breakfast fajita tacos

Breakfast Fajita Tacos by Emily Caruso

A lazy Tuesday morning in the summer calls for a little something special for breakfast. I may have made that up, but if I get it printed on a T-shirt it can become an official saying. T-shirt’s don’t lie. And neither do I when I say these simple little breakfast fajita tacos are pretty awesome. What makes them breakfast-y? The eggs. Why are eggs doomed to be pigeon holed into breakfast fare for all time? It doesn’t make sense, but we don’t really play by the rules over here so….

Eggs = anytime food.

Now that would make a good t-shirt.

Breakfast Fajita Tacos by Emily Caruso

I’m excited to be spending the day over at Chez Us hanging out with Denise and Lenny, sharing my recipe for these breakfast tacos that are packed full of fluffy scrambled eggs and fajita veggies. Head on over to check out the full recipe for my breakfast fajita tacos and have an awesome Taco Tuesday!

steak skewers with chimichurri #SundaySupper

Summer BBQ season is in full swing and these juicy, marinated Steak Skewers with Chimichurri sauce make the perfect grilled family meal.
Steak Skewers with Chimichurri by Jelly Toast #SundaySupperAs much as I grumble about how Summer brings me down, I can always get on board with a cookout. Who doesn’t like smokey, grilled food and more pasta salad than you can shake a stick at? As a kid, I remember my mom making the most amazing pasta salad made with thick spaghetti noodles, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots. We ate it often during the summer months making me quite the happy camper. It was also during these months that my dad would break out the grill to whip up bacon wrapped steaks, BBQ chicken and his specialty: shish kabobs.  Continue reading

pineapple strawberry smoothie {smoothie saturday}

Fresh Pineapple and strawberries and combined with banana and super hydrating coconut water to create this sweet and refreshing Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie. Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie by Jelly Toast

I’ve been a bit MIA the last week and a half. I’m telling myself it was because after returning from NYC as well as from a trip to visit my in-laws that I was just too wiped out to get my act together and create some great food. In reality I think I’m in my summer slump. It happens this time just about every single year. While most people are basking in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam (I couldn’t resist the line) I am feeling drained of all creativity and ambition and just counting the days until I snap out of it and get back on my feet.

I never used to think that I was a creature of habit, but I so am. This summer lackadaisical schedule is for the birds, but for the life of me, I can’t seem to shake it.  Continue reading

sweet cherry mojito {cocktail friday}

Fresh, dark cherries mingle with mint and lime in this beautiful, summer Sweet Cherry Mojito.

Sweet Cherry Mojitos by Jelly Toast

Ahhhhhh…Welcome, Friday!  It’s great to see you after a long and busy week.

Sweet Cherry Mojitos by Jelly Toast

I’m happy that this busy, crazy week is finally winding down. Last Friday was my birthday as well as the day that my dad underwent surgery and I’m thrilled to be able to say that he’s doing very well. He’s home and resting up, which in my book calls for a bit of a celebration.

Ok, more than a bit. Continue reading

roasted berry goat cheese popsicles

Roasted Berry Goat Cheese Popsicles are a sweet and tangy combination of slightly spiced roasted berries and savory goat cheese sweetened with a touch of honey. The results are fruity and creamy and just plain delicious!Roasted Berry Goat Cheese Popsicles by Jelly Toast

In our house, we have several shows that we like to watch all together as a family, but it’s hard to find things that the entire family will actually enjoy. We usually catch up on our Phineas and Ferb on Saturday mornings and I’ve been known to sit in for a bit of Littlest Pet Shop. Don’t judge.

Recently, our fave show to watch is American Ninja Warrior. Have you ever watched this? The things that these people can do with their bodies is freaking unbelievable. My kids lose their minds over it and cheer for their favorites (which they totally have and actually legit remember the contestants names). But of course, it’s on too late at night for our kids to stay up and watch it, so basically all day Tuesday I avoid any Twitter updates and such about the contestants as to not have any spoilers.

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chocolate coffee milkshake

This Chocolate Coffee Milkshake for #MilkshakeWeek is full of cold brew coffee, rich chocolate ice cream and chocolate covered espresso beans. Then, a splash of Kahlua transforms this shake into a decadent cocktail.

