Monday, June 17, 2013

Fathers Day

The family on top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy (That is me next to mom with the "Caramel Kiss" colored hair. That is a story for another day)

I was lucky enough to grow up with an AMAZING father. My father sacrificed his time to be the coach for my soccer team for at least 7 years and was one of the youth group leaders when I was growing up. Dad made it a point be home for dinner and to know all of our friends. Dad filled our house with love.  I am so glad that I live only 1.3 miles away from him and mom. 

H & A are lucky enough to have JJ as their father. JJ works his butt off at work to provide for his family and then comes home and makes time to play with them and show them love. He makes it a point to be home by 5:15 every day so that we can all eat dinner as a family.  JJ is the apple of H's eye. H is his little mini-me and he can not get enough of his dad. 

We had a nice relaxing Fathers Day. I made our traditional Fathers Day breakfast, Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring. 

1.5 tubs of Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits
3 Tbsp. butter (melted)
1/2 C. pancake syrup
1/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. chopped pecans
1.4 C. chopped almonds

Spray bundt pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts (if desired). Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until gold brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy!

This breakfast is very sweet but JJ loves it so I make it every fathers day. 

After breakfast we worked out and just relaxed. We usually go to church on Sundays but H is potty training and doesn't do well when his schedule is messed up so we stayed home. A has cut 4 teeth in 20 days and come down with a bad cold so she spent the morning cuddling with her Daddy. 

Mom, Dad and Steve came over after "quiet time" and we watched golf and grilled out. H was so excited to show them his big boy underwear and that he could go potty in his frog toilet. 

For dinner I made beer can chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, salad and corn with onion power and a Bar-B-Que spice. Dinner was delicious and relaxing. 

We finished off the night with a Buttercream cake from Publix (courtesy of Steve. It's his favorite) and Cookies and Cream Trifle that I made. JJ loves all things Cookies and Cream so as soon as I saw the recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. 

Box of Brownie Mix (go ahead and make the brownies)
Cookies & Cream Mousse
* 1 (4.2 oz) box of Cookies and Cream Instant Jello Pudding Mix - dry, do not prepare
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
* 1 (8 oz) tub cool whip - thawed to room temp
Remaining ingredients
* 1 (12 oz) tub cool whip
* 1 (15.35 oz) Package Double Stuffed Oreos - crush cookies in both small and larger pieces

1. Make Brownies. Cut into 1 inch squares and set to the side. 
2. To make Cookie and Cream Mousse: Whisk Cookies and Cream Instant Jello Pudding mix, water and sweetned condensed milk together in a large bowl for about 2 minutes. Fold in 8 oz. tub of cool whip until no streaks are present. Stir in some extra crushed Oreo pieces as needed. Store in fridge until read to assemble trifle. 
3. To assemble Trifle, place half of the brownie squares at the bottom of the trifle dish. 
4. Next spread half of the Cookies and Cream Mousse over the brownies. 
5. Sprinkle half of the crushed Oreos over the top of the mousse.
5. Spread half of the 12 oz tub of cool whip over the Oreo crumbs. 
6. Repeat layers 1 more time only reverse the crushed Oreo layer and cool whip layer so that the Oreo crumbs garnish the top of the trifle. 
7. Chill in the fridge for a couple hours and then serve. 

It was delicious and an excellent way to end Fathers Day. 

Overall, it was great to spend Fathers Day with all the Fathers in my life and appreciate them they way that they deserve. 

I hope everyone else had a great Fathers Day!


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