Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chicken in a Box

I am sure you have noticed that I have not posted any new recipes lately (other than the beer cheese dip that I learned from Deborah). That is because we have been SUPER busy lately and I haven't really had time to sit down and pick out a new recipe. I have really enjoyed cooking, although I usually only cook once a week. On Mondays we generally have left overs from dinner at my parents' on Sunday night. I have commitments on almost every Tuesday night (book club, service guild, Sardis Court) so we usually just scrounge up whatever is in the freezer. I almost always cook on Wednesday night and I try to cook enough to last us through Thursday's dinner as well. Lately I have been making recipes that we already have tried or have been making my famous "chicken in a box". I have become obsessed with these dinner kits that come with everything you need to make a delicious dinner---all you do is add fresh chicken. (Ok so the chicken doesn't really come in the box). We have been enjoying the Wanchai Ferry, Macaroni Grill, and Good Earth boxes. Each has several delicious flavors that taste like the real thing! Other than the fact that they are VERY good, I have become hooked on them because there is always a 75 cent coupon for them in the paper AND if you buy any 2 (even if they are different types), you get an additional dollar off coupon off of the box. (Well at least at WalMart you do). It usually takes about 30 min to cook the entire meal and I just add a pretty salad and BAM--instant dinner! Also, on the back of the box under the directions is usually a TIPS section that suggests using different meats and adding different vegetables. I have often substituted shrimp instead of chicken and I sometimes add sausage to the Italian style ones. You can get creative and add your own things as well! I have added mushrooms to several dishes and nuts to others. The box gives you the basics and you can get as adventurous as you want! Happy quick cooking!


The Macaroni Grill recipes are supposed to be the same as those in the restaurants. These tend to make the most food-I usually get 4 full meals and sometimes a lunch out of these.

Of course, these don't taste like Chinese take out but are still delicious! Our favorite is the Cashew Chicken. I also like the Sweet and Sour Chicken and Forrest likes the Kung Pao Chicken and Spicy Garlic Chicken too. I like those too but they are actually pretty spicy in my book!
We have only tried one Good Earth box and we loved it!! The ingredients are all natural! This box made enough for us to have 2 meals of it each.

Wanchai and Macaroni Grill also have meals in a bag for 2 that includes the chicken. I haven't tried them yet but I have one in my freezer. My friend Lauren said that she has tried the Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken and it was very tasty and the chicken was quality meat.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tennessee Weekend: HEY VOLS!!

This week started out with a BANG-literally! On the way to school on Tuesday morning Forrest was involved in a 4 car pile up on the interstate! Thankfully he was totally fine. His car was not so lucky! It is still operable but is definitely banged up. We are also very thankful for our wonderful insurance agent, Joseph Puckett! He handled everything! You couldn't ask for a better agent or friend! Fortunately, this was the only negative excitement for the week, allowing us to enjoy a majorly fun weekend! After Forrest got home from school on Thursday night, my parents picked us up and we drove to Gatlinburg, TN for the weekend. For basically as long as I can remember, my parents have gone to Gatlinburg every other year when Alabama plays Tennessee in Knoxville to stay in a chalet with their friends the Cusimanos, Cardwells, and Siegles. The chalet they rented this time had 5 bedrooms so they invited us to be the 5th couple! We were SO excited to be included!! We had both been to Gatlinburg before but it was when we were much younger, and we had both been to the UA v. TN game in Knoxville, but not with each other. We arrived late Thursday night after the rest of the group had gone to sleep. We were pretty tired as well so we hit the hay immediately so we could be fresh and ready for the next day. When we woke up we were greeted by the most outstanding views!!

Off of our balcony



With Mom and Dad


The house wasn't bad itself! It was enormous. We shared the basement level with Mom and Dad. We each had our own bed and bathrooms on either side of the big game room, complete with bar, fridge, 3 tvs, pool table, Foosball table, and air hockey!! The main floor had 2 more bedrooms and the kitchen/gathering room and then it had a top floor with a little den and another bedroom. Each level had large balconies and there was even a hot tub!
After getting ready, we all jumped in the car and headed to downtown Gatlinburg for lunch and shopping. We ate lunch at a German restaurant over a deli and for the life of me and I can't remember its name. They had the MOST delicious sandwiches on this very soft but warm bread that was to die for! After eating we wandered around checking out all of the goodies downtown. We definitely saw some pretty cool stuff!
At lunch

