Jun 152014

Father’s Day is for letting our memories drift back to when we reached up to hold our daddy’s hand.

Traveling with Daddy, riding on a Toboggan
Traveling with Daddy on a wintry day, riding on a Toboggan

My Dad: These were times when I could share quiet walks with daddy, which was before noisy snowmobiles got us there quicker.  He was the strong, silent type that showed, rather than told me how to do things.  I earned a stern look when I did something not acceptable, which was louder than a lecture.

Dad always knew how to fix what was broken and I learned by watching. Yes, I could change a flat tire if I had too.

Daddy netting the Fish on Canadian Trip

Dad netting my record breaking 11 1/2 pound Walleyed Pike, on our family fishing trip in Canada

My Husband’s Dad:  Going fishing with dad was always a special time.  The experience of traveling to Canada for fishing Walleyes and Northern Pike was the trip of a lifetime.  Helping his son (my husband) bring in his fish was more important than catching that “big one” himself.

Our Dads knew that giving encouragement was so much better than giving criticism.

Retelling these wonderful experiences to our children, is the priceless legacy that will keep them alive forever in our memory.

This is an easy recipe that a very young chef, with some guidance, can make as a special treat for Father’s Day.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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This bread pudding can be served warm or cold. Either Cinnamon-Raisin Bread or Cinnamon Bread can be used, depending on preference.
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 8 slices (8 ounces) cinnamon or cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly butter an 11x7 inch (or 9-inch square) baking dish; set aside.
  3. Toast bread (in the oven or toaster) until lightly crisped.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, chocolate, and butter; place over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted, about 5 minutes.
  5. Tear bread into large pieces (about 4 or 5 per slice); scatter evenly in prepared baking dish.
  6. In a medium bowl, wisk together eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
  7. Wisk in warm milk mixture until combined.
  8. Pour over bread.
  9. Bake until pudding has puffed and is firm, about 25 minutes.
  10. Cool at least 10 minutes, and dust with confectioners powdered sugar just before serving.

May memories of your father’s love surround you with happiness on this Father’s Day too.

Past My Curfew is sharing his uniquely wonderful story for Father’s Day. Phoenix and his dad are celebrating a Cancer Free, second chance at enjoying each other’s company. Warning: Be sure to have a few tissues handy.

  48 Responses to “Memories of My Daddy’s Hand”

  1. So many great memories there is no problem bringing them up and savoring them. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both days of enjoying our family, our children and grandchildren and remembering our Mom and Dad before us too!

    • I am eager to re-tell more of the memories we savor and don’t want to lose. Our grandchildren will always enjoy these moments so precious in our minds.

  2. Thank you for the recipe, Neva 🙂

  3. I’m glad you and your husband have such fond memories of your fathers and you are able to celebrate those on Father’s day. That photo of your father and you fishing is such a treasure! I hope to have grandchildren to make a yummy chocolate bread pudding with someday 🙂

    • I am having a blast with my grandkids doing cooking or crafts. My hubby and I have fond memories, although not enough pictures of those long ago days.

  4. Those photos are so special –
    Their rarity making them even more poignant!
    Lovely that you’re spending the day helping the grand-kids make a gift from the heart –
    Sadly in Australia Father’s Day is overshadowed by commercialization 🙁

    • Spending time with the family is the most treasured gift of all. The grandkids decorated some latte mugs for my son-in-law and I think I had the most fun of all.

  5. It’s great to see that your and your husband’s experiences in Canada fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike form part of your memories of time with your fathers. I’m from Canada’s far north ( Flin Flon) and family fishing expeditions are a quintessential family experience. Your post captures it well.

    • We want to return to this area again for a fishing trip. We love Canada’s scenic landscapes for just relaxing too.

  6. What a beautiful post! You are so lucky to have these photos and your family to have them and this post!

    • We have this chance to share our father’s wonderful personalities in these stories. It’s our way of honoring their memories.

  7. Wow, gorgeous post Neva, enjoyed it!

    • Our greatest and richest treasure is our memories of family. This tribute will hopefully be read and remembered by our future generations.

