Poor Dave - sometimes I feel he gets the short end of the stick when it comes to Birthdays and other gift giving holidays. While I am sure to provide him with a detailed shopping list of what to get me on these occasions, he invariably gets homemade things. Yes - I like to make gifts, and like for the kidlets to do the same, but the real reasons I make him gifts are because we share a bank account and it is really not easy to surprise him with something when he can see how much is spent and where, just with a click of the mouse. Also, I am not really equipped (ahem, interested) to get him music/band, snowmobile or fishing equipment....nor do I want to be. These are things he likes to research and get on his own - so I let him do it solo. Works for us!
So, then, what to gift the man that has what he needs when he turned 36 yesterday? The kids and I decided we would each think up an idea and make it (read: mom would mostly make it) for him. Griffin went through my fabric stash and found a thrifted dinosaur sheet we've been saving up for something. He decided that Dave needed to have dinosaur pajama pants like his made from it. So be it. I pulled out Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross and made up a pair using the Pajamas for Everyone pattern. They went together very fast - and were super easy. They ended up fitting pretty well - a little tighter in the hips that he is used to - but they look cute on him - a little nerdy because he is wearing dinosaurs - but melt your heart daddy cute for sure. As for the sewing up, next time I'd maybe add a 1/2 inch or so to the hip and waist parts to give him a little more room. Griffin did not do any of the actual sewing, but he did pick up the strings and scraps for me as I sewed... that and his inspiration count as making them, right? He also authored one of his famous dinosaur books for his dad - complete with pages upon pages of stick figure dinosaurs stomping around the forests.
Besides a purchased ceramic travel mug (and a new dock for the lake, that he himself bought) I could not think of anything to gift Dave - so I decided to at least make him a cheesecake. He loves cheesecake, and I'm not really a fan, so I thought it would be perfect to make just for him. Well, let me quantify that by stating I'm not normally a fan. Turns out I do like homemade Butterfinger Cheesecake (I used this recipe with a plain graham cracker crust).... probably because it is uber fattening and delicious. It is the first time I've made cheesecake. So far Dave has eaten one piece - declared it great - and decided to save the rest for enjoying after dinner this coming week. I've eaten 4 pieces and gone into the fridge with a fork about 10 times just while writing this post. Grrr..... how can he not want to finish the entire pan full?? It is just not right.
Happy Birthday Dave! We love ya!