Happy Father’s Day

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We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day.  My daddy is celebrating in heaven.  Although, I miss him so much I know nothing on earth can compare to his eternal home. My dad was so funny! Everyone wanted to be around him. What I remember most is daddy always doing for others. So many times he would call me, once I moved to Cleveland, and tell me he and my mom were coming for the day just to bring us something or take us to dinner. I watched him serve people, give, and love others with an unwavering passion. If you knew him, you loved him and wanted to be around him. He always made me laugh, brightened my day, and made me feel loved and adored. I miss him so very much! He would have enjoyed all his grand babies so much and they would have had so much fun with them. 

 

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Today, my kids and I celebrate my hubby.  He is an incredible husband, father, and friend.  I am blessed beyond measure, and so thankful.  Our story is not perfect, in fact there were years when our marriage was completely broken, but God has healed our hearts and restored our life. As a result of those years that seemed so hopeless, I appreciate our life together so much more. I am so thankful for a man that loves God, loves me, and loves his children. He is a man of integrity that leads us with Godly wisdom and love. We are so excited to celebrate him today.

 

Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

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Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

When I was combing through our dessert archives choosing our 10 best Father’s Day dessert ideas – I started wondering… what exactly makes a dessert good for Father’s Day?

Three things seem to fit the criteria best:

a) Anything with chocolate or peanut butter in abundance (preferably both!)

b) Anything nostalgic – if it’s like mom or grandma used to make, it’s probably going to tug on his heart strings

c) Anything that’s crazy-fattening

Even if dad isn’t a big dessert guy, Father’s Day is really just a perfect excuse to make a dessert you want to eat and then ask him how he likes his gift as you help yourself to seconds ;)
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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies are one of our top-pinned recipes – and just perfect for the peanut butter lovin’ dad.  You won’t even have to heat up the kitchen to make these!

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Best Ever Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

If dad has a sweet tooth, this will definitely not disappoint!  The combination of chocolate, nuts, marshmallows and butter equal heaven on a plate :)

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Double Chocolate Cake Recipe

Speaking of chocolate…. this double chocolate cake will NOT disappoint in the chocolate department!  Kasey made this cake for me before and oh-my-lanta was it awesome!

 

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Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Some dads just are not fans of chocolate.  I know – total crazy talk – but it’s true.  Satisfy a sweet tooth that leans toward something more refreshing and creamy with this Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!  The kids can help line up the little white chocolate chips around the edges or sprinkle with lemon zest instead.

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

You don’t have to be from Kentucky to appreciate a pecan pie that invited chocolate chips to the party.  SO GOOD – but so EASY.

And a close cousin to Derby Pie recipe is Kasey’s mom’s German Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe!  It includes coconut, which is not my favorite but some dads love :)

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Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Speaking of pies – this Buttermilk Pie recipe is going to knock dad’s socks off.   It’s straight out of Kasey’s mom’s recipe book and bound to satisfy a southern sweet tooth ;)

 

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Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Speaking of nostalgic recipes, this cake is full of nuts and memories – this one is the MOST requested recipe at Southern Living for a reason.  We all want to travel back in time and taste those desserts our grandparents made again :)

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Giant Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

This one is  so simple and so yummy.  So yummy that everyone had half-finished theirs before I could whip my camera out for a pretty picture.  You’ll have to use your imagination on this one.  If you can stuff store-bought cookie dough into a cake pan and spread soft ice cream on it – you can do this!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

We used heart-shaped pb cups for these Valentine’s Day desserts but you can just sub out normal peanut butter cups for Father’s Day

 

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Fish Cake

If dad is more of a cake guy – a theme cake is always fun for Father’s Day.  This fish cake would be cute for the angler dad!  For that matter, the Nascar dad might like a Racecar Cake – although it’s more fun for the kids to make probably ;)

Father’s Day Printable | Dad & Me Questionnaire

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Father’s Day Printable | DAD & ME Questionnaire for Kids

My kids always come home with the sweetest “All About My Mom” questionnaires they’ve filled out at school for Mother’s Day.  They are some of my absolute favorite keepsakes – especially the one where my 8 year old guesses “I think my moms weighs… 100 Pounds”.  ;)

I decided to make a Father’s Day Printable questionnaire for the boys to fill out this year.  Feel free to print out this very basic Q&A for your kids – and see what kinds of answers they come up with!

