Author: Cari Blake

Last Minute Holiday Cookies

There’s still time to make some easy, homemade treats to bring to a celebration or give as a gift. I’ve been down with that nasty cold going around but I still wanted to bring something homemade for Christmas so I pulled out my easiest recipes. First up are the Hershey’s Hugs Pretzel Treats. There are many recipes online, but here

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Holiday Hangover

The recycling bin is full, the beds are stripped. I have a mountain of towels to launder. Welcome to the day after a holiday weekend with a house full of kids and family! We had a truly great weekend. Family, fun, food, games, walks, yoga, even a visiting dog as we are missing our diva dog who died in August. 

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Sheet Pan Suppers – Pork Tenderloin & Green Beans

Our second day of cooking with the challenge and we’re making Pork Tenderloin and Green Beans Sheet Pan Supper. Let’s start with the potatoes if you are doing carbs. Heat the oven to 400. Get a sheet pan ready with foil and cooking spray. You can use regular potatoes or sweet potatoes. Note – sweet potatoes are hard to peel

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Sheet Pan Supper – Chicken Fajitas

Talk about easy! Let’s get cooking with a sheet pan supper. Making dinner on a sheet pan (or large cookie sheet) is easy! Let’s start by getting all of the ingredients prepped and ready. Since I use my Tastefully Simple products you’ll see some spice jars here in place of the garlic and onions. Thinly slice the peppers and onion.

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No More Back to School

It’s back to school day in my town. Not for me, my youngest is a senior year in college. While I’ve been feeling nostalgic the last few days with all the Facebook posts about little ones going back to school, I have to say there are some positive things about today for me. 1. I didn’t have to wake up

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My New Travel Essentials

Not that you knew my old travel essentials, but these are some things I make sure I have with me now that I’m a little older and more tired! Band-Aid Blister Guards are amazing. You want to wear the cute, new shoes and these will save your feet. Also for the feet, these Dr. Scholl’s Pro Pain Relief Orthotics go

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Low Key Celebrations for Major Milestones

My in laws recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, my father in law is not up to leaving the house, but we still wanted to celebrate this milestone in their lives. Here are some quick tips that we used to create a low key celebration for a big life event. We kept the guest list small – just their

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Pumpkin Spice Fever

By now, you’ve probably had your first PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) of the season. I don’t even drink coffee but I had to get one to see what the craze was all about. It was good (I imagine much better if you actually like coffee) as was the Pumpkin Loaf. This was at Starbucks of course – didn’t they invite the

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A first for me. I now have the kit. Do you have one? During a routine eyebrow and lip wax my girl started plucking my neck and chin. I said, “wow, I thought I had those under control.” She replied, “you didn’t think I’d let you out of here with those, did you?” My gosh, I thought, how many were

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This Is Why I Can’t Shop at HomeGoods

It was my second attempt at getting a tablecloth for my kitchen table. The first one I got at Home Goods was too small. Of course I realized this after washing it. So now I have a very nice, slightly oversized tablecloth for a card table, should that need ever arise. On this trip I was focused on one thing

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