Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Conference Memories

Last week at this time I was jetting to Denver for Romance Writers of America's annual conference. So, having been gone all week, I didn't do any cooking other than the leftover breakfast I nuked in my hotel room microwave and the frozen pizza I tossed in the oven when I returned home Sunday evening. However, that doesn't mean there isn't food to talk about. Like the incredible Fried Cheese Curds I had at one of the hotel's restaurants. No pictures, but trust me, they were awesome. If you don't believe me, just ask Mary Connealy. 
For me, the highlight of any RWA conference is always the Harlequin party. Every year, they treat their authors to an indulgent night of desserts and dancing at some exclusive hotel that makes us feel so special. 
There's fun with friends. Don't we clean up well?
From left to right, LIS author Christa Sinclair, me, LI author Jill Lynn and LIS author (and my roomie) Sharee Stover.

And did I mention desserts?
Insert your own adjective. 
Yeah, there's only one way to top all of that.

Does Beauty and the Beast seem rather apropos? Though he's the cutest beast ever. I mean everyone knows that spaghetti sauce makes the best face mask and hair gel.

Now it's your turn. Which dessert intrigues you the most? What would be your first sampling? And are you one of the many caught in the clutches of summer's heat?

Three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy Obenhaus, lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children, two dogs and countless cattle. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining and sometimes adventurous manner. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at mindyobenhaus.com


  1. I love those baby pictures! One is all girl, and the other is all boy. What fun!

    Every year I love looking at the pictures from the Harlequin party dessert tables! I'd head for anything chocolate, but it all looks delicious!

    1. They are the epitome of each gender, aren't they, Jan?

      It always amazes me how the types of desserts change depending on the hotel/town. The one I went to in San Antonio in 2014 was probably the best. Chefs were making liquid nitrogen ice cream as we watched and then another station where you could build your own s'mores, complete with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers. It made the food an event in and of itself.

    2. Mindy, I remembered that liquid nitrogen ice cream as soon as I saw your post. That was so cool.

      These desserts all look amazing!

    3. Mary Cate, I think that was the first Harlequin party for both of us. And we all know how those firsts are usually the best. I was in awe of that ice cream because I'd seen it on TV and was dying to try it.

  2. Ummmm....one of each, please? (including babies) I'm intrigued by the non-chocolate selections though...is that a pudding...or a guess mousse would be the posh word...in the white dishes with the handles? And are those cheese cake slices? I haven't had a good cheese cake in ages. That conference sure looks spectacular!

    1. Kav, I think the spoon looking things had a crème brulee. One of my all-time favorite desserts, I might add. One of the other things might have been cheesecake, but not both. Definitely a try-one-of-each event, especially since you then hit the dance floor an work it all off.

  3. Mindy, how did I miss your post this week?! Thanks for sharing the photos!! I'm so sorry I wasn't there this year.

    Love those sweet babies!!