It's our day! What a great start we have had. There will be no pie fights though. I think the best way is to just jump right in. Lissa Alexander, our fearless leader sent us a few questions to get this ball rolling.
1. What is on your bucket list? - That's easy, I've always wanted to go to Ireland - Polly.
Well, that's a good one. I think mine would be to take a summer off and visit all the Major League Baseball parks and watch a game in each. - Laurie
2. What's would be your favorite thing "deep fried" at the fair? - Milky Way candy bar - Polly
I whole heartedly agree! - Laurie
Which brings me to this fun fact - Not all Milky Way candy bars are created equal.
You know the little Milky Way bars that you hand out at Halloween? Forget them. Barely a Milky Way. I Don't know why, but they just aren't. The regular Milky Way - Wonderful. They've been a Minick and Simpson favorite for over 50 years, but the new 2 To Go Milky Way bar - PERFECTION! It is different. Basically, there's a greater caramel to nougat ratio. Genius! Polly told me, I told Leigh Ann, and now there is a 2 To Go Milky Way stash that follows us around. I'm sure there will be some at Quilt Market. One could only imagine the sublime candy ecstasy that would be a deep fried/2 To Go Milky Way. It should be on our bucket list.
3. Your favorite Country Fair memory..... Well, I don't know about favorite, but it's a memory - for Polly. I sadly, don't have any. (Again, if you are new to the blog - Polly and I are sisters who have the same parents, but completely different childhoods due to a 16 year age difference).
Polly joined 4H when she was a pre-teen. We lived in a small rural town and we lived in town.
Most of Polly's friends were farm kids and she wanted to do what they did, so she joined. Soon after there was talk of participating in the County Fair. Animal husbandry was out of the question for obvious reasons. Next was a sewing challenge. A dish towel. With lots of help and guidance (basically her friend Mary Lee sewed it) the dish towel was completed. The baking challenge for the county fair loomed. The competition for her age group was a cupcake challenge. Bakers were to make white cupcakes with white frosting. A plate was given to the contestants so all entries would look more or less the same. Polly tackled the challenge with enthusiasm and submitted her 3 cupcakes. The 4H girls then left the baking exhibit and enjoyed the fair. When they returned they were elated as Polly had won!!! A blue ribbon! Imagine her embarrassment when her friends asked about her recipe and she said she used this.
Not everyone saw the humor in the situation. Today we think it's pretty hysterical. Sadly, our Mother was not a baker. If there was a cake in the house it came from a bakery. Just rounding up a wooden spoon, bowl, and cupcake tin was a challenge for Polly. What else was a resourceful girl to do? Polly was pretty proud of herself that she bought the BEST mix. Obviously. It did win the blue ribbon. Well done, Mr. Duncan Hines! Blue ribbon indeed.
In honor of Polly's long ago Blue Ribbon - here is our project - a Blue Ribbon pincushion. We thought our Grandfathers' award winning horses were a better subject than the infamous cupcakes.
Hey, Everyone!!! Here is where you go to download the pattern!
If you leave a comment here, you could be one of the 3 winners of Prairie Paisley II pre-cuts. Someone will win a Fat 1/8th bundle, or a Layer Cake™, or a Jelly Roll™ - The Random Number Generator will pick three winners. Make your comment before Midnight Wednesday September 14th.
Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to visit Sandy of American Jane tomorrow for the next stop on the Moda Country Fair Blog Hop.