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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Traditions and Symbols!

In this small Post I will collect and portray some information about the Thanksgiving Traditions and Symbols that are so special to this Tradition.


Thanksgiving Day Traditions:


Thanksgiving Day is a communal celebration marked as a sense of gratitude people feel for all the good things in life. This is done by offering prayers, gifting your near and dear ones. The fourth Thursday in the month of November is marked for the yearly celebration. The tradition of Thanksgiving continues till date in the form of

Family Reunion and Feasting
Family feast is an important tradition during Thanksgiving. The entire family sits at the table during dinner and offer prayer to the Lord Almighty for his continuous grace. It is also a time for relatives living in different places to come together and celebrate.

Tradition of Turkey
The traditional stuffed turkey adorns every dinner table during the feast. Pumpkin pie, Cranberry sauce, Corns are some of the dishes cooked everywhere to mark the day. Though historians don't have an evidence to prove that turkey was eaten during the first Thanksgiving dinner, but the thanksgiving celebration will be incomplete without it.

Parades
The traditional Thanksgiving parade probably started with President Lincoln proclaiming it an official day. The full- dress parade is a way to display the country's military strength and discipline. The main aim of such parades is to lift the spirits of the spectators, provide them with wholesome entertainment. In the present day, parades are accompanied with musical shows and celebrities.

Football Games
Watching NFL football during Thanksgiving is a popular tradition. The traditional game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers continues, one of the most memorable games having been played on this day.

Thanksgiving Day Symbols:

Thanksgiving symbolizes the joy of loving, caring, sharing. It is all about togetherness and merry making. The festival stands for the 'Oneness' of people. It epitomizes peace, harmony and union. People world over thank the Lord almighty for all the blessings and material possessions bestowed on them.

A symbol is an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance. Special thanksgiving symbols prevalent world over are: Just click on the link of the specific Symbol and you will be taken to the specific Page where you can read more from this wonderful site.





















































Hope you now have a Great Thanksgiving day!


Happy Thanksgiving! Great Quotes and Wishes!


“The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.” –Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

“Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, The bee’s collected treasures sweet, Sweet music’s melting fall, but sweeter yet, The still small voice of gratitude.” –Thomas Gray

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy

“A man’s indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.” –Ruth Benedict

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” –E.P. Powell

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward

     Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns!

Here are some fantastic Halloween Pumpkin Carvings for

Halloween 2015

Well, Halloween 2015 is almost here and its time to make any last minute shopping choices and decide what pumpkin carving patterns you want to use.

Since Halloween is on Sunday this year, it will be great for kids and adults alike! We will all have the entire weekend to decorate our homes, host or go to Halloween parties, and to thrill and chill Trick or Treater's on Sunday night.

What a great Halloween we will all have this year. Be sure to stop by Halloween Online though out the month, as we will be adding all sorts of new Halloween articles.

With this idea I thought of collecting for you some great Halloween Pumpkin Carving sites and information so that you can enjoy this Halloween even better. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Here are some great sites you can visit!
This site above has one of the best Pumpkin carvings and I highly recommend all of you to go and visit it!
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Another great site you will get fantastic Templates for Halloween Pumpkin Carvings is eHow! I just adore this site!

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Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns: Free Jack-O-Lantern Stencils Ideas

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These are only some of the links to some fantastic sites which will give you enough material to select from. Also coming up with some great Halloween Pumpkin Carving videos in my next post, so keep watching! 

 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Great Videos of Fruit Carving by Pornchai Kliangnin!

Hi Friends, here are a series of four Great Videos of Fruit Carving by Pornchai Kliangnin! Each video will exhibit the art of Fruit carving on different fruits, and the results are to be seen to be believed! Once again this Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving gets you craving for more!

