Monday, October 20, 2014

Jerk Sandwiches with Holly Sinclair, Survive and Thrive Bloghop, Tree of Life Video, and Ninja News

Today is the Survive and Thrive Bloghop, but first...

The ever-awesome Carrie Butler featured me today in her ‘Breaking it Down’ series regarding an author’s online presence. Carrie, thanks again for the suggestions and your kind words. As you can see, I've already made some changes around here...

And we have to discuss Jerk Sandwiches…

The ABC’s of Sandwiches by Holly Sinclair

When one is learning to cook, a crock-pot of things can go wrong. By far, the incident that haunts me today is the Lemon Tart Incident. My tart was to have a breadcrumb bottom. The directions said to use "breadcrumbs," store-bought was fine. Our cupboards had a container of such store-bought breadcrumbs, Italian seasoned. Did you know there is garlic and onion flavor in Italian breadcrumbs? I did not. About 20 minutes after the tart entered the oven, a rank odor rapidly ran through the house. It was nauseating. It was horrific. Lemon, sugar, cream, garlic, and onions do not go well together. The tart went straight to the outside trash, all the windows were open, and we still had to vacate the house for hours so it could air out.

One commenter on this post will win a free digital copy of this cookbook. To enter, just leave a comment. If you want to leave a comment but don't want to enter, add "I hate food" to your comment. The winner will be announced on October 31st on Holly's blog.

The ABC’s of Sandwiches
Cost: $2.00 ebook- Amazon, Smashwords, iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble

Holly Sinclair, who goes by Southpaw on the Interwebs, finds cooking cathartic. The recipes she's created and collected grew into cookbooks. Holly's trying her hand at fiction and food seems to creep into most of her books. Website Blog
Join Holly on the rest of her Blog Tour, each stop features a different cookbook and a chance for a free ebook. Plus you can join in the fun by signing up for the End of Tour Foodie Blog Hop!

There were so many tasty recipes in Holly’s book. Jerk Chicken Sandwich easily won today’s feature.

There is a saying in the South that when something is really good – ‘It was so good, my tongue slapped my brain.’ Yeah, this one is THAT good! We’ve had it three times now and it just gets better and better. Prep time will take a bit, but when you are ready to prepare the sandwiches, takes ten minutes. I let my wife make the coleslaw, which was a combination Miracle Whip/vinegar based. Mini-Alex regretted that he had no way to eat such an awesome sandwich!

Ninja News

Thanks for all of the awesome comments regarding my next novel, Dragon of the Stars! My fourth book – that still just blows me away. To read the synopsis, go HERE

The Tree of Life book trailer just went LIVE!


Author M. Pax is hosting the Realms Faire again this year! There are so many ways you can get involved in this epic week-long event, so check it out.



New Releases –

Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowan
Available now for the introductory price of just $1.99 on Amazon

Season’s Beginnings by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

Gene Cards by EE Giorgi

Love Before Honor by Nicole Zoltack

Survive and Thrive Bloghop!

Hosted by Stephen Tremp, Michael Di Gesu, Diane Wolfe, and myself.

The blogfest is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live.
The topics are wide open. You can post about a particular cause you support. Or you can share a personal or family experience that is near to your heart. What’s great about this Blogfest is you can inspire people to take care of themselves and their loved ones early enough to make a difference in their lives.

I’m going to touch upon two items.

First is about early detection. A friend went in for his yearly screening and they caught prostate cancer in its beginning stages. Several years have now passed and he’s still cancer free. No one likes to visit Dr. Jelly Finger, but it beats the alternative.

Second is just about living healthy. Most diseases can be prevented if you eat right (smaller portions, less red meat, more fruit and vegetables, more water, and avoid fast food) and exercise (four to five days a week of cardio.) Remember it’s not just how many years you’ll live but the quality of those years.
Does it work? What I just described is how I live, and as I hit five decades, I have no health issues and I’m in the best shape of my life, weighing about 170 pounds. And if I can do it, anyone can do it.

What healthy or preventative tips would you offer?


Have a kitchen disaster you’d like to share? Joining us for the Realms Faire? Picking up some new books? And what’s your survive and thrive tip…?

Be sure to visit Carrie Butler today. And Wednesday will be fun news, trivia, Mini-Alex, and my review of The Book Of Life!

147 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - gosh I'm first perhaps! I love the idea of Holly's foodie hop, so many author friends are publishing .. and the Survive and Thrive bloghop - essential to be brave and visit the doc ...

