Greta, Magic Herbs and Cuba!

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Greta is the name I gave this sweet lady, also known as Rosemary Kitchen Witch. This sweet kitchen helper is part of a collection by Witches of Pendle. She’ll most likely be making more appearances in these future kitchen blogs, so thanks for greeting her with an open heart!
Now moving on to some really COOL new reads for this month starting with….
Ten Spices for Health and Longevity
(REVISED)
By Valerie B. Lull
10 Spices
Hurray!!! Now THIS is the kind of information that seems to have gotten lost over the years that has lately been finding it’s way to us again!!!
Reflecting on reading through this book, it reminds me of an active mindfulness of actual ingredients…where energy gets infused simply by placing our attention to those ingredients and in our preparation of them!
Besides for household uses for the spices she goes into, the wonderful author also goes into traditional uses of each ingredient, followed by a few key recipes! Oh what fun I’ll have making some of these recipes, while practicing mindfulness WITH intention!!!
I love how the author also mentions possible issues with herbs and medications-let’s take back our health!
My first experiment was with the author’s recipe for CAYENNE TEA
Cayenne and Greta
I had been suffering from chest congestion from a cold and tried this one out. Just in the mindful preparation of it caused me to notice what I was experiencing from inhaling the steam from it…I was already feeling comforted.
Whether one believes or not, the energy we are feeling is the same energy we attract so…bring that on! (Achoo!!! Omg…it’s working!!!) Seriosly, even though it’s a spicy spice, it’s relaxing to me (especially after a night of restless coughing). I’m actually finally feeling sleepy!!!
I appreciated all this book’s fascinating and historical to present day uses of the 10 featured spices in this book, and found this book to be very fun AND useful!
I’ll try sage and fennel tea tomorrow (sore throat, colds, flu)
I feel the writer offers a lot in this book, simply through the ten spices for health and longevity she chose, and I feel it’s definitely worth the time to read.
An ideal gift not just for yourself but to a best friend!
**** GIFT IDEA****
A beautiful basket with labeled packets of herbs, Epson salts, a pretty tea cup and this book!!!
Revised version available at Amazon/10Spices
Author’s Website: valarielull.com
Valarie’s Blog: Simplewaystostayhealthy
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PALADARES
Author: Anya von Bremzen 
Paladares
Inspired by private restaurants of CUBA!
Cuban culture…Cuban history…
…an amazing book of stories and recipes, along with many vibrant and BEAU-tiful photos! (Well done, Anya Von Bremzen!!!!)
Of course I decided to try some of these recipes out, due to the fact that everything just looked REALLY GOOD (!) …plus, I feel that the author explained this book and the recipes well -which to me makes Paladares a nice and easy cookbook to follow!
My review here is all about the recipes so…
The first…..
Cuban Drink

Papa Doble Daiquirí

Ernest Hemingway’s regular drink, apparently. This one is called the Papa Doble Daiquirí. What I especially LOVED about this icy double is that there is NO added sugar -or any kind of sweeteners- in this one! A perfect drink for anytime, but especially during a chilly holiday season-one that I happen to be in now…so perfectly fitting!
Uh…
…although the results of my version came out a little bit foamy, it was probably due to my not so great blender. Still, the taste chimed, “Dazzling!” (Cheers to you, Ernest and Cheers to Anya and Paladares for sharing this drink recipe!)
Cuban Drinks
Next up, I made Potaje de Frijoles Negros, with sofrito. OMG…I wasn’t sure how eventful this dish would be but HEAVEN ON EARTH, these were amazing! This would most definitely make a meal on it’s own-very hearty and flavor-filled!
Cuban pre black beans

A photo BEFORE the magic of creaminess happened!

I learned here that when they say to “simmer” until tender, that really means (at least according to my own stove), to simmer on medium heat where it’s slightly boiling (like a low boil). That gave the best results for me!
Next up, Arroz con Pollo a la Chorrera (Chicken & Rice). I was moved by the book’s photo of this dish! I was also intrigued by the Annatto spice, along with all the other interesting ingredients like wine, lager-style beer, saffron, capers, etc…
Oh wait…speaking of wine and lager-style beer, I think it’s time to try the other drink that I also bookmarked….the Mojito!!!
Yes yes-this particular Mojito tasted TRULY AUTHENTIC! Meaning not American-ly sweet and BIG STYLE minty. Still, the California gal in me just couldn’t resist muddling in a lot more mint in my glass. My guy chose to stick with the authentic recipe. Either way, this one was another winner for us both!
Mojito for blog

Mojito

Yum!
Now back to the Arroz con Pollo a la Chorrera
I didn’t actually go for using the chicken thighs this recipe called for, due to I couldn’t locate any at the grocery store I was in, so I went for an already cut up chicken.
I’ve got to say that this dish was really FUN to prepare and cook. The whole experience reminded me of growing up watching my Mom make her famous Trinidadian curried chicken…..which at this point got me to look up that Cuba is only 1,327 miles from Trinidad via air travel.
Anyway…
By the end of my results….I recreated this REALLY BEAUTIFUL DISH…just don’t forget adding salt,  like I did…or maybe it’s the  kind of dish that’s even BETTER the next day where flavors get more enhanced! (Usually for me, these kinds of dishes are).
Still, the flavors DID stand out as a new and unique tasting experience for me-a total PLUS! Now I’m very much looking forward to trying the many other recipes in this book that I’ve already bookmarked!
Cuban Collage 2
That’s my review for Paladares! Many “Cheers!” to YOU for reading, and PLEASE feel welcome to share what YOUR favorite Cuban drink or dish is, in the comments below!
Cuban drink Tom

“Solud, por que la belleza sobra”, says Tom Richards as he holds up the Papa Doble Daiquirí

“Salud, por que la belleza sobra” means…
“To your health, since you’re already so beautiful”
– HuffingtonPostUK
PALADARES is available at Amazon.com/Paladares
For MORE books by Anya Von Bremzen, please visit AnyaVonBremzenBooks

QUICK LINKS

 

10 Spices

 Cuban Cookbook
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Questions, Consciousness and 1967!

