Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ugly Sweater Holiday Bake-Off!

Yesterday, I was asked to be a judge of a very special competition - the MCCRC (MedStar Community Clinical Research Center) "Ugly Sweater Bake-Off" - what fun! 

This was a great, end of year celebration that brings out the best in all. There were nine entries, everything from cake to cookies to brownies.  Four impartial guest judges were invited (Clark Bean, Ashlee Tidwell, and Matt Hoffman, and yours truly) and the entries were judged on presentation, complexity, and of course the 'yum factor'.  There was a holiday crown for the winner as well!  

The winning entry was Luscious 4-Layer Pumpkin Cake, baked by Program Manager, Amy Loveland, but the competition was extremely stiff!  Afterwards MCCRC invited everyone over to sample the goods!  

Not only was the event pleasing on the palette, but it got everyone involved in some friendly holiday 'trash-talking' as well as gave us some time to slow down and come together to appreciate each other and the spirit of the season.  For some, it even brought out the latest in holiday sweater fashions!

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