Do you have something special planned for the fathers in your life? Do you usually do a lot that day, for the special man (or men)? Or do you keep it low-key?

Men are so hard to buy for. I had ordered Anthony new personalized business cards & was all excited about gifting them. I couldn’t believe that they were sent to the Lot. I had made my Bill to – Ship to addresses different, but they sent them to the address on the card. Oops! Of course he opened them early & I had to order something else. So, I decided that a new Samsonite Leather Expandable Briefcase was needed, it came this week. I still need to wrap it before it gets opened early. Other than that, I’m sure we’ll just have a simple family BBQ here at the house, nothing fancy. Just us & the kids.

My DIL is taking her dad to see the Red’s game. Baseball a big thing in her family. We’ve never really embraced baseball (we’re a football family), but it sounds like a nice outing for a Father – Daughter Father’s Day date.

Tell us your plans!

I can’t think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a Father’s protection. ~ Sigmund Freud

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight
and bull-strong.

* Keep skunks and bankers at a

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a
John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner
than you.

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t
never gonna happen anyway.

* Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get
older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

* Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t
botherin’ you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a
rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever
have to deal with, watches you from
the mirror every mornin’.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a
lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot
easier than puttin’ it back in.

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some
influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
* Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. ~ John Cage

I’m curious – did any of you use any gift ideas from pins you saw on Pinterest? There were some adorable, thoughtful ideas for Dad’s Day, but I’m just wondering how many of you used any of those ideas for your own celebrations. Tell us how you used your pins (or if you did at all)!

Psssst… I just got Anthony 4 new Docker shirts. That’s what he asked for, so that’s what he got. Not that they were easy to find. Then they were too long, but he wore them anyway. I didn’t even get him a cake. Next year, I’ll go all out.

The best style is the style you don’t notice. ~ William Somerset Maugham


  • Meatballs
  • Cheese Chunks w/ Ritz crackers
  • Chips & salsa
  • Pretzels
  • Cashews


Drink Station

  • Blue Punch w/ ginger ale & vanilla ice cream
  • Tea
  • Water
  • Lemon slices
  • Ice


  • Hot Chicken Salad
  • Ham or Turkey Croissant
  • Pasta Salad
  • Deviled eggs


Candy Buffet

  • Baby Shower cake
  • Carrot cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Turtle & Candy bites
  • Theme Colored Candies


  • Grilled Chicken
  • Green Salad
  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Mandarin orange slices
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pecans
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette


Our real problem is not our strength today; it is the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

its time to break out the bone china and stem ware…

Lamb & Pork Loaf
Baked Potatoes
Creamed Peas
Shredded Lettuce, Dressing
Whole Wheat Bread, Butter
Lemon Whipper Snappers
(with or without lemon pudding or lemon curd)

Lemon Whipper Snappers

1 (18 oz) box lemon cake mix
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8-10 oz) Cool Whip
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Mix eggs, cake mix, and blend in Cool Whip to make soft dough. Drop by small teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar and roll until coated. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Self-knowledge is best learned, not by contemplation, but by action. Strive to do your duty and you will soon discover of what stuff you are made. ~ Goetheand me!

Share the cheer of the Season with all your guests!

8 inches stick cinnamon, broken
1/2 teaspoon whole cardamom, coarsely crushes
2 12-ounce cans apricot nectar
3 cups orange juice
1 24-ounce bottle white grape juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
lemon slices (optional)
stick cinnamon (optional)

Tie the 8 inches stick cinnamon and the cardamom in a cheesecloth bag. In a large saucepan combine apricot nectar, orange juice, grape juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, and spice bag. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove spice bag. Transfer to punch bowl. If desired, float round lemon slices with short pieces of cinnamon sticks inserted in the center. Makes 18 4 ounce servings.


  • This punch is beautifully served in a silver punch bowl.
  • For a splendid punch table, try serving 5 or more different types of punch; hot and cold, each heavily garnished and in different style punch bowls. Your guests, will love your style and enjoy sampling several with their meal or buffet.
  • If you don’t have a separate punch table, try using them as your centerpieces on your tables and decorating with snippets of holly to form a wreath.
  • Fill decorative punch cups with flavored creams, sugar, whipped cream and fresh nutmeg to garnish.

Nothing good or great can be done in the absence of enthusiasm. ~ Tom Peters