Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father’s Day Grilling

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there! I had a few special “Dads” I celebrated with today. First up, Frank’s Dad! Frank got Josh some Under Armor t-shirts and helped me make him breakfast (well…he watched…ok, he slept while I cooked). Josh had requested waffles, so I used this recipe and made him up some waffles topped with syrup and bananas. He enjoyed a great breakfast in bed:

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Later in the day, my Mom & Dad, Aunt, Uncle & Cousin came over for a BBQ. I had made up some granola for my Dad and had also gave him a fishing Under Armor t-shirt.

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My Mom, Aunt & I split the food. I laid out some nuts and crackers & hummus for appetizers. My Aunt also made some deviled eggs:

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For the meat eaters, I made up two different kinds of burgers:

1. The first contained ground beef, jalapenos, Chile powder and salsa

2. The other contained beef, Montreal steak seasoning and a little ketchup mixed in (I unfortunately didn’t get any finished pictures of them because I was busy laying the food out…when I looked up- they were gone!)

The burgers were placed on top some rolls my Aunt brought.  Topping options were pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, BBQ sauce & ketchup:

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I also cooked up some Bush’s Vegetarian Baked beans and roasted up some corn that my Mom brought in the oven a la Averie (corn baked in the husks in the oven turn out perfect!!):

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I made up my cool whip dip (cool whip + 1 single serving yogurt). The dip was served alongside some fruit my Aunt brought:

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My Mom also brought an Asian Coleslaw she made and a regular coleslaw:

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I made up a few quick/easy desserts. A blackberry and raspberry crisp:

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I simply placed blackberries/raspberries in the bottom of a baking dish and sprinkled them with a little sweetener. For the topping I mixed ~ 2 cups oats, 1/2 stick smart balance, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup coconut, 1/3 cup macadamia nuts. Baked at 350 for ~25 minutes.

I also made a Weight Watchers inspired dessert (as someone in attendance has been following the weight watchers points plan). I used No Pudge Cappuccino brownie mix & mixed in 1 15-oz container pumpkin puree (instead of yogurt):

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The BBQ was a success! My Mom, me & My Aunt:

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Me & My Dad:

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What did you do today?

54 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

This is my first time seeing your new blog layout! I like it. :) And I also love no-pudge brownies. So good!

Lauren said...

What a great Cookout! Your family does such a nice job at coming together to create a stellar BBQ! We had a cookout today too, and had very similar menus. Grilled burgers, corn, no pudge brownies! :) Haha, that's no surprise though, how did I know we would be making the same things for our dad's today? Apparently, not only do you and I have the same taste, but it looks like our dad's do too! :)

Have a wonderful night sweetie!

Evelyn @ cheers2healthy said...

I made burgers for Father's Day too!! Great minds think alike :D

Stacey said...

Oh how cute. I love the berry crisp looks delicious. Hope you guys had a great BBQ.

Heatha said...

Your so sweet to make a weight watchers recipe for that certain someone! They had to be so grateful!
Sounds like a great day - Have a great rest of your Sunday!

stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Glad you had a nice Father's Day with some delicious eats - the salsa burgers sound fantastic! Love the new blog layout btw :)

Megan D said...

Those waffles look so perfect! And that fruit dip sounds great. Glad you had a nice father's day with your dad!

Amanda said...

i was just thinking to myself i want waffles now because of your update. i'm glad you had such a great day!!

lee@In My Tummy said...

I'm always so impressed with your meals. They look so good.

My dad lives 500 miles away so I didn't see him, but will on Wed when I go up there.

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Looks like you had a great Father's Day. You, your mom and your aunt look so much alike. BTW, I made the nut bars from yesterday. They were delicious. I changed them a little bit but noted you in the post. It'll come out next week!!

El said...

Lucky dad! The spread you made looks amazing!

Priyanka@thehealthydiary said...

That looks like such a fine day. i feel so bad that I cannot meet my parents in person.

Oh by the way the food looks so good!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

Lovely! What a wonderful celebration - and I absolutely adore the fact that Frank got his dad some Under Armour :o)

I still have yet to try those No Pudge brownies, but I always hear delicious things about them!

Happy Father's Day to you and your dads - what a beautiful family!

Have a great week, Erica!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Thanks for the shout on the corn and glad it worked for you!

Ok let me get this straight...you the vegetarian made hamburgers. And were in charge of that. And your aunt who's probably not veggie, got the buns. WTF?! :)

The crisp looks great! Reminds me of how my mom made crisps, except w/ real butter not earth bal. ha!

Ok the Brownies. I have seen a version of this everywhere. Heabs lately did one w/ squash i think? and you're supposed to use pumpkin? Anyway more deets on how you liked those!

Miz said...

you are so so flippin sweet.

LOVE the new look as well.

I spoiled the hubby since I dont live close enough to my dad to do it to him in person.

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Yay for your "fancy" fruit dip! I can't wait to try it. I think Frank is probably the best helper ever! How did you like those brownies? I've seen them a million times, but I wasn't how they would turn out. Happy Father's Day to your dad and Josh!

Jessica said...

You, your mom and aunt really look alike! Very cute! Super dinner! I love when everyone pulls together to make a meal and it all fits in so perfectly.

Vicky said...

That all looks so good! I'm studying abroad so I couldn't hang out with my dad, but I hope to make up for it at some point when I am home!

Simply Life said...

what a special father's day!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I have never had no-pudge brownies before I might have to try it out. All the food looks fabulous, and that veggie duo sounds amazing!

xo

Pam said...

