Jan 10, 2013

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My Life’s Quirks – Cynthia Eden is Awesome!

As some of you remember, back in August 2012 I was lucky enough to attend Authors After Dark as a Featured Blogger.  What I decided to do as a Feature Blogger was to interview the 30 authors I needed to feature on my blog.  One of those authors was Cynthia Eden.

Due to a mix up here and a spam folder there, we played ‘interview email’ tag for a few weeks.  It all eventually turned out fine but Cynthia took full responsibility for the mix ups, which of course she didn’t need to because a) she’s busy and totally allowed to be a little late b) I had issues too with lost emails and so on.  Once we were all settled and posted and happy, she told me she owed me a drink when we met in person in New Orleans at the convention.

Guys, Cynthia is the sweetest person!!!  When I met her, she was so cute and so SO nice!  She kept insisting she owed me a drink and I told her no.  Then she told me she would send me something instead.  She even told me to look out for a parcel from her in the mail once I got home!  We chatted a bit here and there during the con and every time I found her more and more endearing.  She really is the cutest thing.

A few weeks after  being back from the convention, I went to the post office and found a big heavy parcel waiting for me.  And who was it from?  Cynthia Freaking Eden!  OMGOMG!!!  In NOLA, I had told her that I loved the beignets so what does she send me?  TWO boxes of the mix needed to make Café du Monde beignets!  OMGOMGOMG!!!


She even sent along a cute little note that is now taped to the wall of my book closet.

This weekend, I finally got around to attempting to make the yummy beignets I fell in love with in New Orleans.  It was actually really easy.  Well, it was supposed to be easy…  First I mixed the mix with water.  Then I rolled it out and cut it into even squares.


See?  Even squares.

Then I fried the yummy goodness into them.


Mmm…  Look at them bubble and become full of golden yummy goodness…

The first few that came out of the oil turned out a little flat.


Okay.  They were totally flat.  They looked more like a Toaster Strudels then beignets.  But the rest of the batch turned out pretty.  And yummy!


Cover those babies in powdered sugar – a lot of it – and Oh.  My.  Gawd!  Sooo good!!!

And who do I have to thank for this decadent treat I thought I would only ever have once in my life?  That’s right.  Cynthia Eden.


Let me explain this awesome photo.  There IS a photo of me and Cynthia floating around there somewhere.  Someone else snapped it at one of the parties at AAD but I never got a copy.  So I decided to um…improvise.  I used the great shot Jen took and sort of…altered it a bit.  You can’t tell, right?  I know!  I am such a wizz with photoshop…

Cynthia Eden is Awesome!  Just another one of my life’s quirks.

  1. Bwhahahahaha. Great Photoshopping there, Julie.

  2. LOL That’s a great story. I love Cafe Du Monde beignets! You just made me hungry.

  3. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho says:


  4. OMG! This is so awesome! I want to be back in NOLA with you and Cynthia now! Yes… She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met! (and so are you!) Thanks for sharing!

  5. LOL, I think your first batch of beignets turned out WAY better than mine did! When I make them at home, I still have that not-so-fun underbaking issue going on. ;(

    It was great to meet you in NOLA, and I sure hope our paths cross again soon!

    Love that photoshop pic. 😉

  6. Lol, great food 😉
    And yum!

  7. LOL Julie….love those photoshopping skills!

    (ps…u look like a vampire!!) 😉

  8. I totally agree with you Cynthia Eden is super sweet, it was a pleasure to met her and I really hope to see her again soon.
    Save some beignets for me, I’m coming!
    The photoshop job was great! lol

  9. No really can’t tell, the photo is perfect! Love the look of the beignets! Now I also want to taste them! terrible! It was a really nice surprise and I think I really need to try her books as well!

  10. OMG I LOVE Cafe Du Monde Beignets and Chickory Coffee! I have a friend from the area who sends me care packages at least a few times a year.

    Mmmm. Now I’m hungry for beignets.

  11. What a great story Julie! And what a great and awesome present.

  12. Jen – Why thank you 😉

    Lee – This post makes me hungry too lol

    Jennifer – 🙂

    twimom – Isn’t it great when the authors we meet are as nice (if not nicer) in person than online? 🙂

    Cynthia – I hope we meet again too!

    blodeuedd – Yum indeed 😉

    Sharon – I so do NOT look like a vampire… (Okay, I do a little bit lol)

    Bookaholic Cat – We’ll make a batch of beignets together when you get here. 🙂

    melliane – You like my photo?! Woot!

    Heather – Lucky you! I have to find a friend who will send me the mix throughout the year too!

    aurian – 🙂

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