I like your take on healthy living - because that really is what life is about ... taking care, being sensible and helping others ...

Cheers for now - Hilary

Medeia Sharif said...

That sandwich looks hearty.

I can't see the post on Carrie's blog.

Brian Miller said...

i was going to say i hate food, but i dont...i do hate lima beans...my wife would be sure to love the cookbook though...heh....

dragon of the stars...sounds cool to me...

Sheila Siler said...

Good morning Alex!
I have adopted walking toward being a bit healthier and trying to control portions. The cookbook looks great - I've discovered that if I eat more flavorful food then I tend to eat less because it is more satisfying. All recipes welcome!

Rhonda Albom said...

Such great advice Alex - about eating and exercise. I am not that good at it though.

Elsie Amata said...

This hop has reminded me I need to schedule my mammogram soon. Having the card on my end table isn't getting it done. Early detection really is the key.

I love Holly's story. It made me laugh because I've done similar things in cooking. Live and learn!

Looking good around here, Alex. More eye appeal.

Elsie

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks for the mention, Alex. I wasn't expecting that! Congrats to everyone else with releases this week!

The wrong ingredient can really mess up a dish. I had to bring a soup to a potluck this weekend, and I added too much onion. Fortunately I was able to bring the soup back into balance by adding more squash and mushrooms.

As for surviving and thriving, I just read a book on prediabetes. Lifestyle changes, like changing your diet and getting more exercise, can prevent or delay the onset of full diabetes. Even drinking less soda or losing less than 10% of your body weight can be helpful.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow, I came to your blog after my vacation and can see you've taken some of Carrie's advice to heart. Isn't she great?

Optimistic Existentialist said...

You had me at sandwiches. Kitchen disasters you ask? I have had several epic spills - including an entire pot full of spaghetti noodles. Hard to clean off of the floor after their cooked because they really wanna stick to it!

kaykuala said...

Nice cook-book to guide us though we men-folks may need to be won over. The sandwich may be attractive it being easier to do! A number of new books on offer. That is nice! Great write Alex!

Hank

Sherry Ellis said...

I can imagine how bad the house stunk in the lemon tart incident! Yuck! Very nice trailer for the anthology. Your new book sounds great, too!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've enjoyed making some of the recipes in Holly beverage book.

I don't drink enough water but I'm a vegan and try to eat healthy.

Carolyn Brown said...

I am feeling hungry now, will have to go and visit the kitchen after I check out Mary's site and the fair details!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, you're first!

Medeia, it's up now.

Brian, I'm with you on the lima beans.

Sheila, good point about more flavor.

Elsie, thanks - I'm trying.

Sandra, you're welcome. And diet and exercise make a big difference when it comes to diabetes.

Donna, yes she is!

mshatch said...

I avoid kitchen disasters like I avoid the...well, kitchen! Altho there was that one time I was trying to make gingerbread and the stove caught fire...

Jo said...

That sandwich looks good with one exception, I don't like Miracle Whip. I would choose Hellman's.

I like the new page - the header is great.

Survive and Thrive, great if you can afford to go to the doctor. Many people in the US cannot. They are not in a position to have colonoscopies or similar tests.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm liking the idea of a humorous "don't do" cookbook, and I like ordering a jerk sandwich. It's therapeutic just saying it.

So glad, and not surprised, you've always been healthy, Alex. I suspect a big part of that is your healthy attitude all-around. It helps tremendously, right? That's something I neglected to mention.

xoRobyn

Pat Hatt said...

lol never heard that saying before. Brain drool?

Great tips indeed, workout a ton and forever you will be able to run. Unless that gluten crap screws you up, then kinda screwed for a while haha

Jemi Fraser said...

We've just lost someone very, very dear to us, but are thankful for early detection giving us a few extra years with us. Good advice.

Holly - the tart story made me laugh! My daughter and her friend loved to try out recipes when they were around 10. Unfortunately, her friend mixed up the sugar and salt more than once :)

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Thanks Alex! I've not heard that saying before either. I like hearing about other peoples kitchen incidents.

Eating right and exercising important, but so is making sure you see your doctor once a year.

Kim Lajevardi said...

That sandwich made me hungry.

It really is important to eat right and exercise. For me, it's part of my writing process as well. I walk/jog to clear my head and work out ideas.

Christine Rains said...

