Croque Madam – Father’s Day Breakfast

At Nod, we believe your home should be a celebration of family. We'll be featuring our Managing Director, Michelle, at home celebrating her own family with recipes, crafts and décor created by our friend Sweet Paul

The first time I had a croque madam I was hooked.  It was on a trip to France with my parents when I was a boy.  From the description on the menu it sounded like a very simple ham sandwich to me, but when a gooey and cheesy golden brown sandwich topped with an egg appeared before me, I melted.  It’s been my FAVORITE sandwich ever since!

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Serves 4

You will need:

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 tablespoon plain flour

1 cup warm milk

salt and pepper

8 thick slices of good bread

8 slices ham

4 oz grated gruyere cheese

4 fried eggs, sunny side up

1.Melt the butter in a small pan and add the flour. 2.Stir for about a minute, don't let it go dark. 3.Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring until you have a smooth sauce. If it's to thick, just add some more milk. 4.Season with salt and pepper. 5.Heat oven to 400F. 6.Place 4 slices of bread on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. 7.Add some sauce, ham, cheese and another piece of bread. 8.Bake in the oven until golden. 9.Serve hot with more sauce and a fried egg on top.

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By Paul Lowe:

When it comes to making simple crafts or elegant meals, Paul Lowe is the man to call. His blog, Sweet Paul has now spun into a successful magazine, providing tons of useful design tips. 

Bowtie Giftwrap

At Nod, we believe your home should be a celebration of family. We'll be featuring our Managing Director, Michelle, at home celebrating her own family with recipes, crafts and décor created by our friend Sweet Paul

I’m a big fan of making giftwrap be part of the present.  A perfect idea for a dapper-Dad on Father’s Day is to buy a special bowtie and use it in place of a ribbon on a gift.  In fact, a fun gift would be a small box with a note inside that says “I love you, Dad!” and then simply use the bowtie to wrap the box.  An instant inside-out present! 

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TIP:

Keep an eye out at the thrift store or flea market for old clothing with vintage buckles.

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By Paul Lowe:

When it comes to making simple crafts or elegant meals, Paul Lowe is the man to call. His blog, Sweet Paul has now spun into a successful magazine, providing tons of useful design tips. 

Stamp Art

At Nod, we believe your home should be a celebration of family. We'll be featuring our Managing Director, Michelle, at home celebrating her own family with recipes, crafts and décor created by our friend Sweet Paul

When I was a boy I loved to make presents for my parents.  My parents had very good taste so I had to be very careful with my projects to make sure they would be fit to display in our house.  Often times, if I made a less than amazing present, the project would end up being displayed in MY room instead of the livingroom!  This stamp art project would surely have earned me a prized spot in our house if I made it for my dad for Father’s Day!

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You will need:

Old stamps – you can often find bags full at a flea market or on Etsy

Picture frame - THIS ONE from The Land of Nod is great!

Glue

1.Sort through your stamps and decide your color scheme or pattern… or just go random! 2.Open your frame and begin to glue your stamps to the backer-board. Make sure to overlap them! 3.Once the board is covered and has dried, close the frame.

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By Paul Lowe:

When it comes to making simple crafts or elegant meals, Paul Lowe is the man to call. His blog, Sweet Paul has now spun into a successful magazine, providing tons of useful design tips. 

Dads Are Super!

So we feel a bit like slackers since we don’t have any new Father’s Day ideas to share. Actually we have lots of ideas, it’s the time that’s missing, and we didn’t have any *time* this year to actually execute any of our ideas, which is pretty much the story of my life these days. We’re about two weeks into summer, and I’m happy to report that I’m surviving, although some days just by a thread!

But back to Dads: we didn’t want anyone to think we’d completely forgotten about Dads — because we sure haven’t… we love them, LOTS! — so I thought I’d dust off the super-fabulous Father’s Day ideas we shared last year.

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:: Printable Superdad Labels

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:: M&Ms Candy Bowtie Tutorial

What are your plans for Father’s Day this year? Do tell!

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com