You’re a poet. . . and don’t know it!

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz, Poems

August is “Open Mic” Month for Miz Meliz! I will be hitting the open mic circuit this month and hoping to get my 3 min. of fame! Join me in my quest. What’s the worst that can happen? You could get some culture in your life. You might hear some great poetry. You could be inspired! Or, you might see me fall on my face! Either way, it should be entertaining and fun! Keep the calendar open for at least one location per week.

Friday, August 3rd 8:00 PM (Private Party)
OSTERIA COPPOLA
http://www.osteriacoppola.com/

14622 VENTURA BLVD.
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91403

Saturday, August 11th 5:00 PM
COFFEE AND CREPES BY VICKY
https://www.facebook.com/​coffeeandcreepesbyvicky
4545 Cesar Chavez
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Wednesday, August 22nd 8:00 PM
The VELVET GUERILLA CABARET
The UnUrban Coffee Shop
3301 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Tuesday, August 28th 9:00 PM
DA POETRY LOUNGE
The Greenway Court Theater
544 N. Fairfax Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036.

The Closer Series Finale Event CONTEST

Posted on July 29th, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

ENTRIES FOR THIS CONTEST ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.  Due to high interest in this event, I have been asked  to withhold awarding any more winners. As the producers would like to be able to ensure seating to all the winners.

Calling all fans of THE CLOSER!

To celebrate the end of seven extraordinary seasons of the record-breaking show, THE CLOSER, TNT and Lincoln are hosting a Series Finale Screening Event on Tuesday, August 7th.

This exclusive event includes a showing of the series finale, talent appearances on the red carpet, complimentary food and beverage, and a Q&A with your favorite detectives following the screening!

For your chance to win, email mizbizevents@gmail.com with the subject “THE CLOSER.” See details below.

Good luck!

mizmeliz.com contest for @TheCloser Series Finale

Would you like to attend this special event taking place on August 7th?  That is five days BEFORE the series finale airs on TNT!

This is for BIG FANS!  Here is your chance to win four tickets!

Just EMAIL your answer to my ‘Closer Qualifier’ question to me at mizbizevents@gmail.com AND let me know that you sent the email in the comments for this post.  Your name will be entered into a random drawing.  Five people will win!  It’s that easy!

As of this moment:  ENTRIES FOR THIS CONTEST ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.  Due to high interest in this event, I have been asked  to withhold awarding any more winners. As the producers would like to be able to ensure seating to all the winners.

The Closer Qualifier Question:

What are three things that Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson loves?

There are many answers and all will be accepted!  Just send your three favorite answers in an email to me at mizbizevents@gmail.com and post a comment telling me that you entered to win on this post.  One entry per email address will be accepted. The winners will be notified on Monday, August 6th – just before the next to last episode airs at 9:00 PM Pacific Time.

To catch up on The Closer, here is this week’s schedule on TNT:

Monday, July 30, 8:00PM ET
Drug Fiend TV-14-LV
Monday, July 30, 9:00PM ET
Last Rites TV-14-DV
Monday, July 30, 11:00PM ET
Last Rites TV-14-DV
Tuesday, July 31, 2:00PM ET
Live Wire TV-14-LV
Wednesday, August 1, 2:00PM ET
Dial M For Provenza TV-14-LV
Thursday, August 2, 2:00PM ET
Problem Child TV-14-V
Friday, August 3, 2:00PM ET
Sudden Death TV-14-LV

Learning to Live

Posted on July 18th, 2012 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

Excerpt from "I Love My Life" an ebook by Melissa Reyes http://mizmeliz.com

Excerpt from “I Love My Life” an ebook by Melissa Reyes http://mizmeliz.com

Quick Dinner: Green Chile Turkey Meat Loaf

Posted on July 9th, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

Here is a quick dinner that everyone loves, my Green Chile Meat Loaf.  My hubby actually bought the ground turkey for this and asked me to make it for him.  You know it’s good when they ask for it!  It’s so easy to make, the prep takes about 15 minutes.  You can put it in the oven and get some side dishes ready and have everything on the table with plenty of time to sit down and relax while you watch The Bachelorette.  Well, that’s my plan anyway!  See my weekly recap of the show at http://californiamomblogs.com/2012/07/10/the-bachelorette-weekly-recap/

I eyeball the seasoning measurements as follows:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano (rub in palm of your hand as you put it in to release the flavor)

3/4 cup dried Italian bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup chopped green onion (or white onion)

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped

5-6 green chiles, chopped

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast

Mix the dry ingredients; bread crumbs, chopped green onion, chopped garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, white pepper, black pepper. . . just use your favorites to suit your taste. . . with a beaten egg and a half a cup of milk.

Chop up some whole green chiles.  I use canned whole chiles when I can’t get the fresh roasted green chiles from New Mexico.  They are very mild and just add a bit of tangy flavor to the meatloaf.  I never get chopped canned green chile because I believe the more processed the chile, the less heat.  My family likes the  slow burning, melt in your mouth, heat from the New Mexico chile.

