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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

And the Winner Is....


I enjoy cooking and baking for friends & family.  Last year after a couple years of taking my test recipes to some friends at the local kitchen store one of them suggested I enter the county fair.

I'd never entered any kind of baking competition before even though I've been getting rave reviews for years from family, friends and co-workers. I jumped in with both feet and entered the table setting and the baking competitions at the county fair this past summer. 

There were two themes to choose from for the table settings - 'Let Them Eat Cake' and 'Summer Breeze'. Here's my entry:

I'm quite fond of flamingos - does it show?

Guess what??

I won Best of Show!!!! Sorry for the quality of the pic but I took these during the fair and felt a bit awkward taking photos with all the people around.  I didn't remember to take my camera when I went back after the fair to clean up. 

I baked three different desserts - chocolate peanut butter cupcake, lemon bars and raspberry cream pie. Again, not the greatest of photos but I am just showing off my WINS!

First place ribbons for all three!

Not very photogenic but delicious!  

Live and learn - 3/4 of a pie wasted. By the time I picked it up, even though it had been refrigerated, it was a bit fuzzy. If I enter a pie or cake next time, I'll make mini-versions. 

Thanks for indulging my bragging!

Next summer I'm thinking of entering the scarecrow contest, I just need to find a sequined tube top... hmmm?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

(Cue the noisemakers, confetti & fireworks)

I hope you had a wonderful New Year's eve, and the first day of the new year has started out wonderfully for you. I got a call from a neighbor who wanted to take me out to lunch. A lovely start to 2016 for me!

A tablescape change for New Year's Eve...

I probably could have fussed with this table for hours and hours, I kept finding myself going back to move something or add something or adjust this or that. 

I hope the new year brings you the best of joy...

the best of health

the best of prosperity

the best garden you've ever planted

the best meals you've ever enjoyed

the best laughs you've ever had

the warmest smiles, the happiest heart, 

the best of everything, everyday!

All the best in 2016 !!!!

I'm joining the party at Between Naps on the Porch and Share Your Cup Thursday at Have A Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson and Rustic & Refinedand Rose Chintz Cottage and Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style and What's It Wednesdays at Ivy and Elephants!

Silver goblets - Marshall's (last year)
Crown tray, pitcher & glasses - Sur La Table, years ago 
white plates, Alex Liddy - Home Goods, a few years ago
champagne coups, silver tray, candle holders  - Goodwill
flatware - eBay