Favorites and Father’s Day Frivolity


I had a very nice weekend this week, getting spend some time with friends on Saturday and then Father’s Day yesterday. Michelle and Sean made me feel very special with brunch yesterday at home. We all chipped in and did some cooking, which will provide me with recipes all week at onedadskitchen.com if you want to check them out. For now, let’s get down to some writing because I have a lot of things I want to cover today in a couple of posts. Friday’s question got some great responses. In case you don’t remember what the question was, it was:

What is your favorite ice cream?

I got lots of answers to this one, and a number of people picked the same ice cream. The personal favorites seemed to be mint chocolate chip, vanilla and coffee. As I said on Friday, I am not a big ice cream eater, but everyone once in a while I do feel like having some and there’s really only one kind I go out of the way to find, and that is Ben & Jerry’s coffee Heath Bar crunch. There’s something about the combination of the crunch and toffee flavor of the Heath Bar with the coffee ice cream that is spectacular. I can’t always find it in the store, but when I see some I get some just to have it around for when I want it. I do also like Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bars; I’ve liked those since I was a kid and can remember getting them from the ice cream man. When we lived in Ozone Park in Queens when we were kids, the guy who lived next door to us was a Mister Softee ice cream truck driver, so we had the ice cream man around a lot. I can remember getting bomb pops, strawberry shortcake, the circus surprise pop (I think if you got the lion on your stick you got a free ice cream) and for the Bicentennial they had Boston Tea Party Pops, which were frozen iced tea Popsicles, which were yummy. We don’t see the ice cream man much around here, and when he does come around it’s ridiculously expensive now (and he doesn’t have soft serve like Mister Softee did), so the alternative is the local ice cream stand. There are a few good ones around here, and we have Mr. Cone here in our area. When we go, I usually get a banana shake from him.

That’s my ice cream choice. Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the question and a special thanks to Tyler Florence, Geoffrey Zakarian, Robert Irvine, LeeAnn Rimes and Jerry Seinfeld for taking the time to answer me on Twitter. Now for today’s question. I had meant to post this yesterday, but got busy with all the Father’s Day activities and never got around to the computer yesterday, so here we go. Thinking about Father’s Day and all the dads out there:

In your eyes, what makes a good father?


Everyone has their own idea of how to answer this question, and again, there is no right or wrong. I think there will be a lot of common answers among everyone, but I am curious to see what people come up with. What makes a man a good father? What kind of traits or action do they have or show that makes them special? Think about it and let me know. You can answer on here, or on Facebook or on Twitter. I’ll also ask a few people on Twitter and see what kind of answers I get. I’ll post my answer tomorrow.

It’s just a short post for now because I want to post something else in a little bit, something that has been gnawing at my brain for the last few days, so I am going to work on that and do a post for that. I am also hoping to work on the next installment of “Below the Surface” and have that up in the next day or two, so you can check back for that if you have been following along. Until later on today, don’t forget to do something creative today!

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