Yesterday was the annual county 4 H Cookie and Bread Contest. The children can choose to enter up to 3 different items in 3 different categories. Only Cloverbuds can use mixes, juniors and seniors have to make everything from scratch. I let my children enter up to 2 items. Four of the children are old enough to participate and we just do not have enough time or oven space to bake 3 items per child. Even with cleaning the kitchen halfway through," it looked as though a tornado had come through" (Chelsea's words.)
Anthony (6) wanted to make blueberry muffins so we used a Jiffy Muffin Mix. He did a great job making his muffins all by himself and filling his muffin cups. He is getting so big! He was so proud his muffins won 3rd place.
Alex (8) wanted to make Raspberry Muffins so we used a Jiffy Muffin mix and he also wanted to make Peanut Butter Bars which tasted just like Peanut Butter Cups. He worked very independently this year also and did everything but put in muffins in and out of the oven. His muffins got 2nd place and his Peanut Butter Bars got 1st.
Nick (10) is a Junior so he is able to enter the yeast breads category. He decided he was going to make Candy Topped Brownies and White Bread. He did a really great job on both and his bread tasted better than mine! The brownies got 1st place and the bread got 2nd. After we got home and I was looking at the score sheets, I discovered that his yeast bread score was added up wrong. His score was written as 91 but added up to 99, so I think he probably was supposed to get 1st place for the bread.
Chelsea (15) made Cinnamon Rolls. She was going to make Cookie Bars too but decided not to since we were running out of time. The Cinnamon Rolls got 1st place. The Teen Leaders were able to help with the judging, but Chelsea couldn't since her brothers had items that were entered. So, instead she handed out ribbons at the end of the contest.
The next cooking contest is the Dairy and Egg contest and is in April. Christian will be old enough to enter so I will have 5 children participating. We will need to start cooking very early to be able to get it all done!