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Monday, August 22, 2011

State Fair Anticipation

I stood in a block-long line Sunday morning waiting to enter my tasty treats (tasty to me anyways!) into the Minnesota State Fair baking competition.  Part of the fun for me is talking to other competitors to find out what they are entering and look at their fantastic entries. Oh how I wish I could sample a little bit of every ribbon-winner's goodies! That would be about as close to heaven as anything for me!  I won't know the ribbon-fate of my entries until Thursday when they are posted online.  I don't want to wait for the results before I "post" this post because my blog is getting dusty!  I entered Strawberry Pecan Bread, Banana Bread, Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Apricot Almond Shortbread Bars.   I didn't take pictures of everything because I was just too tired after baking. My kitchen looked like a flour, nut, and chocolate studded bomb had been set off in it.   I have rejects in the freezer whose photo opportunity time may come later after the flour dust has settled!  New food at the state fair this year I want to try: Sweetcorn ice cream with caramel bacon topping, deep-fried apple pie with vanilla ice cream, pretzel dogs, Yankee apple pie with chocolate on grilled brioche, and crab fritters.     
Okay, back to some "normal" food.   Here are pictures of some of the items  I entered.

Apricot-almond shortbread bars (Epicurious by way of Sue at Basically Baked)

Cut and ready to go to "the show"

Trunk full of goodies

Banana pecan brownie decorated rejects


  1. I know, isn't it fun? Even the drive over there is exciting (unless you run into a traffic jam). All your goodies look really good and State Fair worthy to me. I hope you do well. I can't wait to see how we both do in the categories we both entered, ha ha. If we don't win any ribbons, for sure we'll have to compare the score cards once we get them :o)
    Is it Thursday yet?? LOL!

  2. YUMMY! Your goodies looked beautiful and delicious. Wish I was closer to take some "rejects" off your hands. haha. Best of luck and I look forward to hearing more!

  3. That all looks fantastic... Strawberry pecan is music to my ears.. I hope you destroy your competitors :).

    Oh, and can you send one of those bombs my way? Sounds delicious :).

  4. My family enjoys "testing" my entries and receiving the rejects! Thanks Hanaa, Ricekernal, and Adam for your support!!! The world would be a great place if all bombs were made of flour, chocolate, and nuts! And good luck to Hanaa too! I found her on line by looking at one of her pictures on Google. We are competitors at the MN State Fair in at least 4 categories!

  5. I made those banana brownies once way back when Anna was posting about them. They were really good.
    I tried to grow zucchini and not a single plant popped up. But I was given a bunch from my MIL.
    I do have a few (and one great big one) pumpkins growing and a couple watermelon. Other than that beets were the only other thing in my garden that grew.

  6. Oh, and I cannot tell a difference in the 1/3 less fat cream cheese and the regular. (Nonfat is a different story--don't care for that one.)