This year, instead of giving Dad some sub-par crap he will never use or wear, gift him your time. Yes, as cheesy as it sounds, I am suggesting you make your presence his present. Don't laugh. This has worked for me, for years.
To this day, it is still something I enjoy very much, even with my kids in tow; especially with my kids in tow. Fishing is fun, relatively inexpensive (after the initial gear purchase) and a great way to just relax and get in some good quality time. Bring a picnic lunch, some bug spray and sunscreen and make a day out of it.
If hiking isn't your "thing", you could always gas up the car and take a mini road trip to somewhere you've never been. You could research places within an hour or so of your general area, or even make a weekend trip out of it. Go see the world's biggest ball of yarn or the largest cow statue in North America. Just go and have fun.
If you're not familiar with geocaching, it's basically like a modern day treasure hunt using GPS. You download an app to your phone and using your GPS and pre-programmed coordinates that other users have shared, you hunt for treasures (which are usually small bubble gum machine-esque trinkets).
The relationship between a grown child and their father is a very delicate one. It needs to be watered and nourished. It is often difficult to see your Dad through your new, adult eyes. He's still your hero, but you also now know he is just a human being, like you. You learn that he has feelings and a history. That his life did not begin when he had you, that he is so much more than just your Dad. If you take the time to listen, you'd be surprised what you find out about people.
If there are no games on TV worth watching, head out to your local softball field and watch the kids play, I swear there is nothing like watching a bunch of kids play ball, especially Tee ball. (I would advise against bringing the beer to the ball field)
Having a cookout doesn't have to be daunting task. If you can start a fire and read a thermometer, you can grill food. Even if you have zero backyard culinary experience, you can pull off an amazing cookout, with a little help from your friends at Butterball and their awesome Cookbook Plus app.
The app is available on iOS or Android and is full of yummy recipes, informational videos, money saving coupons and lots of tips and tricks that will take all the stress and guesswork out of your Father's day cookout. They even have a few vegetarian recipes in there too for the non-meat eaters in the bunch.
As I was perusing the app, I came across this beautiful smoked turkey breast with a chipotle rub and knew it would be perfect for a Father's day cookout. It's basically fool proof and super easy and requires little effort. See below for the full recipe.
- Mesquite or hickory wood chips
- 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 (5-1/2-pound) BUTTERBALL® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey Breast,
thawed if frozen, rinsed and patted dry
1. Prepare grill for indirect cooking over medium-
high heat. Soak wood chips in water at least 30 minutes.
2. Combine brown sugar, cumin, salt, garlic powder, paprika, ground
chipotle and chili powder in small bowl; mix well. Place 2tablespoons spice
mixture in another small bowl; mix with butter until well combined.
3. Loosen skin over breast by gently sliding hand under skin. Spread butter
mixture onto breast under skin. Rub skin and cavity of turkey with remaining spice mixture.
4. Remove some wood chips from water and place chips in small aluminum
tray. Place tray under grill rack directly on heat source and allow wood to
begin to smolder, about 10 minutes.
5. Place turkey on grill grid. Cover; grill 1hour. Replenish wood chips after
1hour. Grill until meat thermometer reaches 170°F when inserted into thickest part of breast not touching bone.
Transfer to cutting board. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Dads sometimes get a bad rap, because they're men and not Moms, but I, for one, had a pretty kickass Dad. He took me fishing, taught me how to drive without killing me or cussing (too much), he always had time for me, even when he really didn't.
He taught me right from wrong and he taught me how to hit a ball. He taught me that women are special and deserve to be treated as such. He taught me that marriage can last and people can work together for a common goal; love. Thanks, Dad for all you've done and all you continue to do. I love you!