Gracie the dog in her sunglasses and Bama dress. We met her and her owner while walking around town
When we got back Forrest and I immediately jumped in the hot tub. Neither of us had been in a hot tub in who knows how long, and for some reason we both really want one, so you can imagine how excited we were to actually be able to get in one! We lounged around in the warm water until dinner time. My dad grilled filets and everyone else pitched in and provided part of the meal. After dinner Forrest and I played pool before hopping back in the hot tub. This time, we turned the tv inside towards the window so we could watch football while we relaxed! We definitely were spoiled!
Watching football, Jersey Shore style!

On Saturday morning we woke up to a delicious breakfast casserole being cooked for us. After scarfing down way too much breakfast, we got dressed in our game day finery and headed out for the day. We left the group early so we could go to Knoxville and hang out with my friend Deborah, who recently moved there with her husband Quinn. On the way down, we stopped and rode go-carts in Pigeon Forge. We ended up being able to get a double car (meaning we could ride together) and could ride on two different tracks. I drove on the elevated track, which had a spiral much like the ones at Bryant Denny Stadium that you have to take to get to the upper deck. Forrest drove us on the "pro" track. We were speeding around at 40 mph, and I was screaming all the while! We felt like little kids again!
Me driving on the elevated track



After the ride, we continued to Knoxville. I was SUPER excited to see Deborah and her new house, which was adorable!! Our friend Randi had come up too, as well as two of her other girl friends. We had the greatest time catching up and snacking on her Beer Cheese Dip while we watched the first 1/2 of the AU v. LSU game. We all tried REALLY hard to be for AU but as die hard Bama fans, we just couldn't do it!! We kept laughing at how indoctrinated we were!!
Forrest and Deborah's dog Snuggles!
At half time, we piled into Quinn's car and headed to campus. Deborah gets to use her teacher's parking pass on game days so we had a primo spot in a deck one block from the stadium!
Me, Deborah, and Randi ready to beat those Vols

We had to part ways so that we could pick up our tickets. While wandering around the stadium, we met up with Farrah and Justin. Farrah and I took our traditional pre-game pic before heading to meet Jay and Claire at a tailgate.
Last pic with my lucky shaker
On the way, a TN fan stopped me and told me that she liked my shoes. Well, they were pretty cute gray slouchy boots so I looked down and then thanked her. When we started walking again, I looked down again and noticed that my lucky shaker was missing!!! It had been tucked away in the back pocket of my purse and apparently that TN person took it while I wasn't paying attention! It was NO WHERE on the ground I had I seriously taken 2 steps so if it had fallen out I would have been right there to pick it up. Can you believe that? Someone seriously stole my shaker! I was kind of devastated, as I have had that shaker since I was either a junior or senior in college and it said AOII Loves the Tide on the handle. Forrest was SO sweet to go check all the garbage cans in the area just in case the TN person threw it away, but to no avail. I am still pretty upset that someone was so petty as to take a shaker!! There were some TN fans around watching me freak out (yes, it probably wasn't that big of a deal but to me it was life altering) and one of them had the nerve to say that since it was my lucky shaker, that now we were going to lose and it was all my fault. I played along with this but I was pretty annoyed by the whole situation. I was in the middle of relating the entire tale to Jay and Claire once we finally gave the shaker up as lost when a sorority sister of mine and Claire came up to us and said that Angie Harmon from Law and Order was at the next tailgate! We all ran to see and lo and behold, it was! Farrah was super brave and asked if we could get our picture with her, and Angie was SO kind and agreed. Forrest and I got a pic and so did a giddy Justin! I am still not sure why Angie and her football playing husband were there, considering she is from Dallas and he played at USC, but it was still pretty cool! I am pretty sure that was a gift to me from my abducted shaker!

With Angie Harmon
"We probably should be going"

Oh Ang

Her hubby, Jason Seahorn

Starstruck, Forrest and I left the group and headed to our seats. Who was sitting on our same row?? Why Erik Anders and Roy Upchurch, 2 Bama players that graduated last year. How cool! Our seats were right above the Bama band so we felt right in the action. The game was SUPER exciting to watch, as we made some stellar plays AND won! TN is one of our biggest rivals and I get a huge sense of satisfaction when we get to sing Rammer Jammer to them in their stadium! HEY VOLS!!!
There was a surprising lack of orange by the end of the game



Rammer Jammer!

