|The infamous Golden Ticket!|
Before tackling the challenge, I scoured the grocery store to see if there were any soft pretzels to be found. You have to be able to market your product if it were to become a grocery item. I didn't see anything except for the hard pretzel type of snacks. Now, my planning and creating can begin. I picked up some thick cut bacon, fresh rosemary, thyme, sharp cheddar cheese, and Parmesan. I should also note that the category I chose to enter was for the 'savoury snacks'.
With some tweaking and measurement fixing, I came up with the perfect combo of herbs to bacon and cheese. I decided to call them 'Canadian Bacon Bites'. Here is the YouTube video I submitted along with my application.
By looking and reading through my food blog 'Meals with Michelle', you'll notice that I am always trying to come up with new creations 'in my own kitchen' either through tweaking current favourites or by using up leftovers. Being a stay at home mom has allowed my creative juices to flow since I enjoy feeding my family and trying out new things. Grocery shopping and menu planning are hobbies of mine and I can literally relax while shopping on a tight budget. I enjoy the thrill of couponing and finding great deals and always want to share my finds on my facebook page called Maritime Couponing. It's great to be able to share with others whether it's recipes, coupons, great sales, or free samples.
So after my best friend and I submitted our applications, we waited patiently. We found out the auditions for our area would be in Halifax on Feb. 11th. This was perfect because my best friend lives in Halifax, but I live about 4.5 hours away and knew we were going to have a great 'girls weekend' if we happened to get an audition. We both ended up getting 'over the phone' interviews from the Recipe to Riches reps but they still informed us we would get another call telling us whether or not we'd get audition times.
As life would have it, we had an unexpected death in our family. My hubby's twin brother Steve suddenly passed away from a gas leak in his apartment where he lived while serving as a missionary in Central Asia. He had only been in that country for a little over a month and had been raising his support funds so he could go the past few years. There is always a risk involved when going into another country, this was an environmental risk due to the frigid cold temperatures in that country which normally do not occur and caused people to turn their heat source on which is 'odourless' gas. His passing has been a shock to the whole family, but in our Faith we have been able to be strong and many people have prayed for us and still are. We know that Steve is in a much better place than we can ever imagine, even though we miss him terribly.
|My brother in law and I, rest in peace Steve. xo|
|Somer and I heading to the Delta Halifax for our auditions.|
I was able to make my 'Canadian Bacon Bites' fresh that morning before we went. I had some red Chinese take out boxes done up for each judge knowing presentation was key. We arrived and waited patiently in the 'Quiet Zone' before getting to see the judges. We both made some friends and laughed lots which I think put us all at ease. I got to meet (and get my picture) with Chef Dave Burnett. He was all embarrassed to get his picture done which was so funny cause in my eyes he's a celebrity!
|Hangin' with Chef Dave Burnett!|
|Canadian Bacon Bites|
So now more waiting will happen. But I am alright with that. I have been at home enjoying my hubby on his time off and we have been keeping busy with the boys. Hopefully soon I may have more news, but right now I am the biggest winner of all because I have been able to share this with my family and their support has been incredible. For now, I will keep spoiling them all with all kinds of yummy meals and desserts. Canadian Bacon Bites will be a hit in my kitchen and that's the only place that matters to me!