The Edmond Sun

Local News

September 28, 2013

Edmond woman wins blue ribbon at State Fair with bite-size candies

EDMOND — Elsie Harner of Edmond won first place in the Bite-Size Treats Category of the new Sweet Treats for Sweet Hearts contest at the Oklahoma State Fair. Harner entered her Creamy Dreamy Meltaway and won a $100 cash prize for her tasty treat.

Harner has been cooking since she was 10 years old, and at 77 years of age she is relatively new to entering cooking contests.

“I have entered contests the last few years since I retired and started entering the County Fair,” Harner said. “This is my third year to enter the State Fair.”

In 2011 Harner won the Karo Cookie Contest with her Apricot Chocolate Chip Yum Yum cookies.

This is the first year for Karo Syrup’s “Sweet-Treats for Sweet-Hearts” contest.

Harner, an Edmond resident for 35 years, said she made the recipe she had used for years which includes chocolate, coconut and pecans and entered it in the Best Bite-Size Treat, 2013 Oklahoma State Fair.

“I thought, ‘I can put Karo in my recipe real easy,’ so I did and the Karo gave the candy the melt away consistency,” Harner said. “I did make some other candy that I wasn’t happy with so I decided I would do something different. The recipe is a pretty simple one, and it can be made a variety of ways.”

Harner said she has always loved to cook and always likes to change a recipe and do something different.

“It is hard for me to go by any recipe,” Harner said. “When I am making something I have to keep a pencil and paper next to me because I am always making changes.”

Harner said after she had made the candy she almost didn’t enter the contest because she had used paraffin.

“I got on the computer and they still use it in candy today,” Harner said. “I was very surprised because in that category there was only one winner.”

She said her husband Pete is her taste tester.

“He always knows just what to say,” Harner said. “Whatever he samples he always says, ‘That’s a winner.’”

She and her husband of 58 years have two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.  

Elsie is a master gardener and between gardening and cooking she loves to go thrifting, although she said her true love is cooking and creating new recipes.

“I won the Spam contest last year,” Harner said. “I was the Grand Champion. I made Spam balls with Spam, pineapple, relishes and Panko bread crumbs.

“I would tell aspiring cooks to always put their own little touches in their recipe. It might just be a sprinkle of cinnamon on a dessert. Experiment and add something different to every recipe you try.”

Harner said she is going to start thinking about pies for next year’s contest.

“I think I am going to enter the Pillsbury Pie contest next year,” she said.

Elsie can be seen making her “Creamy Dreamy Meltaways” candy at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 5 on Channel 9.

Text Only
Local News
  • jc_OUChuck Spicer.jpg OU Medical Center expands with new ER

    OU Medical Center Edmond is expanding its services. A new freestanding OU Medical Center Emergency Department will be built at the Veranda Shopping Center, Lisa Wilson, CEO of OU Medical Center Edmond, announced Thursday.
    The emergency department will be located just outside the border of the City of Edmond at Northwest 150th Street and Western. Construction costs are estimated at $5.5 million.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nick and Karen 2.JPG Massey speaks to Summit Rotary

    Council member Nick Massey, standing here with Edmond Sun Publisher Karan Ediger, spoke to Summit Rotary Tuesday on the subject of the City’s electronic sign laws. Summit Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Drive. For more
    information about the club, call 405-CUEARLY.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Keep these tips in mind for May gardening

    Here are a few things to keep in mind as you head into your May gardening routine. Keep ahead of the weeds. We are always happy for the rain, but wet ground can keep us out of the garden and that allows weeds to grow by leaps and bounds. Now is the time to guard tender plants such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers against sudden late frosts. During the first part of May you may be planting beans, early corn, okra and late potatoes. You also may be replacing tomato plants lost to late frosts. Finish setting out cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, beets, etc.
    Here are some things to do:

    April 24, 2014

  • Jurors hear evidence in mercy killing murder trial

    Testimony is underway in the trial of a Logan County man accused of murdering his wife by placing a plastic sack over her head and causing her to suffocate.
    On June 13, 2013, Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee filed a first-degree murder charge against Mark Schemm, 53, of Crescent, who told an OSBI agent in court records he killed Monica Schemm, his wife, because she asked him to kill her.

    April 24, 2014

  • Man faces civil suit in motorcycle fatality

    A local man awaiting disposition of a criminal charge stemming from the death of an Edmond motorcyclist now faces a civil suit, court records show.
    On Sept. 24, 2013, Edmond Police Officer Milo Box was dispatched on a call regarding a collision at the Santa Fe-Country Wood Lane intersection, according to the report filed by Box.
    Box stated Daniel Bricker, 54, of Deer Creek, was traveling northbound in the inside lane of Santa Fe while Erron Heise, 39, the motorcycle driver, was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Country Wood Lane.

    April 24, 2014

  • Sheriffs accuse state of ducking out on prisoner promises

    State efforts to save time and money by shuffling prisoners more swiftly through the system are riling local sheriffs who are losing money because of the efficiency program.
    A change in Department of Corrections practice is landing a “significant hit” on two-thirds of Oklahoma counties, which depend on reimbursements to house state inmates locally, said Ken McNair, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association.
    “The sheriffs are now in a position where they have to make adjustments to their budgets,” he said.
    Sheriffs converged on the Capitol on Tuesday, filling the Senate gallery, in part to protest efforts to remove inmates from their custody. The change will cost the sheriffs — but save the state — millions each year.

    April 24, 2014

  • OK officials account for disaster spending

    Nearly a year after deadly tornadoes hit central Oklahoma, officials announced that they have spent close to $9.4 million in private donations on relief efforts.

    April 24, 2014

  • north 1.jpg U.S. News ranks city high schools in state’s Top 10

    All three Edmond high schools are ranked among the Top 10 in the state in a prestigious national list.
    U.S. News & World Report, which publishes annual rankings, ranked Edmond North No. 3 in Oklahoma and No. 437 nationwide. Memorial ranked No. 6 in Oklahoma and No. 847 nationwide. Santa Fe ranked No. 8 in Oklahoma and No. 1,075 nationwide.
    “This recognition serves as validation for our students, parents and staff members at all levels who work together relentlessly in pursuit of academic excellence, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin said.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • OC expands to 5 academic colleges

    Oklahoma Christian University will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
    OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
    “Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”

    April 23, 2014

  • N Front Door 3.jpg FBI seeks suspect in robbery of local bank

    Police and FBI agents are investigating the robbery of a local bank by a suspect wearing a fake mustache and goatee, a spokesman said.
    FBI Special Agent Martinus McConnell said the robbery occurred Tuesday morning at the Arvest Bank, 2025 Sonoma Park, Edmond.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Grumpy Cat Not Impressed at "Idol" Is Shaquille O'Neal the World's Best Ex-Athlete? Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 2 BASE Jumpers Set World Record Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India
Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

Agree
Disagree
Undecided
     View Results