Sunday, August 13, 2017

100 Blue Ribbons!!! When Losing Becomes Winning.


We did it!! 
...and we did it in style!!


One hundred first-place blue ribbons won!!

What does winning 100 first-place blue ribbons
 feel like??

It feels like...
... earning recognition for doing the ordinary,
extraordinarily well.

... a goal achieved... 
and a relief to not be stuck at 99 blue ribbons...
(I was really worried that would be the case...
needing just one more win
 and heading off to the Ohio State Fair to try to get it... 
Oh, the irony of not reaching 100...I thought about that 
possibility more than once...it was a little too real)

It feels like another fantastic fair season is in the books...
Visits with long-time fair friends that feel like family and the addition 
of new friends...met just this year.

It feels like hot humid summers (10 years of them)
 with my then little kiddos in tow...

It feels like 10 years of tweaking recipes, 
learning from seasoned judges and culinary experts...

It feels like 10 summers of enormous sink-loads of dishes...

100 blue ribbon feels like a celebration of 10 years of hard work, 
dedication, sharing, teaching and learning.


Winning feels wonderful...


But to tell you the truth... 
all the times I didn't win a blue ribbon...

(and there were plenty of times I brought home
 a handful of red, white, and yellow ribbons)...

The times I came up just a little bit short... 
those were the days I learned the most about what it takes to win.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thrift Shop Thursday: The BEST Things in Life... Plus A Giveaway!!



Thrift Shop Thursday!!

Do you remember a time when you
really, really wanted a special
brand name pair of shoes...

Or...

Maybe it was a popular hair style...
feathered hair...
Later, it was the spiral perm...
Does that ring a bell??

As a young teen there were a handful of
must-haves that I felt I absolutely had to have...
That feeling of "wanting the latest and greatest" 
coupled with the actual reality
 of obtaining those fashion trends
were two very different things...

I think for me it began in Jr. High...
Coca-Cola clothes were on point... and I had
one very cool sweatshirt...
and then,
there was the pair of jeans...
those expensive...
  "everybody has them..."  brand of jeans...
I never owned a pair.

No one in our family wore $99 pants,
let alone, a single pair of jeans
for a growing teen...
Nope, not going to happen...
I knew better than to ever put those jeans
on any wish list.

I can say that as much as I may
have longed for mountains
of designer purses and clothing...
I was never trendy... I tried... but fell way short...

Feathered hair...it's not for everyone...

I could maybe pull off one brand-name fashion
a season...
However, my fashions depended largely on
my baby-sitting income.
Even when I baby-sat every weekend...
There just wasn't enough to make my
1980's fashion dreams a reality.
(In hindsight, that was probably a good thing
15 year-old kids don't have the best fashion-sense in general.)

While I may have hoped to be trendy...
and ultimately to be more
like one of the "cool kids"
...my baby-sitting budget had very different
ideas about how all of that would turn out.

Fast forward to my adult years...
Older and so much wiser... (maybe)
As a stay-at-home mother of two children...
I found myself again... really, really wanting something...

Monday, July 3, 2017

FAST FIXES for the 4th of JULY!!

Are you decorating for the 4th??

After all, it is July 3rd, and you still have 
plenty of time to throw something
patriotic together!!

Either way...

When you see what I found... and how easy it was...

Adding a little star-spangled sparkle to
your food, or decor can be a snap...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Three Cheers for All-American Cherry-Berry Cheesecake !!

Three cheers for cheesecake!!

She can leap over tall desserts in a single bound...

She creates sweet smiles wherever she goes...

Look, It's a cake...

No, It's a Pie, ... Wait...

It's: All-American Cherry-Berry Cheesecake!!

She's not really a superhero...
But you'll certainly feel like one when you
unveil her patriotic beauty this July 4th!!

Speaking of super heroes...