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So Ive been watermelon crazy for a bit now, which is funny, because I dont really care for watermelon (Im more a berry type of girl), but I am really loving carving it! Its actually a skill that doesnt come easy to me and I really like the challenge of a completely new medium and working with a totally foreign tool (I dont use knives much in my work). Its been really fun to do potluck watermelons so far.

Yesterday our elementary school had an event for parent volunteers and asked us each to bring a dish for six people. I brought these little cups full of blackberries, grapes, watermelons, and golden honeydews (with blueberry middles), in the shape of flowers. Super easy to do and a little fun for the kids. I think they might be great for a fairy, garden, or butterfly themed birthday as well.

Using a melon baller, make watermelon balls (my baller has two sizes, I used the smaller one)

Layer blackberries, grapes and watermelons on top.

Use flower cutter to cut out flowers from honeydew melon. Err on the side of thicker slices/flowers.

Using a skewer (or long toothpick), use the blunt side to skewer the flower and then stick it into the fruit. I used grapes to anchor the flower, since they were the firmest fruit in the cup.

Cut a blueberry in half. You dont need anything to stick them on, just place them in the middles the suction of the berry and the melon is enough to keep them on.

Cut a green grape in half and trim them so they have a leaf shape.

Place grape leaves at the base of the stem, using other fruit to prop them up.

I had bought personal watermelons for this, and part of the melon was just big enough to fit in the middle compartment of this (dollar store!) platter. So I carved a small rose with some leaves. A note about personal watermelons: they seem to be quite soft and easy to carve which is good and bad. Good because you dont need a lot of pressure, bad because sometimes its quite easy to slip and cut something you dont want to cut.

I *think* people liked them because they were gone in less than five minutes (or however long it took me to get my and the kiddos plates of food ready).

The watermelon below was actually one I bought just for practice. I wanted to see what I could do if I dedicated the time to carefully carve without the pressure of getting everyone ready to go to a party. It came out better than they previously had and I took time to learn how to really carve with some great tutorials on youtube.

The watermelon below is one I brought to our familys Mothers Day celebration. It was supposed to be a rose but it went downhill fast right after I started carving the middle, so improvisation! It ended up a much easier daisy. It was my first attempt at a rose and when I found out it was a LOT harder than it looks. Not the worst design, though.

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I use lemon juice for the open parts but this is an item that has to be made the day that you are using it.

Thank you! Great ideas and that watermelon at the end is STUNNING!!!!

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LOS ANGELES — TheAtlanta Bravesexpected big contributions fromFreddie FreemanandTyler Flowersthis season.

Charlie Culbersonhas been a little more of a surprise, although theLos Angeles Dodgersknow all about his timely hitting.

Freeman and Culberson each had three hits, Flowers drove in three runs and the upstart Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday night.

Both of Culbersons home runs with the Braves this year have been pinch-hit walk-off shots. He also had a memorable game-ending homer as Los Angeles clinched the NL West in 2016 in Vin Scullys final broadcast at Dodger Stadium.

Culberson, also a Dodger last year, was presented with his NL Championship Series ring before the game, then went out and helped beat his old teammates and push Atlanta to 37-27. Baseball operations leaders Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and Stan Kasten came over to congratulate Culberson, as did manager Dave Roberts.

That was a neat feeling, Culberson said.

Flowers had a two-run double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth that helped put Atlanta ahead 4-1 and chase starterAlex Wood. The Braves racked up 14 hits total.

Atlanta starterAnibal Sanchez(2-0) allowed two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.Arodys Vizcainopitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

Im not going to say that Im doing some special right now that I didnt do the last few years, Sanchez said. I think I did the same but I think confidence is better right now. The whole location, game plan, I think everything is coming out good.

Max Muncyhit a solo home run to right field in the first inning for the Dodgers. It was Muncys 11th home run and second in two games. He also walked three times to raise his OPS to a team-leading .978.