I just had breakfast an hour ago, and now I'm hungry again! I have several kitchen disasters. A cook I am not! Ridding your life of big stress causers helps your health too. Have a good week, Alex! :)

Karen Walker said...

I didn't know Karen Jones Gowen's book was out already. Thanks for sharing all the news about books coming out.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I like the new look. Less scrolling. I have to remember that saying about the tongue slapping the brain.
Early detection is the focus of my fest entry too.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Alex,

Congrats again on your book. FOUR ... WOW!!!! That is just so amazing!

Your tips are great. Diet and exercise are the key to good health and longevity. Plus that yearly doctor exam. Ouch!

Holly has some great recipes! I love the way she mixes writing into her books. WELL DONE, HOLLY! ALL the best!

Congrats to the others who have books out this week. It seems the list gets longer and longer. I think it's AMAZING!

Honor to host with you as well my friend!

L.G. Smith said...

I'm enjoying Holly's cookbook fest. Who doesn't love food? That said, I also believe in preventative medicine. Eat right, exercise, and try to stay happy. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm going to have to check that book out. I'm not a cooking enthusiast, but I do like to eat...so cooking is a required part of life. If you're into sandwiches, I love this one. It can be made in a crock pot...and well...BEER! Need I say more?

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-slow-cooker-french-dip/

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Marcy, oh my!

Thanks, Jo. Can't do real may though.

Thanks, Robyn. And that made me chuckle.

Pat, brain drool is involved.

Jemi, mixing sugar and salt would be horrible.

Holly, you're welcome!

Thanks, Susan!

Michael, glad to co-host with you and yes, book four.

Stephanie, say no more!

Karen Lange said...

Wishing Holly all the best! That sandwich does look great. Hopping over to Carrie's now. Have a great week!

Huntress said...

Congrats to Holly. Her post sells the book, easily.
Congrats to Karen, Sandra, EE Giorge and Nicole for their new releases!!
A round of applause to M. Pax for hosting Realms Faire.
I totally missed the intro last week to your next novel. *shameface* I do love me some dragons, real or named.
To your list of healthy foods I'll add Less Carbs. Atkins saved my life, :)

Jay Noel said...

That sandwich looks good...minus the bread for me, though.

Incredible book trailer. AM's music is out of this world.

And you made me wince with your "Dr. Jelly Finger" remark. Yowza!

Shell Flower said...

That sandwich looks pretty good. I once tried to make chocolate mousse for French class, but I didn't know that the eggs were actually supposed to be whipped into firm peaks. I don't know why I thought that was some weird exaggeration, so I didn't whisk them that long and the mousse turned out more like a runny pudding. And yes, healthy living is the way to go.

Clarissa Draper said...

That sandwich looks so good! Now I have to go eat something. Thanks for hosting the bloghop. I hope this awareness saves someone's life.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I absolutely loving cooking food that makes my tongue slap my brain. But I do so in moderation as a treat, and I eat healthy otherwise, drink no more than 2 beers in one sitting, and no soda whatsoever. Between that and boxing, running, and cycling, I'm in the best shape of my life, and the last time I was sick I was 12 years old. Prevention through healthy living is definitely the key to survival.

Jackie said...

That sandwich looks delicious!!!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Optimistic Existentialist spilling is evil. A bag of sugar is the worst to spill. ;)

Jo, I don't care for Micrale Whip either. It tastes sour.

Robyn, I never thought about that. LOL

Jemi, yipes!

Thanks, Michael.

Shell, but did it taste good. ;)


I think one of the best things about cooking is that you can edit as your good (like the writing reference). When I'm not in a bread mood, I'd swap out the bread for a little rice. That works for a lot of sandwich recipes, but not all. PBJ on rice? Hum, that that might make a fun rice pudding.


Oh yes, Alex I like the new header too.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

congrats to Holly! hahaha this reminds me of an episode of Friends where Rachel mixed up two recipes and made an English Trifle/Shepherd's pie. And I agree 100%--early detection saves lives! I wouldn't still have my dad if it weren't for early detections (twice!)

Birgit said...

Nice trailers! They are excellent. You are right with both-early detection and try to be as healthy as one can be. That is great that you can fit in that much cardio-you must be great in time management:) If one can do cardio, great but any exercise is better than none

TBM said...

I'm not much of a cook and have had way too many cooking disasters. Even the dog turns down meals that I've prepared.

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to Holly and everybody else with a book release!

Alex, your post hits the point directly. I need to do so much more by way of exercise. Eating right is key.

