Our church holds an annual Cook-Off with categories for children and adults. Last year Jaden did not want to make anything, but she was sure that Alannah would win for her ravioli recipe, and she was so proud of me winning first place for my Crock Pickles.
This year when she heard the Cook-Off was happening, she poured through the Pampered Chef kids cook-book for a recipe. She found one she liked, and she and Michael went shopping.
Today she said that it wasn't fair that she took my trophy so she's giving it back, and she hoped to win her category, but she really just wanted people to like her dessert and doesn't care if she wins.
This morning at 9:15 she asked me, "Is it afternoon yet?" Later I learned that Michael told her she couldn't make the brownies until the afternoon. We made them at noon on the dot. At 2:15 she said, "I think I need to go to church now." I told her that worship was at 5 and the Cook-Off wasn't until 6:30, so she had four more hours before she needed to leave.
At 3:15 she was sure it was time to leave!
The event started around 6:15 with the appetizer round, then we sampled 6 crock pot recipes. We finally got to the dessert round, and Jaden proclaimed her dessert to be "phenomenal!" Then she asked, "Now everyone at this table is going to vote for me, right?" I just laughed and laughed.
The woman who made all of the announcements saw that her son and Jaden were giddy while they waited to hear who won, so she started with the dessert winners. When she announced Jaden's name, my sweet daughter ran to get her trophy. I took photos of the first and second place winners of each category, and you can see the first photo in this post has two super-happy kids in it.
She made Brownie S'Mores, but the entry card read "Fudge Brownies." After she was announced the winner and given her trophy, she ran to me for a hug and whispered in my ear, "The fudge gets 'em every time!"
She did give me my trophy from last year back to me, and she named her trophy "Trophena."