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Father’s Day Cake Pops

19 Jun

Today we celebrated Father’s Day with a neighborhood pot luck. As always, I volunteered for dessert duty. Today I had two contributions.

First, I added some necktie cupcake toppers to left over cupcakes from yesterday’s birthday festivities. Thank you Erin Comstock-Thrasher for making 72 cupcakes! They were delish even a day later.

In addition, I wanted to make some kind of cupcake or cake pop (something that wouldn’t require a plate and fork to eat) that reflected the day’s celebration.  I decided on cake pops.

To make these cake pops I simply shaped them into a sort of cone shape instead of balls.  But first, as my cake cooled, I made the trophy handles by piping melting candy into the appropriate shape onto a piece of wax paper.  I placed them in the refrigerator to set.  Then, I took an unmelted melting candy and burrowed a hole in the center with a drinking straw as the base of the trophy.   I slide the base onto the stick just before dipping it into the melting candy and placing it into the cake cone.  After they set in the freezer for a minute or two, I dipped them in the yellow melting candy.  As soon as they were fully coated, I VERY CAREFULLY, lifted a handle from my wax paper and gently attached it to the side.  Once they were all completely set, I went back with white melting candy to write “#1 Dad.”  I initially purchased a package of Wilton’s Food Writers, but they just didn’t work on the candy coating.  Or, I just couldn’t figure out how to work them, but it shouldn’t have been complicated, it’s a pen!  At any rate, I went with the melting candy instead.

My husband isn’t a huge fan of sweets, but I made these with dulce de leche (like these) at his request.  He loved them!

I think all the kids liked them too!

Happy Father’s Day!



Happy Father’s Day

19 Jun

Sometimes it’s not about gifts, it’s about being together and being a family. We celebrated Father’s Day with a walk at the park to see the ducks. Later, my daughter and I made my husband’s favorite dessert- Boston Cream Pie.

With one 9″ yellow cake round, cut in half, we spread on the home-made custard and topped it with homemade chocolate “sauce” that looks more like frosting or paste. I should have sifted the powdered sugar.. Oh Well!.. still tastes great!

Have a very sweet Father’s Day!

Give Him What He Really Wants

14 Jun

Both my husband and my father are probably most at home with a beer in their hands, manning the BBQ.  So for Father’s Day a couple of years ago I decided to add a personalized touch to that picture.

I went to My Own Labels and created personalized labels.  They looked as great in person as they did on the computer.  I purchased a six-pack of a favorite beer and soaked them in warm water and scraped all the original labels off, replacing them with the adorably personalized ones.

They were so cute and I knew that it was something they could really enjoy.

To wrap them I recycled a paper grocery bag and covered the original container and placed an extra label on it.  Easy Squeezy!

Another great idea for personalized labels would be a jar of spice rub for the BBQing dad.  Caroline, of Armelle–the Blog, has a great recipe here.  My Own Labels also has really cute labels for jars (think sauces, rubs, and the likes).

So get the BBQ going and sit back and enjoy a little sunshine with Dad.  Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day Outing

13 Jun

This weekend we had an early Father’s Day outing. We visited our local wetlands preserve. It was a special Father’s Day event! Each father got a free native plant and we chose a native California Poppy.

The kids had a great time exploring and it was fun for us to see all the native plants and trees.

Our local wetlands preserve opens to the public for Second Sunday Strolls. It was a great way to spend the day as a family. The kids had quite the adventure too. We walked the trails, saw beautiful flowers, butterflies, crossed bridges and even spotted a lizard!

Happy Father’s Day!

Gifts For The Best Dad Ever

12 Jun
My dad is the best dad ever. He’s like Clint Eastwood living in a mechanic’s dream garage. So you would think it would be easy shopping for him. Nope. He has everything he wants/needs and never wants anything new. The best I could do for my dad is get him Tejavas and leave him alone. Which I think all dad’s really want… is to be left alone to do their thing. Besides the gift of loneliness, I’ve rounded up some different from the usual gift ideas.
For Dad who likes to cook the unusual:
This Corn Dog Factory is sure to surprise and astound the Coney Island right out of his pants!

Corn Dog Factory - 24.99USD

For the Molecularly Smart in the Lab Dad: This molecular cuisine starter kit has fifty strange and scientific recipes to really wow the kids and neighbors and you. Includes a DVD too (for anything you should at least watch the video about this kit!).

Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit - 79.99USD

For The Coolest Nerd I Know Dad: We all thought our dad was dork or a nerd at one time, show him how cool he is now by staying hip with his dorky side with this silly binary shirt (which my husband wants) or with the ever stylish clip-on 8-bit tie.

Binary Dad Shirt - 17.99USD +

Pixelated Tie - 14.99USD

For The iDad: If he has the iPod,  iPhone, or  iPad (or just about any iWhatever) he might need this slick case by Vers. Beautiful real wood that comes in three different colors –  bamboo, cherry, and walnut. Here’s a little something from the Vers site:
Every Vers wood case is steel reinforced and comes with a soft, scratch resistant lining, and depending on the case design, there are openings for the headphone jack and the charging port.
As with all of our wood sound systems and accessories, for every tree we use in production, we plant 100 through our long-time partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Vers Wood iPhone4 Case - 19.99USD+

For the Remote Control Dad:
My friend has the NetFlix | Roku and we stay up all night watching movies and tv shows. For the dad who doesn’t have time to watch tv all day he can catch up on Deadliest Catch or whatever sport is in season with the Netflix | Roku (I want one)! AND Dad doesn’t have to make late night last minute runs to the recently closed video rental shops.

NetFlix-Roku – Set Top Device - 99USD

For the “Top Gun Dad” That Doesn’t Want A Physical Gift Dad: If your dad is a thrill seeker check out what I saw on Daily Candy the other day. You might want to try this out for yourself first because some dads can’t take the heat of an F-16 Fighter Jet Flight Simulator: Give your father the thrill of a lifetime with a ride on an authentic F-16 fighter jet flight simulator ($69). The Anaheim aviation-themed adventure makes the attractions at nearby Disneyland seem like child’s play. 1650 South Sinclair Street, at East Howell Avenue, Anaheim (714-937-1511).
Please share your best-dad-ever gift ideas with us. We might like yours better than ours.
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