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Friday, June 22, 2012

You're Invited to an Enchanted Midsummer Evening

There's a little place right here in the heart of Houston that contains within it a surprise portal through space and time. Seriously. You've got to come see for yourself.

As you walk into El Pueblito, head straight to the back. You will come to a narrowing of the walls, just past the kitchen, and, as you walk into their bar, you step out of the city and into to the tropics! No Air Traffic Safety pat down, no plane ticket, no drive to the airport! It is as instantaneous as beaming down from the Starship Enterprise.

Come out into the courtyard filled with lush greenery. There you will find a 15 foot waterfall cascading fresh ions into the air, breezy cabanas draped in white linens, brightly colored umbrellas, humming fans, and flaming torches.

To further enhance the magic of this uniquely special night, my most favorite group of musicians, Moodafaruka (meaning The Mood of the Dance) will be on hand to delight you with what they like to call their Nuevoflamencoworldfusionglobalgroovengypsysurf music. As Moodafaruka's erotic, haunting rhythms pulse through your veins, your feet will find a way to move your body. (Hear them at

Winners of the Houston Chronicle's Best Original Music Group Choice Award, Rom Ryan and his incredibly talented musicians regularly receive rave reviews. They play often at the Post Oak Grill, 51Fifteen, Hearsay, Rainbow Lodge, and Houston's City Centre Plaza. Their premier appearance at El Pueblito for this special evening guarantees the romance will flow as freely as the soft Summer breezes.

You're invited to meet me there in this enchanted place to celebrate Midsummer with cold beverages, sizzling seafood, fabulous fajitas, and extraordinary entertainment beneath the stars, the palappas, and 40 foot tall red-twinkle light wrapped palm trees. Dress casual and cool. Think of this as a mini-vacation, no passport required. (

I invite you to round up your friends and join me on Saturday, July 14th 7-10 pm for an Enchanted Midsummer Evening at El Pueblito at 1423 Richmond Avenue. Park your car around the block in the neighborhood to the south and walk through Mandell Park to the restaurant, or valet park for just $5 at the door. There is some parking in the lot east of the lot east of the restaurant, but I caution you to heed the parking and no parking signs. They are serious about towing.

Eduardo, our gracious host, knows we're coming, but not how many of us will appear, so if you will let me know how many friends you're bringing (email:, he can be sure there is enough beer, plenty of margarita makings - and yes, I have done my research  ; )   - and an abundance of their tantalizing treats all to be enhanced by Moodafaruka's extraordinarily evocative music. It's Summer! Let's get together and celebrate the season! I will see you there!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Trisha's Magical Mystical Healing Cookies
Especially for Your Inner and Outer Child

I recently made up a batch of my famous cookies for my cousin and, after typing up the recipe for him and other cousins, I thought you might like to have it too. Please understand that you can make cookies from any recipe, but if you want these cookies to deliver the magic of healing your body, mind, and spirit, you must follow the instructions with clear intentions and a light heart. All ingredients are heart healthy and stirred together with lots of love.

First of all you must be in a serene and happy frame of mind so you don't stir anxiety into the mix.

Next, turn on some sweet music. Center yourself within your heart and consciously turn up your love light so you can feel the energy coming down your arms and into your hands, which are 
both extensions of your heart. 

Note: Get milk in the house beforeyou start. 

All ingredient amounts can go over if you are specifically adding generosity to your end result. 

Get a big bowl and have a silver surfaced cookie sheet ready, along with cookie racks for cooling. 

First, cream together 2 1/2 - 3 sticks of salted butter, 3/4 c dark brown sugar, 1/2 c turbinado (raw sugar), 2 large brown organic cage free eggs, and 2+ tsps of real vanilla. 

Add to this creamy mixture 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour, 1 heaping tsp baking soda (to lift the weight of the whole grains), 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg (make sure your spices are less than a year old). Stir with a wooden spoon while dancing to the music (feet must be moving, hips must be swaying). Yes, seriously. 

Finally add 2 c whole Old Fashioned Oats (NOT the Quick oats!), an entire bag of whole pecans (less than a year old), and an entire large bag of Nestle's semisweet chocolate chips. You'll need your mixer for this conglomeration of cookie goodness. Just make sure that everything is pretty evenly distributed and you're good to go. 

The beaters are meant to be licked clean and smiles shared along with thank yous. 

Scoop the dough with visions of love for the persons you know will be enjoying them. 

Drop heaping soup spoons of the mix onto your ungreased cookie sheet. Cook at 375° for about 15 minutes. Place them on the cooling racks before transferring them to your cookie jar. 

Bonus Round: For a great breakfast on the run, switch the pecans and chocolate for walnuts and craisins - also some serious NUM!! 

The addition of the intentions, emotions, and love are required for the best flavor and healing results.