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Happy Monday Babes! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and a restful weekend.

I spent the majority of the last week sitting on the couch eating holiday treats, so I’m ready to get back into a more structured and well-rounded eating schedule.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Greek Meatballs and Tzatziki from Food Network
  2. DIY State Fair Funnel Cake from Tablespoon
  3. Soup with Sausage Meatballs, White Beans, and Kale from Bev Cooks

What are you making this week?

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Delicious Christmas Goodies

Happy Monday Babes! No menu this week, but I do have a few Christmas recipes to make your holiday extra jolly.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Cranberry Mojitos from We are not Martha
  2. Caramelized Onion Sausage Rolls from Vikalinka
  3. Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish Crust from Food Network
  4. Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  5. Spiced Eggnog Monkey Bread from Tablespoon

What are you making for Christmas?

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A Hanukkah Feast

Tomorrow night, I will be preparing the following menu for my Hanukkah celebration!

When cooking for friends, or anyone for that matter, I think it’s best not to put pressure on yourself to make everything from scratch. If you can make it without too much trouble, make it! If a recipe stresses you out, ditch it and go the store-bought route! It is your meal to make, and it is up to you to decide how you make it.

For the dinner I’ll be making, I’m going partially homemade. I’ll slow cook the brisket myself, but with seasoning help from a packet of Onion Soup Mix. Matzo Balls will be prepared from a helper packet as well, but I’ll add in fresh carrot to the soup. The green bean casserole will be mostly pre made, but I’ll make the Latkes from scratch. I’ll buy a Challah, and dessert will be a mix of store-bought and homemade treats. It’s all about balance babes!

Here’s my menu for a delicious and simple Hanukkah Feast:

Starter

  • Matzo Ball Soup- I bought this and I’m going to do as the box tells me to! Then I’ll float my matzo babes and sliced carrots in chicken stock. Boom! Soup’s on.

Main

  • Beef Brisket- I’ve shared this recipe before, but here it is once more. Thanks again Momma! I’ll season a medium-sized beef brisket with salt & pepper, then place the meat fat side up in my slow cooker. Next, I’ll pour a 14oz can of crushed tomatoes over top, adding up to one 14oz can of tomato sauce as needed. Then, I’ll sprinkle one packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix over the meat, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours. Make sure to let your meat rest a bit (while covered) on a board or platter before slicing!

Sides

Dessert

  • Store bought Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons- Here’s a good recipe if you’d like to DIY.
  • My Version of Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts)- I’m going to fry quartered biscuit dough in oil until golden, drain on paper towels, then top with powdered sugar. I’ll serve them with an easy raspberry dipping sauce.
  • Sprinkle Cookies- I’ll smash blue & white sprinkles into store-bought sugar cookie dough and bake according to package directions.

What foods are you making to celebrate Hanukkah?

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The Look | Haute Hanukkah

The Look | Haute Hanukkah
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Who’s Hungry

Happy Tuesday Babes! Hope your week is going well.

To all my Jewish Babes, I’d like to wish a very happy first night of Hanukkah!

I’ll be preparing a Hanukkah feast later in the week, but until then, here’s what’s cooking!

  1. Frito Chili Pie from The Pioneer Woman
  2. Easy Leek and Potato Soup from Greedy Gourmet
  3. Jambalaya from Gimme Some Oven

What are you making this week?

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Holiday Gift Tags Printable

Happy Friday Babes! Today, I’ve got a holiday gift for your holiday gifts.

It’s a Holiday Gift Tags Printable! I’ve designed a sheet of modern holiday gift tags for you to print at home in the quantity and color you’d like. There are 16 tags per page, and I’ve created them in black & white, as well as 5 color versions: mint, deep red, soft blue, silver, & gold. Load your printer with colored cardstock, kraft paper, plain copy paper, or even sticker paper to create your holiday gift tags. Tie ’em, glue ’em, or stick ’em on your gifts, and watch your friends & family be impressed by your holiday style.

How do you jazz up your holiday gift wrapping?

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Menorah Roundup

Hanukkah begins next week! So, in preparation of the Festival of Lights, I’ve created a roundup of menorahs to buy and to DIY.

