Little Enthusiasm

I love Miller & Mike

I love Miller & Mike

That’s a little person giving a lot of enthusiasm not a full grown person giving a little enthusiasm.

My little girl was sporting a customized shirt the other day showing some love for her favorite comedy team. It took a long time to get her to stand still long enough to take the pic, as anyone with a 1 year old would tell you.

Don’t worry, there is plenty of time for her favorite shirt to make it through the laundry cycle and be clean again before our next show at the Sheboygan Falls library next Friday on the 15th. You can find all the details at www.MillerandMike.com on the calendar page.

I just had to share her squinty-eyed, super excited smile/scream.

Miller

New Kicks

Greetings all,

Now that they are nice and broken in, I had to share a picture of my new performing shoes.  They are custom Converse Chuck Taylors.

Did you know that you can go to the converse website, here and create your own shoes.

I of course went with the double upper hi, in the Miller and Mike colors. 

They do make me run faster and jump higher.

Mike

Word of Mouth

Greetings,

2012 was  a great year for Miller and Mike and there is no way we could have achieved the success we did with out all of you.

It has always been you who have helped us bring our brand of Quality Family Entertainment to our audience. Whether it is inviting us to your event to perform, attending an event we perform at, or just reading this post you have helped us to entertain, inspire, and educate children of all ages, all over.

Miller and I are constantly at work trying to find new venues and events to perform at.  We  send email, attend trade shows, and make cold calls, but no matter how many of these we do, it is the call we get from a client who has heard about us from someone they know.  It is the word of mouth, the interpersonal connection that has helped us grow and continue to bring our live show to more and more audiences.

Miller and Mike are still as active and entertaining as ever.  So we ask you to give us a moment of your time, we know how precious it is, and think about how you can promote quality live entertainment. Perhaps, you know someone having a family oriented event at a school or a church, maybe you know someone on the board of a festival or fair, we kindly ask that you mention us.  We are easy to contact at our website www.millerandmike.com and if we can’t offer what they are looking for  we can recommend a lot of other quality performers and educators who might be able to offer something.

I look forward to another year of making you all laugh.

Mike

Reagan Cake

In light of Mike’s favorite holiday National Chocolate Cake day, this Sunday, I’m posting my favorite chocolate cake recipe. This recipe also happens to be a favorite of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. I came across it several years ago thumbing through a book by white house chefs about the favorite dishes of the Presidents they cooked for.

I first made this flour-less chocolate cake over Valentines Day for the girl who would be my wife. Without flour it uses what Julia Childs would call, “egg power.” The recipe is a little tricky but don’t be scared just give it a try and after you take that first bite you’ll know it was worth it. Enjoy National Chocolate Cake Day!

Miller

Orange Flourless Chocolate Cake For the Reagan Family by Roland Mesnier

1 ½ sticks (170g) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing flour, for dusting

6 ounces (170g) bittersweet chocolate

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

Zest of one large orange

4 eggs plus 2 egg yolks

½ cup (55g) unsweetened cocoa powder

Powdered sugar for dusting

Candied orange peel and vanilla ice cream, to serve

 

Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter and flour a 10inch round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with Parchment paper, then butter and flour the parchment paper.

Gently melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Stir the butter into the chocolate to melt, and stir until smooth. Remove from the double boiler and whisk the sugar and orange zest into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and egg yolks and whisk well.

Sift the cocoa powder over the chocolate mixture and whisk the batter until totally smooth. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top has formed a good crust. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with candied orange peel and vanilla ice cream.

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!

Well the excitement of the holidays is over and its back to the grind of a new year.  But while I am busy  digging up receipts and figuring for my taxes, I have a another great day to look forward to.

That’s right, its almost time for National Chocolate Cake Day! January 27th, a day to celebrate the notion of baking and eating chocolate cake.  I really can’t for the life of me think of a better day, except maybe for Ground Hog’s Day.

When Miller and I first befriended each other more than 20 years ago it was our mutual love of baking that was a common interest.   Before we juggled and made people laugh for a living we  collaborated in the kitchen making pies and cookies.  It helped us learn to work together and no doubt has carried over to today contributing to the quality of our performances.

To get you in the mood for National Chocolate Cake Day, here is a link to an episode of Baking with Julia Childs on PBS.

Enjoy!

http://video.pbs.org/video/1174161648

 

 

 

An exciting time

It is an exciting time for Miller and Mike.

When Miller and I first returned to Wisconsin from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus we were able to collaborate easily because we lived close to each other.  Over the years we have both moved around quite a bit.  Now is the first time since 2006 that both Miller and I live close to each other and are able to meet one on one regularly to continue to create Quality Family Entertainment.

Please check out our website www.millerandmike.com and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miller-Mike/167285603300440 to keep up on all the new awesomeness coming from Miller and Mike.

It is going to be an exciting time, hope you can all share in it with us.

WI Fair Convention

Mike and I are returning to the Wisconsin Fairs and Festival convention in Wisconsin Dells. This is always a good time and because Mike and I attended last year we were able to add lots of county fairs to the calendar last summer. So people all over Wisconsin could see us perform, as well as the first Miller & Mike show in Minnesota.

Also coming up, Mike and I will ring in the New Year at the YMCA in Manitowoc. Come check us out from 6p – 8p for shows and some strolling.

Miller

Santa is coming

Santa Claus is coming to town, Green Bay to be specific. Santa Claus

Come to one of the area libraries and join Santa for a very special story time. The jolly old elf will tell stories, sing songs and show kids of all ages some real Christmas magic.

St. Nick was up at the Marinette library last weekend. I took my little girl to see him and we had a great time. There were a lot of people having fun but I was able to take this picture.

You can catch Santa at the downtown branch on Saturday the 15th at 1:00pm or the Ashwaubenon library on Monday the 17th at 10:30am or finally at the southwest branch on Wednesday the 19th at 10:30am. Santa also has some personal stops to make before the big night. Santa is a close personal friend of Mike and I so to arrange a visit to your party call, E-mail or Facebook me.

Miller

One More Time!

Otis Miller, the world's longest usable yo-yo

Otis Miller will make yo-yo history, again.

 

Back in 2010 I established a new Guinness World Record with my little yo-yo when I threw it down 35 feet and 2 inches and it caught it making it the longest yo-yo ever used. Since then some punk in Chicago beat my record but I’m back to prove my yo-yo is the best, and don’t mean Mike.

Make your way up to Marinette this weekend for Heritage Fest. Mike and I will be doing shows all weekend but the 4pm show on Saturday will end with an attempt to brake the current record of 39 feet, 9 inches. Then the next day I’ll attempt to brake my own record at the 4pm show.

You can get the details on the Guinness page at MillerandMike.com and find info about the first record setting throw. Hope to see you there.

Miller

Summer is Swinging

Summer is here and the 2012 summer library tour is in full swing. Of course you can look up the whole tour on the calendar page but here are some upcoming shows all over the state.

Mike on the last day of school

Algoma June 19th, 10am

Kewaunee June 19th, 1pm

Merrill June 20th, 10am

Medford June 20th, 1:30pm

Neillsville June 20th, 7pm

Ashwaubenon June 21st, 10:30am

Green Bay East June 21st, 1:30pm

Menasha  June 21st, 6:30pm

Middleton June 22nd 2pm

…and that’s just this week.