Testing Fair Entries

annie1992June 23, 2013

As you know, the Grandkids and I enter the county fair every year. Makayla and Bud came to spend a couple of nights, Bud's already been keeping an eye on the garlic, his bok choi, maybe some radishes, and probably a dozen eggs from his hens. Makayla wants to enter some baked goods, so we've been testing.

We made some sweet cherry hand pies, I think they are keepers:

She'd never made scones before, so we started going through recipes. She settled on this one:

Something I'd never made, peanut butter chocolate chip, but they were very good, she had to test:

We also tested some Nutella Bread, which she took home before I got a chance to take a picture and we're considering a chocolate cake roll. Meanwhile, though, she was kind enough to roast some coffee for me. I let her pick the kind, she chose this because the name made her giggle:

A medium roast and it was ready to set overnight to "off gas":

A cup was lovely the next morning with the scones, which were very good but a little sweet. She loved them though, so fair entries they will be.

Bud also spent the night, he and his sister both went to "circus training" the next day put on by the local Arts Council. Makayla learned to "fly" on the trapeze and walk the tight rope, Bud learned to walk on a barrel and do magic tricks. Kind of. Bud mostly just took bows, popped wheelies on the little clown bikes and rode inside the barrels while other kids walked on them, LOL. Makayla was serious, as she always is, and focused. They put on a circus for all the parents at the end of the day.

A swim in the pool and some baking and they were ready for bed. So was I!

Annie

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cloudy_christine

Annie, she is so BIG! How time flies.
She is very beautiful, and looking more like her mother, I think.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:44PM
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coconut_nj

Omygosh Annie, those kids crack me up! I'm exhausted just reading the events of the weekend. LOL. Mikayla is too much with the poses that go with the baked goods. If only she could put pictures next to the product she'd win blue for everything. And Bud, going inside the barrels. What fun. Thanks for the glimpse into your life. Always appreciated.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 12:55AM
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sally2_gw

Annie, I want to be adopted by you as my grandma. Even better, I'd love to adopt your grandkids; they sound wonderful! The treats look great.

Sally

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 7:28AM
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sleevendog

Adorable! A very busy kitchen.
Trying a new recipe this morning that i would have loved at that age...
Bought bananas just so they would over-ripen and hid a few from DH, : )

Here is a link that might be useful: drk choc banana bread

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 7:38AM
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dedtired

Sweet sweets, sweet kiddo, sweet life. The hand pies look especially wonderful.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:55AM
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maggie2094

Blue ribbons all the way!

Love!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 9:23AM
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cbadcali

Annie you are the perfect Grandmother. So much love in those pictures. I hope the kids win lots of ribbons. But what is Madison entering? Thanks for keeping me shaking my head at the things you accomplish! Mary

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 9:42AM
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triciae

What fantastic pictures, Annie. You are creating wonderful memories.

I'm jealous of your health that allows you to be so active. I'm having a flare-up and can't feel either arm/hand today so it's weird trying to type. It's probably stress induced and, hopefully, won't last long. Oh well, I should not complain and surely should not be jealous. We are all given Blessings. Health just isn't one of mine. :)

/tricia

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 10:17AM
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ann_t

Makayla's hand pies would win a blue ribbon in Canada with those little maple leaves.

Matthew was a counselor at a Circus camp for a few years when we lived in the Sault. I loved going to the Circus show each week to see what the kids had accomplished.

~Ann

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:19AM
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Tracey_OH

Everything looks awesome! I'm loving the scones since I am all about peanut butter. Can't wait to hear how they place!

Tracey

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 12:15PM
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bcskye

Makayla is really a beautiful young lady. Bet Bud is a very handsome young man. I love the choices Makayla has made to enter at the fair. They are so lucky to have such an encouraging Grandmother and you are so lucky to have such great grandchildren.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:59PM
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annie1992

Ann T, I thought of Canada when she chose maple leaves and thought maybe they should be maple or something more "northern" than sweet cherries. She could have chosen hearts or acorns or apples, but she liked the maple leaves.

So there was a "circus camp" in Sault St. Marie? I'd never heard of such a thing until they advertised it as a day-long kid's camp. I loved the show at the end too, the kids had such fun.

Mary, Madi is just a little young to work on fair entries, although she loves the baby turkeys at the farm. She is not too little, though, to eat Elephant Ears with Makayla and Bud, so she'll have fun too.

Thanks, everyone, I'll let Makayla see this thread. Or maybe not, she'll get a big head. (grin) She's always lobbying me to take a picture of something we've made for "the forum", then I have to get on the internet and show her the pictures, she loves it.

I am one lucky Grandmother, for a lot of reasons.

Annie

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 10:59PM
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pat_t

Annie, as always, thanks for sharing your family with us. It's wonderful to see the kids growing up, even if it is virtually.

Your grandchildren will always have such wonderful memories of growing up with you!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 6:54AM
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dcarch7

Cooking is like learning a second language, starting young makes it much easier.

dcarch

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:47AM
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artsyshell

Love all the baking pictures. Looks like you were very busy, but from the pictures...it was totally worth it!

I love your coffee roaster!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 6:41PM
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