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!

Blendtec-Giveaway

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
foodiecrush
Jelly Toast
a farmgirl’s dabbles
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
HowDoesShe
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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thursday thoughts

Fall Stroll | www.jellytoastblog.com

It’s been too many weeks since I’ve sat to collect my thoughts in a Thursday post. It’s not that I haven’t had things to share or laugh over – it’s just that life is well…life. And things have gotten busy and bubbling with activity. Most of which has happened away from this space, but I’m hoping to be able to share many of the exciting things that are going on behind the scenes with you. Fun projects and collaborations. All good, all good.

So to get things kicked off, these parents are schooling all other parents when it comes to texting with their kids. I’m tucking these nuggets away for future use.

I’m currently addicted to audio books and I’m listening to Nora Ephron’s “I Feel Bad About My Neck”. Her thoughts on purses = perfection.

So, we’ve been watching the Goldbergs lately and it’s everything that I hoped a show set in the early 80’s would be. Hilarious!

Thanks to my brother and sister-in-law, my husband and I were able to go out on a rare date night last weekend and we saw Gone Girl. I was skeptical about Ben Affleck as Nick (I read the book a while back) but I was proven wrong. I thought he was able to run that line between crazy and likable just fine. Although some people disagree with that. Rosamund Pike killed it- in a good way, of course.

We’re also sort of watching that new show Selfie, which I secretly love. Although, I worry it won’t last past this first season. Probably because of said love.

We watched 3 minutes of the new Mulaney show and it was awful. Unwatchable. And I find him hilarious in his standup. Did not translate to the small screen. Oy…I’m cringing just thinking about it.

To end on a good note, Halloween is just weeks away! For Halloween, the kids are going to be Wyldstyle and Emmet from The Lego Movie. I’m pretty sure The Baby just wanted to wear lipstick. It’s hard to believe she’ll be 5 in a couple of weeks.

More updates coming soon on some projects I’ve been working on!

Happy Thursday!

 

 

crock pot chicken taco bites

Take some help from your slow cooker to create these simple and fab Crock Pot Chicken Taco bites. Great for a party or just for hanging around the house. You’ll get no judgment from me!

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bites | www.jellytoastblog.com

Last week there was an epic Taco Week over on Food Fanatic. Some of my fellow food fanatics were sharing their recipes for tacos. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, everything was covered!

I shared my crazy easy crock pot chicken taco bites where I took one of my favorite go to big batch chicken recipes: salsa chicken. This chicken is so easy – you literally put a can of salsa style tomatoes, a bit of salsa, some taco sauce and seasonings with boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crock pot, crank it up and in 7 hours you have the most tender chicken around. Not to mention dinner for the entire week. Continue reading

apple cider margarita

A lovely thing about apple cider is that it can be enjoyed in endless variations. Cold, hot, warm, spiced, spiked – whatever your heart desires. And when you find yourself with a 75 degree day with enough humidity to make your hair frizz, an apple cider margarita is most definitely the way to go.

Apple Cider Margarita | www.jellytoastblog.com

Staring at a to-do list a mile long is nothing that anyone wants to be doing on a Friday – at least I can assume you all agree with me. Emails, phone calls, recipe testing, photographs not to mention birthday parties, pee wee cross country meets and Sunday school lessons are all lined up and waiting to be written, created and attended. And while many of these things (save the email writing and phone calls) are cause for excitement and celebration, when combined into a three day time table, can be quite daunting.

Please tell me that you agree with me on that. Continue reading

pumpkin spice mocha

There is nothing more comforting on a crisp fall afternoon than a hot Pumpkin Spice Mocha. Full of real pumpkin and amazing Fair Trade ingredients, these mochas are simple to put together and will become a staple in your kitchen.

Pumpkin Spice Mocha | www.jellytoastblog.com

I’m sitting here staring at the calendar and much to my shock, October is here. The Baby’s 5th birthday is in 20 days. Halloween is in 30. And after that it’s pretty much a sprint to the awesomeness that is the holidays.

It’s pretty much my favorite time of year. Continue reading