1. Fruit Carving by Pornchai Kliangnin! - 1 





2. Fruit Carving by Pornchai Kliangnin! -2



3. Fruit Carving Pomelo - by Pornchai Kliangnin! -3



4. Fruit Carving Pomelo - by Pornchai Kliangnin! -4







I am sure you will like these videos and watch them while I am scouting for some more of the best Fruit and Vegetable Carving Matter, and Videos! Have a great time!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Great Fruit Carvings by Jerzy Jasiński



Continuing my series of Posts in displaying the Exquisite work of some the Great Vegetable and Fruit Carvings artists, I have the privilege of displaying some of the work of Jerzy Jasiński. I have selected only some of the best ones I personally liked so if you want to know more about Jerzy's carvings  and other carvings posted by them,you are welcome to see them at Jerzy Jasiński. I will be displaying the work of may such fantastic artists in my individual Posts dedicated to each artist and then updating the same as and when they portray new ones! Hope you all like them as much as I do! Have a great time! 

































































 

 

 

 

I am sure you will have enjoyed the great work and exquisite carvings. Look forward to more coming up soon. Have a great time!

Some Fantastic Carvings by Pavel Hrcan

I have been an active member on Facebook, and tried to portray the great works of some of the fantastic artists in Vegetable and Fruit Carving on Facebook in my Blog. Continuing, on this I have found some exquisite carvings done by Pavel Hrcan which I have published here. They are a treat to watch and by the very look of the carvings we can know the amount of dedication, patience and study that has gone into each carving. I have no words to describe the beauty of those carvings so I will leave you to enjoy the fantastic carvings. I you would like to have more information about these carvings or know more about Pavel Hrcan you could catch him on Facebook at Pavel Hrcan

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I am sure you will all love the above exquisite works by Pavel and for any more information or to see more about Pavel and his works you may go to Pavel Hrcan .

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

J M Creative Designs - Great Vegetable, Fruit and Soap Carving Site.

Continuing on my quest to review and portray to the readers the best of the Vegetable and Fruit Carving sites, I came upon this wonderful site which not only has Vegetable and Fruit Carvings but also Soap Carvings as an additional creative art displayed. 

The Owner is Chef Jean-Marc Montjarret has created such a wonderful site which is simple, yet very exhaustive in its display of Vegetable Fruit Carvings, Soap Carvings, Glass Paintings, and Banana Leaf Folding a new form of art that I have displayed on my blog. 

Come to the Home page and you are stunned by the simplicity yet artistic layout of the exhibits. You can see it here J M Creative Designs .

If you would like to know more then read about the Creator of this site here at - Jean-Marc Montjarret


A fantastic display of Fruit carvings is available at Fruit and Vegetable Carvings page.

Another section Displays and Arrangements gives you a fantastic display of Centerpiece displays made out of various Fruits and Vegetables. A must see for all enthusiasts.

One fantastic art I did hear about but got to see more was Soap Carvings. You can see some fantastic art here on this page Soap Carvings.

I have been an ardent fan of creative art of various mediums, and when I saw the wonderful Glass Paintings on this site it reminded me of my school days when I used to do such small paintings on glass bottles, and drinking glasses. Unfortunately I could not preserve them. You can enjoy the beauty of this art here at Glass Paintings. 

Similar to Glass Painting was the concept known to me but less reviewed or portrayed  in my blogs, was the art of Banana Leaf Folding. I still remember having done a lot of Banana, Coconut leaf and even Jackfruit Leaf Folding in my childhood, as I happen to come from Hometown near Goa where we were taught these art forms for use in our daily life, and many a times can be still seen in native weddings in the villages. But it did not go beyond the native borders like this Banana leaf Folding Art which  has now gone international due to extensive Blogging and writing about this art. 

You are luck to see this form of Banana Leaf Folding on this same site. So enjoy this art as well. 

Chef Jean-Marc Montjarret can be contacted for further details about the Art and the classes he conducts at this link - Contact Me

I am sure you will enjoy this site very much. Happy viewing and learning!

