Things My Dad Says

This post is brought to you by Pop (aka my dad).

Pop and I had a very low-key weekend— nothing extraordinary, but everything a relaxing weekend should be. This meant that I got to spend lots of quality time with Pop and really listen to some of the insightful, ridiculous, and funny things he has to say (and do).

Our Friday night consisted of some slow cooker split pea soup, which was thick, naturally creamy, and reminiscent of my childhood.


My dad is going easy on the carbs lately, so he’s been loving cheese and fruit plates with a few 34 Degrees crisps for “dessert”.

*FaceTiming with bro and mom*

Dad: “Alison’s making me a cheese plate! Just like on the cruise!”

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Natural 34 Degrees crisps with peach slices, dried figs, and goat chese

We woke up to a stormy morning on Saturday, and because I thought the world should know this immediately, I snapchatted the weather from my bed.

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Rainy Saturday mornings basically require hot oats for breakfast. A bowl for Pop and a bowl for moi.


banana chia egg white oats with peanut butter

*Sky Full of Stars starts playing on my Spotify*

Dad: “Oooo! ‘Cause you’re a skyyyy, you’re a skyyy….’*starts raising the roof*

The rest of my day was pretty lazy. I did a barre workout from Youtube, caught up on blog reading, ate a delicious lunch, and used up some more Blend swag (STILL!!!).

*Dad sees my lunch.*

Dad: “Mmmm that looks really good!”

Me: ……… “Do you want the same thing?”

Dad: “Can you make an egg white version?” *smiles*

Me: “Mhmm.”

It makes me chuckle and makes me happy when he subtly suggests that he wants me to make him food 🙂


avocado toast with a sunny egg + salad with maple mustard dressing + leftover Asian turkey

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afternoon smoothie with Gnarly vanilla protein powder (from Blend), milk, frozen banana, and peanut butter

I think this might be my favorite vanilla protein powder ever! (No sponsorship.)

Coming back from church….

Me: “I’m doing the barefoot mile tomorrow.”

Dad: (after a few seconds) “Barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen!…Have you heard that saying before?”

Me: “What does that mean?”

Dad: “I think it was an antifeminist saying during World War II or something.”

Me: “Hm, well it sounds like me.”

Dad: “What??”

Me: “The saying sounds like me.”

Dad: “You’re barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen???”

Me: “The barefoot in the kitchen part at least.”

Dad: “Oh! I was about to have a heart attack! I thought maybe you knew something that we didn’t!”

Me: “DAD! No!”

Later at night….

Dad: (Excitedly) “Do you wanna help me sign some checks?” [for church collection]

Me: “…..Kayyyyy.”

Dad: “We’ll have a check signing party!”

Me: *nods* “Yeeeeep.”

P.S. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about with the barefoot mile, the wonderful and inspiring Emily invited me via Facebook to Joy International’s Global Barefoot Mile on Sunday. Basically, you walk a mile barefoot in solidarity with all the children in Cambodia and other third world countries who have no shoes and who are victims of sex trafficking.

You can donate at Joy International’s website!

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It hurt, but that just made the walk more meaningful.

It’s also been HOT and HUMID this weekend!!! You step outside and you can’t breathe for a second.


to cool down on Sunday afternoon: Quest peanut butter protein powder (from Blend also) blended with ice and milk

Dad and I made a trip to Costco to stock up on essentials for the next couple weeks, and our pickup included this beautiful wild caught salmon. I baked it at 400F for 12 minutes with some olive oil, balsamic, honey, and black pepper.


Yep, lots for leftovers for the week! Served with soba noodles and maple mustard salad.


In the words of Emeril: BAM!

Dad: “That salmon was so amazing, I can’t believe it!”

Me: “Oh thanks…” *nervous laugh*

Dad: …….. “I meant that it’s incredible how good it tastes. I didn’t mean it like that. That wasn’t meant to reflect you. You brought out the freshness of the salmon.”

Me: “I’m glad you liked it.” 🙂

Last but not least, my friend Michael took Daliza and me to Dairy Queen for our first time ever last night! Appropriate for National Ice Cream Day, eh? (<—Canadian side emerging.)

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The place was hoppin’ at 9 PM on a Sunday. Maybe because it’s one of two Dairy Queens in our tristate area. Maybe because the heat compels people to get ice cream.

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Mint Oreo Blizzard jeah jeahhhhh. They didn’t do the flip-the-cup-upside-down to show you how thick and creamy the blizzard is. I’ll forgive them though because the heat was making the ice cream melt faster than the Wicked Witch of the West.

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And that, my friends, is my weekend in a {rather large} nutshell. I love you, Dad ♥

Hope you all have a fantastic week ahead!

So tell me:

Do any of your parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents say funny things all the time? My mom is also a hoot.

Did you celebrate National Ice Cream Day?

Was it hot in your neck of the woods?