Parents
I bought my copy of this book at a conscious parenting event 2017-the title really spoke to me. I had even told the author this! She was so sincere and easy for me to chat with. It means a lot for me to get to review her book now so….here I go…
As a conscious parent, I realize that I’m still trying to raise myself as the teenager I feel I stopped at. For years I’ve struggled with feeling like a victim and that no one understood me, yet I knew I was a good person. Those inner struggles I had felt were something I faced on a regular basis.
Now as a parent of young children today, I refuse to live with that kind of energy around my kids.
This book was everything I had hoped for! A long awaited glorious read to help me understand myself better in this future I NOW live in with my own children. I really feel this book is a great read no matter where one is, as far as their own personal development. It’s extra wisdom and communication.
I especially love all the questions, examples and exercises provided in this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone evolving and healing themselves, as well as for the young adult wanting better communication with their parents and to be understood on a whole new level!
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The Daily Question
By WaterBrook

Daily Question
I LOVE to journal! The thing that I especially love, is when a book provides you with questions you might not be thinking of for yourself. This gives personal growth an extra way to thrive…and for the next 5 years!!!!
For anyone who feels that cannot afford one on on coaching or counseling, but would LOVE that service, PLEASE consider purchasing this book for yourself as a start! This is personal growth that you literally use a pen (or other writing tool) with…that actively includes the heart and mind!
This is the kind of journal writing gets you clear and focuses your attention on what you truly desire! Remember, “The energy flows where attention goes”. You seriously can only go right on this one!
Highly recommended for yourself, as well as for a friend you dearly love. I will definitely recommend this book for my own clients, who want more fulfillment from their lives.

E for EVERYONE!!!

The first page of The Daily Question: My 5-Year Spiritual Journal starts on January 1st and ends 5 years later on December 31st.

Available NOW at Amazon/TheDailyQuestion
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The Great Book of 1967
The Great Book of 1967: U.S. Yearbook Full of Interesting Facts & Events from 1967!
This is a book that I really enjoyed getting lost in! Not only has it been engaging, but I’m feeling super energized from reading it!
1967…a time where an entire generation came of age and were turning into adults, in one of the most pivotal years of the 20th century.  It is the key year of the 1960’s where everything seems to change from black and white to color.  With the incredible changes happening all over the place, we could see how people were creatively reacting to it all….almost chilling in a way.
I really appreciated the breakdowns of Vietnam war events, musical turns that were happening, the musician’s that were taking their first big steps, movies of the time that were game changers, celebrities either born of that year or whom were really BIG at the time…the author even included a brief history on their parents!
My top favorite chapters were “The Top Music of 1967”, “Influential Albums” (broken down by date!), and the author’s Fun & Fascinating: “Selected Band and Artist Profiles”, which includes some really cool trivia!
There is something for EVERYONE in this book, so if you are ever looking for a nice gift for someone, even if they weren’t actually born in ’67, (because that just does NOT matter!!!), please consider this one! It’s FAB, even for a young kid! I highly recommended The Great Book Of 1967! Talk about FUN history!
Available on Amazon/1967

Chef Style Munchies to 5-Sensory Eating

Munchies
Late-Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs

by JJ Goode and Helen Hollyman

A book playfully put together by inspiration of Chef’s Night Out.

To note, a lot of these “munchies” are made from scratch. If it’s late at night and your looking for something FAST, I suggest you find something else to eat (and/or drink) and just read this book (ALONG with your other late night snack!) Seriously, though, I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a lot of fun reading!

You see, I mislead myself in thinking it would be filled with “easy munchies” recipes….but please know…it’s SO MUCH MORE!

The chapters go through drinks, sandwiches, things with tortillas (THINGS, lol), Morning After recipes and….uh…a chapter called Hardcore! There are 8 chapters total, all the way to desserts!

Munchies took me completely in to another fascinating world built creatively in it’s photos, storytelling and sometimes “strong” words (lol, again), and VERY INTERESTING ingredients! Be prepared-in a playful way!


I feel this book would make a FABULOUS gift to anyone who loves the art of cooking and who has a great sense of humor!

Highlights for me were-

How to make a burrito (the right way and the wrong way)

Poutine Your Way

Best Pizza

Available at Amazon.com/Munchies

EXTRA LINKS

More Munchies Recipes at MUNCHIES/Recipes

Watch Chef’s Night Out at ChefsNightOut/EPISODES

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VEGAN Instant Pot Cookbook

101 Tasty Plant-Based Recipes for your Instant Pot
Thom Logan

Vegan Instapot

For me, I think the recipe selections are GREAT in this book-nothing is too fancy or too “out there”, yet eventful and easy enough to cook in any instant pot! 

