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By Becky Little

Websites like Google and YouTube use April Fools’ Day to prank the public with fake videos and announcements (like last year’s Pokémon Challenge)—but they didn’t start the trend.

On April 1, 1957, the British Broadcasting Corporation told viewers that there had been an “exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop” in Switzerland that year, due in part to “the virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil”

The BBC showed footage of spaghetti harvesters diligently picking noodles from trees. Some viewers were upset—but some called to ask where they could find a spaghetti bush.

By 1957, April Fools’ pranks were already common in American and European newspapers. No one knows how the holiday started, but we do know something about how it’s changed. Here are a few of the greatest hoax hits in history.
The Washing of the Lions

The earliest April Fools’ Day hoax on record was in 1698, says Alex…

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April Fools Day Pranks For Parents

Momma's Jewels

april foolsHappy April Fools Day!  If you want to play some harmless pranks on your kids later today, here are some of our favorite ideas.

1) Cover the sensor on your remote control with a small piece of clear tape.  Watch and enjoy as your kids repeatedly try to get it to work!  (Bonus if your husband also gets confused)

2) Buy plastic bugs and put them on your kids plates while feeding them dinner.  Wait for the shrieking to ensue!

3) Unscrew the cap of the faucet on your bathroom sink, place dye tablet there and then screw back on. Watch your child’s reaction when colorful water comes out of the faucet!

4) Fill their juice cups with jello.  They’ll be so confused when they take their first sip!

5) Sprinkle salt on their toothbrush.

6) When the kids get home from school pretend to be on the phone with their…

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Happy VD Day


On this day we would wake up and find cards in the bathroom and mom making heart-shaped pancakes, usually with a few drops of red food coloring. A little surprise in our lunch box and dinner was a heart-shaped meatloaf and heart-shaped biscuits.  As always, they were all made with fun and love.

mom V Heart-001


As for the title of this post I have called this day Happy VD day ever since high school.  For on this day the biology teacher at my school would address the topic of VD, yes venereal disease, and so it became known as VD day.  It felt a bit like a rite of passage once I was old enough to make it through this class.  While there is absolutely nothing funny about VD wrapping the topic with a bit of humor does help ease the conversation and makes it memorable, a key.  If you have someone in your family that is the age for this conversation then make today the day.

Have a Fabulous Valentine


Happy Happy

Ok, so i have been a bit absent from posting here but I have been working on going through my mom’s two recipe boxes and working on a cookbook.  Well, a bit more than just a cookbook, I am also updating the recipes, adding photos and incorporating family stories and memories.  A major project, but we will chip away at it bit by bit.

Just for kicks, here is a copy of one of mom’s recipes in her handwriting:

Mom's Chili

Mom’s Chili

Here is one that is in her mother’s handwriting:

Grandma's Spanish Bean Soup

Grandma’s Spanish Bean Soup

Hope everyone has a Fabulous one!


It’s Columbus Day!

from the Bartolini kitchens

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus, Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Here in the States, today is a holiday set aside to commemorate the “discovery” of America by that navigator from Genoa, Christopher Columbus, or as we call him, Cristoforo Colombo.

Two years ago, to celebrate, I shared a musical number with you, while last year we cooked octopus. Today I’ve chosen to highlight how the Italian language is passed from generation to generation … kinda-sorta. Watch how Great Grandma teaches her Little One the intricacies of the Italian language. The only problem is that the video is far too short. I could watch these two “talk” for hours.

Have a great Columbus Day and to our good friends and neighbors to the North, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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