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!)

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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!!!”

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Just in time for Halloween, right?

Available at Amazon/LetsGetMonsterSmashed

 



 

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian
Raquel Pelzel

 

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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…

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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 

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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)

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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)

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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/

TIRnRR’s Facebook page:  fb

Follow the TTRIRR BLOG for the complete 30-part track-by-track commentary for this new compilation CD This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl to learn more about each artist and band!!!

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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

Wellth – Book Review

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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

The Other Side Of The Wall

Have you ever wondered where you fit in on the planet and what the heck you are really supposed to be doing here?
Throughout most of my waking life when not creating, I was pretty much ….asleep. I just couldn’t figure out how to be happy and where my art would ever fit in. I just always felt so out of place.
As a young adult, I continued forward but with no focus, no direction, and always waiting for something “out there” to tell me what the heck I was supposed to be doing on this planet I couldn’t disappear from. I mean, I wanted to be seen, but I felt SO EXPOSED when anyone was actually looking!
A TRUE TORTUROUS SCENARIO!!! TORN AND CONFUSED!!!!
The Earth journey would go a little something like this:  “How to get through life and when will it end? A journey you can trust!”
“But how can you be so sad when you are so PRETTY!!!!” Said the nice men I met after work once. (Really?!!!!!) Well…they WERE just trying to help, I guess.
THE HIGHER OFFERING
Inner Bliss
Around the mid nineties and in the middle of the night, I am pretty sure help came. It was a voice (yes-a REAL inner/outer audible voice) asking me if I was “ready”. I was totally freaked out and asked back, “Ready for what?”
My fears raced, with the biggest fear being the possibility that I’d be taken through outer space by aliens! I didn’t wait for “it” to answer again and I quickly blurted out, “NO!”, with that connection quickly broken!
…but what if…… it was an angel??? (sigh).
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That night stuck with me for many years after because I WAS asking for help from the Universe, but with my conditioning at the time I just couldn’t trust what I didn’t recognize. I always knew that I may have turned away something good.
THE ROAD OF THE TORTOISE
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I continued chasing the answers for, “How to get through life and when will it end?” and it led me to counseling twice a week. I explained to the therapist that I was looking for life tools and well, “how to get through life and when will it end?!”
The counselor tried to put me on medication but I felt it would probably numb my creativity-the one part of me that I liked!
NOTE:
I learned later in my healing journey that pain energy is meant to be felt! That’s how it gets noticed! From here we can heal it! If we try and ignore it -or numb it- it will always remain in the “pain body”. 
Through therapy, my counselor and I would begin digging up various pain energies through my stories, memories, and moments that may have taken place during the day. She asked a lot of questions, and I took down a lot of notes!
When not in therapy, I was in a constant cycle of cursing myself for every moment I was feeling “bad”.  “Oh no! I’m NOT supposed to be feeling like this!” I was attaching myself with the emotional hell I carried around with me!
May I present to you this lovely designer junkyard carry on for the gal-on-the-go!
ENDING THE BELIEF that living life is a struggle….
Inner Bliss Journal
As the counselor and I continued digging stuff up and putting them under a magnifying glass, I continued writing all sorts of things down in my creative journals (yes, I still have them).
I questioned my courage over and over. I questioned my “trust programs”. I questioned my “faith programs”. I wondered how there could ever be another side to the wall before me that had no doors or windows.
Alas, I DID finally make it to the other side! After months of giving counseling and writing my 100%, that wall magically dissolved! (It’s written down in my journal!) -I continue to believe in magic! -Which to me is really the “unseen” of miracles.
My spirit had awoken and I was seeing LIFE differently! Through spirit-and through heart! I was able to put together the greatest band I’d ever have because of my new mindset and clear path! My new beliefs were guiding me with all the wonderful things I could do!
I found myself in FLOW AND HARMONY with life for the very first time! I was inspired! I was thriving! I was creating and having fun! Many chances to prove my courage would come, but I was DOING what I LOVED and I always powered through, effortlessly.  Every breakthrough would lead to another and then to another.
The first healing was complete.
THE SECRET ATTRACTION
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All in all, music has always been a constant for me-the good and the not so good. I believe that it’s what’s got me through that first part of my life, which I now believe was always meant to be a journey of healing.
The path I initially chose was probably a lot slower than it could have been…but still…I feel….
I’m right on time!
There is more. There is always more.
May you have courage. May you have faith. We are never alone, even if at times we feel like we are. We are not alone.
Inner Bliss Circle

Roadfood? – YES!!!

Musician friends, listen up! I’ve got a cool new roadfood guide so let me know what state and city you are in and I’ll give you some cool food places to visit on the way to your next gig!

That’s right! I just got the latest book/reader’s guide, Roadfood, 10th Edition by Jane and Michael Stern.

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I have sticky tabs all throughout this book, already! I swear, I feel like I’m on vacation when I read and experience each place these authors have visited and eaten at! I’m living my own experience in each and every visit!

It’s also inspired me to pick up my Ipad, pull up Yelp and continue those journey’s!

They really bring to life the ambiances, the foods, how the foods are put together, the highlights of the menus, It’s all pretty dang thorough.

And the maps in each chapter!  THE MAPS! Since I’m one that has barely traveled outside of California myself, I really really really really appreciate the maps throughout this book like Mid-south means this chapter is covering Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. To me, this book is very well organized, very simple and to the point. They cover a lot of places!

So don’t bother me next time I just want to stay in bed and read. I’m really off on a bunch of exciting “foodie” adventures! (hehe)

Thank you for reading!

