Dave Longaberger always used to say that “every day should be 25% fun.” So with another Father’s Day almost upon us, we’d love to hear about the fun activities you’ve planned to do with your dad this year, in place of gifts. Whether you decide to try a new pursuit together or participate in something you know he already loves, spending that time together will create memories you’ll both be sure to treasure.
In order to pick just the right endeavor for you and your father to do, the first thing you need to ask yourself is:
Is my dad….
If you can find him out by the grill or slaving over a skillet, then try diving into cooking! Find some new recipes or stick with his favorites and make dinner for the whole family – just make sure you do the dishes – it is his day, after all!
Check out this recipe for Pretzel-Stuffed Pork Chops:
Season the pork with salt and pepper. Combine the pretzels, chopped apples, onion, rosemary, basil, 1 cup apple juice and ½ cup cola in a bowl and mix well. Divide into 4 equal portions. Stuff 1 portion into each pork chop, letting the stuffing overflow for effect. Pour 3 cups apple juice and 2 cups cola into a baking dish. Add the garlic, apple pieces, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the stuffed pork chops. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 260 degrees, checking for doneness at 10- to 15- minute intervals. Remove the pork chops to a heated platter. Purée the pan drippings with a hand tool or in a blender. Pour into a saucepan. Cook until reduced and thickened. Ladle over the pork chops. Serves 4.
Going outside and hiking or fishing are always great classic options for Father’s Day, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can take on a German Father’s Day tradition. In Germany, groups of males go on a hiking tour in which they bring wagons filled with wine or beer, as well as their regional food. So grab your wagon and your favorite treats, and celebrate Dad the German way!
A Coffee Lover
Does your dad need a cup of Joe before he can even say hello in the morning? Do the people at the coffee shop know him and his order by heart? If you said yes to either of these, then try taking your Father’s passion for coffee to a whole new level. Go shopping together and find some new coffee beans or blends. If you get a few different samples, you can do your own coffee tasting. Or go channel your creative side and go paint mugs. He’ll have a new coffee holder and a great memory every time he takes a sip!
Calling all sports dads!! If you’re looking for something to do with your sporty father, try gathering the family together and playing his favorite sport. Athletics not your thing? Grab all of his favorite snacks and drinks, flip on his favorite sports team, and let him enjoy Father’s Day the sporty way.
An Office Guy
If your dad is attached to his work phone or just can’t seem to leave his home office, try spending the day organizing or updating his workplace. Add some family photos or a splash of color to his home office, or go out together to find new ways to organize his desk at work.
Got a father who’s always crafting things with his hands? Then get together and try a DIY (Do It Yourself) project such as building a bird house – or if you’re with the kids, try some simpler crafts like personalized picture frames. If you’re feeling especially charitable, help him out with some of his own house projects, like that step that never seemed to get fixed.
Whether you’re looking for something to do for just the two of you, or you want something for the whole family to do, the key is to remember to show Dad just how much you appreciate him.
Happy Father’s Day to all those amazing dads out there!!