customize great gifts for dad at pinhole press


This year, my dad will be receiving a shiny, new bird feeder for Father’s Day (more on that to come), but for those of you looking for an indoor gift for Dad, a few very thoughtful ideas worth passing along can be found over at Pinhole Press. First spotted by way of Joanna Goddard’s blog, A Cup of Jo, the company makes gorgeous photo gifts, like the incredible birthday book Joanna made for her father. From customized notepads and stationery to calendars and books in a few formats, the site offers a variety of options in different price ranges that all boast very professional, keepsake-worthy finishes. Though a time-consuming project, a 97-photo signature photo book, complete with linen book-cloth cover, vellum end-leaves and customizable title page will cost you $65, but would be well worth the time and money spent on that #1 Dad. – Sarah C.

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post off: how do you eat your hot dogs?


Memorial weekend marks the official start of grilling season, and for me, that means one thing: HOT DOGS. There’s just something about them — I couldn’t rightly enjoy summer without one. Veggie, turkey, polish, or kosher beef, one thing’s certain — everyone likes them a particular way. Often, that varies by region, like my current crush the Seattle dog (with cream cheese, grilled onions & cabbage, and a dash of Sriracha), or the famous Chicago-style dog (pictured above). Hot dog lovers represent! Do you dare to put ketchup on a dog, or are you strictly mustard? Will you be grilling up a batch for your holiday BBQ? — Megan B.

Chicago dog photo courtesy of Flickr user midiman.

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cool gifts for coffee-loving dads!


It’s no secret we’re coffee lovers here at Shelterrific. So why would the fathers in our lives be any different? (Actually, my dad never touched the stuff, preferring Diet Coke.) So I’ve gathered up a handful of groovy gadgets and gift ideas for those java enthusiasts on your shopping list — most under $50 (with the exception of #1).
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post off: how will you spend your summer vacation?


Seattle is known for quite a few things: rain (of course), salmon, and the Space Needle to name a few — but my favorite trait of the city I call home? Its magnificent summers. For reals. I’m talking long days, perfect warm temps, and plenty of gorgeous outdoor spaces in-city to soak it all in. That’s why this summer, we’re not going anywhere we can’t drive to in a few hours. It’s too good to miss. But not everyone lives in such a moderate climate — some folks may have to skip town to beat the sweltering heat of July and August. What’s your plan? Whirlwind European tour? R.V. adventure in a National park? Or, like us, will you be enjoying the scenery in your own backyard? — Megan B.

photo: from one of last summer’s “staycations”, Point Robinson lighthouse on Vashon Island.

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real life test kitchen: spicy black bean burgers


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I decided to whip up one of my “pantry favorites” — a healthy, quick, and tasty blast of Tex-Mex flavor in the form of a black bean burger. I base my recipe off of one I found two years ago in Gourmet magazine. Though the original was tasty, I’ve tweaked it a bit to make it “just right” by adding canned green chiles, for example. These black bean bad boys are best grilled hot, preferably on seasoned cast iron, and freeze beautifully for a super-fast, satisfying and flavorful meal for pennies. Just don’t forget the guacamole! — Megan B.
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