grilled veggie sandwiches #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

On a busy weeknight, my family loves these hearty Grilled Veggie Sandwiches. They’re packed full of smoky grilled vegetables like eggplant, onion, romaine lettuce and red peppers. A slathering of hummus and pesto take the flavor of these speedy sandwiches over the top!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches | #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Even though Summer is on it’s way out, I have no intention of putting my grill away anytime soon. Our grill stays active well through the fall and it’s one of my favorite ways to cook a quick and simple dinner, even on a weeknight. Especially when the meal can be made entirely on said grill.

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back to school fruit smoothie

Have you tried smoothies for breakfast? These easy and adaptable fruit smoothies are great for back to school mornings and the kiddos love ‘em!

Back to School Fruit Smoothie |

I am having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that school is starting in two days. Two. Days. I’m not kidding. The Buddy informed me that July is the only month of the year that he doesn’t attend school. As in he goes into June and starts in August and frankly, I kind of miss the old school 3 months off of school. Now it’s barely two.

Oh well, c’est la vie. I’ve got to roll with it and I have been to the best of my ability. I’ve got visions of Fiskars scissors and crayon boxes floating into my dreams and middle of the night panics that I forgot to buy him new pants this year and that he’ll have to wear his two short, hole in the knee pants the first week because I can’t find slim size 6 pants anywhere in town. Then I remember that I do in fact have properly fitting uniforms for him and then fall back in a slightly less fitful sleep.

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cream soda rum float

When it’s Friday and you need a simple and sweet cocktail, look no further than this 3 ingredient Cream Soda Rum Float. Plus, it doubles as a dessert – win win.

Cream Soda Rum Float |

Ok – I’m going to level with you. This is been a loooong week. Super long and insanely busy and frankly, judging by my google calendar, there is not a letup in the near future. Not that I’m complaining, I get to do what I love doing which is hang out with my kiddos and play with food and my camera all day. Not a bad gig. Continue reading..

cucumber corn salad

This simple and lovely Cucumber Corn Salad comes together in minutes and showcases seasonal, fresh sweet corn and vibrant green cucumbers. A simple and sweet vinaigrette finishes off this light, summer salad.

Cucumber Corn Salad by Jelly Toast

The last few weeks, our CSA basket has been overflowing with goodies. The sweet corn has tasted like candy and I’ve been cutting it off the cob and slipping it into just about every meal we’ve eaten. It’s too good not to.

The thing about joining a CSA is you have zero control over the produce that you end up with for the week, minus the extras boxes at pickup. That the farmer’s put out with crops that weren’t quite plentiful enough to divide among the shares, but are fabulous none the less. I’ve scored some seriously beautiful cucumbers which is how this salad got started in the first place.

The thing is, I have no problem with the element of the unknown. Some week’s I’m better about getting creative with the new-to-me veggies, and other weeks, they all get grilled or roasted. Either way, it’s been adventure trying things like broccoli leaves and kohlrabi (which is fabulous, by the way). Continue reading..

pineapple blueberry green smoothie

This pineapple blueberry green smoothie uses the unexpected broccoli leaves along with coconut water, pineapple and blueberries. This is one serious delicious smoothie and a great way to start the morning!

Pineapple Blueberry Green Smoothie

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of heading out to our CSA farm, Shared Legacy Farms and photograph their beautiful fields and produce. It was such a fun experience and I’m still wading through all of the photos that I took. I can’t wait to be able to share a few more of the photos with you in the weeks to come.

One of the crops that were being harvested the other night were broccoli leaves. My ignorant city girl self had never seen an actual broccoli plant up close and in person and I honestly never realized how substantial these plants are. Long thick stems, with beautiful blueish green leaves that rise up around the broccoli head itself. When we go to the grocery store, all we see is the center, but in fact, there is so much more to this fascinating plant.  Continue reading..

caramel espresso martini

For the cocktail and coffee lover, these Caramel Espresso Martinis are filled with decadent HiLine Coffee espresso and caramel vodka and are the perfect ending to a Friday night.

Espresso by Jelly Toast

When I have a list of fun and awesome things to talk about in one day, I try to make a list and tick them down, one by one, in order to not forget anything. Today is one of those days. And rather than waste any more time talking about these alleged lists, I want to get right into the good stuff:

1. It’s Cocktail Friday, which is quite possibly my favorite recipe sharing day.

2. It’s my 2 year blogging anniversary (or Blogiversary if we’re feeling clever, which we are) Last year, I also shared a cocktail on this day, so it is fitting that the 2 year mark fell perfectly on Cocktail Friday. I couldn’t have planned it better myself!

3. Today’s post is all about espresso and it includes an ah-mazing giveaway from HiLine Coffee that you do not want to miss. I’m totally serious. Continue reading..

salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

Bite-sized chocolate covered caramel candies, a drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt amp up the flavor in these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jelly Toast

It’s almost school time! I have mixed feelings about this, and while I love LOVE having my kiddos home I am never sad to see Fall come around and say, “well hey, there”. With Fall, I’m trying to get my ducks in a row as far as school lunches go. Healthy treats like fruit, granola, veggie sandwiches, and yummy hummus are at the top of the list of importance. But as I am a girl of balance, we need to have some home-baked treats around here.

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grizza | grilled vegetable pizza

Have an abundance of sweet corn and tomatoes on your hands? Try this Grilled Vegetable Pizza slathered with garlic infused ricotta cheese and grilled summer veggies.
Grilled Vegetable Pizza by Jelly Toast

This post is sponsored by Dreamfarm and written by me. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own!

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but Summer is almost over. Did you know that? Seriously, one more blink and it’ll be gone. It seems like time is like that lately. And by lately, I mean the last ten years. It was ten years ago that my husband and I bought our house. The one that was supposed to be our “three year house” but is now our “ten year house”. Continue reading..

orange creamsicle kale stem smoothie {giveaway}

Don’t throw out your kale stems! Use them to make this creamy, sweet Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie from the beautiful kale cookbook, “Let Them Eat Kale” by Julia Mueller. Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie |

I’ve got a little something special for you today. Well, two things actually. A fabulous smoothie for the weekend and a lovely cookbook giveaway. My friend Julia has written a most fabulous book, Let Them Eat Kale!, all about – you guessed it – kale! I’ve spoken at great lengths about my feelings about kale (hated it, now love it) so I won’t bore you with another long winded story about how kale chips blew my mind and now I just plain can’t get enough of the stuff.

Like I said, I won’t drone on. What I do want to talk about is this wonderful book and it’s fabulous recipes. Especially this Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie. You know I am all about smoothies these days, and I was drawn to this recipe because it uses the part of the kale that I usually toss into the compost bin without much thought: the stems. It turns out, kale stems are wonderful in smoothies and are just as full of nutrients as their lovely leafy bits.

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strawberry margarita {cocktail friday}

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas made with fresh lime and orange juice are sweet, tangy and oh-so-refreshing.Strawberry Margarita by Jelly Toast

I don’t know why I’ve never liked margaritas. I’ve tried them over and over, but for some reason they never set me on fire the way other cocktails do. The way other cocktails with, say, rum or vodka do. I’m more of a vodka girl.

But – I am all about being open minded and trying new things. I convinced myself that kale was delicious and now I firmly believe it. The same thing happened with beets. They were vile, dirt-tasting things that I had to strong arm myself into liking. And now I truly, honestly do. Especially if there is an abundance of goat cheese around.

But we’re not talking about beets and goat cheese today – today is Cocktail Friday and we’ll treat it as such. Bring on the cocktail! Continue reading..