Its big-time. You never know what can happen and you get on base any way you can, Muncy said. Passed ball and youre in scoring position or ball in the gap and youre scoring. Anything can happen when you get a guy on base, and thats kind of the whole point of the game.

Yasiel Puig, who was pinch hit for a day earlier for what Roberts called in-house reasons, scored on a wild pitch to pull the Dodgers within 5-3 in the seventh.

In the lineup for the second consecutive day against his former team, Culberson hit a run-scoring single to right to tie the game at 1.

Wood (1-5) pitched better than his previous start in which he was pulled after allowing six runs in two innings at Colorado.

Wood allowed nine hits and four runs — two earned — in 4 2/3 innings Saturday. He struck out six and walked none but had to work out of jams much of his outing after putting so many runners on base.

Its been a tough three starts for me, probably the toughest of my career, Wood said. Its one of those things where youre just grinding really hard. Youve got to think one of these next few it will start to turn. Theres definitely some frustration for sure.

Roberts pointed to the cramp and hamstring and abductor issues Wood has dealt with, but Wood didnt blame any physical issues on his performance.

Braves: RHPJulio Teheran(right thumb bruise) played catch Saturday. … RHP Mike Soroka (muscle strain near right shoulder) will come off the disabled list and start Wednesday against the Mets.

Dodgers: RHPWalker Buehlerhas bruised ribs, but scans and X-rays showed no further damage after the rookie was lifted from a start with pain in his side Friday. Buehler said Saturday he is uncertain how much time hell miss or if hell need to go on the disabled list. … LHPRich Hill(blister) threw a four-inning sim game Saturday and Roberts said he threw the ball well. He threw 60 pitches without the blister covered. …Dennis Santana(right rotator cuff strain) was transferred from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list … INFJustin Turner(soreness left wrist) was not in the lineup for the fourth time in the last five games but is expected to be back Sunday. … RHPKenta Maeda(right hip strain) is expected to throw a bullpen Sunday and if that goes well, the team can put him back in the rotation.

Braves: LHPSean Newcomb(7-1, 1.52) has won seven of the last eight games hes started. In his last outing against the Padres, he allowed no runs and just three hits in six innings.

Dodgers: RHPRoss Stripling(4-1, 1.52) has been fantastic, especially over his last four starts — all wins. During that stretch, hes given up a combined two runs in 24 2/3 innings. Hes been the most stable starter in an injury-ravaged rotation.

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West Fargo Schools Superintendent David Flowers shares a smile during the district retirement party in May at West Fargo Sheyenne High School. Flowers will retire after eight years in the district. David Samson / The Pioneer

As Superintendent David Flowers spoke June 3 at his last graduation ceremonies, his upcoming retirement weighed heavily on his mind. As students said goodbye to their childhood education, he, too, was saying goodbye to nearly 45 years in childrens education.

Flowers announced in December that he would retire June 30 after serving as West Fargos superintendent for eight years.

Flowers earned an associate of arts degree in 1971 from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. At Kansas State University, he earned a bachelors degree in English and secondary education in 1973; a masters degree in curriculum and instruction in 1976; and a doctorate in administration and foundations in 1983.

He began his career as a teacher, moving into administrative roles in 1979 as an associate superintendent in Geary County, Kan. In 1994, he went on to serve as deputy superintendent and interim superintendent for the Ann Arbor (Mich.) School District.

In 1999, he became superintendent for the Fargo School District. In 2007, he became superintendent for the Hutchinson (Kan.) School District. He was hired as superintendent for West Fargos schools in 2010 shortly after the district underwent a tumultuous period of change following long-term Superintendent Chuck Cheneys retirement and back-to-back bond referendum failures.

School Board Member Patti Stedman was part of the board that hired Flowers in the hope that he would bring back a sense of consistency amid a fast-growing and changing school district, a trait Flowers proved to have an abundance of.

He was kind of that calming factor that our district needed at the time; the transition after Dr. Cheney was hard for the district, Stedman said. He came in with the personality that was fair and you immediately trust. He was able to listen to both sides and say, Hey, this is a team, lets work together.

