Happy Birthday Dad!


Good morning everyone!! Happy Birthday Dad!!


So yesterday I swapped Friday’s rest day for the scheduled 30 minute tempo run in order to get everything ready for my Dad’s birthday grill out! The menu included all of his favorites:

  • Beer Brats
  • Judy’s Baked Beans (I’m not sure who Judy is, it’s just the name of the recipe!)
  • Potato Salad
  • Fresh Corn on the Cob
  • Strawberries and Dip
  • Carrots and ranch
  • Lay’s Potato Chips
  • Pepperidge Farm Vanilla Bean Cake!

I am my Father’s daughter in many, many, MANY ways – but mostly in that we both LOVE to eat! Not only are these all of HIS favorite foods, but they’re also all of MY favorite foods! Is it all healthy? No. Delicious – oh, heck yes!! I took a small, health-conscious portion of each item and enjoyed every delectable bite.




The brats soaked in beer and onions all day and had a perfect, grill-kissed crisp char on them – my Dad likes his brats well done!


The baked beans were perfectly sweet and savory. This is one of my Mom’s oldest recipes. I used to hate them, but would give you my left foot for a serving nowadays!


Don’t even get me started on this potato salad. I can’t eat anybody else’s potato salad but my Mom’s. She has the proportions down PAT!


Nothin’ better then fresh corn on the cob!


I hate shucking corn!


Some extras:


Juicy and delicious:



You know about my deep love for this cake.  Don’t knock it until you try it – it will knock your socks off!




54 years young!




Aaaaaaand, drumroll please. We got my dad…a new bike!!!!!! I have never heard a grown man yell “WAHOO!!!!” so loud!! He was SO EXCITED – he just literally couldn’t believe his eyes and kept saying “I can’t remember the last time I got a new bike!!” It was so great!!


My dad has been using MY old bike for the last two years. I’m a 5’2 female and my Dad is a 6’2 male – you do the math!! God bless his heart though, he just loves bike riding! He’s a fifth grade teacher and when it’s nice out, he bikes to school which is about a mile away. Hopefully this trade-up will get him there a lot more efficiently!


I couldn’t have DREAMT up a better father. He’s an incredible role model, an incredible person, an incredible provider and the most supportive and generous person I know. If I told him I was going to fly to the moon, he’d ask me when I was going and how he could help. I couldn’t love anyone more!


Happy Birthday Dad!!

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  1. Kelly 05.20.2009

    Your food is killing me! It looks so good!

    I love your dad’s face with that new bike. he looks so happy. :) What a great birthday. He looks like a sweet, happy man.

  2. dailygoods 05.20.2009

    happy birthday to your dad!!! i loveeeee hot dogs and sausages burnt liek that too :)

  3. Ashley 05.20.2009

    What a great birthday and great day with your family!!

  4. fitbecca 05.20.2009

    How sweet! What a fun birthday!! Love the bike! And the food looks incredible!

  5. Holly 05.20.2009

    That is so cute! Looks like a great b-day for daddio!

  6. Darci 05.20.2009

    happy bday to your pops!!

    all that food looks SO good…perfect summer meal!!

  7. Lisa 05.20.2009

    OOOOOhhhhh, I miss Iowa sweet corn. My kids have to be close to your age, but I’m ten years younger than your dad, living in Texas and with no good sweet corn it makes me sad. The kids went to Iowa last summer to visit our family and brought me some back, it was delish….. I enjoy your site as my daughter is a runner and considers herself an Iowa girl even though we moved two weeks after she was born. It’s still home and we miss it. Thanks. You are a good daughter to honor your dad so sweetly.

  8. spiffykermscom 05.20.2009

    Aw! Happy Birthday to your pop’s! He’s lookin’ pretty fit for 54, and I see he has a tri-shirt on. Good for him!

  9. Lara 05.20.2009

    Yummy! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful dad :)

  10. Anne K. 05.20.2009

    Happy birthday to your dad! I hate shucking corn, too. But it’s worth it when you’re done! All that food looks great!

    That’s so cute how happy your dad was about the bike! Reading that definitely brought a smile to my face :) I’m so glad you have such a great relationship :D

  11. Tina 05.20.2009

    When you got to the part about your dad and bike, I might have teared up a little. :)

  12. Alison 05.20.2009

    Happy bday to your dad! Your cookout looks wonderful. Maybe I’ll buy some brats this weekend.

  13. Lindsey Mots 05.20.2009

    Aw – happy birthday Keith!!! Gotta love him:) I bet he LOVES his new bike!!! Prec!

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