The college that my husband and I went to is a smaller state school that does not have a football team, so Homecoming is held during basketball season. There are several events throughout the week for the students and then the weekend is dedicated to several alumni events. We participated in the the Saturday events starting with the alumni chili cook off. The husband and I participated with our good friends from college. We knew we had to really step up our game and not just make good chili because a chili cook off is rarely about the chili itself.
The setup was nice enough. We had crackers and cheese and individually wrapped pieces of cornbread. We even had a personalized bobble head. The other contestants were wary, but then we pulled out the secret weapon ... and then they were shaking in their boots.
Yeah, that's right. Personalized aprons. They were key for many reasons. One they were handmade and personalized and just overall awesome. Second, they had our names and graduation years on them. We are standing in reverse order, but starting with the guy on the end he graduation in 2004, his wife graduated in 2005, I graduated in 2006 and my husband graduated in 2007. Third, they had our Greek organizations on them. This was absolute key because the current students who were in the organizations automatically voted for us.
The result for all of our hard work? We won. Oh yeah. You are currently reading the blog of an award winning chili chef. You are honored, I'm sure.
After the cookoff it was time for the game, which we of course won. We were lucky enough to enjoy the second half of the game from the University President's suite. We're kind of a big deal. People know us. (Not really, more like we know other people).
The night ended with an alumni reception and my husband and I both won door prizes.
Overall, I'm saying this year's Homecoming was an absolute success. Next year we plan on coming back to defend our chili trophy. I see a dynasty in my future...