Thursday, November 24, 2011

For the dieters on Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I am thankful for many things. Family and friends are at the top of my list. I am also thankful to everyone that has helped make Mangia!~ a success! Thanks for all your business! Here is a twist to all the postings I do with treats on them! This should help you stay on track today! Do you know that the average person consumes 4,000 calories today? Have a wonderful day!!!!

Smart Strategies for Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving from Mangia!~ Having a plan to help you avoid overdoing it at the dining table today is a good idea, but there's one strategy that's actually a recipe for failure: fasting before the big meal. Total deprivation leads to extreme hunger, cravings, and, inevitably, overeating at mealtime — Fortunately, there are better tactics you can use to sidestep overeating on Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  1. Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Enjoy full and nutritious –friendly meals at breakfast and lunch, opting for healthy foods like lean protein, wholesome veggies, nutrient-dense fruits and whole grains (on Phases 2 and 3), good fats from foods like nuts and extra-virgin olive oil, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. As always, don't forget to include your strategic mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. The trick is to continue eating as close to your normal schedule as possible so that you arrive at the holiday meal no hungrier than usual. With hunger pangs at bay, you'll be better able to pass up sugary and starchy carbs and bad fats (like butter) and choose friendly foods (like lean skinless turkey breast and plenty of vegetables) instead.

  2. Engage in physical activity. Your appetite is suppressed immediately following exercise. Working in some exercise also helps keep blood sugar levels in the normal range, which curbs cravings. So take a brisk walk around your neighborhood before heading off to your holiday dinner or before your guests arrive.
  3. Enlist help. A like-minded spouse, relative or friend can motivate you to stick with the lifestyle changes you've made during the holidays. He or she can be the friendly voice inside your head — or online or on the telephone — that reminds you to stay on course. At the very least, your "helper" can encourage you to get back on track should you stray

    4.Allow yourself a few indulgences. Go ahead and have a small slice of traditional pumpkin pie, a few pieces of dark chocolate, or whatever family favorite you look forward to during the holidays. you can — and should — enjoy the occasional treat. Just be sure to enjoy a small portion, savor every bite, and get back to following your meal plan first thing in the morning.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Countdown to TURKEY DAY

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!
* NOW---- 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.
Sweet Potatos
Corn Casserole (like corn bread)
cranberries (for my mom yuck)
Salad with homemade Italian Dressing
NEW this year!~ HOMEMADE KIKI Bread... like GG bread!
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 make a Pumkin Roll.....
Need any other pointers let me know~

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer 2011

Wow, I think SUMMER is finally here! Thank the Lord! I cannot believe I have not written anything on here since March! Wow! Time really does fly by! Well this is what I have been doing for the last 3 months! I was working out on the Caro route with my 'real' job since FEB 1st. On March 8th my mom fell and broke her hip. She is getting better everyday. However through tests they realized that her carotid artery was 80% blocked. During this same time my father went for a Doppler and his carotid artery was 90% blocked. Are you kidding me? Well waiting for test to get back and the doctors himming and hawwwing they schedule them. Both were within a week of each other. I was like what? How am I going to do this. But thanks to my sister and brother-in-law they have really been wonderful! My Nephew is mowing the lawn, which I love to do but there just is not enough hours in the day! Both my parents are doing wonderful... That is the great news. For two people with their age, they passed with flying colors! So thanks to everyone that prayed for them when they were going through their surgeries! In the mean time... I have had a few parties going on and I have some pics to post! I have a special surprise coming ... I just need something I do not have.... TIME! So we will maybe touch on that in then next posting! Here are some pics of some yummy treats that I have made!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

1st Beef Roast

I had another busy weekend made some Add Imagetreats for a customer's open house and I attempted my first ever beef roast! It reminded me of Pepper steak! It was Ecardidious! It was fairly easy also! I am going to share the recipe...but I cannot find it! So here are the pics and I will post the recipe soon Mangia!~

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Break

Hey everyone!~ Sorry I have been busy at work and takin' care of my momma! She had a fall 2 weeks ago and broke her hip! She is doing great though! Mangia! was not able to celebrate St. Patty's day, however I have some wonderful things cooked up for Easter!

Cupcakes are the new craz! I have been making them like crazy!

Last weekend I made Lemon and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake cupcakes. Here are the Lemon ones with a little sugared lemon on top. These just melt in your mouth. Most cupcakes are $12 a dozen. Specialty cupcakes are $15 a doz! Just ask and I can let you know!

Stay tuned for some Easter Goodies...


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentines Weekend

Had a big weekend this weekend. I did a bridal shower 'taste testing' this weekend! Here are some photos of some of the food I made. A big thanks to Janet, Amanda and the girls for taking the time to come and give Mangia! a try! I cannot thank enough my cousin ML for letting us do the taste testing at her house! Thanks ML your the best!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Getting ready for a big Valentines Weekend!

Getting things together for a big Valentines weekend. I have many treats to prepare for many friends and family. I hope you enjoy everything. If you have a recipe and you do not like to bake let me know I will try it out for you!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Birthday Party

Good Morning everyone! The past day or so I have been working hard on a 1st party for my cousin's granddaughter's birthday party. I made a meat tray, a cheese tray, veggie tray and a fruit tray. Oh and I forgot pizza burgers for the kids.

I had so much fun putting everything together. This is truly my dream coming true! Thank you everyone for your super bowl and valentines orders! I am having so much fun making yummy treats for all of you!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Superbowl and Valentines Day

Don't be caught with out your "BIG GAME" Grub next weekend.... There is still time for Shrimp Trays, Veggie Trays, Meat and Cheese Trays! Just let me know...

Also Valentines Day is 16 days away! Place your orders now!!!!!!!!! There are pics below to show you what I have!