Yes, I realize that Father’s Day was last week. But, while all of you were celebrating with your fathers this past Sunday, mine was somewhere in the Napa Valley. Probably playing golf or riding his bike from vineyard to vineyard for wine tastings on a much-deserved vacation. Which gave me some much-needed time to finish his Father’s Day gift!
Yes, it might’ve made sense for me to celebrate Father’s Day with my Dad prior to his vacation departure. Particularly because I made him a travel bag that is, well, meant for travelling. But let’s not focus on that part. Let’s focus on the fact that he’ll have a present waiting for him and the perfect travel bag for future trips. Why can’t Father’s Day be celebrated on another day, right???
Dad’s travel bag is just like Mom’s but “manlier”, of course. It’s even got a fun striped interior. Dudes dig some stripes, too! Again, I used one of my favorite patterns from Ellen Luckett Baker’s 1, 2, 3 Sew.
Now, I realize that many Dads love a handmade gift for Father’s Day. Particularly one that’s useful and takes into account his personal stylistic tastes. However, I have also come to realize that food is the perfect gift. For pretty much everyone, but especially for dads.
So, when your Dad loves a certain Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake, you better make him Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake for Father’s Day!
This Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake (though, it’s referred to as a “Lemon Ricotta Tart” by Ms. Martha Stewart) is a huge crowd pleasure and I’m usually asked to bake this dessert when attending family functions. With the ricotta and lemon, it’s actually a much “lighter” cheesecake than most. Perhaps that’s why it’s officially called a tart??? Having a crust of Nilla Wafers and butter doesn’t hurt, either.
You can find the recipe here if you’d like to give it a whirl.
You can find all the supplies for your own travel bag here in the Home Made shop! Because you definitely won’t find any leftover cheesecake. . .