In 2012, Flowers was named the states Superintendent of the Year by the North Dakota Association of School Administrators.

While in Fargo, Flowers was credited with finding community backing for a facilities plan that created one set of grade configurations for schools on the districts north and south sides. A new middle school was built and a third comprehensive high school was planned for. He also worked with West Fargo at that time to study Newcomer Centers for immigrant students. Ironically, he was heavily criticized at the time for trying to obtain some of the taxing authority the West Fargo School District has in the West Acres mall area.

He also implemented a governing style for the Fargo district that he would later implement in West Fargo, a foundation of the legacy he hopes is left behind.

It helps galvanize the board around a common vision, Flowers said. They spend their time focused on the things that matter, monitoring results that they value in their strategic plan.

While in West Fargo, Flowers also helped push for passage of an $82 million bond in 2011 that turned Sheyenne 9th Grade Center into a second high school and built Liberty Middle School and Freedom, Independence and Legacy elementary schools, as well as the $98.1 million bond referendum nearly 80 percent of voters approved in 2015.

The 2015 bond helped build a new aquatics center, hockey arena, transportation center, central kitchen and two elementary schools one north of Interstate 94 in the Willow Park neighborhood and one in Brooks Harbor south of I-94 as well as other additions to current schools.

Thats really not to my credit; its really a testament to the support of this community, Flowers said. If theyre given the appropriate information and rationale, theyre very supportive of teachers and the education system in West Fargo.

After assembling a community task force and hosting a series of meetings to find solutions for West Fargos booming growth, the board unanimously approved Flowers and the task forces recommendations to ask voters for a third bond this year that will help pay for a third high school and middle school as well as many other projects.

Although Flowers will no longer be superintendent when voters go to the polls in September, he has agreed to assist district officials with informing the public about the referendum, if needed.

I am still committed to helping West Fargo be successful, and I would help in any capacity that would be helpful to them, if asked, Flowers said. Ive invested quite a bit in helping West Fargo deal with the relentless growth we have experienced, and Id like to continue to see them be successful.

While the district can list a long line of accomplishments under Flowers tenure, he is adamant that he has not brought about the districts successful growth on his own. He credits his administrative team and supportive School Board with the success, and points to them as what hell miss the most in retirement.

Dr. Flowers strives to be a mentor for those who work with him. He shares his wisdom and experience freely in an effort to help us all be successful, Business Manager Mark Lemer said.

Lemer added Flowerss witty and funny anecdotes have helped convey sometimes-complicated messages to the community.

He will be sorely missed by many people in the school district and leaves some big shoes to fill by those of us who will remain after his retirement, Lemer said.

For District Spokeswoman Heather Konschak, Flowers lasting impact will be felt personally.

He helped WFPS embrace public relations and school safety as important pieces of the work the district does, she said. He allowed me to explore and experiment in order to grow the roles in relation to what the district needed, and we have a stronger program for his support and knowledge.

Flowers was pleased with the School Boards choice to choice to replace him, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Beth Slette.

Shes just one among a group of great people I was able to surround myself, most of whom are smarter than me, Flowers said. They are all fantastic people and Im going to miss them.

While not ready to disclose his exact plans as of press time, Flowers said he was not leaving education altogether instead, he will be working as a consultant.

Ive told people Im not going to just do nothing. Ill remain engaged in education. It will be a less-stressful and less-visible role, Flowers said. I will be working still in North Dakota, not full time but in a role supporting innovative education in the state. I think 20 years as superintendent and 45 years as an educator in K-12 education is probably sufficient.

Despite the accomplishments, Flowers will leave K-12 education with some regrets of unmet policy goals. For the man who strived to help all students that came through district doors, those that still seem to slip through the cracks are the hardest losses.