  8. Beautiful tribute to your fathers. The toboggan photo is a priceless treasure. -Veronica

    • These stories hopefully will be re-read by our grandchildren. We want them to know what a treasure our parents were to us.

  9. It’s nice that you have such lovely memories of your dads to share with your children and grandchildren. What a gift for your family.

    • We don’t want their memories to be lost with time. These stories will help them re-read them for future special days involving our families.

  10. I used to love going through the photo albums and listening to my grandparents’ stories of the “olden days.” With you and your husband’s heartfelt stories about your fathers you’ll bring their memories to life for your grandchildren.

    • You are comment is exactly the reason for this post about our father’s personalities. Their lives need to be documented so the verbal stories aren’t lost.

  11. It was so appropriate to write this beautiful post for Father’s Day, Neva.

    • The memories and photos will help our grandkids get to know the great-grandparents that they never met. Also, they’ll get an idea of where we get our sense of humor too.

  12. Hi Neva: It’s funny. I don’t remember ever holding my Dad’s hand. But I do remember him reading to me from a favourite book. I think some Dads were/are more ‘cuddly’ than others.

    • My dad’s hands were very large and that’s why I remember them so easily. I wish I could have taken a picture of them.

  13. The photos really made the post! What wonderful memories.

    • There aren’t many family photos from the days before digital. We were lucky to have those special mementos from the past and I enjoyed being able to share them.

  14. Those are some cherish able memories to always keep! We like bread pudding in our house and my daughter is always looking for a new recipe to try out!

    • I am documenting the memories that we want to pass down to the new generations and these are my memoirs for them. I hope you enjoy this easy bread pudding as much as we do.

  15. Beautiful post. I like your pictures too. =) I think it’s cool that our memory can bring us back to great times with our family even though we were little.

    • I’m glad you found the memories of my family enjoyable too. This is a way to save the personalities of our parents for the great-grandchildren that never met them.

  16. Such a great post! Wonderful pictures and recipe. 😀

    • This is my memories to share with others about our very special fathers. They would have enjoyed getting to know their great-grandkids and at least the little ones will know about them too.

  17. Oh Neva, I absolutely love nostalgia photos…especially those of family. And these are amazing! That a big fish! I was very reflective of my two fathers this past weekend and miss them terribly. I’m so glad you shared this with us and that both you and your husband have the awesome memories you do! The bread pudding sounds delicious. We hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

    • We miss their smiles and stories they told us. They lived a simple life, but it was a rich life because of their love for family.

  18. Father’s Day is the day to remember all the great times we had with our father’s, every year it gets harder knowing that he’s gone.

    • Those special memories are to enjoy and pass on to the future generations. These are my memoirs that I want to never forget or let the grandkids enjoy too.

  19. Thank you for sharing your father’s memories. I lost my father 15 years ago and I still miss him. He was the silent type too, and we would spend many, many hours together, just reading. Peace to you and your husband.

    • I hope my memories reminded you of some special moments with your dad too. Our memories need to be retold to future generations.

  20. Thank you so much for sharing these pics and beautiful post. This is such a beautiful way to cherish our memories. I have a few pics that my mother gave me and I was so happy to finally have them. I was adopted by my grandparents when I was a child so I didn’t have any of the earlier pics. Thanks again, Neva. 🙂

    • My husband has been scanning the photos of our family scrapbooks. This way my two sisters and I can have many copies to pass on to all our children.

  21. So beautiful. Love the photos, and that recipe sounds amazing!

    • We cherish the few photos that we have of our family. Our grandchildren will have these stories for their memories now.

  22. Aren’t we fortunate to have good memories of our fathers? This is my homage to my dad, http://www.berkeleyandbeyond.com/carousel-press/dad_s_story.html

    • Yes Carol, memories of family members are comforting to re-tell to future generations. My father had very large hands and I still can visualize his hand next to mine.

  23. Neva-what great photos to have and share, they are wonderful. I feel so lucky to still have my dad around to celebrate this day, and treasure each one I get to experience.

    • These photos needed a story to with them and to share. Our dads were wonderful with kids and we want our grandkids to know them too in stories.

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