My Father…The Chocoholic

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My father enjoys the more simple things in life.  He’s not high-maintenance. He’ll spend his Sunday watching whatever sports game is on television or outside tending to the lawn. He might be doing paperwork, blasting the Rolling  Stones. He can walk like Mick Jagger like you wouldn’t believe.

My father works much more than 40 hours a week, and I remember when I was younger wondering why he couldn’t play with us. My father worked so hard to give my family everything we could ever want, something he inherited from his father, an immigrant from Greece who worked as an Amtrak engineer. My grandfather always wanted to pursue medicine, and actually studied at Loyola University Chicago for a while. My father followed in his footsteps and eventually, my grandfather’s dream became his own.

My father is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. Luckily, I’ve inherited a little bit of that.

It’s easy to say that Father’s Day is just another Hallmark holiday. Of course it is. But underneath the cards, there is meaning. It’s a day to appreciate your dad or grandfather or any other male figure in your life. It’s about making him feel special and appreciated, knowing that he has impacted you, that he’s a big part of your life and that you love him.

As I mentioned before, my father isn’t extravagant. He doesn’t want a gourmet meal or a trip to a fancy restaurant. If we brought him to one, no doubt he’d appreciate it. But it’s never been about the burgers, ribs and chops for him.

My dad would rather relax with a dozen chocolate chip cookies or a slice of rich chocolate cake or his favorite, a banana split ice cream sundae with strawberries. You could say he’s a bit of a chocoholic. We’re going to make all of those things for my dad this weekend because he does deserve it and because we love him.

My mom will be baking a chocolate cake. It’ll probably be a chocolate on the inside and out, and totally moist and delicious.

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cakes with Liquid Centers

Chocolate Lava Cake

I hope I’ll get a piece in time. Knowing my dad, the cake will only last a day or two. In that case, we’re going to baking something else.

I’m sticking to the most simple thing on the list: homemade chewy chocolate chips cookies. I’m probably the most confident in the kitchen when I am baking chocolate chip cookies. My mom and I have been baking them together since I was pretty young, leaving me sure of myself and convinced that there is no way I could possibly mess things up.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My sister will probably end up making his hybrid ice cream creation. The funniest thing is that my dad is convinced that because he puts banana and strawberries in the ice cream, that it’s suddenly so much healthier. The fruit probably does add a couple of nutrients and positives, but ice cream still isn’t very nutritious. But it is good!

I hope you all have a Happy Father’s Day.
If you need help coming up with Father’s Day meal ideas, take a look at these:

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A Father’s Day Breakfast Fit for a King

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