Father’s Day will be here soon (June 19) and it will be a whole lot more fun if we plan ahead. How will we celebrate the fathers of our children and our own fathers?
Food will most likely be part of the celebration, and for many of us, it will involve grilling. Russ’ favorite dinner is Cornell Chicken (recipe below), or steak when we have our own beef.
I love it when the kids make gifts for him, he’s collected some sweet treasures over the years. It’s also fun to let kids pick out special gifts dad will love.
Jennifer and I put together a list of some of the best gifts we’ve given over the years – maybe you’ll find a treasure for the favorite dad in your life.
A Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set. Jennifer gave this to Greg for Father’s Day last year. It comes in a variety of sizes and prices.
A Wireless Meat Thermometer is a great gift – especially for grilling, but good for the kitchen as well.
Greg (Jennifer’s husband) has a handmade journal like this. Russ has something similar.
An Audible Membership is probably my (Lisa’s) favorite gift on our list. Russ listens to lots of audiobooks, especially when he travels (or plows snow, mows the lawn, drives any significant distance). With a trip to Kenya coming up, I’ve already purchased books for him. Bonus – it’s a clutter-free gift! [click on the link below for 2 free audiobooks and a trial membership]
A Multi-tool is a great gift for nearly anyone (except some of our kids). Our husbands have at least one.
The kids and I bought Folding Sawhorses for Russ several years ago and he uses then often. Since they fold up flat, they take up very little space in the garage.
I got Russ a nice Ladder System like this for Christmas a year ago. He loves it.
Our kids have these, but not the dads – yet. This Wireless Speaker has a nine hour battery life, can be attached to a bike, backpack, or anything else, and has great reviews on Amazon.
Our kids got Russ and I Fitbit Charge HR‘s for Christmas. We started wearing them January 1st, and haven’t missed a day since. My kids will tell you I’m slightly obsessed with getting my minimum 10,000 steps each day. Russ and I have a friendly competition going on, which makes it even more fun.
Last, but not least, you can never go wrong with a Best. Dad. Ever. T-shirt.
What would you add to this list?
If you want to try a favorite Qualls family tradition, grill some Cornell Chicken for Father’s Day, or give it a whirl this Memorial Day weekend.
This recipe is famous in Ithaca, New York, home of Cornell University, where we lived for over five years when Russ was in grad school. We fell in love with this recipe and our children often request it for birthdays and holidays.
Cornell Chicken Marinade
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. cider vinegar
3 T. salt
1 T. poultry seasoning
1 t. pepper
Chicken pieces, or other meat.
In a blender, blend the egg; add oil and blend again. Add all other ingredients. Blend well. Pour over chicken or other meat. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, or all day. Grill.
This is seriously delicious! Try it and let us know what you think.
Lisa and Jennifer