Thursday, November 17, 2011

Annual Chili and Pie Cookoff

Our Church threw a fun autumn party over the weekend and there was a contest for best chili, and best pie. It was the best, all the comfort food was so good! This is by far one of my favourite activities that I look forward to every year.

As 'luck' would have it, our camera died right when we got there, so I only had my phone to take pictures, and the lighting was pretty terrible, so I am so so sorry for the crappy grainy werido quality of these, but it was still a fun memory I'd like to document, so there you go.




I think Ryan and I ended up trying about nine different types of chili before I realized I needed to be saving room for pie too! woops. I made a chili for the contest with butternut squash, ground beef, corn, black beans and white beans, tomatoes, and onions with garlic, ginger, cardamom, and cayenne and chili oil for flavouring. I loved trying everyone's different versions of chili, and with sour cream and cheese to top it I was in heaven. and no, I didn't take a picture of my chili because I am SOH DUM.


The pies were pretty incredible too! they went reeaalllyy fast, so I didn't get to try all of them, but these were my favourites: an apple/ caramel/cheesecake combo, a fluffy lemon filling topped with blackberry compote, and a berry/dark chocolate/ almond tart. oh man. so good.

THEN they tallied the votes, and guess what guys? I won for best chili! It was my first time entering, and I didn't even really use a recipe, which I probably shouldn't publicize, but hey! we won free movie tickets:) this was my victory pose, brandishing my prize. I was pretty surprised.



It's been a while since I've worn this dress, and I really wanted to go with a Barnyard/ country feel for the theme of the party, so it felt like a good choice. I found it at saver's about 4 years ago and every time I consider selling it I put it on and fall in love with it again. pockets, midi length, full skirt, cute print, really unique details, looks cute with my cowboy boots? ok yeah I'll keep it:)



dress: vintage (saver's)
cardigan: last chance
boots: vintage

Autumn makes me so so happy. best food of the year! How are you celebrating it?

Or HEY, all you down there, how's spring and what are your traditions?


  1. This is one of the cutest outfits I have ever seen and I'm missing when my hair was long enough to wear adorable little braids. This post also made me hungry!

  2. Congrats on the win! And, your dress is completely adorable.

  3. Oh yay! congratulations! No recipe? You're a master chef! Such a cute idea to have something like this :) I'm a wuss when it comes to chilli, but I would have just LOVED the pies :)
    You look beautiful as always.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I always enjoy a good cook-off! Congrats on the win!

  5. hooray for winning the chili cookoff and sweet dress.

  6. Oh my gosh, this looks like such a fun event! I love your dress and how it matches the occasion so well! :) Congrats on the win! xo

  7. Congratulations! <3 I love love love your dress! Oh goodness, cameras always seem to run out of battery at the most annoying moments!

    Lost in the Haze

  8. That looks like a very fun event! And a tasty one too, I would imagine! Your dress is so so cute.

  9. oh, yay congrats on the win - that is SO great & this looks like such a cute and fun event. And I love what you wore, you look SO pretty!! xo V

  10. Goodness I love this dress on you. That would be so much fun to be able to try differen't foods like this out!! how cool

  11. OH MY, what a delicious post :x And your dress looks yummy as well !

  12. awh, congratulations girl! you are GORGEOUS. I love this amazing, adorably country look on you! :)


  13. this is awesome! congrats on being the best chili maker. definitely one of my favorite dishes for the cooler months & you can make so many different versions of it!

  14. Hey I just came upon your blog via Clothed much. Seriously such a cute and adorable blog. Love it--I'm your newest follower! I'm pretty new to the blogging world but if you ever want to swap buttons or posts or any of that blogging....stuff ;) that would be awesome!


  15. your outfit is DARLING! i loooove your cardigan and dress, and the boots. I just love the whole thing!
    I'm Lauren, it's very nice to meet you!

  16. Awww, congrats on winning the contest! You look so cute! And now I REALLY want some pie...