I’d Like To Thank The Academy

filed under: Miscellaneous on July 17, 2009

If you are sick of me talking about cookies… please… stop now… slowly bring the cursor up to the big X in the upper right hand corner and click. 

For those that figured they could stomach one more cookie post…. hey, ha, get it?  Stomach a cookie?  Ha ha.  I crack me up.

… I gotta tell you about what I have been doing the last 5 days.  Or.  Some of it at least.

In last years Christmas card I read about my talented cousin Stacy entering her pictures in the county fair and winning a prize and I thought to myself… how can I be more outgoing like Stacy?  I wish I had the courage to enter some of my pictures in a competition!

Well.  I decided to go for it.  This year I entered my decorated sugar cookies and two individual portraits into the open class competition at the 137th Annual Chisago County Fair.

Feel free to just scroll on over the pictures to see how I ended up placing in the fair…





This one looks boring….

…but it was one of my favorites.











And some with pastels.


As far as how I placed… I can't even believe I am saying this… but I took first in every category I entered.  Even the pictures. 

And to top it off, I even won Grand Champion.

I started tearing up when I saw the big purple ribbon because it was such a shock.  I have never won something like this (probably won't ever again) and above all else I am so humbled. 

So, in true egotistical, eccentric, totally over the top Academy fashion, I would like to give a little speech. You may groan inwardly now.

Thank you Dennis and Pat for watching the kids Thursday night so I could decorate cookies.  Thank you Chad for not saying anything about the disgusting mess current state of our home.  Thank you Colton, Parker, and Audrey for not complaining when mommy was in the kitchen for 8 hours straight on Monday and happily accepting some bread and string cheese as dinner. 

And thanks all you fabulous bloggers who stopped by and visited even though I haven't been to hardly any blogs this whole week. 

Monday is catch up day for me!

Now, I have to get some rest for tomorrow.  I hope to have a nice big post for you on Monday about the very unusual events I am participating in this weekend… I am going to meet someone bloggy famous!

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  • Dea says:

    CONGRATS!!!! That is so exciting! I am so very proud of you!

  • ElizaBeth says:

    SO awesome!!!! Those are beautiful cookies! I can’t wait to see where God will lead you with this talent!
    Love in Christ,

  • janmary says:

    Oh congratulations!!!!
    They look SO GOOD – a well deserved win.
    I am sure you will gets lots of inquiries now for orders – a whole new cookie chapter of your life perhaps?

  • Laura says:

    Congratulations! They look wonderful as always!
    Have fun at the MckPicnic!

  • Bethany says:

    You are the AWESOMEST!! I am not surprised you won AT ALL. Everything I’ve seen of your artistic talent speaks for itself. Way to go on using the talents God has given you and having the courage to step out and do it. I’m really looking forward to your take on the Mckpicnic.

  • Janis says:

    Amazing!!! Congrats! The plaids are my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you have a good weekend – did you go to the picnic?

  • Kara says:

    Congratulations! Where do you find the time?!! Those cookies look so great. Did you take any pictures of the big ribbon? Which pictures did you enter?

  • he & me + 3 says:

    OMGosh…Amanda, that is so awesome! See you are super talented and this validates it all! Great job!

  • he & me + 3 says:

    OMGosh…Amanda, that is so awesome! See you are super talented and this validates it all! Great job!

  • olivia says:

    OMG! you did not make that blue squiggly cookie! no way! perfectionist much?! those are about the most adorablecookies i’ve ever seen. seriously, how could you not place first? how could someone do any better than what you’ve done?? did you win any $$ ?? i mean, a purple ribbon is nice but it don’t buy icing! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    those look like they would be lovely christmas tree ornaments.
    i can’t wait to see your pics from the mcpicnik!

  • stacy Ness says:

    Congrats! I can’t believe you remembered what I put in my Christmas letter last year. I am very honored. I am just starting to get mine ready for this year. Just framed some really cute pictures of the boys and am still trying to figure out what baked goods I am going to bring. I will let you know who everything goes ๐Ÿ™‚ You will have to post the pictures that you entered so that we all can see ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats again and keep your fingers crossed for me at the fair in 2 weeks.

  • carma says:

    When I read “Chisago” I became concerned that you would never become a sucessful blogger! Thankfully I quickly realized it was intentional. Congratulations on your big win. You kick butt ๐Ÿ˜€ You met someone bloggy famous???? At the fair? You and Dooce on the teacup ride together?

  • Kristin says:

    Those cookies are too pretty to eat…although I bet I would manage to get past their “beautiful-ness” and chow down if they were in front of me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear about your bloggy meet-up.

  • BP says:

    I am so proud of you!!! Your cookies are always just so beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Tonya says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to get recognized for your talents! Congratulations!

  • Tammy says:

    That is awesome Amanda. Way to go. Not only are your cookies beautiful but they are tasty too. Congratulations Smanda you totally deserve it!!

  • Christina says:

    You are super talented!
    They are so beautiful!

  • jenna says:

    You put our annual Christmas cookies to shame! Nice work!

  • Leslie Middleton says:

    Iโ€™m loving your stuff! Iโ€™m not allowed to eat it anymore- at least not often, but hubby has a wicked sweet tooth. When I bring home commercial pie from the store he saysโ€ Even bad pie is good.โ€ I love to bake and recently learned how to flood cookies and yours look great!