking ingredients that you are unaware of. This is also a great chance to explore some of the different worldwide methods of cooking, as you consider the use of cilantro, rose petals, Adobo, hummus, and oyster sauce.
3) Theme Night of the Week
To spice up the dinnertime you have grown accustomed to, theme nights create a great break from the norm. You may select a day of the week that is especially set aside for a particular theme of your choice, such as “Dinner and a Movie.” When preparing a mealtime your family will never forget, you may choose to explore another culture. A few theme night feasts may include: Italian (pizza, cannoli, lasagna); Asian (spring rolls, chicken stir fry, fortune cookies); Middle Eastern (pita sandwiches, falafel); or French (croissant sandwiches, quiche, crepes).
4) Breakfast Food At Night
When you’re tired of the meat and potatoes dinner, there is nothing wrong with setting a hot, stack of pancakes on the table for the last meal of the day. Omelets, waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon, all make great selections for a dinner that breaks from the norm.
5) Fun Presentation Ideas
Perhaps the things you cook for dinner taste great and are crowd pleasers, but you want to step up the level of enjoyment. Enhanced presentation of food not only heightens the interest of the meal, but also gets the conversation going around the dinner table. One of the most attention-grabbing ideas for meals includes fruit and vegetable carving, where radishes, apples, oranges, and melons become works of art. Sometimes, dinner plates may showcase a bright explosion of foods, arranged according to the colors of the rainbow.
6) Decoration, Decoration, Decoration
To encourage a more enjoyable dinner meal, decorating the dining room table is a great way to boost the level of delight, including colorful napkins, inviting candles, fun silverware choices, decorative tablecloths, new cups and glasses, or beautiful spreads of flowers and plants.
7) Change The Scenery
Sometimes the food served during dinner isn’t the boring part of mealtime, but the monotonous seating and setting at the dining room table sometimes becomes the problem. To change up the scenery, make arrangements to have a picnic dinner, gather on the patio to watch the sun set over a delicious home cooked meal, or plan a laidback feast to enjoy in the family room. Why not hold an outdoor Hawaiian luau, where the backyard is transformed into an island paradise with roasted pineapple, grilled food, and leis?
Overall, if you think coming up with your own creative meal ideas is hard, there are plenty of cooking resources and meal planners to consider. For example, to help cooks keep dinner interesting, culinary exploration reports offered at Menu Planning Central help add life, creativity, and imagination.
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Many meal planners are always on the lookout for healthy recipes for their table. Here are some recipe ideas that taste great and are good for you all at the same time.
Breakfast:Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This meal kick-starts our metabolic processes and provides the energy we will need to make it through the day. Your intake of high carbohydrate foods and lean proteins should be centred on the breakfast meal. Here is a heart healthy breakfast recipe that will have everyone at the table complimenting your cooking.
Mushroom Omelette(2 servings)2 cups Eggbeaters1 ? c sliced fresh mushrooms1 tbsp fresh parsley, torn into small pieces1 tsp fresh oregano1/2 tsp Fresh Basil choppedCooking spraySalt and pepper to taste
In small bowl, whisk together Eggbeaters and spices. Set aside. Over medium heat saut? the mushrooms in half the butter until tender; set aside. Heat half the butter in a two sided skillet. Pour ? cup Eggbeaters in each side; add your mushrooms and herbs. Cook until the bottom of the Eggbeaters are set and then close the skillet and cook for about four more minutes until the Eggbeaters are cooked through.
LunchChicken Wrap Ups2 cooked boneless chicken breasts cut into stripsLettuce- shreddedTomatoes fresh and diced? cup avocado, dicedLow fat Ranch-style dressing12 in flour tortilla, heatedCombine all of the ingredients inside the tortilla and serve.
