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Ideas for Father’s Day

Here are some ideas of things to make with the kids for Father’s day.  I am a huge fan of homemade gifts that are practical and fun.  This year I am sending my husband golfing with his Dad and brother, then hosting a BBQ after in honor of them.  Here are some other great ideas

1. Shrinky dink key chains: I confess my kids and I made these for the dads/grandpas in their lives but we made them too small!  We had to do it twice to get it right.  Have your kids make a picture (large) and color it in for that special person.  Maybe a heart with a message in it or a tennis ball!

2. Coupons: Make your own coupons for a day out with dad, baseball game, sleep in day, night with the guys, etc.

3. Card: Have a picture of the Dad face only.  Have the kids draw the body!

4.  Interview: Have your kids write down all the things they love about their Dad as you interview them.  Why do we have Dads? What is something Daddy always says?  What is your favorite thing about your Dad?

5. Nuts about you jars: Have your kids make some homemade nuts for dad or grandpa and put them into simple jars.  Here are some recipies.

Swedish Nuts

1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
dash salt
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup walnut halves

Spread almonds on a cookie sheet and roast at 325 degrees until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally; cool. Melt butter in oven in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Beat egg whites until foamy; add sugar and salt, and continue beating until stiff. Fold in all of nuts; spread mixture in baking pan over melted butter. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes or until mixture is browned and all the butter is absorbed, stirring and turning every 10 minutes to cook evenly. Makes about 4 cups.

Cinnamon Nut Mix

2 cups whole almonds
2 cups pecan halves
6 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large saucepan, cover almonds and pecans with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 minute. Drain well. In a large bowl combine the next 6 items. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Add nuts and stir until nuts are well coated. Pour nuts into sugar mixture stirring until well coated. Spread evenly on a greased baking sheet. Stir occasionally, baking 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on baking sheet. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 cups.

Mocha Walnuts

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups walnut halves

In a large saucepan, combine first 6 items, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to soft ball stage (238 degrees). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add nuts, stirring to coat. Spread nuts on a buttered baking sheet. Cool and break into pieces. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 1/2 cups nuts.

Sugared Peanuts

2 cups granulated sugar
4 1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water

Coarse Salt In a large heavy pan place peanuts, salt, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil until all liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Watch carefully. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread nuts on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and bake 20 minutes longer. Cool. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 1/2 cups.



Happy Father’s Day!

Today we celebrated my husband and the wonderful father that he is.  I feel truly blessed that my children get such a godly role model as their father.  My kids (and I) both adore him.  We had a great day of grilling steaks, playing putt-putt, and of course, our Father’s Day tradition, ice cream taste testing. I saw this idea in the Family Fun magazine, and knew we’d love it! We started this idea last year, even though our kids didn’t remember, and it is super fun!

I bought 8 different kinds of ice cream this week and hid them in our deep freeze.  Today we sat in a circle in our living room and ate ice cream, one small spoonful at a time.  I gave each of us a taste and we had to guess the flavor.  I loved it that Isaiah guessed Bunny Tracks each guess except the last one when it finally was Bunny Tracks.  It is fun to see what they’d guess.  Trevor got five right and Ayla didn’t get any.  There was even one she didn’t like Key Lime Pie.  “It tasted too pineappley,” she said.  Such a fun tradition for our family, what are your Father’s Day traditions?