Champagne in Vegas

Happy Tuesnesday! πŸ™‚

Yep, I’m behind the blogging trail already, but I *swear* I had a good reason – edits. Big time edits! Which is a blessing, really, that helps to ensure that the final product’s the best it could be (which hopefully means it doesn’t suck!)….The best part? I survived it! Yay!

To celebrate, I’m having one of these tonight:

20141011_120539The pic was taken in Vegas, so I’m thinking it fits the Travel Bug Tuesday / Food and Wine Wednesday themes. Works for me. πŸ™‚



And The Winner Is (Part 2) . . .

Welcome to Food and Wine Wednesday!

Last week, Niece and Niece 2 squared off in a pumpkin-carving contest. The winner had her choice of donut plus chocolate milk – trust me, this is a HUGE deal in the Alexander home! Thanks to those who left a comment, Niece 2 won. *Insert much cheering and a cartwheel or two*

But instead of happily choosing a donut and leaving her older sister donut-less she surprised me, and struck a deal for this, instead:

20141102_133702We brought the frozen rolls home (What? You didn’t think I’d make these puppies from scratch, did you?). After a short time in the oven the scent of cinnamon and baking bread wafted from one end of the house to the other – yummyliciousness! And, yeah, I gotta admit I was tempted….

Have your kids ever surprised you in a good way? Please share!

Happy Eating,


Ensalada Mixta

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday!

Personally, I love ice cream. Like, really, really, REALLY love ice cream. (What can I say? I’m my father’s daughter!) If I could get away with it, I’d have ice cream at every meal. Heck, there’s a pretty good chance it’d be all I’d have! But that fantasy comes with a price – mainly at the waistline as well as feeling yucky-tired all the time. Who wants that?

Since ice cream for the rest of my life isn’t happening, I have to figure out a way to balance it out, so I turn to my fave standby: salads! An awesome combination of greens and protein makes for a happy tummy. πŸ™‚

A few weeks ago I was in Central Oregon where I met with fellow romance author-pal Marie Harte for lunch at La Rosa. I found this on the menu:

20140824_130242Ensalada Mixta. Crunchy lettuce and cabbage, pickled red onions, avocado, marinated beef. And instead of the creamy dressing that was served, I opted for the house made salsa which led to extreme happy-dancing in my mouth!

Really, I couldn’t think of a better meal to go with the great writing conversation! And, yeah, I had ice cream later. . .. πŸ˜‰

Are you a salad fan? What’s your fave combination?

Happy Eating,


Cakes, Cakes, and MORE CAKES!

Cake! Who doesn’t love it in all its wonderful forms? Just like these entries in our local county fair a few weeks ago:

Probably the best part of the whole cake-baking process is the way my kitchen smells. You know what I’m talking about: the air, filled with rich aromas of vanilla and spices combined with a few other things waltzing in the oven for awhile before turningΒ  into general yumminess!

Of course, even if I had the talent to produce cakes good-enough-not-to-eat, I don’t think I’d have the patience to see it through. Nope. I’m pretty sure I’d barely let it cool before diving in. Actually, I could almost taste the melt-in-your-mouth goodness NOW.

Yeesh! Wish I had the time to bake.


Huh. Wonder what Niece 2 is doing tonight? πŸ™‚

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday,

Queen of the Jungle

Hello, and welcome to Food and Wine Wednesday!

Oooh, cake! I loves me some pretty cake! Especially one that teases the imagination. Check this out:

Isn’t it cool? Some uber-talented baker created this for our local county fair. And while I loved the details, I thought there was something missing: the Queen of the Jungle! (Natch!)

Seems to me she shoulda been at the top of the display instead of the zebra. *thinking hard* Yeah! And she should’ve worn a leopard-print dress and a crown made of something really cool. . .. Like . . . like . . . Hmmm. . .. Any ideas out there?

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday,


Food Funnies

Give a kid a bunch of fruit and veggies, tell him he’s expected to create a masterpiece with it, and here’s what you get!

Did you ever create such masterpieces? Or, better yet, encouraged your kids to do so? Were you surprised by the results? Please share!

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday,

Conference Food YUM!

I’m typically leery of conference food. For me, I never know if I’ll actually eat the stuff or scarf down the protein bar stuffed in my handbag. At a recent conference for The Male Observation Lab (aka construction company day job), I was really surprised at what was served. Check it out!

I didn’t try the carrot cake (there’s a pretty good bet it isn’t even close to Paleo!), but I did eat the salmon and green beans, and the salad. It was absolutely yummy! (And, yeah, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t all Paleo either, but definitely better than the protein bar alternative.)

Have you had a food surprise at a conference or meeting you’d attended? Please share!

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday,

Curried, Not Stirred

Every now and then, Mr. Alexander and I like to ditch the nieces and wander off to dinner. (Mean of us, huh?) One evening we found ourselves at a new-to-us restaurant, and did we fall in love with the place!

What made it so special? More likely than not it was because we were sans nieces. Don’t get me wrong, we love the girls. Really! It’s just that we went from 0 to an 18 year-old in 6 weeks. And we haven’t had much alone time since. Must. Change. That.

Anyhoo, we sat at the bar where we got a great view of the action. I ordered the Coconut Curry Chicken with no rice and extra veggies. Check it out:

This was, hands-down, the best I’ve had. Ever. (And the chef was pretty entertaining, too!)

So, on this Food and Wine Wednesday, I’d like to encourage you to ditch the kids (in capable, caring hands if they’re too young to be left on their own) and go out for a nice meal with your someone special. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll re-discover each other, and that you’ll get a great meal out of it, too! πŸ˜‰

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday!