Three Ideas For An Unforgettable Father’s Day
This Father’s Day, celebrate Dad with homemade gifts and treats. Here are a few ideas to spoil Dad without breaking your budget.
French Toast BLT
Surprise Dad with a homemade breakfast.
8 slices bacon
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 slices crusty bread, cut 1 inch thick
4 lettuce leaves
8 slices tomato
Preheat oven to 375. Place bacon on a baking sheet and cook until crisp. Drain grease on paper towels.
In another dish, whisk together eggs, cream, and chives. Season with salt and pepper. Lay bread in a single layer in egg mixture and soak 3 minutes on each side. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium. When butter sizzles, add bread and cook until golden and crisp around edges, about 3 minutes per side, flipping once.
Layer lettuce, tomato, and bacon on each slice of French toast.
String and Nails Artwork
Give Dad a piece of art for his office.
Print out a phrase in a block font from your computer. On Better Home and Garden, the letters were three inches tall.
Trim the block letters and arrange them on a board. Cut the board to fit the phrase. Tap nails into place around the letters. Take off the paper letters.
Wrap string around the outlines of the letters first. Then add crisscross designs.
Treat Dad with a creative dessert.
Ingredients for yellow buttermilk cupcakes
3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
5 large whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, room temperature
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Instructions for yellow cake cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degree. Put paper liners in the tin cups. Mix both flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add whole eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add yolks, and beat until thoroughly combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and beating until combined after each. Beat in vanilla.
Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Ingredients for tee-time cupcakes
Yellow buttermilk cupcakes
Can of butter cream frosting
1 to 2 cups green sanding sugar
18 round white candies, such as candy-coated mint balls
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (3 to 4 sheets finely ground in a food processor)
Instructions for tee-time cupcakes
Spread each cupcake with a smooth layer of buttercream. Pour green sanding sugar into a small bowl. Dip tops of frosted cupcakes in the sugar, then coat completely.
To create putting greens, make flags. Cut out lengths (3 to 4 inches) from white grosgrain ribbon. Fold each length around one end of a wooden skewer, and glue folded sides together with hot glue or double-sided tape. Cut ribbon into a triangle shape, and plant the skewer into a cupcake. Put a small white candy “ball” near the flag.
For the sand traps, add about 1 teaspoon graham-cracker crumbs in the center of each of 6 cupcakes. Make an irregular sand trap by placing your thumb in the frosting. Keep in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool.