Cute but cheesy ways to tell your father you love him on Father’s Day


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Of course, he’s the world’s best dad, and that’s always a great message to send him anytime. But you may be looking for something more original or personal for Father’s Day. Sometimes it can be difficult to put your feelings into words because they run so deep. Or you may want to send a funny message in return for all the dad jokes you’ve had to suffer through.

So if you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s our compilation of the best short messages to send for Father’s Day.

The Best Short Messages to Send for Father’s Day

Father’s Day has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1910 and falls on the third Sunday in June. For 2023, that is June 18. Because it’s celebrated in the heart of summer, you can be almost guaranteed a bright, sunny day to plan your Father’s Day celebration. It could be a picnic, a quiet dinner at home, a night on the town, or a concert — the possibilities are endless.

The difficult part is choosing a gift for Father’s Day because dads are notoriously difficult to shop for — in fact, it’s the classic “What do you get for the man who has everything?” dilemma. But we’ll share a little secret — no matter what you get him, he’ll treasure your gift because it’s from you. One thing you can’t go wrong with is flowers. Yes, dads do love flowers.

What Are the Best Short Messages for Father’s Day?

The best messages to send Dad on Father’s Day are those that come from the heart. Your message could be classic, funny, or deeply emotional and nostalgic. He’ll hear and cherish your words, and they may be the best thing you can give him in return for all the years that he’s loved and looked out for you.


Simple and sincere, these words tell your dad how much he means to you and how grateful you are for everything he’s done for you, for all his advice that finally makes sense years later, and for being the best example of how to be a good human being.

  1. Dads know that every day is Father’s Day, and it’s a job that never ends. Sending you all my love and thanks.
  2. We couldn’t have asked for a better dad. Thanks for everything you’ve done for us.
  3. As time goes by, I learn to appreciate your wisdom and your example. Thank you for being my best friend and guide.
  4. Being my dad takes a lot of love and patience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  5. The man, the myth, the legend. Happy Father’s Day!


Dads don’t have a monopoly on dad jokes, which is lucky because they are some of the best messages you can send on Father’s Day. It could be a new joke he’s never heard before or one of his own recycled ones, but either way, it will cheer him up on his special day. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. What did the baby otter say to its dad? You are a dad like no otter.
  2. What does a baby computer call its dad? Data.
  3. When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.
  4. Dad, you are simply the best, you can’t be beet, and I do love you from my head tomatoes.


Whether your dad is old-school with a stiff upper lip or the New Age type, it’s fine to get emotional and nostalgic about all he’s done for you and all the good times you’ve had together.

  1. You knew that wrapping kids in cotton wool is impossible, so you gave us the courage to brave the adventures of life.
  2. “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” — Harper Lee


We must admit that there are times when being a dad can be a thankless job. So why not use Father’s Day to express your gratitude for all the times he’s been there for you and everything he’s done? You’ll feel better for having said (or written or typed) the words.

  1. Thanks for always being my shelter in the storm.
  2. Thank you, Dad, for always being there for me and for believing in me.
  3. You showed and taught me about the beauties of nature, the joys of travel, and all the marvels of this world around us. Thank you for giving me the spirit of adventure and learning, the most precious gift.
  4. In the Dads’ Championship, I’m so lucky I picked a winner.

Tried and Tested

There’s a reason why these golden oldies have been used again and again over the years. They’re sincere and express all the love you have for your dad in a few short words.

  1. World’s best dad!
  2. I’m so proud that you’re my dad.
  3. You always had my back, no matter what stupid stunts I pulled. Thank you for your unfailing love and support.
  4. You’re my hero, Dad! Happy Father’s Day.

For a Stepdad

Stepdads are a special breed, and a few loving words can let yours know how much he means to you.

  1. Happy Father’s Day to the best bonus dad!
  2. I’m so glad I had you in my life to show me how to be a parent and a loving, caring person.

Your Father’s Day message will be as meaningful for your dad as it is for you. It’s one day when you can really put your feelings of love and gratitude for him into words. When you speak directly from your heart, he will recognize it and cherish your words.

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Your step-by-step guide to grilling the perfect steak

Your step-by-step guide to grilling the perfect steak

We’re cooking at home far more often, and for many of us that means more grilling, and for some more steak gilling. You’ll want to make sure you cook that steak to perfection, because about the only thing worse than no steak is a poorly cooked steak. 

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When it comes to cooking a steak, there are a lot of decisions to make. There are all the different cuts: ribeye, New York strip, porterhouse, flank, and so on. Then there are all the different temperatures: rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done. Then, perhaps most importantly, how do you cook it? In a cast iron skillet on the stove? Broil it in the oven? Or outside, on the grill? I like that last option the best, so in this article, we’re going to look at the best way to grill a steak on the grill, step-by-step. Let’s get started.