SupperHearty Vegetable soup16 ounces beef broth? c diced celery1 cup diced carrots1 cup diced potatoes1 can mixed vegetables1 can (8 oz.) of diced tomatoes1 can green beans1 can corn
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Serve with a salad and hard crusty rolls for a delicious healthy supper. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet creates healthy recipes as you learn how you like each of them prepared. Refrain from coating the vegetables in margarine or butter; this only adds calories and fat to no good purpose. The less salt you use, the better unless you have a person with low iodine intake, then you should use iodized salt in your cooking.Many healthy recipes target specific health problems, such as the Cardio-Diet and the Fatty Liver diet. Both of these healthy recipe diets are meant to help treat an existing health condition. By carefully planning your menu you can create many of your own healthy recipes.
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Disadvantages: no lock in bathroom and no shower in peak time.
My husband and I visited York city for 4 days during September 2009. The base for our stay was a B&B named Holmlea Guesthouse.
Why we chose it?
Before we started our trip we searched on the internet trying to find reasonably priced accommodation that ideally was close to the tourist areas of York. Most B&Bs and hotels we found charged at least £60 for a double room per night. However Holmlea was an exception. On their own website they advertised £45 for a double room with private bathroom, but not en-suite. Personally I’m not used to a room without an en-suite bathroom, so I hesitated to choose Holmlea. We searched again and found even if you were prepared to pay £60 we still couldn’t get a room with en-suite bathroom. So we decided to take a chance with Holmlea.
We made our reservation by telephone, giving credit card details as a guarantee. A staff member told us that there would be no room available until 5pm. We were also given the code for the door entry system and told where we could find the door key.
It was not difficult to find and is located in a quiet road. Driving there just took 10 minutes after we reached the border of York from south. We were allocated a guest parking permit adjacent to Holmlea. For guests arriving by train it is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from York station. It is a ten minute walk to Clifford’s Tower and York Castle Museum. There are pubs, restaurants and shops nearby. One pub called The Swan seemed particularly popular. My husband really enjoyed it because of the variety of real ales and ciders.
Although we were told to check in by 5pm at the earliest, we arrived at about 2pm. Fortunately we were allowed to enter our room on arrival.
Walking up the steep and narrow carpeted stairs we came in our first floor room. Because the price was so cheap so I didn’t have big expectation about the room. However when I saw it I was still a little upset. It’s the smallest double room I have ever seen. That means my husband and I better not move at the room at same time.
It has two single beds that take 2/3 of the space of the room. In my opinion the single bed is smaller and harder than most standard single bed. At the first night my husband fell off the bed when he was asleep. At the third night he had difficulty to sleep due to the noise of next door neighbours. However I was too tired at my daytime visits so I had no problem to sleep.
Our room is being rather practical. It has just one small window, two chairs, one of which is partially inside a wall cupboard. There is a kettle for heating water, two tins for tea bags and coffee sugar, and two cups on a small table at a corner. A small washbasin is at the opposite corner. Around the walls there are a few decorative paintings, one of which just has frame left. A small old style TV set is fixed on the wall above our beds. No doubt the picture on the TV is very poor.
Our private bathroom with toilet and shower is on the next right door. No surprise it is very small too. The shower equipment is very old and doesn’t work well either. At my first two days it was ok, but the last morning when most guests took showers I couldn’t get the hot water, so I had to give up. Incidentally the shower stand disappeared I had difficulties to find a place to put my shower towel. We couldn’t lock the door inside so my husband had to lock it for me outside when I took my showers.
On Holmlea website they said they serve continental breakfast. However we just got a tray consisted of a small croissant, a carton of yoghurt and a carton of juice each plus three jams tubs (all of them were bought from Tesco). After our first breakfast my husband started to go a local shop to buy extra food every morning before they put the breakfast on the floor of our door by 8.30am.
When we checked out and was told they can’t accept any plastic card. So my husband went out in the rainy morning to find a cash deposit. We did mind to pay cash but if they told us in advance it would be more appreciated.