Chocolate Coffee Milkshake by Jelly Toast #milkshakeweek

Today is a big day. It’s Friday, which means it’s Cocktail Friday, but it also happens to be my birthday and the Friday of #MilkshakeWeek. So, yeah. Lots of things going on. As soon as I heard that milkshake week was happening, I knew I wanted to post something with coffee, chocolate and a bit of booze.

It is my birthday, after all.  Continue reading

gazpacho #SundaySupper

Fresh, crisp and full of flavor, this chunky Gazpacho is the perfect soup to beat the summertime heat.

gazpacho by Jelly Toast #SundaySupper

Soooo…..I’ve been chatting a lot about this crazy heat and humidity the last few days and I’ve found something that is helping immensely with tolerating it (ok – it’s like 85, but seriously, enough already).

My solution: don’t turn on the oven.

Yup, it’s as simple as a cold, no-cook meal to put the spring back in my step. I’m even taking a *short* break from grilling. This week it’s all about cold, crisp and refreshing dishes that don’t make me sweat over the stove.

No one wants that. Continue reading

peach crisp smoothie {smoothie saturday}

I am so excited to welcome my good friend Courtney from NeighborFood here to Jelly Toast to share her mouth watering Peach Crisp Smoothie recipe. Courtney is an amazing cook and fabulous writer and I’m thrilled that she was able to stop by today to share this summery peach smoothie complete with an unbelievable skillet granola. I’m not kidding, this smoothie is blowing my mind.  But I’ll let her tell you all about them: 

Peach Crisp Smoothie by Courtney Rowland of NeighborFood

Hey Jelly Toast fans! I’m so excited to be joining you today from Neighborfood. Can we all just agree that Emily is the smoothie master? I mean, anyone who can find a way to sneak radishes into a smoothie deserves the title of master, right?

The truth is, smoothies aren’t exactly my specialty. I make a pretty tasty green smoothie every now and then, but I’ve never gotten to the place where a smoothie can be a meal replacement. Every time I have a smoothie for breakfast, I feel like something is missing. I find myself staring at the bottom of my empty glass, filled with sorrow that breakfast ended so suddenly.

I think what I really miss is the crunch. I’m an unapologetic cereal lover. I eat it almost every morning without fail. Occasionally, I’ll try to slip in a smoothie, but my brain always catches it. It’s all…Dude, what is this liquid stuff? WHERE IS THE CRUNCH? Continue reading

ginger collins {cocktail friday}

This Ginger Collins is a bright, fresh and summery cocktail that is light and refreshing – especially on a hot and humid summer night!

Ginger Collins by Jelly Toast #cocktailfriday

Happy Fourth of July!

Now, I realize that the expected cocktail for the Fourth of July Cocktail Friday should be something boasting red, white and blue but I’m going against the grain and assuming that you’ve had enough red, white and blue food shoved in your face to last you for a while. Instead, I’m giving you a light, refreshing and summery Ginger Collins.

Ok, maybe it’s just an excuse to make another cocktail with my fave among fave’s: Domaine de Canton. But honestly, this ginger liqueur is delightful. Especially when paired with crisp gin, lemon and a twist of lime. Continue reading

marshmallow strawberry shortcake

Marshmallow Strawberry Shortcake is a sweet, toasty and no-bake twist on a classic summertime dessert that is perfect for your Fourth of July celebration or any summer get together.

Marshmallow Strawberry Shortcake by Jelly Toast

We are officially into my birthday month and I have always had mixed feelings about that. Officially, I love my birthday and have never been one who yearns to stay young and hide my age. FYI, I’ll be 32 on the 11th. See? Doesn’t bother me. The mixed feelings come out when I consider the fact that July might very well be my least favorite month of the year.

What can I say? It’s the heat.

Well, actually the humidity. Humidity is just not a curly haired girl’s friend. It’s no fun walking around all month looking like a human cotton ball. It makes me want to close my eyes and stay that way until I feel the cool breezes of fall. I can’t help it, I’m a cold weather girl. A cold weather girl who is stuck with a summer birthday for all time. In the interest of looking on the bright side, there could definitely be worse things. So, while July is not my fave, I truly love some of the things that come along with summer, and I just try to focus on those. Things like BBQ’s, fireworks and of course, strawberries.

Strawberries by Emily Caruso

I love strawberries…love, love, love them.  After our strawberry picking adventure a couple weeks ago, I really had an urge to make some classic strawberry shortcake. You may as well make the best of the summertime, right? Continue reading