I chop the chiles coarse and throw them in the mix of ingredients.

With a gloved (or very clean hand) mix the ground turkey in with the rest of the ingredients.  I always mix this with my bare hand.  I need to feel the consistency of the meat.  At this point, I add more bread crumbs or milk based on how it feels to me.  Over the years, I have learned how my family likes the meat loaf.  I stop mixing when it just barely looks and feels like a paste.  It is moist, but not runny.  The wetness matters when using a lean meat like ground turkey.  When I use ground beef or pork, I will make the mixture a little dry because the juices of the meat will moisten the meatloaf when cooking.

I “pour” the concoction into the baking pan and shape into a loaf.  Pop in the oven at 350° for one hour.

Yum!  The outside looks crunchy and the juices are running clear.  It’s ready!  But don’t slice yet, let it sit for about 10 more minutes.  If you wait, the slices will  not crumble when you slice them.

Tip: try to make the slices thin or cut some ahead of time for left overs.  You will want a meatloaf sandwich tomorrow for sure!

Serve with some rice or mashed potatoes and gravy and some veggies or a salad.

Note:  With green chile as an ingredient, I usually add some small chunks of jack cheese into the mix.  It is so tangy and gooey that I don’t make a sauce or ketchup to pour over the meat.  It really doesn’t need it!

Western Ho-Down in Chatsworth

Posted on June 30th, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

Living in Chatsworth is a hoot!  I say that with much love and admiration.  Nestled in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley, between Northridge/Porter Ranch and the Santa Susanna Pass to Simi Valley, Chatsworth is a small and still somewhat rural community.  It’s a quaint little Western Town with a lot of history.  Most folks who live here have lived here their whole lives.  In fact, on the block where I live, my surrounding neighbors are all original owners from when the homes were first built in 1961.  This area is zoned for horses and farm animals.  In the evenings you can hear the clippity clop of horses hooves as the nearby ranchers take a leisurely ride.  There are still hitching posts at many of the businesses!  I wake up to the sound of roosters every morning. I love going for a walk and visiting the horses, goats, pigs, and sheep at the end of my block.  And, hey!  It’s still Los Angeles!

I love the Western style and influence of the area.  Besides shooting many Hollywood films in the dusty Chatsworth rocks nearby and at the well hidden Iverson Ranch tucked behind them, Chatsworth has been home to many of the film greats.

“All the cowboy movie heroes worked at Iverson — Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Audie Murphy, Randolph Scott, Tom Mix, William S. Hart and the rest. So did major movie stars from Barbara Stanwyck to James Cagney to Judy Garland to Henry Fonda to Shirley Temple. Bob Hope, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges were among the comedy stars to film at Iverson. Pioneering stuntman Yakima Canutt perfected his trademark stagecoach stunts on the Upper Iverson’s well-traveled chase roads, while superheroes from Superman to Batman donned their capes at the ranch. Early TV Westerns such as “The Lone Ranger” and “The Cisco Kid” shot regularly at Iverson, paving the way for the next generation of bigger, better TV productions to bring their cameras to the ranch for classic series such as “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.”

The businesses at the “West End” in Chatsworth, on Devonshire Street, near Topanga Canyon, have kept the Western influence alive and can be experienced in new modern ways.  Shop at The Silver King, eat at Los Toros, dance at The Cowboy Palace, and you will feel like you are the star of one of those 1930’s Westerns fer sure!

Here is a review of Los Toros that I wrote on YP.com  http://www.yellowpages.com/chatsworth-ca/mip/los-toros-mexican-restaurant-22383902?lid=22383902

If you haven’t been out to any of the businesses around the block lately, now is a good time to visit.  Seven of the businesses are hosting with the Chatsworth Business Improvement District, a monthly Art Walk on the last Friday of each month.  Bring the family and be welcomed by other Chatsworth families who own and operate the stores and restaurants that we pass every day.  We are lucky to have such a thriving community of caring individuals who were born and raised in our neck of the city!

A Chatsworth family owned business, The Silver King Silversmiths, is home to fine jewelry, Western Style accessories and historical artifacts.

Here is an audio podcast interview with Malila Davalos, President of Chatsworth B.I.D. and owner of The Silver King at last night’s event:  http://cinch.fm/miz-meliz/510442

Today, Silver King will be a sponsor of the Western Ho-Down at the Chatsworth Metro Station celebrating the extension of the Metro Orange Line.  If you have never been to the Train Station at Old Depot Plaza Road  – it is a must see!  It houses the Museum of Chatsworth Transportation and Movie History, which is small but interesting.

“The official opening of the line will be today, Saturday, June 30. Community festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only at the Canoga and Chatsworth Stations and will include food trucks, live music, group bike rides and much more.Free rides on the extension are planned both Saturday and Sunday between 7 a.m.and 7 p.m. Regular fares will apply on all other Metro Rail, Metro Rapid and  Metro Local lines.”

I hope to see you there as Chatsworth marks another important milestone in its history!

I wrote this post as part of my participation in an exclusive Clever Girls Collective program. All opinions are my own.

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