Despite some bad bits I mentioned earlier I would like to say the staff members were friendly. They provided our breakfast and cleaned the room on time. We didn’t take our laptop but we were told free wireless internet entrance was available at our room.
For the sake of the price I think Holmlea is an acceptable B&B particularly if you are the kind of tourists, who spend a lot of time outside and just take the space to sleep. However in my husband’s opinion it’s an awful unacceptable B&B, if you are a big size person you definitely will understand his feeling and agree with him.
Summary: Stay or not stay is really a question.
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Rectangle dining table proves to be quite valuable in achieving the sophistication that you want your eating room to portray. It’s also instrumental in producing you dinner area stylish and delicious looking. In reality, nothing completes the decor of a eating home far better than a rectangle dining desk.
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This modern sq desk comfortably seats four when un-extended or six when totally extended. Made of strong rubber wood, it has an appealing grain.
Sleek and straight layout makes this fashionable square dining desk fit… Sleek and stylish is our square dining room table manufactured from wooden and performed in a cappuccino finish off. There is also variety of rectangle dining tables. Gather your friends and loved ones around our beautiful espresso completed dinner stand with glass insert from the Movado collection.
Thick square legs take their location in the corners displaying off the square to rectangle dining table prime with a center clear beveled glass insert. Our eating stand will add a comfortable style to your eating home. Accentuate your dining area with this charming stable wood dining kitchen table in Black Sand complete. The wide indented apron and 4 straight legs offer a lot of support. A black sand finish and cherry stand leading lends to its appeal. The measurements are 36x36x29H. The cost is quoted for the table only.
This is a hostel in Hervey Bay. The details are as follows:
Address- 820 Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay, 4655.
Reception opening hours- 7am to 8pm
It is a 3 star, which is an AAA Tourism Standard. This is a national tourism body of the Australian monitoring organisations, which manages the STARS Accommodation Classification Schemes. The YHA is the first network of backpacker hostels to use this and 3 stars indicated a well-appointed establishment with comfortable accommodation and facilities.
The cost for rooms where as follows:
Multishare adults -32, 6 rooms/4-5 share
Double/twin room -56, 9 double, 9 twin
Double ensuite, -73, 3 double/ 4-share ensuite
There are 4 villas and 5 cabins
It is roughly 1 GBP = 2.18 AUD
We got to the hostel from Brisbane by the Greyhound bus. It is 7km from the bus terminal so it’s not a distance you would want to walk but there is a YHA shuttle bus, which picks you up, free of charge. Once you get off the Greyhounds bus it is waiting for you plus they will bring you back to the bus terminal again free of charge at designated times (these times are posted on the wall in reception). It runs 7 times a day. Another method to get there is by train. The hostel is 30km to the station however you can get a local bus which will bring you from the train station to the hostel. If you are flying the hostel is 3km from the airport.
Hervey Bay has no town centre, rather it has 5 shopping villages between housing. The closest is Urangan, which is 5-10 minutes walk from the front door. As well there is speciality shopping at the marina about 5 minutes away. Its 800m to the nearest food store which is in a shopping complex and happens to be a Woolworth’s and there is also a convenience store. There is a bar and eatery in the YHA itself, which does cheap meals for roughly . They have a set menu with various different dished. I am not sure what they taste like as we cooked out own food. Do bare in mind there is no oven in the kitchen just cooking rings and a microwave. You can store food in the fridge they have provided. The kitchen isn’t super clean but this is a hostel and compared to others I think that it was cleaner than others were and I didn’t mind cooking in it. In the eating area there was a TV so you could watch TV and eat at the same time or if you wanted you could have ate at the bar area. When cooking in hostels you need to remember that you have to tidy up after yourself and wash and dry your dishes.
There are several computers at the bar area which you can access the internet. Time codes can be purchased from either the front desk or the bar during opening hours. You may log in and out as many times as you wish until he expiry of your time code. This area was never overly crowded and computers were always free, however it cost an hour to access the internet.