Thats what it is about, Flowers said. Facilities arent the driving piece; theyre a means to an end. The end is success for all students, making sure all students succeed regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Flowers kept the tragedies and triumphs of his career in his thoughts as he gave advice to Sheyenne and West Fargo High School graduates last weekend, an advisement he plans to follow in his own passage to the next stage.

Like all rites of passage, we experience them with a mix of emotions. The other thing I have learned over the years, and through the experience of so many personal passages, is this: Such passages are always deeper, more meaningful, more significant than we can comprehend or appreciate or internalize at the time, Flowers said.

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People line up to get a look (and a whiff) of corpse flowers when they bloom.

The rare tropical plant takes nearly a decade to form its first bloom and, when it does, the odor it releases is comparable to rotting flesh. The blooms also only last for a day or two.

So, its incredibly strange that corpse flowers from Missouri to Florida are suddenly bloomingall at the same time.

Scientists arent sure why this phenomenon is happening, but the flowers are releasing their deathly smell in Bloomington, Indiana; Sarasota, Florida; Washington, D.C.; St. Louis and New York, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A few of us are saying, Well, wait a minute, how did six or seven happen all at once? Marc Hachadourian, director of the Nolen Greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden, told the paper.

For perspective, theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison conducted a studyand found only 157 corpse flower blooms between 1889 and 2008.

Acorpse flower just fully opened at the Botanical Garden on Friday. It looked like this:

Having seen what it looks like, the Latin name for the flower makes complete sense: Amorphophallus titanum, which translates to giant misshapen penis.

The flower is said to share some chemical compounds with Limburger cheese and human feces, creating a miasma that is meant to attract insects to help the plant to pollinate.

Descriptions of the smell range from person to person, but the consensus is that its definitely not pleasant.

The corpse flower smells like someone stuffed a dirty sock with dog poop & rotten fish!

Corpse flowers come from the warm and balmy Sumatran rainforests, so blooms this time of year are normal. Its just the simultaneous accounts of blooms that are leading to extreme curiosity.

Daniel Janzen, a professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania, told theJournal that these plants may be flowering together because theyre related. If the plants are cousins or siblings, theyd likely mature at the same rate because its a way for slowly maturing plants to improve their chances of cross-pollination.

Despite each plant being miles and miles apart, their lineage could be keeping them synchronized. But, because botanists arent certain of the exact origin of each recently bloomed flower, nothing can be confirmed.

Were likely not headed for our own version of Little Shop of Horrors, but these plants definitely have a secret well never know.

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Same-day flower deliveryis available every day, for all seasons: spring, winter, summer and fall. To send flowers for same-day delivery, all you have to do is place your order by the following times in the gift receivers time zone: 2:30 p.m. weekdays, 1:15 p.m. Saturdays, and 11:45 a.m. Sundays. Our customer service team is standing by to help you with any gift or flower order. Whether youre sending red roses to your sweetie,summer flowers and giftsto celebrate the season, or a get well gift to someone feeling under the weather, if you have questions, our team has answers! Just call 1- or place an order for flower delivery online. We will help you find and deliver the perfect flowers, plants, or gift to celebrate lifes most meaningful moments – from birthday gift recommendations, toanniversary floral arrangementsshe is sure to love.

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Were the best choice when shopping online for gifts andflowers just because, or for special occasions likeMothers DayorValentines Day. Choose the perfect gift from the best selection offlower arrangements, roses, mixed bouquets, fruit arrangements, gourmet baskets, and other gifts. With a wide variety of colors, sizes and seasonal themes, we have flowers and gifts for everyone. With same-day gift delivery, were also your source for last-minute gifts, too!

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In 1976, Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers.com, opened his first retail florist shop and forever changed the way flowers are bought forbirthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. For more than 30 years, our passion has been to help you connect and express yourself to the important people in your life by providing the finest selection of beautiful flowers and arrangements available for same day or next day delivery, from roses and orchids to tulips, carnations, and daisies. With quality supported by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, you can also find plants,gift baskets, gourmet foods, and stuffed animals that are perfect for every occasion.

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