Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Montana Fair Wool Awards

Montana Fair in Billings features a wool competition each year. We entered six of our Romney fleeces in the fair. The six fleeces were entered in three different divisions. After the judging was finished, we came away with three blue ribbons and three red ribbons!!

White Handspinning Fleeces-56s and lower

1st place - Dove
2nd place - Celeste
Black Handspinning Fleeces-56s and lower

1st place - Daniel
2nd place - Cecelia

Colored Handspinning Fleeces-56s and lower

1st place - Autumn

2nd place - Edison

Montana Fair Culinary Awards

Montana Fair is held each summer in Billings, Montana. It runs for nine days and features competitions in many diverse categories. This year Emily entered eight items in the culinary division. After the food was tasted and the verdicts were in, she placed with all her items!

Cranberry Bread: 1st
Chocolate Zucchini Bread: 3rd
Pumpkin Bread: 1st
Bran Muffins: 1st
Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies: 2nd
Brownies (frosted): 1st
Ginger Cookies: 2nd and Heritage Award
Chocolate Cherry Cake: 1st

Emily received the Heritage award on her ginger cookies. The Heritage Award is given by the judge to items that remind him/her of old-fashioned recipes that have been passed down through the generations.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Double Rainbow

After a late afternoon storm blew through our place, we were able to see a beautiful, double rainbow.

The rainbow was a supernumerary rainbow.

"And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud ...

  ... and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
- Genesis 9:12-16 -