110 Years ago today, JULY 23, 1904, a tasty treat was invented in our town:
St. Louis, Missouri, Home of the First Ice Cream Cone
Do you love ice cream? How about an ice cream cone? Did you know that the first cone was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904?
Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri fills a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream, and the ice cream cone is invented.
The story goes that when the ice cream vendor ran out of paper cups and spoons, he put the ice cream in a rolled up waffle that the man in the next booth was selling — and an invention was born — by accident!
So you can thank Chuck for giving us one of American’s favorite desserts…one scoop or two?!? 🙂
To commemorate this special day, we are featuring the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 7. Seeds of Happiness has partnered with Canterbury Enterprises, Inc. to produce the molded balls of clay which are then sculpted at the Seeds of Happiness studio. Canterbury is a sheltered workshop in suburban St. Louis. Their mission is to produce high quality work through a dedicated workforce primarily comprised of people with disabilities. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated, hardworking AND fun couple working on our project.
Rosemary & Larry
Your job at Canterbury: Rosemary cuts the clay and inserts the pieces into a mold. Larry uses the press to form the little balls of clay. In addition, they work on assembling mailings.
How long have you worked at Canterbury?: Four years. And we like to work TOGETHER!
What you like about working on Seeds of Happiness: $$$!!!
How long have you been married: Rosemary and Larry will celebrate their SILVER wedding anniversary this fall. Congratulations on 25 years!
What you like to do on your days off: We like to go to different places around St. Louis. And, Rosemary does the driving; Larry is chauffered!
Favorite ice cream: Rosemary likes all flavors, but vanilla is her favorite. However Larry is NOT an ice cream lover, but his favorite foods are hamburgers and bratwurst…picnic food!
Friday, June 20, 2014 = Take Your Dog to Work Day A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad. – Robert Wagner
This is a serious holiday for “Man’s Best Friend”. It is sponsored by Pet Sitters International. The day is to encourage employers to experience the fun and relaxation which comes with allowing pets in the workplace! And in addition, to encourage pet adoption; there are LOTS of great dogs out there who need forever homes. 🙂
We would like to see YOUR dogs in YOUR workplace! We are having a drawing and the prize is a “Happy Dog” Big Seed of Happiness! Just e-mail a photo of you and your dog at your workplace. OR if you do not have a job which allows Take Your Dog to Work Day, just send us a photo of you and your dog. OR, even if you just WISH you had a dog and want to enter, send us your e-mail, too…everybody can play!
Deadline for entry is Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT. A winner will be drawn and announced by the end of the week. Good luck, thanks for playing and WOOF!
My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty. – Elayne Boosler
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. – William Arthur Ward
Smile Power Day is the perfect excuse to shine your pearly whites and show off those dimples. And no, a smiley face or an emoticon won’t do! Not today, at least!
Today, you are powerful. Today, you can change the world. Today, you can…SMILE!
Yep, it’s time to use that most powerful weapon and celebrate Smile Power Day with a great smile. Smiling (even when you’re not happy) can help lift your mood and it helps everyone around you feel better. Smiling is something that is understood by everyone despite culture, race, or religion; it is internationally known.
Nobody knows who came up with the idea of dedicating a whole 24 hours to the smile, but one thing is certain: we’re the only creatures on the planet that can do it. Whether fate smiled upon you or not, you can always find a good reason to smile. So grin from ear to ear, look on the bright side and smile your troubles away.
And remember, Smile Power Day is meant to be shared with loved ones. Most importantly, when you crack a smile today, remember that it’s not Smile Power Day unless you can put a smile one someone else’s face, too!
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss
What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Hmmmmm? The traditional tie doesn’t really work anymore with our increasingly casual society. But a Smile…yeah! As Mark Borella, aka The Seeds of Happiness Guy always says: “You can’t go wrong with a Smile.”
* Maybe he is a baseball fan: How about a Big Baseball Seed of Happiness?
* He can always use a baseball cap, and we guarantee that when he opens this gift he will be smiling! (p.s. AND they are on sale right now; 20% off!)
* Your dad can start his day with a Smile in his coffee mug. * Or, we have two different sizes of tumblers to hold his hot AND cold beverages.
So, there are lots of fun choices for your dad…let the shopping begin!
Memorial Day is a holiday which typically marks the beginning of summer vacation…bbq, floatrips, picnics, and many more fun and relaxing outdoor activities. It’s a federal holiday, most people are off work for a three-day weekend…yea!
But, we should not forget the reason we have a day off work and are out having fun. Memorial Day is a day of remembering those courageous men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who made the greatest sacrifice while serving our country. To those men and women, we salute you.
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. —Lily Tomlin
May 5-9, 2014 is Teacher Appreciation Week.
The first full week in May honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction; from Kindergarten through college, they are an important part of our children’s lives.
So let’s give ’em their due. If you happen to be a teacher reading this, we personally offer our thanks! And, to show our gratitude, an apple for the teacher is always appreciated. Check out our Seeds of Happiness Apples, we have two sizes for your favorite teachers!
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. —Albert Einstein
Time for a special “thank you” to the administrative staff who keep all of your workplaces running smoothly. A Seed of Happiness is ALWAYS appreciated and as the Seeds of Happiness Guy says: “You can’t go wrong with a Smile!”
Opening day in baseball may not be a National Holiday, much to the dismay of Ozzie Smith, but here in Saint Louis, it is game ON! Cardinal Nation is in full swing today with our home opener against the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball truly is America’s pastime, so root for your home team and enjoy…PLAY BALL!!!
“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” –Mark Twain
April Fools’ pranks have been around for a very long time! Following is a CLASSIC April Fools’ joke played on TV viewers in England.
In 1957, a British news program managed to convince hundreds of people that spaghetti could grow on trees.
Oh yes they did…listen to THIS: Prior to April 1st, the BBC program,Panorama, went to Switzerland to film a segment about the great spaghetti harvest, which was made possible by the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” They placed cooked spaghetti on tree branches and filmed local girls “harvesting” the pasta.
After airing the segment, the station was bombarded with phone calls asking how to grow a spaghetti tree.(?!?) Before the broadcast ended for the night, the anchors confessed to the prank. Genius!Maybe it wasn’t on an international scale like the BBC, but have YOU ever pranked someone with a clever April Fool’s joke? Let us know!
March 25 is INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY. Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen; this day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.
This remarkable dough-based gridded cake can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert.
Take this day to explore the variety that the world of the waffle has to offer you: topped with fried chicken or stacked and drenched in sugary maple syrup, dusted with confectioner’s sugar or coated in chocolate or cream…yum!
A Few Waffle Fun Facts:
* The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.”
* In the late 1800’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron.
* Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.
* Since its founding in 1955, the Waffle House chain has sold more than 500 million waffles.