So if you have an instant pot, want to focus eating towards MORE PLANT BASED foods AND still want the PLEASURE of eating to be EVENTFUL, please consider this cookbook! 

Seriously, in my opinion, I really feel that the author did a beautiful job inspiring the reader on how EASY cooking can be with one instant pot and plenty of yummy nourishing plant-based ingredients!  

Available at: Amazon.com/VeganInstaPot

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How We Eat With Our Eyes And Think With Our Stomach

Learn to See the Hidden Influences That Shape Your Eating Habits

Melanie Mühl, Diana von Kopp

How we eat with our eyes

I LOVE…LOVE…AND LOVE the information in this book! It’s like mindful eating on speed!  I can’t imagine NOT telling someone to get this book!!! How We Eat… is heading for GREAT SUCCESS! 

This amazing book is so well written and covers SO MUCH about the psychology of eating, emotional connections with food, all sorts of sensory experiences associated with food, and illusions of authorities, how we think of ourselves around others, food noise phobias, music validations and how it can affect our time spent in a restaurant, what and how we order off menu’s, delights vs. disgust psychology, how forks may be more trouble than their worth, and so so so much more-and so much more that one review could possibly never cover! 

I seriously cannot put this book down and I HIGHLY recommend it both for yourself and every friend out there! 

Available NOW at Amazon.com/HowWeThinkWithOurEyes

Also available on Audible at: Amazon.com/HowWeThinkWithOurEyesAudio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What R. Stevie Moore said!

How well do YOU know R. Stevie Moore? Please-let me know in the comments!

R. Stevie Moore agreed to give a quick interview so I could not only get to know him a little bit better, but so I could also help spread the word to our planet’s musical ears and show off this man’s musical artistry and creativity….along with some personal thoughts on his current life and career.

I’m so excited-so here we go!

R. Stevie Moore “Pop Music”

RSM Puppets

Click to Watch!!!

MFP: Hello, R. Stevie Moore, and thank you for taking the time for this interview! I’ll start with this: When you first began creating music, what was your initial intention as you were bringing your music in to the world? What was driving you?

*R. Stevie Moore: Aaaaaaaaaaaaas is often the common answer to this question, no no no there was never any intention! The only intention is to let out the creative musical energy from within. where it lands is irrelevant, but …. it has GOT TO COME OUT. Pressure valve. That is what was driving me. art is not a plan, art is exhaled.

 

MFP: I’ve ALWAYS wanted to ask you this….are you a self taught musician?

*R. Stevie Moore: Yes, generally so. however, conversely, I inherited the genes of a very intense musical father. Never forget. Not sure who Id’ve been without that in my DNA.

 

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WATCH R. Stevie Moore Discusses The Meaning Of Life +1

MFP: Even after being known for releasing over 400 albums of music, do you feel there is still more you have yet to accomplish?

*R. Stevie Moore: Pride. Never of one single part, but of the gigantic whole. and sadly, no, i don’t feel there’s much else to accomplish. I’ve absolutely surrendered to old age fatigue and lazy loss of any firm direction; there will never again be well-thought-out song composition, and/or smartly grounded full-length album assembly. My pop sense is in chaos.

MFP: It seems, at least to me, that social media has been a great tool for many artists and musicians, do you feel satisfied with your current connection with your fans and audiences?

*R. Stevie Moore: Somewhat satisfied. it’s a slippery slope. Wires connecting me to global people, is it good? shall i cut the ties that bind? Vulnerability bites.

Rare physical CD’s and Vinyl by R. Stevie Moore 

A QUICK JOURNEY THROUGH R. STEVIE MOORE

MFP: As I’ve read up on you, I’ve noticed that you tend to be introduced in names like “Mr. Lo-Fi Legend”, “Grandfather of DIY music”. What would you prefer to be known by?

*R. Stevie Moore: Just name tags, come on. Matters not.

MFP: You’ve gained a LOT of respect and admiration from well known and respected artists and musician’s. Even so, has “the road” through your musical journey been a satisfying and/or good ride for you?

*R. Stevie Moore: Oh no. Decades of struggle.////

MFP: As far as the music/record industry as we once knew it, meaning when music was pretty much controlled by major industrial forces, do you feel you could have actually thrived in it, knowing what you know now?

*R. Stevie Moore: No way.

R. STEVIE MOORE’S LIFE ON PLANET EARTH

Earth

MFP: I once read this quoted from you and it felt really good to my spirit, “It’s about songcraft, diverse music creativity, talent, intolerance for mediocrity…”. I LOVE this!

What is the greatest experience that music has ever given you? Examples would be, like being inspired by a moment or a muse, the freedom that comes with creation, the music after it’s created and the feelings that come with it, and so on.

*R. Stevie Moore: Too many to mention AND I rarely rank favorites/greatests. All or nothing at all.

RSM Tapes

WATCH: R. Stevie Moore documentary TAPE TO DISC

MFP: Do you feel that you came to this planet at the right time? That you really did come here to do what you were supposed to do -and at this particular time? Like, maybe your calling was to bring something very specific. Very particular and very unique to those of us also here at the same time?

*R. Stevie Moore: Who knows!

