Giving Dad The Gift Of Quality Time

Sure, golf balls are great, ties are nice and everyone can always use a few new pairs of socks. But, this year why not do something a little different to celebrate dad?

The weather has finally taken a turn towards summer and this weekend marks the annual celebration of all things “dad”: Father’s Day, of course! This year, why not by-pass the gift or supplement it with what every busy parent truly cherishes, a bit of quality family together time!

We all know there is a transit line running directly from a man’s stomach to his heart, so why not plan the perfect BBQ to celebrate dad this weekend?

After the long winter months, your patio furniture is bound to have seen better days. Instead of spending hours scrubbing it down to bring it back to its former glory, use OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder. It works on patio furniture, unfinished decks and upholstery; it even works on metal surfaces if you rinse well, immediately!

So grab a spray bottle, a pair of gloves and your garden hose and have at it!

1. Mix 1/8 of a scoop of OxiCleanTM Versatile Stain Remover Powder with 2 cups of hot water into a spray bottle.

2. Spray all over the furniture and let it sit for 10 – 30 minutes, if metal rinse immediately.

3. Wipe that grime away with ease then give it a quick hose down.

Once your patio furniture is gleaming like new, the next step is obviously the perfect burger. We love these Mini Beef Sliders from RecipeGeek Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Evans. “Sliders could just be the perfect summer food. Paired with cheddar and arugula, you won't be able to eat just one!” Good thing this recipe will make 12 sliders!


1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup grated white cheddar
1 tsp Dijon
1 tsp Worchester sauce
Generous pinches sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh thyme
12 mini slider buns
12 slices cheddar cheese
1 cup (250 mL) baby arugula leaves

Recipe Directions: 

1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, cheddar, Dijon, worchester, salt, pepper and thyme. Using clean hands that are slightly damp, mix just until combined. Divide mixture into 12 small portions and shape into small balls. Flatten into 3/4-inch patties.

2. Heat grill or BBQ to medium-high heat. Place patties on greased grill, close lid and grill, turning once, until digital thermometer inserted sideways into center reads 160°F (71°C), 12 to 14 minutes. Serve on buns with cheddar and arugula.

3. Make-ahead tip - Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator.

Once the burgers are done, get a few games going in the backyard. Maybe the kids love soccer or badminton may be a hit with your family. Whatever it is, let dad spend some QT with the kids. You might even want to do the BBQing for him... if you can manage to keep him away from the grill!

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