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Reflections on This Week’s Theme: Begin #AYearinBloom

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, BubblrMedia, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

The first week of September is usually the beginning of the school year and marks a new start for me. Every year around this time, I begin planning for the holidays and then the new year. Fall is on the way here in the United States and even though we won’t get a sense of real season change until late October, we consider Labor Day to be the end of Summer.

Nowadays the schools where I live begin in early August, so the one I work at and the one my son attends has been in session almost a month. Yet, everything feels like the beginning. Roman is a senior in high school now and this week he attended an annual event the school hosts called, Senior Sunrise. The students come early to school and gather on the athletic field, eat breakfast together and watch the sun come up. At the end of the year, they have a Senior Sunset which will be the last time they meet as a group. It is a very special way they memorialize their unique bond as a senior class.

This week is my own sunrise in a way. I am at a dawn in my adventures at BubblrMedia. I am launching a new show, “Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz.” I am going full steam ahead with my plans for which I have been preparing all year. I am excited and I feel ready. I guess I am much more like my son, a senior in high school, than I thought! He has a sense of confidence and readiness at the beginning of this year that I have not recognized in him before. It is an exciting time indeed!

Begin is one of the cards from the Deck of Affirmations Inspired by A Year in Bloom by Melissa Reyes 2017

Delicious and Offbeat Recipes for Labor Day from George Geary @ChefGeary

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Foodie Reviews

Award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator George Geary celebrates the weird and wonderful foods sold at state and county fairs with his new book, Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs (Santa Monica Press/August 2017). This illustrated cookbook features 120 recipes of some of the most interesting and unusual foods served at fairs across the USA.

I was provided a review copy of the book  by George Geary from The Trina Kaye Organization/Lifestyle Public Relations. I was not required or obligated to publish a review. All opinions are my own. Recipes and photos used by permission. See my disclosure to read more about why I post articles like this on my blog.

Summer is Not Over Yet!

The summer season is a time for ice cream, trips to the beach, and . . . state and county fairs! The food selection at state and county fairs is now more diverse and delicious than ever before, ranging from timeless classics like apple pie and corn dogs to new inventions like spicy peanut butter and jelly cheeseburgers and fried Coca-Cola®!

Would you like to try making some of these crazy creations or even some timeless classics at home? Get the book for your pure enjoyment, the photos are amazing and it is a great “show and tell” book, but you can also use it to wow your guests when you follow the recipes.

Would you like to know how to make Deep-Fried Oreos®? Here is how George does it! 

 

 

FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s
State and County Fairs
By George Geary
Santa Monica Press/August 2017
Hardcover/$24.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-59580-093-0
“For 28 seasons, I was involved in the largest county fair in the country: the Los Angeles County Fair,” says Geary. “During that time, I watched as the focus of the fair moved from blue ribbons and homemade pie bake-offs to the rows and rows of vendors that now hawk crazy food combinations. Around 1980, ‘classic’ fair food began to evolve from cotton candy and snow cones to bacon-wrapped doughnuts fried in pork belly fat. Not all the food sold at the fair is fried, but the motto of today’s county fair might as well be ‘Just Fry It!’”
Fair Foods highlights not only the new culinary “classics” at state and county fairs, but also longstanding favorites. Some of the recipes in the book include:
  • Maple and Bacon Doughnuts
  • The World’s Gooiest Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Caramel Kettle Corn
  • Fried Sweet Potato Sticks
  • Ten-Pound Cheese Buns
  • Triple Cheeseburger Doughnuts
  • Cheesecake on a Stick
  • Chocolate-Encased Bacon
  • Deep-Fried Twinkies®
  • Fried Coca-Cola®
  • Deep-Fried Oreos®
  • Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots with Dill Dipping Sauce
  • Firehouse Chili with Peppers
  • Grilled Pork Chops on a Stick
  • Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheeseburgers
  • Egg Cream
  • Funnel Cake with Berries
  • Old-Fashioned Salted Pretzels
Each page of Fair Foods is illustrated with photographs of America’s most beloved fair foods, as well as vintage and contemporary images of rides, attractions, and nostalgic ephemera from the fair.
Fair Foods captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest county fairs. You don’t have to wait for fair season to make these wacky and wonderful foods—now you can enjoy them all year long!
About the Author
George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, George is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs.
George has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.
For over thirty years, Geary has been a culinary contest judge for such major food manufacturers as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair.
George is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, as well as nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is a frequent guest on national and local television and lives in Los Angeles.

