Rubber Plant

Harris here!

When my daughter, Leah, was about twelve years old, I came home after visiting with a friend who had given me a cutting of their rubber plant. I rooted the rubber plant cutting, planted it in a clay pot, gave it lots of TLC, and the plant flourished. So much so, Leah was amazed. I recall she asked, “How could this little plant grow like Jack in the Bean Stalk?”

Leah was so fond of the plant that I decided to let it grow in her bedroom. The rubber plant seemed to grow a little taller every week, and before long, it was four feet tall!

When Leah was ready to start her college journey, of course her rubber plant went with her. The rubber plant traveled with Leah for ten years, but it was now beginning to look a bit weary. Leah called me to ask for some plant advice. Her question was, “My rubber plant is five feet tall, but only the top of the plant has leaves. What should I do?”

Rubber plants are prolific. It is really easy to take a cutting to start a new plant. I suggested that she cut off the tops of the branches, bring them to me, so that I could give them new life. After she brought them over, I put the cuttings in water to germinate roots. But when it was time to plant them, I needed a flower pot.

I wasn’t certain which room in her home she was planning to grow the plant, but I decided I needed to find a red flower pot for Leah and Sean, as a touch of red in any room works and brings warmth to any room.

So here’s another tip from The Dads: Harris & Dave… No matter your color scheme, a touch of red is always welcome!

Just another tip from The Dads: Harris & Dave!

Leah's Rubber Plant

The Dads: Thanksgiving Menu

So, just what will The Dads be serving this Thanksgiving? Here is our projected menu for this year:

Thanksgiving 2013

Menu: 14 guests


1. Smoked Salmon Ball
2. Roasted Eggplant Dip
3. Chopped Liver
4. Spiced Nuts

First Course:

1. Potato Leek Soup
2. Challah Dinner Rolls (See Harris’ Recipe in the post above!)

Main Course:

1. Oven-Roasted Turkey with White Truffle Butter
2. Smoked Turkey
3. Southern Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Spinach
4. Harris’ Italian Stuffing
5. Sweet Potato Grand Marnier
6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts
7. Cranberry Onion Confit
8. Traditional Cranberry Relish


1. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie (See the recipe & video in the posts below!)
2. Pumpkin Pie
3. Jewish Apple Cake
4. Lemon Meringue Pie
5. Sugar-Free Trifle (Made by Carol)