Erik Anders and Roy Upchurch


We met back up at the car with Deb and Randi and the rest of the group and regaled them with our stories from before the game. We stopped at Sonic on the way home, which took literally 45 min. Have you ever been in the line at Sonic for 45 min? Well I can tell you it is NO fun! I don't know what the problem was but after we had been there for so long we refused to give up!! This of course put Forrest and I home pretty late, but we had such a great day, it was hard to care!
On Sunday morning we got up, packed, and drove down to Pigeon Forge to Mass. We were lucky to find a church right on the way home. This place was pretty interesting, however, as you had to walk through the gift shop to get to the sanctuary AND it was decorated like a cabin (and I don't mean that in a good way). It was a good service though and they had a wonderful choir despite the decor!
Once we finally made it home I was eager to pick up the dogs. Ruffles stayed at my Uncle John and Aunt Sue's house. She has never stayed with anyone other than my parents so I was concerned that she was upset, but she had a great time and was treated just like a little princess. She was SO excited when we picked her up that she was scooting around like crazy! Thanks for taking such good care of her guys! After a quick nap for Forrest and run to the grocery store for me, we rode out to the Bailey's to get Sonny, who always has a great time in Duck Springs. We stopped at my parents for dinner before heading back home to crash after an amazing weekend! ROLL TIDE!

Deborah's Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
8oz pkg of cream cheese

1/4 cup beer
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1 cup shredded cheese
2 Chopped green onions (Deb didn't put any in her batch and it was still awesome)
Beat ranch and cream cheese with blender then mix in other ingredients and chill in fridge!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Homecoming

This weekend was homecoming at UA. I never really got all that into homecoming while I was in college, I guess because it was SUCH a busy week with all the pomping and activities and on top of that the game was always lame. For the past 2 years, however, we have played SEC teams on homecoming and that has made it more fun and exciting for me! This week, we decided to stay in town on Friday night since the game didn't start until 8pm on Saturday. We were able to go to the Baileys' for dinner and we even went to see The Social Network. We haven't been to a movie in what feels like AGES, so this was a fun treat! We absolutely LOVED this movie, btw. It was about the creation of Facebook and the lawsuits that stemmed from it. It was 2 1/2 hrs long but I felt like only about 10 minutes had passed when it ended!
Since the game was so late, we got to sleep in a little on Saturday morning, which I VERY MUCH appreciated! Justin and Farrah had agreed to be our ride for the day so we loaded up their can and headed out about 10:30. We ALWAYS have fun riding with J and F, and this week was no exception. I don't know how we find such weird things to discuss, but it always happens! When we got to Ttown we basically unloaded at my sisters and jumped back in the car with my mom to take another trip to the Treasure Hunt. Unfortunately, the selection was nowhere near as diverse as when Forrest and I went a few weeks ago, so we were all a tad disappointed! Forrest and I did buy 7 more storage bins for the basement. I will get it organized if it kills me!
One great thing about homecoming is that it is the weekend that most people come back into town (hence the name, I suppose) so we get to see so many friends! I was super excited to see Jennifer and Phillip, who are getting married next September (and I am going to be a bridesmaid)! I was glad to get to see them in person and catch up on their wedding plans and hear all about Jennifer's new job at Burr Forman in Bham.
Jennifer and I before the game! Soon we will take this same picture, but she will have on her wedding gown!


After they left, it was time to head to the Lambda Chi house for their homecoming festivities. Jay and Claire and Joseph and Lauren met up with Justin, Farrah, Forrest, and I and we all enjoyed touring the house, eating dinner, and watching the end of the AU game. Let me pause to mention that I didn't recognize a single soul at the house, which would suggest that I am OLD. I can't believe that I graduated almost 5 years ago!
Yummy cake at Lambda Chi


After we had our fill at Lambda Chi we went to AOII, where luckily I knew more people! (My sister keeps me young, I guess!) AOII was paired w/ Beta as their fraternity for homecoming, and they won first prize in the lawn decoration contest! When I was there we NEVER won nor did we come close to winning. I must say that the girls did a fabulous job, don't you think???
On our way out of the door to take a pic with the lawn decoration, we ran into Tyler Watts, one of Bama's previous quarterbacks! He married one of our sorority sisters a few years ago.

