Things have been extremely busy and exciting this summer.  My “regular” full-time university job continues to bring me great joy and satisfaction.  As I prepare for my 29th fall semester, I look forward to the returning students and faculty as much as I did many years ago!  And there have been some very exciting moments for me in my “other” jobs that I enjoy just as much.

The last blog gave an update on the entries at the Heart of Illinois Fair.  Allison and I also entered a number of cookies in the State Fair.  Although they did not place, it is always exciting to compete the in State Fair.

The good news is my blackberry jelly placed second!

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Reflections On Summer

It is just so incredibly hard to believe that Summer is winding down.  Maybe the old saying is true that as you get older time seems to go by more quickly.  But as I reflect back over my summer, with so many fun and fond memories, “Time flies when you are having fun” seems to be much more appropriate.

After many years of volunteering in the foods and textiles departments at the Heart of Illinois Fair, I decided that I really wanted to participate in the fair in a different capacity, as an exhibitor.  I am happy to say that my butter cookies were awarded a second place ribbon.  But more important, my 9-year old granddaughter, Lainey, entered chocolate chip cookies in the junior division.  On her first attempt at entering a baking contest, her cookies were awarded a second place ribbon!  Here she is proudly posing in front of the display case with her winning cookies. Read More »