A Shining Example

Posted on June 13th, 2012 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz

The Stanley Cup

Last night was the most anticipated game for the Los Angeles Kings for over forty years. In the NHL world, it was huge!  The Kings were in the championship finals against the New Jersey Red Devils to win the Stanley cup. Everyone I know was watching the game, tweeting and commenting about it online, and all eyes were on my town!

Miz Meliz refers to the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup on

Huge trophies are a boys best friend!

I’m not much of a sports fan. I’m a people fan. I like to be around people and I love the excitement of seeing any live event in an arena.  I have been lucky enough to attend all of the local venues for the L.A. teams and see each of them play more than once, including the Kings.

I remember going with my best friend to  a few Kings games around 1980-81. Her dad, a huge hockey fan, took us. We had great seats behind the glass and I was so afraid of the puck flying towards us! It was a thrill to see the players glide back and forth on the rink scrambling to get a clear shot at the goal. I fondly remember Mr. Bottaro giving me a puck as a souvenir.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

So instead of watching the game and rooting for the L.A. Kings, I watched The Bachelorette last night. Why?  Because I enjoy a show about people. I am reviewing the show and posting a weekly recap on California Mom Bloggers, which is a website that hosts articles about all things that California families enjoy. I tweeted, I commented, I talked about it. It’s not as exciting as a championship game, but just wait!  So far the bachelorette, Emily Maynard, has eliminated 11 of her 20 suitors. I’d say she is heading into the semi-finals. Soon she will be down to four, then two, and at the final rose ceremony, she will choose her champion!

I am keeping my eye on the prize, too.  I am practice writing.  I need to write anything about anything as I search for my voice.  I am meeting new people, discovering new interests, trying to develop good habits along the way and making my mark in the process of finding my groove (or niche, as it is called.)  I made a commitment to the California Mom Bloggers to post a weekly recap of The Bachelorette, so post I must!  (Lucky for me, watching a show about love and dating in far off lands is a guilty pleasure!  As is writing about it!)

It’s not the same to some as the anticipation of a city awaiting the glory of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time ever, but it is exciting for me and especially to Emily Maynard. She anticipates receiving her proposal and winning the heart of an honorable man.  Her reward for her lifelong desire for a husband to love her and her daughter and to live happily ever after just may be a ring with a diamond that will shine as brightly to her as the Stanley Cup will shine for the L.A. Kings and all of their fans.

The Champions

As for the National Hockey League and Hockey fans and players everywhere, the competition is over for this year and L.A. has won!

Congratulations to the L.A. Kings for winning The Stanley Cup!

In the weeks to come we will see if Emily chooses a champion to win her heart.  As for me, stay tuned!  I am working on it!  My trophy will be a shining example of writing and achieving my lifelong goal of publishing a book.

Read my Weekly Recap of The Bachelorette with Emily Maynard:

I would love to get some comments on this and the weekly recap!

Tell me, what is the prize you have your eyes on?

Quick Dinner the Boys Love

Posted on June 11th, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

This one is quick and easy and tastes oh so good!  Everything is done on the stove top and takes 45 minutes from start to finish.


Start out with simple ingredients.


Dredge your pork chops in dijon mustard and then cover in bread crumbs.  Set the chops in a preheated skillet with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil that heated in the pan while dredging.

Pork Chops Breaded with Dijon Mustard and Italian Style Bread Crumbs


Bring to a crisp and flip, then cover and heat on medium while making the side dishes.

While the chops are crisping in the skillet on high heat, rinse the asparagus and break off the woody ends.  Throw them in a pan and cover with water.  Add a little salt and bring to a boil.

Boiled, steamed or grilled, the secret to making asparagus that everyone loves is adding a pat of butter and herbs. Today I used garlic and pepper – right in the water.

Get a spatula and slide it under the chops trying not to scrape off the breading.  Flip again or just loosen from the pan.  Turn the heat to low and cover with a lid.  Fill another pan with water, salt and butter according to the directions on the package of “faked potatoes.”  (I often make white rice in the rice cooker for this meal – even easier!)


They are real potatoes and they come back to life in water. They aren’t bad for a quick meal.

While the potatoes are fluffing up, I remove the chops from the pan and deglaze with a little water or wine. . .

Scrape the stuck on goodness from the bottom of the pan, turn up the heat and add some wine to deglaze. A little butter and milk, some more herbs and you have some yummy sauce to pour over the chops!


Once they are fluffed in salt, milk and butter, they are delish!


Pour the sauce over the chops.


And you’re done! Time to kiss the cook!

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

“Libraries are absolutely at the center of my life.  Since I couldn’t afford to go to college, I attended the library three or four days a week from the age of eighteen on, and graduated from the library when I was twenty-eight.” – Ray Bradbury



I know that Mr. Bradbury was very involved at the library where my parents volunteered and they were so honored to have met him on numerous occasions. I loved reading his books when I was young and we have copies of them around our home now. Many of them have been signed personally by the author. Farenheit 451 is still required reading in school.  I know my kids will have the chance to read other titles by Bradbury as e-books, even though they were never meant to be read that way. I do not think I will ever re-read them, but there is a chance that I might enjoy listening to an audio version on our next car trip. Wouldn’t Mr. Bradbury get a kick out of that? I understand that he loved the reader’s theater. remembering Ray Bradbury

These are the Ray Bradbury books that we have signed in our home library. I found the program to one of the events that my parents attended inside one of them.