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R. STEVIE MOORE SOUND PAINTING COLLABORATIONS AND COMPILATIONS
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Ku Klux Glam
Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore
Released February 12, 2012….

MAKE IT BE (CD)
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner
Released March 10, 2017….


MFP:
Do you feel that the momentum of Make It Be is still going pretty strong? (why or why not?)

*R. Stevie Moore: 6 months since release date, it had a quick buzz then vanished. very very saddened it acquired no legs. got some nice reviews, but basically tanked? idk

RSM JF

LISTEN: R. Stevie Moore interview about this 5- year in the making release of Make It Be.

MFP: What happened with the compilation record where a bunch of artists were covering your music?

*R. Stevie Moore: Not a compilation record, per se,,,,, an online project (still ongoing), 10+ volumes by now, all on bandcamp.

MFP: Do you have any plans or dreams of collaborating with any other artists and musician’s in the near future?

*R. Stevie Moore: Plans. Dreams. 2 different animules. i wish i wish i wish.

R. STEVIE MOORE ON WHAT IS STILL TO COME

MFP: I’ve recently heard through the grapevine that there is a documentary about to come out about you. Do you have the status of this documentary?

*R. Stevie Moore: The new documentary is called COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF RSM, directed by Imogen Putler & Monika Baran (UK). Still in production & desperate for further funding. dying for it to be stillborn! No clue to project its expected unveiling. 2019?

I am a genius

R. STEVIE MOORE ON WHAT INSPIRES OUTSIDE OF MUSIC

MFP: When you are not creating music, what currently inspires your soul energy?

*R. Stevie Moore: I do not really spend time creating new music anymore! I archive my life’s work + self-promote online. Hard working man.

MFP: I’ve heard that at this time you will not be touring. Have you given any thoughts to maybe doing live shows from your home?

*R. Stevie Moore: Not sure.

MFP: What do you feel your ultimate life mission here is?

*R. Stevie Moore: Mission accomplished. taped my life, push play.

RSM Casette club

THE END OF ONE CHAPTER IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER…

***To follow R. Stevie Moore and his UPCOMING SHOWS & HAPPENING’S, please visit R.StevieMooreNewsPage!

MFP: Thank you to the inspiring eclectic sound painter R. Stevie Moore for sharing his time with me today! I am so grateful to have found your music!

Remember, I encourage comments! Let me know what you thought of our interview today or just share your own thoughts. Thank YOU!

RSM Lego

***QUICK LINKS***

R. Stevie Moore Bandcamp Page

R. Stevie Moore WEBSITE 

RStevieMoore Vinyl & CD page

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“Pop Music” by R. Stevie Moore 

R. Stevie Moore Discusses The Meaning Of Life + 1

R. Stevie Moore – Tape To Disc Documentary

I’m A Genius (And There’s Nothing You Can Do About It)

Cool Daddio – The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore Facebook page

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PURIFICATION…RAIN….EVOLUTION

My intention here is to share an experience that might resonate with you. Sometimes we hold on to things because we think we need them…
….sometimes because we feel we are “missing” something, and filling up a space that might feel incomplete. For me, those “things” were actually distractions, like boulders, disrupting my receiving of inspiration and creation.
As always, I invite YOU to share with ME your own experiences of little to big evolution’s and experiences of your own awakening!
Hearts
So my story starts last Friday night, after an EVOLVE conference. I had a dream about fire. The smoke from this fire was dark and grey and covered a large amount of a city off in the distance, and was said to be coming our way…I said a short prayer before turning away from the window to heading back to sleep.
When I awoke, I went back to the window and saw HUGE flames burning furiously just a few houses away from our home!
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Waking up for real this time, I looked up fire in dreams. I found a word that truly spoke to me: PURIFICATION.
Purification
Purification Definition: 
To make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates,or 
contaminates: to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to free 
from guilt or evil. to clear or purge.
There was also a healing stone that I had acquired from the EVOLVE event and written on it was HOPE.
HOPE stone
HOPE was not really speaking to me so I went and looked it up, in case I was missing something. I certainly was. It was TRUST.
The next day, back at the EVOLVE event, I had so many CLARITY aka, “AHA!” moments and realized I had to let some things in my life, things I’d grown attached to, – go.
Two days later…many of what I now call “distractions” were lovingly set free. It was seriously like MOVING BOULDERS!!!
Boulders
Boulders in place of what was in the way of my being available to RECEIVE. 
As soon as that space was open, I received SO MUCH INCREDIBLE INSPIRATION at INCREDIBLE SPEEDS! OCEANS of ideas were there, patiently waiting for me!!!
Alive! Present! Grateful! Inspired! Creative! Action! As Is! Doing! Awake! Aware! Breath. Breath. Breath.
Today….it rained….and that rain felt SO GOOD on me….like washing ASH from FIRE.
The Grass and ash
I am receiving again, continuing an evolution in every moment through the experiences of physical body and mind….
Inspiration was ALWAYS there-the space was just blocked from to receiving it.
THE WHO "Reign Over Me"

The Who “Reign On Me”

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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Thank you to the following resources-
Evolve2017
The Who
***Photo in rain by KingCobra Richards

Mychols Monster alla Truck-ish Kitchen

Time for some new Cookbook reviews that include taste tests of monster drinks, sheet supper tacos and homemade taco truck pickles starting with….