There is a medium sized pool, which a net can be put up so volleyball can be played. Beside it is a spa, which about 4 people could fit into at any one time. The pool and surrounding area is clean and I seen several children playing there in my stay. There is a shower and toilet right beside the pool, as well as picnic tables, seating area and sunloungers. Over the fence beside the pool there is a pond which is supposed to have ducks, though I never seen any. In fact the pond to me just looked like flooded swampy grass, but I never got too close to investigate it properly.
At reception there is a tour booking service. Here you can buy postcards, digereedoos and snack food. You can book any tour the YHA offers here. The main attraction as you are right beside it is the most sought after locations on Fraser Island. If you are lucky enough to arrive and stay here from July to November you can go whale watching on the beautiful esplanade and beaches. The only place in Hervey Bay itself that is within walking distance is the marina, which is a nice walk however, I would not come here to see it alone. As there is not much to do here I see Hervey Bay as a gateway to Fraser Island and a mere stopover until people move on. To fill in your time in the hostel they have free stuff to do including tennis, monopoly, table tennis and backgammon.
There was complimentary (yes free!) breakfast each morning that was a pleasant surprise for us. It is in the bar and eatery area and runs from 7.00am to 8.30 am. It is self service with cereal, toast, tea and coffee provided. When we arrived at the hostel we got a complimentary drink and piece of cake as we were waiting on the reception to become available, I thought this was a nice touch.
I stayed in a double without an ensuite. It was small, yet comfortable, you could only really fit in your rucksacks and not much else. There was a sliding door with a fly net over it to keep bugs out and I have to say it did this quite well. There was lots of vegetation around out room and my partner only had to remove 2 bugs (which were ants). In the room was a mirror which I found handy and there was a small thin ledge with a lamp o n it. You have some space on this ledge to put your items but not much. A small bin had also been provided. There was no wardrobe or storage area for your rucksack/suitcase, which was a bit of a pain, but there was space on the floor. The room was clean and tidy with bricks on one corner of the wall and white plaster on the rest and clean carpet on the floor. To keep cool (and you need it as it was very, very, very warm!) there was a fan above the ceiling which was kind of noisy. It had 3 settings but at even the highest it didn’t cool the room much and we were left feeling smothered with the heat. If needed there were 2 plug outlets, if you removed the light from the socket. The matrices were thin and you could feel the springs under the bed, which some people may find hard to sleep on. This didn’t bother me and neither did the continuous buss from the fan but what stopped me from falling asleep easily was the chirping of the birds and humming from the frogs at nigh, it drove me mad. I suppose if I had of been staying for a few nights I would have gotten used to it. When checking out you needed to bring your sheets down to the reception as you generally need to do in most hostels.
For a hostel I think this one is good. It is clean, offers free lifts from the Greyhound bus and free breakfast so its great value for money. It is easy to relax at the pool or around the complex as they have gardens, pools, ponds and geenery. The only down side is that there isn’t much to do in Hervey Bay itself. Also the charming wildlife that likes to keep you up at night while you are far too warm. It is a great stopover on the way to Fraser Island to suit someone on a budget and definitely is one of the better hostels I have stayed in.
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Father’s Day falls annually on the second Sunday of June. It is a day that American’s celebrate fathers. Whether you were born into your family or adopted, you have a father and this is a day to spoil and honor him. For many, this day is sad, because their dad is gone, or they didn’t have a loving dad to raise them and are now estranged, or the dad lost his kids. In this case, pick out an extraordinary man in your life and “adopt” him for the day.
While there are special gifts you can buy for your special man of honor, please don’t let your budget determine whether or not you can revere your special man in your life. There are ways to make him feel special that won’t break your bank account, but will pay tribute to him to last a lifetime. You will need to start some of these ideas ahead of time, meaning, don’t wait until the last minute to get around to it.