At What Temperature Does a Kindle Burn?

This is a beautiful homage to Ray Bradbury that made me sad and joyful at the same time. . .
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


Don’t Dream It – Be It

Posted on June 4th, 2012 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

The Road to Success Day 37.

CAWriterGirl says:

“I have the power to co-create anything I can imagine. I can create more than that, but as a physical being I often doubt myself and abilities and therefore, inadvertently limit my possibilities.

When I focus on my light and radiating my joy out to others, I can’t help but attract those things I need and desire into my life. They always come at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way to appease me. As I become more aware of my power to create in my everyday life, I can use it in ways to benefit not only myself but others. I succeed by helping others to succeed.”


A Visit to Downtown Disney Thanks to Grandpa Gene!

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

Spontaneity at it’s Finest

Thanks to my “Grandpa Tiīn” and my cousin Gene, Lito and I and the boys had a wonderful dinner at Downtown Disney’s Jazz Kitchen.

Miz Meliz at Disney's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney

The food was really good. The service was exceptional. The drinks (chosen by my “little” cousin who Is still 12 in my mind who had not been to Disneyland in 20 years and now returned with her two beautiful daughters) made me feel zippy. As in Zippity Do Dah, which has been playing in my head ever since Lissandro suggested that yummy rum punch cocktail!

The atmosphere was a pleasant homage to one of my favorite places,I have yet to visit, New Orleans. At first, I was disappointed to sit upstairs in a smallish for Disney room, far removed from the live Jazz music and general audience. I had been looking forward to listening to the music with the kids. Sometimes I allow Disney to give me the feeling that we are transported in time and space to the places in my heart that they represent. New Orleans is one of those places for many reasons.

I found the room to be stuffy and noisy. And even though I was sure it was my hormonal disposition to have hot flashes when I am super excited – Lissandro, our sever said he would do what he could to cool the room down, when I challenged him. After our meal was served he said, “I know it’s been a little cramped in here because we were busy, but now that this area is emptying out, the room is yours, enjoy.” He opened the doors to a balcony where we had the best view of the fireworks in Downtown Disney. He set up another table do we could be more comfortable. I looked around and realized by the time he brought the amazing desserts, our kids and my littlest cousins had spread out and were playing together. The two little girls who practically fell asleep at the table during dinner were now climbing all over and being teased by their big teenage California Cousins!

You Can’t Make Magic Happen, It Can’t Be Planned

This is the kind of experience that only happens at Disneyland. Where you can meet up for dinner with relatives you rarely see (and in the case of our children, barely know) and leave after a few hours feeling like you have just experienced something magical.

Miz Meliz and cousins at Downtown Disney

While walking around the shops after dinner, souvenir shopping, and taking pictures to preserve the precious memories, my cousin putting his strong cowboy arms around me and our other cousin who also joined the group for the day, and he said,

“This was on “Grandpa Tīn.”

I reminded him that although Anthony and I have no recollection of our grandfather who passed before either of us were born, I knew precisely what he meant. Lito and Anthony had put their best effort towards fighting for the bill. Gene wouldn’t let down. He wanted to “…take care of his family.”. He is the grandpa* now!

My heart is full. We have such an amazing family!


And the chocolate soufflé was top-notch, too!


*A little explanation of the Sedillo Family Tree . . . as it was represented this particular evening:

Savanna and Cheyenne are the daughters of Anissa Ray.

Anissa is the daughter daughter of Gene Ray.

Gene Ray is the son of Frances Ray.

Frances (not present this evening except for all of her lovely comments on the pictures we posted on Facebook!) is the daughter of Mel Sedillo (d) and granddaughter of Augustīn Sedillo(d).

So that makes Savanna and Cheyenne the great great great grand daughters of our Grandpa Tīn!

Anthony McLean is the son of Reina Slade Lickert McLean (not present this evening but may be getting a visit when the little family goes to Sea World today!) Reina is the daughter of Edwina Sedillo Slade(d) and grand-daughter of Augustīn Sedillo. Making Anthony great-grandson of our Grandpa Tīn.

Me, Melissa Lopez Reyes, daughter of Eva Sedillo Lopez(d) who was daughter of Augustīn Sedillo. Yes, I am the youongest granddaughter of Augustīn Sedillo!

My three sons, Julian, Colin, and Roman,  are great-grandchildren to Augustīn Sedillo.

I don’t want to leave out our fabulous spouses who were with us last night! Lito Reyes, my husband of 20 years and Laura Ray, Gene’s wife of 31 years. Both very aware that they are related to the late great Grandpa Tīn!

I also want to mention the deeper connection in regards to godparents. I am the godmother of Justin Ray, Gene and Laura’s son. Anthony is the godfather of my son, Julian Reyes. My brother, Jonathan Lopez and my sister, Karen Lopez Martin (d) are Anthony’s godparents. This is just a smidgen of how our family ties stretch and interweave and provide a firm foundation for the little princesses and princes of the Sedillo Legacy!

The Real Disney Princesses

Please comment on how you fit in.

Chances are you are in some way related to the clan!

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