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As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of cuts to choose from when it comes to grilling steak. For the purpose of this article, let’s assume we’re grilling either a New York strip or a ribeye – the thicker the better, but this technique will work for any thickness. These cuts have a nice amount of fat and will be very flavorful, but this general approach to grilling steak will work well for all types of grilling cuts. (Looking for some ideas for how to save money on meat? Read this.)

My approach to seasoning steak isn’t particularly complicated. First, make sure the steak is fully thawed. Next blot it with a paper towel to ensure any juices from the packaging are gone. Next, rub a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in on both sides – just a teaspoon or so per side. Finally, sprinkle some salt on. I generally use a sizable pinch per side but it’s really up to you. Remember, you can always add salt later.

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Whether you’re using a charcoal or gas grill, it’s important that you set your grill up in such a way that only half of the grill’s surface has fire directly under it. If you’re using a gas grill, that means you should only use half of your burners. If you’re using coals, make sure the coals are only on one side. The reason for this is so that you can have an area for direct heat and a separate area for indirect heat. Get the grill nice and hot… as hot as possible really. Don’t forget to clean the grill… it’s usually easier to do when the grill is super hot.

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Once the grill is as hot as possible, it’s time to put the steak on the hottest part of the grill. The fire may flare up and that’s OK. Leave the steak on for a minute or two without closing the lid and then flip it. If you’re worried that it’s burning, flip it sooner. If the steak is sticking to the grill, give it another 15 seconds or wiggle the steak a little and it will free up.

Some people say that you really only want to flip the steak once. I’m not one of those people. When you’re trying to achieve the perfect char, flipping is usually what keeps people from burning the steak. The key here is that you want to keep flipping the steak until it looks perfect. It doesn’t necessarily have to have perfect grill marks (though you will get extra points for style), but it should have a nice char – a rich brown color, though not burned. And do consider using tongs or a spatula for moving your steak. No, poking it a few times won’t cause it to lose juices and dry out, but it can be harder to gauge if any of the meat is sticking to the grill when you try to lift it with a fork. Once the steak looks just right on both sides, move it from the portion of the grill with the fire directly underneath to the portion with no fire.

Once the steak is away from the fire, on the opposite side to the grill, you’ll close the grill cover. Now, you’re essentially roasting the meat. Now, if your steak is already cooked to your liking, you may not need to cook it further with indirect heat. But if it looks great, but isn’t quite done yet, then you’ll want to cook it under indirect heat to make sure you don’t burn the steak. The amount of time it will take to finish cooking the steak will depend on a few things:

1. The thickness of the steak: the thicker the steak, the longer it will take to cook.

2. Your desired temperature: well done takes longer than medium rare.

3: The temperature of the grill: the hotter the grill, the faster it will cook. Try to keep the heat around 300 degrees.

My suggestion is that you check the steak every 2-4 minutes or so and if its not done, close the lid back up again. As you check, you can flip the steaks again. Now here’s the big question: how do you effectively check the steak without ruining it?


Despite the common misconception, meat doesn’t seal from a good char, so there’s nothing necessarily wrong with cutting into a steak to see if its done – you’ll lose some juices, but it won’t run out causing your steak to dry out – but it’s pretty ineffective. Figuring out if a steak is done based on how it feels is much more precise. And it really isn’t so hard as long as you know what you’re feeling for. There’s a trick I once learned in a now closed New York City restaurant – the key to figuring out the internal temperature of your steak is in the palm of your hand.

With one hand, touch your index finger to your thumb. Now, with your other hand touch the fleshy part of your palm beneath your thumb. That is what rare steak is supposed to feel like.

Next, touch your middle finger to your thumb. You’ll feel how that fleshy part of your palm beneath your thumb firms up a little. That’s what medium rare feels like.

Touch your ring finger to your thumb next and the fleshy part of your palm below your thumb will firm up some more. That’s what medium is supposed to feel like.

Last but not least, touch your pinky to your thumb. The fleshy part of your palm beneath your thumb will get firmer still. That’s what well done feels like.

As you open up the grill to check the steak, touch both sides. When both sides feel just right, based on the palm check, take the steak off the grill.

Once you’ve removed the steak from the grill, DON’T cut right into it. Let the steak sit for about 10 minutes, allowing the juices to redistribute through the meat.

Now you’re ready to eat. Slice it up and dig in! 

Looking for some more grilling ideas? Here are 6 healthy things you can grill that aren’t meat.

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