Friday, December 31, 2010
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Time has gone by way too fast this week. I have been on vacation all week cleaning and tearing down the Christmas decorations. I am sure everyone has some sort of plans this evening. Whether you are spending it with family or friends please remember to enjoy yourself and please drink responsibly.
I am sure that there are going to be a few resolutions going around as well. I started my resolution 3 weeks ago by starting a lo-carb diet. This has been the only way to lost weight for me (along with exercise) in the past.... Weight watchers and low fat diets do not seem to work. So I am beginning the journey again that I started 6 years ago. I am doing the Kris' version of the Atkins/South Beach Diet. The good news is that I have a 3 week jump on everyone else....(Going into my 4th next week). And down 12 lbs! ( which I am sure was water, so you can't tell!) So resolution #1 is too obviously loose some weight. #2 is to spend more time with family! I have really enjoyed the 2 years I have been back with my mom and dad. We have done a lot of things together that I probably wouldn't normally do if I still had my own place. I want 2011 to be special for them.... I do not want to relive the beginning of 2010 again.
2010 did not get off to a good start when my friend Cathie passed away in January. As time went by it was harder to imagine life without her here. I would think that she was not gone and go to pick up the phone and remember she was gone. She was in her mid-fifties and had a heart of gold. She was a great friend, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She was soo loved by everyone that she came in contact with. It is still hard to believe that she is gone.
Despite the fact that I lost a very dear friend I did end January on a positive note, I received a promotion at work. However I really did not get a chance to do my job all year until the last quarter. A summer filled with a hurt knee and a different route every week due to the fact that we were 4 men down didn't stop me from making my dream a reality. In July I did a something I have not done in about 6 years. I catered a party. It made me feel alive! I smiles on peoples faces when they come up to you and say this was the best food I have ever had! It makes you feel good!
The fall came and we were back on board at work by getting fully staffed. I was a little more relaxed until the bomb got dropped that they were possibly eliminating my position at work. I freaked at first and then I decided it is was it is. (I dislike that saying) So I decided that I had a few orders for Thanksgiving treats so I posted some pics on FB and boy did the orders start rolling in... Time went by too fast and soon it was Christmas and I had orders for then also. I am starting on making some valentines day ideas and posting them so people can order! I am excited to see what 2011 holds for me. So I hope this finds all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
And as always Mangia!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Christmas orders will be taken until December 17th! So please order early:
Ideas for Chritmas treats:
Cookie Dough Truffles
Chocolate Covered Nuts
Peanut butter balls
Chocolate Chip bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
Peanut butter Kisses
Peanut butter Chocolate Chip
Milky Way or Snicker Cookies
Chocolate Covered Chex Mix
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Assorted Breads: Pumpkin, Banana, Blueberry and Coffee cake bread.
Cheesecake, Ho-ho cake, Orange delite cake, Lemon cake, Raspberry cake, Coconut cake! Pumpkin rolls, Brownies, Assorted desserts: Oreo, peanut butter pie dessert and Lemon Lush....Mini Cheesecakes....Fruit Pizza. Individual Fruit pizzas...
And the list continues....If you are having a holiday party and you need some appetizers let me know....
PLEASE SEND MESSAGES TO MY INBOX OR EMAIL!
THANKSGIVING WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, THANKS TO ALL THAT ORDERED!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
So let's head out to the grocery store and buy your non perishable items and remember the Coca-Cola of course ;-)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thanksgiving is coming quick and I am getting slammed with holiday orders. So anyone wanting pumpkin rolls, cookies, breads or cakes Let me know....No job too big or small, just want to make sure I have everyone taken care of in a timely fashion. Send messages to my inbox or email. Thanks!
Please leave me your E-mail address in my inbox so that I can e-mail you a menu!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Well good day everyone, oh how I missed you! I thought the perfect way to get back to the blog is to chat about our upcoming fav holiday in the Brandi fam and that is Turkey Day!~
My mom is the most organized woman when it comes to planning a holiday gathering. She will start making her plans, for dinner at my sisters in a few days.....and everything I have learned was taught to me by who else? Mom!
So to those out there that maybe having their 'first' Thanksgiving Dinner or to those that want to get more organized. Here are some tips for you!
* 3 weeks before----- Let's think about how much space to you actually have. Do you have a double oven? Do you have a spare fridge in the basement or garage? Start planning your menu. How much can you make ahead? How much will have to stored? Are you cooking the turkey in the oven or on the Weber grill? We began cooking the turkey on the Weber grill because we had no more room in the oven. It turns out so nice and juicy! Now if you are cooking the turkey in the oven you have to choose recipes that will fit in the oven with the turkey and cook at the same temperature.
----If your guests ask what they can bring, answer very carefully. Where are you going to put it, while socializing? In the fridge that is full? Is the spare fridge full? Or maybe it will be cold enough to set outside or in the garage. If your fridge and oven will be full then let them bring dished you can heat or reheat in the microwave. Or have them bring something that can be brought in a crock-pot. Or better yet, have them bring the rolls from the bakery or fresh homemade bread!
