Author: Cari Blake

A 2020 Thanksgiving

In typical 2020 fashion, Thanksgiving is not looking like your typical holiday. I’m in NJ where we’re allowed to have 10 people in our home. (Who could have predicted this would ever be a thing?!) Some states are suggesting less people, with mandates to eat outside and not to invite Grandma. Some leaders are saying not to travel. If your

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Quarantine Cooking With Cari

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the food you stocked up on to be ready to stay at home for a couple weeks? I can help! Meal planning is good for any time, but I think it’s very important during this time when you’re already stressed and having to cook from home more often. Let’s make sure we get all

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Quick Super Bowl Ideas

It’s not too late to plan a fun night watching the big game! We decided at the last minute to throw a party with just a few couples. I’m happy to share what I’m doing. I decided to make some traditional appetizers – mini hot dogs, veggie tray with dip, chips and salsa, chips and dip – you know, the

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20 in 2020

Did you know that January 17th is known as Ditch Your Resolutions Day?  I just learned about it this year. Apparently, when you are in the hangover of the new year you set up some wild expectations for how you want your life to go. Then around the 17th of January,  you cut yourself some slack and let those resolutions

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Simple Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah This Season

Christmas and Hanukkah are happening together this year. While Christmas generally includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you have 8 days to celebrate Hanukkah! Here are some quick, simple ideas to add in some Hanukkah fun during your holiday week. → Add some blue and silver to your holiday decor. I got these shatterproof ornaments at Michaels and put them

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Updated Hanukkah Dinner

Hello! I thought I would launch my blog update with a refresh of this simple Hanukkah meal. Since Hanukkah is happening around Christmas this year, you might be including both holidays in your December entertaining or party-going. The brisket recipe is my mother in law’s. I’ll link my previous blog post with the recipe and step by step instructions. You

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Simple Hanukkah Dinner

Want to host some people for a Hanukkah dinner this weekend and not sure where to start? I’ve got simple recipes for brisket and latkes to get you started. Full recipes with pictures of the process will be posted below. And, I’ve got a printable with the recipes and the shopping list. Simple and Easy Weeknight Latkes Plan to make

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Planning Your Holiday Meal

The holidays are fast approaching! To help you get ready I wanted to share some of my holiday meal planning tools. You can grab the printables at the bottom by clicking on the links I share. I’m a list maker and I find it helps so much, especially with big things like a holiday dinner. I love to have people

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How To Rock Meal Planning

Is this you every day when you are asked what’s for dinner? Imagine KNOWING you’ve got everything you need, right in your own kitchen, to prepare a quick and healthy dinner to enjoy with your family. And you can do this every night of the week! Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not and I can help!

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Make Your Own Bento Boxes

I became obsessed with the bento-type protein box at a popular coffee spot. I liked that I got some protein, could eat it on the go with no utensils. I could eat at my desk, in the car or even at the park when I stepped out of the home office. Because I wanted more variety and to save some

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