Father's Day Recipes/Ideas

Father's Day is just about here. Make sure you really celebrate that special Father in your life. I have been blessed to have an amazing Father and a wonderful Husband that is the best Father anyone could ever ask for to our children.

I found this poem and though it was so adorable. All you have to do to make it for a girl is replace boy for girl and all the she for he. So cute!!

A little boy needs a Daddy
A little boy needs Daddy
For many, many things:
Like holding him high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!

Like being the deep music
That tells him all is right
When he awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in his heart
And shows him how he might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving him the love
That is his sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
He'll always find him there.

AND I also have some yummy recipes and a fun cut out for you to spoil the men in you life.

I thought this printable was to cute for words. The White Library (LOVE LOVE the White Library!!!!) posted it but it is originally but they were Made Famous By Shindig Parties TO GO. Can't say enough about these two sites. I heart them! Did I say that already??
If you are a crafty sort of person at the end of this post Amanda has linked up to a TONAGE of different craft blogs. Have fun looking at them all. I sure did!

For breakfast I thought these Bacon and Egg Toast Cups Made Famous By The Girl Who Ate Everything looked like a lot of fun to make. They are super simple too.
Bacon and Egg Toast Cups

Ingredients:
6 slices of bacon, uncooked or precooked
6 slices of bread
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Spray large muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a frying pan, cook bacon about 3-5 minutes, until partially cooked but not completely crispy (if using precooked bacon skip this step). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cut out circles (about 3 1/2 inches) in each piece of bread using a cookie cutter or a drinking glass turned upside down.

Press the bread rounds into the greased muffin wells. Curl a piece of bacon around the periphery of each piece of bread, positioning it between the bread and the muffin tin to help keep it in position. This can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it. Sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheese in the center of each piece of bread. Crack one egg over each piece of bread being careful not to break the yolks. You may not want to use all of the egg white. If you do you may need to adjust the cooking time to a little longer.

Once all the bread pieces have been topped with eggs, bake until eggs are cooked through to your liking (about 15 minutes for me) and bacon is crispy. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin well and pop the egg cups out. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Healthier Option: Use multigrain bread and turkey bacon for a healthier twist.

For Lunch the first recipe that absolutely made my mouth water was this Buffalo Chicken Salad over at Vanilla Sugar Blog. The photos alone are just gorgeous!
Then I saw these babies Made Famous by Picky-Plate looked absolutely wonderful!!
Made Famous By: Picky-Plate

Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Cajun Seasoning

1 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried Oregano

Burgers

1 pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning

1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Siracha or Tabasco

2 slices pepperjack cheese, quartered (8 pieces)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

8 mini hamburger buns or dinner rolls, split

1/4 cup prepared Ranch dressing (My homemade recipe coming in the cookbook, yay)

16 arugula leaves or lettuce of choice

8 Roma tomato slices

4 cooked, crisp bacon slices

1. Place all Cajun seasonings into a bowl, mix to combine.

2. Place beef, seasoning, hot sauce, and garlic into a large bowl and mix until just combined. I prefer to combine the beef with my hands. Form the mixture into 8 equal size patties.

3. Place oil into a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, place patties into hot skillet and cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place a quarter of cheese on top of each burger to melt.

4. Place rolls, split side down into same skillet until toasted, about 1 minute.

5. Spread dressing onto insides of warm toasted rolls. Layer bottom roll with arugula leaves, a burger, a tomato slice and a bacon slice cut in half. Close with top roll. I placed a pick inside each burger to hold them together. These babies are tall.

Makes 8 servings


For dinner every guy loves some juicy steak and something fried right?? This recipe is Made Famous by How Sweet It Is. I recently discovered her site and I love it to pieces!

Healthy Crunchy Onion Rings

serves 2-4

2 large vidalia onions

1 quart of buttermilk

4 egg whites

1 cup medium ground cornmeal

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

12-24 hours ahead of time, slice onions into 1/2-inch thick rings. Season the onion rings with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper each. Place in a baking dish and pour buttermilk over top. Let soak for 12-24 hours.

When ready to bake, heat oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour and panko with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon paprika. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the wire rack with non-stick spray.