…a cookbook exploration of, “Shut Up and Cook!” by Erica Reid.

Shut Up and Cook

This book starts with great healthy inspired food information and a nice look inside the author’s actual story, and why she calls this book, “Shut up and cook!”

As for the recipes, I admit that at the beginning, it seemed like the author was going in a direction of only vegan-ish recipes-but turns out, her recipes DO twist and turn quite nicely! I’m pretty dang sure anyone can find a nice handful of favorite looking recipes to bookmark-like I have!

All in all, this cookbook felt really personal to me. Her personality really shines brightly, bubbly and authentic. I felt like I was reading a book that a really good friend would have written!  I thought Erica Reid did a really nice job here with her BEAUTIFUL and HEALTHY intention!

Available at Amazon/Shutupandcook!

Erica Reid’s website Ericareidcooks.com

Next up…



 

A cocktail book that pairs up drink recipes with horror movies!
by Jon Chaiet (Author), Marc Chaiet (Author) 

Monster Smashed

I found this cocktail recipe book to be scary…lol-I mean, funny-scary…and sometimes a tad disturbing. Seriously, ready to be deliciously haunted by killer cocktails? This book offers a nice punch of everything entertaining so, of course, I had to try at least one out…just to make sure these authors were actually serious!

I chose THE SKIN SUIT from the Shots section of the book. (You’ll have to guess what movie THAT came from!)

Sep 2

This drink was SO EASY to make (hint-homemade Jalapeno Simple Syrup), yet so elegant at the same time! I chose to NOT put the pork rind garnish in…yea, I just couldn’t go there-but imagine how impressed your guests would be if you DID serve THAT at your next scary cocktail party!

I can’t say enough about this book except, “CHEERS…Bwahahahaha!!!”

Sep 1

Just in time for Halloween, right?

Available at Amazon/LetsGetMonsterSmashed

 



 

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian
Raquel Pelzel

 

Sheet Pan Suppers Cover

 

Okay so I personally didn’t know that “sheet pan cooking” was even a thing, and so I was very excited to dive in to what this cookbook had to offer!

There are LOTS of great recipe ideas for food with family, food with friends, or even food for one, which obviously includes leftovers-YAY!

I’m not a vegetarian anymore, but I found PLENTY of great “event oriented” recipes to choose from for the brunch I made today! I went for ROASTED POTATO AND POBLANO TACOS with TACO TRUCK PICKLES.

Of course, what sometimes (or usually) happens to me, is that I wont find an ingredient or two…like on this one! But it was fine! I used Anaheim pepper’s instead Poblano peppers and it turned out GRRRREAT!

I threw these on a sheet pan along with the rest of the ingredients suggested, then went ahead to make the TACO PICKLES…

Sep 4

EASY!

As soon as the Taco Pickles and Potatoes (with the substituted Anaheim peppers) were all ready, I took a tortilla and just filled it up. As I was about to take that first bite, I realized…wait. There was no particular spices in this dish.

I continued on to that first bite anyway and…

YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM! This was so absolutely perfect, in it’s own whole and simple way!

What a PERFECT choice for a simple brunch right next to my Monster Smash jalapeno-tequila cocktail!

So YAY to ALL the authors here! Thank you for making books that are FUN to review and blog about! I wish each cookbook GREAT success!

(Pictured: Low carb tortilla, potato/pepper filling, taco truck pickles and fresh cilantro!)

Sep 3

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian from Amazon/SheetPanSuppersVegetarian

Raquel Pelzel’s Website http://www.raquelpelzel.com/

All photos by Mychols/Richards

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How To SET A TABLE

How To Set A Table

I FEEL INSPIRED TO ENTERTAIN AGAIN!!!
I knew right away when I received this book that it would be exactly what I was hoping for! A book where I could never mess up my next table setting, haha!
Seriously, my Mom brought me up with how to set a table properly and yet this book is my forever refresher course and a book that I can hand down to my kids! To me, this is a really FUN book-AND elegant enough to sit beside the fancy dishes I display from my dining room! 😀
The greatest inspiration I took from this book, though, were the fun ideas it gave! I’m talking about the author’s eventful THEMES and IDEAS! OMG-I feel so excited to entertain again and I am so grateful to have found this sweet and perfect little set a table book!
Although I LOVE this book, I WISH it would have given more ideas on napkin folding. Still to me, it’s a GREAT TREASURE…
…and a perfect gift to give yourself and to pass down to family!
Available NOW on Amazon.com/HowToSetaTable

Thank you for stopping by Mychols Fabulous Kitchen Blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments and questions here with me! 

XO-
L Mychols 

Mychols Fabulous Playground (Lisa Mychols Newsletter)


Happy September to YOU, oh Fabulous One! I’ve got LOTS of MUSIC NEWS to share for September 2017 that I am OVER THE MOON about!

But first, I want to encourage you to respond to this music newsletter and introduce yourself so I can get to know YOU better!

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Great! Now let’s dive in to our news!

We have been releasing music like CRAZY over here and I hope you’ll be as excited as me when you find out what we’ve been releasing!



DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS (FEATURING LISA MYCHOLS)

Davie Allan Cover

 

Falling under the genre of melodic grunge, distorted guitar and rock/country rock vocals, comes the release of Davie Allan & The Arrows and featuring Lisa Mychols on vocals!!!