HANDWRITE AND FRAME A QUOTE: Look for quotes in books at your library or bookstore or online that is close to what your dad means in your life and have it written in calligraphy and framed. For instance: “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” ~William Shakespeare~
WRITE A SONG OR POEM ABOUT HIM: Go to a quiet place and let your creative juices flow. Jot down special words at first that describe him. Start putting them with words that rhyme and add the lines. You’ll be surprised what you may come up with. If you can’t sing, ask someone to sing it that can. If you can’t write words to sing, just play a special tune on your guitar or on the piano or other instrument that honors him. He will be so flattered no matter what you created, because it is about him and him alone!
READ HIM A SPECIAL POEM ALOUD: If you can’t write one of your own, find one in a book at your local library or bookstore or online that describes him to a “T.”
WRITE AND FRAME A BIBLE VERSE HE LOVES: Handwrite or hire a calligrapher to write a favorite bible verse he loves and frame it. Include a special engraved plate on the matte or frame to commemorate him on this special Father’s Day.
WRITE HIM A TRIBUTE: Go to your local library or bookstore and get the book, “The Tribute” by Dennis Rainey. He has great ideas to honor parents (dads, in this case) in this era where so much unfortunate bashing goes on.
PLANT FLOWERS TREES OR BUSHES: It is the perfect time to buy his favorite flowers or other plants and trees he likes and plant them around the yard or garden for him. When they bloom, he’ll think of the ones he loves that planted them.
BE ARTISITC: If you can draw or paint, create a portrait or scenery special to him and frame it or have it framed. Don’t forget to sign it!! Include a special engraved plate on the matte or frame to commemorate him on this special Father’s Day.
MAKE A CARD: Use your drawing skills or rubberstamping skills, etc. to make dad a special card. Don’t just fly through the process. Give it some thought and take your time.
BE CRAFTY: Make a quilt out of special fabrics or clothing belonging to his kids. Crochet a quilt. Make a quilt out of fleece with appropriate design on it. Make him a scrap book of what he means to you.
ADD TO HIS COLLECTION: Find out if he collects anything and go shopping for a special item to add to his collection that he will always remember it was from you. Hallmark Ornaments (find them online) are great for special people and days like this! You could even buy a new tool for his tool box or a new neck tie since this is a day neck tie sales go through the roof!
SEND HIM ON A TREASURE HUNT: Use clever notes placed around in special spots to lead him to a special surprise…it could be a gift, a party, or dinner. Let your imagination run wild!!
MAKE HIM BREAKFAST: Find out what his favorite breakfast foods are from people close to him and set up a time to make him breakfast on the morning of Father’s Day.
COOK HIM DINNER: Find out what his favorite meal is from people close to him and set up a time to make his special dinner on Father’s Day at a time good for him. If you can’t cook, have someone that is a good cook make the meal for you.
TAKE HIM OUT TO HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT: This idea is a no-brainer and most people opt for this one. It is ok, because most fathers like the idea of not cooking on Father’s Day if they normally do the cooking. Find out what his favorite restaurant is before Father’s Day. Call ahead and make reservations if they take them. Your thoughtfulness ahead of time will be noticed and appreciated.
PLAN A SURPRISE PARTY: Invite people close to him to come and honor him on this special day. Try to bring his kids and family in town if at all possible.
DO HIS FAMILY TREE: Do some genealogy research and make a family tree for him to hang or place prominently in his home. This could be made on a T-shirt or quilt too, not just a framed picture, poster, or a computer print out. See my detailed ehow article on “How to Do Family Tree Genealogy Ancestry History Research” to help you with this. He will love it.
BUY A FAMILY BIBLE: You’ll need to do some research ahead of time. Fill out the information in the Family Births/Deaths/Marriages section of the Family Bible. Hire a calligrapher to fill it out for you or have someone with pretty handwriting do it. This will be a special heirloom for his coffee table to hand down through the generations.