Up for a Challenge?

My son and husband love to try making their favorites from restaurants and events that we attend. One of the things they have enjoyed making is fried pickles. We try them everywhere we have been that serves them. My son thinks he has perfected a recipe of his own. Maybe he will be up for a challenge against Chef Cleary’s recipe! Here it is:
Recipe reprinted from FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs
by George Geary
Santa Monica Press/August 2017
FRIED PICKLES
The hot, crunchy pucker of these fried pickles is like no other flavor you can imagine. Pair with ketchup or mustard.
Serves 4
24 oz. dill pickles, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ tbsp. hot sauce
¾ cup water
canola oil
Special Supplies:
Stockpot
Candy/deep fry thermometer
Paper towels
Drain dill slices on paper towels. Refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add hot sauce and water to make a runny paste.
In a stockpot, heat 1 ½ inches of canola oil over medium heat to 375°F.
Dip pickle rounds into the batter to coat all sides. If the batter is runny and doesn’t stick to the pickle, add additional flour. If it is too thick, add hot water.
Using a slotted spoon, lower the battered pickles into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds, turning over halfway through.
Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
Do you like fried pickles or deep fried oreos?
Have you dared to try these items at the county fair?
Let me know if you try the recipe!

My Cats are International Rock Stars B.F.F. OMG! @weruvapets #weruvagrade

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

My cats think they rule our house. And perhaps they do. There are some special accommodations they get just because they are cats. So, when International Cat Day became a thing, and they had a chance to get presents from a pet food brand – they got a little carried away. Okay, I admit – I got a little carried away! My cats became International Rock Stars!

I received a box of B.F.F. OMG! Bundle of treats, samples of cat food, and a few toys for my cats to try from WeRuVa. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. See my disclosure for more details on why I post articles like this on my blog.

They have always been Divas!  #weruvagrade

 

Oh My Gravy! Weruva BFF OMG! ‘People Food for Cats’

