Lessons Learned in 4-H – Part One (of many!)

Tomorrow at work we are having a bake sale! Not only am I excited for yummy goodies but I’m also excited to show off sell some of my own treats! One thing I learned while taking numerous cooking projects in 4-H is that presentation can make or break your dish. I know this sounds silly to think that a bunch of 4-H kids were worrying about their food presentation, but its true! I remember each year before judging we would pick out the food we were making and then a theme to go with it. For instance, for my Star Spangled Foods project I think I made some sort of green beans with bacon and maybe a desert (we didn’t have to make our whole menu). To display my food, I remember exactly what place mat I used (looked like the flag), what flowers were on the table and what dishes I used. My food may not have been the best but I knew that I would get high points for how neat my place setting looked.

As I get ready for tomorrow bake sale, I’m remembering the same thing. Even if my treats aren’t the best tasting there (probably will be), I know they will look the cutest. Sure I could have just tossed them on a paper plate and slid them inside a zip-lock baggie like most people will probably do, but do they look as cute as this:

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Jars full of buckeyes, rebel bars and caramel bars! Dressed up with simple Christmas fabric over the lid, and a hand made mason jar tag.

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All the goodies for tomorrow! Jars of candy, cookies and then two assorted boxes…yummy!

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Just a closer look at the mason jar tags…cute right?

How do you like to add your own special touch to things, especially around the holidays? I think just a touch of ribbon, a bow or something unique makes things look so much better!

The Country Wife

P.S. Look for more posts about Lessons Learned in 4-H!! I might even entertain guest posts…comment if interested!


Frosty The Snowman!

Oh Monday, how I was not looking forward to your return.I don’t know a single person who was looking forward to the weekend being over. For one, I could have used another nights sleep to make up for my busy weekend. If we are Facebook friends, you know that I was busy quilting this weekend and if you saw my previous post from this weekend, you know I was up early. 5:30 on a Saturday morning early!! It was nice to spend Friday evening relaxing at home, but after that it was go, go, go.

Driving home Saturday wasn’t too bad; I got my coffee, saw the sunrise and made great time because no one else was up. The worst part? Not getting to stop at my favorite little Amish store. Its a bulk dry goods store, but also has sweet treats, cheese, meat, and a lot of neat gifts. I love stopping there and try to every time we go home; however they don’t open until 8. I was there well before 8 and didn’t want to wait…oh well, there is always next time.

Our Saturday sewing adventure was a blast! We got to walk through the fabric shop and pick out which patterns/colors we wanted for our quilts. Then went to the back and began cutting…Luckily before we cut too much, we figured out we were reading directions wrong. Note to self: Always double read directions when cutting fabric! Below is a picture of my almost finished quilt. I just need to fray all the seams and sew on Frosty’s facial features.

Photo: All sewn! Just need to fray the back!

Did anyone else get some good sewing in? Or work on other projects this weekend? I would love to hear what you accomplished. 🙂 I hope everyone had a great Monday, and I know as soon as I am done eating and gone to the grocery I will come home and take a nap…which makes my Monday great!

The Country Wife