Sunday, January 18, 2009

$1500 Prize~Winning Hamburger!!!!

Everyone is given a talent...great or small it's what we do with it that counts. You can hid it under a bushel or you can put it to use.

One of my sisters "Jane" has a knack for cooking. Cooking in the modern family is becoming a lost art with fast food on every corner and the ease of a microwave in almost every home. I wonder about the generations to come.

Jane has two girls and has had them in the kitchen helping prepare the meals since they were very little and to keep them inspired they have entered the State Fair, magazine contest, the Pillsbury Bake~Off and the Oklahoma Beef Cook~Off.

The last two Beef Cook~Off's held here in Oklahoma, Jane with one of the girls has been selected to come to the contest. With over one hundred entries the judges try them out at home themselves and narrow them down to two finalist in 3 different categories. This year Jane and Mandy Jo were the finalist in the Kid Pleasers category. They were invited to OKC to a steak dinner the night before the contest and stayed in a nice hotel. My Mom goes along to cheer them along!

Jane and Mandy Jo made a Hamburger with a special sauce. The children participating with the parent has to be involved in the preparation. They have exactly 30 minutes to have it done from start to finish.

In the Kid Pleasers category they won 1st place receiving $500. Once all the category winners were announced the grand prize winner was chosen...and the winner is

Jane and Mandy $1000.00

Now Jane had told Mandy before they ever went that she could have half of the money if they won.

Mandy and Jane were interviewed by local tv stations and will also be featured in March on RFDTV. Mandy plans on taking her big check to school on Tuesday for Show and Tell. Her plans for the money is buying her and Big Sis' Erin a Wii game system and then the rest goes in the bank.

Mom and Erin are happy about the results and are looking forward to the next contest!

Happy Trails...Ginger


Char said...

Oh how wonderful! keep kids cooking in the kitchen and not ordering at a drive thru is a wonderful thing!!!...congrats to the winners!

primitivebettys said...

OH.... a HUGE congrats to both! That is so very exciting & very cool! :)

Terri said...

Wow - that's some burger! How exciting - and what a great thing for them to be doing! By the way, I am sorry I forgot about your money - I blame my schedule, and an aging brain, and exhaustion. The stupid part is paypal's so quick - I could see forgetting to stop and get a money order, you know, but paypal?? Anyway, thanks for your patience!

Miz T. said...

That is SO exciting! Congratulations to the winners! Have you tasted the burger Ginger? Is it wonderful? It's so important to get kids excited about cooking, and being on TV and winning contests would certainly do it. Thanks for the smile today!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Big congratulations to the winners! How cool is that?? Hope they keep cooking for a long time..

Tammy said...

Now how coool is that? Congrats to them both.

How selfless of Mandy for spending some of her winnings on her big sister.

WTG Girls.

Terry said...

How exciting Ginger! Congratulations to them both!
I've always loved to cook. Started out with my mom, then when she had to go back to work, I would have dinner ready when both parents got home. I was in Jr. High school.

Mandy and Erin both are cuties!

Shellmo said...

That is so great that they won! And how wonderful that your sister is passing on her cooking skills to her daughter!

Toni said...

Hi!I found you through Lea of Farmhouse blessings.That`s wonderful about them winning that contest.Cooking has definatly become a lost art these days.Glad I found your blog!Take care!!~~~Toni

Anne said...

Wow, that's great. Congrats to them both!

Carrie P. said...

How exciting for them both. Congrats to them.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Wow! Such talent in one family. I am so happy for them. It's wonderful that your sister is passing on her skills to her daughters. Such a blessing!