halloween cocktail party

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I’m a procrastinator. They say admitting that you have a problem is the first step, right?From parties, to gifts to menus I wait until the absolute last minute to scramble and figure out just what in the heck we’re going to do.

It’s a sickness.

But I’m going out on a limb and thinking that there may be a few other fellow procrastinators out there that could use a little last minute inspiration for a casual Halloween Cocktail Party.

Are there such things as casual cocktail parties? Now I’m second guessing myself. Let’s say an “impromptu-get-together-where-there-may-or-may-not-be-costumes-but-there-definitely-needs-to-be-drinks-and-snacks”. Yeah, that’s more my speed anyway.

I’ve gathered just a few (didn’t want to overwhelm my fellow late planners) easy cocktails and quick snacks that can be thrown together without much thought. It’s my very favorite kind of entertaining.  Continue reading

behind the scenes

spices | photo by Emily CarusoFor the past few months, I’ve been wanting to work in some ‘behind the scenes’ posts to share what projects that I have going on, well, behind the scenes. I love this space and all it allows me to do: express my self through ramblings, photos and food. But it’s also opened the door to explore my passion for food photography and introduced me to some pretty amazing, creative and talented people.

Recently, Kiersten from the inspiring Vegetarian/Vegan blog Oh My Veggies asked me to join her team of bloggers, photographers and editors as a freelance photographer and recipe tester. I was of course on board and am thrilled to be working with such a talented group of foodies.  So far I’ve had the pleasure of testing out some pretty awesome recipes. Even ones that I was perhaps a little nervous about, have all turned out amazing. Who knew Vegan Kalefredo could be so delicious? Well, Alissa Saenz definitely knows her way around vegan cuisine. I’ve definitely learned quite a bit since testing and photographing some of these recipes. Continue reading

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes #SundaySupper

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes | www.jellytoastblog.com

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

The days are rapidly shortening with gorgeous sunsets and crisp breezes. The mornings are foggy and surreal with the unmistakable smell of Fall in the air – perhaps it’s the crunchy leaves, damp from the dew or the smell of foliage dying and falling back to the Earth. The leaves that are left on the trees are golden and ruby and deep eggplant in color, bringing to mind a puffy quilt meant to cozy up under with a hot cup of apple cider, or better yet, a glass of wine. Continue reading

halloween cocktail rims + video

Halloween Cocktail Rims | www.jellytoastblog.com

This post is sponsored by McCormick. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

It’s cocktail Friday and just one week out from Halloween. This year, due to a lot of unfortunate scheduling issues, I feel like we’re coasting through Halloween without much pageantry.  We aren’t having our family Halloween party and we’re having to miss a few of our favorite seasonal activities.

But such is life. One thing that I struggle with is accepting that things have to change and as much as we love having traditions, every year is different. We can’t always bank on being able to do the same thing year after year. Adaptation is the key. Continue reading

thursday thoughts

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One week until Halloween and I’m wishing I could freeze time. The kids costume’s are done. They are going as Emmet and Wyldstyle, which could not be any more fitting of their actual real personalities – my rule follower and my rule breaker. I just wish I could freeze time a bit and slow things down. Time and the season is already going too fast. Continue reading

halloween marshmallow treats

Halloween Marshmallow Treats | www.jellytoastblog.com

This post is sponsored by Campfire® Marshmallows. All opinions expressed are as always, 100% my own.

It’s not often that I succumb to cutesy desserts. Search the entire blog and you will find very few fussily decorated treats as I’m typically a taste over looks kind of girl. Maybe it’s an attention span thing. Who knows?

But being the mom of two little kids, I occasionally indulge in a touch of whimsy every now and then. A very little touch. Teeny Halloween marshmallow treats with buttercream ghosts fall under the category of ‘a very little touch’. Continue reading

Blendtec Giveaway | 2 Winners!


Happy Wednesday! Because you are all incredibly awesome and I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate each one of you, I’ve teamed up with a few of my favorite blogging friends to host a reader appreciation giveaway! And not just any little giveaway – a Blendtec giveaway.

I got my Blendtec back in the Spring and it’s changed the way I eat and cook. It holds a permanent place on our counter and gets used daily for smoothies, soups and even grinding coffee beans – oh, yes.

This giveaway will have two winners – yes, two! One winner will win the Blendtec Designer 625 + Twister Jar (RV $599.94) and another winner will win the Blendtec Designer 725 + Twister Jar (RV $769.90).

ELIGIBILITY + RULES : Open to USA residents, 18 years of age and older. This giveaway is sponsored by Blendtec and is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Instagram. Giveaway ends on November 5th, at 11:59 p.m EDT. Winner will be emailed on or about November 6th, and will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If prize is not claimed, an alternate winner will be selected.

Use the widget below to enter for your chance to win one of these two unbelievable Blendtec Blenders! This giveaway is being sponsored by Blendtec. It is not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram.

Blendtec Giveaway

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by Jelly Toast and enjoy the food, photos and words. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all of you.

Be sure to stop by and check out the other participating bloggers:

My Baking Addiction
The Little Kitchen
Jelly Toast
a farmgirl’s dabbles
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Cookies and Cups
Rasa Malaysia

Good luck and Happy Wednesday!

maple latte

A three ingredient maple latte is simple, sweet and pretty much the best thing to enjoy on a cool fall morning. A bowl of hot, spiced oatmeal or a plate of rye toast topped with a runny egg is the perfect accompaniment.

Maple Latte | www.jellytoastblog.com (1 of 1)

There has been a lot on my mind lately. Behind the scenes projects, family activities and travel have been consuming all time and mental energy that I can typically reserve, at least a fraction, for this space. Since October has rolled around, I feel I’ve been floundering, scrambling to find time to devote here.

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cocktail glasses | styles and sources

cocktail glasses | www.jellytoastblog.com (11 of 11) copyIt’s Cocktail Friday and I’ve got a little something special today. I have received several emails and comments as of late, regarding different cocktail glasses that are featured in my posts. As someone who is always on the hunt for lovely dishes, glasses and flatware – partly for my photography and partly just because it’s an obsession of mine – I thought it would be fun to share where I’ve found some of my very favorite glasses. So whether you’re a fellow food photographer, blogger or cocktail enthusiast, I hope this helps shed some light on some great (and inexpensive) resources for barware!

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