Dishing KISSES….

Happy International Kissing Day from The Candi Dish!

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SWAK!

Happy 240th Birthday, America!

Dishing Independence Day wishes to my fellow Americans!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 240th Birthday to the USA! Here’s to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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The Declaration of Independence

Happy Father’s Day from The Candi Dish!

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To the Dads, Uncles, Grandfathers, Step-Fathers, Guardians, Fathers-in-law, Caregivers, Moms, Friends and those who take care of kids: we wish you a lovely Father’s Day!

It’s Flag Day in the USA!

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

239 years ago, on June 14, 1777, the flag of the United States was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

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American Flag waving over Fifth Avenue, NY

American Flag waving over Fifth Avenue, NY

Many Americans cherish the, often refuted, story of Betsy Ross being the designer of the first Stars and Stripes. As General George Washington’s seamstress and fellow-church congregant, legend says that Betsy Ross was commissioned around June of 1776 to create the flag from a drawing, which she subsequently re-designed and produced successfully. Some historians discredit this tale based on lack of evidence but either way the story is a great one.

Over 100 years later, Bernard John Cigrand, a young man from Waubeka, Wisconsin, authored hundreds of articles, made speeches and submitted proposals for there to be an annual observance of the birth of the Flag. He felt strongly that good would come from a “Flag Holiday”. Then, in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. 55 years later, on June 14, 2004, a unanimous vote by U.S. Congress declared that Flag Day originated in Waubeka, Wisconsin recognizing Cigrand’s dedication to the cause.

Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on the 4th of July 1959.

American Flags painted on trees in Battery Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks.

American Flags painted on trees in Battery Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks.

IMG_6149The American Flag, which is also known as the “Stars and Stripes”, “Old Glory” and “The Star Spangled Banner” with 50stars to represent the 50 states of the United States of America was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21,1959. The blue rectangle in the canton (specifically called the “union”) bears 50 small, white, 5-pointed stars arranged in 9 offset horizontal rows of 6 stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of 5 stars.

The current 50-star American flag was designed in Ohio in 1958 by a then 17-year-old, Robert Heft, who created it for a high school class project. Apparently he received a B- on his assignment, which was subsequently raised to an A after his design was chosen and adopted by presidential proclamation.

Isn’t it fantastic that young adults have played integral (sometimes unrecognized) roles in US history?

“Flag of Honor” listing the name of each human who perished on September 11, 2001 displayed in Battery Park during the 10-year memorial.

“Flag of Honor” listing the name of each human who perished on September 11, 2001 displayed in Battery Park during the 10-year memorial.

Happy Birthday to the American Flag!

Photos are my own.

Memorial Day 2016

American Flags painted on trees in Battery Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks.

American Flags painted on trees in Battery Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks.

On this Memorial Day 2016 may the legacies of the Men and Women who served the United States of America and lost their lives be memorialized.

May their souls rest in peace.

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

Dishing Mother’s Day Wishes!

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Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful Moms and Caregivers from The Candi Dish!

It might be April Fools’ Day but this sale is NO JOKE!

 

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Hi Folks,

As an inventor and small business owner, it is always a highlight when I can offer a bonus to my customers and prospective customers (in addition to providing them with a fantastic product, of course).

There is a 2-day FREE SHIPPING sale for all RestoPresto orders in the US on the online store: www.restopresto.com. Use code: NOFOOLING at checkout until midnight on April 2nd (EST). I hope that you take advantage of the free shipping and please pass this offer along to your friends & family! It is the perfect time to stock up on RestoPresto, which is THE must-have for spring & summer.

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Our model shows us how to wear RestoPresto as a hood, scarf and wrap…with snaps & drawstrings it is EASY to do!

RestoPresto® is a carefully designed product that converts from small pouch to a versatile extra layer providing numerous easy configurations when and how you need it in an instant. Equipping all ages during all seasons, indoors and outdoors with easy solutions wrap dup for all ages during all seasons indoors and outdoors. for impromptu and planned events. We proudly manufacture in the USA.

Click on the video below to see some of the ways that people use RestoPresto!

Happy Spring Equinox to the Northern Hemisphere!

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We, at The Candi Dish, are very excited that spring has sprung for several reasons:

  1. Manhattan is freshly wonderful during spring. The flowers. The breezes. The skip in New Yorkers’ steps!
  2. RestoPresto! The Candi Dish blog founder is the inventor of a great, clever convenience product called RestoPresto. It is a compact pouch that converts to a super soft, versatile extra layer to sit on, sit under & wear. It is the perfect portable gadget to seamlessly carry with you every day in spring, summer, winter & fall. The idea for RestoPresto was conceived during the spring so this season is extra special! Find out more and purchase a RestoPresto online here: www.restopresto.com
  3. This quote from Rainer Maria Rilke pretty much sums it up:
    “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, may your spring be filled with all things wonderful! If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, may your fall be splendid!

All the best,
Candi

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Dishing 50th Anniversary wishes to Florida State University International Program’s Florence Study Centre

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It has been almost 24 years since I participated in the FSU Study Abroad Program in Florence and I can still honestly say that it was one of the best decisions that I was fortunate enough to make. I studied abroad during the summer between my junior and senior years of college and truly felt like I had hit the jackpot!

I remember the elation that I felt when I received my acceptance letter from the International Programs office in the mail (yes, a paper letter sent the old-fashioned way – see photo below). I remember the anticipation that kept me from sleeping on the overnight flight to Rome and when we touched ground in Firenze, I had that distinctive “I have arrived” feeling.

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Paper & snail mail in 1992!

Being surrounded by a language that is not mine, the aroma of garlic sautéed in olive oil wafting from the trattorias, vespas speeding through the narrow streets and astounding architecture, statues, art and adornments at every turn took my breath away and still does wherever I am in this beloved city. The six-week summer program flew by but I was able to immerse in the splendor, history and uniqueness of Firenze on a daily basis while being a part of the dynamic curriculum of the FSU program under the direction of the wonderful Dr. Victor Carrabino.

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Summer of 1992 at the FSU Study Centre on Borgo degli Albizi

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The adventure that I took over two decades ago opened my eyes, mind and senses to Italy and Italian culture. Happily, I have returned to Italy many times since then and while Firenze is my favorite city, I do know first hand that each town, each region and even each neigborhood in that delightful country is charmingly unique.

I had the superb pleasure of spending time in Firenze last September and was able to revisit my lengthy list of favorites. As a big enthusiast of strolling, as always, I veered off the main streets to explore and my list is even lenghtier now and filled with new discoveries. This visit was particularly special because I brought my invention, RestoPresto, with me. To be able to use my product, that I created from scratch, throughout a city that I hold close to my heart was really fantastic.

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2015 – Il Duomo

Excited to have my RestoPresto on the Arno!

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Florida State University International Program’s Florence Study Centre for which I am thankful for enriching my life!

Here’s to another happy 50 years!
Felice 50° Anniversario con amore da Candi (aka Caramella)!

Dishing Valentine’s Wishes!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Candi Dish!

We love you!

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