This past weekend was Father’s Day, a day to celebrate the dads in our lives. For us here in Syracuse, New York, the spring has been rainy and cool and not at all like our normal June hot weather. Sunday, for example was around 60 degrees and steady, soaking rain. So, instead of our usual clambake on the deck, I decided to make meatballs and sauce!
It smelled heavenly by around 10:30 a.m. when my husband returned home from Mass. In fact, as he opened his gift – lovingly wrapped in red plaid paper – my daughter said, “It smells like Christmas in here!” I had to agree. It felt cozy and warm in the kitchen and the smell of garlic and tomatoes was reminiscent of a Christmas Day rather than a Father’s Day.
This year, I found a couple of unique gift items for my husband. One was from an Etsy merchant who creates framed art from sound waves. You choose the song and the color for the wave and he does the rest. Very cool. We picked Riders on the Storm by the Doors since it’s a favorite of Christopher and his dad’s. I also purchased two pairs of socks from Rock ‘Em Socks, which will put a photo of your choice on a pair of socks. We chose one pair with Daisy the dog and one with Grace the cat. My husband wore one of each to church!
As for wine, I braved the wet day to head to Harbor View Wine and Liquors. I headed for their cellar in search of a Barolo, which I found, but ended up grabbing a Super Tuscan off the rack, too, and that’s the one we chose for dinner. The 2015 Crognolo from Toscana is a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. Yummy! We decanted it for about 45 minutes before enjoying it with dinner. Perfect choice for pasta. Dessert was a chocolate cake.
Toward the end of dinner, we decided to play Song Quiz with Alexa. What a fun party game that is! Although, you have to be careful not to speak too loudly during or in between Alexa’s songs or she’ll get you! We all took turns winning.
It may not have been the best weather and we may have preferred to be outside in the sunshine, but for what it was, Father’s Day was a quiet, delicious affair.