OK. So I guess I'm bragging just a little. OK. A lot. I'm just so excited because all I do is cook and bake and garden and clean, and it's nice to see a tangible reward for all of it. On a side note: I remember being a new wife and mom and finding that the most frustrating part of the experience was the fact that as soon as I cleaned something or put it away, I had to do it all over again. There was never any finality about it. For example, if you write a paper, you have a finished product that proves your accomplishment. A sinkful of dirty dishes washed and put away will somehow find their way back into your sink within hours.
So I'm thrilled at my showing this year:
Cookie Dough Truffles: blue ribbon
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins: red ribbon (2nd)
Peanut Butter cookies: blue ribbon
Fudgy Butterscotch bars: white ribbon (3rd)
Cherry Almond Granola: blue ribbon
Yellow Wax Beans: blue ribbon
Gooey Butter Cookies: blue ribbon and reserve champion, meaning second place in the cookies, cakes, quick breads, etc. category!
It was worth all the extra work!