Friday, July 05, 2013

Fair Fun: Swedish Nut Wafers

Thatboy was home for exactly one week following his father's death and before he headed out of the country.  During that week, the thing we really wanted to do was go to the fair.  It's only here for a month and we had already missed 3 weekends.

But it was also the weekend before trial for me, which meant time was in short supply.  So we ended up having to change our plans and head out in the morning, giving us just a few short hours.  Which meant we devoted our time to things Thatbaby wanted to do, forgoing some of our favorite parts of the fair.  It was totally worth it to see how much fun he had though.

Our first start was the Agri-barn to see the animals.

Thatbaby was especially excited to see the little piggies having "mama milk."

We then headed over to the kiddie ride portion.  Thatbaby wanted to ride EVERY.RIDE.  But he's really too little for most of them.  There were a lot of tantrums.  We settled on two which we felt were his speed.

This year the fair had a butterfly exhibit.  When we went in, we purchased some "special sticks" (which looked remarkably like q-tips) which we could dip in the "butterfly food" (sugar water) to feed the butterflies.  Thatbaby was far more interested in dipping his stick than he was in actually feeding the butterflies.

After the butterflies we watched some turkey racing and grabbed lunch.  Due to our limited time, we ended up just grabbing the basics - some bbq.  No funnel cake, no fried crazy food.  After that we headed to the arena for some demolition derby.

Last year when we went to the fair, we stopped in a photo booth and took some pictures.  We did the same thing this year.  What a difference a year makes.

Since I didn't get my funnel cake, I had to make my own sweet treat.  Something that could be made quickly because of my lack of time.  Something I could stick in my briefcase and snack on.  Something that was more fun than your basic chocolate chip.

Swedish Nut Wafers (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
4 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325.  Cream the butter in an electric mixer.
  2. Gradually beat in the sugar until well blended.
  3. Add the eggs, cream, milk and vanilla and beat well.
  4. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt and beat into the first mixture.
  5. Spread the dough on a greased cookie sheet as thinly as possible.  Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and press them gently into the dough.
  6. Use a sharp knife to score the dough into rectangles and bake for 12 minutes.  Cut while still warm.


  1. These bar looks lovely!! hope you all had a great 4th

  2. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed the fair. What a great time!

    Hope your husband is doing okay. Sorry to read that his father has passed away.


  3. I actually don't ever think I've been to a real fair!

  4. I haven't been to the fair in years and I miss it! Sounds like a great day with the little one!