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The Great Brownie Bake-off and the Fair…

Saturday was the Brownie Bake-off Competition at the fair.. I was actually contestant #1 which I thought was pretty cool. Here I am setting up my Carmel Cocoa Crispy Brownies. I learned about presentation.. and tried to make them look pretty this time..

(Aaron’s famous mirror shot!!)
And here are Me & Baby posing with the finished display..
Do you know that part on Monsters Inc. where Mike and Sully are on that commercial and they stick a logo over Mike’s face but he’s still so excited and shouts “I’m on T.V.!!!” Aaron uses that quote a lot for things like that.. so when we were looking at the pictures I said.. “Awww.. baby”s first picture at the fair..” And he said.. “I’m in the picture!!!” (Even though you really can’t tell there is even a 7 month old baby in my tummy at this point…)

Here are the brownies up close…

And the plate of decorated brownies…

And here are the 3 judges.. They were a lot more thorough than some of the other judges. They looked at the bottoms and sides and top.. and checked for consistency and doneness..

They always turned around when they took a bite so we couldn’t see their reactions..

Here are some of the other entries:

Some sort of mint browniesAnd a Rocky Road Brownie
And umm.. I can’t remember what these we’re called, but they were cute..
I don’t remember what these were either.. sorry..
These had like macadamia nuts in the them.. (p.s. this lady is NUTS! We saw her at every competition..and she is w..e..i..r..d…)
These were a raspberry brownie.. I can see most of the recipe in this one. I should read it.. Because these don’t really look like a brownie..and don’t really look like anything special to me..

But.. They won either 2nd or 3rd place!

This was a chess board that someone made. Looked cool. But I doubt it was the best tasting.. it was just a plain brownie base.
BUT.. it did win “Most Photogenic” (that got $50)

These were a chocolate cherry..
These were a tropical brownie..
These were pretty too.. But just a raspberry brownie.. I think..

I guess I didn’t get a picture of the other winners. The first place winner barely made it with her entry. It was a peanut butter brownie. Didn’t look like anything special. And had no presentation..

The other winner was a guy from Sweden (?) and he made some sort of European brownie. But he left them in the pan and just set the pan on the counter.

This contest scored A LOT of creativity (30%) and presentation (30%) So I was VERY surprised that all of the entries we’re sort of ordinary.. and weren’t presented very well..

Oh welll

We spent the rest of the day at the fair. And honestly.. It was not very exciting this year. I was a little disappointed.. but at least we got in for free!!!

We did see these guys… and wondered who brought Riddick to the fair!! They look sooo much like him.. Especially since he got shaved..

Even flipping through my pictures last night I had to take a double look at this one, thinking it was Riddick!! :)

Speaking of that little devil.. A couple of time Aaron has gone to let him in from being outside and can’t find him.. He’s been spending his out side time under the tomato plant eating the little grape tomatoes!!!!!!! This was the best picture Aaron could get, but usually just his little tail is sticking out! I leave a big bowl of the tomatoes on the counter and almost every time I walk in to the kitchen I eat on and give one or two to him, so I have no idea how he could possibly need more!! We seriously eat about 10 tomatoes each every day! I wonder how many more he eats while he’s outside??? :)

Umm.. and this is the only picture of US from the fair on Saturday.. Oh well!!!!

On a much more serious note.. I weigh myself every Monday morning. Just to see how much I’ve gained through the week. For the first 13-14 weeks I gained NOTHING! Thought it was too good to be true! I have never gained more than 1 pound a week. This morning my scale said I gained 8.4 lbs last week!!!!

Now I realize I ate almost a whole brick of french fries and a foot long corn dog at the fair.. but is it even possible to gain 8.4 lbs in 1 week????

I would be a little more concerned if all of a sudden my clothes weren’t fitting. But I’m still wearing pre-pregnancy pants today.. so umm.. I don’t really think I gained that much..

Maybe I did… But I don’t know where….

AND.. we also had a little nesting spurt yesterday.. I can’t wait till the full on Nesting starts.. I have sooo much I want to do.. We re-arranged the baby/dog’s room. We still don’t know if it’s perfect.. but we’re working on it..

And I cleaned out my entire dresser! I’m so sick of having a stuffed full dresser and only being able to wear 5 things out of the whole dresser!! So I emptied it and left the 5 things in it! :)

I also packed up a few things in my closet.. (mostly hoodies) and replaced them with bigger hoodies that I had stored on the top of my closet.

Felt good to get something done!!! Hopefully there is a lot more to come..


  1. I think that’s the bad thing about cooking competitions – it’s so subjective. I think yours look and sound better than all the rest!!

    And seriously – be glad that you can still wear your pre-pregnacy clothes, and pray you will be able to the whole time. I have had to spend an arm and a leg, just so that I don’t wear the same 2 outfits to work every week.

  2. hey you got anymore of those delicous brownies!!?? you know i LOVE all of the stuff you bake and cook!! lol i love you ryley!

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