What a beautiful day you had and such fun memories! Enjoy!

Anne Marie said...

You look adorable! Yesterday the hubby and I spent time with my father-in-law. It was fun!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

You guys always have such a great spread of food! I think I may make that cool whip dip for a snack for the staff and I at work! We always have fresh fruit handy, so it'd be great! And I am a huge fan on No Pudge!, but haven't been able to find that flavor!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

That's so nice of you!
A family BBQ is a great way to spend Father's Day! Everything looks really good!

*Naomi* said...

aww love the pics of you and your family, always!! so nice of you to make some granola!!!
ahh and those waffles--well they look amazing!! I am so excited to meet you this friday!!!

tam said...

Awwwww the picture with your dad is lovely, looks like a fab day x x

Maria said...

Glad you had a great time with family! Everything looks fantastic!

Holly said...

I love your cool whip dip - so delicious and easy! And I've had the no-pudge brownies and LOVE them. You'd never know they were low-fat!

jenna said...

looks like you had a yummy fathers day! :) this spread looks great!

biz319 said...

Love the new layout Erica - much easier to read for me! :D

Happy Papa Day to your papa - looks like a perfect day - and I love the fresh sliced jalapenos!

Julie said...

ahhh you and your mom and aunt are seriously twins! you guys look SO gorgeous :) and i loveeee that blue sundress!! (i think it's a dress? hahaha)

you are the hostest with the mostest girl, we're having a huuuuuuuuuuuuge 21st bday party for my younger brother the 4th of july weekend. i gotta look at some of your man-friendly recipes hahaha


and i love that cool whip dip for the lizadies too ;)

btw love me some no pooch brownies haha we've got a box in my pantry!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

BBQs are the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day I think. That's what we did too! I love your gift idea. Homemade gifts usually mean the most - and you can't beat homemade granola!

We Are Not Martha said...

I love the new layout!! Sounds like a fabulous day for everyone. I absolutely love how willing you are to cook with meat even though you don't eat it. I'm sure your family appreciates it :)

Can't wait to see you on Friday!!

Sues

bhealthier said...

Aw! That all looks wonderful! I really love the fruit salad and your whippy dip. I haven't seen ( anywhere here) that all natural whip cream you used before, is it online order only?

I'm sure the burgers and brownies and coleslaw were a hit too!

Sorry I fell off the circuit for awhile, this training took me out of the "real world"!

mapledreams said...

You look absolutely glowing!!! Sounds like your day was full of delicious eats...they certainly look it! i was so intreuged by those devilled eggs! x

Kelsey said...

i agree with the above comment- u look SO GLOWY!! and GORGEOUS!!!

awe ur daddy is so cute! what a great family meal served up. i would have dive bombed towards those eggs lol.. mmm, love eggies
<3 hehe

xoxo

The Blonde Duck said...

Burgers and a berry crisp! Oh yum. I really think I'm a man when it comes to food.

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

It looks like such a great day! Everything looks fabulous! That berry crisp looks awesome!

Krista said...

What a fantastic feast!!! Everyone did an awesome job...

Juliana said...

Oh Erica, so nice! Love the waffle and glad the BBQ went well...love the pictures :-)

the actor's diet said...

i've never seen the cappucino no pudge mix! cool. i have yet to bbq this season!

Janetha said...

hey, beautiful! just caught up on a handful of your posts and now i clicked out to comment and LOVE the layout! very fun and new. your parfait skillz could pay the bills! i bet the cafe would hire you ;) love the frank photos, as usual. your day w/ lindsay looked awesome. and you are just so cute and little i love all the photos of you out and about! oh and those waffles look perfect. OH and those vegan bars looked great! i think i covered most bases. boy i have missed reading your blog! love ya!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

LOVE this. And love the new layout! It looks so clean and fresh!

You are so talented. I can't believe all the lovely things you do for others and the way you host parties with such ease and grace! Looks like a wonderful FAther's Day celebration!

Molly said...

New layout is awesome!

And I am on such a corn-on-the-cob kick lately - so sweet and delicious!

Candace said...

That berry crisp looks delicious, my kind of recipe. So simple!

K from ksgoodeats said...

I love that Frank gave Josh a Father's Day gift! Our puppers gave my dad a card :)

Were you a fan of the Cappuccino brownies? They've caught my eye in the past but I didn't know if they were worth it. Looks like you guys enjoyed a great BBQ!! I love your dress!!

Angharad said...

Super fun grilling options! That berry crisp makes me want to make one!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

What a great day! I love the no pudge brownies! :)
My dad ditched me for golf and his friends--but I managed to get in a little quality time!

YOURuniqueyouMYuniqueme said...

I love making homemade waffles and granola! My family and I went out to breakfast for fathers day and then went to go see my grandpa, it was a good day! Glad yours was good too! :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Aww, what a fun day! Looks like your family is pretty fun to hang around:)

I LOVE Asian coleslaw and that's saying a lot since I'm most certainly not a fan of regular coleslaw.

Mary said...

Those waffles look divine!!!

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

Greattt blog!

Natalie said...

wow that was quite a bbq--your family is lucky to have you :)

BroccoliHut said...

What a perfect Father's Day spread!
This is totally random, but the card I got for my dad had the EXACT same envelope:)

Sarah said...

The Father's Day spread looks great, a nice combination of dishes. And boy is Josh lucky to get such great presents from Frank! ;-)