We celebrated our Papa Jerry’s birthday today! Although Jerry is not my biological father, he has never treated me any less than his own biological daughter. I love Jerry for being the father I didn’t know I needed. My children love him and only know him to be Papa. Papa doesn’t like a lot of fancy things so we wanted to get him something we knew he would use. Who doesn’t like a 6 pack of beer every once in a while? Well, to turn beer into a gift, you have to glam it up some! So I added foam flower petals and ta-dah…he now has a bouquet of beer! To make the petals, buy sheets of foam in the colors of your choice. Using this TEMPLATE, cut out 6 flower shapes (or however much you need). I just googled images for flower petals and found these 3 to be perfect. Ignore the designs inside the flowers, you only want to trace around the outline of the flowers onto your foam sheets. To place the flowers over the bottle caps, cut an “X” in the center of the flower that is large enough for the flower to slip over the bottle cap. Gently push the flower down and then pull back up to just under the bottle cap so that the peaks of the “X” are pointing downward and only the flower surrounds the bottle cap. With the thin long petals (the yellow ones), it is best to cut the “X” and place the petal over the bottle cap before cutting the thin petals. This is a simple gift that any man would appreciate! Just think, Father’s Day is just a couple of months away! Our Bouquet of Beer brought a smile to our Papa Jerry’s face and even a little chuckle. Happy Birthday Papa Jerry, we love you!
Many years ago, Steve’s great uncle came to visit from Arkansas. He said he wanted to make dessert and came back from the store with 3 ingredients: milk, pecan sandies and whip cream. What he created was heavenly to say the least. We can’t recall what he actually called his dessert and through the years, Steve and I would refer to this dessert as Pillow Sandies. Because it is literally pecan sandies layered in pillows of whip cream…and it is devilishly delicious! You really have to make this before judging. It is light and airy with a nutty, butter sensation. Yep, it’s that good.
Pour milk into a short but wide cup. Make sure the milk is deep enough to dunk a whole cookie into.
Dip one cookie at a time into the milk, dunk it all the way in and hold for 3-5 seconds. Spencer loved dipping each of the cookies. Of course I scrubbed the heck out of his hands before the dips! I loved hearing him count to 5 for each dip. You can add more milk as needed to the cup.
Place dipped cookie in a glass round dish. Continue dipping until you have an even layer of cookies. Dollop whipped cream on top and smooth into a 1/2″ layer of whipped cream ensuring all the cookies are covered.
Repeat steps 2-4 until you come down to the last 3-4 cookies.
With remaining cookies, crumble them on top of the last layer of whipped cream.
Cover and place in fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. Spoon out to serve. No it’s not the prettiest of desserts because it does have to be scooped and slopped onto a plate but the flavor really is out of this world. As far as ease, it’s the best. 3 ingredients that is dipped and dolloped into fluffy pillow layers. Yep, it’s that simple and that good!