Father’s Day Printable Dad & Me Questionnaire - PRINT HERE

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While you’re at it, check out our  11 BEST Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

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And help the kids give something out of their own allowance with these ideas for Father’s Day Gifts from Kids (under $5)

Father’s Day Gifts from Kids under $5

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11 Father’s Day Gifts from Kids under $5

My kids always want to give something to their dad on Father’s Day that’s just from them.  And since they’ve passed the phase of coloring pictures of themselves with dad, or making him a cardboard tie – they’re needing some ideas they can afford on their own allowance.  Here are some ideas to help you help them get ready – 11 Father’s Day Gifts from Kids under $5!

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Magazine Subscriptions

A great way to show dad you “get” him – just let him relax and enjoy his golf or baseball magazine in peace and quiet :)  Amazon currently has TONS of $5 Magazine Subscriptions.

For gifting, it’s best to snag the current issue at the store so he has something to open while you wait for the subscription to arrive.

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Coffee Mug or Travel Mug

Dad’s who like their coffee will like a mug that speaks to their manly side.  This John Wayne Travel Mug is a fun one – and an add-on item for only $4.58!  Or get a custom photo mug from York Photo for only $2.99 with code DRANK (through 4/14)

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Grilling Apron with Handprints

Pick up an inexpensive dollar store apron and have the kids put their handprints on it in paint.  Stencil their names, or write “King of the Grill” on the front – like this one over at rockinmama.

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Ice Ball Maker

This ice ball maker is just one of those cool things dad would open and love.  I say this because it’s been on the best-seller list for MONTHS on Amazon and my husband wants one too.  Don’t question it – it’s just a dude thing I guess.  (Some of these are $5 or under, and some are just a buck or so more)

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Movie Ticket

If dad’s a movie-lover, a pass to go see a movie one Saturday afternoon might be right up his alley.  You can get them a little cheaper at matinee prices – or search out a cheap theater near you where they show slightly older films.

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Photo Mousepad

If he works in an office – a photo mousepad is something dad can take with him that won’t claim any of the limited space on his desktop .  Personalize it with pics of the kids doing fun things with dad.  York Photo usually has a deal for one on their Special Offers page – or at least a 40% OFF Photo Gifts code.   If they’re not currently offering any good mouse pad specials, you can always get one at Walmart for $9.96

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Dad’s Favorite Snacks Basket

Have your child interview dad about his favorite snacks – and then print out some coupons and head to the store to get as much goodies as their allowance will allow.  Help them put it together so it looks cute and rent a superhero movie from the Redbox for a nice evening of bonding.

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A $5 Giftcard 

Sometimes dads just need to treat themselves to a new crossword puzzle book, or some Starbucks or Baskin Robbins or Five Guys.  Knowing their child spent some of their allowance to give them that little treat is kind of heartwarming :)

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New Tacklebox & Lure

For the fishing dad, you can never have too many tackleboxes.  More places to put all those new lures you want ;)  Amazon has several smaller boxes for around $3 – $5, so your kids should have enough $$ left to pick up a new lure too!

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Inspirational Books

If you have a faith-filled dad, he might like an inspirational book.  Some of them are a little pricey, but here are a few that are just $5 from Family Christian.

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Nice Framed Picture

Find a good pic of dad and the kids and let them pick out a nice new frame.  Kohl’s often has some nice frames at big discounts.

I hope some of these Father’s Day gift ideas under $5 helps you out!  And we’d LOVE to hear any you can add to the list :)

 

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And for a completely free – but utterly meaningful gift for the man you love, I highly recommend doing the Love List Challenge.  

You may also want to check out these Gift Ideas for Men (written by a man!)