April 19, 2019
Brenda Watts' Story
By Peyton Powell
Watts was chosen as a finalist in the 2019 National Festival of Breads, Home Baker division, with her recipe, Sicilian Star Bread.
Watts realized how short life can be and wanted to spend time doing what she loved most, baking. Her grandma always had a dream of being published, and since she was unable to accomplish this, Watts wanted to fulfill her dream. With the goal of being published always on her mind, she constantly pushed herself, mastering recipes, entering contests and finally, fulfilling her grandma’s dream.
Watts loves the challenge that comes with baking and is always eager to try new recipes. She enjoys baking breads and cakes and is not shy to try any type of recipe.
“When you cook for people, you feel that love in your heart,” Watts says. Baking is such a rewarding feeling, and she enjoys baking for other people who enjoy her recipes as much as she does.
Watts has tried entering the National Festival of Breads contest before, but has unfortunately, not won an award. Not giving up, she continued on with her dream and kept pushing herself. Finally, she created a masterpiece, putting her in the contest as a finalist. She was so thankful that she was chosen as a finalist and was proud of herself for accomplishing her dream. In addition, her recipe also won the Soy Award Home Baker Division, which is sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission.
“I was blown away and happy danced when I received the call about being a finalist,” Watts said.
Watts has never been to a wheat farm, so she is eager to visit Kansas. Watts loves how amazing Kansas is and she cannot wait to spend the weekend here. She is looking forward to seeing old friends and being a part of the contest.
“These are the memories we cherish the most,” Watts says. “I am thrilled, thankful and overjoyed to be a part of this.”
Come check out the 2019 National Festival of Breads on June 8, in Manhattan, Kansas, and get Watts’ full recipe for her Sicilian Star Bread.