This week I believe I was brushed by an angel’s wing; one belonging to my dear, sweet mother in law, Renetta. Monday was her birthday and on that day the finalists in the 2015 National Festival of Breads was announced. And, yes, yours truly is among them with the best smokehouse cheese bread. It’s an honor. What touches my heart about this whole thing is not so much that I won, but that the recipe I created for this contest was actually inspired by Renetta and days spent visiting her in Vermont. Is it just coincidence or is it Renetta continuing to comfort me? Are there angels among us? What’s your story?
I cannot share my bread recipe with you just yet, but here is the official announcement from the National Festival of Breads including yummy photos of all the other winners.
Update alert. I am just thrilled and honored to tell you that I am the 2015 Grand Champion of the National Festival of Breads. Thank you to all the judges, Kansas Wheat, Red Star Yeast and the other fabulous sponsors. My dear sweet mother in-law Renetta was definitely present and continues to rest peacefully in my heart. I love how she has inspired my antics in the kitchen. I know she is incredibly proud.
Lovely story as always, Lisa! I’m also thrilled to be a finalist at the Festival Of Breads! We will all have a fantastic time together!!!!!!
YAY, Ronna! It will be a fun girls week in Kansas.
“Is it just coincidence or is it Renetta continuing to comfort me? Are there angels among us? What’s your story?”
Surely there are angels among us, Lisa. The gift is to be open to the possibility. And with Grace, by Grace and in Grace you are open to the gift <3
Thank you, Ellen. One thing for sure is that you are a real life breathing angel
You know how I feel about our Guardian Angels! No coincidence at all. I wish everyone could feel as comforted by GA’s as you and I do by ours. I just know they tag team us from up there 🙂 And they most certainly inspire us. Great description of your Vermont visits.
It is wonderful to know that others feel the same–makes me feel less crazy sometimes. Glad my brain can still retrieve the memories. Every time I see a coin on the ground I think of you and your mom and those pennies from heaven.
Kudos on reaching the finals. It sounds like a fun trip to Kansas and, if you win it all, I hope you don’t go wild with all that yeast. I’m quite sure you will be the first Matino/Keys to set foot in Kansas.
Thank you! I am very excited to go to Kansas and learn all about wheat harvesting. Dad may have stepped foot in KS–didn’t he hitch-hike across the country when he was a teenager?
Congratulations Lisa, you never cease to amaze! You may need some Ruby slippers, what would Renetta think about that?
Thanks Wendy. Well, of course there is no place like home, but I think a visit to Kansas will be a whole lot of fun.