Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Making it special...but not girly!

I always get flustered before a holiday for my husband because I feel like it is easier to buy gifts and plan special evenings for women. We like flowers, jewelry, candy, cheesy thoughtful get the picture. But what for a man?

This Father's Day I was reminded that until kids are quite a lot older, the day is really much more about wives showing their husbands how much they appreciate the men and fathers they are. I decided I could give my husband a special dinner and make him feel special, and do it in a way that was decisively more "manly." No lacy tablecloths and tall candle sticks.

1- Special thought from our kiddo. I woke up early, lined our table in brown paper and inked up our toddler's feet. To work we went and produced a lovely "table cloth" of a more thoughtful and casual variety.

2- I bought galvanized buckets to decorate with. I did intend to use flowers, seasonal from our yard, but was bummed to realize an hour before dinner that the 100+ degree weather the last couple of weeks have burned many of them up. But no need to fret, we each had little buckets for our dinner trash and a festive display for drinks, lemons, limes, etc.

3- Plan the special meal. We actually enjoyed this after putting our son to bed, despite the fact the holiday at hand was Father's Day. It's worth being realistic in your expectations, when you have this kind of mess ahead of you, you don't want to have a baby to manage!
I cooked a classic shrimp and crab boil. Delicious and so fun! If you have never done one, the recipe is simple:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1/3 cup of crab boil seasoning or old bay, a halved lemon and some garlic. Let boil 10 minutes.
Add a few scrubbed medium red potatoes, let boil 10 minutes.
Add some ears of fresh or frozen corn and your favorite hot sausage sliced in 1 inch pieces. Boil 10 min.
Add shrimp (do not peel) and/or crab legs, let boil 5 more min if fresh, 10 if frozen.
Dump and serve with corn bread. Prepare to make a mess!

Remember, it is not just our husbands' jobs to try and make us feel special. When we show them they are loved and worthy of some thought and planning, we build them up and bless them.

How can you make your husband feel special this week? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comment section!

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