Nailed It Dad!

Did you try some of the soup, Mom?

I glanced around at the many pans, ingredients, and baking paraphernalia lining the kitchen counters; not to mention my son-in-law and granddaughter who where firmly planted at the stove.

No, I messaged back. It’s a little busy here.

An unexpected trip back to Ontario landed me smack dab in the middle of my children’s busy lives. After two nights at my son and daughter-in-laws – where the bed was comfy and convenient – my body had a reaction to their dog, so I moved to my middle daughter’s home to couch surf for a bit.

While Mom and the two-year-old resumed their normal weekday activities, six-year-old Sloane and Dad were still on Christmas vacation and on this day they were attempting a “Nailed It” challenge.


Apparently, “Nailed It” is a baking show, which Sloane frequently watches. The premise is that the contestants are shown professionally decorated cookies, cupcakes, and cakes and challenged to reproduce them and then judged on the outcome. By default, I was nominated to be the judge.


Unlike the television version, Sloane and her dad did not race the clock, but dedicated a whole five-and-a-half hours to completing the task. I was beyond impressed by the organization and commitment that went into completing this task.

My judgment: cookies – nailed it; cake – nailed it; parenting – A++


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12 thoughts on “Nailed It Dad!

  1. This just made my heart full V.J.! They did a great job on both the cookies and the cake, but more than that, Dad really nailed it on what it means to be a real there-for-you Dad. It’s so sweet that he took the time to make memories with Sloane, memories that will last her a lifetime. Just amazing!

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      1. I’m sure he spent a lot of time on the preparation. I used to love to decorate cakes when I was younger, but it’s very time consuming, and with them having a specific challenge, I’m sure it took even longer to have everything prepared for their ‘mission’.😊

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