To Buy

01. Silver Art Deco $53 from Target | 02. Origami $115 from Etsy | 03. Cast Iron $100 from Dwell | 04. Industrial Style Copper $128 from Provisions | 05. Lucite $198 from Casa.com | 06. Wood + Metal $49 from West Elm | 07. Contemporary Aluminum $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond


To DIY

01. Color Blocked on ConfettiPop | 02. Branch on Martha Stewart | 03. Glass Votive on Good Housekeeping | 04. Bead Blocks on Martha Stewart | 05. Hardware on eHow


BONUS

01. Dreidel Matchstrike Jar on Thanksgivukkah | 02. Chanukah Candles from Amazon

Do you like to buy or DIY your Hanukkah decor?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope your week is off to a good start.

I’ve apparently got a hankering for rice, because it seems to be a featured ingredient this week.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Mushroom Risotto from Martha Stewart
  2. Kabab Koobideh from Turmeric & Saffron
  3. Lime & Coconut Chicken Paillards from Fine Cooking

What are you making this week?

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November Favorites

I’ve got to be honest here, babes. I don’t have many favorites for November. I didn’t try many new products, and the few I did, did not blow me away.

No matter. Here are the golden few that made the list:

Beauty Faves

O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara from Marc Jacobs Beauty

While purchasing a refill of an old favorite foundation at Sephora, I had asked for a sample of a Buxom mascara. When I arrived home and was putting away my purchases, I found I had received a Marc Jacobs mascara sample instead of the Buxom one. Initially, I was upset at the mix up. Now, I’m very over it as the Marc Jacobs mascara is a new favorite. It feels non-existent on my lashes, and gives a nice full look with minimal product.

Fashion Faves

Down Jacket from H&M

Purchased during H&M’s outerware sale, this coat was a fantastic buy! I wanted a second down jacket with a little more style and glam than my current down jacket that is just solid black with no adornments. I also wanted a longer jacket with a hood, for a warmer option. I found all I wanted in this down jacket. The dark green color is rich and interesting, but still neutral; the gold hardware looks luxe; and the faux fur trimmed hood (which is removable from the hood, as is the hood from the coat) and faux fur lined collar are so soft and snuggly. Overall it’s my perfect winter jacket.

Food Faves

Walnuts

When I was a kid, my parents used to keep a bowl of unshelled walnuts on the bar. Cracking the nuts open, and carefully extracting the goods, was so fun for me! So when I saw a bag of walnuts at the grocery store this past month, I immediately tossed it in the cart. I set out a bowl of unshelled walnuts in my home, and proceeded to eat nearly the entire bag on my own. It is still as fun to crack open those shells as it was when I was a little babe.

Home Faves

Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum 1.7-Liter Glass Cordless Electric Kettle from Fred Meyer

As you may know, this babe likes her tea! My boo and I made the decision to chuck our old kettle for an electric one and what a decision that was! It brings your water to a boil quickly and without that eardrum-crushing whistle. The model we selected has a blue light that turns on when you start the kettle and shuts off, as does the machine, when the water comes to a full boil. This beauty has made making tea more accessible for my boo and I, and I recommend anyone who boils water on the reg look into an electric kettle.

Personal Faves

Grace’s Guide by Grace Helbig

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up is a comedic handbook for Millennials needing a bit of guidance in the real and digital world. I’ve been a fan of Grace Helbig’s YouTube channel for a while now, so when this book launched, I was all over it! Grace’s Guide is as funny and charming as I had hoped it would be. Even if you’ve never seen Grace’s videos, (which you should really check out) you can still enjoy this book.

Seasonal Faves

My trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota

For Thanksgiving this year, my boo and I flew out to Minneapolis, MN to welcome his newborn niece, and to visit with the rest of the family as well. They are all spread out between 3 states, so whenever we can all converge for a visit it’s really lovely. It was also great, for me, to check out a new city and state. Even at the same temperature, Minneapolis felt much colder than Anchorage, so I was happy to get back home to the more mild cold. It’s always so good to spend time with my boo’s family, even if it’s freezing out.

What are some of your November favorites?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope you had a positively lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I know I’m having a bit of trouble getting back into the groove after my week off!

Minnesota was great, but I am glad to be getting back into my own kitchen now that I’m home.

Here’s what’s cookin’ this week.

  1. Crock Pot Rustic Italian Beef Ragu from Vikalinka
  2. Middle Eastern Chicken and Couscous Wraps with Goat Cheese from Half Baked Harvest
  3. Creamy Butternut Squash and Spinach Gnocchi from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
  4. Biscuits and Gravy Casserole from Lemon-Sugar

What are you making this week?

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