Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

This picture is of me and my dad at my Mammaw's house in Mississippi. My dad was in Vietnam when I was born. He stopped talking to me 5 years ago. Let's just say he is totally lost and being influenced by someone who has their own personal agenda.

My husband doesn't really feel the need to celebrate Father's Day. His dad has been gone now for several years. Around here, Sunday is another work day so there is no change in the day-to-day routine.

I came across an easy zucchini recipe the other day on another blog (can't remember which one) so gave it a try. I figure you can't go wrong with zucchini, but my kids think otherwise. Just cut the zucchini, lightly brush on Ranch dressing then dip in Italian breadcrumbs and broil.

Banana cake will be for dessert tonite. This recipe is easy and always comes out perfect.

Banana cake: 1-1/2 mashed bananas, one egg, 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 TBS water. Blend and bake in a greased pan.

Hope you are having a special day with loved ones. Peace & Blessings, Tammy


Colleen said...

....Thanks for posting your fathers day post....sorry your dad is not part of your life.....That hurts I am sure....
Thanks also for the great zucchini recipe ....I will make it today!....
Now I think I will make myself a latte and read more about you!

Mary said...

What a waste! Imagine not talking to your son - can't do it, right? I have a loved one who is also wasting a perfect opportunity to love and be loved. It's just inconceivable to me. Buck up little camper and hugz.

deborahspalette said...

Zucchini, looks so good! It always reminds me of summer. Usually I have a garden, didn't get one in. It's never to late to have healing in a broken relationship, The Lost can be found! I am praying God has a perfect plan to restore all that has been broken, Forgiveness and renewal! Even what may seem impossible is possible with faith.Many Blessings, Deborah

Melissa said...

Officially finished school today and celebrated at the Chocolate Bar. I don't do Father's Day either. It's a shame about your father but I know you deal with it the best way you can. A sad note to start your blog off but you ended it "sweetly"

Love and Hugs:)

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Tammy! I'm so sorry about things with your father...sometimes things just don't make sense, do they? While not my dad, I do understand a bit. My husband's uncle and aunt were VERY close to us...almost like parents. They have no children of their own, and treated us as theirs...same with our kids--they did everything for them. Suddenly, about 5 years ago, as well...nothing. No good reason why. Makes us sad, but we love them still.

Even though your husband doesn't feel the need to celebrate, I know you'll make it a lovely day for him--that's just the way you are! Your recipes looks delicious--I'll try them soon!

Hope your day is wonderful, Tammy!


Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. His loss. I'm pretty sure he feels it. Both of our dad's passed away years ago. My hubby is recent and didn't raise my kids. I did, alone. But they appreciate the kind things he does for them. So Father's Day is just an ordinary day for us, too. Better to have an ordinary working day, than a bad day. lol.

Jan said...

Holiday's sometimes hurt, don't they? We have an estranged son....I understand your hurt. You're not alone and I send you a warming hug.

Now, to go get some zucchhini and bananas to make your delicious recipes. They sure look yummy!


Diane said...

Yum. Now I'm hungry.

Sorry about your dad. When it's not your two original parents it's always hard. I know Father's Day's probably hard for you anyway. Bet you're looking forward to getting back home. Diane

Susan said...

Mmmmmm, Tammy. Those zucchini sticks look fabulous. I'm going to try those.

I'm so sorry to hear that your Father has chosen to not speak to you. HIS LOSS, Tammy, His loss, big time.

May your day be blessed. Susan

Mary said...

I totally understand and - you're right, you don't need that.

Susan said...

Gosh I was so sorry to read about your dad not speaking to you. G Life is way too short for that! Keep the faith.Hope you have a great day. Susan

Creative Carmelina said...

every family has their own story....and although its sad about your dad..and I don't pretend to know the details....

but you have your own loving family there with you...and it sounds like you make the most of each and every day! good for you.

onto the second part of your post...i love zucchini and my kids do too! we slice it into circles and lightly salt them in a that they sweat a bit of the water...
then we just toss them into flour and shake off the access..and pan fry in veg. oil until a light gold colour on each side...

by the time you're done frying a large zucchini and piling it on a plate..they get all soft and delicious...and they are especially good cold like that....
or on a burger!!!!!

but maybe you already do this?

ciao bella Tammy!

creative carmelina "CC"

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hello Tammy,
sorry to hear about your Dad. What a shame, life's so short! A warm thought and hug from me to you!
My Granny used to do that exact recipe of fried zucchini for me when I was a young girl... I loved/still love them! Have you tried pasta with fried zucchini?? Slice small zucchini into circles, salt and fry in olive oil, medium heat, until brown. Boil pasta (preferably spaghetti), drain well, add zucchini and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Yummy!
Thanks for your lovely comment!

Privet and Holly said...

Hi T ~ I hope that people don't think that you have to have a father in your life to celebrate the day, because you really don't. Biologically, we all came from a father {and of course THE Father} but sometimes it is the other men in one's life that are worth celebrating.....The father of your children....or, in your husband's case, the joy and privilege of BEING a father....a special uncle or friend who is LIKE a father. I hope that your dad comes to his senses, as life is way too short to miss a daughter and grandchildren like this. Thank you for the recipes; they sound wonderful! xx Suzanne

June said...

