I'm in Utah!!



Yesterday, after a hop skip and a jump in the clouds from Sacramento, I stepped off the plane to a warm, sunny day in Salt Lake City.  A friend of mine from high school lives in Tooele, Utah, about 40 miles from SLC.  She treated me to the culinary delights of The Red Iguana, a restaurant famously featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  I had a delicious dish, called Puntas De Filete a la Nortena, which is top sirloin tips sautéed with bacon, jalapeño strips, onions and fresh tomatoes, served with almond mole,   served with corn tortillas and a side of refried beans. It was over-the-moon delish.

After dinner I had the privilege of attending her son's high school football game and see her son get honored as a graduating senior.  A quick pit stop to get ice cream to energize us so that we could stay up and finish my SWAPS.  Weeks prior to attending convention I began to plan my SWAPs design.  At first I was going to go with the strawberry theme, since my online self is straw/jen/berry.  But I thought about why I'm attending convention and felt it would be a disservice to the state of California if I didn't represent the importance of agriculture in our state and region.  As a part of the Girl Scout Heart of Central California Council, I wanted to honor exactly what makes us the "heart" of Central California.

So I came up with an agricultural-themed SWAP in a bag.  After false starts and stops, supply issues, lots of online surfing to get just the right thing and tricky shipping to get it on time...here is my #GSC14 SWAP:




The Diving Girl Apples fruit crate label represents the bounty of California's agricultural heritage and the historic significance of California's abundance of crops that feed many states.

The mini California's are self-explanatory and cute!

The buckwheat groats is the soil and the grass represents the fields.

Lastly, the tomato represents one of Yolo County's (where I live) #1 crop!

I'm happy with the finished product.  Opening ceremonies are tonight and I look forward to lots of SWAPing.




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