Pillsbury Bake Off recap Part 1 – New Blog Pour Moi!

Hi friends, I am very excited to (finally) start this new blog, since my last (very short-lived) blog locked me out and threw away the key. Being the tech-challenged right-brained gal that I am, I decided to start a new one rather than bother tech support (otherwise known as my husband, Rob). After wracking my brain over a worthy first post topic, I have decided to talk about my trip to the Pillsbury Bake Off Contest last November.

A tourist in Vegas

So, it is a bit embarrassing that during the months leading up to the Pillsbury Bake Off, the thing I was most looking forward to was to sleep in a hotel room for three nights BY MYSELF. So I went a day early to get acclimated to Vegas time. Good thing I did, because I was likely the only one in Sin City at 8pm drifting off to a re-run of Everybody Loves Raymond. That’s just how I roll. I awoke at the crack of 4am. I stayed at the Aria resort and casino, thanks to General Mills. It is stunning there, and the room had a remote that worked the blinds. After 20 minutes of struggling with how to work the remote, this is what I saw:

Pillsbury Vegas View from my room
The view from my room

So, I have three kids. I am not used to being alone. I thought it would be cool- The freedom, the quiet, the going potty by myself…but it was weird. So I went people watching at the gorgeous Patisserie at the Aria.

Pillsbury Vegas Jean Phillipe Patisserie
The beautiful Jean Phillipe Patisserie at the Aria
Pillsbury Vegas Jean Phillipe Patisserie
More shots of the amazing Pastry Bar
What I got from Pillsbury Vegas Jean Phillipe Patisserie
What I bought at the Jean Phillipe Patisserie

Then I went to the Bellagio to take in the sights. Mostly to see the Chihuly glass and the chocolate fountain and the amazing fall display they had out:

Bellagio - Chihuly glass
The beautiful Chihuly glass at the Bellagio
Bellagio - Chocolate Fountain
The amazing chocolate fountain at the Bellagio
Bellagio - Fall Display 2014
The cornucopia (horn of plenty) from the Bellagio’s Fall Display
Bellagio - Fall Display 2014
Bellagio Fall Display 2014

The first day of the Pillsbury Bake Off

When it was time for me to head to the convention center to check out the 46th Pillsbury Bake Off setup, my nerves took ahold of me. To my surprise, as soon as I went up the escalator, the Pillsbury doughboy appeared like a beacon of hope in the distance. I had to run up and squeeze him. Wouldn’t you?

Pillsbury Dough Boy and me
Here we are. Just the two of us.

Then I looked over and saw this:

Pillsbury 2014 Lauren Katz Recipe
This blew my mind…so cool!
Pillsbury 2014 Recipe Board
Another shot of the recipe board

After signing in and getting some awesome swag (a pillsbury tote bag filled with goodies from various sponsors, the cookbook(!), our schedule, and name tag), I met my first fellow Pillsbury Bake Off finalist Helen Fields. She was as nice as could be, and she ended up being someone who had been to the Bake off before. She gave me lots of tips, and we got to be friends over the course of the weekend, along with some other amazing people. In retrospect, the big take away that I “got” was some amazing, supportive friends that have the same (obsession) interest that I have in cooking, baking, and creating. It was priceless!

Pillsbury 2014 - Lauren Katz and Sandy
Another wonderful woman I befriended, Sandy!
Pillsbury Bakeoff 2014 Cookbook - Lauren Katz Recipe
My recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bakeoff Cookbook!

The rest of the experience was kind of a blur, and I realize that this is getting long, so I think it will have
To be continued in Part 2….

9 thoughts on “Pillsbury Bake Off recap Part 1 – New Blog Pour Moi!

  1. I wish we would have been able to meet earlier. I couldn’t even tell you what I did my first day there. I was probably blowing my allotted $20 mad money on the slot machines. Touring the Bellagio with you would have been much more fun. So hope I get to see you in Nashville. Fingers crossed for both of us.

    1. I wish we had hung out, too! It was definitely a highlight getting to know you. We can wander around Nashville aimlessly! Here’s hoping…

      1. Yes! That would be great, especially if Jen is there too. I have found I kind of like going to these things solo. Kind of takes a bit of pressure off and gives me an opportunity to get to know my contesting friends.

  2. Meeting you was a highlight of the PBO for me as well. Thanks for the kind words. I just want to know, can you make cream gravy now?

    Looking forward to seeing more on your blog.

    1. Yes! But I am sure that your cream gravy is better than mine. I need to get to Texas sometime to try it out. Say hi to your daughter and sister for me!

  3. What a wonderful blog!!! Almost made me feel like I was actually there!!! Look forward to reading the rest ………. hope to meet you in Nashville!!!

    1. Thanks Susan! I really hope you get to go to Nashville! It is a once in a lifetime experience….

  4. Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!…

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