Friday, August 31, 2007
What would salad be without the toppings?
I guess in all of my rambling what I am trying to say is be a little creative with your toppings. If you are serving Hamburgers try putting out some sliced avocado, BBQ sauce, different types of cheeses (blue cheese burgers are big right now), different types of mustard, tomatoes, maybe bell peppers sliced. Just try something different. Your guests will just really appreciate being invited and all the special attention to toppings will truly make the meal!
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
" "Bad" carbs are generally white in color. Think: Sugar, white flour, white bread. If you avoid bad carbs you may reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain."Good" Carbs come from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eat "good" Carbs to keep your cholesterol level healthy...your blood pressure and blood sugar stable...and extra pounds off. It's as simple as that."
We never quit eating carbs totally. We have a salad with every meal and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Another thing that we did was to start taking high doses of pharmaceutical grade Fish Oil and daily multivitamins. Click on link to learn more. http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=1980069 If you have been following any health news at all you will know about fish oil. The key is though that you need to be taking pharmaceutical grade fish oil so that you are not getting all of the heavy metals (mercury etc.) and toxins that are in the fish and regular fish oil. They are ultra purified so that even if you were to bite into them they don't taste fishy. No fish burps (I know you know what I am talking about) or anything! For more info on fish oil email me through my website at http://www.nofearentertaining.com/
To your health!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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Can you see the fear in my eyes???
We will be serving Smoked Pork Butt, Baked BBQ Lima Beans, Dirty Rice, Italian Salad and Golden Margaritas (and Beer) as the beverage. For the children we will have PB & J roll ups and juice. Sounds pretty good huh? Almost all of these items can be made ahead so we aren't having to cook while everyone is here. We have over 30 people (children are included) coming. I ordered some extra chairs from our local party rental company. You can get these for about $1.50 a piece and I figured seeing as we are in SW Florida and the temperature is about 100 degrees come late afternoon I needed to give people a spot to plop their bottoms. We have a water slide and a bounce house as well as the pool to keep the kids going. It should be a good time for everyone! I will be featuring these recipes in my October Newsletter. Sign up now at www.nofearentertaining.com.
Check back for new posts to see how we are doing as we get closer and closer to party day!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
High Fructose Corn Syrup?
The preparation has begun!
- I make a master list of all items that I am going to need.
- Go through that list and cross of all of the things that I already have on hand.
- Make a new list of the things that I know I don't have from the other list.
- Separate that list by store (I know what I can buy at Costco and what I will have to get at Publix)
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Today was the day that I normally go grocery shopping so I was able to buy all of the non perishable items that I needed from there. I will wait until Saturday to get all of the perishable items. I will also get lots of ice so I can fill up coolers that I will use to hold the food until the party on Sunday.
I also called out local rental center today to order some extra folding chairs. If you are having a lot of people over this is something that I would recommend. I was able to get as many extra chairs as I wanted for less than $2 a piece! I never worry about there being enough table space but most people like to it when they eat.
Keeping checking back for more updates and tips!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Are you running out of getting together time?
Cooking for your friends can be very simple. I love hamburgers cooked on the grill! What I am saying is that it doesn't have to be spectacular. It can just be a very simple afternoon by the pool with some burgers and a couple of drinks. As long as you are sharing this with friends you can't go wrong!
This weekend is Labor Day and there is no better time to call up your friends and invite them over for an afternoon or evening. Most of us have 3 days off so you can't make the excuse that there isn't enough time to do all the preparations! Keep it simple! Your friends will appreciate it I'm sure!
Wow...It's Monday Already!
We spent Sunday hanging out at the beach with a bunch of our friends. Hot, sunny, nice breeze off of the water. Everything you could ask for on a day at the beach!
The really exciting thing that we did though was to buy a fruit and vegetable juicer and we have been playing around with it all weekend! Boy oh Boy does fresh juice taste great! As of now we have only done fruit juices and it works wonderfully for them. I will let you know about the vegetables as I get more into it. So far we have juiced grapes, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, apples, pears, and cherries. The best combination we have found has been grape, cherry, blueberry, apple and pear all done together. Yummy and a ton of fun to play with!!! I have found it very easy to clean which I was worried about because we had one when I was a little girl and I still remember the dreaded cleaning!
Maybe you want to buy one for yourself. I will be putting out more recipes and combinations of juices in the next few days!
This is the one that we bought
Jack LaLanne Stainless Steel Power Juicer
This one sounds very close but it isn't stainless.
Jack LaLanne's JFPJ-B Power Juicer Juicing Machine
Have a great Monday!!!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I Love the Weekend!
All in all we have pretty great weekends as I am sure you will agree. What makes all of this possible is that I was able to build a website and work from home. I know you will be saying "that's all well and good for her but I don't know how to build a website!" Well I am going to let you in on a little secret. Neither did I. Until just over month ago neither did I!!! I was able to make a website from buying the domain name, setting up a hosting account, figuring out email accounts and building the site by using a a product that walks you through each step. It is like having someone along holding your hand through the whole process. The product is called
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Have a great weekend!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Am I in A Panic? No Way!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Can you use this?
Check it out here..
Nesco 18-Qt. Roaster Oven Silver Non-Stick
Nesco 4808-25-30PR professional roaster oven, 18 quart.
Nesco American Harvest 4808-25-30PR Non-Stick 18-Quart Roaster Oven
Yeah, I found it!!!
Betty Crocker's Best Chicken Cookbook
Stumped for Lunch Ideas Already?
Bagel Sandwiches - My oldest daughter (Kyra) loves Peanut Butter and Jelly but has become bored with just a regular sandwich. Adding a Bagel for the bread changed everything.
Wraps - My younges daughter (Lauren) likes Turkey. One day she just had Turkey, American Cheese and Mayo rolled up together. She didn't want any bread at all. Today though she is having a whole wheat wrap with Turkey, Baby salad greens and mayo.
These are all healthy options and it gives them a bit of variety and control over what they eat.
If they like something a little off the wall like Blue Cheese (Kyra loves it) give them a slice in a small Ziploc bag.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Deciding on a Menu
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Let's have them over!
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Maybe Labor Day?
Maybe I can get him to commit to a date today...wish me luck!
Monday, August 20, 2007
No Fear Entertaining
Does the idea of a house full of family, friends and colleagues send waves of terror rippling through your body? Do you really want to entertain in your home, but have nightmares that you would run out of food and beverages? Do you worry that if you finally did decide on a menu, how much food would be enough? How do you figure out how much for each person?
How many people can I comfortably have in my home?
Is my house too small?
Will the weather be good for an outdoor party?
Well...we are The Chiappinis and we can help you take all of the guess work out of entertaining. We have been feeding our friends and family in both large and small groups (20-60 people) for about 15 years! We know what works. We will show you our mistakes and successes. We follow what we call "The 7 Golden Rules of No Fear Entertaining".
And in case you are thinking that we have a huge house that makes entertaining easy, I want you to be assured that we have a normal size house with a rather small kitchen, probably no different than what you have in your house.
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