Remove each onion ring from the buttermilk and dip in egg whites. Immediately dip in the breadcrumb mixture and press to coat. If bread crumbs won’t adhere, dip in egg whites and try again. Lay each ring on the wire rack. When all rings are ready, give each a quick spritz with olive oil or non-stick spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then gently flip with tongs and spray again with olive oil or non-stick spray. Bake for 10 minutes more.

Grilled Flank Steak

serves 2-4

1 pound flank steak, about 1 inch thick

1/3 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup sherry wine

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

12-24 hours before grilling, combine olive oil, sherry, soy, ginger, garlic and sugar in a baking dish and whisk. Place steak in the dish and flip a few times to coat. Let marinate for 12-24 hours, turning every so often.

When ready to cook, preheat grill or grill pan. Grill steak about 6 minutes on each side for it to be medium/medium well. Remove from grill and let sit for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain to ensure tenderness. Serve with onion rings.

Or you could serve these babies Made Famous By Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
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Smothered Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

*Note: I like to serve these smothered pork chops over rice or mashed potatoes. Also, if the gravy in the last step doesn’t thicken well, mix another tablespoon of cornstarch to 2 tablespoons cold water and add it to the hot liquid. Let it come to a boil to ensure it thickens properly. Finally, I have doubled the pork in this recipe and kept all the other ingredients the same and there was plenty of gravy to smother the doubled pork.

*Serves 6

5 slices bacon, chopped
6 bone-in pork loin chops, about 3/4-inch thick
Salt and Pepper
2 yellow onions, peeled, halved and sliced into 1/2-inch thick half moons
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

In a large skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until lightly browned, about 5-6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving the drippings in the pan. If you have more than 2 tablespoons drippings, drain the excess. If you don’t have quite that much, supplement with canola oil. When the bacon is cool, transfer to a small bag or tupperware and refrigerate until later.

Heat the skillet with the drippings over medium or medium-high heat until rippling and hot. Meanwhile, pat pork chops dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook pork chops until they are golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side, cooking them in batches in the skillet if your skillet isn’t big enough to hold all six at a time in a single layer. When golden on each side, transfer the chops to the slow cooker and repeat with remaining pork.
Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of fat from the skillet; add onions, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup water to empty skillet. Using a wooden spoon, scrape browned bits from bottom of the pan and cook over medium-high heat until onions are soft, about 4-6 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour onion mixture over chops in the slow cooker. Add broth, soy sauce and remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar to skillet, bring to a boil and add bay leaves. Pour mixture over onions in slow cooker.

Cover slow cooker and cook on low until pork is tender, about 8 hours (or cook on high for 4 hours).

When ready to serve, carefully transfer chops to serving platter with a large spoon and tent with foil. Discard bay leaves and pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a saucepan, reserving the solids. Transfer solids to a food processor or blender with 1 cup liquid and blend until smooth. Stir the blended mixture back into remaining liquid in the saucepan. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl and stir into sauce. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar, season with salt and pepper, pour over chops and sprinkle with reserved bacon and parsley. Serve.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins Made Famous by Me! Made Famous By

When I made these muffins my husband said, ""HONEY THESE ARE THE BEST THINGS YOU HAVE EVER MADE!!" So I had to include them

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INGREDIENTS:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour 18 muffin cups, or use paper liners.
2.To make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar. Beat until smooth, then set aside.
3.For the streusel topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
4.For the muffin batter: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and add eggs, pumpkin, olive oil and vanilla. Beat together until smooth.
5.Place pumpkin mixture in muffin cups about 1/2 full. Then add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter. Try to keep cream cheese from touching the paper cup. Sprinkle on the streusel topping.
6.Bake at 375 degrees F (195 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.


4 comments:

  1. Heather!!! How fun to hear from you! I am embarrassed to say, I don't know how to do links on the blog. I am pretty computer iliterate and don't ever do anything more than post on the blog or email. If you give me instructions I will certainly try though! :)

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  2. Heather, I am an idiot!!! I just realized you mean to put it on my sidebar blog roll. Is that what you meant? I do know how to do that...obviously! I thought you meant to put a picture and link on the side like you have on yours. Let me know if you did mean that, otherwise I will put it on my blogroll!

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  3. Heather, great post. Can't wait to bake your muffins and am going to try those pork chops yummmy!!!

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  4. The muffins really are to die for!!!! Let me know when you try them!

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