Friday, October 28, 2011

Travel Delights

While I didn't get back from a trip to Europe this week (lovely Portland, Oregon, yes; Paris, France, no...), my good friend Brett recently returned from the City of Light and just look at the luggage tags he and his traveling companions put on their suitcases!! LOVE IT! (I'll be giving more luggage tags away on my November Fresh Fiction contest, btw, so if you're interested... ;)

Speaking of travel, I had a wonderful time at the women's fiction writing retreat on Mt. Hood. We did a lot of work (she said, crossing her fingers behind her back), and we also ate some delicious things (no finger-crossing needed on that one!), including these "Voodoo" donuts that I'd heard about and always wanted to try: Maple Bacon Bars. SO. GOOD. Take a peek at what they looked like inside the pretty pink box!

I was with fellow authors (L to R) Erika Robuck, Sarah McCoy, Jael McHenry, Sarah R. Callender (kneeling in front), Therese Walsh, Kristina McMorris, (me), Margaret Dilloway and Julie Kibler. Here we are taking over Trader Joe's:

We needed to pick up a few bottles of wine... Having a glass or three helps, um, with plotting. No, really.

In the blogging world, I'm traveling today, too, and will be at Magical Musings talking about trusting your intuition. Hope you'll join me!! Have a wonderful weekend!


Edie Ramer said...

Great group picture. It sounds like so much fun. Not the maple bacon bars. Doesn't even sound good to me. lol

Love the luggage tags! I'll have one on mine the next time I go somewhere.

Caryn Caldwell said...

That looks like so much fun! I've always wanted to do a writing retreat. Someday!

Oh, and I'm with Edie on the maple bacon bars. Though if you subtract the bacon, they look delicious.

Robin said...

I'll third that - bacon and maple donuts together just doesn't sound very good. Separately, though, yum!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marilyn Brant said...

LOL, you three!!

Now, Edie, Caryn and Robin ~ have an open mind about the donuts ;). I have to tell you, my initial reaction to seeing them was, "Ohhh, I don't know about this... That whole mixing bacon with a sweet bready thing just doesn't seem...tasty." But one bite and I was a total convert!

Here's why I think it works (because, yes, I've spent some actual time pondering it!) -- it's kind of like having the maple syrup from your pancakes run into the bacon on your plate when you order a breakfast meal at a diner. There's something just perfect about the flavoring of that maple glaze that combines really well with both the bacon and the donut. Plus, we microwaved the donuts for a few seconds to warm everything up, so it was like they were freshly baked.

I know it's hard to believe but they were awesomely good ;-). Next time, I'm sending you all some...

Maria Geraci said...

It sounds like a fabulous time was had by all. Love the pic of you ladies (but am ignoring the donut picture since I'm dieting!)

Oh, and I love those luggage tags!

Marilyn Brant said...

Maria, thank you!!
Those donuts did not help my diet one bit, I'm afraid, nor did the 5,000 pounds of chocolate and pasta I managed to consume during the retreat... ;)

Brett said...

We were so happy to use the luggage tags on our trip, and I'm sure they had just as much fun in Europe as WE did! :-) I especially like how the tag looks on my mom's red, retro suitcase that she's had since the 70's! Darn thing doesn't have wheels though... :-O

I think those maple bacon treats sound great! If you ever decide to mail any out, make sure you send some my way!!

Marilyn Brant said...

Brett, seeing that photo of your luggage made me laugh aloud in delight! Thanks, again, for sending it to me ;). And somehow I knew you'd be experimental enough to try those Maple Bacon Bars!!