J.L. Campbell said...

Oh and I love the updated masthead. Looks great!

Julie Flanders said...

I'm the world's worst cook but those sandwiches have my tongue hanging out. I will steal Mini-Alex's!

lifepostbrainhemorrhage said...

Ninja, OMG that sandwich looks absolutely amazing! Now I want one, after I put up my post about fruits and veggies, I'm going to have to cheat!!! :)

I love the look of your header. As soon as I'm done making my rounds, I'm going to check out the trailer. I can only imagine the awesomeness.

Have a great day!!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Love the changes you made on the site!

Oh, wow, that cooking disaster sounds like a really smelly one!

Great tips and nice motivation for my Monday morning about eating healthier.

Loni Townsend said...

I noticed the change in header as soon as I showed up on your blog! It looks nice.

It looks like Mini Alex is saying, "Ha, you want to eat this sandwich, don't you?"

Arlee Bird said...

I've had a few kitchen disasters in my time. My mashed potatoes and peas combination was much maligned by my housemates in my college days. It tasted as bad as it looked.

Lee
Wrote By Rote

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carol, no worries you missed it.

Jay, I nailed it though, didn't I?

Shell, but did it still taste good?

Brandon and Bryan, you said it!

Joy, no better time to start than now! And thanks.

Loni, he didn't stop me.

Thanks everyone!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, Holly's book sounds super. I love sandwiches so I hope to win a copy of this book. I have had a few kitchen disasters, the cookies I made last year turned out rock hard :( After that I have not baked any cookies.

I agree with you about a healthy lifestyle. Another thing we have in common :)

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Alex, for hosting this event. We all need reminders to keep us living healthy and long.

Carol Kilgore said...

My first kitchen disaster was when I was about 11 or 12 and just learning to cook. I was making dinner and one dish was mashed potatoes. I peeled them and cut them in chunks, put them in the pot and set it on the burner. Then I turned the burner on. A few minutes later, everyone in the house knew something was burning. Hot potatoes do that when there's no water in the pot with them.

I had to clean the pot, too. I scrubbed on it off and on for a few days before all the black came off. Now I always remember to add water.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Yummy post!
Mini-Alex should share with all your followers since he can't enjoy the sandwich himself!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I am so glad you guys are hosting this amazing blogfest. It's important that people take the time to get checked early - it could be the difference between stage 1 and stage 4.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Now I'm hungry. I agree with the cardio-workouts. I'd be a crazy, unhealthy person if I didn't run.
Amazing ebook trailer!

Robyn Campbell said...

Best wishes to Holly.

EW. The lemon tart accident had to be rather stinky. BLEH. Master of disaster?

Healthy eating is a must here on the farm. We grow organically. No McDonalds for this crowd. UGH!

Great bloghop.

Tamara Narayan said...

Great idea for a blogfest! Healthy eating: great idea, but hard for kids when they have such tiny appetites like mine.

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Empty Nest Insider said...

I also love your new header! Holly's book sounds like it will be of great use to many of us. Congrats to all of the authors! Glad your friend got checked in time, and you are a shining example of healthy living! Thanks for hosting this important blogfest, Alex!

Julie

Patricia Stoltey said...

Holly's story reminds me of the time I grabbed a baking dish off the counter for my gingerbread. It smelled funny when it was done, and tasted worse. My mom had peeled onions in that dish and left it on the counter for washing....

As usual, this is a post jam-packed with great info and new things to read. As for a tip to survive and thrive, I just keep plugging away, one task at a time. What else can we do?

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Holly: I have a friend that loves garlic so much that he might have eaten your lemon tart accident.

Alex, I have never heard the phrase, "It was so good..." and I think I'll have to tell my brother about it. He loves old southern sayings.

Stephen Tremp said...

Living healthy is so important. We juice, usually one meal a day. Its a power packed tall glass of everything. I add green apples, limes, and ginger to take the edge of what would other wise be kind of a gross tasting drink.

Best wishes to Holly Sinclair and the ABCs of sandwiches. I love hot sandwiches like this. Just have to make sure the meats don't have nitrates (have to use them fast or they go bad in a few days) and low fat cheese.

cleemckenzie said...

I"m always on the look out for meal ideas. I never seem to have enough, so will check out Holly's book.

Lovely to see the trailer for Tree of Life up and running.

I can't keep up with all the books people who blog are coming out with. Guess I'll just have accept that I won't be able to.