---Let's start making the list of menu items. Note off to the side how long those specific dishes take to bake. What time should you put them in the oven. Keep this handy for Turkey Day also.
2 weeks before----Start shopping. Ok I know you think I am crazy however I of all people know what it is like in these stores the week prior. So please save yourself the hassle and please start shopping now. You can buy your non-perishable groceries this week. Buy the turkey this week. I am sure there are some deals. If not who really cares how much it cost for a little sanity? Also, pick up some extra storage containers and zip-loc baggies!
4 days before--- Start thawing your turkey. You have no clue how many people do buy in advance and try to thaw out the day of Thanksgiving. ALLOW 24 HOURS FOR EVERY 4 POUNDS. SO A 15-16 POUND TURKEY WILL TAKE 4 DAYS TO THAW IN THE FRIDGE!
3-2 days before--- Final shopping. Buy your veggies and perishables and anything you forgot. Remember the stores are open in the AM on Thanksgiving but seriously you should be organized. You can also set your table. Cover with a clean old sheet. Also, buy some extra carrots and celery and other items that you may need to make Turkey Noodle Soup! PS don't forget the garnishes, parsley or kale for a veggie tray, napkins or of course the Coca-Cola!
1 day before--- Make ahead day. Mashed potates, dressing, salad dressing, sides, desserts and breads. Check out my sample menu.
TURKEY DAY-- Double check your list. What time does the turkey have to go into the oven or grill? Prep your turkey and start your appetizers.
What is on the Brandi Menu for TURKEY DAY? -- this is our standard menu
Turkey of course on the Weber grill.
Dad's secret homemade Italian Dressing. I changed the name to Wop loaf. My grandma use to stuff the turkey with this dressing, however we make it in loaf pans as serve it sliced.
Mom's homemade dressing. She has put a little twist on it now and has added Italian Sausage and it is so yummy.
Make a head mashed potatoes.
Corn Casserole (like corn bread)
cranberries (for my mom yuck)
Salad with homemade Italian Dressing
Rolls from Hamilton Bakery!
Dessert--- My brother in law makes homemade pumpkin and pecan pie. I wonder if my friend Barb will make me a Lemon merigue pie since the whole family will be here this year!
I will make some truffles and I think I will attempt a Pumkin Roll.....
Need any other pointers let me know~
Well as always Mangia!~
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
What I would do is cherry pick your sale items until you get your pantry built back up. Watch the sales at the stores. A lot of the stores have "in house" specials, which are unadvertised. Just take 10-20 minutes and walk through a store and look at the things that are on sale, that you didn't know. Trust me I know we don't all have time. But once you start doing it. It will become part of your routine. It only takes 21 days for something to become a habit!
Have these items in your pantry and you will always have what you will need for almost any recipe I post on here!
Baking supplies: Different kinds of chocolate chips, chocolate squares. Baking powder and cocoa. Baking soda, Biscuit mix, aka, Bisquick. Canned frosting and Boxed cake mixes. Brownie mixes. Coconut Corn syrup, Cornstarch, Cream of tarter, Flour, Food coloring, J-ello, Honey, Pudding, Marshmallows, Rice Krispies, Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk, Muffing mix, Pam cooking spray, Olive oil, Vegetable oil., Oats, Salt, pepper, shortening, Brown sugar and white sugar..
Applesauce, beans: all kinds, black, northern, kidney, green etc., chicken and beef broth, creamed soups, fruits and fruit cocktail, green chilies, canned jalapenos, mustard and ketchup, mushrooms, olives, peanut butter, salsa, sauces: Alfredo, picante, process cheese, spaghetti and taco, tomatoes: diced, whole, sauce paste and stewed. Canned tuna and Chicken.
boullion granules, beef and chicken, Tabasco, onion soup mix, taco seasoning, ranch dressing seasoning. Vinegar: cider, red wine, rice and white. Worcestershire sauce.
Bread: pita or sandwich
Crackers: graham, butter saltines, Garlic Triscuits, croutons, dry bread crumbs, Noodles: variety, small shells, big shells, spaghetti, elbows, rotini etc. Rice, Stuffing mix.
Butter, Cream cheese, eggs, Parmesan Cheese, Jelly, Syrup, Mayo, Milk, Juice, Minced Garlic, Fresh Garlic, mustard: Dijon and yellow, relish, biscuits, crescent rolls, pizza crust, salad dressings, shredded cheeses, mozzarella, shredded cheddar, Mexican blend, sour cream, soy sauce, tortillas and whipped cream!
Bread dough, Chicken breasts, Fruits, ground beef, Meatballs, pasta, pastry shells, Pork chops, frozen veggies, cool whip, vanilla ice cream!
Friday, July 30, 2010
So I am going to post a pic side by side tell me which is better?