FrutArt - Great Vegetable and Fruit Carving Site - A Review

Continuing on my series of Reviews of Fantastic Vegetable and Fruit Carving Sites, the next on my list is FrutArt 

I am fortunate to have interacted with the Owner and brainchild of this fantastic site Judit Comes Prats on one of our interaction in Social Media, and was very impressed not only by Judit as a person but also by her fantastic site. You can read all about Judit and her venture at Who we are

As you will be seeing in the site FrutArt offers a variety of Services such as

Learning : Mini Courses introduction of this art to aspiring individuals.

Orders and Events: Decorations at Banquets, anniversaries, receptions etc..

Exhibitions: Fairs, Party's Inaugural Shows, Presentations...they do them all...

Consultation: They offer consultation in Event co-ordination, decoration and other ideas...

Tools: Get what you want in regards to this art, such as CD's DVD's, Tools for carvings, etc...

I would specially impress you to visit the Photo Gallery...it's a treat to watch...

And of course if you would like to Purchase any of the wonderful Gift packs for someone related to Fruit and Vegetable carving like  Fruit Carving Course DVD, Carving Tools Sets, Books etc..just go their Store and you will be able to order what ever you like online!

And after you have had a fill of the fantastic Carvings and what they have to offer, I am sure you will want to register for one of their services ...then it's as easy as clicking on the Contact Us Link and you can ask for more details.

One thing I can be sure of is their Usp and Motto - Your Satisfaction is our success

Hope you like this site as much as I do.




Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fantastic Rose Carving on a Watermelon

I thank one of my valuable readers Meghan who commented on my previous post as follows :

There is an absolutely beautiful short video that demonstrates how to carve roses into the inner rind of a watermelon. The artist is someone named Vid Nicolic. It is quite meditative.With due credits to Meghan I am posting this video for all to see, because what I saw just put me into a stance. I am sure all of you readers will enjoy this video as well. Happy viewing. Thanks Meghan!


Watermelon carving from Vid Nikolic on Vimeo.


Happy viewing of this fantastic video.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Asia Recipe.com - A Site Review.

Continuing on my earlier post about reviews of the top sites on Vegetable and Fruit Carving, another site I found very nice and informative is the 




Though this site mainly caters to the various recipes and cooking methods, they have a nice section dedicated to Fruit and Vegetable Carvings. 

To start with they have given a brief Introduction to Vegetable and Fruit carvings, and then gone on to giving Tips on selecting Fruits and Vegetables for Carving which is very important. 

Later on they also go into the details of Specific Preparations and Treatments required for some vegetables and Fruits which will give you a better result after carving. This section is the best as these simple tips are very important for all carving. 

The next section deals with how to Store Carved Fruit and Vegetables. This too is a unique section in that it deals specifically with how a proper storage can give you very good results during the actual display at the time of the event. 

They conclude the page rather abruptly though, with only a few carving instructions such as one for Watermelon Basket Carving, Apple Leaf, and a Simple White Lotus Cucumber Garnis. 
This I feel could have been more elaborate and they could have supplied more links or even details of such carving. 

Have a great Time!

Temple of Thai - A Site Review.

In my endeavor to give you the best of the information about this wonderful Art of Vegetable and Fruit Carving, I have thought of writing short reviews of various sites which i found to be the best on the Internet. My views are only my opinions and it is my endeavor to bring to the reader the best information without any prejudice or bias. With so much information available on the the Internet , it becomes very cumbersome for the reader to pick out specif information from millions of pages, so I thought i would present these short reviews of the best sites I have found on this subject. In this my intention is very mutually unbiased, and it will be my privilege to portray the information from those sites in brief and thereby also give you the direct link to that particular page on the respective site. Hope you all enjoy this series of reviews!

One particular site I have always found to be very impressive, and full to the brim with information , and products available with reference to this fantastic are is  .