I loved the idea of Survive Hop. It's another way to use this media for good.

Fundy Blue said...

Well, Alex, I came on your blog an amour ago, and I have just gotten back. I listened to all of Carrie's breakdown post, and it was fascinating (partly because I am familiar with your blog and books). I learned lots that I can use.

And I really like the calmed down look of your blog: great new header, happy to see you kept a little of the streaming blue numbers, great one-line of tabs, followers and bio up top, love that your content section is wider and focuses a reader in ~ nicely done!

And Carrie was right in her "humble, helpful Alex" comments. This is what makes you so great. I truly appreciate all the encouragement you have given me. Happy week to you!

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations to Holly! Too funny about the breadcrums and lemon tart.

And that's a stunning trailer for The Tree of Life.

D.G. Hudson said...

Great tips, Alex, and I've been into nutrition and exercise for most of my life, had to after having two kids. I credit it for my good health now, too. It's those hidden things many people miss - the onset of insulin imbalance, early tumors, gall bladder overload and plaque in the heart. Early detection is essential. So many of my female friends have had breast cancer. I go for my mammograms on a regular basis.
We knew you had more books in that creative mind. Sounds interesting, and hope you have some giveaway contests.
Stay healthy.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi Holly! Loved your anecdote about the lemon tarts! What fun, and your sense of humor comes through! Good luck with your cookbooks!

P.S. Alex: I haven't checked out your SAT bloghop yet, but your healthy tips are awesome. I am doing all that you are recommending, except that I do eat at a bar and grill once or twice a week (but Terry and I always split one entree ~ no appetizers or desserts, and I strictly limit my wine). I would add that strength training, stretching, and balance work are important too, especially as you get older.
Be healthy!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, peas in mashed potatoes is disgusting.

Carol, that made me chuckle.

David, we'll have a Jerk sandwich party!

Robyn, I haven't had fast food in years...

Patricia, I like onions, just not in my cookies...

Fundy, thanks so much! For watching the video and the kind words. I'm still working on it but I hope to have this blog in shape by the weekend.

DG, I'm sure there will be a Goodreads giveaway at least.

ilima said...

I'm loving the new look, Alex. I'll have to tune into Carrie's blog to hear about her suggestions.

Also, that Tree of Life trailer is amazing!

Lisa said...

Love the new header! And I am floored with the trailer for the Tree of Life book. Wow. I want them to make a trailer for me!!! Thank you for sharing. I posted it on my FB page and pinterest and twitter and tumblr, everywhere I could think of. So very lovely and well done...

Dean K Miller said...

It's safer if I avoid the kitchen all together, but with the sandwich book, maybe I'd have a fighting chance.

The Tree of Life trailer is awesome. As is Carrie's site/video.

Nice.

Cherie Reich said...

LOL! I had to laugh about the kitchen disaster. I bet it was pretty awful. Then again, I can't say much. I don't cook beyond frozen pizza and the like.

Leovi said...

Wow, these whet my appetite Sandwich !! I'm going to lunch!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

The Tree of Life book trailer is lovely.

I love the story about the recipe with the unexpected garlic and herbs!

Mary Montague Sikes

Mark Means said...

Not sure if I can classify myself as a "foodie", or not, but I sure like reading about cooking and recipes. That sandwich looks very yummy....and it IS lunchtime, so... :)

Always great info and I need to go for the big "P" screen, sometime soon. You're right, it's not about the years lived, but the quality of those years.

Susan Kane said...

Kitchen disasters...haven't we all had them? They make us stronger. Good luck on the blog hop.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, YAY for Holly's book! Looks great! And yes--early detection is definitely key.

Carrie-Anne said...

Nice new header! I love the turquoise background.

As an advocate against alternative "medicine," some of the conditions I feel are important to check for are Group B Strep and Rhesus disease. There are very serious consequences if you refuse to be checked, try to treat yourself with garlic and turmeric, and refuse the antibiotics or RH shot.

Patsy said...

I do have a cooking disaster to share - and it involves breadcrumbs, or rather it doesn't which is the disastrous part.

I like cooking and am usually pretty good at it, but I do tend to improvise when I don't have all the ingredients. Sometimes that works well, but not the time I wanted to make garlic mushrooms for my new boyfriend. As I didn't have breadcrumbs I used porridge oats (adding garlic as they don't come in that flavour) The smelled great and looked good. The taste wasn't all that bad either, but the texture ... they were VERY claggy, gloomy, gelatinous ... I'm not sure what, but after the first bite it became quite hard to move our jaws.