BAKE A CAKE: Bake and decorate a cake in honor of him. Of course there’s always bakery’s to buy from or the wonderful Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes. You can’t go wrong with those! You can even choose the design on them and order one.
PAINT A T-SHIRT OR BBQ GRILLING APRON: Go to a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s and buy fabric paints and a new T-shirt or BBQ apron and get creative. Use baby’s hands and feet to make hand/feet prints on the shirt in paint. Let it dry for 24 hours before you give it to him all wrapped up in tissue paper and a masculine bag or box.
BUY A SPECIAL GIFT: Many opt for this idea too, but you can ask around and find out what has favorite after shave or cologne is or favorite store is for a gift card. If he likes to golf, go miniature golfing with him as a family. He’ll love showing you how to do it. If he loves music, buy him a special CD he’s been wanting. Gather items for a special Father’s Day basket that he would like. Don’t forget the grill stuff, tools, necktie, pictures, or a nice pen set and paperweight!!
MAKE HELPING HAND COUPONS: Get on your computer and type out some coupons to staple into a booklet that have all kinds of tasks on them that you will do for him. Dads love this! Coupons can include: Cleaning the garage/work area, organizing the shed, Doing dishes, laundry, cleaning, childcare, quiet time away from kids, raking, shoveling, planting, weeding, washing his car inside and out, vacuuming, manicure, pedicure, salon day, night of quiet reading, movie night—whatever he wants to watch, King for a day, picnic out, etc. The ideas are endless!
FIND OUT IF HE NEEDS SOMETHING FINISHED: Does he have an unfinished project that haunts him to get done? Do some legwork or calling around and have it completed…even if it is a room. Make sure it is finished the way he would want it or better. Maybe it is an unfinished wood craft or other project he wouldn’t mind if someone else finished, hire it done. Give it to him when you’re eating your Father’s Day meal.
TAKE A SPECIAL DRIVE: Drive him someplace he loves like a National Park or other scenic/memorable place that he rarely gets to see. An “extra” would be to see if the radio station you listen to will play a song dedicated to him by you while you are in the car driving.
PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES: There are so many possibilities to use photos new or old to make a special memory for Dad. Use your imagination.
Hopefully I’ve opened up your creative mind for even more ideas to honor your father on Father’s Day. Have fun! Happy Father’s Day!
Whether you are an adult getting ready to take on the world at work, or a student who needs to be fuelled for a day full of learning at school, breakfast is essential to making sure the day starts off right. For many though, the morning rush prevents them from having a healthy breakfast – but skipping this important meal doesn’t only impact your day, but also your health.
“Research shows that adults who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight or have a higher body mass index than adults who eat breakfast daily,” says registered dietitian, Sue Mah. “A healthy, balanced breakfast not only kick-starts your morning but also helps control your appetite throughout the day.”
Starting each day with a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Mah, in partnership with the Peanut Bureau of Canada, offers the following tips to get your day started right:
–With a little preparation, you can plan a quick and healthy breakfast rather than stopping at the local coffee shop or drive-thru. Freeze slices of homemade Peanut Butter Banana bread and simply reheat. Team it up with a glass of low fat milk and breakfast is ready in no time. Or whip up a smoothie made with fresh/frozen fruit and low fat vanilla yogurt.
– Mix up your breakfast menu and include a variety of wholesome foods. Remember to add some protein to help you stay full for longer. Try cheese and crackers, a scrambled egg sandwich, or peanut butter on whole grain toast. Even last night’s dinner leftovers can work.
– To avoid the morning rush, try moving a few tasks to the evening before. Pack the kids’ lunches, set the table for breakfast, and pick your outfit for the next day. You’ll have less stress and more time in the morning to enjoy a healthy breakfast.
Not only important for adults, breakfast is equally essential for children. Research shows that students who eat a balanced breakfast before school are better prepared for the day and have better memory, problem-solving skills and creative abilities.
More tasty recipes can be found online at www.peanutbureau.ca.