Sunday, July 26, 2015
#100HappyDays :: Day 82
The eighth annual chili cook off is now one for the books. Another fantastic year with wonderful families, truly a highlight of our summer. We had nine chili entries and six pie entries. Everyone takes their tasting quite seriously, numbering cups to make sure that they can keep track of favorites.
In the last eight years we have had two years where there has been a tie. Once for a chili, and then most recently in 2011 for a pie. This year amazingly we had ties in both the chili and pie competitions! The winning chills were a Five Pepper Southwestern Chicken Chili, and a Chili con Carne. The winning pies were a Cherry Breeze Pie with a graham cracker crust and a Hey Der, Hi Der, Pie Der, Cream Puff Pie with a brandy old-fashioned glaze. All of the entries were amazing, and it was a tough choice for all.
Beyond tastings, there were games, running, and a lot of generalized play with not a single kid plugged in. The kids were beginning to gather here for a very heated game of capture the flag, only identifiable by their glow sticks as they raced across the property.
This year's bonfire was spectacular, and fortunately still going this morning with only a little stoking. The very definition of a happy day.