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About Me & The SAGAS



Hi, I'm Alexa! I am the voice behind this blog, The Basil & Cinnamon Sagas. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but I dream of the beach. So naturally, I decided to go to college in Spokane, Washington, where it's cloudy a billion months out of the year and there are no beaches (the autumn and spring seasons are killer beautiful, though! Can you say pumpkin patches and cherry blossoms?). I recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing Concentration, so hopefully now I'll get to my beach soon!

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, because food is my favorite and I like to make it, decorate it, photograph it, and eat it. As a writer who loves cooking and baking (or a baker who loves writing, it's really kind of a chicken-or-egg scenario here), creating a food blog seemed like a natural step to take. Especially since, as a writer, my passion is storytelling--and recipes provide such an excellent outlet for sharing and creating stories of epic proportions. To me, recipes are stories about food, where it's from, and the people who make it. 


The name of this blog came from my belief in the power of recipes to tell stories; epic stories, stories of history and humanity and love. And what are a series of epic stories, all compiled together? Sagas. 

Basil and cinnamon are my two favorite herbs/spices/seasonings in the world. Not only do they taste amazing and smell like heaven, but they bring to mind incredible memories, my personal history. The unique tang of basil resonates with spring and summer freshness, while the spice of cinnamon brings to mind cozy blankets and warm, steaming mugs of autumn and winter deliciousness. 

Since basil is generally used in cooking (though it is also used in baking), it symbolically represents the cooking portion of this blog. Conversely, cinnamon (though found in cooking recipes) is usually thought of in regards to baking and will represent the baking portion of this blog. 

Basil & Cinnamon. Cooking & Baking. Fresh & Cozy. And all of it telling a story. Get it? Awesome, now let's get cooking!

xoxo Alexa


A list of fun facts about your host (that's me):

  • The greatest food groups in the world are as follows: pasta, chocolate cake, yellow bell peppers, chocolate chip cookies, and cheesy enchilada rice.
  • Coastal North Carolina is where my heart resides.
  • I am addicted to books. Current favorites: Harry Potter (duh and always), The Winner's Trilogy, The Ember Quartet, The Book Thief, and Molly on the Range (cookbooks are fun to read, too!).
  • On a related note, Barnes & Noble is a vortex where I disappear for hours, except it feels like minutes. 
  • HGTV's Fixer Upper with Chip and Jo is the background music to my life.
  • I like milk, but milk doesn't like me. I use lactose-free substitutes for lots of my recipes--so fellow lactose intolerant folks, rejoice!
  • Tiffany blue is the color of my soul.
  • I have a not-so-secret desire to be on Dancing With the Stars. That's probably the only reason I'd ever want to be famous.
  • Dogs, horses, and sea turtles are the best animals. But all the other animals come in as a close second.
  • I cannot use flour without making an absolute mess of everything in the world. Ditto for cocoa. Same goes for powdered sugar. So basically if I'm baking, prepare for powdery apocalypse.


This lovely lady --->

is my roommate and best friend. You'll probably be seeing and/or hearing of her from time to time, so I figured it would be nice for you to meet her. Her name is Heather, she's an eco warrior, and we have fun.


<--- My favorite place in the world.


My family (well, half of it) in my favorite place in the world. --->

(....we're not completely insane, I promise. We just really dig the ocean.)


These young pups are Boone and Onyx. They smell terrible, drool more than average, and love in that unconditional way that only dogs can.