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This Sunday is Father’s Day!

Around our house this is a big holiday for my family and me. Although my husband does not care how we spend it, and never asks for a gift, I love holidays in general, especially this one. It gives me a reason to spoil the love of my life and one of the best men in my life…my dad and my three little boys being the other special men I cherish.

Like many of you moms, I like to plan everything we do on Father’s Day from sun up to sunset.

Activities to do on Father’s Day

This year for Father’s Day we are going to go out for breakfast. We will then go to church and take Bo fishing. (He has been bugging me to go fishing…an activity I think is boring! Haha)

Here are some other activities I think any father would enjoy!

  • Church
  • Go fishing
  • Boating
  • Go on a hike
  • Go kick or throw a ball around at the park
  • Brewery
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Golf
  • Movie
  • Swimming
  • Go camping
  • Go to a car show
  • Tour a historic site
  • Grill out
  • Picnic
  • Bike ride
  • Take a nap together (I know Bo would love this personally)

DIY Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is the perfect holiday for a DIY gift from your children. My two oldest sons love to color so of course we get many pictures from them on a daily basis, but on Father’s Day I try to have our kids make something at a higher level of difficulty if you know what I mean…something with more thought put into it!

 So I have not yet made a gift with the kids’ handprints on them if you can believe that! This year is the year.

Check out DIY Father’s Day gift ideashere.

 

Father’s Day Dinner

After a long day of fishing it is time for me to put my cooking skills to work. I decided to make a gluten free meal that all of us will enjoy.

Main Dish

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c Heinz ketchup
  • 2 TBSP Molasses
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP paprika
  • 1 TBSP brown mustard
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2lbs pork loin, cut into large pieces

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except pork loin in crock pot; stir to mix
  2. Add pork, make sure all meat is covered and if not add more water
  3. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours
  4. Remove meat and shred with fork; return meat to crock pot;
  5. Serve with Gluten Free Nation gluten free burger buns

Side Dishes

Chipotle and Honey Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tsp chipotle sauce
  • Honey

Directions

  1. Rub sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper; wrap in tin foil; bake 45 minutes to 1 hour in 400 degree Fahrenheit oven
  2. Let cool, remove skin
  3. Place naked sweet potatoes in bowl; add 2 TBSP olive oil to mash; season with salt and pepper and 2 tsp chipotle sauce; mix together
  4. Drizzle with honey

BLAT Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 c Bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 c avocado
  • 2 heads butter lettuce
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes
  • 4 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 4 TBSP honey
  • 4 TBSP olive oil

 

Directions

  1. Spread lettuce on a serving platter
  2. Top with tomatoes, avocado and bacon
  3. In a small bowl mix Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
  4. Drizzle over salad
  5. Serve.

Dessert

Gluten Free Nation Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting and Pretzel

By the time you get to thinking about dessert the last thing you want to do is make a gluten free dessert that contains many ingredients and directions.

End the day with a GLUTEN FREE NO BAKE RECIPE.

My suggestion to you is to purchase one of Gluten Free Nation’s desserts, like their gluten free vanilla cupcakes, at your nearest location (H-E-B, Albertson’s, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Kroger and Central Market). You can also order from their website.

So my idea for dessert is to take gluten free vanilla cupcakes and add a specialty frosting to it, something more catered to what my husband loves!

Bo loves dark chocolate and salted caramel treats. He also enjoys snacking on pretzels. So what better than vanilla cupcakes with a salted caramel frosting topped with a pretzel? Only making the frosting really cuts back on time.

Ingredients

  • Gluten Free Nation gluten free vanilla cupcakes with scraped off frosting

For the Caramel Sauce

  • 1 c white sugar
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter at room temp, cut up
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 c confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 c unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 c caramel sauce
  • 3 TBSP cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Additional Topping

  • Gluten free pretzel

Get the gluten free salted caramel frosting recipe

 

Sometimes it feels like I am the only one taking care of my children and keeping the house in order. My husband’s daily routine is waking up, taking my two boys to school and going to work for an 8 hour day. He finally ends up pulling in the driveway around 6:00 PM when the day is about to end.

Most of us moms tend to take our husbands for granted. As the years have gone by I realized I could not do life without my man.

He is our provider. He is our strength that holds us together. He is the one who keeps me sane.  He is our maintenance man. He fixes my car. He fixes leaking faucets. He kills the spiders in our house. He helps do dishes. And he is always there for us.

I hope to encourage you to remember to thank your husbands and fathers for being the great men they were born to be.

I also hope my article helps give you ideas on things to do with your fathers, as well as gifts to make them smile.

If you are really daring try the menu I came up with and let me know how it goes!

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Until next time!

 

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