***I received a Dallas Cowboys Bacon Lovers Gift Pack from Petit Jean Meats for the purpose of this post. No further compensation was provided. All photos are copyright Momma Told Me 2013.Momma Told Me: ....man knows no love like his love for bacon....
Most little girls dream of growing up and marrying a prince; the lucky little girls dream of growing up and finding a man as wonderful as their father. I was fortunate enough to have had, and still have, a great relationship with both of my parents. However, while Momma spend the majority of her time raising me, Pop was the one who brought home the bacon in our household. He worked 9-5 (and then some) every Monday through Friday as far back as I can remember. He didn't have the pleasure of building forts with me during the summer, or watching my learn how to swim at the local community pool. He wasn't there when I lost my first tooth, or when I broke my arm rollerskating; but I knew he loved me just the same. You see, while Momma had to make tough on the call discipline decisions, and enforce nap and bedtimes, Pop was the knight in shining armor that came home just a little late from work and convinced her to give me a pass so we could play one more game of chocolate checkers. In my child's mind, Daddy was my hero, and I treasured ever moment I got.
Today, as a grown woman, my relationship with my father has changed considerably from kissing boo boos and checking homework. While Momma and I will be 'girlfriends' the rest of our lives, my relationship with my father has matured into one of respect. He is the rock I can go to when times get shaky, my Endless Shrimp at Red Lobster partner in crime, and the man I judge all other men in my life by. Again, I know not everyone is as fortunate as me, and that makes our relationship all the more special; but what I value most is the manner in which he morphs from trusted advisory to foodie accomplice. It's safe to say I've gained both my love for food, and passion for bacon, from my father. He is a man's man who loves fast cars, roots for his home team, and has legends of his love for food spread across this land. (I kid you not, my great Aunt still tells food of how he would always request a second Hoagie (sandwich) for dessert when the family would go out for dessert.) The list of food my father loves is vast and long, but at the top Bacon holds the title.Dallas Cowboys "Bacon Lovers" Gift Pack landed on my doorstep last week, a decided I had the perfect remedy to fix that. I would make my father bacon flowers for Father's Day- and not any old flowers, but bacon roses! By now there should be no doubt in my readers minds, I am a bacon addict, myself, and Petit Jean's premium cut bacon is my preferred brand. Not only do their feature their famous Peppered Bacon in this gift pack, but their Hickory Smoked bacon as well. While the Hickory Smoked comes in a special Thick Cut variety, as you can see, the standard Hickory Smoked is fairly thick on it's own and features beautiful marbling. Attempting this project with bacon of a lesser quality would prove much more challenging and less impressive in result.
Once you have separated the flower begin, carefully pulling apart the layers. You should end up with 3 components, the plastic 'leafy' base, a small plastic netting, the fabric 'petals' and a little stem nub that pins them all together. Throw the fabric petals away, as well as the netting. Note the round netting (clear in the image above) might be black or dark green, depending on where you buy your fake flowers. Reassemble the stems by pushing the plastic leaf base (as shown above) back into the connecting nub, and snapping the nub back onto the stem. Make sure your 'base' is at the bottom of the nub, as to offer sufficient room for the nub to slide into the center of your bacon roses (as shown below).
Hickory Smoked Bacon, then setting them semi-upright in the muffin tin. (I was able to fit two roses per muffin slot.) Be sure to make more roses than you have stems; some may fall off and roll onto the floor when arranging, some may turn out looking prettier than others, and the rest will taste delicious when eaten. For my project I prepared an entire package of Petit Jean Hickory Smoked Bacon and placed the spare buds in a Ziploc with a paper towel (to absorb grease), and presented it with the arrangement to my father.
I gifted my Bacon Roses to my father yesterday (his birthday also happens to be on Tuesday), and his social media page quickly blew up with comments and likes. Not only that, but my father proceeded to snap about 50 photos of his bacon arrangement throughout his house to capture the best 'lighting'- I think it's safe to say he was thoroughly tickled. Don't gift this arrangement to any man without backup bacon, though, or it won't last the day! I was tickled to see my father so excited, finally having received his 'flowers', and was happy to hear him remark "These smell better than any other roses I've ever known!" If you're looking for a unique gift for the man in your life order a Bacon Lovers Gift Pack from Petit Jean Meats (after all, it's the official bacon of the Dallas Cowboys), and present it with a dozen Bacon Roses- it's sure to be a hit! For more tempting bacon crafting ideas and recipes, sign up for the Petit Jean Meats newsletter.
What Daughter Says: For a truly unique gift your bacon loving man is sure to love, try a simple, and affordable, Bacon Rose Bouquet.
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