Here’s to Father’s Day!

Dads, Fathers, Uncles, Papas, Opas, Brothers, Teachers, Coaches, Bus Drivers and just plain great guys – we all have at least one man or more that we can honour this weekend.  It does take a lot to be a man in our world.  As a woman, I sometimes feel like I have so much on my plate to keep spinning.  I find myself sometimes feeling a little bit like a martyr, like I am the only one with a list of things to do, friends I want to spend more time with and the guilt that often accompanies the pull between my most precious treasure, my family and my career.  I’ve noticed something though.  Men don’t have it any easier really.  Often, in the media especially, men don’t get a fair shot.  On tv shows, dads are shown to be goofballs that often mess up and disappoint.  In our lives, there are times when we are hurt by each other, but that is a person issue, not a being a man issue.  Some guys have a hard time showing up and getting it right…but so do some women.  This weekend let’s take some time to celebrate the men in our lives, no matter the relationship.

My dad passed away this past Spring quite unexpectedly.  This is the year of firsts.  First birthdays, Father’s Day, Christmas and such.  It has been difficult.  Some days are tougher than others.  My relationship with my dad was complicated at times but when it all boils down, he was still my dad.  He loved me and was proud of me.  My kids miss their silly grandpa & so do I.  I want to honour his memory by sharing one of his favourite recipes that he would ask me to make.  Over the years, I’ve tried to ‘clean’ up the original recipe and this is what I have so far…

Nacho dip

Cream Base:

1 package regular cream cheese

1/2 – 3/4 c. Greek yogurt (depending on how thick you want the creamy part)

Toppings:

1 c. salsa (it is best when it is homemade)

1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

3/4 c. red, orange or green pepper, diced

1 medium tomato, diced

1/2 c. cucumber, diced

1/4 c. green olives

1 green onion, sliced (optional)

1/2 c. black beans, rinsed & drained

Serve With Any of the Following:

1 bag of tortilla chips, organic & baked

whole grain pita chips

rice crackers

I’ll be making this dip this weekend in honour of my dad.  I think I’ll skip the beer that he would have enjoyed with it though!