August 9, 2008

61

Not only is 61* the title of a lovely movie about the 1961 baseball season and the number of homers Roger Maris hit to break Babe Ruth's record that year (I only know this because I'm a huge Barry Pepper fan and because both of my brothers love baseball), but it's also the number of amazing entries I received for "Beat the Heat."

(Wowza, look at the forearm on that one! Yes, I like baseball, too, but for different reasons. But I digress...)

To say that I'm in awe of the turnout would be an understatement. I want to thank each and every person who sent me an entry--you've helped make this more fun than I ever could've anticipated! I'll have the roundup posted just as soon as I can.

To tide you over, please take a gander at what happens to items that don't beat the heat:

(the shriveled sticks you see before you used to be baby carrots)

Why I continue to crank up my oven to 400 degrees in this weather is beyond me.

Have a great weekend!

27 comments:

nicisme said...

Tee hee! That's gonna keep you busy and out of trouble this weekend!

Ann said...

Only crazy people crank the oven up in the dog days, my dear. :-)

Sarah said...

Can't wait to see the round-up! Stay out of that oven!

OhioMom said...

We are currently having Fall-like weather after the heat and humidity I am lovin it!

I baked yesterday, I will bake today and maybe for the next few days, gotta get some bread put up in the freezer before the heat returns (and it will).

Congrats on the entries !!

noble pig said...

He-he, I had my oven up to 500 yesterday!

Jacque said...

Wow, I can't wait to see them. Congrats on a stellar turnout. That's exciting!

cookinpanda said...

Holy moly! 61! Can't wait to hear about the entries. Congratulations, you're quite the host.

The Blonde Duck said...

Just to let you know, I came up with one for giggles this morning. It won't count for the contest, but I think you'll get a kick out of it. Have fun sorting through all those entries!

kellypea said...

It was a terrific idea, Grace, so I was glad to get involved! I finally cranked up my oven today, but only for 10 minutes, which is pretty lame when you think about it since it takes 20 to preheat. Can't wait for the round up....poor carrots.

LyB said...

Wow, 61 entries! I can't wait to see the round-up! It's still not too hot around these parts so I've been cranking up the oven myself, just in case the temps go up and I haven't had time to bake anything! :)

Bunny said...

I'm so happy your event was such a success! We are having cooler weather too! I hope it holds out till tomorrow cause I want to bake!

Krysta said...

mickey mantle was a good looking guy. great arms. love the 61 reference.

Marilyn said...

A girl who knows baseball numbers and will crank up an oven in August? What, are we separated at birth? Can't wait to see all the cool, cool entries, Grace.

Erinn said...

Glad it was such a resounding success! I too have been known to roast, broil and otherwise heat up my kitchen on an already hot day. I'm with ya.

Sarah said...

thanks for sharing a mouse tale...and yes, they do jump! i watched one (i was trying to figure out what to do with it) scale the screen in front of my fireplace. a tad disconcerting!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I find myself using my grill more and more as an oven during the summer months to compensate for my sad air conditioning (it needs all the help it can get). Can't wait to see the roundup!

Lina said...

hahah at first I couldn't tell what those were! But grilled carrots sure are yummy!

Tiffany said...

I am in love with the oven, even when it's hot and humid outside!
Thanks for the "Beat the Heat" contest- I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries.

Kim(ayankeeinasouthernkitchen) said...

We must all be nuts Grace, I had my oven to 425 then broiled another dish and set off the fire alarm. It was just 90 plus degrees outside today. Will I do it again, you bet.

Vera said...

Grace, congratulations! I couldn't have thought of a better host for any blog-events! Too bad I missed this one.

Lorraine E said...

hehe I had my oven up that high but I had the excuse that it's freezing cold Winter here! ;)

canarygirl said...

Wow, what a great turnout! Can't wait to see the roundup! :D

Elle said...

I can't wait to see the round up!

KC said...

That was a fabulous roundup, Grace! I enjoyed it so much. Thanks for hosting.

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