Category: entertaining

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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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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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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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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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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