My Bishop called me at work to tell me he enjoyed reading about me and my Pizza Pretzels over breakfast. You can read the story HERE. It was published in the Deseret News by Valerie Phillips who we spoke to both in traveling to Orlando and various times during the Bake-Off contest. I think she did a really great job capturing the moment and some of my memories.
I have to admit, I kind of liked being in the limelight a little bit. Coming back to life and my jobs and various responsibilities is so much less glamorous. I teach 12-13 year old girls at church. I teach 18-30+ year olds at UVU. I advise 22-85+ year olds at BYU. A lot of people depend on me. So, I'm just saying it was kind of nice to have the tables turned a bit and have people treating me like I was some kind of special or something. The unofficial youngest one of the contest. I liked that role. I liked representing Pizza Pretzels.
As a direct consequence of coming back to "reality," I have tons of recipe ideas currently being milled over in the "research and development" area of my and Hylan's minds. He's so nice to listen to all of my babbles and offer some good feedback and some ideas that further spur ideas in my mind. He may even submit a few recipes for the next Bake-Off.
Just so you know, when you submit a recipe to the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, your recipes are given a number and no other identifying feature is attached. The whole batch of tens of thousands of recipes are sent to an independent company who stews over them and checks for originality and creativity and then sends a list back to Pillsbury. So, at that point Pillsbury receives the hundreds of recipes and narrows from there, but again without any other identifying feature--just the recipe itself.
And as far as the judging of the contest goes, the panel of judges are selected from an independent agency (Pillsbury does not make any awarding decisions after selecting the finalists) and they are told not to read anything about the contest for a year prior to the event. They don't know anything about us as contestants and are solely judging the recipes as they are received on contest morning. If you want to know more, you can read this article posted by one of the judges from the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest held in Orlando, Florida.
So, there you have it, if you were curious. I thought it was kind of cool to be in the know.