Attempting to get a pic with the AOII lawn display! 1st Place! Way to go girls!


Our friend Gina that sits behind us at the games sold us her tickets, so MMM and Matt and my cousin Ashley and her bf Jeremiah got to sit with us! Ashley is a 1L in law school and talking to her brought back all of those dreadful memories of first year! I know Ashley will do a fantastic job, but thinking about all that studying now makes my head spin! Good luck Ash!!!

Ashley and I

Forrest and Jeremiah both, apparently, are lacking in the photogenic department. At least, that is what I was trying to capture in this pic

After a lack luster win we left the stadium at 11:35 and went back to the house, were we stayed up watching the west coast game and highlights before finally crashing about 2 am. Now, this might not seem late to some, but to us it was! Thankfully we got to sleep late and go to late church (Saban was there too, I guess he needed extra rest as well). Before we left town we stopped at 5 Guys for lunch. The weather was amazing so we sat outside with Ruffles while we ate! Once we got home Forrest worked around the house while I napped and did a quick grocery run. Then we drove out to Duck Springs to pick up Sonny before heading to mom and dad's for a steak dinner! The Baileys are so kind to keep Sonny while we are out of town. He LOVES going out and running around all of their land and playing with their chickens! After a great dinner we went home where Forrest got ready to start a new week of school, while I watched a surprise that the DVR had saved for me over the weekend: the new season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders-Making the Team! :) Yes, I know, but for some reason I just LOVE that show! I also stayed up late finishing my book, The Help, which was wonderful! I highly recommend it! This week we are back to our regular schedule since Forrest is back in school. Hope you all have a great week!
Ruffles driving home! (haha, no, not realy)

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Shoes

So last night we went to the St. James School $10,000 Give Away. I was SUPER excited to go! My parents went to this event every year when I was little and I always thought it sounded glamorous, so this year I was determined to buy a ticket! For $100 you get a ticket in the $10,000 drawing, dinner, open bar, and entry into the silent and live auctions. You could also buy bingo cards to win another chance in the drawing, as well as raffle tickets to win a refrigerator filled with steaks or a wagon filled with alcohol (the proverbial wagon that people fall off of sometimes, I guess). The party was really fun--there were so many people there from church and connected with the school that I was so excited to see. (My brother, sister, and I all went to St. James and it truly was a wonderful experience! ) We also brought Farrah and Justin along with us, which made it even more fun!
The $10,000 drawing is a reverse drawing, meaning the last ticket drawn is the winner. It was SO much more exciting than I thought! They gave us a list of the ticket holders when we came in, so when they started drawing numbers we could scratch off the ones that were out. We got out really early, but it was still fun to tick off the other "losers"! My mom left me her 2 tickets and so I had to pay attention for her. She ended up being 8 tickets away from winning the money! By the time it was over my stomach was all tied up in knots for her!! I know that being number 8 is still not winning, but it was a heck of a lot closer than I was! (My grandparents actually won years ago!)
What was Forrest doing while I was scratching names off of the list?? Checking out the silent auction, of course! Let me just say that Forrest LOVES silent auctions. Nothing thrills him more than to scope out a great deal! We went to at least 4 auction events in the spring and so by last night he was a pro! All night long I saw him wandering around the auction tables, trying to bring home a big deal. When he returned to the table he had lots of loot for us including a tuxedo shirt that was exactly his size ($8), a gift certificate for me to get my nails done ($5), and these ($5), which were luckily my size:

Thank you Farrah for capturing these for all of the world to see!

Yes, that is right, I now own this pair of shoes. What possessed him? Well, he said they were only $5, no one else had bid on them (I think there was a reason for that), the money went to support the school, and I could always wear them to the next Jersey Shore party! All good reasons, right??? They defiinitely were good for a laugh and I'm currently trying to come up with a Halloween costume that allows me to wear them, although I tried them on and I can hardly walk in them! All in all the night was great fun with great friends in support of a great cause!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monthiversary