I didn't take a second bite, but the boyfriend bravely consumed three mushrooms before giving up from exhaustion. We're married now and he almost never mentions the incident.

L.G. Keltner said...

Holly's cookbook sounds awesome, and the tale of the Lemon Tart incident made me laugh! We've all had the occasional culinary disaster.

I love to eat healthy food, but when it comes to smaller portion sizes, I fail somewhat. If something tastes amazing, I only want to eat more! I must practice the fine art of self-restraint.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations to all the new covers. And I have to add it was amazing I got that far with all the yummy photos of delicious foods!!! Off to visit Carrie's blog now.

Mark Noce said...

Sweet, I love Carrie's blog! Heading over there now. BTW, I like the new look on your site:)

mooderino said...

I'm getting mixed messages. Eat small portions, but also the king of all sandwiches. Hmm, guess that means eat one mouthful at a time. Now if I could only stop drooling.

mood

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lisa, thank you!!!

Mark, say hey to Dr. Jellyfinger for me.

Carrie-Anne, I could do the garlic.

Patsy, that sounds awful.

Moody, just cut the sandwich in half...

Thanks, guys!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Love the new header. The old one took awhile to load.

Microwave is my salvation when it comes to eat.

That TREE OF LIFE trailer is outstanding!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

We are what we eat right? Yikes that speaks volumes about me.

Can't wait for your new book.

AND I like your new look.

S.K. Anthony said...


Great "updo" :D

Okay, I love sandwiches. And now I'm hungry. Thanks.Great advice on eating healthy. It really is just as important as early detection. So now I'm torn on that sandwich binge I had planned... lol

I love Carrie's new breaking it down series, running over to check yours out!!!


S.K. Anthony: Time Management Tips

Angela Brown said...

Congrats to all the authors with new releases. It's always so wonderful seeing the fruits of labor blossoming throughout the writing community.

That Jerk Chicken sandwich looks so tasty. As for kitchen disasters, i can't not claim perfection. I've had plenty of "Ooh, let me try putting this with this" moments that had to get poured into the outside trash can or immediately poured in the trash and taken to the dumpster.

Healthy living, with preventative measures like check ups, really do make a difference in the quality of the quantity of years of life.

Andrew Leon said...

Ah, yeah, it's always important to check what's in stuff.
Personally, I probably would have still tasted it.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Do you have a book deal I missed? If so, a big congrats.

Love the new header.

And I so agree with you about healthy living. It's so important to a long, happy life.

Maurice Mitchell said...

That sandwich has my Jamaican blood popping!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Dammit.Those sammich pictures are making me reaaaal hungry

Crystal Collier said...

Woot, woot! I've been to Carie's place, and wow. Just wow. Huge congrats to Karen, Sandra, EE, and Nicole! (And the Tree of Life contributors, of course.) SO many epic things happening...

Jenni Enzor said...

Love the new layout on your blog! I agree about healthy living. Eating right and exercise is no guarantee of a long life, but it does impact the quality of your life.
This is a great blog hop you're doing!

Janie Junebug said...

I hate food. Well, not really, but I don't read ebooks. It's nice of you to give away that one, though.

Love,
Janie

Cynthia said...

I've had my share of kitchen mishaps. Congratulations to Holly on her book!

I'm glad to hear you're in great shape, Alex.Thanks for hosting this bloghop!

Cynthia said...

I've had my share of kitchen mishaps. Congratulations to Holly on her book!

I'm glad to hear you're in great shape, Alex.Thanks for hosting this bloghop!

Catherine Stine said...

Yes, healthy living is important. I force myself to exercise just about every day no matter what. Walked about a mile today and did small weights...
Hey, did you change your banner? The new one looks good with all of your books on it!

Karen M. Peterson said...

If the book is half as amazing as that sandwich looks, I'm getting it!

M Pax said...

Yummy looking sandwich.

My brother likes to tell a story of a batch of chicken wings and a mislabeled bottle of hot sauce one time. It still makes us all laugh.

So many great books coming out!

Healthy habits are important. I let mine slide a bit lately, but am getting back into it.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Alex, your blog is looking pristine!! You have great healthy advice!! 5 decades---what?! I figured you around 3 decades!

Kathryn McKendry said...

