Fun Fathers Day Ideas

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I saw a funny Father’s Day card the other day.  It asked the question of why Father’s Day happens in June.  And answered, that about a month after Mother’s Day, some guy woke up and said, “Hey, wait a minute!”

I have some great memories of Father’s Day with my dad, Lee.  He passed away nearly a decade ago but I’ll always remember that he wanted to do the same thing every year – sit around the house, without a “honey-do” list in sight, eat whatever he could and simply relax.  My dad also loved going to yard sales.  So, many years ago, the three of us kids started a fun tradition of saving all our loose change throughout the year and then we’d combine it for a Father’s Day gift of  “yard sale spending coins.”  I truly think he’d wait all year for that gift. 

So, as I was looking for some fun ideas to bring to you this Father’s Day, I wanted to find some that just might leave your dad talking about for at least a little while.   Plus, all of these could be made throughout the summer or year, for many occasions.  

How about this?

This year the kids personalized my toast, made deep fried dill pickles (what!?) and finished the day with the cutest brownies ever!

Give one of them a try.  Here’s the scoop:

Deep Fried Dill Pickles
A jar of the tastiest large dill pickles you can find.  Cut at a diagonal about ¼ - ½ inch thick.
2 eggs
1-cup buttermilk
1 Tbs.  Worcestershire Sauce
½ teas. hot pepper sauce
¾ teas cayenne pepper
¼ teas seasoning salt
¼ teas garlic powder
1-cup cornmeal
2 ¼ cups flour
1 teas salt
¾ teas. black pepper

Oil for frying.

You’re going to make two bowls of ingredients – Wet Dippings and Dry Dippings – this I learned is a Southern tradition.

Wet Dippings
Combine the eggs, ¼ cup of the flour, the buttermilk, Worcestershire, hot sauce, cayenne, seasoning sale and garlic powder.

Dry Dippings
Mix the cornmeal, 2 cups of the flour, salt and the black pepper.

On a paper towel, dry the pickle slices.  Heat oil in a deep fryer or a pan (about 1 inch deep) to 350 degrees.

When ready to fry.  Dip each slice in the wet dippings, then quickly into the dry dippings.  Place in the hot oil and fry until light brown – about 1 minute or so on each side. 

Serve with Ranch Dressing or ketchup.  GREAT with a beer for Dad.

Talking Toast
This couldn’t be easier for the kids to do.   All you need is milk (any kind) and food coloring.  Take about 2 Tbs. of milk and add a few drops of food color.  Then using a clean small paintbrush, write your message with the milk.  Then simply toast the bread as you normally would in the toaster on a light setting.  Voila!  Happy day!

BBQ Brownies
I used any brownie mix and prepared it as directed only in cupcake cups.  When cool sprinkle with orange sugar sprinkles for the embers, then draw on the grill grates with black decorator frosting.  Top with a combination of these candies to make the toppings.

For hot dogs – hot tamales with grill marks made with the black frosting.
For kabobs – candy Dots and Cream Caramels
For Pork Chop Steaks – Cream Caramels shaped like a steak.

Cute, cute, cute!

Happy Dad’s Day to all the father’s, grandfather’s, uncles and guys out there. 

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