Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hard at Work!

Party production is in full swing at the Moho Bake Shoppe!
We sent out the last order for the week and now it's time for full on party work.

The Beer and Pimento Cheeses are made and ready for serving!

Basil naturally grown at Evening Song Farm just down the road in Cuttingsville Vermont. 

Lemon's we got from BJs!

But squeezed with love by Dave, who likes to say: "When life gives you genetically engineered lemons from BJ's lemons, make lemonade!"

Then Laura says: "Shut up and get to work!"

Today's THE Day!

Today's the Day that we start the party prep in earnest.
I made these bandana print cookies last night and I have a few more to make today. I had never made these before, so I'm pretty happy with them.
Dave and I are finishing up a couple of cookie orders this morning and then it's on to Beer Cheese, Pimento Cheese, Mac and Cheese. All this cheese!!
We had a little lemon/orange emergency yesterday, but I won't go into it and everything is fine now, but we'll be scrubbing those and juicing lemons for home made strawberry lemonade, getting everything ready for the sangria and making pesto for the Tomato Pie. It's going to be a busy day and I have no idea what I'm doing for party favors!! I gotta go and make some more lists and get down to business, but thought I'd share some pics from my party folder.

I thought these would be the cutest favors, but I don't have time this year.

I wanted to make these "horses" for decoration, but time!!

And how cute are these?? I can't find bandana print paper ANYWHERE, otherwise, I would have made these.
I'll be posting our updates throughout the day so check back!!!
OH, and the food has been ordered, the haybales will be delivered on Friday, and so will the "outhouse".


Monday, August 8, 2011


Allright people, it's time to step up! We only have four entrants to the Pie Baking Contest and NO entries in the Pie Eating contest.

If you want to submit a pie, you need to post your entry here:
or email Laura at

We need at least four contestants for the Pie Eating Contest. The contest is simple: Four mini pies. Three minutes. Whoever can eat the fastest will win wonderful prizes and have forever the pride of winning!

We need four entrants by 5PM tomorrow (8/9). You can either enter here or email Laura at the above address.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Oh My God Oh My God Oh My God Oh My God

The Hoedown is LESS THAN A WEEK away.
And I know I promised a "schedule of events" and the menu DAYS ago, so here it is:
1p-2p appetizers, meet and greet
2p-2:30p Pie Contest!!
2:30-3p Pie EATING contest
3:00p Food is served!
4p  Dessert is served!
then we can hang out, play badminton, drink more Sangria, paddle around in the pond and have more fun!!
Of course things may not take as long or they'll take more time. I've never hosted a Pie Contest before, and so far we have 4 pies to judge and 3 judges, so sign up via email, or just post a comment here. Then I'll have a better idea, plus I have to make labels and numbers and all that.

So be sure to be here on time, so you don't miss out on the fun!

Now for the Menu:


Sangria (made by Laura)
Strawberry (or watermelon, whichever I feel like making) Lemonade


Beer Cheese (made by Dave)
Pimento Cheese (made by Dave)
Pretzels, crackers, celery, carrot, cucumber, red pepper (all from local farms)
Bacony Deviled Eggs (made by Laura, eggs and bacon also from local farms)

all from Squeels on Wheels
Pulled beef, chicken, pork
bbq sauce

Tomato Pie (made by Laura, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil from local farms)
Macaroni and cheese (made by Laura)
cole slaw (squeels on wheels)
corn on the cob (squeels on wheels)
baked beans (made by Adrian)

Mixed Berry shortbread (made by Laura)
cookies (made by Laura and Dave)
cupcakes (made by Laura and Dave)
S'more pops (not sure about these)
Malik's Birthday cake (made by Dave and Laura AND Marlyn of Montreal Confections)

I'll work on a list of things to bring as soon as possible. It's been crazy around here with Dave and I trying to get all our A Dozen Eggs work done so we can take a little "vacation". Yesterday we delivered 244 cupcakes and a cake to TWO weddings, so we're a little tired.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Pie Contest!!

Apricot Raspberry Pie

So, if you hadn't read in my previous post, I'm planning on hosting a Pie Contest at the Hoedown this year.
What does that mean to you? (and by you, I mean all 8 readers...and all FOUR that actually have posted comments so far...ahem)

Lemon Meringue Pie 

 It means that you need to make your best pie and bring it to the Hoedown. And if you don't want to do that, you can be a judge. And if you don't want to do either of those things, well, you don't have to,  and I won't think any less of you. But I might think you aren't as much fun. (which I guess would be thinking a little bit less of you, sorry)

Blueberry Pie

If you would like to enter your best Pie in the Pie Contest, here's the info:

Bring your best pie with you.

It must be a dessert pie, no savory pies please, the crust must be made from scratch (no frozen, store bought crusts PLEASE!!) The filling must be home made (NOT from a can, for God's sake Not from a can!!)

Be prepared to have you pie judged by our expert panel

Strawberry Pie 

Here is what they will be judging on a 50 point scale:

Overall appearance
  • texture and consistency of crust or topping 5 points
  • Inside texture (runny, firm, juicy) 5 points
  • Flavor strength and balance of ingredients 10 points
  • Taste of crust 5 points

Overall Impression
  • Memorableness of Pie 10 points
  • Is the pie impressive? 5 points
  • Level of Creativity 10points
Are you nervous??

Lattice Apple Pie with Mexican Brown Sugar

Don't be, it's not as serious as it sounds. It will be fun and if you win, you will get a fun prize and Bragging rights. And POSSIBLY a big Blue Ribbon!!  Plus the Pie Contest won't be until 2pm, so you'll have an hour to drink up some Sangria, and that will make everything way more fun.

Espresso Cream Pie

I have a whole big list of tips for anyone entering the pie contest, but it's really long and I don't want to bore anyone. I also don't have a lot of time to type it all right now, but if you're interested in the list, let me know and I'll either mail it to you or post it here as soon as I can.

Peach Cardamom Pie

This will be our 5th annual Hoedown and our 1st annual Pie contest, so let's make it fun and memorable!

Coconut Key Lime Pie

Oh, and there is a schedule of events this year and you definitely don't want to miss it. I'll post that tomorrow, along with my finalized menu!!

If you would like to enter a pie in the contest, leave a comment or email me (, or message me on Facebook.
You can even TWEET me @a12eggs.

Seriously, you might even get bonus points if you try one of the recipes I've linked underneath each of these awesome pie photos!