35 thoughts on “Things My Dad Says

  1. Alison, your dad sounds hilarious! I lost it at the ‘barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen’ part, so random hahaha. Looks like you had a great weekend 🙂 the barefoot mile looks so interesting – i’m about to go and read about it. Can I still take part? Such a good cause! And all your eats look delicious – i’m definitely having avo toast and eggs for lunch today 😛 I had ice cream yesterday without realising it was ice cream day, obviously ice cream fuels my intuition and I celebrated unintentionally 😉
    Have a wonderful week!

    • Yes, you can still take part! You can walk the barefoot mile anywhere by yourself or with friends and then donate, or you can just donate!
      Haha I didn’t even know yesterday was national ice cream day until after Michael asked us if we wanted to go. Then I looked on Instagram and saw people talking about it, and I thought: “Good timing!”

      • Ooh i’m definitely going to do it! Its raining today though..maybe i’ll wait for the sun to return 😉 haha fate is real! But its always good timing for ice cream 😛

  2. It was sooo hot and humid this weekend – but it’s the first really icky weather we’ve had this summer when usually it’d be much worse. Eh, I’ll take it.
    I celebrated National Ice Cream Day with a big slice of peanut butter cup ice cream pie. It was perfect ❤

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! My mum always says funny stuff, mainly because she wasn’t raised in England so she gets all the sayings mixed up or makes up her own which can turn out pretty funny!
    I didn’t celebrate national ice cream day as I’m currently on holiday in Cornwall, but I’ve been having lots of scones and cake instead! It’s been pretty hot down here too but it’s been raining today which is a shame. I actually managed to catch a bit of a tan (and burn) yesterday!

  4. Your dad sounds like such an awesome guy! My parents (and grandparents) say silly things all the time, so spending quality time with them always brightens up my day 🙂 And here in Hong Kong, the heat AND humidity is extremely intense! I’m literally swimming (more like drowning) in the air!

  5. Yes! My younger sister is always cracking funny jokes. For that matter all 3 of my sisters are really funny, and my mom always laughs at our jokes. She’s pretty cool like that! 🙂 And thank you FRIEND for giving a shoutout for the ‘Barefoot Mile.’ I appreciate your heart.

    And we did celebrate National Icecream Day!!! How could we not? 🙂 God made an amazing thing when He inspired men to create icecream. YUMM!! I told my sister, ‘Hey did you know that it’s National Icecream Day?’ She responded with an emphatic suggestion that we must get the icecream out and celebrate the holiday accordingly. So we did. It was good.

  6. Loved this. Your dad is silly. I have never had Dairy Queen and that needs to change ASAP!! I don’t know if we have any near me though….I did the barefoot mile yesterday after seeing your Facebook thing but forgot to snap a picture! I actually still have a splinter in my right foot from it that I can’t get out. I think it was more meaningful ending up with a splinter after ONE MILE compared to people in third world countries who walk barefoot every day. ❤

  7. There needs to be a show called [Parents] Say The Darndest Things — your dad would rock it 😀 And I used to LOVE DQ ice cream, but then they slapped an allergy warning on most of their things and I haven’t been back since 😥 Birthdays haven’t been the same since the lack of ice cream cake…

  8. Your dad is the best 😂
    What a cool fella 😎
    I think our dads would get along great! My dad is the king of cheesy jokes and singing when he gets sleepy😜😂
    I swear I think he coined the term “cool beans” haha
    And omg the humidity 😭😭😭😭 I felt like I was walking around in soup!!!
    Have a great day Alison!! Love you!!

  9. Your dad sounds great! He sounds like my dad and brother when it comes to hinting at food 🙂

    I did get ice cream yesterday, thank goodness! I got home from the airport around 10 and had some.
    DQ lizards are the BEST. I always get the chocolate truffle one, but the mint oreo one sounds awesome, too.

  10. Your dad sounds like a hoot-and-a-half! I kept on smiling and giggling reading your conversations with him. He seems like an incredible father!
    You know how I celebrated National Ice Cream Day 😉 Blizzards are creamy wonderful goodness indeed.
    It was incredibly humble of you to take the barefoot mile challenge. I can only imagine how painful it can be for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have shoes. I definitely want to do this before the summer is up.

  11. This is so sweet, our parents are often the wisest AND funniest people we will ever encounter. Your dad sure knows how to jam, eat, and keep you accountable (in case your you know, pregnant ;P). I unfortunately was not able to celebrate national ice cream day, by the time I find these important life events out its usually too late. However I will ensure that this day be made up soon!

  12. Haha your dad is so cute. I’m not super close to mine unfortunately! I had mochi ice cream on national ice cream day! I’m from southern cali and unfortunately there isn’t a DQ near me 😦 Are they like mcflurries?

  13. First of all, I wanted to say that I’ve had a great time reading old posts of yours; it’s been such an encouragement to me. You rock! Second, your dad is so funny! Some of the things he said reminded me of a dad of a friend of mine, which made me smile. I loved this post!

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