Garlic Lemon tarts do sound terrible, but the cookbook sounds great! I love cooking as well.

Alex great Survive and Thrive post. I agree exercise and eating right is the best medicine.

Sarah Allen said...

What a great list of new releases! Looks like there's lots to catch up on...

Sarah Allen
(Writing Blog)

Truedessa said...

Thanks for co-hosting the Survive and Thrive bloghop. Our health is so important as without good health
life is limited and you don't get to enjoy it to the fullest.

Susanne Drazic said...

LOL. I've got a couple of kitchen disasters to share. Now to decide on which one? I just signed up for the Foodie Blog Hop.

CONGRATS to everyone with new book releases! Some great looking covers.

Early detection and living healthy. Great tips, Alex!

J E Oneil said...

Sometimes it seems like everything I do in the kitchen is a disaster!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The food looks yummy.

A lot of good new books.

Yes, Alex, healthy living is the key, along with regular checkups.

Jennifer Lane said...

Holly's tart trauma had me giggling! I had a Pad Thai disaster the first time I tried to make it. I couldn't find rice noodles at the grocery store so thought "These wheat noodles will be fine, right?" WRONG. Clumpy, smelly mess. Have you ever smelled fish sauce? Disgusting. Combine it with ketchup, congealed noodles, and peanut butter, and you have a gag-worthy meal.

Jennifer Lane said...

PS Love the blog banner! And congrats on your 4th book. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, I know it took a while to load.

Thanks, Teresa.

Natalie, yes I do!

Catherine, yeah, after Carrie pointed out some things in her post today, I decided to make some changes. (I got to watch the video Saturday so I had time to do so.)

Cathrina, only that young in my mind. And my face. I look young.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

I enjoyed reading everyone's kitchen disasters.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Regular check ups aren't fun but they allow us to keep having fun

M. J. Joachim said...

Health is a give and take. Some of us don't have the best genes, but we can eat healthy and fight the villains as they come. Oh, the stories I could tell...suffice to say, it takes more than a few aches and pains to keep me down. I'm all for living well and being active. You're right, diet has an awful lot to do with it. Nice post today, Alex!

Lynda R Young said...

Great health tips.

And Holly's lemon tart gave me a good giggle.

Love your new header too.

Denise Covey said...

Don't think I'll try your recipe Alex. Sounds nauseating all right.

Helena said...

Does your blog have a new layout or is that my computer? Whichever it is, the page looks great.

I'm not surprised at all that you're in great shape. But getting a checkup when something seems wrong really can be life-saving (or in my mother's case, eyesight-saving).

My own humble health advice is to use supplements when necessary. I've found out the hard way that no matter what I eat, I need zinc and vitamin C supplements. And a daily multiple is a good idea.

Holly's sandwiches look great, so the recipes are worth my checking into.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Yeah, I knew about the Italian bread crumbs. That does sound awful. I have had many culinary disasters. Only a few that caused a fire. :)

ALEX! That sandwich does look SO good. Poor Mini-Alex. He looks perturbed that he can't try it too!

I'm glad you live so healthy. We should all aspire to that. Especially those of us that live behind the computer. :)

I didn't join the hop, but I think you know my passion is getting people to donate blood and sign-up to the bone marrow registry.

Great post! I'll go visit Carrie next!

Heather

Tyrean Martinson said...

That sandwich looks awesome!

On Survive and Thrive - always listen to what your body is telling you.
That's my lesson from this weekend.
My husband, super healthy guy who always gets in his cardio and eats healthy, had to visit the ER and spend some time getting his heart monitored, but he almost didn't go.
Thanks to a good friend, he went in, and it was good that he did.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jennifer!

Thank you, Lynda!

Helena, new layout and header!

Heather, and I appreciate your passion.

Tyrean, such a blessing he's all right!

Emilyann Girdner said...

Awesome lemon tart story :) I'm familiar with cooking disasters myself, but I'll spare you details.

Steven said...

Eating healthful foods and exercise go a long way! That sandwich looks incredibly good, and I'm sure is much better for you than a Big Mac (yuck!)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Eating and living healthy are very important. Something I'm constantly working on and trying to bring my children up with.

Deniz Bevan said...

A brilliant idea for a blogfest and I definitely agree - regular checkups and healthy living help a LOT.

Congratulations on your book by the way, and I love the title!

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Now I am hungry... those yummy sandwiches. I have never been able to perfect the perfect sandwich.

New look, looks great...