Oh banana cake! I love banana cake Tammy. I would love to try your recipe! I used to bake a lot when the kids where all home and now I'm afraid of eating it all myself!hehe And I would to.
I'm sorry about your dad...but the picture of you two is just darling. Boy, you were a darling baby!

Sandi said...

Oh Tammy...what a sweet photo. I am sorry about your father. Sometimes life just takes a wrong turn doesn't it? My hubby and his father are estranged and they only live three miles apart. Very sad, but I do understand it.

The zucchini sounds wonderful with the ranch dressing. I may have to find a zucchini soon! :)
The banana cake sounds delish too!!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Banana cake! My nextdoor neighbor made one as a surprise for us once... it was delicious! Sorry to hear about your father... he doesn't know what he's missing out on, which is a shame. My DH's own father did a disappearing act and never knew he had four beautiful grandchildren (my kids). Hope your father makes his way back into your life. ;)

A Fanciful Life said...

Hi Tammy,
What great recipes. I"m especially partial to the banana cake, so yummy! I made a vanilla white cake today for father's day. I"m so sorry to hear about your dad. I do know about that though as my own father has been with someone who has alienated most of the family. Luckily, my dad tries to ignore it so we can still see each other. He will be 86 in just two months. I bet you are getting excited about your big trip coming up soon. What a wonderful time you will have. Who will care for Jingles when you are gone? He's such a cutie!
Have a wonderful week,

Deb said...

so sorry about the situation with your dad tammy, hopefully one day things will change. i lost my dad six years ago and since we have no's a working day here too! thanks for the yummy zucchini! have a wonderful week tam!!! deb

Natasha Burns said...

thanks for the zucchini idea, looks delicious!
sorry to hear your dad isn't talking to you :(

even though your hubby doesn't celebrate father's day, i hope he had a good one :)

Michelle said...

Sorry about your dad, Tammy!

The zucchini looks delicious, I think I'm going to try that.

Thanks for your comments on my blog! I checked out the link you sent and it was pretty interesting. :)
If you're going to be in Ohio this summer, maybe you'll get a chance to check out the Mesopotamia and Middlefield areas. They're about 2 1/2 hours away, though.
Have a great day!! :o)

Brenda said...

Hi Thanks for visiting my blog!
That zucchini recipe is one I have to try!
Thank you

Have a great week!


colorchic said...

Just wanted to pop over and say Hi. So sorry to hear of your relationship with your dad. If you don't mind I want to share my experience, if you do you can stop reading now. I've never had a great relationship with my dad I thought mostly due to the fact that my parents were divorced when I was young. But it wasn't until recently that I realized the real reason is probably because my mom (who I do have a good relationship with) telling me often how worthless, awful, alcoholic,..... blah, blah, blah he is, still to this day. The problem is it doesn't matter how old you are, not having a parent that doesn't care about you really stinks. So I decided to take a look at what my dad is like and yes he isn't perfect and sometimes he drinks a lot. But you know what he really makes an effort to be great around me. So a couple of Christmas's ago I gave him "homemade cookies of the month" for the year. Now that doesn't seem like a big deal but it lets him know I'm thinking about him.
Now when I spend the day with him I usually don't stop by and see my Mom or call her, because I don't want the relationship to be clouded by things she has to say about him.
I don't know what your issues are, but I wish you good luck in building back your relationship. I wasted a lot of years before having one with my dad. I really wanted to post all this in private but couldn't find your email. You can find mine on my site, email me anytime. Have a great day.

Linda said...

Very sad post, Tammy. ♥ I'm so sorry.

I don't know what to say, as it's quite the opposite for me - my Dad will be 85 this year and he and Mom live next door to us. Jim and I went to lunch with them yesterday and then in the afternoon, I visited with them again briefly - sitting out on the swing in their backyard with Mom, watching the birds and dragonflies. Father's Day for us is celebrated with gifts, cards, and food. I made BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on the grill last night, along with sweet corn and Jim's fav Lemon Merangue Pie for dessert, sending over food for Mom & Dad.

Hope you have a wonderful summer week.

glor said...

Sorry about your father, but your Father in Heaven loves you as well you know. And you have three wonderful men in your life, I am glad. Like me, no daughters. The banana cake sounds wonderful. Love your recipes that you post. Have a wonderful, blessed day.

My Sweet Rose. said...

Hi Tammy,
I know how you feel about your Dad, mine is also besotted by other things apart from his family, at 85 years old it is a shame, however my brother and I stick together.
Families can be wonderful but can also cause great pain, I know.
I also know for sure that good friends can be just the BEST!! and banana cake is surely a cure for the blues.
Take care and big hugs,

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Hi Tammy, thanks for the sweet comment you left. I'm sorry about your dad, that really stinks. The recipes look yummy, I'll have to give your banana cake recipe a try. Something always goes wrong when I make one. Take care!

Elaine said...

I don't believe I have seen that picture of you and your Dad before.

I have some bananas in frig and I should your recipe. Hugs!!

Anonymous said...

Father's Day here was quiet but nice. I spent my day happily getting Omar his favorite lunch (meshi), and catching up around the house. I have been so busy that it felt nice to spend a day at home doing not much of anything.
Your banana cake is one of my favorites. It has been a while since I made it, but I love how easy it is to make. Thanks for reminding me that it has been too long since I made it!!

Love ya,

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