When the box arrived, Noche was very curious about it. He loves to explore the packages I receive. I usually do not let him get involved in the unboxing, so I think he knew this was special. The first thing out of the box was a colorful ball for him to play with. He loves to chase balls and fetch. As I took things out of the box, he jumped inside the box! Then Sid came to see what the fuss was about.
I took out one of the pouches and opened it, immediately they wanted to eat it! They could smell the deliciousness. I had to get their dish and serve it right away, they couldn’t wait! They licked their plate clean and were so happy. It made me happy knowing I was giving them something they enjoyed so much and that it was good for them.
I want to share with you Weruva’s educational tips on how to give your BFF the nutrition they need to thrive like my Diva Cats!
With International Cat Day happening on August 8, and Happy Healthy Cat Month in September, now is the perfect time to address the ‘cat in the room’—and that’s your feline friend’s diet. I’ll be the first to admit my own cat’s diet isn’t ‘purr’fect. Sid’s problem is he loves to eat and even though he doesn’t seem to eat more than my other cats, he is much heavier. He is also very demanding and wants food all the time. I struggled to understand how I could address these issues. But then I realized I wasn’t alone—my cat was just experiencing one of the three most common cat concerns: picky eating, weight gain, and urinary tract issues.
I learned about the Big 3 by partnering with Weruva [http://www.weruva.com/]—a luxurious, natural pet food dubbed “people food for cats” which is launching a full line of gluten, grain, and carrageenan-free cat food in honor of International Cat Day. It’s called B.F.F. OMG! (that stands for Best Feline Friend, Oh My Gravy), and it’s all about preventing these Big 3 Cat Concerns.
If your cat has any of these, you might want to consider changing their diet:
>> Is your cat picky? Picky eating is usually a problem with texture, since cats are carnivores whose tongues and teeth are perfectly evolved for meat-eating. It’s easy to see why a cat might dislike something without real shreds of meat—would you eat a steak with the texture of tapioca? Weruva’s food features these shreds of real meat right off the bone, which is why my cat took to it like a duck to water (or a cat to gravy)!
>> Got a fat cat? Sid doesn’t think he is fat – he is just more huggable and “puffy!” The problem is in the kibble. It’s filled with unnecessary carbs, which are almost impossible for cats to process (they don’t produce amylase, an enzyme which helps humans digest their food). Weruva’s B.F.F. OMG! has no kibble to worry about because it’s 100% real meats in their true form. Sid really enjoys it!
>> UT-why? Urinary tract issues often stem from dehydration—even if you’re giving your cat plenty of water. In the wild, cats stay hydrated through the food they eat instead of what they drink. Cats are used to ‘eating’ their water—but most wet foods don’t have nearly enough hydration to keep them satisfied. All of the products in Weruva’s B.F.F. OMG! line are over 85% hydration, which satisfies my cat’s hydration needs.
I love Weruva products because they are considered ‘people food for pets.’ I love to spoil my cats but I don’t feel comfortable giving them actual people food. I want to give them some chicken or tuna occasionally but I feel guilty about it. I don’t know what is healthy for them. The new line of B.F.F. OMG! cans and pouches feature land proteins like boneless and skinless white chicken breast, salmon, beef, duck, lamb and more. All recipes are grain, gluten, and carrageenan free. And if you are a BPA-free home, check out the pouches because they are are BPA-free. Best of all, my kitties love it!
Health isn’t just for humans, and I’m glad I took the time to learn how to feed my BFF properly. Even better, in the process, I found my kitty’s new favorite food. Sid especially likes Weruva’s Beef & Chicken Dinner in Gravy flavor, which you can read about at http://www.weruva.com/. You can also explore the whole B.F.F. OMG! lineup there, and find a flavor your cat will ‘paw’sitively adore, at Chewy.com
Has your cat experienced one of the Big 3 Cat Concerns? Share your experience in the comments!
If you liked this article and you want to try B.F.F. OMG! Please tell WeRuVa that you heard about it from MizMeliz and use the hashtag #weruvagrade and tag @weruva (Instagram) or @weruvapets (Twitter)

Life is an Adventure So Pop Into It @GaslampPopcorn #adventure

Posted on August 28th, 2017 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Product Reviews

Life is an Adventure…

This summer I went on a quick “long weekend” road trip with my seventeen year old son and his girlfriend. I needed some fresh air and a little breathing room. We went to Chama, New Mexico which is about a 14 hour drive from Los Angeles, California. (This is not a sponsored post, I received some Gaslamp Gourmet Popcorn to sample, all opinions are entirely my own. See my disclosure for more on why I post articles like this on my blog.)

On this journey of life, there are many paths. Some are paved and prepped for us. Many have traveled them and we know exactly where the road will lead. Some are new, and less traveled. Some paths are just being discovered. What path am I on?

As I look at the photos I took while on my short adventure, I am reminded that no matter what path I choose, there is always a comforting light to guide my way. The light may be seen in the smiling face of a loved one, the setting sun, or a gas lamp on a dusty road. There is always a light, all I have to do is look for it.

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…Pop Into It!

This story was inspired by Gaslamp Popcorn Company. RMD Advertising provided me with two bags of Gaslamp brand popcorn for review which came just as I was leaving on the road trip. We took the bags along and gobbled up the amazing popcorn on the ride.

I highly recommend the Gaslamp Popcorn Company Kettle Corn – it is my favorite. For a bagged popcorn, it was very fresh and for a kettle corn that is sweetened, it was light and fluffy and not sticky at all. They have many gourmet flavors to choose from and are available everywhere! Check them out at Gaslamppopcorn.com

Gaslamp Gourmet popcorn is made in California! I’m a Native Californian, so I am proud of that fact, baby!

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Posted on August 26th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

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