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

Available on: Amazon.com

WEBSITE: Roadfood.com

You May Say I’m A Dreamer…

I’m pretty sure there is no success gene currently written in my DNA.

Since I grew up with a biological mom, half sister, and a sweet step-dad, I had very little to sum myself up as, and so I lovingly summed me up as, “I’m a dreamer and dreamers are failures.”-It was a “me” personality trait and physical form, combined with a lot of mysterious DNA.

I was in high school when I finally asked my Mom about my “real” dad, and she told me that he was a dreamer. As I can best recall, it was said in a slightly disappointing tone. I think she saw me as a dreamer, as well-but since she was stuck with me as a daughter, I believe that she truly did the best job she could to support my dreams. (Love ya Mom!)

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But how can one ever evolve from from a dreamer trait if they don’t at least try for bigger things and possibly fail some times. Unfortunately, that just generates MORE disbelief in dreamers and that dreamers can’t change the world-or at least their world.

I’ve met people that don’t believe in dreamers. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve attracted them in my life just to support my own “I’ll never be, do or have anything” comfort zone.

If I came up with a great idea or inspiration….they came up with supporting evidence as to why it was a bad idea or why it could never work-and isn’t everyone right from their own point of view?

I can happily report that I did finally stop obsessing over who my real dad was when I got married, but of course I was still curious about the rest of my “mysterious” family.

Perhaps I was searching for who I was in the whole entire mix of my lineage, to maybe pull me out of my own rut. Who could I identify with. Who in my family lineage broke through life the way I had not, that sort of thing. I asked for this information time and time again, and claimed it was really to give my doctor a better family history medical report!

I do have a lot to be grateful for, as the father I DID grow up with, was a successful self-made man. I also viewed him as a workaholic and a bit emotionally removed from our family unit. He’s probably why I keep trying-but not for approval-simply for my own evolution.

So now there are DNA tests where we can find out where we come from. Sure I’m still curious but…why? Why the curiosity? I know we can change everything about ourselves in this amazing day and age. We CAN redesign ourselves and our life experiences through the calling only WE can hear from deep within. Need extra help hearing that inner calling? There is SO MUCH out there and available to us-if we’d only accept that we are not yesterday’s limitations and that we CAN be today’s breakthroughs!

And so…

….with no success already embedded in me that I know of, I have the mindset that I can and will change my DNA in this lifetime, and I can bring along my entire family lineage of the past with me-all the habits, personality traits, ways of thought, belief systems, etc., and understand that they are not who I have to be.

Is it baggage or opportunity?

We CAN be the change we wish to see in the world.

 

 

 

What is Leif Teaching Me?

For some reason, this artist comes to my mind every now and then. I mostly know of him through a couple movies I’ve seen and LOVED (Spirit of 76 and Dickie Roberts), and an outdoor festival I saw him play back in the mid/late nineties.

 
We could have paid the $100 meet-and-greet ticket, but honestly with hiring a babysitter for 7 hours for this night out already, it was a pricey night already as it was. In fact, months ago I put the word out on Facebook that I’d love for our band to be considered as a possible opening act for Mr. Garrett- (to me it was another way to meet him-wink wink). I was put in touch with one connection but that connection would soon fizzle out and dissolve in to the ether. But that was okay. I was happy just to take the night off instead! Plus, I got to see another great opening act that night!

 

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SURPRISE!!!

OMG-I really enjoyed this show! I usually root for who I think might be underdog musicians and I think I originally just wanted to go to this show to show my support for someone I actually kind of admired. I was really surprised and very grateful for going because this guy brought a FABULOUS, ALIVE and FUN show! His band is seriously amazing, too! I wanted to just stare at each band member individually for minutes on end, but I didn’t want to forget the person I actually came to see-ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Leif Garrett!

 
I would soon realized that I was not there to “fix” anyone with my “musician to musician” support. I was there to find what it was inside of ME that needed a little bit of healing and understanding. I would be getting in touch with whatever I thought was wrong with “out there” while getting in touch with what Leif was actually teaching me that was going on “in here”. In other words, if we heal what’s going on within ourselves, we heal the whole experience of what’s going on “out there”, presenting us with a pleasurable experience!

 

BACK TO THE SHOW

Yes-back to the show, indeed! I want to really make this known that besides for the originals Leif plays, he also mixes in some covers. But DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND me here because they do NOT play covers like a cover band would (Believe me, I’ve seen enough and I’ve been in cover bands myself to know the difference!) What they bring is their own personality to the musical mix. I was even thinking about this within various moments of the show-they make each song really special while making the set for the audience enjoyable AND fun! (Remember-this is my own personal perspective from my experience of this show).

My takeaway now is this. I am sure that this beautiful man has struggles, as many of us also have. Still, I stand inspired here by a gift Leif brings that no one else can touch. It is his own unique fingerprint and gift for this particular time on this planet. To me, he is the real deal-whether he believes it or not. His band-the real deal. The chemistry and music they bring-it’s real and they are AMAZING players! The energy of the room Leif seems to attract-playful and appreciative.

 

What ever goes on within the person…the band…the fans….I don’t know. Why Leif only plays once a year? I don’t know. Does Leif want or not want to be recognized and to nurture his gifts further is unknown. Whether Leif plays only for himself or if he really loves playing for his fans-I simply don’t have a clue.  All I know is a great experience I had of a fun show.

 

I even got a sweet compliment from a girl after the show from the stage (that she and many fans were on for the last song of the night). She told me I had a nice smile!

…and THAT completed the night exceptionally!

Thank you for reading and Happy Birthday again to you, Leif!

The Leif Garret Website: Leif Garret

Leif Garret’s Facebook page: getaleif