The Vegetable and Fruit Carving Home page gives you a fantastic array of topics such as given below which again deals in detail with various links therein. Products are available online, and one can spend hours reading through each section without getting bored and always finding something new! Find everything you need to get started in the art of fruit & vegetable carving. Browse our selection of illustrated carving books and individual tools and tool sets imported from Thailand.

The Home page can be found at 





Also benefit from their information through their  Newsletter at the below given link


Not the least to mention they also have a fantastic Thai Food store where you will find a fantastic array of items, all authentically Thai! Check it out at 


I am sure you are going to enjoy your trip down Thai Lane on this wonderful site! have a great time!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Organic Acres The Future of Gardening








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Simply speaking, when you tell others, how they can get Organic Vegetables at prices less than they would pay at a Store, and that too direct to their doorstep, you will earn from every member and gardener you sponsor, and every one of those your sponsors bring in 5 levels deep!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Fruits and their Benefits Part -1

Hi Friends,  till now we have been enjoying the fantastic Art of Thai Vegetable and Fruit Carving. Let us now also look into the additional benefits you get while eating those fantastic Fruits that you Carve and present on your Centerpieces, and presentations. This will add to your enjoyment and also keep you abreast of the invaluable information, and how much benefit we get from eating these wonderful fruits. I will divide the post into two for benefit of ease in reading. I am sure you will enjoy the fantastic information I have tried to collate and present to you!

FRUITS AND THEIR BENEFITS!

Our body requires a variety of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, calories, fat, enzymes, trace elements, antioxidants for its metabolism and most importantly to enhance the immune system against the diseases and strengthen our body. To get the optimum health benefits, it is recommended to eat variety of fresh organic fruits to furnish our body with essential nutrients. So, here are some captivating pictures of mouth watering fresh fruits along with the information of its benefits.

 Cherries:
Cherries have the highest content of iron and disease fighting antioxidants compared to other fruits. The fruits contain vitamin C and E, iron, fiber, potassium and magnesium. It is understood through the researchers from Michigan that cherries can reduce cholesterol level, insulin levels and blood sugar, besides raising the antioxidant capacity of the blood. Every 100 grams of fresh cherries have higher percentage of vitamin A which is five times more than apples and grapes and twenty fresh cherries may keep us away from depression mood.

 Grapes:                                                                                     

According to Cancer Research Institute of London, grapes are good for women. They help them to avoid the painful wound related with breast cancer treatment.

Grapes also protect heart and blood vessels against oxidative tissue damage. Hypertension could be controlled by consuming one cup of grape juice and one cup of celery juice each with warm water three times a day for twenty days. Give a break of 5-7 days after 20 days and start the treatment freshly for another 20 days.

 Oranges:

Orange is one of most popular fruits in the world. It is a citrus fruit with excellent source of vitamin C. They are also good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, B, B1, calcium and potassium. By consuming oranges frequently we can reduce the risk of cancers and heart diseases. Oranges containing the smooth textured skin will have higher juice content than those that are spongy or lighter in weight. Small oranges are juicier than the larger ones.


Grapefruit: 


 Grapefruit has lot of natural fiber and reduces the blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, insulin, cardiovascular diseases, etc. It also promotes salivary and gastric digestion, eases constipation, stimulates appetite, maintains the health of intestines, etc. Infact, this is the best fruit to protect us from diseases like dysentery, diarrhea, typhus, etc. It also induces the production of enzymes to prevent from cancer.

Patients suffering from diabetics are advised to eat three grapefruits three times everyday to improve their diabetic condition. The purple grape fruit with plenty of antioxidant compounds is recommended for great health benefits. It protects from liver and kidney disorders and also improves skin form.

Strawberries:

 Strawberry is the most delicious and nutritious fruit that has the ability to remove harmful toxin in the blood. This fruit is recommended for constipation, high blood pressure, skin cancer, sluggish liver, rheumatism etc. It is yet another fruit which is consumed as skin cleansing food. The strawberry is cut into half and rubbed on teeth and gums to remove tartar from the teeth and to strengthen and heal the gums. In order to dissolve the tartar the juice has to remain on teeth as long as possible and later the mouth has to be rinsed with warm water.



