Friday, January 29, 2010

Flour or Flower on Valentine's Day?

Jon and I were sitting on the sofa after brunch late this morning and he asked me, "Do you want a flower on Valentine's day?" "I thought you were alergic to flowers in the house," I replied. "No, I was thinking more like a 12# bag of King Arthur flour so you could make me chocolate chip cookies for Valentine's Day. There's a lot of romance surrounding King Arthur." At which point, I was thinking of hurling a sharp object at him, but declined due to strict laws in NY state regarding pointed, flying objects aimed at humans.

Just a tidbit of local history: Rochester, NY (where we live) used to be known as the flour city. In 1824 there were 20 flour mills producing 500,000 barrels of flour annually. By 1850 Rochester became the flower city because upstate horticulturists, Ellwinger and Barry, started a seed company which became the largest seed company in the world.

Bottom line: Ladies, make sure your communication is 100% accurate even if you have to spell it out. WOMEN WANT FLOWERS NOT FLOUR. We ALL know what men REALLY want. And it isn't chocolate chip cookies...maybe...sort of...or in addition to.


avagdro said...

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Pam said...

Thanks for stopping by the Horse Pucky blog. Here's a toast to all you Valentine lovers.

Kayla said...

Bumpa is so romantic, isn't he?

PJH said...

How about both? Flowers for the eye, flours for the taste buds. Nothing like a warm, melting-chocolate chip cookie... I'm with Jon here. Can you tell why? PJ Hamel, King Arthur Flour baker/blogger

Pam said...

Kayla: Bumpa really is romantic. He just shows it in other ways.

PJH: Gooey chocolate chip cookies are very romantic. AND I love to cook.

Thanks for taking the time to comment. It's always fun to hear from new Horse Pucky readers.

lightly said...

okay Boys i think the women are trying to tell us something.

from what i can put together it seems clear that flower/flour are in there somewhere.

so what my team of experts have come up with is this

flowers = buy them some bloody flowers or a gift of equal or better value.
flour = take them out to dinner, but me thinks mac donalds will get you killed.

now Mrs beers tell me if i'm wrong
you want us brainless nincompoops to do the right thing for once.

Pam said...

lightly: As usual, your comment made me LOL! You have it RIGHT!

Dinner at MacDonald's is a definite no-no! It's right up there with tractor pulls, underwear that shows above the beltline, and body odor.

Robert Crane said...

This is one former hippie who had it all wrong. All this time it was "Flour Power", not "Flower Power". Thanks Jon and Pam for setting me straight.

(I'm left to wonder what else I've got all wrong. NOw you've got me thinking. Is Valentines Day the 24th? February?)

Pam said...

Bobby...It's "flour power". Remember Alice B. Toklas' brownies?!

You better remember that February 14th is Valentine's Day or you'll get hit with a frozen porkchop.