Yesterday marked 16 months since Forrest and I got married. We always try to do something special together on our "monthiversary", as we call it. To me, it is a fun way not only to remember our wedding day but also a great excuse to have a special date night. Sometimes we go out for dinner, other times we just stay in. Last night, since Forrest is on Fall Break and home in Gadsden all day, he cooked one of our favorite dinners--breakfast! He made chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage! After dinner we took a walk with the dogs and then it was time for pumpkin carving! Last year we didn't do a pumpkin and I'm not really sure why. I picked us up one on Sunday at ALDI for $1.99. Yep, that's right, a perfect pumpkin for only $1.99! I should have bought more but I have this tiny fear that Sonny is going to think the pumpkins in the neighborhood are balls and will chew them up, so I didn't want to put a lot of money into the purchase!
Forrest was an EXPERT pumpkin carver! I did the easy eyes and nose but he used his steady dentist hands to do the mouth and teeth (of COURSE our pumpkin has teeth!).
Forrest, Sonny, and Ruffles going to town on the pumpkin

1st pumpkin

All smiles!

Once he was finished we put him in the front yard next to the "Happy Haunting" sign my mom gave me.

Our cute fall decor

Then, Forrest decided that the pumpkin wasn't quite right--he needed braces! He fashioned some pretty amazing pumpkin braces, if you ask me!!
Dr. Bailey and his patient


Happy Halloween!
 Just for fun, here is a look at the rest of the fall decor going on at the Bailey house. I don't usually do much decorating outside, especially now that we have Sonny, who tends to retrieve things, but here are pics of the few things I did do!

New doormat from the Treasure Hunt--it was only $12!


My fall Sheaf Wreath--AOIIs represent!


Monday, October 11, 2010

You Win Some, You Lose Some

We will get to the title of this post in a minute--even though I don't really feel like discussing it! This weekend was an away game for the Tide and we didn't go, which gave us a nice weekend at home to kind of catch up on everything we ignore when we are going to football games. On Friday night we went out to eat with my parents and then went home to watch Sherlock Holmes. We haven't had a weekend just to sit at home and watch a movie in as long as I can remember! It was pretty good, although we were both so tired we kept dozing off!

On Saturday morning we got up earlier than I would have liked so we could go to Trade Day one last time before it gets cold. We picked up Davis and we even brought Sonny with us! It was SO pleasant outside and even though I had to get up early, I was so glad that we went! We found a few good deals but more than that we had a good time just wandering around outside! Sonny had a GREAT time. He is such a love bug --he let so many people pet him and everyone loved him!
Sonny trying to get a taste of Forrest's corndog while he and Davis waited for their Trade Day tacos
2 interesting things I found included:
A baby divided???

I found Farrah's wedding dress!


Once we got home, I started on my game day dip that I have been itching to try for months! I had it back in the spring when I did Career Day at Striplin and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to unveil it as my own! It is super simple:
1 lb sausage (I used the Italian flavored kind)
1 8 oz cream cheese (I used lite)
1 8 oz sour cream (again, lite)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (not so lite)
1 can Rotel tomatoes
Mix together and bake in a bread bowl for 45 min at 350 and you are done!
I actually bought a round loaf of sour dough and hollowed out a bread bowl myself, and I must say I impressed myself with my skills!
This is after we had already started to devour it!

Once the dip was mixed up we loaded up Ruffles and headed to Justin's to watch the game with him and Farrah and Jonathan and Denise. I now choose to leave out all references to the game at this time.
After the game we had a delicious meal together and even found a way to laugh! Justin cooked a Boston butt and Farrah had made some baked beans from the Pioneer Woman's recipe as well as her delicious Asian slaw and Heath Bar brownies (which she made like muffins this time). Denise made some double chocolate cookies and an apple tort that looked like something out of a magazine! If only I had taken a picture of it! After dinner we were all full and tired and a little depressed, despite the wonderful day with friends, so we headed home to sleep off the loss.
On Sunday, I was actually surprised that the sun was shining when I woke up, considering the events of the day before! :) We went to church and since it was so pretty and warm out, we packed up the dogs and went to the lake for the day! The water was VERY low and Sonny loved running through the shallow water and digging in the mud. Ruffles and I laid out all afternoon. It was so nice to be able to sit in the quiet and read for so long. Forrest even got to try out his new kayak despite the shallow water. It was a very peaceful and relaxing day--something that I think we both have been needing!
Ruffles hanging ten on the kayak in the car while Sonny rests

Forrest testing the kayak while Sonny seems to walk on water!

