Monday, November 24, 2014

Winners All Around! Mandarin Festival Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving Week! 

We all have so much to be thankful for, even if things are not necessarily going our way. This weekend was the Mountain Mandarin Festival and to say I was busy would be the understatement of the century! I personally made 350 jars of assorted flavors of mandarin marmalade, set up, decorated and tore down our booth, helped to organize and manage 63 volunteers, manned the booth to sell said marmalades, and made 3 recipes to enter in the recipe contest. Dave and Mason both worked their butts off, too. Dave entered two recipes in the contest while Mason entered one. Dave won 2nd place in both the main dish and side dish categories with his Mandarin Chicken Curry and his Mandarin Cider Slammer cocktail, Mason won third place in the main dish category with his Mandarin Jerk Chicken and I finally won the Snow's Citrus Court award with my Mandarin Breakfast Sausage! Whoo-Hoo! Cash prizes for all!

We didn't make as much money with our marmalade sales as we had rain most of the day on Saturday, but I am still hopeful that once all the accounting is in, we can be close to $2,000 in sales. We still have plenty left if you want to buy some for the coming holiday parties and gifts. It is really an awesome artisan product and I don't think it will be available next year. It's $9.00 a jar and all proceeds benefit Mason's school kitchen project. We have 1/2 pints of (they are all mandarin) pepper (120), peach (9), cranberry (26), lime (8), pineapple (19), pineapple-cranberry (7), mango (8), mango-pepper (5), raspberry, (9) and blackberry (3). We also have 4 jars left of a deliciously tart strawberry/cranberry/plum jam (no mandarin) and 32 full pints of no sugar apple sauce - made with only local apples and cinnamon $12.00.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving and take some time off, relax and enjoy your company - let people help you and if they are not helping, ask them to! Lots of love to you and yours! XOXO

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