This week the mornings turned cooler, putting me in the mood for the fall season. Add to that the fair starting up, and I am happy as a clam. This past week, I worked my shift at the quilt competition take-in table for those entering the competition to drop off their entries. I entered a bunch of quilts and quilted items in four categories, along with photographs in that competition and I did the first of the cooking competitions Friday. Next Saturday, I am working the log cabin booth for our guild to sell raffle tickets for our fabulous blue and white quilt. One of the perks of working the booth is being able to sell your own items. So, I pulled a few things that I can let go.
Last time I did this in 2019, I sold quite a few things. I just have too many quilts and wall hangings to be able to use them all. Some of these are samples made for posts, some are just projects made for the blog with one from Autumn Jubilee a few years back. The hardest part is deciding on how much to ask, and get the price tags done. I am still dithering about the Scrap Dance quilt in the middle, as I used it in my trunk shows in the past, but I have so many now I don’t need it. On the other hand, it shows quilting with black thread nicely. I’ll have an online sample sale later for things that don’t sell at the fair.
The cooler mornings this week often have had fog in the valley. I love these scenes from our veranda that show the layers of hills across the valley.
So, Friday evening was the first cooking contest, and I did an Italian Tomato Pie. It looked good coming out of the oven, however, when I had a piece after the competition, it was awful. I had substituted ricotta for all the cream cheese, added fresh basil and garlic, and the flavor was fine. But the ricotta made the whole thing so watery, so much so that the crust was a soggy mess. I will not be giving out that recipe. I should have gone with my original recipe that comes out wonderful.
While the judging was going on, My Sweet Babboo and I went to get a corn dog, and see the competitions in the Expo building. Right in the door, I spot Autumn Jubilee from 2020 with a third place ribbon.
We went down the rows, looking up at the quilt entries hanging from the ceiling. I found three more quilts hanging that didn’t place. Then I spotted my tiny miniature with the tiny mistake with a second place ribbon!
I was excited, as two ribbons is a great showing. Then, a bit farther back in the full size bed quilts, a first place ribbon for Scrap Dance Twist. Wow, three ribbons is spectacular!
The big surprise was in the photography competition. We found the first three photos of the five I entered moving slowly down the exhibit, no ribbons. We looked at the winners in each category, some were really amazing. Then, at the end of the row, my photo entry in the agriculture category had not only a first place, but also Best Of Show!! I had to check the label twice to be sure it was indeed my apple photo. I stood in the aisle, dumbfounded for a moment, then had to clamp my hand over my mouth to keep from squealing! And I totally forgot to look for the last photograph I entered.
I realized when I got home that I hadn’t found all my entries in quilting or crafting. So, I’ll share more about the crafting and senior categories later in the week. My next cooking competition is Tuesday evening, Eggs for Dinner. We’ll see!!
Today, some cooking is on the agenda. It is the first Sunday of football season, and I am excited to have a bunch of games to watch while good things are baking. I plan some pumpkin bread from my little pie pumpkins I got from my garden, an Apple Coffee Cake with some Pink Lady apples for My Sweet Babboo, and another attempt at these Parmesan Chicken Wings. I am trying to develop a tasty recipe for wings that isn’t fried, but still has crispy crunch. This was a good attempt, but I’m going to try again to get the Parmesan to cling all over the wing, not just be topping. I think a bit of egg white will do the trick. I’ll share this recipe after I get it right. Football just has to have some wings!!
I’m also getting out the Autumn decorations, it is time for colorful leaves and pumpkins. The weather was nice and cool for the start of the fair. It really seems like fall is on the way. I’ll show you some fall ideas soon. Autumn Jubilee is coming!!!
Are you ready for fall? Do you enter your projects in competition?