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History of Father’s Day

Hello and Happy Fathers Day!
In honor of dear old dad, today I will focus my blog on the history of Father’s Day. Sadly, retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have bastardized the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was supposed to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities, now is used to sell chili pepper ties and shop vacs. Hopefully by understanding why the concept of Father’s Day was created, we can better celebrate and honor the fathers who raised us into men.

Fathers DayThe first Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise (She would probably be displeased that Mother’s Day still gets the lion’s share of attention).

Sonora’s dad was quite a man. William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left a widower when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. He went on to raise the six children by himself on their small farm in Washington. To show her appreciation for all the hard work and love William gave to her and her siblings, Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other dads like him. She initially suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day, but due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was deferred to the third Sunday in June.

So please join Moya’s Kitchen Concepts In wishing all the fathers around the world HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Mother’s Day Celebration

Happy Mother's DayMother’s Day is a holiday celebrated annually as a tribute to all mothers and motherhood. It is celebrated on various dates in many parts of the world. Although the origins of the holiday date back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the modern form of the celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States began in the early 20th century.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis who, in turn, many years earlier had founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in five cities. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a national holiday and she succeeded in 1914.  U.S. President US President Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.

So, what shows your mother or wife you really care about them more than making brunch at home?  Anyone can take mom out, but taking family time with the kids, in the kitchen, is not only educational but fun!  And mom will enjoy the food so much more knowing the family made it together with love.

Make sure to treat your mother or wife with respect and love.  Take the time to make something from the heart; it is so much more special.  Remember, you only have one mother!

Happy Mother's DayAs a way for Chef Moya to help you celebrate Mother’s Day, a delicious recipe has been posted especially for Mother’s Day.  Feel free to add this special dish to your routine.
You can find it here – “Waffled French Toast with Maple Cream” Waffled French Toast with Maple Cream

If you have questions or need ideas or even recipes, just reach out and we will help in any way we can…we are here for you.

Happy Mother’s Day and God bless.

Chef Moya

Dyeing the Perfect Easter Egg

Hello my fellow Easter egg artist,
I have to say I love dying egg with the kids; it’s one of those simple things that can really be a fun family event.  Here are a few tips for dying your eggs.
Paas Egg HeadsNow the most important part of this whole thing is the boiling of the eggs.  There is nothing worse than having all that fun and then be sabotaged by under cooked eggs…what a bummer!  So for the perfect hard boiled egg, every time, just watch my video on the “perfect hard boiled eggs.”

  • Everyone should wash their hands in hot, soapy water, before and after handling eggs(even if they’ve already been cooked or decorated)! This protects everyone from any bacteria on the egg, and protects the eggshell from any oils on your hands that may make the dye not adhere properly. Make sure an adult supervises all projects to ensure common sense food safety precautions are observed.
  • Kids don’t have to be highly creative to create an eggceptional egg. Help kids use their imagination to create cool looking eggs by gluing on fun materials found at craft stores, like fake gems, sequins, trims and ribbons. They can also use paint, including gold or silver metallic paints, to make their eggs “eggstra” special!
  • To create an egg with a face, create a light flesh color by dipping your egg in a dye that’s made of a little bit of red and yellow coloring; for a darker flesh color, use a little red, yellow, and green. Then let kids “eggspress” themselves – with a smile or other design they paint on (or use the method below to create a “Pysanky” face). PAAS® Egg Heads™ and stencil kits are a fun and easy option to create egg faces.Pysanky Egg
  • To make eggs with several different colors(sometimes called a “Pysanky,” or Ukranian egg), have kids draw on their egg with the clear wax crayon” found in many decorating kits. Each time they use the crayon, they protect that color from the dye. For example, keep an area white by drawing on the egg before they dip your egg in any color. Then dip the egg in the lighter colored dye first and then move to darker colored dyes. Just be sure to let the first dye color dry before dipping it into next color “bath.” Cover up more areas to keep the color, and peel the wax off of other areas to add color. When they’ve finished dying your “Pysanky,” peel off all the wax layers to reveal an interesting multi-color design. Polish the egg by rubbing in any remaining wax (heat egg slightly in hot water).

Happy Easter to you all and God Bless.