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How Are You Celebrating Father's Day as a Family?

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How Are You Celebrating Father’s Day as a Family?

In the weeks coming up to Father’s Day, which here in NZ is always the first Sunday in September, we’re bombarded with ‘must buy’ gifts. Apparently, Dad can’t be without the latest gadget, pair of socks or store brought card. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a present for Dad, there are other more enjoyable ways you can celebrate Father’s Day with him as a family. Here are Miss Lilly’s top picks …

5 Beautiful Ways You & Your Family Can Celebrate Father’s Day

Nowadays, the commercialisation of Father’s Day is so prominent that shops begin promoting their wares anytime from July. But it never used to be like this. In 1909, Louise Dodd heard a church sermon in which the congregation was encouraged to honour their mother. Having been raised solely by her Dad, Louise thought he needed a day of his own too and Dad’s special day was born.

There’s no better way to show Dad you love and appreciate him, than to spend time together as a family. Here are five wonderful ideas to try:

  1. Cook a meal as a family – spending time preparing and cooking a meal together and eating it around the dining table is such a wonderful thing! You could choose Dad’s favourite recipe or a new one to try out.

  2. Play games as a family – how about playing some games which are centred around Dad? Name that Tool is fun and easy to play. Put a blindfold on Dad and everyone takes a turn choosing a tool. They then describe it to him and he must guess what it is.

  3. Throw a Dads party – invite your family, friends and other neighbourhood Dads around for a party! Not only is this a great way to spend time with your father, but to also show caring and compassion for other Dads who may not have family close by.

  4. Head to the park – help Dad recover his lost youth by taking him to the park. Playing games, such as hide n seek and frisbee, or even just playing on the playground, are wonderful ways to make precious memories as a family. You could even have a Bespoke Picnic too!

  5. Host a movie night – for a quiet evening, grab a selection of Dad’s favourite movies and watch them as a family. Don’t forget to make Dad some nibbles too!

Here at Miss Lilly’s, we’re all about family. Father’s Day is a great time to stop and spend time with Dad, but you don’t need to limit it to just one day! After all, every day is family day.

 

Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday

Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday

Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday Can’t Be Without!

Are you trying glamping these Summer holidays? There is nothing quite like camping with luxurious facilities and delicious food. Even better is that glamping is something you can dowith all your family! Love it!

Add Some Sparkle to Your Glamping Kitchen

Upmarket and more comfortable than camping, glamping is becoming incredibly popular in NZ. With your furnished tent, kitchen equipment and bathroom provided, all you really need to pack is the food. But before you head to the cupboard for those traditional camping tins of baked beans, you might want to look at some of my glamping menu ideas.

Everything tastes better when you are outside and in the company of friends and family. Yet you don’t have to settle for sausages on a stick or spaghetti from a tin. This summer glamping adventure, how about packing some of these ingredients instead:

 Chicken pieces, lemon wedges, salt and olive oil – whip yourself and your guests upa campfire roast chicken. Slow cooked in tinfoil at the base of the fire, it’s an easy meal to prepare and lets you chat with loved ones while it is cooking. Pop some tinfoil wrapped baked potatoes in with it and you’ll have a fabulous meal.

1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms, ½ tsp chilli flakes, 100g mozzarella, 3 tbsp. sherry, ½ cup diced sun dried tomatoes, 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil and a baguette. Pop everything except the baguette into a skillet and heat until well melted to a dipping consistency. Slice the baguette and brush both sides with olive oil. Toast and then use to scoop up the delicious cheesy dip you have made. Yum!

Bananas and dark chocolate – without peeling your bananas, slice them down the centre about half the depth of the banana. Pop chocolate squares along the sliced area and wrap together in tinfoil. Pop in the ashes of your fire and wait for your dessert to cook.

A selection of cubed vegetables including capsicum, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, mushrooms, pumpkin and halloumi cheese – push onto skewers and brush each kebab with olive oil and toast. Yummy!

Miss Lilly’s Top Secret Glamping Tips

When you are packing for your summer glamping trip, it pays to have already created amenu plan. By being prepared, you are less likely to need to make an emergency trip to the supermarket or run out of food. That’s why that is my very first glamping food tip!

Make a menu plan and try to choose recipes which use similar ingredients, to limit the amount of food types you’ll need to remember to pack!

Take miniature amounts of herbs and spices – packing them in little individual containers such as a weekly pill organiser or tackle box works well.

Posh it up! Take your good china, your silver cutlery and your crystal wine glasses! Nothing tastes great when you serve it on plastic plates!

I wish you and your family a wonderful and happy family time of togetherness.

Miss Lilly xxx

Miss Lilly’s Extraordinary Race Day Picnics with a Difference

Forget plastic plates and jam sandwiches, Miss Lilly’s doesn’t believe in them! Your race day picnic deserves more than warm bubbles and a cold sausage roll. Ours are an extravaganza of mouth-watering delights and we’re going to explain just how you can get yours too…

  • Opt for a glamour picnic, one with vintage plates and real cutlery. There’s nothing worse than a flimsy plastic plate to dampen down your picnic experience.

  • Oh la la – make your very own French picnic sandwich. Simply hollow out the inside of a freshly baked sourdough loaf and fill with scrummy sandwich fillings. Cut into slices to see all the goodness of summer laid out in beautiful layers. Oui, s’il vous plait!

  • Salad in a jar – hassle and mess free, simply layer your favourite summer salads in a jar, mixing them up just before you take a bite.

  • Stuffed brie or camembert – forget packing all the individual pastes, nuts and dried fruit for your cheeseboard. Instead stuff your cheese with scrummy combinations such as dried fig and roast hazelnut or pear and walnut, then rewrap in baking paper and tie with twine.

  • Chicken roulade wrapped in prosciutto – when sliced it reveals layers of chicken, herb pork mince and free range boiled eggs. Awesome for a family picnic with a rocket salad on the side.

  • Don’t forget dessert! Pack your tasty dessert in a jar for a mess free and easy to serve pudding.

For me, a family picnic’s all about feeling the grass between your toes and enjoying time spent with your loved ones. There’s nothing more precious than people, so this race day, take the time out to host your very own extraordinary picnic with a difference!


Miss Lilly xx

 

 

 

Miss Lilly's Race Day picnic's