Saturday, June 14, 2008

Show and Tell with Mel

So, what to get the Dad that has everything? Why, home made chocolate chip cookies, of course. I've been trying for a week to figure out what to get my Dad for Father's Day. He loves to game on his computer, and I cant tell you how many times I have gotten him a gift certificate to Best Buy so that he could purchase the next new game coming out. Except this year, I think my brother is already getting him a gift certificate. He lives in Florida, so its and easily mailed gift for him. So I didnt want to get him one too. Also, sometimes giving a gift certificate is just like giving cash. And who really has all that much of that these days. They constantly tell me that they dont need anything anyways, so giving them something like cash would just be silly.

So I decided to make cookies this year instead. Every Christmas I make chocolate chip cookies for my husband and my Dad (one with nuts, one without) and they really seem to enjoy them because it is the only time during the year that they get some fresh home made cookies. Also, it sort of makes me feel like a little girl again, making cookies for my Dad. I always get that 'Daddy's little girl inner joy' feeling when my Dad's face lights up because I made him cookies. Every year at Christmas, he acts surprised that I made them....yet I make them every year. That's a Daddy for ya. When I think of my Dad as a little girl, I think of all the quirky things he used to do. He always whistled the high pitched sound that the Starship Enterprise made when making a hail. He said words like "mayhaps", instead of perhaps or maybe and called hamburgers "hanka-burger-chinka-burger". (Dont ask me where he came up with that one, but we used to laugh when he said it.) His quirkiness makes him the Daddy I love.
Anyways, I was eating away half the cookies while I was making them and it reminded me of the time I brought Ella out to lunch with my friends from work. We went to a restaurant called The Good Earth. I had never been there before because they serve natural foods and I wasnt too sure I would like it. But we went and the food was delicious. We all got dessert afterwards and I ordered a chocolate chip cookie for her. Little did I know that the single cookie I ordered was going to be bigger than her head! As you can tell in the picture, she looks quite perplexed by it as well. No, she did not eat the whole cookie. I dont even think she ate half of it.

One last thing I wanted to mention today is how sad I think it is that NBC newsman Tim Russert died suddenly on Friday. If you dont know anything about him, he was the moderator for Meet the Press on Sunday mornings and had written a book about his father called Big Russ and Me. He had just returned from Italy to celebrate his son graduating from Boston College and with tomorrow being Fathers Day, I cant imagine how hard it will be for his family. So I hope everyone gets the chance to tell their fathers how much they love them this Father's Day and tell your husbands how wonderful they are as fathers too. You just never know.....Have a wonderful Father's Day.

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  1. I love the cookies. I made the cake for my dad (he's coming over in the morning).

  2. LOL at the ginormous chocolate chip cookie! :)

    Thank you for mentioning Tim Russert. I worked with him at NBC News and wrote a post about him today. Such a loss.

  3. I think that's a great father's day gift! Much better than any of the commercialized junk they try to shove down our throats. Now cookies, I wouldn't mind that shoved down my throat. ;o)
    Dang, that is one BIG cookie! Cute!

  4. Great idea - home-baked desserts are a winner for Dad's!
    We are missing Tim Russert too.

    Alyson LID 01/27/06

  5. Love the picture! What kind of crazy place serves cookies bigger than plates? An AWESOME place, that's what kind. Yum!

  6. Wow, what an enormous cookie!! And what a great gift for a Dad, the thing is that making cookies for my Dad would be like taking coals to Newcastle! Now that he is more of a house husband he makes more cookies than I ever used to!!

  7. I need that cookie - so at weigh in when they ask me what I have been eating all week, cookies? I can smile and honestly say - I only had one!!

    My dad was a BIG Trekkie too . . :0)

    Thanks for sharing!

    **I too am saddened by Tim Russert's passing.

  8. Now I'm craving cookies... I hate it when that happens! ;-)

    It's so weird to be so affected by the death of someone you've never met, isn't it? But I, too, am so sad that Tim Russert is gone. A face that you've welcomed into your living room countless times being gone... so sad, and a great loss.

  9. I love pictures of things I can't eat. I really loved the picture of your daughter with the giant cookie.

  10. Your cookies are killing me!!!! I want some!!!

  11. Those cookies look great! I make chocolate chip cookies for my dad too...and know the Daddy's Little Girl feeling you're talking about! :)

    I love the picture of your daughter with the huge cookie! So cute!!

  12. that picture with her and the big cookies is cute. And yea... wasn't it sad for the Russel family. So sad.