Sneak Peek!

My middle little sister and I have sore feet and fuzzy teeth today.  We have been baking almost nonstop since Sunday morning!

The town in which I live hosts a fair every year that celebrates the farming traditions that built the local economy.  There are livestock auctions, terrifying kiddie rides, food stands hosted by every volunteer organization in town, and dozens of contests in which any county resident can enter.  The items that can be entered into each contest include but are not limited to goats, pigs, cows, sheep, soybeans, feedcorn, various garden produce, preserves and canned goods, decorated pumpkins, homemade lard, indoor plants, photography, textiles, cut flowers, and baked goods.  As I have not sewed much in the last year, my garden is pathetic, and my sole houseplant is not currently blooming, I only entered a few cut flowers and a disgusting amount of baked goods.  My middle little sister, Emmi, lives in the county, too, so she came over to contribute to the baking.

I dropped off some flowers on Sunday, but the baked goods are not judged until Tuesday at noon.  Tonight, we went to the show to drop off cookies, brownies, cake, and pie totaling 14 entries in all – 6 for Emmi and 8 for me!

Since we were there, we trotted over to the flower displays and guess what?  My mums won 4th place and my Russian sage and iris each won 1st in their categories!  That would be $10 in my pocket, people.  And yes, I have an early-blooming iris that usually reblooms in October.

Tomorrow I will go to the show again to see which of our baked goods entries won prizes,  Keep in mind, anyone in the county can enter so really I could be up against some steep competition.  Or not.

I’m too tired to write more.  Here is a sneak peek at some of our delicious food:

Advertisements

Football Road Trip to Ohio 2010 Part II

Tonight Chuck is going to another football game in New England because he is in New England and there is a football game there.

Instead of tagging along, I am hanging out with Chuck’s parents on their boat.    My FIL has had a boat on the Chesapeake Bay for more than 10 years.  The current boat, Final Review, is a beautiful trawler.  My Notorious MIL and I will probably stay until Monday.  We might shop, we will definitely eat out, and of course there will be pool time, lots of reading, and HGTV and TCM on TV.  Before you ask, the boat has cable when we are in the slip.  And a slip is like a parking spot for boats.  I’ll write a post about the boat later.

For now, I want to continue reminiscing about the Ohio road trip Chuck and I took two years ago over Labor Day Weekend.

After Toledo (not just a G-rated epithet) we went to Akron to see a football game there.  Actually, this game stands out because I thought their marching band was really good.  I am hardly a judge of such things, but I did go to a high school with a large marching band and a terrible football team so any games I went to back then typically ended after the halftime show because once the band was finished playing we went to the movies.  Also, they played Syracuse and so it was a game of ridiculous team nickname versus ridiculous team nickname.    An action and a color?  A fabric fastener and a citrus fruit?  These teams’ nicknames are not helping be visualize the fight.  And I need help getting into football because I don’t fully understand it (despite having just celebrated my 8th wedding anniversary) and I have a vivid imagination so I get distracted easily.

The Marching Band at Akron

Akron is the home of Goodyear Tires.  The founder of Goodyear built a beautiful estate, called Stan Hywet, which is now open to the public.  It reminded me a bit of Longwood Gardens – country home built by an industrialist, extensive flower gardens, great place for an expensive outdoor wedding, etc.  There is an indoor swimming pool, a tea house, and a player ORGAN (not piano).  The bathroom suite built for the male children is nicer than most you would see on HGTV.  There are flower beds and themed gardens throughout the estate and fresh flower arrangements in every room in the mansion.

Beautiful Stan Hywet

OH MY GOD THAT DAHLIA IS AS BIG AS MY HEAD

Aspen-Lined Path

Stan Hywet was lovely and I would love to see it in the spring, too.  Maybe when they develop a college football schedule similar to ice hockey?