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Support your county fair! 
 
Aug. 13, 2010 8:17 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2010 7:02 am
Whohoo it's county fair time in Nebraska!  I love this time of year!  The smell of funnel cakes, corndogs, cottoncandy, caramel apples, popcorn, and livestock!  I have been up to my ears in baking for the fair.  I  was up yesterday and made cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, white bread, whole wheat bread, white choc. cranberry oatmeal cookies, peanut butter, choc. chip, cinnamon pecan cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, dinner rolls, peanut butter banana bread and no bake peanut butter chews.  I have enough food in my house to feed the county.  I can't wait to enter it in the fair!  I'm sure my family thinks I'm crazy, but I don't care.  It's not even about winning (open class food exhibits don't even get ribbons) I just really enjoy doing it!  If you haven't gone to your local fair in a while I highly encourage it!  Great time with the family and a very inexpensive staycation if you want!  I guess it would be different if I had a ton of kids that wanted to ride the rides but I only have one!  So ya it doesn't cost me as much!  If you can't make it I will eat a corndog for you!!
 
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Mrs. C 
Aug. 13, 2010 9:45 am
Our County Far is at the end of September. I love to see the produce, exhibits, animals, food boothes, anad yes, the midway. Hope everyone takes advantage of their own local and state fairs!
 
Aug. 14, 2010 7:02 am
I totally agree with you. There is no place quite like the county fair. My mother encouraged us to enter all kinds of things, art, cooking, sewing and animal contests just to name a few. It was so much fun watching to see what ribbon we would win. I even participated in the rescue race when I was in high school. I was in the local paper because after we crossed the finish line I fell off my horse and onto my face!
 
 
 
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I learned to cook watching my mom and my Grandma's cook - who all are the best in the world! I have huge garden and I can a lot of stuff for winter. My daughter would'nt dream of eating a pie that was store bought! And we raise chickens. There is nothing that compares to farm fresh eggs. They just make your baked goods taste better.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food! If it's fattening, chocolate or salty I'm in! I love to take leftovers and transform them into something wow!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always made sugar cookies with us kids at Christmas time and do the same thing now! I used to love to pick out a recipe and Mom would let me got to town in the kitchen! At Christmas I also make tons of candy's, breads, and cookies that I give away to neighbors and family for gifts.
My cooking triumphs
I love to enter canned goods and baked goods in the county fair! I have won quite a few ribbons! I recently had a recipe published in Nebraska Life Magazine's cookbook. I was so excited.
My cooking tragedies
One time I tried to make pierogies when I was about 15. Well I didn't realize how much a cast iron skillet would smoke when it got hot! I ended up filling the house with a lovely smokey aroma! I never have made them again! Another time I tried to make chicken satay, and my husband and daughter about gagged when they tried the sauce. As they said peanut butter doesn't go with chicken! But I loved it. They were scraping the sauce off the chicken. They won't let me live that one down!
 
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