I wasn't sure what to get Papa this year for his birthday. I don't find him all that easy to shop for and his birthday is always smack in the middle of fair time. Seeing as this year was extra busy, with both Mike and I having increased our volunteer roles.... well I was really at a loss. I have been trying really hard to make the gifts that I do give be more than just stuff. So I thought about Papa and what he would like and it hit me..... dessert.
It's no secret that Papa is a dessert guy. He takes it very seriously and can often be heard complaining that Grandma Linda doesn't bake enough pies/cakes/cookies. So I enrolled him in the dessert of the month club. Once a month a plan on making him one of his favourite desserts. I've already made October's selection - apple pie. An apple pie I made using this recipe.
Papa was nice enough to save the pie for Thanksgiving dinner and share 1/12 of his birthday present with the rest of us. The night I made his pie I had made another one for us. So when Papa came over to pick it up we all had a piece of our pie with coffee, before he headed for home. As we ate he commented it was a nice tasting apple pie, for which I thanked him... but guys it gets so much better.
As the pie was being served up tonight Grandma Linda says to me..... Papa says this is the best apple pie he's ever tasted.
To which I replied..... umm could you say that again?
I was shocked, cause here's the deal..... Papa knows his pie. He has 63 years of dessert experience under his belt. And he's not one to throw around "dramatic" statements like that unless it's the real deal. It was a huge compliment that meant a lot to me and it makes me smile every time I think about it. If that's not a ringing endorsement for that pie recipe I don't know what is.