Raspberries:
Raspberries are the most delicious and healthy fruit with vitamins, antioxidants, manganese and fiber. Fiber helps slow the digestive process so that we do not feel hungry quickly. Manganese is a trace mineral that helps keep our metabolic rate high, which in turn burns fat. Its seed oil has a natural sun protection factor. It contains high quantity of polyphenolic compounds and ellagic acid, which are known to restrain cancer cells. The anthocyanins present in raspberry will reduce the risk of heart disease and also delay the effects of aging.

Banana:

 
Banana has a high amount of carbohydrate that can be transformed into energy in our body. Its nutrient benefits our heart, kidney, muscle, nerve and bones. For the people suffering with symptoms like potassium deficiency which include mind fogginess, nervous shaking, body tiredness, excessive perspiration of their limbs, etc., can be improved by eating banana.




Apple:





Modern scientific studies discovered that an “An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor Away”. While diabetes patients are supposed to eat sour apple, people suffering from cardiovascular and obesity should eat sweet apple. Eating a ripe apple is a good remedy to cure constipation. The powerful antioxidants and anthocyanin found in red apples prevent us from cancer development and cardiovascular disease.



Blackberries:



The latest study in UK says that blackberries contain vitamins and antioxidant compounds much higher than apple and strawberry. We can protect ourselves from cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, cancer development and brain diseases from the nutrients and trace elements found in blackberries.
 



Blueberries:





Blueberries are the finest fruits to prevent high blood pressure and weakness. The antioxidants in blueberries help us to maintain brain health, strengthen our heart, fight against cancer diseases and prevent chronic diseases related with the aging process.
 







Custard Apple:
Custard apple contains Vitamin C which is again an anti-oxidant and helps in neutralizing free radicals. For treating diarrhea and dysentery, custard apple can be dried, crushed and used in its unripe form. Vitamin A present in this fruit is good for eyes, hair and maintaining healthy skin. The low fat levels in this fruit also help us to prevent from heart diseases. High source of dietary fiber in custard apple also helps indigestion.

Apricot:

Apricot is a fruit that has vitamins and minerals and benefit our eyes, heart, liver, stomach, nerve and immune system. It protects our heart, stops the cough, nourishes our lungs, strengthens our body and removes skin disorder, stimulates the blood circulation which helps us with flawless and glowing skin. Eating one or two fresh apricots before the meal helps those who are suffering from constipation to digest their food. This apart, it is a good diet for people suffering from anemia, tuberculosis and asthma.

Mangoes:
Mango is the most popular and versatile fruit that comes in numerous varieties all having their own unique flavor, texture, color, and aroma. Mangoes are the good source of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants and contain very few proteins, fats and calories like any other fruits.

According to Unani Medicine System the benefits of mangoes are as follows:

Vitamin C and Calcium in mango tightens the capillary vessels and prevents oder cures bleedings of inner parts. Regular consumption of mango makes the complexion fair and the skin soft and shining. Those suffering from diarrhea have to take sun dried mango leaves powder in half a teaspoon with water for 2-3 times a day. Burnt ashes of mango leaves if applied on burnt parts give quick relief. To cure fever, apply paste of mango roots on palms and soles.

It is advisable for a pregnant woman to eat one mango a day because calcium and magnesium of mango relaxes the muscles, relieves stress and prevents abortion.

Dried mango seeds are the best as toothpaste that strengthens the gums and helps in curing dental problems like foul smell.
 

Plums:
                                                    Plum is related to family of cherries and peaches. There are various varieties of plums throughout the world available in colors like red, purple, green, blue-black, yellow etc. Plums are the good source of vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. By eating plums regularly it produces more iron in the body which ultimately leads to better blood circulation thus resulting in growth of healthy tissues.


Let us read about more fruits and their benefits in my next post!