***WANNA KNOW MORE?

This release is available NOW at CDBaby/DavieAllan!
For music samples: CDBaby.com/DavieAllanandtheArrows

Here is a VERY special Music Video I put together for the instrumental version of
“Is The Grass Really Greener” 
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***You can subscribe to LisaMycholsYoutubeChannel to be automatically notified for NEW MUSIC VIDEOS, like the soon to be released music video for, “I Don’t Like Living My Life Alone” also by Davie Allan & The Arrows (Featuring Lisa Mychols)

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This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio
“To the topper-most of the popper-most of pop radio”
(Various Artists Compilation)

CCDatsme

This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 4 is a brand new musical compilation of bands and artists, and includes the brand new Lisa Mychols track, “Almost Didn’t Happen” !!!

🌈🌴😸 meow meow meow meow….

***WANNA KNOW MORE?

Orders are being taken through Kool Kat Music  KKM

Check out This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio With Dana & Carl on Sunday nights 9pm-Midnight Eastern
http://westcottradio.org/

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Sounds of  “girl group” hits of the early ’60s
 
GIRLVILLE! – New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits!
(Various Artists)
Girlville
This new release features a collection by Dana Countryman and features 19 songs from different gal singers including, “I’ve Run All Out Of Tears” (To Cry Over You) and “Proud To Be His Girlfriend”,  (Featuring Lisa Mychols)!
***WANNA KNOW MORE?
Lisa Mychols “Girlville” Radio Interview  GV with Alan Haber Pure Pop
You can purchase this album digitally and/or physically!
BUY (Physical CD) at  KKM
BUY (Digital w/ Samples) at  GV
For LOTS MORE COOL info, including interviews  GV
Here is the young love inspired MUSIC VIDEO I made for “I’ve Run All Out Of Tears (To Cry Over You)     Youtube


SONGS. BOND SONGS
The Music of 007
(Various Artists)

Bond Songs

This VERY GROOVY collection of Curry Cuts includes, “The Man With The Golden Gun” (Featuring Lisa Mychols)!!!

Wanna know more?

This CD is NOW AVAILABLE (Physical CD & Digital) at Bandcamp/SongsBondSongs

The VIDEO we did for our track can be seen at Youtube/TheManWithTheGoldenGun

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Co-Op Connunique Volume 3
(Various Artists)

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This CD includes, “Asleep Beyond a Dream” by Lisa Mychols
***WANNA KNOW MORE?
You can get your FREE DOWNLOAD of all these bands and artists over at Bandcamp/The Co​-​Op Communique Volume Three!
You can FOLLOW the Co-Op Community Facebook page over at  fb
You can read my interview with Dw. Dunphy, “Behind the Co-Op Curtain” at WordPress/Dw.DunphyInterview!


***Stay tuned for MORE MUSIC NEWS along with More Videos, and New Interviews!
QUICK LINKS!!!
Davie Allan and the Arrows Website http://www.davieallan.com/
Girlville (Dana Countryman) website http://www.danacountrymansgirlville.com/
Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio https://purepopradio.com/
MORE QUICK LINKS!!!
Lisa Mychols Music FACEBOOK PAGE
Lisa Mychols Music Videos (Includes latest 2017 single releases!)
Lisa Mychols Covers,Side Projects and more…
Lisa Mychols Bandcamp
Lisa Mychols CDBaby

Cookbook Review Blog…

Baking Class by Deanna F. Cook

 

Baking

 

Explore this extraordinary magical world of baking for kids, all rolled up in this new release, Baking Class! This baking book of fun recipes is so thorough with it’s baking tips, baking tools, baking lessons (with photos!), and ideas to make baking an exciting event. I think the author had WAY TOO MUCH FUN putting this book together, because it truly shows! From simple and savory baked items to pies, cakes and all sorts of various sweet treats, this book is on it!  Any child even with the slightest bit of interest in backing, will absolutely LOVE this book-even if just to flip through. A+ on Baking Class!

***PLEASE check out Deanna’s website

Available NOW on: Amazon/BakingClass

Author and Her Other Works: Deanna F. Cook Page

Author’s Website: deannafcook.com

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The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking by Natalie Perry

 

Slow Cooking

 

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Hard to beat Paleo in a slow cooker!

Wow-this book has it ALL, and the best part is that it focuses not just on Paleo cooking but Paleo INGREDIENTS which have recently been my go to for replacing foods that don’t agree with me.

I had a lot of fun going through this book. The recipes are appealing and pretty dang easy! It’s not just a “throw a bunch of recipes together” kind of book, it truly focuses on what it stands for and offers nice personal notes with each recipe.

From all the cookbooks for this months reviews, I chose to try the slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower (from page 106). Since it was totally on a whim, I had everything except the main ingredient-chicken. Turns out, I also was short tomato paste and 1 more Tbsp. of Cumin but I proceeded with the recipe anyway, knowing I could just freeze the marinade and red bell pepper sauce (separately) and then put it all together later. HA!

The day  before I made this Tikka Masala with Cauliflower dish, I defrosted both the marinade and the red pepper sauce. I added the raw boneless chicken to the marinade to let it sit overnight (to make the chicken more flavorful, as the recipe suggested).

This recipe did not photograph well AT ALL for me, so we chose to stick with making a video instead.