Forrest tried to get Ruffles to like the water, to no avail. You can see that Sonny, in the background, loves it

As usual, we went to my parents' for dinner (beer can chicken) and then went home and lounged around watching tv until time for bed! This week starts Forrest's fall break, so he'll be in town all week. We have a few fun things planned that I am really looking forward to, so be ready for some exciting posts soon!
***Blog family--I would like to ask you all to pray for a special intention for me. I got some news this week about a friend who really needs our prayers! Please pray for strength, peace of mind, and healing for my dear friend!***

Blog Book Club

First of all, I clearly have been experimenting with my blog layout. If it changes 100 times between today and tomorrow, don't be alarmed! It is Columbus Day and so the court house is closed today, meaning no court for me, only appointments. In between appointments I have found all kinds of fun things I can try on the blog and I intend to do just that!

Anyway, back to the point of this post. I was talking to a friend this weekend and she was saying how fun she thought my book club sounded (it is, btw) and that she wished she could be in it. She lives out of town, so that isn't really an option, so I told her that if she couldn't start her own, she could just read along with our club. That gave me the idea to start posting what I am reading, both in book club and on my own, and then whoever wants to read along with me is welcome to do so and we can post comments about the book once we've finished. Ok, so here goes. This month our group is reading Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.


I already finished it--it is fantastic! I stayed up late so many nights just trying to see what was going to happen! Since I already finished the book for book club, I started on The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.
This one is awesome as well! It is over 400 pages and I'm already 1/2 way through and I've only been reading for a few days! The book club read this one a few months before I got in it and they all spoke so highly of it that I was itching to read it. Imagine my surprise when I found it in Mrs. Bailey's bookshelf! It is another page turner and I highly recommend it! Please post any comments you have AND if you have any books you'd like to suggest, please post them as well! We are always looking for new and interesting titles to sink our teeth eyes into!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

On Monday night I baked a cake to enter into the UABSOD (school of dentistry--I use that acronym a lot) Cake-Off For a Cure for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only did I feel wife-ly and domestic, but I felt like it was the least I could do to support the fight against breast cancer. My Grandmother McCord had breast cancer, so my cake was in memory of her.  I was excited to have an opportunity to try a cake recipe for Rocky Road Cake I had seen in a magazine a few months back. I used just a simple boxed devil's food cake mix and store bought frosting (I guess I could have made these from scratch, but who really has time for that?). Frosting is my arch-enemy. I LOVE to eat it but was not blessed with the skills to frost anything neatly. Since I had to display this cake, I put 2 gallon sized zip loc bags under it (I centered the cake over the end of each bag so the zipper parts were hanging off the sides of the cake stand) so the cake stand would stay clean while I frosted it. I thought that was a great idea, and all Forrest would have to do was to pull each bag by the zipper ends to remove them and the cake would stay in place and the stand would be frosting free! Also, this cake recipe was PERFECT for me and my lack of frosting skills, because once it was frosted, I covered the entire thing in mini marshmallows, dry roasted peanuts, and chocolate chips! The recipe had me mix a cup and a 1/2 of each ingredient in a bowl and then it said to "press" them into the frosting. By press, my OCD self figured that meant "place individually" so it took me a lot longer than it probably should have, but I had a good time doing it! Next time I probably will just grab handfuls of each ingredient from their individual bags and skip the mixing. On the top of the cake I used marshmallows to make a ribbon for breast cancer awareness. I wish I had the forethought to find PINK marshmallows, but alas, I thought of that at 9pm Monday night, so it did not happen. I think it turned out fairly well!

Doesn't it look yum? You can see my baggies hanging out, protecting my cake stand!

The ribbon on top!
On Monday I was sitting on pins and needles waiting for the results. I did not win one of the prizes (Best Taste, Best Appearance, Best Overall), although I'm pretty sure I probably got 2nd place, but they just didn't award any 2nd prizes. :) Forrest said that my cake got lots of compliments though AND that the slices sold really quickly, thus raising lots of money for breast cancer research! Neither he nor I got to taste it but I guess if people were buying it, it was good! The only disappointing thing was that apparently the people that set up the cakes left the ziploc bags hanging out from under my cake! They set it up instead of Forrest and apparently they didn't understand my ingenious bag idea. I can just imagine my beautiful cake sitting on top of frosting-smeared bags! Oh well, no wonder it didn't win Best Appearance! All in all it was a fun project for me and a great way to contribute to a great cause!
 
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