Short Story: I need suggestions! What would you crafty, clever, creative people do with a bunch of small, glass 5 ounce jars?
I don’t just want to just put them in the recycle bin, and there are no lids for the jars (they come with a foil lid).
Long Story: When we moved back to the West Coast, I knew that it meant losing Traders Point Organic Creamery, a local gem in the Indianapolis area. Here’s a secret: with enough whining, pleading, and repeated requests, dairy managers just might start carrying Traders Point for you, too. After only a few begging sessions from me, my favorite Midwest yogurt became available here, thanks to the fabulous Whole Foods dairy manager.
At first they carried just the quart jars in plain, Mango Banana, and Wild Berry flavors. Then, a few years later, the best flavor in the world (seriously, The Best, I would never exaggerate in a million years), Raspberry arrived but only in 5 oz glass jars.
Now I have a LOT of 5 oz glass jars.
Pinterest searches have turned up nothing, by the way. That surprised me.
We came, we lingered, we laughed. Oh, how we laughed.
We delighted in the floral specimens, scarcely believing that roses could achieve that color or dahlias could be that perfect. We wanted to die for the level of fluffiness we witnessed in the bunnies on display. The student art floored us- what talent! The collections and cooking entries included everything from the amazing to the confusing. We left with enough examples of beauty and to fodder for laughter for ages to come.
Roses have names, we know that. “Peace, Mr. Lincoln, Iceberg, and Julia Child” are all common varieties, but today at the fair we found many far from common- names like the enigmatic titles given to race horses or those found on the back of sailboats… a few could be romance novel titles, honestly.
A sampling: “Renegade, Black Magic, Playboy, The Fairy, Wise Portia, First Kiss, Super Hero, Betty Boop, Foolish Pleasures, Mother’s Love, Power Point, Nemesis, Seattle Destination, Bees Knees, Shameless, Lusciously Lucy, Monkey Business, Jump for Joy, Hot Cocoa, Gourmet Popcorn. ”
The dahlia displays were no less stunning- what amazing symmetry and size! Annika’s take-away after seeing the dahlias was how much these flowers seem to jump right out of a Dr. Seuss book. I left wishing I could come back with a golf club. “Fore!!” Just kidding… kind of.
We were both sad to see that there were no fancy chickens in the livestock barns, but were completely delighted with the bunnies. Oh my GOSH, it was a fluffy overload. How can something be that impossibly fluffy? Here are a few of our favorites:
These are a few of the fluffiest, cutest, most adorable critters I have ever seen at a state fair.
There were as many people crowded around the bunnies as there were anywhere. Everyone wants to just marvel at their sweetness, and who can blame them?
We left the animals saying goodbye to the mama pig and her piglets, reminding Annika of how she prefers to eat marzipan pigs to the real ones. Mama Piggy gave me an entirely different idea: it was high time to visit the corndog stand.
Coming up in Part Two- Student Art and Photography, and the Home and Hobby collections, displays, crafts and foods.