NOTE: We paired this recipe with a NON SWEET, more on the side of a fruit forward melon/papaya and fresh citrus zing Argentine Torrontés (white wine), and it was a PERFECT match!

A lighter and healthier recipe like this really pushes me to appreciate how fresh food and wine pairings can really highlight each other!

CLICK FOR VIDEO!

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***Please check out Natalie’s website

Available NOW on Amazon/BigBookOfPaleo

Author’s Website: Perry’sPlate.com 

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The New American Heart Association Cookbook

 

Heart Assoc Cookbook

 

Even though this book is chalk filled with tons of recipes, I DO miss not getting to see any photos (except on the outside of the book itself). But I DO like how each chapter gives a rundown of the recipes coming in that particular chapter-especially since there are so many recipes IN each chapter.

I also LOVE that each recipe comes with a little “forward” to make the recipe a little more interesting….since the recipes to me are just not that-at least not for me.

Updated or outdated? The recipes themselves seem a bit “old” or from the past. I don’t mean the past of ham in jelly but more like 80’s’ish…if that makes sense. Just not very appealing or exciting to my own personal tastes, BUT there may be PLENTY of folks who DO love recipes like the ones in this cookbook, so of course, I encourage reading other reviews if you have an interest in this heart healthy cookbook.

So another big bit of a put off for me was that this book encourages the use of white flours, cereals, aluminum foil, vegetable oil, (Please check out this funny video, “Why Coconut Oil Kills”) low fat/fat free….free with additives (!)…it just seems so odd to me that in this day and age…could these recipes be stuck in old habits….old ways?

This book is indeed intended to be about heart health, but I ALWAYS encourage anyone I know and care about to not just get their doctor check-ups but to also stay food educated and to put more focus on what works, in regards to your own personal body. Doctors don’t know everything and that’s okay, that’s what nutritionists are for-and there are so many different ones out there to choose from. Simply put: Educating ourselves is KEY!

So that is my review for The New American Heart Association Cookbook. Thank you so much for reading!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

More about the author: The New American Heart Association

Available on: Amazon.com

The Musical Garden of Adam

Pretty HAPPY is how I felt when Adam said YES to doing an interview with me!

I met Adam some years ago through music. He even adopted a real live monkey for me on my birthday, one year! (Species Adoptions). He seems to be another one of those friends of mine who has his hands in many different projects so….

let’s just dive in to the musical garden …..of Adam! (Applause!)

PGR COMPILATION PROJECTS

LM: As far as Pop Garden Radio Compilation projects go, how many compilations have you put out so far? 

ADAM: I have released a total of 7 compilations so far.

Four in the Rock on the Road series, two Rick Nelson tributes… 

…and one Christmas collection. 

LM: What is the latest musical compilation you are now working on? 

ADAM: When the Rick Nelson tributes were released I wanted to jump right into a new project that would bring in new artists that were not necessarily Rick Nelson fans. I’ve always been a Creedence Clearwater Revival fan, and from discussions with several artists, it was clear that I was not alone. I started the CCR tribute in 2014 but due to some real-life delays I had to put it aside for a while. I started the ball rolling again in January 2017, aiming for an October 2017 release. It is called Commotion: A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

LM: Are you working with a label or are you putting this out yourself?

ADAM: As with all of my releases I will be self-releasing this project. That said, I’m not doing it all by myself. Several of the artists are helping me promote it. I have a good group of people helping me out this time around.

LM: Have the compilations you’ve put out before done what you wanted them to do? Why? or Why not? 

ADAM: They have, yes. I mean, I’m not taking on any of these projects to make money. It’s about getting the music out there for people to enjoy. For some artists it’s the opportunity to be on a published CD and being heard by a whole new audience. Similar to what I do each week with Pop Garden Radio, the CDs share the great indie artists for all to hear and enjoy.

LM: What are you hoping this latest CCR compilation will do and what might YOU do differently this time? (if anything)

ADAM: I’ve learned a lesson in the past that these projects take time and should not be rushed. I also now know that it’s OK to accept help from others. It’s a group effort, under the Pop Garden Radio Presents banner. I want the CCR disc to reach a wider audience this time around. The artists are all excited about it and I am certain that people will really dig what we have done

 

LM: What fuels the passion behind PGR Radio? 

ADAM: Since the beginning, back in 2005, I have thought of the show as me in my living room, hanging out with friends, sharing the songs that I am into. The show still has that same feel as it did way back when I first loved music. I grew up around Country Music, and musicians. It’s always been in my life. I can remember listening to my Dad playing guitar all night and how much I loved every second of that.

By having many friends who are musicians and artists, I get the privilege and joy of sharing their music with the listening audience. It’s an honor, really. It will always touch my heart when I get to air new music on the show. Very recently an artist from L.A. was visiting Miami, FL, which is about 3 hours from me. She drove all the way up from Miami to be interviewed and to play a few songs and head right back to Miami. It blows my mind that someone would do that just for the show.

LM: Is there an online “live” chat available during your shows that we can share with out readers? 

ADAM: There isn’t one any longer, no. The audience can always listen live at http://www.1510wmel.com and at http://www.popgardenradio.com . Archived shows are available on the Pop Garden Radio page as well.

