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I have to admit that men are always difficult for me to buy for! My husband is especially difficult because he never says that he wants anything and he hates the attention of people buying things for him, although he is appreciative. Finding just the right gift to show him how much he means to me is hard, but it is something I am always on the look out for when it comes to birthdays, Christmas and Father's Day. With Father's Day coming soon, and because we have some awesome fathers and grandfathers in our family,(see the collage above), and knowing that you guys do as well, we decided that we would share some of our ideas for what we think would make awesome Father's Day's Gifts. We would sure love to hear some of your ideas as well because a nice list of men's gift ideas would be awesome! So, welcome to Friday Faves #62!
Some of the dads in our family really enjoy electronics, from games to music gadgets. Here are some great ideas, Starting with the Echo Dot, or the Echo Second Generation with Alexa.
There are so many uses for the Echo, but we love the music component and being able to hear a song as soon as you think of it!
We wouldn't be 3 Winks if we didn't show you this awesome Owl Echo Holder! A little decorative for if your home decor is more traditional rather than modern. (This might be more for me than my husband).
Some of our dads are definite meat eaters. Others do more plant based but do enjoy a good barbecue now and again. Here are some special splurges for those guys.
Order some really good beef from Snake River Farms! If you order on May 29, use code feedmebrisket to get 20% off of your order.
To go with those good cuts of meat, some nice savory rubs would be a good accompaniment.
These family themed gifts of family history and pictures are probably gifts that my husband appreciates the most. My daughter-in-law made him an awesome famiily history book of his family for Christmas a couple of years ago that he cherishes. One year, my daughter made him and framed this awesome family tree that now hangs in our home:
You can order similar ones on Etsy. Just add your own names.
Clothing that Leads to a Destination:
So, a number of years ago, when my husband was having a notable birthday, I bought him a new swimsuit and also tickets to the water park for his birthday. We went together, just the two of us, like we were kids again and had a great time. Right now Target is having a sale on swimsuits, so click on the photo to go there. If the water park isn't up your ally, the beach or Hawaii would also be great destinations to go with a new swim suit! This way of giving a destination gift would work with other types of clothing as well! A Star Wars Tee for the new movie, a Disney shirt for a Disney trip, shorts for a hike in the mountains or a camping trip, or a ski jacket for a ski trip! Whatever you think they would love. I love the idea of a destination gift, even without the clothing hint.
Those are some of our favorite ideas! Please share yours because everyone needs all of the ideas that they can get when it comes to men's gifts! Leave your ideas in the comments, and have a great weekend!
Memorial day is really a great summer kick off. Most schools end the week before the Memorial Day holiday, and the weather is warm enough to swim without feeling like you're swimming in bath water. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a summer barbecue? (Maybe after a parade to commemorate those brave men and women who have served in our military.)
Well, we have no short supply of great recipes to whip up for your Memorial day Barbecue party, and I am putting them all right here, in one handy tasty place, for you!
Or, maybe you can order some tasty barbecue from a place that delivers through Uber Eats. Or, maybe you can sign up to be a driver partner with Uber Eats and earn some extra cash for yourself this holiday weekend. These are all great options, and you can find help with two out of three of them right here!
Happy Memorial Day!
Main Dishes and Sides
We have a few options here! We've shared some pork recipes with you a few times. Like when I made these Honey Mustard Pork Chops! Although in my post I used a pan on the stove top, this recipe would work nicely on the grill as well.
Continuing with the pork theme, remember when my husband made me a delicious Grilled Raspberry Chipotle Pork Loin? It was so tasty, and the raspberry chipotle sauce puts it over the top!
Maybe you're in the mood for chicken instead. This post had a great grilled chicken recipe. If you're in the mood for sea food there was skewered shrimp as well! It also has some great side recipes. You'll never stop hearing my mom raving about the cilantro butter corn, and as you know from Friday Faves last week, I love grilled pineapple!
Another great side is grilled asparagus! It is so easy to make! Wash your asparagus. Make a tinfoil packet by laying two strips of aluminum foil in a t shape. Spray with a little cooking spray. Place your asparagus in the center with 2 TBSP of butter and one minced clove of garlic. Fold the edges up and seal them together so you have a foil packet. Place on the grill in a spot with medium heat. Grill five minutes, flip the packet and grill another 2 minutes. You can serve the asparagus on top of your meat, or to the side!
We did a round up before of our favorite summer salads. This includes the vegan taco salad I made a while back. That taco salad can be a great option if you don't have a grill but still want something more hearty and filling.
My mom gifted us our own stuff 'em sticks for Christmas this past year and I think they'd make a fun addition to your Memorial Day Barbecue! There are lots of food options here, and I think the dessert ones would be a lot of fun. If you don't have a fire pit in your backyard then the grill is a great option!
Last year for our Memorial Day Swim Party and Barbecue I made this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! I had a lot of fun doing the star topped crust! You know what goes great with homemade warm, fresh from the oven pie? ICE CREAM! Especially homemade ice cream. If you want a tasty homemade vegan ice cream recipe, sign up for our email! You'll get access to that recipe, and other tasty recipes to come, as well as some fun printables for your home/office/whatever space you'd like to spruce up!
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Sorry this post is a little late, I was a little out of it last week. This year PH and I hosted Easter dinner at our house. I always like having family gatherings in our home, it's part of the reason we bought this house, it's a great space for parties. Of course, clean up afterwards is always a hassle, but I love having family in my home where we can laugh and make memories. Plus, its so much easier with a tiny one to have the event in your home. You can still stick them in their own bed for nap time and you don't have to deal with an overtired baby crying the whole way home because she doesn't understand why you won't hold her when she doesn't want to be in her car seat.
Anyway, my mom and discussed beforehand what we would have for dinner. My SIL isn't a huge fan of ham. She always tells us not to plan a meal around her preferences, but I am not a huge fan of ham either, so I was happy to opt for something else. We discussed lamb, but that can be so expensive. Well I had pork loin in my freezer, so I suggested we have that. My mom had some in her freezer so we each made one. She did a completely different recipe for hers, so it was nice to have options. Maybe she will share her recipe here.
I decided to make this Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Roast. I had seen a recipe for something similar, but with bourbon. Well, I don't drink alcohol, and I know they say it burns off in the cooking, but alcohol is also expensive to buy and since I'm on unpaid leave at work. I decided to work with what we have. I thought Balsamic vinegar would pair nicely with brown sugar for that sweet and sour flavor. PH really loves the sweet and sours, and he asked me later if we could make that sauce and put it on everything. Balsamic Brown Sugar Everything! I don't know about necessarily putting it on EVERYTHING, but this Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Roast was certainly a hit!
At the end of the dinner when we were cleaning up, there was only a small portion of this Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Roast left!
The great thing about this recipe is how the meat really falls apart. You could make balsamic brown sugar pork roast pulled pork sandwiches if you end up with any left overs!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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