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  • Fabulous Friday | Girls Night Out Cocktail Favorites!

    Fabulous Friday!

    The weekend is upon us, and the TLBC Team is ready to let loose a little!

    A weekend favorite here at TLBC is Girls Night Out!! We love a night devoted to some good ole female fun. A night of looking fabulous, boy gushing and/or crushing, and a few cocktails for those of us who enjoy them!

    Today we would like to share a few of our favorite girly cocktails! These drinks are all things feminine, fruity, and flirty, making them the perfect choice.

    1. The Stiletto

    I mean really, the name alone makes it the perfect choice! But even without the killer name this drink is 100% girly and 100% delicious! There are a few versions of this cocktail, below is our favorite.

    Includes: Gin, blackberries, Monin vanilla syrup, lime juice and ginger ale

    Full recipe here

     

    2. Liquid Romance

    The name is a little eh we know…but bear with us! For those ladies who love all things sweet and pink this is the drink for you. It is also a great Valentines Day drink!

    Includes: Currant flavored vodka, champagne, raspberry schnapps, and lime juice

    Full recipe here

     

    3. Loose Goose –

    This is for all those calorie conscience ladies. If you want to enjoy a cocktail with your girls but don’t want to ruin that diet your FINALLY sticking to, or if you simply enjoy a lighter drink, this is the perfect choice!

    Includes: Grey Goose vodka, mountain blast powerade, and sprite (Change the powerade to change the flavor and color!)

    Full recipe here

    4. Pink Lady –

    Drum roll, please… This is the TLBC Team favorite! This scrumptious cocktail is all class and totally kicks shhhh. A little harder to make but totally worth the effort, the Pink Lady is sure to make your Friday FABULOUS!

    Includes: Gin, applejack, grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon, egg white

    Full recipe here

  • The Petite Advantage Diet

    Hey Fans!

    Even though the summer season is coming to an end, it isn’t too late to get in shape and lose weight. If you are one of the 50 percent of women in the United States classified as petite – being 5’4″ or under – you may be facing some unique challenges when trying to lose weight that other women may or may not possess.

    In his new book “The Petite Advantage Diet” fitness expert Jim Karas attempts to help us petite women understand why regular diets don’t work for us. We no longer need to feel frustration wondering why our taller girlfriends are dropping the pounds more quickly than us! Here are 5 of the tips Jim Karas shares in his dieting book:

    1) Allow Yourself to Indulge in Certain Carbs
    People forget that carbohydrates are not just breads and pasta, but items like fruits and vegetables too. Healthy carbs, especially those with high water content, are needed to help people stay full and lean in the midsection.

    2) Keep Track of Your Calories
    Jim Karas estimates that women with petite frames who overeat – even by as few as 28 calories a day - will gain 30 pounds over the course of one decade! So for example: a 45-year-old woman who weighs 160 pounds and is 5’9,” can eat approximately 2,013 calories per day to maintain her weight. A petite, 5’3″ woman of the same weighing, 160 pounds, and same age, 45-years-old, would only be able to consume 1,973 per day without gaining weight.

    Look at it this way, if the petite woman were to take in those extra 40 calories per day, she’d gain 4.2 pounds of fat each year! And if you multiply that by 10, that would mean 42 pounds each decade, and an extra 128 pounds over the course of 30 years! So not fair! But that’s just Mother Nature, I suppose.

    3) Eat High-Calorie Foods and High-Fat Foods Sparingly
    According to Jim Karas, petite women should watch out for three foods in particular when counting their calories: 1) olive oil, 2) avocado and 3) juice. Just one tablespoon of olive oil, for instance, contains 120 calories and is 100 percent fat. Therefore, Karas recommends using it sparingly, no more than one serving per day. Juice, meanwhile, has 25 percent more calories than soda and twice as many calories as liquid sports drinks, so petite women should watch their intake. Commercial juice products are also pasteurized, which kills valuable nutrients and vitamins.

    4) Swap Your Meals
    Eaters in the U.S. typically start the day with their smallest meal, breakfast, and then work their way up to the largest, dinner. However, Jim Karas says that petite woman in particular should do just the opposite. To start off, he recommends flipping breakfast and lunch servings in order to better balance the day calorie-wise.

    5) Skip the Treadmill and Pick Up the Weights
    Karas says cardio can actually cause petite women to gain weight. This is because it increases their appetites, and since their frames are small there isn’t as much “room” to store the food. Instead, petite women should focus on strength training. Strength training will fulfill their cardio needs while also increasing their caloric burn. This will enhance their posture by strengthening and flattening their core muscles.

    To purchase Jim Karas’ awesome book, please visit his website: http://www.jimkaras.com/

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  • Some of the "A-Team" at The Little Bra Company's Thanksgiving Lunch

    What are your plans for the holiday tomorrow?

  • Baked Mac&Cheese!

    We here at The Little Bra Company cook our office lunch almost every day. One of our favorite things to eat is baked mac and cheese, yum! , and decided to share a recipe with all you gals.

    You will need:

    1 (16 ounce) package fully cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

    1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni

    1/3 cup butter

    1 small onion, chopped

    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    2 cups milk

    1 (10 ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed

    salt and ground black pepper to taste

    1 cup dry bread crumbs, or more as needed

    Directions:

    Cook and stir the cut-up kielbasa in a large skillet over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through and beginning to brown. Remove the sausage from the skillet, and set aside.

    Fill a pan with lightly salted water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

    Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

    Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the chopped onion for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook and stir the butter, onion and flour for 2 to 3 minutes to make a roux, and remove from the heat. Whisk in the milk a little at a time, stirring constantly, until all the milk has been incorporated, and return to low heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and cook over low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to finish cooking the flour. Whisk in the Cheddar cheese, a few cubes at a time, until all the cheese has been incorporated and the sauce is hot and smooth.

    Pour the macaroni into the cheese sauce, and stir to combine. Stir in the cooked kielbasa

    salt, and pepper.

    Spoon the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crumbs are brown and the casserole is bubbling. Let stand for 15 minutes after baking, to set before serving.

    Enjoy! :)

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