LM: COOL!!!! Do you play only current music or a mixture of old AND new music? (and the reason behind the music you CHOOSE to play)

ADAM: It’s a mix of old, new, classic, comedy and off the wall stuff. An eclectic mix. I mean, were else could you hear Jethro Tull, followed by The Partridge Family and closed out with The Corner Laughers. Another would be Bread, followed by Meatloaf and closed out with another Bread song. (Think about that for a moment)

ADAM: I chose songs that feel good and move me in some way. They don’t always have to have that jangle, they just have to feel good. I’m not sure if that makes any sense at all. When a song moves me, I’ll play it.

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LM: Where do you hope to be in 5 years with radio and the music you release?

ADAM: In 5 years I would be happy to still be on WMEL sharing the music that I love. Maybe I could be on the air more than just the one night a week.

LM: Do you have plans for any more PGR on the Rock on the Road festivals/shows? Why or Why not?

ADAM: My day job has changed in recent years so I haven’t had the opportunity to have another Rock on the Road show in a while. I miss it. Those shows were a lot of fun for everyone. I do get asked frequently when the next one is though. Michael Slawter (Heyday Guitars) and John Borack (Popdudes) were both a great help with those shows, and they are both still on my side.

LM: What are you most excited about in the music world right now? (bands, the music industry, upcoming festivals, an upcoming promotion on the station, upcoming projects, etc).

ADAM: Oh goodness, there seems to always be something new coming out. Each year someone new pops up. This year I’ve already been introduced to artists like Sean Solo, Irene Pena and Dieselle May and I look forward to hearing more from them.

LM: Are you currently looking for more artists and bands to play on your show? If so, where can musician’s send their music? Also, what about comedy music/artists?

ADAM: I’m always looking for new music. The contact page is at Pop Garden Radio Contact Page and my email address is popgardenradio@gmail.com. Music, comedy, spoken word, ….yep, I’m always looking for something new.

Now we step in to….

Adam Waltemire Profile

ADAM THE ARTIST

LM: You’ve done your own creative projects in the past, like Ruin the Rain (which I hear is coming soon to PGR’s Bandcamp page) along with some of your own original comedy. Any plans to do more of either in the near future? 

ADAM: I’m working on my next comedy CD right now, also slated for an October 2017 release. It is called Mullet Over. 

This comedy album will be something different from my last comedy albums. In addition to individual tracks featuring the characters that people have come to expect from me, there will be a full suite entitled Sowbelly City. Side two, if you will. The suite will feature Uncle Red Chester and his co-horts with a common plotline.

LM: …and other original music?

ADAM: I’ll have a song on the Creedence project as well. Just this week, Ruin the Rain started collaborating on new music. It’s the first time since 2005, actually. I’m very excited about that as I have really missed those guys.

LM: Who to you, is your targeted audience right now? Are you working on growing your audience? If so, what do you have in mind?

ADAM: I get asked this often. I don’t know what my target audience is. I mean, I want people with good taste in music and a sense of humor to be able to find something in the show. They could be 8 or 80, doesn’t matter to me, as long as they enjoy what I am presenting to them.

LM: Do you also listen to radio shows outside of your own?

ADAM: I listen to a lot of country music and oldies, and occasionally I will listen to the Beatles channel on XM.

LM: HOW and WHERE do YOU discover new music?

ADAM: Social media is great for this. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all great sources. Noisetrade is another wonderful resource. Bandcamp is a good too and you can purchase the music directly from the artist.

AND NOW….FOR THE LAST AND MOST MAGICAL QUESTION OF ALL…..

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LM: What do LOVE to do for fun and what is your favorite way to relax?

ADAM: Walt Disney World is my oasis. It’s my escape, my relaxation time. I’ve had many conversations with artists to and from the parks. Heck, not only have I been interviewed on other radio stations from Magic Kingdom, my first telephone interview with my current job was done on the dock at Tom Sawyer Island.

NICE!!!! Thanks Adam!

And thank YOU, readers, for reading!

You can check out Adam’s radio show at:
Pop Garden Radio
AM 1510, FM 94.7, 99.9, 100.7 WMEL
Friday Nights
12:05am Eastern!

POP GARDEN LINKS

Pop Garden Radio Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/popgardenradio/
Pop Garden Radio home page http://popgardenradio.weebly.com/
Pop Garden Radio on BANDCAMP http://popgarden.bandcamp.com/
Commotion: A Tribute to CCR https://www.facebook.com/pgrccr/

EXTRAS!!!

*Disney World’s Magic Kingdom GALLERY of PHOTOS
*Disney World’s Magic Kingdom PDF Brochure

*The number 5 image taken from free public domain pictures.

Wellth – Book Review

Wellth
I LOVE educating myself not only with my own lessons, but even through the lessons and different perspectives of others. I also believe that we each hold the real truth for ourselves within – it’s up to us to FEEL that what we are reading resonates with that truth. This book, for me, “felt” good to my truth.
In reading Wellth, I realized that although we are raised within a belief system through family, friends and even ourselves, further educating ourselves gives the opportunity of choosing to stay within that current belief system, or to evolve it to support us living an even BETTER life than we are currently living now.
The author fills this book up with great personal stories and tips that fit well with each chapter’s lessons, along with some physical exercises and even questions we might want to ask ourselves.
Great stories-great tips-and a fabulous direction to help one live a more fulfilling, deeper, healthier, creative and richer life!
Wellth available here at Amazon.com