Jeremy

Al Penwasser said...

When we traveled to Belize, our favorite meal was lunch at the hotel bar. We loved the Jamaican Jerk sandwich! The only problem was that the guy who came with it was from Kingston and he never shut up. Mon.

T. Drecker said...

Eee! The thought of the taste of those lemon tarts makes me cringe.
A sensible style of living goes a long way.

Patricia Lynne said...

That's a book that I should get for my boss given our speciality is sandwiches!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Steven, Big Macs are fat bombs.

Al, was he also a jerk?

Liz A. said...

Kitchen disasters: well, the usual used salt instead of sugar in cookies. Well, that wasn't me, but it might be some day.

Survive and thrive: drink enough water! Plus all the other usual suspects.

Jeff Chapman said...

I started laughing out loud as soon as you mentioned the type of breadcrumbs. I guess your house was safe from vampires (and every other life form).

rebeccabradleycrime.com said...

What a beautiful beautiful book trailer.

rebeccabradleycrime.com said...

What a beautiful beautiful book trailer.

Robin said...

I am late to this party... again. I love the new header/page. The three books at the top POP. Excellent.

Reading your survive/thrive post reminds me that I really need to figure out a workout that won't hurt my shoulder, but exercises the rest of me... Thanks!

Liesel K. Hill said...

Great book trailer! Loved it. Like Robin, I really love the banner at the top of the blog with your books on it. Hmm...maybe I should do that...:D

JJ said...

The Tree of Life book trailer is extremely well done and very moving.

Leovi said...

It is important to detect early disease, but sometimes just too much evidence undermining self-confidence. It's the price you pay!

Carrie Butler said...

1. Thanks for the shout-out, Captain! The blog looks great. :D

2. Sandwiches are one of my favorite things ever. <3

3. The trailer is amazing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Robin!

Carrie, thanks for taking the time to make my blog better!

Trisha F said...

I think I'm fairly healthy, and very rarely get sick (which is probably why I am owed about 55 sick days at work ;)), but I know I can improve my diet, and do more exercise. I currently do 2 classes (yoga & pilates) a week, but that is only during semester where I work. On the 'off months', I need to do my own stretches and things at home. I also need to get back to walking as much as I used to. But before I do that, I need new sneakers. ;) The current ones have given me a corn on my heel. :P

jamieayres.com said...

Wow, that Tree of Life trailer is stunning!!!

Mina Burrows said...

Okay, I'm hungry after reading all about sandwiches and it's almost 11 pm.

I love your covers on your blog header. It looks great.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I get about a 50% on the whole health thing. I do well until I get busy, then it all goes to hell. I'm a couple months late on visiting Mrs. Jelly Finger her sister Miss Squish. But it's like my car sticker...if I delay by a month or so each year, it's less times I have to do it in a lifetime and I save a few bucks. Yep, that's logic.

The Spooky Whisk said...

I needed to take two buses and a cab, to reach the end of the comments, here.

Three times? Cool beans.

She Writes said...

Bread crumbs and lemon tarts and garlic, oh my :)! Thank heavens for small kindnesses. I am gluten intolerant and quite sad to say so. However that lemon tart (YUM) and bread crumbs (um okay) with garlic (oh no!) could have taken me down a crave road. Not what I expect here (caught me off guard) but entertaining, none the less :). made ma laugh. You are always such a kind promoter of blogs, Alex. The blogger gods will send you karmic wonders I hope!

mail4rosey said...

Congrats on the feature at Carrie Butler's.

That's hilarious about the bread crumbs.

Side Note: No way I thought you were going into decade five...not that that's a bad thing. :)

Nice shout out on the preventative measures / health screenings.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Trisha, that's a lot of sick days...

Thanks, Mina!

Elizabeth, my wife thinks like you do.

Ivy, that line is from Arthur!

Thank you, She Writes.

Rosey, not bad, just getting older.

Michelle Wallace said...

Let me see...smaller portions? Check.
Less red meat? Check.
More fruit and vegetables? Check.
More water? Oops...
Avoid fast food? Check.
Exercise - four to five days a week of cardio? Oops...
4 out of 6? Not too bad, hey?
...and I'm hitting 5 decades at about 139 pounds...

The Spooky Whisk said...

I didn't know that. It's just how long it took to get here. lol.

Toinette Thomas said...

I'm diggin the new look and now I know why the change. What a great way to how others see you.
The Tree of Life trailer is nice too.