I think I like it with the blue baskets and I think I will go get 2 more for the bottom shelf!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I am sooooo excited!
Thanks to the best dad in the world for watering it everyday!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I told my brother that is town that he needed to go to the store with me tomorrow so I can get my dad a weedwacker. Any suggestions on what to get? I have to get up or I will just stay up and go to the store and get some strawberries to make for today. I have to keep trying in order to master them correct? Then I am making some Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes~!
Dinner Sat Pm with Al and Sus and hopefully Jon and Dawn. what are the Brandi's serving? What else? Spaghetti!
I will post pics!
And I cannot forget that Sunday is my nephew Steve's big day. Graduation Party~! yeah!
So everyone have a wonderful weekend and of course,
Monday, May 31, 2010
And thanks to Denise, I will be getting with you!Just going to take it easy to day!
Happy Memorial Day!
Thank someone that is in the service!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Happy Mother's Day to the best mother in the world!~
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Lemon Struedel Cake
1 package lemon cake mix
1 1/3 c. water
3/4 c. egg substitute
1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
3 T. poppy seeds
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 can lemon pie filling
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped pecans
3 T. flour
4 1/2 t. butter, melted
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. powdered sugar
4 t. lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 sec. beat on Medium for 2 minutes. Coat a 13 x 9 with Pam. Dust with flour. Spread half the batter into pan.
For filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in pie filling. Drop by teaspoon fulls and gently spread over the batter. Top with remaining batter. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter.
Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake, refrigerate.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
We just had this recipe at Dawn and Jon's house last week.... it is wonderful. It could almost be used as a dessert also.
My sister got this recipe and it is soooo yummy!
Mary's Fruit Salad
1 c. butter milk
1 small vanilla instant pudding
Blend in 1/2 of a small cool whip
1 can fruit cocktail
1 can mandarin oranges
2 sliced bananas
any fresh fruit that you like, such as: blueberries, strawberries, pineapple or kiwi!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This past Sunday we had a family dinner with Don and Lois, Mary and Fred along with Steve and Jackie. We had a wonderful spread which included my new fav, Carrot Cassarole!
8 Cups sliced carrots or baby carrots
2 medium onions, sliced, trust me if you don't like onions it is still good
5 T. butter, divided
1 can cream of celery soup, undiluted
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. seasoned croutons, I find that the larger ones work best, like Italian garlic!
Place carrots in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil , boil until crisp and tender. Meanwhile in a skillet, saute` onions in 3 T. butter until tender. Stir in soup, salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese!
Drain carrots add to onion mixture; transfer to a greased baking dish, sprinkle with croutons.
Melt remaining butter and drizzle over the top of croutons. Bake uncovered at 350* for 20-25 minutes.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
In case you don't know, my mom has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Cancer if the Lymph Nodes. She is doing well. We are almost done with her Chemo treatments and when we get the news that she is cancer free then we are going to celebrate. This year is the big one for both her and me, she turns 80 and I turn 40!
She is the best mom in the whole wide world, epecially if she has put up with me all these years!~
So if you are interested please send me an e-mail!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
My FB friend Andi won't share her recipe for her Cream Cheese Strawberries, so I decided to serve this, they are great!
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sour cream
3 T. confectioners' sugar (powered)
1 T. Milk
1/4 t. almond extract
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream, sugar, milk and extract. mix until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Place the strawberries and the crumbs in seperate bowls. Dip strawberries into cheesecake mixture, then into crumbs.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Spring is coming and I think that I will add one of my favorite recipes that I received from my cousin Franny. It is Bruschetta, which is an Italian version of salsa, but we eat it with french bread, haha not Italian. Also, the Roasted Garlic Triscuits are wonderful with it!
I have made some changes so we will call it:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tube of Basil paste (found in the produce section of the grocery store)
4-5 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 cans diced tomatoes
2-4 fresh roma tomatoes diced
2 T. parmesan cheese, grated
1-2 loaves French bread, slice
Drain the diced can tomatoes and mix the rest of the ingredients together. If you press the garlic instead of mincing it you get this wonderful garlic aroma. It is wonderful.
*The reason for the basil paste is because of the wonderful flavoring. I swear the flavor is ten times more potent then fresh basil. It is awesome. You may use fresh basil. like 3T. or whatever your tastebuds like.
Now with the bread you can do one of two things, when you buy it fresh it in just wonderul sliced and served soft. However you can lay out the slices on a cookie sheet and brush with olive oil and rub with garlic also. If you have the grill on, you may grill the bread. You can then broil the bread until it changes color.
Also, don't forget the Roasted garlic Triscuits, they are
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I look forward to share new recipes with you!
Now my dream is to be a full-time caterer, however I have a full-time job and it does not permit me to do it, If anyone is interested in hosting a summer party or graduation party let me know and maybe my catering needs can be of service.
be patient as I grow my blogspot and my facebook page.
See ya soon,